London, UK â 8th June 2005 â Guidewire Group, producers of the Innovate! Conference series, announced today that it has selected Fractal Edge to participate in its exclusive Innovate!Showcase at Innovate!Europe 2005, premiering June 13-15 in Zaragoza, Spain. Fractal Edge is among a select number of cutting-edge European companies chosen by Guidewire Group from a pool of hundreds of applicants.
Fractal Edgeâs unique product offering, Fractal:Intelligence, and forward-thinking management team, CEO Richard Laughton and Founder Gervase Clifton-Bligh, set it apart from other companies under consideration. Amidst a fractured technology landscape in Europe, Fractal Edge has propelled itself to the head of the pack by promoting a cross-border ecosystem, taking daring business risks and embracing technology as a competitive lever.
Fractal:Edge provides a visualization engine for data that helps you access and understand large, complex or fast-moving information sources quickly and accurately. Fractal:Edgeâs visualization technology is unique, allowing users to see the detail, overview and intermediate summaries of data all in one picture. This helps them understand overall performance more completely and areas of concern more quickly, resulting in better analysis and decision-making. Founded in 1998, the company is backed by private and institutional investors and was recently selected as one of the Red Herringâs top 100 European private companies.
"We are honored to be recognized as a Showcase Innovator. It is a distinction weâve worked hard for and are proud of, and we look forward to sharing the fruits of our labor with participants at Innovate!Europe,â said Fractal Edge CEO. Fractal:Intelligence will give the Innovate! audience an informative peek into the possibilities of a technological landscape shaped by a vibrant European ecosystem."
Executives from Fractal Edge will be among the hundreds of senior technology leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and government officials that will gather at Innovate!Europe in Zaragoza to address the need for a unified pan-European technology innovation ecosystem that will transform entrepreneurship in Europe. The result of this ground-breaking symposium will be a white paper titled "Innovate!Europe Agenda for the New European Technology Innovation Ecosystem," which will be delivered to business leaders, policy makers and press throughout Europe.
"Our purpose in launching Innovate!Europe is to celebrate European innovation and to accelerate creation of the next wave of great European tech companies, like SAP and Business Objects. There are many talented innovators in Europe, as evidenced by the companies we have chosen for the Innovate!Showcase," said Chris Shipley, Guidewire Group co-founder and executive producer of Innovate!Europe. "The challenge that we hope to address through Innovate!Europe is how to transform this raw talent into commercial success."
As the respected host of the DEMO conferences in the United States, Guidewire Groupâs lead analyst Chris Shipley has helped nearly 1,000 companies break into emerging markets. Indeed, for Fractal Edge to be chosen by Chris as a leading-edge product is a mark of credibility and excellence that has propelled hundreds of entrepreneurial companies to success.
Chris and her team of analysts spent hundreds of hours personally screening European technology companies to identify the leading innovators chosen to participate in Innovate!Europe 2005. Companies were evaluated on several criteria, including a unique approach to the target market, importance of the problem addressed, size of the market opportunity and capability to move the product to the global stage.