Ag, insurance and manufacturing receive Prometheus Award nods

Three stalwarts of Iowa’s economy are all receiving recognition at this year’s LWBJ Prometheus Awards.

The Technology Association of Iowa released the finalists for the 2017 awards Monday. While the list includes companies from various industries, a number of entries hail from agriculture, insurance and the manufacturing or construction sectors.

For instance, insuretech startups Gain Compliance and Denim, construction payments platform, and manufacturer Beratek Industries are all up for “Outstanding Startup Company of the Year,” along with iotaMotion, a University of Iowa spinoff.

Swinetech and Terva, two ag-tech related startups founded by students, also have finalist nominations.

In a statement, TAI said the 2017 nominees represent “the most diverse and competitive pool to date.”

TelePharm, the Iowa City startup that sold to Cardinal Health last year, received a number of finalist nods, including a CEO of the Year nomination for Roby Miller.

Continuing this year are two categories introduced in 2016: “Ag Technology Company of the Year” and “Technology Community of the Year.” John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group and Iowa City won those respective awards last year.

There is a notable change from past Prometheus Award events. Workiva, the Ames software firm that swept some of the larger awards in past years, is not a finalist. The company said it would take itself out of the running and instead sponsor the “Large Technology Company of the Year” award.

Below is a full list of the 2017 finalists. The awards are scheduled for April 20 in Des Moines.

Outstanding Startup Company of the Year

  • BeraTrek Industries
  • Denim
  • Gain Compliance
  • iotaMotion

Student Innovation of the Year

  • AdFly, LLC
  • Health Tech Solutions, Inc.
  • PollUp Solutions, Inc.
  • SwineTech
  • Terva

Mobile App of the Year

  • Higher Learning Technologies
  • HowFactory
  • Intelligent Solutions Group
  • Phantom EFX
  • Via-Wise

Life Sciences/Biotech Company of the Year

  • Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc.
  • Exemplar Genetics
  • Newlink Genetics
  • Viewpoint Molecular Targeting

Software Company of the Year

  • Arreya Digital Signage Suite
  • Collective Data, Inc.
  • GlobalVetLINK
  • Innovative Software Engineering (ISE)
  • TelePharm

IT Service Provider of the Year

  • Carrier Access, Inc.
  • Circle Computer Resources, Inc.
  • Far Reach
  • Involta
  • Pillar Technology

Top Growth Company of the Year

  • Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc.
  • Circle Computer Resources, Inc.
  • Integrated Telehealth Partners
  • Pillar Technology
  • TMG

Best User of Technology

  • Merchants Bonding Company
  • Pella Corporation
  • TelePharm
  • UnityPoint Health
  • Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Ag Technology Company of the Year

  • AgriSync
  • DISTek Integration, Inc.
  • GlobalVetLINK
  • Performance Livestock Analytics
  • SwineTech

CEO of the Year

  • Gary Seamans, IDx, LLC
  • Eric Engelmann, NewBoCo
  • Aaron Schurman, Phantom EFX
  • Roby Miller, TelePharm
  • Shazia Manus, TMG

CIO/CTO/CSO of the Year

  • Trace Steffen, HowFactory
  • Ken Kremer, Involta
  • Terry Reinsager, MediRevv
  • Doug Fick, Principal
  • Pam Brodsack, TMG

Technology Community of the Year

  • Ames
  • Cedar Falls
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Greater Des Moines
  • Spencer
  • Urbandale

Technology Company of the Year (Small & Medium)

  • Collective Data, Inc
  • GlobalVetLINK
  • Higher Learning Technologies
  • Shift Interactive
  • TelePharm

The Workiva Large Technology Company of the Year

  • Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc.
  • Aureon
  • Circle Computer Resources, Inc.
  • Phantom EFX
  • Pillar Technology

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