Announcing the Nominees at the 5th Annual NEVY Awards

BOSTON, Mass — April 4, 2017 — Today, we’re excited to announce the nominees at the 5th Annual NEVY Awards, presented by General Electric (GE), taking place on May 17 at Boston’s House of Blues. The event will recognize the most prominent and promising individuals and organizations from New England’s innovation economy in a night of masquerade — in the innovation-inspiring, melting-pot spirit of Mardi Gras.

The NEVY Awards honor many across the Tech and Life Sciences venture spectrum — from early and late stage companies, to the founders and funders behind them — and provide a look into the thriving innovation economy that exists in Boston, and the larger New England region. This year’s awards feature mainstays like Entrepreneur of the Year and Hottest Early Stage Tech Startup, the return of categories added last year like Next Pillar Tech Company and Digital Health Company of the Year, plus the addition of Cleantech Company of the Year, Hottest Early Stage Healthcare Startup — Tools and Technology, and the first ever Impact Awards, bestowed on individuals for long-term, large-scale contributions to the broader innovation ecosystem.

The full list of nominees can be found here.

GE joins the party as headline sponsor, recognizes importance of celebration

“New England is home to some of the world’s brightest innovators and our new headquarters,” said Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Ventures and healthyimmagination. “From the area companies solving complex challenges, to the venture capitalists funding the ideas, it’s important to recognize all the great work happening across the ecosystem and we’re happy to support the NEVYs to do just that.”

Nominees were selected by Academies in Technology, and Healthcare & Life Science, made up of past winners, well-regarded investors, and industry influencers from the New England community.

The Technology Academy was chaired by Scott Friend of Bain Capital and Ellen Rubin of ClearSky Data, and featured Nilanjana Bhowmik of Longworth Venture Partners, Andrew Parker of Spark Capital, Neil Chheda of Romulus Capital, Bob Hower of G20 Ventures, Michale Skok of Underscore VC, Steve Taub of GE Ventures, Corey Thomas of Rapid7, Bill Rice of Bose Ventures, and Tibor Toth of MassCEC.

Johannes Fruehauf of LabCentral and Marian Nakada of J&J Innovation, Inc. — JJDC chaired the Healthcare & Life Science Academy, and were joined by Steve Agular of Zaffre Investments, Zoe Barry of ZappRx, Gaye Bok of Excel Venture Management, Margarita Chavez of AbbVie Ventures, Alex de Winter of GE Ventures, Nick Dougherty of PULSE@MassChallenge, Laura Brass of MPM Capital, Kush Parmar of 5AM Ventures, and Michael Greeley of Flare Capital.

“These nominees have demonstrated huge momentum in the last year and as a whole their achievements are a great representation of the incredible innovation happening here in the area,” said Jody Rose, Executive Director, NEVCA. “We are looking forward to a fun night honoring the individuals and organizations who are building the next generation of world-leading companies, right here in New England, while uniting our vibrant tech and life sciences communities to celebrate the region’s accomplishments.”

Joining GE in supporting the 5th Annual NEVY Awards are returning sponsors IDA Ireland, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, AbbVie Ventures, Deloitte, J&J Innovation, Inc. — JJDC, along with newcomer NetBrain Technologies.

Award winners will be announced on stage at the May 17th event. To join the masked fun, you can purchase tickets here.

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