‘The Best of Tech in Indiana’ is Announced

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 16, 2021) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem, announced the nominees for its 22nd annual Mira Awards program presented by Salesforce.

The Mira Awards is the state’s largest and longest-running technology excellence and innovation recognition program, and the annual gala celebrates “The Best of Tech in Indiana.”

Last year, an estimated 5,000+ people watched the first-ever virtual live broadcast of TechPoint’s Mira Awards gala.

The nominees include individuals, community organizations, investors, education institutions and tech employers with remarkable achievements in the prior year. In aggregate, the 53 company nominees that provided data employ more than 18,600 people in the state of Indiana and they represent nearly $8.54 billion in annual revenue (excluding Eli Lilly and Company, Verizon, UKG, and non-Indiana generated revenues). Also represented are newly launched startups and fast-growing scale-ups that achieved three-digit and even four-digit percentage revenue growth in calendar-year 2020. 

The 2021 Mira Awards nominee class is the most diverse in the program’s 22-year history with 36% of all nominees (44 entries total) being women, people of color, immigrants or more than one of these intersectional groups in an owner, founder or CEO/president role. 

“The Mira Awards perennially celebrate remarkable growth and achievement by Hoosiers across our tech community. This year’s nominee stories also demonstrate inspirational and remarkable creativity, resilience, and persistence amidst the challenges of a pandemic,” said Mike Langellier, president and CEO of TechPoint. “We invite Hoosiers across the state to register and tune in the night of April 22nd to hear these stories and celebrate with us.”

Nominees were selected by 52 independent judges who evaluated and ranked the applications. In early March, nominees will present their cases and be interviewed by judging panels, after which the judges will select the winners following deliberations. The Judges include company founders, CEOs and presidents, CTOs, CIOs, and other community leaders and subject matter experts. 

The official 2021 TechPoint Mira Award nominees are:

Tech Product of the Year – (Highly innovative and ground-breaking tech products that burst onto the scene or achieved a major milestone in 2020)

  • 3Oe Scientific – IGGY™
  • ConverSight.ai
  • Cummins – Acumen®
  • DemandJump – Account-Based Attribution
  • DemandJump – Insights For Content (IFC)
  • Docket – Meeting Productivity Software
  • Encamp – Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Compliance Software
  • Malomo – SMB Shipment Tracking Platform
  • OneCause – Virtual Event Center
  • Realync – DIY Virtual Leasing and Engagement Platform
  • Rolls-Royce – AE 2100 Virtual Reality Maintenance Training Software
  • Zotec Partners – COVID Information Management System

Service Partner of the Year – (The year’s best service provider delivering remarkable, impactful service to clients – whether they be external or internal)

  • Blackink IT
  • DeliverEnd
  • High Alpha Innovation
  • Mobile reCell
  • PIER Group
  • Pondurance
  • RocketBuild
  • Studio Science

Innovation of the Year – (A brand new way of doing things that revolutionize, advances, or creates new tech industries and fields)

  • 120Water – Wastewater Monitoring for COVID-19
  • 3Oe Scientific – IGGY™
  • Benegraft – Rapid Dicer
  • Fight for Life Foundation – Building Dreams App
  • HySonic Technologies
  • InsightTRAC™ – Robotic Mummy Removal
  • NearWave Imager
  • OneCause – Virtual Event Center
  • Photon Automation – Pulse Spread Technology
  • SAAM – S-Series Air Quality Monitoring Device
  • Teichos Laboratories – Immune Response Amplifier
  • Verma Lab at Purdue University – DISCOVER Biosensors

Rising Entrepreneur Award – (A class of passionate and creative entrepreneurial leaders thriving in Indiana)

  • Yaw Aning, CEO, Malomo
  • Leslie Bailey, Owner, Indy Maven
  • Meng Deng, Founder and President, Adipo Therapeutics
  • Anna Haldewang, Founder and CEO, InsightTRAC™
  • Darye Henry, Founder and CEO, AfterSchool HQ
  • Luke Jacobs, Co-founder and CEO, Encamp
  • Rian Mc Donnell, CEO, FloWaste
  • Evan Rocheford, CEO, NutraMaize
  • Britain Taylor, CEO, ShuffleMe
  • Lindsay Tjepkema, Co-founder and CEO, Casted
  • Geng Wang, CEO, Civic Champs
  • Matt Weirich, Co-founder and CEO, Realync

Tech Education Award – (Celebrating educators and education innovators who inspire and have a positive impact on student achievement)

  • Linda D. Calvin, VP, School of IT, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Digital Leader Academy
  • CIO Matt Etchison, CDO Brad Watts and the Ivy Tech Community College ITS Team
  • Drew Goodin, Lead Instructor, Purdue Polytechnic High School
  • WGU Indiana
  • Zebulun M. Wood, Lecturer, IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI

Investor of the Year – (The venture firms or angel investors who bring money plus outstanding connections, advice, and attention to Indiana companies)

  • BIP Capital
  • IU Ventures
  • Susquehanna Growth Equity

Community Impact Award – (Individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to support the advancement of Indiana’s tech community)

  • Anushree Bag, Executive Director of Risk and Compliance, Indiana Office of Technology
  • DeliverEnd
  • gener8tor
  • Armando Hernandez, Principal Scrum Master, Roche
  • Indy Women in Tech – EMPOWERIndy @HOME
  • Jared Linder, CIO, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
  • Mary Rinehart, President and CEO, 1st Maker Space
  • The Polis Center at IUPUI – SAVI Coronavirus Data Hub
  • Trajectory
  • Women & Hi Tech

Exceptional Employer Award – (Companies doing an exceptional job of hiring and developing talent, cultivating workspaces and workplace culture and deliberately increasing diversity)

  • ActiveCampaign
  • Delta Faucet Company
  • GadellNet Consulting Services
  • Greenlight Guru
  • KSM Consulting
  • Moser Consulting
  • myCOI
  • Republic Airways/LIFT Academy
  • Socio
  • Springbuk

Pandemic Pivot of the Year – 200 Employees or Fewer (Small to medium-sized tech employers who responded in remarkable ways to serve societal or customer needs, seize market opportunities or survive amidst pandemic-induced challenges)

  • 120Water – Wastewater Monitoring for COVID-19
  • 1st Maker Space – STEM Take-Out Kits & Professional Teacher Training
  • Baker Hill – NextGen SBA Fast Track
  • ConverSight’s myLIBRO – Contactless Library Services
  • hc1 – CV19 Lab Testing Dashboard and Workforce Advisor
  • Markey’s Rental & Staging – Markey’s Virtual Presence
  • OneCause – Virtual Event Center
  • Playlister – Customizable Streaming for Churches and Schools
  • Socio – Virtual, Hybrid, and In-Person Events
  • Vibenomics – Audio Out-Of-Home™ Brand Advertising

Pandemic Pivot of the Year – More than 200 Employees (Large Enterprises and Institutional tech employers who responded in remarkable ways to serve societal or customer needs, seize market opportunities or survive amidst pandemic-induced challenges)

  • Aria Diagnostics – COVID 19 Testing Lab and Test Kits
  • Eli Lilly and Company – COVID 19 Testing Lab & Drive-Thru Service
  • Franklin College – LMS & Digital Fluency
  • Genesys – COVID-19 Taskforce
  • Indiana University – University Information Technology Services
  • KAR Global – Simulcast+
  • Netfor with Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Regenstrief Institute and Indiana Health Information Exchange – Indiana Pandemic Information Collaborative (IPIC) and the Regenstrief COVID-19 Dashboard
  • Republic Airways
  • Zotec Partners – COVID Information Management System

Startup of the Year – (Startups with great potential that demonstrate the creative, strategic and innovative entrepreneurial spirit of Indiana’s technology industry)

  • 3Oe Scientific
  • Authenticx
  • Casted
  • ConverSight.ai 
  • Decimal
  • Docket
  • Filo
  • FloWaste
  • Kennected
  • Malomo

Scale-up of the Year – (High-growth, innovation-driven companies that provide technology products or services, are gaining traction and could be Indiana’s next big success stories)

  • Boardable
  • Encamp
  • Greenlight Guru
  • LifeOmic
  • Lucidia IT
  • Passageways
  • Realync
  • Sharpen Technologies
  • Socio
  • Solinftec
  • Vibenomics
  • Wunderkind

Large Enterprise of the Year – (Companies with exceptional innovation and market position that are helping Indiana to become a recognized technology leader, putting Indiana on the map in the technology world)

  • Allegion
  • Becks Hybrids
  • Delta Faucet Company
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • KAR Global
  • UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)
  • Verizon

In addition to the 13 adjudicated categories, two special industry recognition awards — the TechPoint Trailblazer Award and the TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award — are selected by the TechPoint and TechPoint Foundation for Youth boards of directors. Both awards are announced prior to the Mira Awards gala in April.

Sponsorship opportunities that include unique brand exposure during “Tech’s Biggest Night,” VIP watch parties, shipped celebration gift boxes and more are available by contacting Lauren Petersen at lauren@techpoint.org