TechPoint Honors the Best of Tech in Indiana at 2015 Mira Awards
Apparatus, AniDyn, TinderBox and Lesson.ly, Among Top Honorees
TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, honored Indiana’s best companies, entrepreneurs, educators, and other leaders for their technology excellence and innovation at the 16th annual Mira Awards gala presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.
Among those taking home top honors were Apparatus (Tech Company of the Year), AniDyn: Animated Dynamics (Tech Innovation of the Year), TinderBox (Emerging Tech Company of the Year), Lesson.ly (Tech Startup of the Year) and the co-founder of ExactTarget and Compendium Chris Baggott (Trailblazer in Technology), and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder).
Out of the 100 companies selected as nominees this year, 73 of them didn’t even exist five years ago. Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint, said that this trend of new companies accounting for half or more of the nominees has been going on for three years in a row now, and that it is a good sign — the sign of a thriving tech ecosystem.
There are 31 companies competing in the Tech, Emerging Tech and Startup of the Year award categories. These companies created more than 315 jobs altogether in 2014, and 13 of the nominees posted triple digit growth last year.
“The Mira Awards amplify success stories of some of the very best Indiana startups, scaleups, and established tech companies, which helps them win new customers, attract investment capital, and acquire skilled talent,” Langellier said. The Miras are a large, annual part of our mission to accelerate tech growth in Indiana.”
Forty-three independent, volunteer judges spent more than 700 collective hours reviewing and ranking the applications, interviewing the nominees and selecting the winners. Judges included 15 company founders, eight CEOs and presidents, four CIOs, six vice presidents and a variety of other subject matter experts.
Full List of the 2015 TechPoint Mira Award winners and runners-up:
(Descriptions of the companies or individuals and why they were chosen are below.)
- Tech Company of the Year: Apparatus
- Emerging Tech Company of the Year: TinderBox
- Runner-Up: hc1.com
- Tech Startup of the Year: Lesson.ly
PRODUCT OR TEAM ACHIEVEMENT
- Tech Innovation of the Year: AniDyn – Animated Dynamics
- Tech Services Award (IT in Support of the Business): NextGear Capital
- Runner-Up: Megaputer Intelligence Inc.
- Tech Services Award (IT in Support of Go-to-Market): Vennli
- Runner-Up: Compliancedashboard®
- Tech Sales and Marketing Award: Weblink International
- Runner-up: Great Fermentations
- Mobile Tech Award: pi lab – Edwin the Duck
- Marketing Tech Award: Geofeedia
- Runner-Up: Didgebridge
- Health Tech Award: Extension Healthcare
- Education Tech Award: SPEAK MODalities
- Tech Educator of the Year Award: Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division
- Runner-Up: Eleven Fifty Academy
- Trailblazer in Technology Award: Chris Baggott, Co-founder of ExactTarget and Compendium
- TechPoint Rising Star Award: Ilya Rekhter, CEO, DoubleMap Inc.
- TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award: Mayor Greg Ballard, City of Indianapolis
TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award (Mayor Greg Ballard, City of Indianapolis) Mayor Ballard was chosen to receive this award in recognition of his vision, commitment, and steadfast pursuit to provide access to hands-on, mentor-led, robotics education programming for all Indianapolis students through the City of Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship (IndyVRC). READ MORE
TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology Award (Chris Baggott, Co-Founder of ExactTarget and Compendium) Baggott co-founded the email marketing juggernaut ExactTarget and served as CMO before leaving to start the business blogging and content marketing trendsetter Compendium. He also authored a book about email marketing published by Wiley. ExactTarget was acquired by Salesforce in 2013 for $2.5 billion, and Oracle acquired Compendium the same year for an undisclosed amount. READ MORE
Tech Company of the Year (Apparatus) Apparatus specializes in durable, scalable managed IT solutions backed by technological insights that deliver increasing business value to clients over time. The company’s suite of highly configurable, enterprise consulting solutions stretch across unified communications, collaboration, business intelligence, mobile, and cloud computing. Last year, Apparatus launched its acclaimed Kore® IT management platform, entered 24 new markets nationwide and created dozens of new jobs. READ MORE
Emerging Tech Company of the Year (TinderBox) TinderBox makes it faster to create and deliver sales proposals, contracts and even presentations entirely online. In 2014, the company doubled its workforce to 49 employees, added more than 200 customers, and launched an entirely new mobile-first product experience that allows users to create, send and track sales materials from any device, anywhere. After rounds of funding each year since its founding — including being the first non-Silicon Valley company to receive funding from West Coast-based FundersClub — TinderBox raised an additional $3 million in venture capital in 2014 to fuel growth and product innovation. READ MORE
Tech Startup of the Year (Lesson.ly) Team-training software company, Lesson.ly, has experienced rapid growth from two to 10 full-time employees, while revenues grew by 850 percent in 2014 alone. Lesson.ly’s clients include brands such as Lyft, ModCloth, and Angie’s list, and the company secured $1.1 million of financing in late 2014 — mostly from angel investors with participation from Allos Ventures. Lesson.ly is the first company outside of ExactTarget to raise money from all three ExactTarget co-founders. READ MORE
Tech Innovation of the Year (AniDyn: Animated Dynamics, Inc.) Animated Dynamics, Inc. (AniDyn) is a biotechnology start-up that uses a breakthrough technology, called BioDynamic Imaging, to look inside living samples of patient biopsies to measure how well cancer drugs are working. With Anidyn’s 9-hour assay, BioDynamic Imaging has the potential to eliminate terrible lost weeks of chemotherapy that simply isn’t working, and allow doctors to select new combination therapies that can begin to eliminate the cancer within days. READ MORE
Tech Services Award – IT to Support the Business (NextGear Capital) NextGear Capital is the world’s leading independent inventory finance company, providing flexible lines of credit for car dealers to purchase new and used inventory. NextGear Capital’s growth in 2014 was nothing short of astonishing with receiveables increasing by 50 percent to nearly $3 billion. It was developing and implementing a proprietary ERP/CRM/mobile platform — upon which NextGear operates its entire business — that directly contributed to doubling the company’s revenue last year. READ MORE
Tech Services Award – IT to Support Go-to-Market (Vennli) Vennli is a software-as-a-service platform that harnesses real-time customer insights — the factors customers weigh when making purchasing decisions — and transforms them into growth strategies upon which leaders can take immediate action. Vennli has found a business development niche that is underserved and applied technology in innovative ways that provides research, visualization, and prescriptions for companies to grow their businesses. READ MORE
Tech Sales and Marketing Award (Weblink International) WebLink is a software as a service company that provides membership management solutions to chambers of commerce, trade and professional associations, and more than 650,000 small and medium businesses across North America. The 18-year-old company essentially reinvented itself in just 18 months in order to capitalize upon significant growth opportunities outside of its previous chambers of commerce sales niche. READ MORE
Mobile Tech Award (pi lab – Edwin the Duck) Edwin the Duck is actually a sophisticated piece of technology compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices that is the first consumer product from pi lab. Edwin is equipped with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, LED light, Bluetooth® and BTLE wireless connectivity, accelerometer, waterproof speaker and thermometer. pi lab developed a complete mobile experience — leveraging the best of mobile technology, apps and the internet of things to create Edwin the Duck. READ MORE
Marketing Tech Award (Geofeedia) Geofeedia’s patented platform enables organizations to find and monitor the social media conversations from specific geographic locations that are most important to them. Geofeedia has secured 10 U.S. patents for its pioneering SaaS technology, that creates virtual perimeters around locations (e.g. Indianapolis Airport) to listen for important conversations, even when they don’t include searchable handles or hashtags. READ MORE
Education Tech Award (SPEAK MODalities) SPEAK MODalities provides tablet apps that help children with autism learn speech and language. SPEAK MODalities apps are among the few language learning apps that focus on autism, and are backed by evidence-based research and technology licensed from Purdue University. Current studies of these technologies show an 80% effective rate in helping children develop some level of verbal communication. No other technology has evidence this robust. READ MORE
Health Tech Award (Extension Healthcare) Extension Healthcare’s Engage software helps hospitals provide better patient care by improving communication among doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, and streamlining the workflow of all personnel. Internal studies by customers found that Engage is saving hundreds of wasted work hours, reducing false alarms by up to 75 percent, and achieving highest-ever patient satisfaction scores. READ MORE
Tech Educators of the Year (Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division) NSWC Crane has a rich history of outreach to communities allowing employees time to participate in math and science tutoring. A formal STEM program was created and the outreach efforts were strategically aligned with how to facilitate, motivate, cultivate, and attract the next generation of STEM talent. Since the inception of this program, NSWC Crane and its personnel have served over 8,000 students, 100 teachers, and 100 schools. READ MORE
TechPoint Rising Star (Ilya Rekhter, CEO, DoubleMap) Rekhter founded transportation technologies company DoubleMap in 2011 and has since grown it to include more than 90 clients worldwide. Rekhter serves on the board of two local non-profit organizations, coaches youth basketball, and also focuses on global issues through his participation in the prestigious and highly competitive programs Hive and Project Ten. READ MORE
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