ClusterTruck wins Corporate Innovator of the Year Mira Award

ClusterTruck Co-founder & CEO Chris Baggott, and Dan McFadden, Co-founder, accepted the Corporate Innovator of the Year Mira Award during the 18th annual "best of tech in Indiana" gala.

ClusterTruck, a startup rebuilding the concept of food delivery from the ground up, received the Corporate Innovator of the Year Award during TechPoint’s 18th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana.

ClusterTruck is delivering restaurant-quality (locally sourced) food faster than anyone else can by using technology and data to streamline the whole process. The company’s innovative approach to on-demand delivery improves on virtually every recognized food-service industry standard.

Based on the burgeoning food truck culture, ClusterTruck saw that people crave the flexibility of finding lots of types of food in one place, without sacrificing food quality or originality. So they built a central kitchen equipped to prepare a well rounded menu of restaurant-quality food, quickly and efficiently.

Because existing food delivery services have drivers picking up food from restaurants all over town and delivering lukewarm entrees and soggy sides, it puts a strain on restaurant kitchens and hurts their brands to have remote diners receiving food that would normally be below their standards. Plus, the excess legwork required of drivers in that model makes it hard for them to make a living and results in low pay and high turnover.

Led by visionary tech entrepreneur Chris Baggott and an all-star team of successful executives and builders, ClusterTruck created an original suite of software that perfects the timing of food prep to minimize the time between kitchen and consumer, and coordinates delivery drivers to make it easier for them to communicate with customers and make more deliveries per hour.

The Mira Awards judges determined that ClusterTruck embodies everything the Corporate Innovator of the Year award recognizes by rebuilding the concept of food delivery from the ground up, and using technology to streamline the whole process.

ClusterTruck’s innovative approach to on-demand delivery disrupts the industry standard in every way, and the data they collect and analyze daily allows their development, marketing and distribution teams to quickly adjust to demand and improve processes at every level.

TechPoint, the growth initiative for Indiana’s tech ecosystem, honored the successes and innovation of Indiana companies, entrepreneurs, educators, and other leaders at The Westin Indianapolis during the 18th annual Mira Awards gala presented by Angie’s List, Genesys, and Salesforce.

A total of 15 award winners and three honorable mentions were chosen from the 90 outstanding companies, organizations, and individuals who were selected as nominees this year out of the 180 applications received highlighting achievements during the 2016 calendar year.

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Fifty independent, volunteer judges spent more than 850 total hours reviewing and ranking applications, interviewing nominees, and selecting this year’s winners. Judges included company founders, CEOs and presidents; CTOs, CIOs and software developers; professors and chancellors from Indiana universities; design, human resources and sales professionals, and a variety of other subject matter experts.

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The Mira Awards are named after the first of the brilliant variable stars to be discovered – the Mira Star. It is also the Latin root meaning “worthy of admiration, wonderful, marvelous.” The awards represent the best of tech in Indiana each year.

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CATEGORY: E-Commerce, Service Provider Technology CITY: Indianapolis

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