PEOPLE

Investor of the Year
For an angel investor or investment firm principal who brings money plus exceptional connections, advice and attention to Indiana companies.

Community Champion of the Year
For a person or organization who, though maybe not in tech themselves, has gone above and beyond to support the advancement of Indiana’s tech community.

Tech Educator of the Year
For an individual doing an exceptional job of inspiring, educating and preparing the future members of Indiana’s tech sector.

Rising Star Award
For an individual under 30 with achievements beyond their years and potential for significant future success.

Trailblazer in Technology Award
This bold visionary, hand-picked by the board of directors, takes significant risks in order to create lasting impacts on the tech community in Indiana.

PRODUCTS

Best New Tech Product
A highly innovative and ground-breaking commercially available tech product that burst onto the scene and took it by storm in the last year.

Tech Service of the Year
This game-changing solution combines technology with professional services to solve a specific problem, disrupt the market or anticipate demand.

Innovation of the Year
Research and development created a brand new way of doing things that revolutionizes, advances, or creates new tech industries and fields.

COMPANIES

Corporate Innovator of the Year
The strategic Indiana innovator who has dramatically impacted the value, development and success of their company.

Company Culture of the Year
This company gets two thumbs up from it’s employees. With a collaborative, productive, and creative environment, who wouldn’t want to work here?

New Start-up of the Year
The new company that’s kicking butt and taking names this year. They’ll be the one to watch in the future.

Scale-up of the Year ($100K-$5M Revenue) and ($5M-$20M Revenue)
These innovative, growing businesses are thinking big and they want to be Indiana’s next big breakout tech companies.

Tech Company of the Year ($20M+ Revenue)
This booming company may be thinking nationally, but they haven’t forgotten their Hoosier roots. They’re helping to put Indiana on the map in the technology world.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE (PUBLIC VOTING) AWARDS

Best Tech T-Shirt or Swag
The graphic T is the quintessential tech community uniform whether worn with a blazer, a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. These are the tech community’s favorites.

Best Tech Event
Whether focused on learning, collaborating, celebrating or hacking, events bring our community together face-to-face, keep us connected and drive positive networks.

Best Tech Space
Tech firms know how to put their best foot forward and it shows in their workplaces. These are the coolest, most striking and unusual tech spaces in our community.

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Important Dates & Deadlines for the 2017 Mira Awards

Thursday, December 1, 2016 — Applications OPEN, Call for Entries

Friday, January 20, 2017 — Application Forms Due from All Companies, Organizations and Individuals

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 through Friday, February 10, 2017 — All applications will be read, evaluated and scored by independent panels of subject matter experts to arrive at the 2017 class of Mira Awards nominees

Tuesday February 14, 2017 — 2017 Mira Awards Nominee Announcement

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 & Thursday, February 23, 2017 — Nominee Interviews with Judging Panels (Interviews will be scheduled after February 14th finalist announcement.)

Friday, March 31, 2017, Midnight — Early-Bird Ticket Purchase Deadlines

Saturday April 29, 2017 — TechPoint 2017 Mira Awards Gala at The Westin Indianapolis Hotel and Conference Center — Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Application Process and General Eligibility Requirements

  • Anyone may submit an application.
  • There is no cost to apply.
  • Self-nomination through the application process is common and encouraged. (You don’t have to be nominated by someone else, just go ahead and apply.)
  • Individual applicants must work and live in the state of Indiana, except for the Tech Investor of the Year category.
  • Company applicants must either be headquartered in Indiana or at a minimum have a significant Indiana-based operation with employees who work and live within the state of Indiana. Only work done by Indiana employees will be considered for awards.
  • Product/service or technology applicants must have been primarily developed by Indiana-based employees.
  • Association with TechPoint is not required and sponsorship has no impact on an applicant’s chances of being named a nominee or winning.
  • Should an application appear to better qualify for a different category than originally submitted, Mira Award judges and TechPoint staff reserve the right to enter the application into the more suitable category.

People’s Choice Categories

The People’s Choice Mira Awards categories are new this year and will be judged via public voting system. Public voting will also be enabled for the People, Products and Companies categories for awareness and sharing purposes, but the results will not impact the judges independent evaluations and decisions.

Application Process and Applicant Interview Dates

Mira Award applications are reviewed and ranked by independent panels of company founders, CEO/presidents, CIOs, VPs and a variety of other subject matter experts. The rankings determine which applicants will be included in the 2017 class of Mira Award nominees.

Next, Mira Award nominees are required to deliver brief presentations and participate in 20-minute in-person interviews with the judging panel from their specific category on February 22 or 23**, and should be prepared to answer questions and discuss their application in further detail.

** We recommend making note of both of these interview dates in your calendar immediately to avoid conflicts that may prevent you from being available to present.

** MARK YOUR CALENDAR: REQUIRED IN-PERSON NOMINEE INTERVIEWS TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 22 or 23.

Because the volunteer judges are busy professionals themselves, it is impossible to reschedule missed interview appointments.

Mira Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Mira Award winners will be announced during the Mira Awards Gala on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at The Westin Indianapolis.

Confidentiality

TechPoint and the TechPoint Mira Awards judges agree to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality with respect to information that is not in the public domain regarding organizations, individuals, or technologies nominated for the TechPoint Mira Awards.

Questions

If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, please contact Joshua Hall at joshua@techpoint.org or call 317-464-5416.

Award Categories:

PEOPLE

Investor of the Year (Individual or Team)

This award category recognizes investors who bet on Indiana tech companies and serve as critical mentors and connectors beyond the financial instrument.

To be eligible, the investor must have made an investment in at least one Indiana headquartered technology company during calendar-year 2016. This is not a firm award; a specific outstanding individual or team is required.

Individuals from venture capital firms, peer-lending organizations, investor groups, angel investors and personal investors located within and outside of the state of Indiana are encouraged to apply.

Community Champion of the Year (Individual or Team)

This award category celebrates and thanks people who have championed the advancement of Indiana’s tech community.

To be eligible, a major effort or project should have been executed during the 2016 calendar year. Special attention will be paid to those applicants who demonstrate genuine drive to improve the tech community and the careers and/or lives of people living and working in Indiana.

For example:

  • A legislator who champions pro-technology Indiana public policy
  • An educator who helps children discover STEM and steers them toward more opportunities
  • An early-adopter corporation with a commitment to buy its technology within Indiana
  • A public figure who helps to draw attention to the tech community’s vitality

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • Is the community champion innovative, creative and adding value?
  • Has the champion demonstrated a commitment to contribute to the industry and drive it forward?
  • Does the champion project passion for the community/industry and inspire others?

Educator of the Year Award (Individual or Team)

This award recognizes educators who inspire students to learn and whose creative, innovative application of technology in the classroom or other learning environments has had a positive impact on student achievement.

No school association is required. Many applicants are associated with an educational institution including K-12 and post-secondary schools, however, educators of all kinds teaching in diverse and non-traditional environments are encouraged to apply.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • Has the educator demonstrated excellence and/or innovation in the use of technology for educational achievement?
  • Does the educator inspire students and excite them regarding the opportunities available to them through technology?
  • Did the educator demonstrate how she/he motivated, rewarded and/or challenged students to achieve through the application of technology?

Rising Star Award

This award recognizes a young person working in tech who has made an impact and demonstrates outstanding, continuous achievement.

To be eligible, applicants must be 29 years old or younger as of December 31, 2016. There is no minimum age limit. Students and teen entrepreneurs who hold professional positions and/or run their own businesses are eligible.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • Has the applicant achieved more than would be expected from someone at her or his level of training and experience?
  • Has the applicant demonstrated a desire to be a part of advancing Indiana’s tech community?
  • Does the applicant have any other accomplishments, civic activity or community involvement that distinguish him/her in Indiana as outstanding, or other reasons why judges should select her or him for this award?

TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award  & TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology Award

Both of the prestigious industry awards – TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder and TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology – are selected by the respective boards of directors of the TechPoint Foundation for Youth and TechPoint. There is no public nomination process for these two awards.

PRODUCTS

Best New Tech Product

This award category recognizes innovative new commercially available, technology-based products (hardware or software).

To be eligible, products must currently be in-market and must have been available for sale for the first time (no upgrades or Mark II products unless entirely new) prior to December 31, 2016 and no earlier than July 1, 2015.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • Does the product demonstrate tech innovation or market disruption?
  • Is the product a great value for its target audience?
  • Has the product proven to have market viability either through mass usage, strong pilots, or paying customers?
  • Does the product have lasting ability and the potential to become a technology staple?

Tech Service of the Year Award

This award category recognizes the year’s best solution, which is defined as including delivery to a client of both technology product(s) and professional services to solve a particular problem or capitalize on a specific opportunity.

To be eligible, the tech service/solution must have been in use by a paying customer during calendar-year 2016. The tech service of the year is a singular solution, not a company or body of work. The tech service must have been primarily developed in Indiana. New versions of previously marketed solutions will not be considered.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • Does the tech service demonstrate innovation or market disruption?
  • Is the service a great value for its target audience?
  • Has the service proven to have market viability either through mass usage, strong pilots, or paying customers?
  • Does the tech service have lasting ability and the potential to become an industry benchmark?

Innovation of the Year Award

This award category recognizes scientific achievements, the results of R&D efforts and other trailblazing, market disrupting new technologies, which may include completed products.

To be eligible, the innovation must have achieved a significant development milestone in 2016. The innovation of the year is a singular innovation, not a company or body of work. The technology-based innovation must have been primarily developed in Indiana. New versions of previously marketed technologies will not be considered.

Nominees are expected to demonstrate how this innovation positions the company or licensees for sustainable future growth and business success, even though actual sales are not a requirement. However, commercial viability will be closely examined.

COMPANIES

Corporate Innovator of the Year

This award category recognizes technological innovation within a company that has had a significant, measureable impact on the organization. Tech-enabled companies outside of the technology industry are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, the corporate innovation must have achieved a significant development milestone in 2016. The corporate innovation must have been primarily developed in Indiana.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • Has the innovation positioned the company for future growth and success?
  • Does the innovation create a new market entry for the company or significantly strengthen the company’s ability to compete in existing markets?
  • Has the innovation resulted in significant budgetary savings or new revenues with a high return on investment?

Company Culture of the Year

This category recognizes tech companies that have cultivated workplaces that inspire their employees to succeed in a positive, productive environment that drives the organization forward.

To be eligible, companies must be headquartered in Indiana or at a minimum have a significant Indiana-based operation or division/business unit with employees who work and live within the state of Indiana.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • How does the company’s culture support communications/feedback with employees and customers?
  • Is professional development via continuing education, training and other methods an integral part of the company’s culture?
  • Does the company’s culture enhance performance and help it to sustain a competitive advantage?

New Tech Startup of the Year (Launched in 2016)

The New Tech Startup of the Year category recognizes startups with great potential that demonstrate the creative, strategic and innovative entrepreneurial spirit of Indiana’s technology industry.

To be eligible, startups must have publicly launched after January 1, 2016. The incorporation date of the company can be earlier, but the primary launch of the product or service must be in 2016, and there must be an in-market tech product or service that can be purchased.

Nominees will be judged on a variety of factors including the quality of their business idea and plan, the strength of the founding team and their ability to fund initial operations.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • Has the company achieved measurable growth since its inception or has it sufficiently demonstrated a strong likelihood for measurable growth?
  • Does the company show potential for high-growth $10MM-$50MM in a much larger market?
  • Are the company’s go-to-market strategies unique and strong? How are they measuring/demonstrating success?

Tech Scale-up Company of the Year (Two Levels: $100,000-$5 Million Revenue and $5 Million-$20 Million Revenue)

This award category recognizes two different levels of high-growth, innovation-driven companies that provide technology products or services (or are a highly tech-enabled business), are gaining traction and could be Indiana’s next big success stories.

Two Levels:

  • $100,000 – $5,000,000 Revenue
  • $5,000,000 – $20,000,000 Revenue

To be eligible, companies must be headquartered in Indiana or at a minimum have a significant Indiana-based operation or division/business unit with employees who work and live within the state of Indiana.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least (1) one year old
  • Annual revenue of at least $100,000, up to millions
  • At least 20% annual revenue growth
  • Desire to grow and hire significantly in Indiana
  • Fewer than 500 employees

Key considerations are financial growth, business growth, sustainability, impact on the market/industry, and technical business and product/service excellence.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • Is the company thinking big? Do they have designs for reaching $1BB valuation and going public one day?
  • Who makes up the leadership team and how are they driving this company’s success?
  • Has the company demonstrated positive financial growth for the previous three years, and has the company’s value increased as a result of its financial performance?
  • Has the company grown its employee base in Indiana substantially in the past three years?

Tech Company of the Year Award ($20 Million Revenue and Higher)

This award category recognizes tech companies with $20 million in revenue and higher that provide technology products or services, and demonstrate exceptional innovation and market position that is helping Indiana to become a recognized technology leader.

To be eligible, companies must be headquartered in Indiana or at a minimum have a significant Indiana-based operation or division/business unit with employees who work and live within the state of Indiana.

Key considerations are financial performance, strategic business development, sustainability, impact on the market/industry, technical business and product/service excellence, and accomplishments as an exceptional corporate citizen.

The following criteria will be considered in determining the nominees and winner:

  • Is the company a recognized leader in its market with a reputation for being innovative?
  • Who makes up the leadership team and how are they driving this company’s success?
  • Has the company demonstrated positive financial performance for the previous three years, and has the company’s value increased as a result of its financial performance?
  • Has the company grown beyond Indiana/United States or gained national exposure for its product/service?

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

NOTE: The following five (5) People’s Choice Mira Awards are non-adjudicated and chosen by the community via non-scientific public preference vote.

Best Tech T-Shirt or Swag

The graphic T is the quintessential tech community uniform whether worn with a blazer, a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. These are the tech community’s favorites.

Best Tech Event

Whether focused on learning, collaborating, celebrating or hacking, events bring our community together face-to-face, keep us connected and drive positive networks.

Best Tech Space

Tech firms know how to put their best foot forward and it shows in their workplaces. These are the coolest, most striking and unusual tech spaces in our community.

Mission of the TechPoint Mira Awards

The Mira Awards bring us together as a community to celebrate the state’s tremendous tech success stories and amplify them to media, investors and technology buyers nationwide.

The awards celebrate technological innovation, personal achievement, and business success in the state of Indiana. Mira Award nominees and winners are among the highest achieving and most innovative businesses, organizations, schools, departments, teams or individuals from across the state.

TechPoint firmly believes that recognizing achievements, celebrating successes and highlighting significant contributions that the tech sector has made to Indiana’s overall economy are critical to fostering more of them.

All 2017 TechPoint Mira Awards are given for achievement during calendar year 2016 (except for a couple categories that allow for earlier development).

Questions and Contact Information

If you have any questions about the nomination guidelines, nomination form or process, please contact Joshua Hall at joshua@techpoint.org or call 317-464-5416.

For information about corporate sponsorship and sponsored seating, please contact Lauren Petersen at lauren@techpoint.org or call 317-275-2089.

For information about media outreach, please contact Sara Croft at sara@techpoint.org or call 317-224-4897.