Tekne Award Finalists
Tekne award finalists were announced September 12th at our networking event hosted by Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi. Two to three finalists were honored in each of the fifteen Tekne Award categories: Tekne Award finalists represent the best and brightest in technological innovation, development, commercialization and management in Minnesota.
2013 Tekne Awards Finalists
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AWARD
The Advanced Manufacturing Award honors technological innovation in the manufacturing process to increase speed, accuracy and reduce costs. Finalists are: 3M (St. Paul), Cargill (Minneapolis) and Ecolab (St. Paul).
AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY AWARD
The Agricultural Technology Award recognizes innovation in technological development and/or usage in Minnesota agricultural operations, improving productivity, efficiency and environmental sustainability. The finalists are: The Toro Company (Bloomington), Winehaven Winery and Vineyard (Chisago City) and Winfield Solutions, LLC (Shoreview).
COMPUTER HARDWARE & ELECTRONIC DEVICES AWARD
The Computer Hardware & Electronic Devices Award honors innovative development of computer products, equipment or consumer electronic devices. Examples include but are not limited to server and storage devices, mainframes, PCs and memory cards. Finalists are: ByteSpeed (Moorhead), Honeywell (Golden Valley) and Imation Corp. (Oakdale).
The EdTech Award recognizes the innovative development of technology to measurably improve K-12 learning and academic performance in the classroom. Examples could include the development of educational games, learning apps for mobile devices or innovative student product assignments that engage students with core curriculum via technology. Finalists are: GuideK12 (Eagan), MakeMusic Inc. (Eden Prairie) and myON – A Business Unit of Capstone (Edina).
HEALTHCARE DELIVERY AWARD
The Healthcare Delivery Award honors innovative development or deployment of medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, disease treatment or pharmaceuticals that measurably improve patient care delivery, reduce recovery times or improve patient health. Established company finalists are: 3M Food Safety (St. Paul), HealthPartners (Bloomington) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester). Small-and-growing company finalists are: CogCubed (Minneapolis), Corventis Inc. (St. Paul) and Parallel Technologies Inc. (Eden Prairie).
IMPACT ON INDUSTRY AWARD
The Impact on Industry Award recognizes the contributions of technology service providers whose creative approaches to business solutions streamline client processes, reduce consumer costs, shorten time to market, and/or increase service capacity or customer access through technology. Established company finalists are: EcoLab (St. Paul), Mate Precision Tooling (Elk River) and Nalco, an Ecolab Company (St. Paul). Small-and-growing company finalists are: BankCard Services Worldwide (St. Paul Park), FieldSolutions (Minnetonka), Innovosource (Minnetonka).
INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION AWARD
The Innovative Collaboration of the Year Award honors a collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota. There must be two or more parties involved with the collaboration. The finalists are: Boston Scientific (Maple Grove) and the University of Minnesota, MAXIMUS (St. Paul) and the State of Minnesota, and RBA Inc. (Wayzata) and Opportunity Partners.
MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES AWARD
The Mobile Technologies Award honors innovation in mobile applications and devices. Finalists are: Amcom Software (Eden Prairie), Digital River Inc. (Minnetonka) and XRS Corporation (Eden Prairie).
SAFETY AND SECURITY AWARD
The Safety and Security Award honors innovative products or services used to improve, enhance or secure networks, computers or systems from unintended or unauthorized access. This category also includes biometrics identity management products or services used from trusted authentication and verification. The finalists are: MPC (Mendota Heights) and Parallel Technologies Inc. (Eden Prairie).
The Software Award honors innovation in software development or applications for business or consumer use. Established company finalists are: Best Buy (Richfield), Navitaire (Minneapolis) and Thomson Reuters (Eagan). Small-and-growing company finalists are: Allen Learning Technologies (Mendota Heights), Verify Brand (Plymouth) and UpNet Technologies (Minneapolis).
The Startup Award recognizes an early-stage Minnesota 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 revenue. The finalists are: Custom Control Systems, Inc. (Winona), CogCubed (Minneapolis) and STEM Fuse (Sartell).
STEM EDUCATION AND DIGITAL LEARNING AWARD
The STEM Education and Digital Learning Award recognizes innovative approaches or programs successful in engaging students and enhancing student learning through deployment or technology in learning opportunities inside or outside of the classroom. Examples could include: robotics leagues, student media programs, internship or externship programs, innovative student projects or distance learning initiatives. Finalists are: Reve Academy (Minneapolis), The Works (Bloomington) and the University of St. Thomas – School of Engineering (St. Paul).