TiEcon 2005 has a good list:
“Our panel of industry experts started with a list of 50 to 100 companies in each category, and from that group identified the five companies we believe will be future movers and shakers within their industries, said Manish Chandra, chairman for TiEcon 2005’s Emerging Stars program. “To be honored as Emerging Stars by TiE, these companies demonstrated leadership, good
fundamentals, and strong continuity in the market.”
Emerging Stars must be private companies — each with at least $1 million in funding, or more than $10 million in revenues. The list of bjective
measures used to identify Emerging Stars included an evaluation of their management team, market and industry drivers, competitive advantage, market buzz, revenues and business model, and corporate development.