CHARLESTON,, an Internet-based software provider of alternatives to paper forms, is the Innovator of the Year for 2005 as determined by the Charleston Digital Corridor and the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Some 60 companies were nominated for the award.

Benefitfocus clients include more than 14 Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations. It was launched five years ago and employs 185 people, up from 18 when the company was formed. Benefitfocus will move soon into a new headquarters and plans to increase its employee count to 400 over the next three years.