Companies ranging from small startups to large public firms are among the finalists for the annual annual “21 Awards.”

The finalists in each category are:

Technology Industry Awards:

  • Software Company Award: Allscripts, APEX Analytix, SciQuest, and SilkRoad Technology.
  • Life Sciences Company Award: LipoScience, TransEnterix, and Tryton Medical.
  • Best Product or Service Technology Company Award: APEX Analytix,, Freudenberg IT, and
  • Most Innovative Technology Company Award: Axial Exchange, BlueStripe Software, TweetMyJOBS, and Yap, Inc.
  • Industry Driven Technology Company Award: Elster Solutions, InterAct Public Safety Systems, Jackrabbit Technologies, LPS SoftPro, and Parata Systems.
  • Green Technology Company Award: Bayer Crop Science, Clean Burn Fuels, CoaLogix, and Elster Solutions.

Excellence Awards:

  • Best Internal Implementation of Technology Award: DunnWell, Family Dollar, and Implus Footcare.
  • Private Company Award: APEX Analytix, Elster Solutions, Epic Games, and iContact.
  • Public Company Award: CommScope, EMC Corporation, Goodrich Corporation, and Lenovo.
  • Customer Service Company Award: Logical Advantage, LPS SoftPro, Utilipath, and WorkSmart.
  • Fastest Growing Company Award: Allscripts,, iContact, and Varrow.
  • Leading Environmental Steward Company Award: EMC Corporation, Lenovo, NetApp, and Southern Energy Management.
  • Corporate Citizenship Company Award: AT&T, ERC Broadband, Google, and Triangle Game Initiative.

Stage of Development Awards:

  • Emerging Technology Company Award: Axial Exchange, CivaTech Oncology, SBM Solar, and TearScience.
  • Small Technology Company Award: Inlet Technologies, Jackrabbit Technologies, K3 Enterprises, and UpSNAP.
  • Mid Size Technology Company Award: APEX Analytix, Connexion Technologies, Epic Games, and Parata Systems.
  • Large Technology Company Award: CIBER, Cree, PPD, and Tekelec.

Leadership Awards:

  • Education Leadership Award: Fidelity Investments, Golden LEAF, NC Business Committee for Education, and SAS.

Winners will be announced on Nov. 15 at the "21" banquet along with an

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