Innovators move the world forward—and North Texas has proven to be a key innovation hub launching new ideas and breakthroughs across a wide range of industries. Each year, Dallas Innovates and D CEO celebrate the local innovators who’ve stood out the boldest, putting our region at the forefront of what’s new and next.
Dallas Innovates and D CEO revealed the winners of The Innovation Awards 2023 at a private event Thursday at On the Levee in the Dallas Design District. The Innovation Awards honor leaders, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers who are leading the way for innovation in North Texas.
The program had 68 finalists who are recognized in the January/February issue of D CEO. The honorees are the cream of the innovation crop, disrupting their industries—healthcare, logistics, education, finance, manufacturing, and more—and creating new products and opportunities.
The Innovation Awards 2023 honorees are:
Corporate Innovator of the Year
David C. Williams, AT&T
Matt Heydon, Toyota Financial Services
Alok Maskara, Lennox International
Heidi Soltis-Berner, Deloitte
Innovative Leader of the Year
Tricia D’Cruz, Catalyze Dallas
George Baker Sr, ParkHub
Dave Copps, Worlds
Ben Lamm, Colossal
Prasanna Singaraju, Qentelli
Evelyn Torres-Gomez, Solaris Technologies Services
CIO/CTO of the Year
Andrew Bender, DZS
Chris Akeroyd, Children’s Health
Innovation Advocate or Accelerator Leader of the Year
Hubert Zajicek, Health Wildcatters
Trey Bowles, Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth
Cameron Cushman, University of North Texas Health and Science Center
Tarsha Hearns, The DEC Network at Redbird
Jennifer Sampson, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Innovation in AI and Machine Learning
Oncor Electric Delivery
Innovation in Biotechnology
Taysha Gene Therapies
Innovation in Cybersecurity
Cyber Defense Labs
Innovation in DLT, Blockchain, and Crypto
Innovation in Education
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Plano Independent School District
Innovation in Finance
Innovation in Food and Beverage
Innovation in Healthcare
The Heart Center at Children’s Health
Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation
Innovation in Manufacturing and Consumer Goods
Innovation in SAAS
Innovation in Sports
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