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Who will be named the 2021 Innovator of the Year?

Congratulations to our 2022 Innovation Award Winners!

Register for the May 12th Celebration

This May we held our annual Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration Award program. Every year the event showcases the Region’s greatest and most creative minds at work! It was a fun evening that culminated with the reveal of this year's 2022 Mid-Atlantic Innovators of the Year!

How do we judge if a business is an Innovator? In our eyes, “innovators" can be almost anything, from cutting-edge products that solve business needs to creative shifts that improved your company’s employee morale… And anything in between! We look for any and all innovations that have made a positive business impact.

We're gearing up for the Region’s zaniest event showcasing great minds and business creativity! Join us on May 6th as we unveil the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Innovators of the Year!

How do we judge if a business is an Innovator? In our eyes, “innovators" can be almost anything, from cutting-edge products that solve business needs to creative shifts that improved your company’s employee morale… And anything in between! We’re looking for any and all innovations that have made a positive business impact. It’s up to you to show us what that looks like and why it should be celebrated. 

The Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration is brought to you by:

Apply by March 25th!

Who will be named the 2021 Innovator of the Year?

Apply By March 25th

This May we will hold our annual Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration Award program. Every year the event showcases the Region’s greatest and most creative minds at work! Join us live for the fun and witness the unveiling of the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Innovators of the Year!

How do we judge if a business is an Innovator? In our eyes, “innovators" can be almost anything, from cutting-edge products that solve business needs to creative shifts that improved your company’s employee morale… And anything in between! We’re looking for any and all innovations that have made a positive business impact. It’s up to you to show us what that looks like and why it should be celebrated.

The Greater Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration is brought to you by:

Entry Rules

The application period is now closed.

Entry Rules

The application period will be open through March 25th

You may be asking yourself, how will I know if my business is an Innovator? We are glad you asked because in our eyes, “innovations" can be almost anything. It could be a cutting-edge product that solved a business need. Or maybe it is your cool new reward and recognition program to improve employee morale. Or it could be anything in between! We welcome the ingeniously simple as well as the staggeringly complex. The answer is we’re looking for any and all innovations that have made a positive business impact.

Application

  • To get started, tell us what your innovation is and why it should be celebrated. Don’t forget to answer the following if applicable:
  • How is your innovation/innovative practice impactful and who does it impact (i.e. - the greater business marketplace, your employees, humanity etc.)?
  • Does your innovation have disruptive potential?
  • Are you disrupting an existing process or industry?
  • Are you creatively competing with yourself?
  • Do you have a culture of innovation or a corporate strategy of innovation?
  • Do you have an R&D budget, a Chief Innovation Officer, or other demonstrable way of showing your innovation strategy?
  • Is your CEO at the forefront of your industry or sector? How?
  • Do you have a culture of continual improvement?
  • How do you seek continuous improvement?
  • How else are you innovative?
  • NOVA Chamber membership is not required to apply or win.

2021 Awards Show (Virtual)

2021 Innovator of the Year: American Gene Technologies

2021 People’s Choice Winner: HumanTouch
Commitment to Attend 

It goes without saying that you will want to be at this event, but to make sure your company won’t miss a moment of the fun, at least one representative of your company must attend the Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration.

Submit Your Application

Meet This Year's Winners & Finalists

Our judges watched many, many exciting videos before choosing these finalists. We watched all of the finalist videos at the awards show and chose the People's Choice winner!

Meet the 2022 Finalists

Our judges reviewed many, many exciting applications before choosing these finalists. Join us at the May 12th Awards show to view all finalist videos and chose our People's Choice winner!

The 2022 Innovation Awards Winners are:

Innovator of the Year: Trabus Technologies

People’s Choice Innovation Award: KnoNap

Education Technology Innovation Award: TechSet

Biotechnology Innovation Award: Fzata

Communications Technology Innovation Award: Intelligent Waves

Environmental Technology Innovation Award: Map-Collective

Health & Beauty Consumer Product Innovation Award: Mblue Labs

Home Consumer Product Innovation Award: Revolution Cooking

Workforce Innovation Award: Capango

Healthcare IT Innovation Award: MEDA

Medical Device Innovation Award: CarrTech

People’s Choice Innovation Award: KnoNap

The 2022 Innovations Awards Finalists

American Cancer Society

Aon

Capango, Inc.

CarrTech Corp

College of BILT, Marymount University

Cureate

Diagnostox

EcoMap Technologies

Fzata, Inc.

Givio INC

Globally Unified Air Quality (GUAQ)

Intelligent Waves

KnoNap

Lattus

Lumious

Magic Blue LLC, dBa Mblue Labs

Map-Collective Inc.

MEDA

Optum Serve Technology Services

Revolution Cooking, LLC

Trabus Technologies

Transfoam llc

Treble

True Made Foods

University Startups

VK Digital Health.com

The 2022 Innovations Awards Winners

Innovator of the Year: Trabus Technologies

People’s Choice Innovation Award:

Education Technology Innovation Award: TechSet
Biotechnology Innovation Award: Fzata

Communications Technology Innovation Award: Intelligent Waves

Environmental Technology Innovation Award: Map-Collective

Health & Beauty Consumer Product Innovation Award: Mblue Labs

Home Consumer Product Innovation Award: Revolution Cooking

Workforce Innovation Award: Capango

Healthcare IT Innovation Award: MEDA

Medical Device Innovation Award: CarrTech

The 2022 Innovations Awards Winners

The 2022 Innovation Awards Winners are:

Innovator of the Year: Trabus Technologies

People’s Choice Innovation Award: KnoNap

Education Technology Innovation Award: TechSet

Biotechnology Innovation Award: Fzata

Communications Technology Innovation Award: Intelligent Waves

Environmental Technology Innovation Award: Map-Collective

Health & Beauty Consumer Product Innovation Award: Mblue Labs

Home Consumer Product Innovation Award: Revolution Cooking

Workforce Innovation Award: Capango

Healthcare IT Innovation Award: MEDA

Medical Device Innovation Award: CarrTech

People’s Choice Innovation Award: KnoNap

Partners

We couldn't put this Celebration on without the following partners

Partners

We couldn't put this Celebration on without the following partners

Partners

We couldn't put this Celebration on without the following partners

Event Partners

Thank You To Our Annual Partners

Premier Partners

Elite Partners

Business Partners

Meet the Judges

An impressive evening deserves an equally impressive judging panel.

Meet the Judges

An impressive evening deserves an equally impressive judging panel.

To help us name the Mid-Atlantic Innovator of the year, we're enlisting the help of a business dream team. Each will bring his or her own expertise and more importantly an innovator's mindset to our judging panel.

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Melissa Bradley

1863 Ventures
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Allie Burns

Village Capital
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Jeff Galvin

American Gene Technologies
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Lawrence Greenberg

Motley Fool Ventures
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Anita Gupta

KiwiTech
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David Heyman

Smart City Works Venture Labs
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Laura Hill

EquiFi
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Moe Jafari

HumanTouch LLC
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Erika Chan Killian

Leidos
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Stacey LaMontagne

Cherry Bekaert
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Esther Lee

Refraction
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Jackie Luo

TCV Growth Partners
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Jen O'Daniel

Virginia Venture Partners
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Rosemarie Truman

The Center For Advancing Innovation
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Mark Walsh

Ruxton Ventures
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Tien Wong

Opus8
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Danya Sherman

KnoNap

Steve McKnight

Virginia Tech

2021 Innovative Events Schedule

For a Celebration this special, we'll need two events!

Innovative Events Schedule

For a Celebration this special, we'll need two events!

Once all applications have been received, the real fun begins with not one, but TWO madcap celebrations (more details to come):

Innovation Showcase, April 1st

The Chamber will host an invitation-only Innovation Showcase on April 1st designed to provide the judges an opportunity to meet, network with, and learn about the companies who apply for an award. This is your chance to mingle with other innovators!

Innovation Celebration, May 6th

Join us on May 6th for the party of all parties, the Mid-Atlantic Celebration. We’ll gather to watch the finalist videos together and applaud their work before we announce, at long last, the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Innovator.

Open to the public, this event has an emphasis on fun. We encourage entrants to wear costumes. Bonus points for outfitting your entire team thematically! 

Don’t forget to buy your tickets early as we’re expecting this Celebration to sell out.

Submit Your Application

The application period is now closed.

Submit Your Application

Submit your application by March 25th, 2022

How can you submit a Mid-Atlantic Innovation application?

Step 1: Click on this link to be directed to our application portal. Create an account or login to existing account.

(Note: This is different from your Chamber membership account.) Membership in the Chamber is not required to apply for or win an award.

Step 2: Submit your application. Use the guidelines mentioned on the application form to create your entry. You will need to describe your innovation in 500 words or less. Include any supplemental materials you have such as a pitch deck and video no longer than 2 minutes in length.

Note: Complete this form as thoroughly as possible. If selected as a finalist, you will be notified by April 14th and required to submit a 1-2 minute video by April 28 showcasing your innovation as part of your eligibility for an award (if not submitted with your original application). All finalist videos will be played at the awards ceremony on May 12th.

Questions? Contact the Chamber's Director of Programs, Tammy Deem.