The “Best of Tech” Mira Awards program has undergone some big changes, so if you haven’t nominated anyone or haven’t entered the awards yourself in a while, this is the year and now is the time. All entries are due by midnight on Friday, January 27. 

This year there are 18 different award categories—more than ever before in the program’s 24 year history—and 10 categories are brand new. (See this year’s categories.

As the host of Indiana’s largest, best known and most prestigious technology awards, TechPoint was thrilled to once again host our annual celebration gala in person in last spring at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. To say the excitement of gathering together as a community again was palpable is insufficient. The crowd was downright rowdy in the best possible way! 

Watch the video recap produced by PAETHOS of TechPoint’s 23rd annual Mira Awards gala celebration. 

TechPoint expects the 2023 gala, which will be held on April 22, to be bigger and better because of a strategic effort to draw in nominations from across all industries throughout the state including technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and logistics, agribiosciences, academia and more. The new award categories reflect the importance of technology as an enabler of all other industries, as well as TechPoint’s focus on talent pathways into tech careers and the digital innovation that continues to drive disruptive change on a global scale. 

Any company, startup, scale-up, city, school, team or individual may enter the Mira Awards. It is not required that you be nominated by someone else to enter the awards and affiliation with TechPoint through membership or sponsorship has no impact on the awards.  

At-a-glance, quick awards entry resources:

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 CUSTOMERS — IVM, 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. 

According to Exceptional Employer Award winner GadellNet Consulting Services, the serious and thoughtful review process of the Mira Awards is unbiased validation that you’re doing good things for the tech community.  

“The world needs more good … let the Mira Awards be one of those shining lights for you and your team,” said GadellNet CEO Nick Smarrelli.