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Lean on the experience of our staff and the resources provided below to make a lasting and perhaps award-winning impression on the judges.

Enter the 24th Annual Mira Awards

All Entries Are Due by Friday, January 27th

Watch our “How to Enter the Mira Awards” Webinar from January 5th. This presentation and Q&A recording include tips and best practices for developing an award-winning entry for the Mira Awards.

This is the time of year when we look back on all we have accomplished personally and professionally and take stock of our progress. Every year is another opportunity to take a step toward greatness and make our mark on the world—and to get the recognition we deserve for our achievements!

Start preparing now for the next Mira Awards by working on your achievement story. Whether it’s a new product or service, a unique project or dramatic company growth, you’ll want to carefully determine how you are going to share what you have achieved with the judges. It’s also important to include analytics or other data to back up the significance of your accomplishments.

Our staff is also available to consult with you to help determine the best category for you to enter and to provide best practices for a quality application.  

2023 Award Categories

Focused on corporate teams that are driving digital adoption. This award was specifically created to recognize the pervasiveness of technology and its oversized role in an organization’s success regardless of the core business (i.e., technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and logistics, agribiosciences, academia and more).

Focused on scientific achievements, tech R&D efforts and other trailblazing discoveries coming from Indiana universities and businesses, or individual scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs.

Focused on digital product adoption, go-to-market success and rapid customer adoption achieved through outstanding sales and marketing strategy and execution.

Focused on new market creation or reshaping, serving overlooked or discontented customers, challenging incumbents, including new spin-outs or corporate innovation activities.

Focused on organizations that invest in Indiana tech companies as well as firms and companies that have executed exits in the two years prior.

This award is chosen by the executive committee of the TechPoint board of directors.

Focused on accelerators, firms and organizations that have demonstrated a strong commitment to helping Indiana entrepreneurs thrive, providing resources, counsel, connections and more.

Focused on professional services firms or internal corporate teams that are creating solutions, products or providing other professional services relating to IT/cyber, design/branding, marketing/PR, legal/accounting, consulting, data science or other.

Focused on new companies (five years old or younger) that have shown the greatest development, market traction and have the most promising potential for success including impressive year-over-year growth, company performance and management team.

NOTICE: There have been changes in the STARTUP OF THE YEAR and SCALE-UP OF THE YEAR criteria. It was previously listed that only companies UNDER $5 Million in revenue for Startup and UNDER $20 million in revenue for Scale-up were eligible. These limiters have been removed and the categories are now open to startups and scaling companies of any revenue level.

Focused on high-growth, innovation-driven, emerging companies (older than five years) that have built up market traction beyond the startup stage, focused on company performance and the management team.

NOTICE: There have been changes in the STARTUP OF THE YEAR and SCALE-UP OF THE YEAR criteria. It was previously listed that only companies UNDER $5 Million in revenue for Startup and UNDER $20 million in revenue for Scale-up were eligible. These limiters have been removed and the categories are now open to startups and scaling companies of any revenue level.

Recognizes licensed Indiana computer science (CS) teachers who teach a full CS course at any public, charter, parochial or other school.

Recognizes visionary leaders helping underserved students in Indiana access experiential learning that inspires the pursuit of STEM careers.

This award is chosen by the TechPoint Foundation for Youth board of directors.

Recognizes STEM educators, organizations, coaches, programs and platforms that inspire and open doors for learners of any ages, create economic opportunities and have an undeniably positive impact on student achievement and the future workforce.

Recognizes employers that are adopting skills-based talent management, implementing apprenticeships and more.

This award is chosen by TechPoint based on data provided through the Mission41K pledge.

Recognizes exceptional student startup founders and/or operators of any age and experience who have looked outside the box, started something new, and generated momentum, students must be enrolled in K-12 schools or higher education institutions.

Recognizes small teams within companies or service providers that have achieved a significant milestone in product development, design, discovery, engineering, company advancement or other through demonstrated problem-solving and/or innovation with measured outcomes.

Recognizes exceptional non-student startup founders or operators of any age and experience who have looked outside the box, started something new and generated momentum.

Recognizes tech companies that are developing talent; advancing DE&I; cultivating workplace culture; and making a positive impact in the community.

Recognizes visionaries whose contributions have had lasting and significant impact on the state and its technology ecosystem.

This award is chosen by the executive committee of the TechPoint board of directors.

Why should you enter the Mira Awards?

People Want to Do Business with the"Best of Tech"

Participating in the Mira Awards and becoming a nominee or potentially an award winner could do the following for your business.

  • ATTRACT NEW CUSTOMERSIVM, Inc. closed a significant sales agreement with Fortune 500 company HP after leveraging the added exposure from winning an Innovation of the Year Mira Award.
      
  • INCREASE SALES — Tech Product of the Year winner Heliponix could barely make GroPods fast enough to keep up with demand following the awards gala and ended up expanding its manufacturing operations earlier than expected. 

Investors, media and future employees take notice of award winners

  • OPEN DOORS WITH INVESTORS — Founder Amy Brown won the Rising Entrepreneur Award, which led to important investor relationships, seed funding and Series A capital rounds for Authenticx.
      
  • DRAW ANALYSTS AND MEDIA — DemandJump attributed oversubscribing its $1.8 million seed round and catching the attention of research analysts from Intelligentsia, Forrester and Gartner to winning two ‘Best of Tech’ Mira Awards.
      
  • BOOST RECRUITING EFFORTS — Schneider Geospatial hired a top engineering leader, support and services staff, and an entire sales team after being named Tech Service of the Year winner. 

Claim a top spot and demonstrate your leadership role in tech

  • IMPROVE BRAND AWARENESS — Winning Startup of the Year helped Lessonly establish its tech credentials with partners, media and potential new employees.
      
  • CREATE A RALLYING POINT — Pivot of the Year winner OneCause used the Mira Awards season as its own internal platform to create a sense of purpose and big goal achievement within the company.
      
  • SECURE BRAGGING RIGHTS — Past nominees and winners alike have secured new venture capital, signed new customers, and hired exceptional new employees because of the exposure and gravitas that comes with participating in the awards. 

Watch the "How to Enter" Webinar

This recording of our January 5th webinar includes tips and best practices for how to put your best foot forward with the judges and create an award-winning entry for the Mira Awards. You may also follow along with the slides from the presentation.

Entry Timeline for Mira Awards

Nominations and Applications Open

Beginning in late December, you may enter the Mira Awards by filling out an application or you can nominate someone else in the community who you believe is deserving of recognition.

Attend "How to Enter" Webinar

Hear about new categories, tips and best practices, and ask any questions you may have about entering the awards.

Watch the recording above of our “How to Enter the Mira Awards” Webinar

Nominate Colleagues and Partners

Hoosiers are often too modest to “apply” for an award despite being highly deserving of recognition. Help us identify the “Best of Tech” by nominating someone.

Record Your Entry Video

Applicants are highly encouraged to include a 5-minute explainer video with their entry.

Submit Your Entry or Entries

The deadline to enter the 2023 Mira Awards is Friday, January 27th.

Prepare Your Pitch for Live Judging

All nominees will pitch their entry in a virtual meeting with the judging panel evaluating your specific category.

Nominee Announcement

The 2023 Mira Award Nominees will be announced in the TechPoint Index newsletter on Tuesday, February 14th.

Become a Sponsor & Buy Tickets

It costs nothing at all to enter the Mira Awards because we want to be able to recognize the “Best of Tech” without any barriers. To cover the costs of the event, however, we seek sponsors and sell tickets to the gala.

Celebrate with the Community

Treat yourself to the one and only Mira Awards gala experience at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, April 22nd.

Share Your Awards Experience

Help spread the word about the oversized role of tech in the success of Indiana’s economy and post pictures and videos of “Tech’s Biggest Night.”

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