Congrats to Our 2020 Winners!

Out of 80+ nominated companies and 37 finalist companies, we have just announced our winners!

Best Consumer Technology Innovation

This award will recognize a company that exhibits 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.

WINNER

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) is a global technology solutions pioneer transforming the mobile connected economy. Our software and subscription-based services, cloud platform and intelligent devices collect and assess business-critical data from mobile assets and their contents. We facilitate efficient decision making, optimize asset utilization and improve road safety.

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Best Enterprise or B2B Technology Innovation

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.

WINNER

Concise is a centralized supply chain ecosystem provider which makes it possible for companies of all sizes to tap into a nationwide fulfillment network of local delivery companies.  Concise uses intelligent auditing and automation to streamline nearly every aspect of the delivery lifecycle and reduce costs.

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Best Small Technology Company CEO

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.

WINNER

Luke Freiler, CEO

Centercode helps companies consistently deliver amazing products through high-engagement beta and delta tests. With a network of over 250,000 enthusiastic testers, a team of experts, and an end-to-end software platform, Centercode orchestrates pre-release tests and prioritizes actionable customer feedback in a fraction of the time.

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Best Technology Company Leadership Team

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.

WINNER

MeridianLink, developer of the industry’s first multi-channel account opening and loan origination platform, is a leading provider of enterprise business solutions for financial service organizations. The company’s passion for excellence is reflected in its browser-based credit reporting, lending and new account opening/deposit technologies, which all enjoy solid reputations as being cutting edge, reliable and affordable.

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Deal of the Year

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.

WINNER

Tarsus is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of first-in-class therapeutic candidates to address large market opportunities initially in ophthalmic conditions where there are limited treatment alternatives, starting with Demodex blepharitis. Tarsus was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

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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.

WINNER

Menlo Micro’s “Ideal Switch” has created a new switch category that eliminates the compromises and tradeoffs of electromechanical and solid-state switches.  Menlo’s Ideal Switch technology brings massive reductions in size, weight, power, and cost, often > 99% reductions, across dozens of industries including aerospace & defense, med-tech, and telecommunications.

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Outstanding Innovation in MedTech/ LifeSciences

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.

WINNER

11 Health is a medical wearables company that delivers digital health solutions for chronically ill patients. By integrating biosenors into medical wearables, creating data that gives deep contextual analytics to improve outcomes with an absolute focus on empathetic care it provides the new standard for remote patient monitoring in this area of healthcare. 

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Outstanding Small Technology Company

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.

WINNER

NowRx is a technology-enabled pharmacy that uses proprietary pharmacy software, robotics and last-mile logistics to provide free delivery of prescription medications in hours. An alternative to traditional pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, NowRx provides a simpler, more customer friendly pharmacy experience.

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VC of the Year

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.

WINNER

Visionary Ventures is a late stage venture capital fund that invests in life sciences and the future of ophthalmology.  We believe that better information along with a robust development process leads to better investments with exceptional returns.  Visionary gains that information through partnerships with 76 +KOL partners, industry experts, and strategic acquirers.

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Okapi Venture Capital, Orange County Venture Fund

COVID-19 Response Recognition Award

This award will be given to a company that exhibited resiliency and support to the Southern California community and the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Okapi Venture Capital, Orange County Venture Fund