Winners Announced at the 2014 Idaho Innovation Awards

Winners were announced tonight during the ninth annual Idaho Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Kickstand and Idaho Technology Council (ITC), and supported by Idaho TechConnect and Deloitte. Winners and finalists were honored at a special awards presentation during the Idaho Technology Council’s fifth annual Hall of Fame Celebration at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

The Idaho Innovation Awards recognize innovative accomplishments in four categories. The 2014 Idaho Innovation Award winners are as follows:

Commercialized Innovation of the Year

  • TR Series by Bay Shore Systems, Inc.

Early-Stage Innovation of the Year (tie for winner)

  • Advanced Electrolyte Model (AEM) by Idaho National Laboratory
  • LightPaper by Rohinni

Innovative Company of the Year

  • TSheets Time Tracking

Innovator of the Year

  • Brad Wiskirchen, CEO, Keynetics

“This year’s winners represent the newest class of impressive Idaho innovators and innovations,” said Paul Boyd, Stoel Rives corporate partner and 2014 Idaho Innovation Awards chairman. “Tonight’s winners and finalists demonstrate the great promise Idahoans continue to show as they develop new and meaningful products and services here and around the country.”

Finalists in each category were also honored and recognized at the event. The 2014 finalists are as follows:

Commercialized Innovation of the Year:

  • Anomalous Roadway Behavior Detection System (ARBD) by Sloan Security Technologies, Inc.
  • CradlePoint AER 2100 by CradlePoint

Early-Stage Innovation of the Year:

  • VisitPay® – The First Online Self-Servicing and Financing Platform for Healthcare by iVinci Health LLC

Innovative Company of the Year:

  • Ednetics
  • Regence BlueShield of Idaho

Innovator of the Year:

  • J. Thomas Ahlquist III, COO, Gardner Company
  • George Mulhern, CEO, CradlePoint

The nominations were judged by a Selection Committee consisting of more than 30 leaders from Idaho’s business, technology and academic communities. Votes were tallied by accountants at Deloitte.

Following the announcement of the 2014 Idaho Innovation Award winners, Rich Stuppy, Idaho Technology Council executive chairman announced the induction of Don Kemper, founder and CEO of Healthwise, and Steve Meyer, North Idaho entrepreneur into the ITC “Hall of Fame.” More than 900 individuals from Idaho’s business and academic communities attended the event. The banquet also featured a keynote address from Richard “Dick” Fosbury, Olympic Gold Medalist and innovator of “The Fosbury Flop”.

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 12 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. 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 www.stoel.com.

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 www.kickstand.org.

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 www.idahotechcouncil.org.