Tim Balz Nominated for TechPoint Mira Awards
From 180 applications, independent judging panels selected 90 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 29, at The Westin Indianapolis
TechPoint, the growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem, has announced the nominees for its 18th annual Mira Awards presented by Angie’s List, Genesys, and Salesforce. The Mira Awards program is a six-month season of events and communications honoring ‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’ each year.
“In just over a decade, Indiana has seen more than $6.5 billion in acquisitions and IPOs from our tech community. More recently, in 2016, two-thirds of all the venture capital dollars and three-quarters of all the deals raised in Indiana went to tech companies,” said TechPoint President and CEO Mike Langellier. “The Mira Awards exist to celebrate our state’s tremendous tech success stories and amplify them to media, investors and technology buyers nationwide.”
Nominees were selected by 50 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:
“People’s Choice Public Voting” – Winners will be announced in late March.
Visit the Mira Awards Nominee Showcase (https://app.reviewr.com/s1/showcase//mira) and select from Best Tech Space, Best Tech Event or Best Tech T-Shirt or Swag to browse the People’s Choice Public Voting nominees.
“Mira Awards Gala” – Mira Award winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony and gala on Saturday, April 29, at The Westin 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.
The official 2017 TechPoint Mira Award nominees are:
Rising Star Award
Anurag Garg, DATTUS
Casey Gauss, Viral Launch
Lindsay Siovaila, Salesforce and Girl Develop It
Max Brickman, GLC Ventures
Nick Birch, PropelUp
Patrick Sells, Sells Group
Prahasith Veluvolu, Mimir
Tim Balz, Freedom Chairs
Tyler Foxworthy, DemandJump
Victor Gutwein, M25 Group
Community Champion of the Year
Mike Asem, M25 Group, The Anvil and Purdue Foundry
Douglas Rapp, Cyber Leadership Alliance
Eleven Fifty Academy Outreach Team
Joshua Driver, Open for Service
Tech Educator of the Year
Don Wettrick, Noblesville High School and Think Forward Foundation
Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW), Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI
Information Technology at Purdue University, Teaching and Learning Technologies
Jennifer Palilonis and Brad King, Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, Ball State University
Julie Alano, Hamilton Southeastern High School
Paul O’Connor, Eleven Fifty Academy
Peter Williams, Butler University and ClearScholar
Best New Tech Product
FATWIN Web Engagement by PERQ
Performance Assessment Network (PAN)
StoreFront by SmarterHQ
Tech Service of the Year
Fishers Police Department
Innovation of the Year
IndyVitals by The Polis Center at IUPUI
The ROY G. BIV Math System by Team Storm
New Startup of the Year
JUA Technologies International
Scale-up of the Year ($100K-$5M)
Scale-up of the Year ($5M-$20M)
Archway Technology Partners
Corporate Innovator of the Year
Adjunct Professor Link
Company Culture of the Year
Tech Company of the Year ($20M+)
Renaissance Electronic Services
TCC Software Solutions
In addition to the competitive Mira Awards categories, there is an Investor of the Year Award and two other special industry recognitions — TechPoint Foundation for Youth BridgeBuilder Award and TechPoint Trailblazer in Technology Award — are selected by the TechPoint Foundation for Youth and TechPoint boards of directors respectively.
Winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony and gala featuring a reception and three-course seated dinner with live entertainment on Saturday, April 29th, at The Westin Indianapolis. Early-bird and “Under 30” tickets are on sale now at techpoint.org.
Sponsorship opportunities that include group tickets, are also available by contacting Lauren Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260-273-1855.
TechPoint is the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology companies and overall tech ecosystem. The team is focused on attracting talent, accelerating scale-up companies, activating the community, and amplifying stories of success. For more information, please visit techpoint.org.