Mira Honors 'Best in Tech' For 20th Anniversary

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The awards took place in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,400 attendees, which was the largest total in the program's history. The awards took place in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,400 attendees, which was the largest total in the program's history.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Indianapolis-based Viral Launch and Columbus-based Cummins (NYSE: CMI) were among the top honorees at this weekend's 20th annual Mira Awards in Indianapolis, organized by Indiana's tech initiative TechPoint. Viral Launch Chief Executive Officer Casey Gauss won the Rising Entrepreneur Award, while the creative and consulting services provider earned Scale-up of the Year honors. Cummins was named Large Enterprise of the Year.

The awards took place in front of a sold-out crowd of 1,400 attendees, which was the largest total in the program's history. The winners were chosen by a panel of 52 independent judges, who spent more than 850 total hours in the evaluation process. The honorees came from a list of over 100 company, organization and individual nominees.

You can see the full list of winners below:

PEOPLE

Rising Entrepreneur Award: Casey Gauss, Co-founder and CEO of Viral Launch
Investor of the Year: Allos Ventures - Don Aquilano, Managing Director
Tech Educator of the Year: Ariel Crawley, Ivy Works Director, Ivy Tech Community College
TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award: Stephen J. Dutton, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg
Trailblazer Award: Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

PLACES

Rising Tech City Award: City of Fishers
Community Champion of the Year: Katie Birge, Executive Director, Launch Indy at Union 525

PRODUCTS

New Tech Product of the Year: SIMBA Chain
Tech Service of the Year: Raytheon
Innovation of the Year: Innovative Neurological Devices

COMPANIES

Exceptional Employer Award: GEICO
Large Enterprise of the Year: Cummins
New Tech Startup of the Year: Encamp
Scale-up of the Year: Viral Launch

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