Honoring Innovative Leadership and Technology in Minnesota

September 16, 2016

Minnesota High Tech Association announces finalists for the 2016 Tekne Awards,
to be held Nov. 16 at the Minneapolis Convention Center

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 15, 2016 Minnesota’s economy is rapidly advancing. Shaped by a diverse set of industries, Minnesota was listed as the 10th most innovative state in 2015 by Bloomberg. To honor and celebrate leading-edge innovation and the technological advancement of local companies, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) announced 42 finalists for its annual Tekne Awards, which will be held on Nov. 16 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

For nearly two decades, MHTA has been celebrating Minnesota’s technology and science industries by honoring finalists across 12 categories, including cybersecurity, health care and more. The 42 local finalists have gained recognition based on their organizations, products and contribution to the state’s growing economy. Finalists will be honored among Minnesota’s most impactful business, educational and government leaders for their contribution in fueling the state’s technological growth.

“Our economy is transforming how we interact and work. At the center of this transformation are innovative businesses and technologies,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president & CEO of MHTA. “From leading manufacturers to the latest, innovative startups, these companies are changing the face of Minnesota’s economy, and we are proud to recognize their achievements.”

The 17th annual Tekne Awards program will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a VIP registration and reception, followed by general registration and cocktails at 5 p.m. The awards ceremony will commence at 7 p.m., with a post-event reception at 8:30 p.m.

For additional information or to register for the 2016 Tekne Awards program, visit http://www.tekneawards.org or contact Ted Modrich at 952-230-4538 or tmodrich@mhta.org.

Categories and finalists for the 2016 Tekne Awards are:

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AWARD

The Advanced Manufacturing Award honors innovation in the manufacturing process to increase speed and accuracy, and reduce costs while minimizing environmental impact. Finalists are: Ecolab (St. Paul), Proto Labs Inc. (Maple Plain) and Uponor North America (Apple Valley).

AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY AND FOOD SAFETY AWARD

The Agriculture Technology and Food Safety Award honors technological advances in agricultural operations that enhance productivity and efficiency, improve environmental sustainability or contribute to food safety. Finalists are: Conservis Corporation (Minneapolis), Recombinetics (St. Paul) and RED Food (St. Paul).

APPLIED ANALYTICS AWARD

The Applied Analytics Award honors innovative applications for turning data-driven insights into improved business processes or outcomes. Examples include digital marketing, customer experience mapping, predictive innovation, identifying new revenue opportunities and retail applications. Finalists are: Digital River (Minnetonka), FPX  (Minneapolis) and ID Insight (Minneapolis).

COLLABORATION FOR COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD

The Collaboration for Community Impact Award recognizes a collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota while meeting an unmet community need. This product, service or innovative technology could assist an underserved population or community; enhance quality of life, health or safety for the community at large; or promote an innovative job-creation strategy. Finalists are: Chisago Lakes Chamber of Commerce (Lindstrom), Minnesota Computers for Schools (Bayport) and the PACER Center (Minneapolis).

CYBERSECURITY AWARD

The Cybersecurity Award recognizes innovative products or services that secure networks and computer systems from unintended or unauthorized access. These include, but are not limited to, identity management products or services, trusted authentication, disaster recovery, computer forensics and verification processes. Finalists are: SecretValet (Prior Lake), Secured2 Corporation (Minneapolis) and SIFT (Minneapolis).

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY AWARD

The Education Technology Award honors innovations that measurably improve student learning and academic performance in the classroom. This includes the development of educational games; learning apps for mobile devices; innovative approaches to distance learning; or student project assignments that engage students with core curriculum via technology. Finalists are: Andamio Games, LLC (Minneapolis), Auditory Sciences (Northfield) and Vidku (Minneapolis).

ENERGY AND CLEAN TECH AWARD

The Energy and Clean Tech Award honors innovations that enhance efficiency of energy usage or delivery, reduce environmental impact and encourage energy conservation. Finalists are: 75F (Burnsville), EnergyPrint (St. Paul) and Energy Insight Inc. (Chanhassen).

HEALTHCARE AWARD

The Healthcare Award honors innovative development or deployment – medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, data management, communication systems integration, disease treatment or pharmaceuticals – that measurably improves patient care delivery, reduces recovery times or improves patient health. Established company finalists are: Apri Health Inc. (Minneapolis), Medtronic (Minneapolis) and  Starkey Hearing Technologies (Eden Prairie). Small and growing company finalists are: GeneSegues Therapeutics (Minnetonka), Geneticure (Minnetonka) and  OneOme (Minneapolis).

INTERNET OF THINGS

The Internet of Things Award honors the development of internet of things solutions that add increased efficiency and enhanced value to clients and customers. Finalists are: Exosite, LLC (Minneapolis), NimbleLink (Plymouth) and PeopleNet (Minnetonka).

SOFTWARE AWARD

The Software Award honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use. Established company finalists are: Digital River Inc. (Minnetonka), HelpSystems (Eden Prairie) and Sovos Compliance (Minnetonka). Small and growing company finalists are: Insite Software (Minneapolis), Medicom Digital Inc. (Minneapolis) and Siteimprove Inc. (Minneapolis).

STARTUP AWARD

The Startup Award honors an early-stage technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future. The company must be less than three years old, have one to 30 employees, and generate revenues. Finalists are: HomeSpotter, LLC (Minneapolis), Kidizen Inc. (Minneapolis) and Sentera, LLC (Minneapolis).

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AWARD

The Workforce Development Award honors innovative approaches to training workers in transition or youth with technology skills, and successfully matching them to jobs that meet the needs of Minnesota companies. Finalists are: Creating IT Futures Foundation (Edina), Rêve Academy (Minneapolis) and Tech Dump Electronics Recycling (Golden Valley).

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s science and technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing science and technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire science and technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of science and technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more online at http://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA.