The North Carolina Technology Association is now accepting nominations for its annual “21 Awards”.

Grant Thornton will oversee the selections process along with past and present NCTA leaders for the third consecutive year.

“Each year, technology and business leaders across the state gather at the NCTA 21 Awards gala to honor North Carolina’s most innovative companies and executives,” said Joan Myers, president and chief executive officer of NCTA. “2005 has been an exciting year for North Carolina’s technology community and we anticipate a rigorous selection process in the weeks ahead and look forward to announcing this year’s winners at our November 17th NCTA 21 Awards gala.” The awards ceremony will take place at the Embassy Suites hotel in Cary.

The NCTA 21 Awards are the oldest technology awards in the state. Both individuals and companies are recognized.

Award categories include technology industry, stage of development, functional, leadership and excellence. NCTA will also present an Outstanding Achievement Award to an individual who has demonstrated a career-long commitment to the advancement of the technology industry

“The NCTA 21 Awards showcase North Carolina’s best and brightest thought leaders and our most innovative and successful companies,” said Mike McGuire, Carolinas managing partner for Grant Thornton.

Nominations close on Sept. 30.

For more information, see: www.nc-tech.org