December 16, 2009 12:40 ET

Collibra Wins Start-Up Competition at European Semantic Technology Conference

High-level venture-capital panel selects Collibra as most-promising semantic technology start-up out of 16 short-listed start-ups.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2009) - Collibra, an enterprise software company that enables organizations to manage business & IT integration by defining the business concepts in their business context, today announced that it has won first prize at the 2009 European Semantic Technology Conference start-up competition in Vienna, Austria.

Out of all submissions, 16 start-ups from 10 countries were selected to present a 7-minute pitch for a panel of venture-capital investors and entrepreneurs. The panel was chaired by dr. Marc Greaves, Director Knowledge Systems at Vulcan, Inc. (Vulcan is the private investment vehicle of Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft).

Collibra was selected as most-promising start-up based on its professional management-team and investors, strong go-to-market model, and growing traction with customer and partners.

"I am very happy with this important recognition. It shows that Collibra is one of the most promising start-ups adopting semantic technology to solve today's problems. The high level of the judges panel strengthens our believe that we are on track to become a major player in our market niche." Felix Van de Maele, CEO, Collibra.

Collibra is seeing increased traction for its solution with partners and customers. It has recently closed three new partnerships with Oracle, CODit and Envizion.

About Collibra

Collibra enables organizations to manage their business context. Collibra's solution brings business and technical stakeholders together to govern business critical information. It defines the demand-side of IT, which results in better implemented and integrated systems.

Collibra was founded June 2008 in Brussels as a spin-off from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Collibra is commercializing over 100 person-years of semantic technology research in various national and European funded research projects. It has transformed this technological advantage into industry-strength, commercially released products that fill a large and growing need on the business side of the enterprise software market.

Collibra's products integrate with and add business semantics to all major SOA, EAI, BI and Data Integration vendors.

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