Meet the Finalists: The Innovation Awards 2020, Presented by Dallas Innovates and D CEO

Check out the companies and leaders making Dallas-Fort Worth a hub for innovation.

Dallas Innovates and D CEO are proud to announce the finalists for The Innovation Awards 2020. The inaugural program honors companies and leaders—CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and more—driving innovation in North Texas.

All finalists will be recognized at an exclusive event in January and featured in the January/February 2020 issue of D CEO and online at Dallas Innovates. Dallas Innovates also will release our annual magazine, Dallas Innovates 2020, at the event. 

Here is the complete list of finalists (along with links for extra information):

CIO/CTO of the Year

Amy Czuchlewski, Bottle Rocket
Chris Akeroyd, Children’s Health
Madhuri Andrews, Jacobs
Sherif Mityas, TGI Fridays

Corporate Innovator of the Year

Arjun Dugal, Capital One
Paola Arbour, Tenet Healthcare
Heidi Soltis-Berner, Deloitte
Alanna Cotton, Samsung Electronics America

Startup Innovator of the Year

Sean Minter, AmplifAI
Melbourne O’Banion, Bestow
Vaidyanatha Siva, DocSynk
Damir Perge, FluidLytix
Dave Copps, Hypergiant Sensory Sciences

Innovation in Education

Big Thought
LRN
Design and Innovation Program at SMU
UT Dallas
UT Southwestern Simulation Center

Innovation in Energy

Geoforce
ES Xplore
Skyven Technologies

Innovation in Finance

Alkami
Comprehensive Finance
Gig Wage
Zirtue

Innovation in Food and Beverage

Avocados From Mexico
BuzzBallz/Southern Champion, LLC
PureWine

Innovation in Healthcare

Blockit
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation
UNT Health Science Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Innovation in Manufacturing and Consumer Goods

Bioworld Merchandising
Mary Kay
Solaris Technologies Services
VARIDESK

Innovation in Placemaking

Better Block Foundation
Fort Worth Innovation District

Innovation in Retail

Neighborhood Goods
Spacee

Innovation in Technology

Dialexa
Edgetensor Technologies
ParkHub
Polte

Innovation in Transportation

Alto
Texas Central High-Speed Train
UT Dallas

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