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Mezeo Software Among Most Promising I.T. and Web Companies Announced at 8th Annual Rice Alliance I.T. and Web Venture Forum

(December 15, 2010)

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 12/15/10 -- MEZEO SOFTWARE was named one of the Most Promising I.T. and Web Companies at the 8th Annual Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship I.T. and Web Venture Forum in Houston last week. I.T. and Web companies showcased their new ventures for an audience of more than 400 attendees, including investors, venture capitalists, industry representatives, business leaders, advisors/mentors, service providers and entrepreneurs.

Mezeo Software provides a software-only REST API accessible cloud storage platform that helps organizations reduce the cost and complexity of managing quickly growing storage requirements. Service-enabled, the Mezeo platform is easy to deploy, multi-tenant, highly scalable and secure, with REST Web Services APIs for platform extensibility. With Mezeo, IT Service Providers can rapidly monetize Storage as a Service with a branded offering, and large enterprises can implement a secure, private cloud with clients for BlackBerry®, iPhone, Windows desktop and the Web.

"We are honored to have been named one of the 'Most Promising' companies by the Rice Alliance," said Mezeo Software President and CEO Steve Lesem. "We founded Mezeo in 2008 because we recognized the significant opportunities presented by cloud computing and in particular API accessible cloud storage. The cloud storage market is growing, and our mission is to help IT service providers and enterprises quickly and affordably launch their own cloud storage service."

Five, out of more than 60 new I.T. and Web companies were pre-selected to present their 10-minute business plan presentation at the forum, and as one of the chosen five, were also named a Most Promising I.T. and Web Company.

Rice Alliance managing director Brad Burke, announced the winners of the Most Promising I.T. and Web Company awards at the event. "Every year the quality of companies improves. This year we had a diversity of companies from industrial design software to cloud-based data storage to an online portal for health food discounts. As a group, the companies this year are further along. Most have developed prototypes, sold to customers, demonstrated results and raised previous funding. This makes them more appealing to current investors, who have commented on the improved quality of the companies."

The Forum was supported by Austin Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds, PKF Texas and Founder Institute and Rice University with supporting organizations Houston Technology Center and Opportunity Houston and media sponsors Houston Business Journal and the BusinessMakers Radio Show.

About The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance) is Rice University's nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies. It was formed as a strategic alliance of three schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business in collaboration with the Vice Provost and the Office of Research.

Since inception, the Rice Alliance has assisted in the launch of more than 250 start-ups which have raised more than half-a-billion dollars in early-stage capital. More than 750 companies have presented at the 100+ programs hosted by the Rice Alliance.

Recent recognition:

  • 2010 & 2009 Top 10 U.S. Graduate Entrepreneurship Program -- Princeton Review & Entrepreneur magazine
  • 2009 Outstanding Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education -- GCEC
  • 2009 Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program -- USASBE
  • 2008 Houston's Greatest Economic Development Ally -- Greater Houston Partnership
  • 2007 Outstanding Enterprise Creation Award -- GCEC

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