Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) was named Tech Company of the Year and Indianapolis-based Springbuk earned Scale-Up of the Year and Company Culture of the Year honors at Saturday's sold-out 19th Annual Mira Awards in Indianapolis. A panel of 52 judges selected the winners from a pool of more than 200 nominations for individuals, companies and organizations representing the best in tech in Indiana. Inside INdiana Business will publish a special e-newsletter this week and feature interviews on this weekend's television show showcasing the winners.
This year's winners are:
Trailblazer Award - John Wechsler, Founder, Launch Fishers and Indiana IoT Lab TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award - Jeffrey C. Musgrove Jr., Digital Development Lead, Eli Lilly and Co. Tech Educator of the Year - Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW), IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI Rising Star Award - Ellie Symes, Chief Executive Officer, The Bee Corp. Investor of the Year - High Alpha - Scott Dorsey, Managing Partner Community Champion of the Year - Kristen Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, The Startup Ladies Corporate Innovator of the Year - City of Indianapolis-Marion County, Information Services Agency Innovation of the Year - WorkHere Best New Tech Product - Heliponix Tech Service of the Year - Codelicious Company Culture of the Year - Springbuk Best New Tech Start-up - FreightRover Scale-up of the Year ($100K-$5M) - Springbuk Scale-up of the Year ($5M-$20M) - SupplyKick Tech Company of the Year ($20M+ Revenue) - Salesforce
The second annual People's Choice Mira Award winners include:
Best Tech Space- DeveloperTown's Tiny House Village Best Tech Event- Kronos Incorporated's Indianapolis Tech Center Interview Blitz Best Tech T-shirt or Swag- Upper Hand's Oakley Brand Icon Performance Shirt
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