WRAL TechWire’s third “Full Steam Ahead Awards” is shaping up as the biggest to date – by far – in early voting. And registrations for WTW’s party to celebrate the winners are filling up fast. Have you voted for your favorites? Have you signed up to attend?

Less than 48 hours after WTW opened online voting, hundreds of people have cast votes for their choices of 12 awards that will be presented on April 28.

Meanwhile, so many people have already registered for the party that the offer for the first 100 (a free adult beverage) is no longer available.

Capacity for the party is 500, so don’t waste time. Register today.

As for the voting, if you feel your friend, boss, co-worker or company deserves to win, then vote. If your favorites don’t win, don’t blame WTW.

From startups to global giants, entrepreneurs to corporate CEOs and chairs, WTW will honor 12 of the best. This is our third such program, following 2012 and 2013. There was no event in 2014 as WTW focused on its “Fiber Transforms the Triangle” event.

Our nominations process resulted in a record number of submissions.

But you can “write in” candidates as well.

Cast your votes today to help determine the winners.

Based on our “Full Steam Ahead” theme, awards have a railroad connection.

For the first time, we’ve also broken the categories in two: One set of six for startups and emerging companies as well as entrepreneurs; another set for established firms and corporate leaders.

Voting is open to all WTW readers – just don’t try to stuff the ballot box. (We’re watching.)

The host site for the party is Motorco. Start time is 5:30 p.m.

Voting closes April 10.

Email address is required to vote.

Here are the nominees:


  • Startup Engineer

Justin Miller, WedPics
Scott Moody, Investor
Chris Humphries, Windsor Circle
Robert Simora, WebAssign
Chip Royce, Flywheel Advisors
Jim Roberts, UNC-Wilmington
Sharon Bui and Kate Steadman, Frill Clothing
Daniel Jebaraj, Syncfusion
Robbie Allen, Automated Insights
Gretchen Joyce, MaxPoint Interactive

  • Startup Express

Clinverse, Inc
Automated Insights
UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Zift Solutions
Windsor Circle

  • Startup Tycoon

Lister Delgado, Idea Fund
David Gardner, investor
Mark Easley, entrepreneur and investor
Meg Ragland and Carolyn Lanzetta, co-founders, Plum Print, Asheville
Jan Davis, investor, founder
Chip Mahan, Live Oak Bank
Brooks Bell, Jesse Lipson and team at HQ Raleigh
Jed Carlson, AdWerx
David Jones and Jason Caplain, Bull City Ventures

  • Startup Freight

UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
American Underground
Reverb Nation

  • Startup Subway


Elite Innovations LLC
Keona Health

  • Startup Conductor

Scott Moody, investor
George Taylor, NextGlass
Brice Englert – TradePending
Finbar Gallagher, Fraysen Systems
Adam Klein, American Underground
Matt Williamson, Windsor Circle
Chris Padgett, Fusion3
Jim Roberts, UNC Wilmington
Joe DeSimone, UNC-CH and NCSU Professor/Entrepreneur


  • Enterprise Engineer

Neil Underwood and Chip Mahan, Live Oak Bank
Jay Parker, Lenovo
Geoff Alexander, iContact
Doug Bowers, Square 1 Bank
Lee Prevost, Dude Solutions
Prayson Pate, CTO, Overture Networks
Jim Davis, SAS
John Goodson, CTO and Chief Product Mgr, Progress

  • Enterprise Express

MaxPoint Interactive
Live Oak Bank
Square 1 Bank
Bob Barker Foundation

  • Enterprise Tycoon

Susan Casey, Square 1 Bank co-founder
Yardi Systems Anant Yardi
Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo
Bob, Pat, Robert Barker and Nancy Johns, Bob Barker Foundation
Dennis Gillings, Quintiles
Clinipace’s co-founders Jeff Williams (CEO) and Chris Porter (President)
Kent Hudson, Dude Solutions
Joe Epperson, Maxpoint Interactive
Fred Eshelman, founder PPD and Furiex Pharmaceuticals
Doug Suriano, Oracle

  • Enterprise Freight

Bob Barker Foundation
Progress DataDirect
Live Oak Bank

  • ​Enterprise Subway

Live Oak Bank
Bronto Software
Reverb Nation

  • Enterprise Conductor

Tom Pike, CEO, Quintiles
Chip Mahan, Live Oak Bank
Kent Hudson, Dude Solutions
Geoff Alexander, iContact
Vanessa Harrison, President, AT&T N.C.

OK, that’s the list. Vote today.