KG: The New England Venture Capital Association on Tuesday announced the nominees for the fifth annual NEVY Awards, which recognizes “the most prominent and promising individuals and organizations from New England’s innovation economy.”
Dylan: Onshape, the Cambridge-based cloud CAD software startup whose valuation is reportedly nearing $1B, is among the nominees for the NEVYs next pillar tech company — an honor bestowed upon companies that could have a major impact on the local innovation ecosystem. The other nominees in that category are Rethink Robotics, Turbonomic, Actifio, Applause and Carbon Black.
The NEVYs, which divides its nominees between life sciences and tech categories, will also hand out awards for things like rising star venture capitalist, hottest early-stage startup and angel investor of the year.
Like our own 50 on Fire, the annual awards event can be a good barometer for which companies, venture firms and individuals to pay attention to in the coming years. Last year, CarGurus CEO and founder Langley Steinert won entrepreneur of the year on the tech side, and now the company is reportedly preparing to go public this year. Katie Rae, who was last year’s rising star VC, is now CEO of The Engine, MIT’s new venture fund and accelerator. Other notable past winners include Fuze, Toast and PillPack’s co-founders.
This year’s nominees have also been making some big moves. NuTonomy, the autonomous vehicle startup, beat Uber in becoming the first company to start testing a fleet of self-driving taxis and it’s now preparing to test its tech more comprehensively in Boston’s Seaport. Turbonomic, a few months ago, raised a $50M round led by former GE Chief Information Officer Gary Reiner as it experiences triple-digit revenue growth. Carbon Black confidentially filed for an IPO last year.
KG: See you at the NEVY Awards on May 17 at the Boston House of Blues. Read more: Investors Think These Boston Tech Cos. Could Be the Next Big Thing