SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 12, 2015) - Leading Southern California boutique technology investment bank, Siemer & Associates, today announced the 5th annual Wavemaker Awards, which will take place at this year's Siemer Summit ( on October 13th and 14th at The Beverly Hilton in the Heart of Beverly Hills. Each year, the Wavemaker Awards recognizes the most innovative and promising young companies and leaders, as well as veterans who help to cultivate the industry. The Siemer Summit Wavemaker Awards Show, which is on the first night the two-day conference, will be highlighted by the heavily anticipated Big Kahuna Award. Chosen by the Wavemaker Awards Judges, the winner of the Big Kahuna Award will receive a grand prize valued at $191,000 that includes cash and in-kind services from Wavemaker Partners, Manatt Digital Media and other partners.

"The Siemer Summit is an investor's playground, providing plenty of space and opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs who seek to change the digital media landscape," said founder of Siemer & Associates, David Siemer. "The Wavemaker Awards gives us an opportunity and platform to commend these innovators and acknowledge the contributions of the industry's most promising entrepreneurs and startups from around the globe."

The 2015 Wavemaker Awards will feature nominees in 7 industry categories: Adtech & Marketing, eCommerce, Data & Analytics, Video Tech, Social, SaaS, and Music plus 4 overall achievement awards -- The Big Kahuna Award, The Mahalo Award, The Waverider of the Year Award and The Wavemaker of the Year Award. This year's nominees include: Event Farm, Orbitera, Lootsie, Marfeel, Sense360, what3words, FanBread, PumpUp, Honest Dollar, Wonolo, FEM, Zype, Cymbal and DoneBy. Previous award winners include ShipHawk, recipient of "The Big Kahuna Award," TrueCar, winner of the "Waverider of the Year" Award and Maker Studios, winner of "The Wavemaker of the Year Award." For a complete list of this year's nominees and last year's winners see

This year's winners will be selected by an esteemed panel of Wavemaker Awards judges containing global industry veterans and representatives from top VC firms. This year's outstanding group of over 50 judges hail from top-tier investment funds from around the globe. Notably, these include: Urs Cete of BDMI, Marc Yi of Intel Capital, Shabih Rizvi of KPCB, John Albright of Relay Ventures and Vishnu Menon of Warburg. The ceremony will be hosted by Shira Lazar, Co-Founder, CEO and Host of "What's Trending."

"The diversity of the companies attending the Siemer Summit is a direct reflection of the industries fast-track to becoming global," said Hale Boggs, chairman of Manatt Digital Media, a lead sponsor of the Summit and judge for three consecutive years at the Wavemaker Award. "We've enlisted the help of the industry's top investors, influencers and innovators to provide the feedback necessary for nominees and winners to see growth over the next year."

A special thanks to our partners and sponsors: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Grant Thornton LLP, Delta Air Lines, Bank of America, City National Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, Transform.PR, Rackspace, Northwestern Mutual, and Knoll.

About Siemer & Associates LLC
Siemer & Associates is a global boutique merchant bank dedicated to offering candid insight and guidance to Digital Media, Software and Internet companies throughout their business life cycles. Comprised of industry veterans who have worked both inside and out of technology enterprises, S&A professionals have has successfully completed more than 70 transactions that aggregated over $3 billion in sell-side mandates and surpassed $1.5 billion in equity capital. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in London, Singapore and Sydney, S&A offers exceptional corporate capital raising, financial advisory services and M&A, specializing in complex cross-border transactions.

About Wavemaker Partners
Wavemaker Partners is an early-stage, cross-border venture capital firm with dual headquarters in Los Angeles and Singapore. Wavemaker aims to back the best founders in Southern California and Southeast Asia. Since 2003, Wavemaker has invested in more than 170 Internet, Mobile and Enterprise technology startups. Wavemaker Partners is a member of the Draper Venture Network, the world's leading venture capital collective with 15 firms spread across 4 continents. Wavemaker Labs, our Singapore-based incubator, is an "approved technology incubator" under the Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS) of the Singaporean government's National Research Foundation (NRF).

About Manatt Digital Media
Manatt Digital Media is a full-service digital media platform created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, whatever the size or stage of the company, from startup to growth stage to mature public companies. Manatt Digital Media uniquely offers a one-stop shop of professional services that is grounded in the legal and business experience of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, one of the world's most respected law firms in the media, entertainment and advertising industries. Manatt Digital Media offers its clients differentiated value and impact in multiple forms and across the life span of their companies -- from venture capital to strategic relationship building and artist access to business consulting and creative deal making, including content licensing, distribution and M&A. For more information, visit

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