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Who will be named the 2021 Innovator of the Year?

Congratulations to our 2021 Winners

Register for the May 6th Celebration

On May 6th, we held our Region’s zaniest event showcasing great minds and business creativity! Join us in 2022 as we unveil 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. 

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:

Congratulations to Our 2021 Winners!

Who will be named the 2021 Innovator of the Year?

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On May 6th we held our Region’s zaniest event showcasing great minds and business creativity: The Mid-Atlantic Innovations Awards. Join us next year for our 2022 event!

How will you know if your 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:

Meet the 2021 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 2021 Winners & Finalists

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

The 2021 Innovations Awards Winners

Innovator of the Year: American Gene Technologies

People’s Choice: HumanTouch

Cyber Tech: iDirect Government

Clean Tech: Micronic Technologies

Life Sciences: American Gene Technologies

TeleHealth: VideoKall

Media Tech: Kyndoo

Innovator of the Year: American Gene Technologies

People’s Choice: HumanTouch

Cyber Tech: iDirect Government

Clean Tech: Micronic Technologies

Life Sciences: American Gene Technologies

TeleHealth: VideoKall

Media Tech: Kyndoo

All 2021 Finalists

American Gene Technologies

Building Momentum

C2 Labs, Inc.

CVP (Customer Value Partners)

DNA Analytics

HumanTouch, LLC.

iDirect Government

Kyndoo

Micronic Technologies, Inc.

VideoKall, Inc

Entry Rules

Entry Rules

The application period will be Friday, January 15th to Friday, March 15th

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 Video

You have 1 minute to tell us what your innovation is and why it should be celebrated. Don’t forget to include your CEO’s spot (required), and answer the following (if applicable):

  • How does your innovation / innovative practice impact your company or the greater business marketplace?
  • 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 "sharpen the saw" / seek continuous improvement?
  • How else are you innovative?
  • The CEO of your company must be included / appear in your submission video in some capacity.  
  • NOVA Chamber membership is not required to apply or win.
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 Innovation Showcase and the Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration.

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

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.

Applying businesses will meet our judges at our Innovation Showcase and then watch them work (along with everyone else) when they judge the finalists during our Innovation Celebration.

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Melissa Bradley

1863 Ventures
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Allie Burns

Village Capital
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Don Conley

Fundable Teams
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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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Erika Chan Killian

Leidos
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Neil Kleinberg

DiliVer
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Stacey LaMontagne

Cherry Bekaert
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Esther Lee

Refraction
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Sarah Leners

Bull City Venture Partners
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Steve McKnight

Virginia Tech
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Jen O'Daniel

CIT GAP Funds
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Carrie Rich

The Global Good Fund
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Danya Sherman

KnoNap
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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

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

Submit your application by March 15th, 2021

Submit Your Application

Submit your application by March 15th, 2021

How can you submit a Mid-Atlantic Innovation application?

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

(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 this page and below to create your application video:

All you have to do is submit a 1-minute video showcasing your innovation. Don’t worry, video production quality will not be a judging criterion—use your phone if that’s easiest. Finalist videos will be played for everyone’s enjoyment at our Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration.