Nominations open for awards to recognize MVP employees and tech innovation

BLOOMINGTON – The Mill announced that nominations are open for the Fast 15 MVP Employee Awards and the Fuse Business Innovation Awards. The awards are part of the annual Community Innovation Awards sponsored by The Mill and the Herald-Times. Winners will be announced at a live event and publicized in a special supplement to the Herald-Times in October.

Andy Lehman

“Every organization has key people that everyone knows are the go-to if you want to get something done,” said Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming at The Mill. “These are the folks who always seem to go above and beyond. When they’re on the team, you know you can do anything. The MVP Awards are a chance to celebrate these star performers and show that we appreciate them.”

Nominees must live in Monroe County but can work for any company, including those without a local location. Self-nominations are accepted. More information and links to nominate are available at:

Fifteen MVP employees will be recognized at an evening gala at The Mill on October 11. The winners of two other programs will also be announced then: Best Places to Work Bloomington and the Fuse Business Innovation Awards. Nominations are closed for Best Places to Work, but there’s still time to nominate for Fuse, according to The Mill.

“We have a thriving local innovation ecosystem,” said Lehman. “Bloomington was recently ranked as the number 15 startup city in the Midwest, despite being much smaller than the other top-ranking cities. The Fuse Business Innovation awards recognize the leaders who are supporting and driving Bloomington’s growth as an innovation and tech hub.”

Fuse award categories include Entrepreneur of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Company of the Year, and others. More information and links to nominate are available at:

Nominations for the Fast 15 MVP Awards and the Fuse Business Innovation Awards are open until September 16.

About The Mill

The Mill ( is southern Indiana’s largest coworking space. Its mission is to spark Bloomington’s innovation economy by launching and accelerating startups, and its vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship.