Congratulations to the 2020 High Tech Awards Finalists! Finalists were chosen from over 80 company nominations. The High Tech Awards seek to celebrate and recognize those individuals and companies who make Orange County a center of technology and medical technology innovation. In its 27th year, the High Tech Awards has recognized and more than 100 innovative companies in Orange County. This is a great time to celebrate innovation and leadership in Orange County as we emerge from a global healthcare crisis.
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Best Consumer Technology Innovation Finalists:
This award will recognize a company that exhibits the innovation in a consumer technology and has a sustainable growth strategy. The company must demonstrate the innovation and differentiation compared to its competitors and the reason for success in their category. Companies must be able to demonstrate their leadership in the Orange County Ecosystem.
Wing AI Technology
Best Enterprise or B2B Technology Innovation Finalists:
A company that wins the Best Enterprise or B2B Technology Innovation will be a company whose B2B product is innovative and shows growth in their product. The company will be able to demonstrate the importance and differentiation of their product as compared to their competitors. The company must demonstrate leadership in the Orange County Ecosystem.
Smart Energy Water
Best Small Technology Company CEO Finalists:
This individual will represent a medtech or tech company in Orange County. CEO’s that are nominated will be judged against their peers as it relates to their management model, how they motivate their employees and their involvement in the OC Community/ Ecosystem. The CEO can represent a company in high technology or medical. Small is defined as 250 employees or less.
Best Technology Company Leadership Team Finalists:
These individuals will represent a company in Orange County. Leadership teams that are nominated will be evaluated based on their management model, how they motivate their employees, company culture, diversity and their involvement in the OC Community/ Ecosystem. The leadership team can represent a company in high technology or medical technology.
Deal of the Year Finalists:
The Best Deal of the Year award can range from a variety of deals including, but not limited to: Investment, Private Equity, IPO, Merger & Acquisition, VC Raise. The deal must have occurred between April 2019 to March 2020 to qualify for this year’s awards.
Outstanding Emerging Technology Company:
This award will be given to a company that is exhibiting a technology that is innovative and shows growth in revenue, headcount or both. The product/company must have gone to market to be considered. Company/product must be unique/ different than their competitors. Emerging Technology can indicate a high technology or medical technology.
Outstanding Innovation in MedTech/ LifeSciences Finalists:
This award is specifically for innovation in medtech/life sciences field. The company’s innovative product must demonstrate growth and show an impact to the company’s bottom line as well as show differentiation from the competition. Companies must be able to demonstrate their leadership in the Orange County Ecosystem and further explain what is making them successful.
Outstanding Small Technology Company Finalists:
This award will recognize a medtech/technology company. This company will be evaluated/measured based on: Sustainability, community engagement, positive revenue trend, profit growth, diversity and inclusion. Small is defined as 250 employees or less. The company must have been in existence for at least three years to be eligible.
Ocutrx Vision Technologies
VC of the Year Finalists:
The VC of the Year award will go to a VC where their investment is benefiting the Orange County/ Southern California Ecosystem. The VC firm does not need to reside in Orange County, however, their investment(s) must show a direct impact to the business community. Money must have been invested in Orange County/ Southern California: this could be one specific deal or a variety of deals that ultimately benefit the ecosystem.
Cove Fund II
Visionary Venture Capital