The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) has released its list of finalists for its signature technology event, the NCTA 21 Awards.

The awards recognize companies and individuals in North Carolina for their technology accomplishments. The winners will be announced and recognized at the NCTA 21 Awards Gala on Nov. 7 in Durham. For more information, go to

The finalists are:

Technology Industry Awards

  • Most Innovative Internet/New Media Company: Automated Insights, Gather Digital, Lolly Wolly Doodle, PopUp, New Kind, WedPics
  • Software Company: AvidXchange, ChannelAdvisor, Citrix, SciQuest, WebAssign
  • Best Product or Service Company: AvidXchange, Bandwidth, Epic Games, Freudenberg IT, Turphone
  • Industry Driven Company: ARCA, CivaTech Oncology, Epic Games, Parata, Quanta Technology
  • Best Internal Implementation of Technology: City of Raleigh, NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Office State Budget & Management, ReCommunity, Stop Hunger Now
  • Clean Technology Award: Cree, GEEP, Phononic Devices, PlotWatt, Power Analytics
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences Company: Can-Diag, CivaTech Oncology, Liquidia, Medicago, TearScience

Stage of Development Awards

  • Most Innovative Small Company: CloudWyze, Odigia, PopUp, Power Analytics, Truphone
  • Most Innovative Large Company: Cisco, Cree, Epic Games, Parata, Red Hat
  • Emerging Company: AffinityAnalytics, DealCloud, Next Glass, Odigia, Validic
  • Small Company: ArchiveSocial, Automated Insights, Cloudbilt, Protochips, StepLeader
  • Mid-Size Company: AvidXchange, Internetwork Engineering, LendingTree, SciQuest, Varrow, WebAssign
  • Large Company: Accenture, Cisco, EMC, Freudenberg IT, Windstream Communications
  • Fast Growing Small Company: Appia, Automated Insights, Cloudbilt, JB Media, PointSource, Samanage
  • Fast Growing Large Company: AvidXchange, Bronto Software, Netsertive, SciQuest, Varrow

Excellence Awards

  • Best Customer Service Company: Accenture, C5 Insights, Lenovo, SAS, Technology Associates
  • Corporate Impact Company: Citrix, EMC, Google, Lenovo, LexisNexis, SAS
  • Best Workplace Culture: Bandwidth, BioAgilytix Labs, Jackrabbit Technologies, Red Hat, WebAssign

NCTA will also present three individual awards, including:

  • Public Leadership: awarded to a public sector individual who has provided leadership in the use of technology to advance North Carolina
  • Tech Exec of the Year: decided by an online poll to be launched in early September, this award recognizes a senior NC-based executive who is recognized in the community as a top technology leader
  • Outstanding Achievement: presented to an individual who, over their career, has helped advance the technology industry