The Clouded Leopards Den prize for cloud innovation is moving into the finalists judging. Last week the 19 media/analyst judges announced the shortlist of 12 startups. This week, on Friday, Apr. 10, six finalists will be named.

Last week’s shortlist were named in two categories, one for early-stage startups, the other for later-stage pre-IPO startups. The early stage shortlist are Innovate Create Limited — PeopleChoice — TapLinkTeowaki Ltd.Truedash Ltd.VetCloud Ltd.

The six later-stage, pre-IPO startups in the shortlist are CENX Inc.GuruculKnodium Ltd.nCrypted CloudViptelaWaratek.

Check out these innovative startups, and see what they are all about!

The next round of judging, to determine the six finalists, will be announced this Friday. The top startups will be named at the Global Cloud Innovation Summit, to be held Apr. 23-24 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow all the excitement at @CloudLeopardDen.