Applications and Nominations open for 2016 Tekne Awards

May 17, 2016
Minnesota's Tekne Awards

Minnesota High Tech Association’s 2016 Tekne Awards to be held Nov. 16 at the Minneapolis Convention Center

MINNEAPOLIS, May 17, 2016The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) is pleased to announce that the application and nomination period for the 2016 Tekne Awards is open. The awards celebrate the individuals and organizations that play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate and improve the lives of Minnesotans and people around the world. Now in its 17th year, the Teknes have honored hundreds of companies and leaders who continue to make Minnesota a home to cutting-edge innovation.

The 2016 Tekne Awards have thirteen categories, and applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges with experience and expertise in each of the categories. Applications are due by Friday, July 15th. Finalists will be announced at a reception in September.

“We always look forward to celebrating the many successes of our innovative Minnesota science and technology companies every year,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO of MHTA “We had a record number of applicants last year and we would be love to set a record again this year.”

The categories for the 2016 Tekne Awards are:


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


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


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, retail applications, etc.


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.


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, disaster recovery, secure data storage, computer forensics, and verification processes.


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. 


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

HEALTHCARE (Established Companies and Small & Growing Companies)

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.


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.


Honors the development of Internet of Things solutions that add increased efficiency or enhanced value to clients or customers.

SOFTWARE (Established Companies and Small & Growing Companies)

Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.


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.  


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.

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

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