MIRA AWARDS

Honoring the Best of Tech in Indiana

TechPoint announced the 2020 Mira Award winners on June 18, during a special live broadcast of its 21st annual gala, with presenting sponsors Eli Lilly and Company, Genesys, Infosys, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Salesforce.

The TechPoint Mira Awards bring us together as a community to celebrate the state’s tremendous tech success stories and amplify them to media, investors and technology buyers nationwide.

WATCH VIDEO: Mira Awards Cold Opener featuring our 2020 nominees “Getting Ready.”
Amy Brown, Founder & CEO, Authenticx – Rising Entrepreneur Award
Nextech – Tech Education Award
Kronos Incorporated – Exceptional Employer Award
Indiana Department of Correction – Community Impact Award
Zylo – Scale-up of the Year - Tech Product
Elevate Ventures – Investor of the Year
KSM Consulting – Service Partner of the Year and Scale-up of the Year (Tech Service)
hc1’s PGx Advisor – Tech Product of the Year
#FortBenTech Campus and City of Lawrence – Rising Tech City Award
Woven – Startup of the Year

The Impact of Indiana's Top Tech Honors

Winning a Mira Award attracts new customers and increases sales, boosts recruiting efforts, opens doors with investors, analysts and media, and has a positive impact on brand awareness. Use the links below to find out how winning helped past honorees grow their businesses, and learn about past winners.

2021 NOMINATIONS & APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN IN NOVEMBER 2020.

Start Planning Now for Your 2021 Mira Awards Application.

Coveted TechPoint Mira Awards are awarded for achievement, discovery and innovation in technology, as well as the support and advancement of the tech community. Nominations and applications for 2021 awards should focus on accomplishments primarily executed during the 2020 calendar year. However, some categories allow for longer development periods as spelled out in the Categories and Criteria Guidelines.

What can you do to prepare? Start working on your achievement story. Whether it's a new product or service, a unique project or a dramatic company growth story, how are you going to share what you have achieved with the judges? What analytics will you provide 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. Contact Joshua Hall at joshua@techpoint.org.

Explore Categories

The 2020 Mira Awards categories are separated into four divisions: people, place, products and companies. Review the categories flyer for highlights and changes.

Categories Flyer
Categories & Criteria Guide

The application form for the Mira Awards is straightforward with one main required essay and blanks for supporting information and data. In order to prepare the best application, review the Categories & Criteria Guide for your chosen category.

Categories & Criteria Guide
Meet the Judges

Forty-eight independent volunteer subject matter experts read and evaluate applications, interview nominees, and select the Mira Award winners.

2020 Judges
Sponsorship

A Limited number of sponsorships are available. Contact Senior Director of Relationship Management Lauren Petersen at lauren@techpoint.org to learn more about sponsoring the Mira Awards.

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2020 Award Winners

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Products

Best New Tech Product

A highly innovative and ground-breaking commercially available tech product that burst onto the scene and took it by storm in the last year.

Heliponix

Heliponix™ provides consumers an innovative yet sustainable way to produce food on their property with the minimal amount of land and water.

Tech Service of the Year

This game-changing solution combines technology with professional services to solve a specific problem, disrupt the market or anticipate demand.

Codelicious

Codelicious provides computer science curriculum for elementary and middle school educators

Innovation of the Year

Research and development created a brand new way of doing things that revolutionizes, advances, or creates new tech industries and fields.

WorkHere

WorkHere is the first social app that instantly connects local workers and local employers.

Companies

Corporate Innovator of the Year

The strategic Indiana innovator who has dramatically impacted the value, development and success of their company.

City of Indianapolis

The Information Services Agency is the provider of IT service, strategy and solutions for City of Indianapolis & Marion County government.

Company Culture of the Year

This company gets two thumbs up from its employees. With a collaborative, productive, and creative environment, who wouldn’t want to work here?

Springbuk

Springbuk is a health analytics tool that simplifies employer data into a single warehouse for 1:1 engagement and predictive insights.

Best New Tech Startup

The new company that's kicking butt and taking names this year. They’ll be the one to watch in the future.

FreightRover

With our streamlined mobile app and web platform, FreightRover is the intersection between transportation and technology.

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

These innovative, growing businesses are thinking big and they want to be Indiana’s next big breakout tech companies.

Springbuk

Springbuk is a health analytics tool that simplifies employer data into a single warehouse for 1:1 engagement and predictive insights.

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

These innovative, growing businesses are thinking big and they want to be Indiana’s next big breakout tech companies.

SupplyKick

Your Stress-Free, Brand-First Amazon Solution! Growing brands to their full potential through lasting partnerships.

Tech Company of the Year ($20M+ Revenue)

This booming company may be thinking nationally, but they haven’t forgotten their Hoosier roots. They’re helping to put Indiana on the map in the technology world.

Salesforce

Salesforce, the Customer Success Platform and world's #1 CRM, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way.

People

Investor of the Year

For an angel investor or investment firm principal who brings money plus exceptional connections, advice and attention to Indiana companies.

High Alpha

We are a venture studio that conceives, launches, and scales next-generation enterprise cloud and SaaS companies.

Community Champion of the Year

For a person or organization who, though maybe not in tech themselves, has gone above and beyond to support the advancement of Indiana’s tech community.

Kristen Cooper, CEO & Founder, The Startup Ladies

Tech Educator of the Year

For an individual doing an exceptional job of inspiring, educating and preparing the future members of Indiana’s tech sector.

Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW), IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI

Rising Star Award

For an individual under 30 with achievements beyond their years and potential for significant future success.

Ellie Symes, CEO, The Bee Corp

Trailblazer Award

This bold visionary, hand-picked by the board of directors, takes significant risks in order to create lasting impacts on the tech community in Indiana.

John Wechsler, Founder, Launch Fishers and Indiana IoT Lab

TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award

student populations in Indiana gain access to experiential learning opportunities that inspire the pursuit of STEM careers. TechPoint Foundation for Youth is committed to inspiring the state’s underserved K-12 students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Foundation believes that youth should be equipped to address Indiana’s growing demand for a skilled workforce.

Jeffrey C. Musgrove Jr., Digital Development Lead at Eli Lilly and Company

People's Choice

Best Tech T-Shirt or Swag

The graphic T is the quintessential tech community uniform whether worn with a blazer, a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. These are the tech community’s favorites.

Upper Hand

Upper Hand sports software partners with sports organizations to help manage and grow their business.

Best Tech Event

Whether focused on learning, collaborating, celebrating or hacking, events bring our community together face-to-face, keep us connected and drive positive networks.

Kronos

Kronos Incorporated is a U.S.-based multi-national workforce management software and services company headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts

Best Tech Space

Tech firms know how to put their best foot forward and it shows in their workplaces. These are the coolest, most striking and unusual tech spaces in our community.

DeveloperTown

DeveloperTown helps leaders validate, design, and build new products.

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Innovation of the Year

Research and development created a brand new way of doing things that revolutionizes, advances, or creates new tech industries and fields.

Arrhythmotech

Arrhythmotech is the world leader in non-invasive detection and analytics of 'fight-or-flight' nervous system activity.

Best New Tech Product

A highly innovative and ground-breaking commercially available tech product that burst onto the scene and took it by storm in the last year.

DemandJump

Traffic Cloud™ - The Customer Acquisition platform. Simply put, DemandJump doubles marketing performance for our customers, across channels.

Products

Tech Service of the Year

This game-changing solution combines technology with professional services to solve a specific problem, disrupt the market or anticipate demand.

Fizziology

A social media research firm that uses real-time information from social media to provide meaningful business intelligence.

Companies

Corporate Innovator of the Year

The strategic Indiana innovator who has dramatically impacted the value, development and success of their company.

ClusterTruck

We are using technology to change the way food is delivered to the customer; making sure that food is hot, fresh and just out of the kitchen

Companies

Company Culture of the Year

This company gets two thumbs up from it’s employees. With a collaborative, productive, and creative environment, who wouldn’t want to work here?

One Click Ventures

One Click is on a mission is to be the world's most people-focused eyewear company.

Companies

New Start-Up of the Year

The new company that's kicking butt and taking names this year. They’ll be the one to watch in the future.

ClusterTruck

We are using technology to change the way food is delivered to the customer; making sure that food is hot, fresh and just out of the kitchen

Companies

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

These innovative, growing businesses are thinking big and they want to be Indiana’s next big breakout tech companies.

DoubleMap

DoubleMap provides transit software that enhances the rider experience and improves operational efficiency.

Companies

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

These innovative, growing businesses are thinking big and they want to be Indiana’s next big breakout tech companies.

ClearObject

Digital transformation company highly specialized in IoT Engineering Managed Services, Analytics and Connected Product Development.

Companies

Tech Company of the Year ($20M+)

This booming company may be thinking nationally, but they haven’t forgotten their Hoosier roots. They’re helping to put Indiana on the map in the technology world.

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Products

Best New Tech Product

A highly innovative and ground-breaking commercially available tech product that burst onto the scene and took it by storm in the last year.

DATTUS

At DATTUS, we are building and delivering solutions that will change the future of industrial facilities.

Products

Innovation of the Year

DemandJump

Traffic Cloud™ - The Customer Acquisition platform. Simply put, DemandJump doubles marketing performance for our customers, across channels.

Products

Innovation of the Year (Scientific Breakthrough)

Companies

Company Culture of the Year

Companies

Corporate Innovator of the Year

Schneider Geospatial

A Mira Award winner for providing cutting edge and industry leading solutions to local and state governments across the US.

Companies

New Start-up of the Year

DemandJump

Traffic Cloud™ - The Customer Acquisition platform. Simply put, DemandJump doubles marketing performance for our customers, across channels.

Companies

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

pi lab

An elite team to bring their collective product visions to life, pi lab goes beyond making consumer electronics for simple entertainment.

Companies

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

Geofeedia

Search & analyze real-time social media content coming from any location in the world. Helping 100s of organizations today.

Companies

Tech-enabled Company of the Year

First Internet Bank

Modern online bank. Timeless banking principles.

Companies

Tech Company of the Year ($20M+)

Appirio

Appirio, a Wipro Company provides outcome-oriented consultants to help customers improve Worker & Customer experience using cloud technology

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People

Rising Entrepreneur Award

This award recognizes a young person who is both an entrepreneur and a contributor to the tech community. The emphasis for this award is on the impact made and demonstrated outstanding, continuous achievement.

Casey Gauss, Co-founder and CEO, Viral Launch

Tech Educator of the Year Award

This award recognizes educators who inspire students to learn and whose creative, innovative application of technology in the classroom or other learning environments has had a positive impact on student achievement.

Ariel Crawley, Ivy Works Director, Ivy Tech Community College

Investor of the Year

This award category recognizes all types of investors who bet on Indiana tech companies and serve as critical mentors and connectors beyond the financial instrument.

Allos Ventures – Don Aquilano, Managing Director

TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award

The TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award recognizes visionary leaders who are helping Indiana’s underserved, K-12 student populations gain access to experiential learning opportunities that increase STEM knowledge and inspire STEM career exploration.

Stephen J. Dutton, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer Award recognizes visionaries whose contributions have had lasting and significant impact on the state and its technology ecosystem. Trailblazers are among the state’s most inspiring and influential players. They are innovative risk-takers whose achievements and bold leadership are catalysts for tech growth and success.

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb

Place

Community Champion of the Year

This award category celebrates and thanks people who have championed the advancement of Indiana’s tech community.

Katie Birge, Executive Director, Launch Indy at Union 525

Rising Tech City Award

This award category recognizes a city, town, region or community within the state of Indiana and celebrates the projects and the people behind them who have championed the location’s advancement with particular emphasis on tech friendliness.

The City of Fishers

City of Fishers is a Government entity.

Products

New Tech Product of the Year

This award category recognizes innovative new commercially available, technology-based products (hardware or software).

SIMBA Chain

SIMBA Chain is a completely new category of product that solves an increasingly important global security problem while literally reducing something incredibly complex down to just four simplified steps.

Tech Service of the Year

This award category recognizes the year’s best solution, which is defined as including delivery to a client of technology product(s) and professional services to solve a particular problem or take advantage of a specific opportunity.

Raytheon

Raytheon is a U.S.-based defense and industrial contractor.

Innovation of the Year

This award category recognizes scientific achievements, the results of R&D efforts and other trailblazing, market disrupting new technologies, which may include completed products.

Innovative Neurological Devices

Innovative Neurological Devices LLC, the maker of the Cervella CES system, is a medical device company located in Carmel, Indiana.

Companies

Exceptional Employer Award

This category recognizes tech companies that are doing an exceptional job of hiring and developing talent, cultivating workspaces and workplace culture, and deliberately increasing diversity. Special attention is paid to employers that recognize their role in the workforce development pipeline and place value on recruiting, training and ongoing professional development.

GEICO

Housed in the Center of Excellence, GEICO IT in Indy ensures GEICO is on the bleeding edge of the newest technologies.

Large Enterprise of the Year

This award category recognizes exceptional innovation and market position that is helping Indiana to become a recognized technology leader.

Cummins

Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology.

New Tech Startup of the Year

The New Tech Startup of the Year category recognizes startups with great potential that demonstrate the creative, strategic and innovative entrepreneurial spirit of Indiana’s technology industry.

Encamp

Encamp is an environmental software company that helps companies save time, minimize risk, and protect human and environmental health.

Scale-up Company of the Year

This award category recognizes high-growth, innovation-driven companies that provide technology products or services (or are a highly tech-enabled business), are gaining traction and could be Indiana's next big success stories.

Viral Launch

Software and services platform helping brands on Amazon source, launch, and dominate.

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People

Rising Entrepreneur Award

The Rising Entrepreneur Award recognizes exceptional startup founders of any age and experience who have looked outside the box, started something new, and have great potential for future success. This award celebrates the courage and industriousness of rising tech leaders as well as their impact on the community.

Amy Brown, Founder and CEO, Authenticx

Authenticx

Our platform analyzes and activates your customers’ voices to reveal transformational opportunities in healthcare.

Investor of the Year

The Investor of the Year award spotlights angel investors or investment firms who bring capital plus outstanding connections, advice and attention to Indiana tech companies. This award category recognizes all types of investors who bet on Indiana tech companies and serve as critical mentors and connectors.

Elevate Ventures

We believe communities and regions across Indiana can achieve more when they make entrepreneurism part of their DNA

Trailblazer Award

The Trailblazer Award recognizes visionaries whose contributions have had lasting and significant impact on the state and its technology ecosystem. Trailblazers are among the tech community’s most inspiring and influential players. They are innovative risk-takers whose achievements and bold leadership are catalysts for growth and success.

Kristian Andersen

Kristian Andersen is central to Indianapolis’ startup community and many prominent entities wouldn’t exist if not for him. He has vision to see the potential in people and organizations, a craftsmanship to distill and articulate that potential, a provocativeness that stirs people to act and think differently, and a boldness to take chances on new things or people.

Bridge Builder Award

The Bridge Builder Award recognizes visionary leaders who are helping underserved student populations in Indiana gain access to experiential learning opportunities that inspire the pursuit of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

The STEM Connection

Vera Vander Kooy founded the STEM Connection in 2014, with the mission of encouraging diversity, inclusion and equity in STEM. In its first year, the program served about 100 participants. In the past five years, 17,500 participants have taken part in offerings ranging from day camps, field trips, professional development opportunities, family events, STEM Future Leaders and community engagements.

Place

Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award celebrates mission-driven people or organizations that have helped to push our tech community forward--the impact makers of the year. Whether it’s through a corporation, an agency, a social enterprise, or through grit and determination as an individual, these inspiring champions have made a difference for all of us.

Indiana Department of Correction - The Last Mile Program

In partnership with The Last Mile program, Indiana is the first state outside of California to teach software coding skills to incarcerated persons. The small pilot blossomed in 2019 into a multi-facility program in Indiana that’s already having an impact. Providing offenders who are serving their time with transferable skills has a huge impact on reducing recidivism and creates a powerful career pathway to high demand job opportunities.

Tech Education Award

The Tech Education Award recognizes educators, organizations, mentors and others who inspire and open doors for learners of all ages through the creative, innovative application and/or support of technology. These leaders respond to the diverse needs of students and have an undeniably positive impact on student achievement and the future workforce.

Nextech

Non-profit focused on delivering education to the K-12 space

Rising Tech City Award

The Rising Tech City Award honors a city, town, region or community within the state of Indiana and celebrates the projects and the people behind them who have championed the location’s advancement with particular emphasis on tech friendliness. The emphasis is on developing compelling places where diverse, tech-skilled people want to live.

#FortBenTech Campus and City of Lawrence

What was once a shuttered military base, is now considered the model for mixed use redevelopment throughout the U.S. Fort Ben Tech Campus has emerged as a unique and picturesque home to a network of nearly 30 tech companies. Located in the City of Lawrence, the campus made great strides in 2019, attracting new companies, talent and investment, with several projects breaking ground this summer.

Products

Tech Product of the Year

Tech Product of the Year recognizes ground-breaking and disruptive new tech products that highlight the innovation coming from Indiana. These commercially available, technology-based products (hardware or software) have demonstrated that they have lasting ability and the potential to become a technology staples.

hc1

The bioinformatics leader in precision testing and prescribing.

Service Partner of the Year

The Service Partner of the Year award celebrates exceptional work by professional services firms or internal teams who created the year’s best solutions, which are defined as the development of tech products or other professional services for a tech company. Services may be related to IT/cyber, design/branding, marketing/PR, legal/accounting, consulting, data science or other.

KSM Consulting

KSM Consulting is an Indianapolis-based technology, data, and management consulting firm.

Innovation of the year

The Innovation of the Year award honors scientific achievements, R&D efforts and other trailblazing discoveries. The emphasis is on market disrupting new technologies, which may include completed products, that have the potential to change a market, an industry, an economy or even the world.

Anvl

Anvl helps companies ensure their employees make it home at the end of the day.

Companies

Exceptional Employer Award

The Exceptional Employer Award celebrates tech companies that are doing an exceptional job of hiring and developing talent, cultivating workspaces and workplace culture, and deliberately increasing diversity. These companies recognize their role in workforce development and place value on recruiting, training and continuing education.

Kronos

Kronos Incorporated is a U.S.-based multi-national workforce management software and services company headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts

Large Enterprise of the Year

The Large Enterprise of the Year award recognizes tech and tech-enabled companies that put a premium on talent development, diversity and inclusion; continuously demonstrate exceptional innovation that solidifies their market leadership positions; and help to bolster Indiana’s reputation and reality as a home for technological excellence.

Republic Airways

We are more than 6,000 professionals for whom flight – and the business of flying – are equal parts art and science.

Startup of the Year

The Startup of the Year award recognizes new companies with in-market tech products or services that have shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth and impact. These trailblazing ventures demonstrate the creative, strategic and innovative entrepreneurial spirit of Indiana’s technology community.

Woven

Evidence-based developer hiring platform.

Scale-up of the Year - Tech Service

The Scale-up of the Year award celebrates high-growth, innovation-driven businesses that provide technology products or services (or highly tech-enabled businesses). These emerging companies have built up traction beyond the startup stage, and they could be Indiana’s next big success stories.

KSM Consulting

KSM Consulting is an Indianapolis-based technology, data, and management consulting firm.

Scale-up of the Year - Tech Product

The Scale-up of the Year award celebrates high-growth, innovation-driven businesses that provide technology products or services (or highly tech-enabled businesses). These emerging companies have built up traction beyond the startup stage, and they could be Indiana’s next big success stories.

Zylo

Software Management Built for the Cloud

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