NCTA Announces Finalists for 2011 21 Awards


September 29, 2011, RALEIGH, N.C. -- Excellence and innovation in North Carolina’s technology sector are once again being saluted as The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) announced today this year’s finalists for the NCTA 21 Awards. Winners will be recognized at the gala on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, N.C. with title sponsor Grant Thornton.

Additionally, online voting continues until October 15 for the 2011 Tech Executive of the Year. Visit to cast your vote today.

The selection committee met yesterday and selected the finalists in the following categories:

Technology Industry Awards

Software Company Award: Bronto Software, BlueStripe Software, iContact, SilkRoad technology, 6fusion.

Life Sciences Company Award: C Change Surgical, Clinipace, Galaxy Diagnostics, SoyMeds, Targacept, TearScience.

Best Product or Service Technology Company Award: ChannelAdvisor, I-Cubed, Inmar, Jackrabbit Technologies, Talari Networks.

Most Innovative Technology Company Award: Bioptigen, CommScope, EvoApp, Saffron Technology, SoyMeds, Ziptronix.

Industry Driven Technology Company Award: Elster Solutions, Epic Games, Inmar, Quintiles, Railinc, SoftPro.

Green Technology Company Award: Celgard, Efficient Energy America, Livingston & Haven, Semprius, Southern Energy Management, Tantalus Systems.

Excellence Awards

Best Internal Implementation of Technology Award: AICPA, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, City of Raleigh, North Carolina Electric Membership Corp, Wastequip.

Private Company Award: Bioptigen, Epic Games, Inmar, Internetwork Engineering.

Public Company Award: Elster Solutions, Lenovo, Red Hat, SciQuest.

Customer Service Company Award: Kadro Solutions, MTS Services, Railinc, SciQuest, SilkRoad technology, tw telecom.

Fastest Growing Company Award: EvoApp, iContact, K3 Enterprises, Netsertive, ShareFile, Varrow.

Leading Environmental Steward Company Award: Copernicus Group IRB, iContact, Olde Heritage Builders, Waste Industries.

Corporate Citizenship Company Award: Cisco Systems, Hendrick Automotive Group, IBM, Microsoft Corp.

Stage of Development Awards

Emerging Technology Company Award: Augment Medical, Medicago, 6fusion, Tresata, ZumaTek.

Small Technology Company Award: Bioptigen, Efficient Energy America, I-Cubed, EvoApp, 3tailer.

Mid Size Technology Company Award: APEX Analytix, Cash Cycle Solutions, Connexion Technologies, iContact, Internetwork Engineering.

Large Technology Company Award: Allscripts, CommScope, EMC, IBM, Lenovo.

Leadership Awards

Education Leadership Award: EMC, Google, Microsoft, SAS.

Winners of the Public Leadership Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced prior to the event. All winners, including the announcement of the 2011 Technology Executive of the Year, will be presented during the NCTA 21 Awards Gala.

In addition to title sponsor Grant Thornton, the following companies are also sponsors for this year’s event: EMC, DataChambers, NYSE Euronext, Accenture, Invest in Cornwall, Cisco, Macthrift Furniture, Credit Suisse, Presidio, Duke Energy, tw telecom, TWC Business Class, Varrow, Balfour Beatty Mission Critical, Smith Anderson, DukeNet Communications, Williams Mullen, Resolvit, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Brooks Pierce, VACO, Peak 10, RIM, DPR Group, Business Wire, Triangle Business Journal, New Horizons, Charlotte Business Journal, Keiger Printing, Business North Carolina, Beacon Technologies, and Neu Concepts.

For more information or to register to attend the NCTA 21 Awards Gala, visit or contact Rachel Kennedy at or 919-890-0772.


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