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.  

Applications will be 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.


Submit an Application (Deadline Extended to Monday, July 26)

Click below to visit the online application site to submit your application. View the application fields here before beginning application.

  • Create an account to begin the process. Contact if you're having issues creating a new account or logging in to your previous account. 
  • You can submit for multiple categories.
  • NC TECH will notify all participants when the finalists have been chosen. Winners will be announced at the November 3rd NC TECH Awards Gala.
  • View the application fields before beginning application here.
  • View Tips and FAQ's for creating a winning application here.



The nomination period has closed. NC TECH will notify the company or individual you nominate and encourage them to submit an application.

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 Submissions Webinar

Questions about Awards submissions and nominations? View our pre-recorded webinar that answers all your questions about the Gala and submissions.

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