TAI - Technology Association of Iowa

04/21/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/20/2017 23:19

TAI & LWBJ Announce 2017 Prometheus Award Winners

The Technology Association of Iowa(TAI), the statewide voice for Iowa's technology industry, and LWBJ announced yesterday, to a record-breaking crowd at the 12th Annual Prometheus Awards celebration, the 2017 LWBJ Prometheus Award winners. The Prometheus Awards recognize innovative companies and individuals impacting Iowa's $11 billion technology industry, which accounts for 8.8 percent of the state's GDP and employs over 76,000 workers.

'The Prometheus Awards is the most prestigious recognition for Iowa's technology industry and brings together leaders from the tech community to celebrate the year's most momentous innovations,' said Brian Waller, President of TAI. 'The 2017 award winners epitomize the great talent, companies and communities in Iowa and further solidify Iowa's reputation as a technology state,' Waller continued.

LWBJ, The Prometheus Awards title sponsor since its inception, again presented the 'LWBJ Impact Award: Impacting Iowa's Technology Future,' which recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant impact on the growth, success and sustainability of Iowa's technology industry. 'Through our Prometheus Awards sponsorship, we are pleased to celebrate the growing success of Iowa's technology sector,' said Paul Juffer, Managing Partner of LWBJ. 'LWBJ is committed to serving and supporting the leaders and innovators who are driving our economy into the future.'

2017 Prometheus Award Winners

Outstanding Startup of the Year:Gain Compliance - Gain Compliance is a software startup which is revolutionizing insurance compliance reporting. Gain Compliance has a senior team of software professionals with deep knowledge in designing and building cloud-based products to improve business outcomes in complex regulatory environments.

Student Innovation of the Year: SwineTech - SwineTech was founded in May of 2015 by University of Iowa students Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza. SwineTech is dedicated to the improvement of livestock management and specifically decreasing the mortality rate of newborn piglets.

Mobile App of the Year:NCLEX Mastery by Higher Learning Technologies - NCLEX Mastery, is used by over 90% of all U.S. graduating nurses. It has been the #1 grossing education and the #1 grossing medical app in both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. With millions of downloads and a social media reach of over 30 million people per month, the NCLEX Mastery app is the number one education tool for nurses in the US.

Life Sciences & Biotech Company of the Year:Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc. - AATI develops, manufactures and markets high-throughput, fully-automated nucleic acid and genetic analysis systems. AATI's products are designed to improve processes and accelerate research within the pharmaceutical, life science, agricultural, biofuels, clinical, and research markets.

Software Company of the Year: TelePharm - Founded in 2012 by Roby Miller, TelePharm is an industry-leading retail telepharmacy software solution focused on enabling pharmacists to become more efficient and take better care of their patients. TelePharm develops and provides software solutions to pharmacies and healthcare organizations that allows them to streamline workflow, maximize resources and strengthen patient-pharmacist relationships.

Technology Education Champion: Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council - Iowa STEM has been instrumental in bringing technology education to students across the state through generous financial support of the HyperStream program over the past several years. Because of Iowa STEM's support, the HyperStream program has grown to an incredible number of clubs in over 250 Iowa schools.

IT Service Provider of the Year:Pillar Technology - Pillar is a premiere digital experience company fusing the creativity of marketing and the technology firepower to provide an all encompassing solution for its clients. Pillar has expanded to include four 'Forge' locations, most recently in Des Moines. The Forge is both physical and philosophical-an atmosphere and an attitude built on 'no-constraints' thinking, creativity, collaboration and innovation.

Top Growth Company of the Year: Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc. - AATI exhibited explosive growth over the past three years. From 2015 to 2016, AATI's growth rate far outpaced the growth rate of even the best market leaders in the DNA sequencing and analysis space. In 2016, AATI gained over 300 new customers located all over the globe.

Best User of Technology: Wellmark Blue and Cross Blue Shield- Wellmark is a health insurance company with over 30,000 health care providers in Iowa and South Dakota in its network. Wellmark launched an Electronic Credentialing (E-cred) project in 2015. Wellmark's goal was to reduce costs to members and lower credentialing processing time to 30 days or less.

LWBJ Impact Award - Investing in Iowa's Future:NewBoCo - NewBoCo is a nonprofit with the mission to accelerate world-changing ideas, from Iowa. They create impactful startup businesses that grow here through its Iowa Startup Accelerator program. So far they have invested in 26 companies that have raised $6 million. They also grow world-class technical and creative talent via innovative educational programs for both kids and adults, including Iowa's premier code school DeltaV.

AgTech Company of the Year:GlobalVetLINK - in 1999, GlobalVetLINK was founded to streamline communication in the animal health industry with a web-based software solution, GVL's mission is to uniquely connect veterinarians, animal owners, industry partners, government officials and diagnostic laboratories to improve animal wellness and safety. The company achieves this mission through web-based software solutions.

CEO of the Year: Eric Engelmann, NewBoCo - Eric founded the nonprofit, NewBoCo. The vision of the organization is his; he imagines the best Cedar Rapids, best Corridor, best Iowa, best Midwest, and that is the trajectory he has set for the organization. He has been at the helm of the organization since its founding at the end of 2013. He was the first employee 2.5 years ago; now, there are 12 members of the team with more hires to come.

CIO/CTO/CSO of the Year:Pam Brodsack, TMG/CO-OP Financial Services - Pam's expertise in creating secure environments to capture, store, mine and produce predictive analytic models is important as TMG/CO-OP Financial Services guides its clients through the realm of big data. A seasoned executive with telephony, application development, data analytics and warehousing experience, Pam has dedicated more than 20 years of her career to the financial services sector.

Technology Community of the Year:Ames - Ames is a vibrant community, which is constantly growing and evolving. There are dozens of technology businesses that have made the decision to call Ames home. With Iowa State University and the DMACC Hunziker Academy, there is a talented workforce available to technology companies. In addition, the University, along with the ISU Research Park, encourages economic growth in Ames by promoting entrepreneurship and helping technology businesses thrive. The Ames Chamber of Commerce's mission includes strengthening economic vitality in the community, while at the same time enhancing the quality of life. This mission is actualized by the success of numerous technology companies such as Workiva, Renewable Energy Group, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, GlobalVetLink, and many others. Business leaders at technology companies are ingrained in the community, and work with other community leaders to solve problems present in every community such as a strong workforce, affordable housing, and necessary infrastructure. The bonds between business leaders, the University and DMACC, community leaders, entrepreneurs, and researchers all make Ames a unique place, worthy of recognition for a successful technology community.

Technology Company of the Year - Small/Medium:GlobalVetLINK - Investing in an improved platform and broadening the company's product portfolio over the past three years, GVL is focused on building a system that will allow the company to better serve the animal health industry with plenty of room for technological growth. Serving both the food and companion animal industries, GVL focuses on developing systems that help ease the stress of compliance while assisting in disease traceability and health information management.

The Workiva Large Technology Company of the Year: Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc. - AATI invested more than $400,000 in capital improvements in Iowa during the past year. Job growth was 33% globally, with a 27% increase in Iowa employees. AATI recruits its talent almost exclusively from graduates of Iowa Universities or local Iowa cities. The nature of the jobs is largely technical, requiring skills such a computer programming, genetics, molecular biology, and chemistry. Overall, AATI is a rapidly growing, Iowa-based company, with 80% of its total employees based in Iowa. AATI is a complete 'Made in America' (and specifically, 'Made in Iowa') high-technology company, with the manufacture of all instruments and reagents in Ankeny IA, which are subsequently exported to all parts of the globe. AATI represents the ideal future for Iowa: A strong, fast-growth-oriented company with Iowa, mid-western values, that can out-compete companies based in locations such as Silicon Valley, Europe, or even Asia.

Finalists represented a range of industries including: technology, insurance and financial services, agriculture, manufacturing, and healthcare. Winners were selected based on their contributions to Iowa's Technology Community through innovation, development of creative solutions, and demonstration of industry leadership.

The 12th Annual LWBJ Prometheus Awards were made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:LWBJ, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Workiva, City of West Des Moines, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Cultivation Corridor, Spindustry, Paragon IT Professionals, Applied Art & Technology, Markey's, BrownWinick Law Firm, Iowa Biotechnology Association, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C., Next Level Ventures, Palmer Group, Renew Rural Iowa, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., Indian Hills Community College, Doextra, Unite Private Networks and Shift Interactive.

About TAI: The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is a statewide, member-based organization uniting Iowa's technology community by connecting leaders, driving public policy, fostering diversity and inclusion, and developing talent. TAI's members work together to support the industry and advance Iowa's reputation as a technology state. The organization is a collection of leaders who have come together as Iowa's statewide voice for technology. To learn more, visit: www.technologyiowa.org

LWBJis one of the Midwest's leading CPA, business advisory and M&A firms, delivering a broad range of tax, accounting, consulting and investment banking capabilities to serve businesses and individuals.