TechPoint Announces Mira Award Nominees

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Nominees for the premier event honoring the state's technology industry have been announced. Ninety-eight people, products and company nominations in 14 categories make up the competition for the TechPoint Mira Awards. The announcement begins a five-month process of interviews and deliberations by judges to pick winners that will be honored April 23 at a black-tie awards ceremony and gala.

The winners' ceremony will take place at The Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The gala will feature recognition for the winners of competitive categories, as well as the announcement of three special industry honors: The TechPoint Foundation for Youth BridgeBuilder Award, TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology Award and Community Champion of the Year, which is a new recognition.

Nominees were selected by a panel of judges from more than 168 applications. This year's slate of categories has grown along with the number of presenting sponsors. Eight new categories have been added and the 17th annual awards are presented this year by Angie's List, Interactive Intelligence and Salesforce.

The state's technology industry initiative says the 2016 nominees are:

PEOPLE

Rising Star Award

  • Adam Gillaspie, Co-founder and Director of Engineering, PactSafe
  • Ashton Chaffee, President, DinnerCall
  • Jamie Steiner, Product Manager - Analytics, Angie's List
  • Lindsay Ewing, Program Engineer, Raytheon
  • Michael Welling, Associate Software Engineer, BidPal
  • Teresa Becker, Owner,
  • TKB Consulting
  • Tim Balz, President, Freedom Chairs
  • Tim Hickle, Digital Marketing Strategist, MilesHerndon
  • Tom Hanley, Founder and Executive Director, Nine13sports
  • Zack Baker, CEO, PassWhiz

Investor of the Year

  • Bill Godfrey, 4G Ventures
  • Don Aquilano, Allos Ventures
  • Don Courtney, eBricks Group
  • Hyde Park Venture Partners
  • Maggie Musgrave, Innovate Indiana Fund
  • Michael Earley, Advisor
  • Simon Venture Group

Tech Educator of the Year

  • 1st Maker Space
  • Andy Harris, Sr. Lecturer, Computer Science, IUPUI
  • Ball State Achievements Team, Ball State University
  • Calvin Hendryx-Parker, CTO,
  • Six Feet Up
  • Dan Rigsby, Senior Software Architect, Angie's List
  • Dow AgroSciences Science Ambassadors
  • Dr. David Fisher, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Kylie Pepple, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences, Indiana University
  • Duke Realty Corporation
  • Eleven Fifty Academy
  • Miles Z. Sterrett, Partner, Fretless
  • Tammy Laughner, CEO and Founder VIMME Learning

PRODUCTS

Best New Tech Product

  • BoxFox
  • Clear Software
  • DATTUS
  • DemandJump
  • Enspire Commerce, an enVista company.
  • Interactive Intelligence
  • PAN - Performance Assessment Network
  • POLARIS Laboratories®
  • Rook Security
  • Springbuk Analytics
  • TinderBox Close™

Innovation of the Year

  • Angie's List
  • DemandJump
  • ExactHire
  • Lectio
  • Mesh Systems
  • Monon Bioventures
  • Raytheon Mission Data Server
  • Rundown
  • TinderBox Insights™
  • y!kes

COMPANIES

Company Culture of the Year

  • Angie's List
  • Delivra
  • DoubleMap
  • eImagine Technology Group
  • Formstack
  • Hanapin Marketing
  • MOBI
  • Moser Consulting
  • Return Path
  • Squaremouth
  • Studio Science
  • TrendyMinds

Corporate Innovator of the Year

  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • InnovateMap
  • mAccounting
  • Telamon Corporation
  • The Schneider Corporation

New Start-up of the Year (Launched 2015)

  • BoxFox
  • DemandJump
  • Eleven Fifty Consulting
  • Enspire Commerce, an enVista company
  • Sigstr
  • Torchlite Marketing™
  • Upper Hand
  • WorkHere

Tech Company of the Year ($20M+)

  • Appirio
  • First Internet Bank
  • Interactive Intelligence
  • Kinney Group
  • NextGear Capital
  • Renaissance Electronic Services
  • Salesforce
  • The AME Group

Scale-up of the Year ($100K-$5M)

  • Bluebridge
  • Cimcor
  • Copper Mountain Technologies
  • Springbuk
  • PactSafe
  • Perceivant
  • pi lab - Edwin the Duck
  • SmarterHQ
  • Vennli

Scale-up of the Year ($5M-$20M)

  • Blue Pillar
  • Bluelock
  • CloudOne
  • Extension Healthcare
  • Geofeedia
  • MOBI
  • Rook Security
  • Scale Computing

TechPoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langellier says "this year's Mira Awards are the first ever to have three presenting sponsors, all three are publicly-traded technology companies, and all three employ more than 1,000 people here in Indiana. We couldn't have planned it better or wished for better supporters than we have with Angie's List, Interactive Intelligence and Salesforce."

In addition to the awards gala, upcoming Mira Award events include:

“Meet the Nominees Event” - The public can learn more about this year’s nominees at 60-second pitch event on Thursday, March 17.

“Mira Awards Gala” - Mira Award winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, April 23, at The Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

“Winners Circle” - Current and past Mira Award Winners will have the chance to meet face-to-face with venture capital and private equity firms from across the country during the Winners Circle event on “Fast Friday” May 20, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

You can connect to early-bird and "under 30" ticket options by clicking here. Inside INdiana Business is once again a media partner of the Mira Awards.

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