The New England Venture Capital Association announced the nominees for the fourth annual NEVY Awards on Wednesday as its way of celebrating the biggest winners in Boston’s tech and biotech scene from the past year.

When you have more diversity in leadership and in thought, you have a diverse outcome and better representation.

While the tech and biotech companies at large still have a way to go in becoming more diverse and representative of the communities they support, NEVCA Executive Director Jody Rose said the association has made a concerted effort to get a more diverse pool of nominees this year.

The NEVCA doesn’t have any input on which companies, entrepreneurs, investors and VC firms are selected, Rose said, but the way they could have an influence was in ensuring that the tech and biotech academies in charge of nominations included people of diverse backgrounds, whether that’s through gender or ethnicity.

Jody Rose
Jody Rose

“As we were assembling the academy we focused on what does diversity look like related to our existing population,” Rose said, adding that having diversity in the academies is important for the same reason it is to think about diversity in the workforce. “When you have more diversity in leadership and in thought, you have a diverse outcome and better representation.”

The NEVY Awards’ tech academy is co-chaired by Startup Institute President Diane Hessan and Founder Collective Managing Partner Eric Paley, while the biotech academy is chaired by Third Rock Ventures Partner Neil Exter. You can view members of both academies here.

The NEVY Awards happen May 18 at the Boston House of Blues, where the winners will be announced. The awards includes two new categories: Next Pillar Tech Company and Digital Health Company of the Year. The former was inspired by the pending sale of EMC while the latter was inspired by the state’s launch of its digital health initiative.

Here are the nominees:

Tech Nominees

Hottest Startup: Seed

Hottest Startup: Series A Funding or Later

Next Pillar Tech Company

Rising Star Entrepreneur

Angel of the Year

Rising Star VC

Fund of the Year

Exit of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

Life Science Nominees

Hottest Startup

Rising Star Entrepreneur

Rising Star VC

Deal of the Year

Exit of the Year

Digital Health Company of the Year

Fund of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

Find more details about the NEVY Awards here.