Finalists Named in the 2012 Idaho Innovation Awards

Finalists have been selected in the seventh annual Idaho Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Kickstand and Idaho Technology Council (ITC) and supported by Idaho Tech Connect and Cooper Norman. Winners and finalists will be recognized at a special awards presentation during the Idaho Technology Council’s third annual Hall of Fame Celebration on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. Registration is available online at through Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

As the state’s only innovation awards program, the Idaho Innovation Awards recognize innovative accomplishments in four categories. The categories and 2012 finalists are listed below (finalists are listed in alphabetical order):

Commercialized Innovation of the Year

  • EarHero Sales by EarHero Sales, Inc.
  • Recall Info Link by Recall InfoLink, Inc.
  • The Zona Plus by Zona Health, Inc.

Early-Stage Innovation of the Year

  • Vaccine that Prevents Staph and MRSA Infection in Humans and Dairy Cows by Boise State University
  • WhiteCloud Acute Foundations by WhiteCloud Analytics
  • Wireless Spectrum Communications by Idaho National Laboratory

Innovative Company of the Year

  • Clearwater Analytics
  • MetaGeek
  • Social Good Network

Innovator of the Year

  • Les Cullen, President, CastleRock Building Products
  • Norris Krueger, Founder, Entrepreneurship Northwest
  • Jessica Rolph, COO/Founding Partner, HappyBaby

The nominations were judged by a Selection Committee consisting of leaders from Idaho’s business, technology and academic communities. Votes were tallied by accountants at Cooper Norman.

About the ITC “Hall of Fame” featuring the Idaho Innovation Awards

The Idaho Innovation Awards presentation will be held during the ITC’s third annual Hall of Fame Celebration on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. The ITC Hall of Fame Celebration recognizes innovative technology leaders who have made a significant contribution to Idaho’s technology community. The 2012 inductees are physician-inventor Dr. Forrest Bird and software analytics visionary Bob Lokken.

Prior to the Hall of Fame and Innovation Awards presentations, members of Idaho’s business and technology communities will display their innovative products and technologies during an Innovation Showcase from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Click here to register to exhibit at the Innovation Showcase. The evening’s schedule is as follows:

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Networking Reception and Innovation Showcase
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Dinner, Networking, Awards Presentation

Registration is available online through Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Individual seats are $85.00 for ITC and Kickstand members, and $125 for non-members. A table of ten is $750 for members and $900 for non-members. The Idaho Innovation Awards is supported by Cooper Norman and Idaho TechConnect.

About Stoel Rives LLP: Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing counseling and litigation services throughout the United States. The firm’s 360 attorneys provide client-focused services to a wide range of clients from 11 offices in seven states. Stoel Rives is regarded as a leader in energy, natural resources, environment, litigation, corporate and intellectual property law. For more information about Stoel Rives please visit

About Kickstand: Kickstand is an entrepreneur support organization for Idaho’s innovators, in any industry, who need help from the local community in order to succeed. Kickstand provides live and virtual forums to foster a vibrant entrepreneurial community and promote business creation and growth. With the tagline “network, learn & grow,” Kickstand is a non-profit group founded in 2002 by a handful of young technology companies and like-minded service providers who believed they could achieve greater success by sharing ideas and success stories. With some 300 members and three affiliate groups around Idaho, Kickstand provides opportunities for its members to make connections, learn start-up tips, and develop as individuals and members of teams or as “intrapreueurs” inside larger companies. For more information visit

About Idaho Technology Council: The Idaho Technology Council’s mission is to become the premier member-driven technology association dedicated to fostering the growth of technology companies in the state of Idaho, primarily in the areas of information technology, agriscience, and energy. The ITC provides a valuable forum for industry, research, educators, investors, and government throughout the state. It also advocates for creating a strong technology ecosystem and a high quality, high paid workforce. For more information visit