Finalists Selected for Minnesota High Tech Association’s 2018 Tekne Awards

Finalists Selected for Minnesota High Tech Association’s 2018 Tekne Awards

In the latest annual event honoring Minnesota companies for technology and science contributions, 3M, Ecolab, Sentera were among the 48 companies named finalists.

Finalists have been announced for the 2018 Tekne Awards, a program organized by the Minnesota High Tech Association to honor businesses across the state that are making contributions to technology and science. In the 19th edition of the annual event, 48 companies were selected as finalists in the competition’s 16 categories.

Three finalists were listed for each award, including 3M, Xcel Energy, the Minnesota Twins, and StemoniX. A few businesses, including Ecolab, Sentera, and Seagate Technology, are up for multiple honors.

“The Tekne Award finalists this year represent the ongoing strength of innovative Minnesota-based companies,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of Minnesota High Tech. “They are pioneering leading-edge science and technology that has impact around the globe.”

Winners will be declared at the Tekne Awards ceremony on November 29 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The gala typically attracts almost 1,000 attendees.

Some of last year’s winners are up for another honor this time around, including Calabrio, Sentera, and StemoniX.

The full list of 2018 finalists and their respective categories is as follows:

Advanced Manufacturing

PaR Systems

Seagate Technology 

Steinwall

Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals

3M

Photonic Pharma

StemoniX

Building Design and Infrastructure

EnergyPrint

Minnesota Twins 

Uponor

Clean Technology/Clean Energy

OATI

Remooble

Xcel Energy

Community Impact

Best Buy

PCs for People

STARBASE Minnesota

Cybersecurity

Entrust Datacard

Protocol 46 

Unisys

Emerging Technologies (Large Company)

Ecolab

Seagate Technology 

Starkey Hearing Technologies 

Emerging Technologies (Small Company)

MultiTech Systems 

Sentera

Silicon Prairie  

Food/Agriculture Technology

Ecolab

Land O’Lakes 

Sentera

Health IT

Carrot Health 

Ecolab

Zipnosis

IT Solutions Consulting 

Agosto

Charter Solutions 

Computex Technology Solutions

Medical Device 

Abilitech Medical 

Lite Run Inc

RxFunction

Science and Technology Startup 

HabitAware

Macchina

UR TURN

Software (Established)

Calabrio

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Thomson Reuters  

Software (Small and Growing)

Agosto

FISION

GrowthZone

STEM Workforce Development

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Science from Scientists

YWCA Minneapolis