The crowd at the 2015 MassChallenge Awards Ceremony.

Sixteen of the final 26 MassChallenge startups for 2015 were named winners at the accelerator’s 2015 awards ceremony Wednesday night, taking a share of $1.5 million in equity-free cash.

Four of the startups—Biorasis, Estrenon, Hyliion and Sanitation and Health Rights in India—took $100,000 each as MassChallenge’s top winners. The other 12 winners took away $50,000 each as part of the second tier.

What’s more, one startup from each of the two tiers—Biorasis from the $100,000 tier and LaunchPad Medical from the $50,000 tier—will also share an additional $500,000 from CASIS and Boeing for research projects on the International Space Station. The allocations for each startup will be determined based on their project proposals.

The remaining top 10 MassChallenge finalists were named as in-kind silver winners.

The 2015 class of MassChallenge finalists in Boston was particularly noteworthy because a record 44 percent of them had at least one female founder. This was also the first year MassChallenge finalists had access to the new MADE@ hardware lab.

Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Draft Kings CEO Jason Robins were among the speakers at the event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Robins’ appearance on stage was a treat for anyone wondering how the leader of the daily fantasy sports company has been holding up in the last few weeks in the face of controversy.

“This is the most relaxing thing that has happened to me within the last few weeks,” he joked.

Instead of focusing on the recent controversy, Robins recalled what it’s like to build a consumer tech company in Boston and how he faced pressure from some investors to move DraftKings out west.

“Investors asked us, ‘why don’t you move your company out west? We said, ‘no,” he said, adding that they questioned the startup’s ability to hire the best talent. “We have everyone we need here.”

“There’s no reason Boston shouldn’t be a consumer tech hub,” Robins added.

Here are the cash winners announced on Wednesday (with descriptions provided by MassChallenge, along with their respective categories and state/country of origin):

$100,000 Winners

Biorasis, Inc. — Healthcare / Life Sciences — Connecticut — Biorasis is developing a biosensor that will vastly improve the quality of life of diabetics and restore their active lifestyle.

Estrenon — Social Impact — Mexico — Estrenon pioneers the “reuse clothing movement” in Latin America through dignifying stores that empower the people to improve their lives.

Hyliion — Energy / Clean Tech — Massachusetts — Hyliion is creating an add-on hybrid module for tractor trailers that will reduce fuel consumption by 30% with a payback of under a year.

Sanitation and Health Rights in India (SHRI) — Social Impact — Massachusetts — SHRI fights alongside communities to end outdoor defecation in an ongoing struggle for health equity and social and economic justice.

$50,000 Winners

AquaFresco — Energy / Clean Tech — Massachusetts — AquaFresco is developing the next generation close-loop laundry technology that regenerates 95% of wastewater.

Hydroswarm — High Tech — Massachusetts — Teams of small, autonomous, underwater robots + cheap sensors + modern mesh networks = a revolution in maritime commerce and security.

LaunchPad Medical — Healthcare — Massachusetts — LaunchPad Medical brings to you Tetranite, the world’s first synthetic bone adhesive to stabilize metal hardware and repair fractured bone.

Lumii — High Tech — Massachusetts — Glasses-free 3D that works. Lumii light field displays: intuitive depth in the native format of your brain.

Nix86 — High Tech — Massachusetts — Restaurants and Suppliers rely on fax-phones-email to manage 1B orders a year; Nix86’s B2B cloud solution modernizes it all with ease.

Obz Design — Social Impact — Massachusetts — Obz Design is changing global healthcare: better anemia diagnostics today, 600 million healthier children tomorrow!

Recon Therapeutics — Healthcare / Life Sciences — Massachusetts — Recon Therapeutics has developed a new drug delivery technology that simplifies reconstitution of a lyophilized drug with solvent at the POC.

Six Foods — General — Massachusetts — Six Foods is normalizing insects as a sustainable food. Try Chirps, a cricket chip that has more protein per serving than an egg.

Spoiler Alert — Social Impact — Massachusetts — Spoiler Alert is a B2B marketplace and reporting tool to help businesses manage wasted food, improve margins, and fight food insecurity.

TVision Insights — General — Massachusetts — At TVision Insights, we leverage state of art computer vision technology to redefine TV rating for new generation TV.

Virtudent — Healthcare / Life Sciences — Massachusetts —Virtudent is a telehealth solution for dentistry, expanding access to oral-health experts and improving the quality of dental care.

XactSense — Social Impact — Rhode Island — XactSense builds LIDAR scanning UAVs for the $270B geospatial industry our scanning robots make the next generation of 3D maps in minutes.

CASIS-Boeing Prize for Technology in Space ($500,000)

Biorasis, Inc. — Healthcare / Life Sciences — Connecticut — Biorasis is developing a biosensor that will vastly improve the quality of life of diabetics and restore their active lifestyle.

LaunchPad Medical — Healthcare — Massachusetts — LaunchPad Medical brings to you Tetranite, the world’s first synthetic bone adhesive to stabilize metal hardware and repair fractured bone.