2020 Mira Awards
Submission Deadline01/22/2020
Description

The 2020 TechPoint Mira Awards are brought to you by presenting sponsors Raytheon, Eli Lilly & Company and Salesforce.

The Mira Awards bring us together as a community to celebrate the state’s tremendous tech success stories and amplify them to media, investors and technology buyers nationwide.

The awards celebrate technological innovation, personal achievement, and business success in the state of Indiana. Mira Award nominees and winners are among the highest achieving and most innovative cities, businesses, organizations, schools, departments, teams or individuals from across the state.

TechPoint firmly believes that recognizing achievements, celebrating successes and highlighting significant contributions that the tech sector has made to Indiana’s overall economy are critical to fostering more of them.

All 2020 TechPoint Mira Awards are given for achievement during calendar year 2019 (except for a couple categories that allow for earlier development).

Rules

To apply for yourself, create an account and complete the application form.

To nominate someone else, go to the nomination form and enter some simple contact information. We will congratulate them on being nominated and send them an invitation to complete the application form.

CLICK HERE to download the Categories Overview Flyer.

CLICK HERE to download the full Categories & Criteria Guide.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTION: Can my company apply for more than one award?

ANSWER: Yes, you may apply for more than one award. HOWEVER, you should typically only apply for ONE company award and ONE product award.

For example, a company should choose to apply as a Startup, Scale-up, or Large Enterprise of the Year, but not more than one of these categories with the same application. It is perfectly acceptable to apply for the Exceptional Employer Award as well as one of the other company awards.

In the product categories, you should apply for the New Tech Product, Service Partner, or Innovation categories, but not more than one of these categories with the same application. It may be appropriate for some to apply for two Product Division category awards, but it would be rare.

QUESTION: Can a company that is headquartered out-of-state be eligible for a Mira Award?

ANSWER: To qualify for Large Enterprise of the Year, Scale-up of the Year, Startup of the Year, or Exceptional Employer Award, a company must have a comprehensive set of business functions located in Indiana, and Indiana employees must have been central to the businesses accomplishments or culture.

For example, a company with only sales and marketing offices in Indiana would not qualify, but a company with product development, sales, marketing, and services likely would. Revenue and growth results should focus on the Indiana-relevant business unit results, not just the corporate whole.

To qualify for the Exceptional Employer Award, the application must focus on the cultural elements present in Indiana, with particular focus on those elements initiated in Indiana and executed by Indiana employees.

To qualify for Tech Product of the Year, Service Partner of the Year, or Innovation of the Year awards, the product, service, or innovation must have been primarily developed in Indiana by Indiana employees of the company.

2020 TECHPOINT MIRA AWARDS CATEGORIES

PEOPLE
Rising Entrepreneur Award
Investor of the Year

PLACE
Community Impact Award
Tech Education Award

Rising Tech City Award

PRODUCTS
Tech Product of the Year
Service Partner of the Year
Innovation of the Year

COMPANIES
Exceptional Employer Award
Startup of the Year
Scale-up of the Year
Large Enterprise of the Year

APPLICATION PROCESS & NOMINEE INTERVIEW DATES

Mira Award applications are reviewed and ranked by independent panels of company founders, CEO/presidents, CIOs, VPs and a variety of other subject matter experts. The rankings determine which applicants will be included in the 2020 class of Mira Award nominees.

Next, Mira Award nominees are required to deliver brief presentations and participate in 20-minute in-person interviews with the judging panel from their specific category on February 26th or February 27th**, and should be prepared to answer questions and discuss their application in further detail.

** We recommend making note of both of these interview dates in your calendar immediately to avoid conflicts that may prevent you from being available to present.

** MARK YOUR CALENDAR: REQUIRED IN-PERSON NOMINEE INTERVIEWS TAKE PLACE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 OR THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27. PLEASE RESERVE BOTH DATES, AS APPOINTMENTS WILL BE MADE FOLLOWING THE FEBRUARY 11, 2020 NOMINEE ANNOUNCEMENT.

Because the volunteer judges are busy professionals themselves, it is impossible to reschedule missed interview appointments.

Mira Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Mira Award winners will be announced during the Mira Awards Gala on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis.

CONFIDENTIALITY

TechPoint and the TechPoint Mira Awards judges agree to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality with respect to information that is not in the public domain regarding organizations, individuals, or technologies nominated for the TechPoint Mira Awards.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, please contact Joshua Hall at joshua@techpoint.org or call 317-464-5416.

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