Nominees Announced for 17th Annual Mira Awards Honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’

This year’s Mira Awards are presented by Angie’s List, Interactive Intelligence and Salesforce.DOWNLOAD the Nominee Badge.
This year’s Mira Awards are presented by Angie’s List, Interactive Intelligence and Salesforce.

From 168 applications, independent judging panels selected 98 companies, schools, organizations and individuals to advance as Mira Award Nominees

Winners will be announced during a black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, April 23, at The Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  (February 18, 2015) — TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, has announced the nominees for its 17th annual Mira Awards presented by Angie’s List, Interactive Intelligence, and Salesforce. The Mira Awards program is a five-month season of events and communications honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’ each year.

“This year’s Mira Awards are the first ever to have three presenting sponsors, all three are publicly-traded technology companies, and all three employ more than 1,000 people here in Indiana,” said Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint. “We couldn’t have planned it better or wished for better supporters than we have with Angie’s List, Interactive Intelligence and Salesforce.”

Eight of the 14 award categories are brand new this year. The changes reflect both the tech community’s maturation and TechPoint’s narrowed focus to address critical community needs — like filling the tech talent pipeline and accelerating high-potential, emerging tech companies.

Nominees were selected by 40 independent subject matter experts who evaluated and ranked the applications. Later this month, all nominees will deliver presentations and answer questions in-person with one of the independent judging panels, and then the judges will select the winners following their deliberations.

Key Mira Award events coming up in March, April and May include:

  • “Meet the Nominees Event” – The public can learn more about this year’s nominees at 60-second pitch event on Thursday, March 17.
  • “Mira Awards Gala” – Mira Award winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, April 23, at The Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.
  • “Winners Circle” – Current and past Mira Award Winners will have the chance to meet face-to-face with venture capital and private equity firms from across the country during the Winners Circle event on “Fast Friday” May 20, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The official 2016 TechPoint Mira Award nominees are:

Rising Star Award

Investor of the Year

Tech Educator of the Year

Best New Tech Product

Innovation of the Year

Company Culture of the Year

Corporate Innovator of the Year

New Start-up of the Year (Launched 2015)

Scale-up of the Year ($100K-$5M)

Scale-up of the Year ($5M-$20M)

Tech Company of the Year ($20M+)

In addition to the competitive Mira Awards categories, three special industry recognitions — TechPoint Foundation for Youth BridgeBuilder Award, TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology Award, and new category Community Champion of the Year — are selected by the TechPoint Foundation for Youth and TechPoint boards of directors respectively.

The black-tie awards ceremony and gala at The Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, April 23, features dinner and cocktails, live music and other fun, energized activities. Early-bird and “Under 30” tickets are on sale now at www.techpoint.org.

Sponsorship opportunities that include group tickets, are also available by contacting Lauren Petersen at lauren@techpoint.org or 260-273-1855.

About TechPoint

TechPoint is the voice and catalyst for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem. The team is focused on: 1.) Attracting Talent, 2.) Accelerating Scale-Up Companies, 3.) Activating the Community, and 4.) Amplifying Stories of Success. For more information, please visit www.techpoint.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The 2016 Mira Awards logo, moniker, and nominee badge are available for DOWNLOAD in multiple versions.