2012 MHTA Tekne Awards Honor Technology Innovators


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The Minnesota High Tech Association’s 2012 Tekne Awards honor the companies, products, and individuals that are driving innovation locally.

by Mary Connor

December 21, 2012

The Minnesota High Tech Association, in partnership with LifeScience Alley and the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, celebrates Minnesota’s status as a hub for technology innovation with the 2012 Tekne Awards. The Tekne Awards acknowledge companies and individuals who have demonstrated superior technology advancement and leadership in Minnesota.

Judges selected a winner from the three finalists in each of 15 categories, recognizing the best in development, education, commercialization, and management of technology. Some award categories are separated between small and growing businesses (annual revenue of less than $50 million) and established companies (annual revenue of $50 million or more).

Read on to see which Minnesota companies and individuals were judged 2012’s best technology innovators.


PeopleNet, Minnetonka

Award Category: Technology Services & Consulting, Established Company

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Agosto, Inc., Minneapolis

Award Category: Technology Services & Consulting, Small & Growing Company

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GiveMN, St. Paul

Award Category: Technology Excellence in a Nonprofit Organization

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JAMF Software, Minneapolis

Award Category: Software, Established Company

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OrthoCor Medical, Minneapolis

Award Category: Life Sciences, Small & Growing Company

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ReconRobotics, Inc., Edina

Award Category: Robotics & Automation

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Imation, Oakdale

Award Category: Computer Hardware & Electronic Devices

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Sparkweave, Minneapolis

Award Category: Start-Up

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MakeMusic, Inc., Eden Prairie

Award Category: Mobile & Communication Technologies

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SheerWind, Inc., Chaska

Award Category: Cleantech & Energy

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Starkey Hearing Technologies, Eden Prairie

Award Category: Life Sciences, Established Company

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Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids

Award Category: Innovative Collaboration of the Year

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University Of Minnesota—Rochester

Award Category: Edtech

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Code 42

Code 42 Software, Inc., Minneapolis

Award Category: Software, Small & Growing Company

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Seagate Technology, Bloomington

Award Category: Advanced Manufacturing

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