Rules and Information

Each year the Tekne Awards shine a spotlight on Minnesota’s science and technology community. The awards ceremony draws nearly a thousand attendees, including our state’s most influential businesses, political leaders and individuals to honor advancements in science and technology, the innovations that educate and improve the lives of Minnesotans and people around the world.

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2020 Key Dates

May 20 – Applications open
August 7 – Application deadline
September 30 – Finalists announced (up to four finalists per category)
November 18 – Tekne Awards Celebration

Tekne Judging Process

Each year a group of outstanding business leaders volunteer their time, energies and expertise to assist in selecting the Tekne Award finalists and recipients. Ranging from financial and legal professionals to entrepreneurs and past recipients, the unbiased selection committee gathers to thoroughly review and discuss each application.


  • Science or technology companies and organizations doing business in Minnesota, as well as non-profit, higher education and government institutions are eligible to apply.
  • The majority of the work for the project, product or service and the team dedicated to the project, product or service for which the application is being submitted, must be Minnesota-based.
  • Companies/Organizations do not have to be a member of MnTech to apply.
  • There is no cost to apply.
  • Previous Tekne Award recipients are not eligible to apply with the same initiative for which they previously received an award.
  • Previous applicants or finalists not selected as a recipient may submit a new application for the same initiative. However, it must demonstrate specific, measurable growth and improvement over the past year.
  • Maximum of two applications per organization per year. If submitting two applications in a given year, each must be for a different initiative. Limit of one submission per award category.
  • Nominations for the COVID-19 Community Response award do not count toward the maximum noted above.
  • The Minnesota Technology Association reserves the right to modify rules and eligibility.