2020 TECHPOINT MIRA AWARDS CATEGORIES
Rising Entrepreneur Award
Investor of the Year
Community Impact Award
Tech Education Award
Rising Tech City Award
Tech Product of the Year
Tech Service of the Year
Innovation of the Year
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.
If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, please contact Joshua Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-464-5416.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTION: Can I nominate someone for more than one award?
ANSWER: Yes, you may nominate someone for more than one award. HOWEVER, you should typically only nominate them for ONE company award and ONE product award.
For example, a company might be nominated 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 nominate someone for the Exceptional Employer Award as well as one of the three other company awards. A company is either a startup, scale-up or large enterprise, but for the purposes of the award categories, it cannot be more than one.
In the product categories, you should nominate for the Tech Product, Tech Service, or Innovation categories, but not more than one of these categories with the same application.
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 New Tech Product of the Year, Tech Service 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.