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NC TECH Awards Applications



The NC TECH Awards, our largest event of the year, brings together leaders from technology, business, education, and government to celebrate growth, innovation, and leadership in the State’s vibrant tech sector.

It’s an evening of networking and celebration to recognize tech companies, the use of tech and leaders for their achievements. This event, with presenting sponsors Cherry Bekaert and USI is the only statewide tech awards gala, and includes a reception, dinner and awards ceremony. 

Welcome to the application page for the 2024 NC TECH Awards – North Carolina’s only statewide tech awards program dedicated to celebrating growth, innovation, impact and leadership. The NC TECH Awards Gala will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center on Tuesday, December 3rd, where hundreds will gather to honor the finalists and announce the winners.

NC TECH Award Webinars: Tips to Submit an award winning application and more.

Join NC TECH for a brief webinar to learn about the award categories, selection process, and tips/tricks for making your application stand out. We will also review sponsorship opportunities. 


Watch the NC TECH Awards Briefing Recording

Awards Info

TECH Award Webinars

Sign up for our final informational webinar below to learn about the submission process and sponsorship for the 2024 NC TECH Awards.

Tuesday, July 16 / 9:00-9:30 AM

Corporate + Individual Applications

Applications will be accepted June 17 thru July 26. Visit the online portal to submit your application for your OWN company. You can select from our corporate and/or individual award categories. Increase your chances - submit for multiple award categories.

Nominate an Individual or Organization

Know a company, organization or leader who should be considered for an award? Send your nominations to Michelle Calton and include a company name, contact person with email address and an award category.  

NC TECH will alert your nominee that they’ve been nominated and encourage them to apply. The nominee must apply to be considered.

Award Categories

Technology Corporate Awards

Recognizes technology companies for innovation, excellence and growth.
Applicants must be a technology company that is either headquartered in North Carolina or has a significant presence in the state.

  • AgTech Company
  • BioTech / HealthTech Company
  • CleanTech Company
  • FinTech / InsurTech Company 
  • Diversity, Equity + Inclusion in Tech
  • Great Tech Places to Work (5 winners)
  • IT Services Company
  • NC HQ Tech Company
  • Software Solutions Company
  • Top Tech Startups to Watch (10 winners)

Use of Tech Awards

Recognizes companies, organizations and institutions for their use of technology.
Applicants open to any company, organization or institution that is either headquartered in North Carolina or has a significant presence in the state. (Must clearly state the use of techn and provide insight on the impact.)

  • AI + Data Analytics
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Transformation
  • Government
  • Manufacturing + Supply Chain
  • Tech for Good

Individual Awards

Recognizes leaders for their accomplishments and/or impact in the tech sector.
Applicants must be based in and have made a positive impact in North Carolina.  Their employer should be headquartered or have a significant presence in the state.

  • Beacon Award (Outstanding Achievement)
  • CIO of the Year (Private Sector)
  • CIO of the Year (Public Sector)
  • CISO of the Year
  • Public Leader of the Year
  • Tech CEO of the Year
  • Tech Difference Maker
  • Tech Woman of the Year

Submit an Application


Review + Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed in a two-stage review process, led by Cherry Bekaert and USI, in partnership with an independent selection committee. Finalists will be notified in mid-October and winners will be announced at the NC TECH Awards on December 3rd.

Presenting Partners Cherry Bekaert and USI will conduct a thorough review of all applications and will provide data points to an independent Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of leaders from across the state representing industry and entrepreneurial non-profits, economic development organizations, venture firms, higher education institutions and media. A Selection Committee meeting will take place to determine the slate of finalists and winners. The Selection Committee roster will be released soon.


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Questions about the NC TECH Awards and sponsorship? Reach out to Alex TaylorAlex-Taylor-Footer-Image.jpg