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NC Tech Awards Submissions


Welcome to the submission site for the 2021 NC TECH Awards – North Carolina’s only statewide tech awards program dedicated to celebrating growth, innovation and leadership. 


Award Finalists Announced (View Reveal Broadcast)

The NC TECH Award finalists were announced live on September 15.
View the 2021 Awards Finalists Reveal Broadcast below.

Applications were reviewed in a two-stage review process, led by the accounting firm Cherry Bekaert, in partnership with an independent selection committee. Finalists will be notified in mid-late September and winners will be announced at the NC TECH Awards Gala on November 3.


Selection Process

Presenting Partner Cherry Bekaert 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.

Award Categories


Technology Corporate Awards

  • Industry Driven – AgTech
  • Industry Driven – CleanTech
  • Industry Driven – EdTech
  • Industry Driven – FinTech
  • Industry Driven – BioTech, MedTech + Life Sciences
  • NC HQ Tech Company
  • Software Company
  • Top 10 Startups to Watch
  • Best Tech Company to Work
  • Tech Diversity

Innovative Use of Tech Awards

  • Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning
  • Analytics + Big Data
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Transformation
  • Public Sector
  • Tech for Good

Individual Awards

  • Tech CEO
  • Private Sector CIO
  • Public Sector CIO
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Tech Educator
  • Tech Woman
  • Public Leader
  • Beacon Award - Outstanding Achievement
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