Past Recipients

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Over 200 awards have been presented during the Tekne Awards’ 15 years of celebration. Companies ranging from a two year old start-up to Global industry leaders have all benefited from their moment in the Tekne spotlight. Take a look at the organizations and individuals who have earned a Tekne Award for their innovative contribution to our science and technology ecosystem. Add your name to this list by applying for a Tekne Award. Applications open Spring 2015.

2014

November 13, 2014 | Minneapolis Convention Center

Advanced Manufacturing

Honors innovation in the manufacturing process to increase speed, accuracy and reduce costs, while minimizing environmental impact.

T3 Scientific LLC

Agriculture And Food

Honors technological advances in agricultural operations that enhance productivity and efficiency, improve environmental sustainability or contribute to food safety.

Ecolab, Inc.

Collaboration For Community Impact

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. There must be two or more parties involved (and the application must be submitted jointly). Both non-profit and/or for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

The Works Museum and MN Department of Education

Cyber Security

Recognizes innovative products or services that secure networks, computers, or systems from unintended or unauthorized access. These include but are not limited to identity management products or services, trusted authentication and verification processes.

Code42

Education Technology

Honors innovation 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.

Awear Technologies

Energy

Honors innovations that enhance efficiency of energy usage or delivery, reduces environmental impact, and encourage energy conservation.

Ecolab, Inc.

Healthcare

Honors innovation in healthcare that measurably improves patient care delivery, reduces recovery times, or improves patient health. Examples include the development or deployment of medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, data management, communication systems integration, or disease treatment.

Starkey Hearing Technologies

IT Services

Recognizes the contributions of technology service providers whose creative approaches to business solutions streamline client processes, reduce customer costs, and shorten time to market, and/or increase service capacity or customer access through technology.

Delta Air Lines IT Department

Software - Established Company

Honors innovation in software or application development for business or consumer use.

SPS Commerce

Software - Small & Growing Company

Honors innovation in software or application development for business or consumer use.

Calabrio

Startup

Honors an early-stage Minnesota technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future. Company must be: less than 3 years old, have 1 – 30 employees and generating revenues.

NxThera, Inc.

Workforce Development

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.

Genesis10

2013

November 06, 2013 | Minneapolis Convention Center

Advanced Manufacturing

Honors technological innovation in the manufacturing process to increase speed and accuracy and reduce costs.

3M

Agricultural Technology

Recognizes innovation in technologic development and/or usage in Minnesota agricultural operations, improving productivity, efficiency, and environmental sustainability.

The Toro Company

Computer Hardware & Electronic Devices

Honors innovative development of computer products, equipment or consumer electronic devices.

Honeywell

EdTech

Recognizes innovative development of technology to measurably improve K-12 student learning and academic performance in the classroom.

myON - a business unit of Capstone

Healthcare Delivery

Honors innovative development or deployment of 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: HealthPartners

Small & Growing Company: Corventis, Inc.

Impact on Industry

Recognizes the contributions of technology service providers whose creative approaches to business solutions streamline client processes, reduce customer costs, shorten time to market, and/or increase service capacity or customer access through technology.

Established Company: Ecolab

Innovative Collaboration

Honors a collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota.

Boston Scientific and the University of Minnesota

Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Linder-Scholer

Mobile Technologies

Recognizes innovative development of mobile applications and devices.

XRS Corporation

Public Service Awards

Senator Kari Dziedzic

Representative Bob Gunther

Representative Sheldon Johnson

Senator Carla Nelson

Representative Kim Norton

Senator Matt Schmit

Safety and Security

Honors innovative products or services used to improve, enhance, or secure networks, computers, or systems from unintended or unauthorized access.

MPC

Software

Honors innovation in software development or applications for business or consumer use.

Established Company: Navitaire

Small & Growing Company: UpNet Technologies

Startup

Honors an early-stage Minnesota technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future.

CogCubed

STEM Education and Digital Learning

Recognizes innovative approaches or programs successful in engaging students and enhancing student learning through deployment of technology in learning opportunities inside or outside of the classroom.

University of St. Thomas—STEPS Camp

2012

November 01, 2012 | Minneapolis Convention Center

Advanced Manufacturing

Honors technological advancement in the manufacturing of materials or chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers.

Seagate Technology

Cleantech & Energy

Honors organizations that develop environmentally-sound products or solutions that reduce costs, inputs energy consumption, waste or pollution.

SheerWind, Inc.

Computer Hardware & Electronic Devices

Honors innovative development of computer products, equipment or consumer electronic devices.

Imation Corporation—DataGuard

Edutech

Recognizes development of technologies and/or innovative or use of technology in and out of the classroom to enhance teaching and learning.

University of Minnesota Rochester

Innovative Collaboration of the Year

Honors any type of collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota.

Blandin Foundation on behalf of the MIRC partners

Life Sciences

Honors innovative development of medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, disease treatment, pharmaceuticals, agriculture or food science.

Established Company: Starkey Hearing Technologies

Small & Growing Company: OrthoCor Medical

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Ronald. J. Bennett

Mobile & Communication Technologies

Recognizes innovative development of mobile applications and devices and honors innovation in electronic communication.

MakeMusic, Inc.

Public Service Awards

Senator Michelle Benson

Senator Terri Bonoff

Senator Ted Daley

Representative Keith Downey

Representative Phyllis Kahn

Commissioner Carolyn Parnell

Senator Ann Rest

Robotics & Automation

Honors innovation in robotics and automation.

ReconRobotics, Inc.

Software

Honors innovation in software development or applications for business or consumer use.

Established Company: JAMF Software, LLC

Small & Growing Company: Code 42 Software, Inc.

Startup

Honors an early-stage Minnesota technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future.

SparkWeave, LLC

Technology Excellence in a Non-Profit Organization

Honors a non-profit organization whose innovative use of technology has or will allow the organization to more effectively deliver on its mission and serve Minnesota and its communities.

Give MN

Technology Services & Consulting—Small & Growing

Honors a non-profit organization whose innovative use of technology has or will allow the organization to more effectively deliver on its mission and serve Minnesota and its communities.

Established Company: PeopleNet

Small & Growing Company: Agosto, Inc.

2011

November 03, 2011 | Minneapolis Convention Center

Advanced Manufacturing

Honors technological advancement in the manufacturing of materials or chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers.

Nova-Tech Engineering

Cleantech & Energy

Honors organizations that develop environmentally-sound products of solutions that reduce costs, inputs energy consumption, waste or pollution.

Ecolab

Computer Hardware & Electronic Devices

Honors innovative development of computer products, equipment or consumer electronic devices.

Global Traffic Technologies

Edutech

Recognizes development of technologies and/or innovative or use of technology in and out of the class-room to enhance teaching and learning.

Sophia

Innovative Collaboration of the Year

Honors any type of collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota.

Maverick Software Consulting Partnership

Life Sciences

Honors innovative development of medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, disease treatment, pharmaceuticals, agriculture or food science.

Established Company: Minntech Corporation

Small & Growing Company: Pursuit Vascular, Inc.

Mobile & Communication Technologies

Recognizes innovative development of mobile applications and devices and honors innovation in electronic communication.

GeaCom, Inc.

Public Service Awards

Senator Terri Bonoff

Representative Greg Davids

Representative Tim Mahoney

Senator Julianne Ortman

Senator Julie Rosen

Software

Honors innovation in software development or applications for business or consumer use.

Established Company: Imation

Small & Growing Company: Calabrio, Inc.

Technology Excellence in a Non-Profit Organization

Honors a non-profit organization whose innovative use of technology has or will allow the organization to more effectively deliver on its mission and serve Minnesota and its communities.

City of Minneapolis

Technology Services & Consulting—Small & Growing

Honors a non-profit organization whose innovative use of technology has or will allow the organization to more effectively deliver on its mission and serve Minnesota and its communities.

Established Company: Thomson Reuters

Small & Growing Company: Apex Print Technologies

Technology Use in Sustainability

Honors businesses that use green technology to practice environmental awareness and responsibility and incorporate sustainability principals into their overall business model.

KPMG LLP

2010

November 03, 2010 | Minneapolis Convention Center

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced materials and chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers, and computer and peripheral equipment.

Small & Growing company: Hysitron, Inc

Established company: 3M

Cleantech Award

Recognizes businesses that manufacture environmentally sound products or solutions that reduce costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste or pollution.

Tennant Company

Green Award

Honors businesses that practice environmental awareness/responsibility and incorporate sustainability principles into their business model.

Asset Recovery Corporation

Innovation in Teaching

Recognizes excellence in education by creating exciting learning opportunities for students through the innovative use of technology

Scot Hovan, Mahtomedi School District

Innovative Collaboration Award

Honors a business/community/academic collaboration that has demonstrated leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering innovation to Minnesota’s technology-based economy and/or the Minnesota community in general.

Genesys Works

IT-Software & Hardware, Communications & Infrastructure

Software & hardware, networking, communications, and wireless equipment and products.

Small & Growing company: Global Traffic Technologies

Established company: Vital Images, Inc.

Life Sciences

Medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, agriculture, food science or pharmaceuticals

Small & Growing company: CoreSpine Technologies, LLC

Established company: American Medical Systems

Next Generation Technology Leader

Honors a high potential individual who is 40 years old or younger and responsible for, or assists in, the advancement of technology and technology strategy within a company or organization.

Ralph Awad, Visi

Technology Excellence in Higher Education or Non-Profit Organization

Honors a non-profit organization or educational institution whose innovative use of technology has or will allow the organization to more effectively deliver on its mission and serve the MN Community

Minnesota Planetarium Society

Technology Executive of the Year

Honors individual members of executive teams who are responsible for the advancement of technology and technology strategy within a company or organization.

Gene Lytwyn, WynEdge Software

Technology Services

Finding innovative solutions for a client’s use of technology.

Small & Growing company: Open Access Technology International (OATI)

Established company: PearsonVUE

Technology User

Innovative application of products or services resulting in dramatic business improvement or market advantage

Cargill

2009

October 22, 2009 | Minneapolis Convention Center

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced materials and chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers, and computer and peripheral equipment.

Minnesota Thermal Science LLC, Plymouth

Cleantech Award

Recognizes businesses that manufacture environmentally sound products or solutions that reduce costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste or pollution.

VAST Enterprises LLC, Minneapolis

Green Award

Honors businesses that practice environmental awareness/responsibility and incorporate sustainability principles into their business model.

Ecolab Inc., St. Paul

Innovation in Teaching

Recognizes excellence in education by creating exciting learning opportunities for students through the innovative use of technology.

Laurie Toll, Weaver Lake Elementary School

Innovative Collaboration Award

Honors a business/community/academic collaboration that has demonstrated leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering innovation to Minnesota’s technology-based economy and/or the Minnesota community in general.

Fabcon, Savage & VAST Enterprises LLC, Minneapolis

IT-Software & Hardware, Communications & Infrastructure

Software & hardware, networking, communications, and wireless equipment and products.

Small & Growing company: SearchAmerica, Maple Grove

Established company: CareerOneStop.org

Medical Technology

Devices, diagnostics and equipment.

Small & Growing company: Nonin Medical, Inc., Plymouth

Established company: Starkey Labs, Inc., Eden Prairie

Technology Executive of the Year

Honors individual members of executive teams who are responsible for the advancement of technology and technology strategy within a company or organization.

Small & Growing company: Phil Isaacson, Nonin Medical

Established company: Joel Ronning, Digital River

Technology Services

Finding innovative solutions for a client’s use of technology.

Small & Growing company: Access Genetics, Eden Prairie

Established company: XATA Corporation, Eden Prairie

Technology User

Innovative application of products or services resulting in dramatic business improvement or market advantage.

Honeywell, Golden Valley

2008

October 30, 2008 | Minneapolis Convention Center

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced materials and chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers, and computer and peripheral equipment.

Small & Growing company: Cymbet Corporation, Elk River

Established company: 3M, St. Paul

Biotechnology

Agriculture, environmental, food science and pharmaceuticals.

Syntiron, St. Paul

Cleantech Award

Recognizes businesses that manufacture environmentally sound products or solutions that reduce costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste or pollution.

Tennant Company, Minneapolis

Green Award

Honors businesses that practice environmental awareness/responsibility and incorporate sustainability principles into their business model.

Small & Growing company: Landscape Structures, Delano

Established company: Great River Energy, Maple Grove

Innovation in Teaching

Recognizes excellence in education by creating exciting learning opportunities for students through the innovative use of technology.

Jill Johnson, Patrick Henry High School

Innovative Collaboration Award

Honors a business/community/academic collaboration that has demonstrated leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering innovation to Minnesota’s technology-based economy and/or the Minnesota community in general.

The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis

IT-Software & Hardware, Communications and Infrastructure

Software & hardware, networking, communications, and wireless equipment and products.

Small & Growing company: 7 Medical Systems LLC, Minneapolis

Established company: IBM, Rochester

Medical Technology

Devices, diagnostics and equipment.

Small & Growing company: Minnetronix, St. Paul

Established company: Starkey Labs, Inc., Eden Prairie

Technology Executive of the Year

Honors individual members of executive teams who are responsible for the advancement of technology and technology strategy within a company or organization.

Small & Growing company: Dr. Patrick Guire, Innovative Surface Technologies

Established company: Rick King, Thomson Reuters

Technology Services

Finding innovative solutions for a client’s use of technology.

Small & Growing company: TIES, St. Paul

Established company: GE Capital Solutions Fleet Services

Technology User

Innovative application of products or services resulting in dramatic business improvement or market advantage.

National Marrow Donor Program, Minneapolis

2007

November 01, 2007 | Minneapolis Convention Center

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced materials and chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers, and computer and peripheral equipment.

Small & Growing company: Restaurant Technologies, Inc., Eagan

Established company: Emerson Process Management/ Rosemount Division, Chanhassen

Biotechnology

Agriculture, environmental, food science and pharmaceuticals.

Small & Growing company: Newport Laboratories, Worthington

Established company: NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka

Green Award

Honors businesses that practice environmental awareness/responsibility and incorporate sustainability principles into their business model.

Fabcon, Savage

Innovation in Teaching

Recognizes excellence in education by creating exciting learning opportunities for students through the innovative use of technology.

Mark Westlake, St. Thomas Academy

Innovative Collaboration Award

Honors a business/community/academic collaboration that has demonstrated leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering innovation to Minnesota’s technology-based economy and/or the Minnesota community in general.

University of Minnesota: Academic and Corporate Relations Center

IT-Software & Hardware, Communications and Infrastructure

Software & hardware, networking, communications, and wireless equipment and products.

Small & Growing company: Wireless Ronin Technologies, Minnetonka

Established company: Seagate Technology, Shakopee

Leadership

Outstanding individual whom, beyond a specific innovation or achievement, has helped to further technology expansion in this state and contributed significantly to Minnesota’s community at large.

Community Champion: Ron Bennett, University of St. Thomas

Leadership: Susan Nestegard, Ecolab

Medical Technology

Devices, diagnostics and equipment.

Small & Growing company: Vascular Solutions, Maple Grove

Established company: Medtronic, Minneapolis

Technology Services

Finding innovative solutions for a client’s use of technology.

Small & Growing company: Swarmcast, Minneapolis

Established company: City of Minneapolis

Technology User

Innovative application of products or services resulting in dramatic business improvement or market advantage.

Capella University, Minneapolis

2006

October 26, 2006 | Minneapolis Convention Center

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced materials and chemicals, machinery and equipment, electronics and components, measuring instruments, photonics, optics and lasers, and computer and peripheral equipment.

Emerging company: MOCON, Minneapolis

Established company: 3M, St. Paul

Biotechnology

Agriculture, environmental, food science and pharmaceuticals.

Emerging company: BioE, St. Paul

Established company: MGI Pharma, Bloomington

Innovation Award

Honors a business that has demonstrated leadership, dedication and excellence in the development of an innovation with the potential to contribute significantly to Minnesota’s technology-based economy.

Emerging company: Hysitron, Eden Prairie

Established company: Imation Corp.,Oakdale

Innovation in Teaching

Recognizes excellence in education by creating exciting learning opportunities for students through the innovative use of technology.

Brad Blue, Minneapolis Public Schools

IT-Software, Communications and Infrastructure

Software, networking, communications, and wireless equipment and products.

Emerging company: VisionShare, Minneapolis

Established company: Stellent, Eden Prairie

Leadership

Outstanding individual whom, beyond a specific innovation or achievement, has contributed significantly to Minnesota’s technology expansion.

Emerging company: Brett Shockley, Spanlink Communications

Established company: Michael Luker, Sunny Fresh Foods

Medical Technology

Devices, diagnostics and equipment.

Emerging company: Lumen Biomedical, Plymouth

Established company: Medtronic, Minneapolis

Technology Services

Finding innovative solutions for a client’s use of technology.

Emerging company: StoneL, Fergus Falls

Established company: MTS Systems Corporation, Eden Prairie

Technology User

Innovative application of products or services resulting in dramatic business improvement or market advantage.

Emerging company: Cool Clean Technologies, Eagan

Established company: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, St. Paul