All the tickets are gone for WRAL TechWire’s fifth awards program on Tuesday night, so the event is going to be streamed live by our sister web site

The program begins at 7 p.m. at Google Fiber’s new headquarters in Raleigh.

Check out the streaming at:

If you want to attend, you can register for the waiting list.

We will be handing out 12 honors in our TechWire Awards – six individual, six company.

Plus we’ll be introducing our first five TechWire Hall of Fame members.

And we’ll name Editor’s Choice Awards recipients.

Want more? For the first time we have a keynote speaker: Cindy Whitehead, who sold Sprout Pharmaceuticals for $1 billion. She’ll be talking about entrepreneurship.

HoF honorees

They are:

  • Monica Doss, who helped create the nation’s largest organization focused on startups and entrepreneurs: The Council for Entrepreneurial Development.
  • Dr. Charles Hamner, who was a driving force behind the growth of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and one of the nation’s largest life science industries.
  • Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder and CEO of Cary-based SAS, a growing global software and services firm that’s never had a year losing money since its founding on July 1, 1976.
  • Venessa Harrison, who started her career as a telephone operator and steadily rose through the ranks of Bell South/AT&T to become president of AT&T for North Carolina and who spearheaded a drive to make sure the state was among the very first to deploy AT&T’s growing fiber network.
  • Dennis Dougherty, often considered the founding father of the venture capital industry with the creation of Intersouth Partners in Durham.

TechWire Awards

More than 100 individuals and companies were nominated by WRAL TechWire readers. The finalists were selected after a review by a WTW awards committee based on nominations received.

Here are the finalists:


Fastest Growing Startup (most potential)

  • Eco-Site
  • Republic Wireless
  • Textivia

Most Steady Startup (delivering success consistently)

  • Adwerx
  • Republic Wireless
  • ArchiveSocial

Best Emerging Startup (fast-growing startup emerging from stealth mode)

  • Eco-Site
  • RewardStock
  • Roundtable Analytics

Top Startup Director (CEO/Chairman)

  • Scott Moody, Co-Founder and CEO, K4Connect
  • Todd Olson, CEO,
  • Chris Chuang, Co-Founder and CEO, Republic Wireless

Startup Executive Leader (top leader/executive, not necessarily CEO but a COO, CFO, CIO)

  • Kevin Barry, Founder and COO, FilterEasy
  • Tatiana Birgisson, Founder and CEO, MATI Energy
  • Nate Frechette, Co-Founder and CTO, Dropsource

Most Noteworthy Startup Founder or Investor

  • Chris Heivly, The Startup Factory
  • David Gardner, Cofounders Capital
  • Mark Easley, Goldhat Advisors


Highest Achieving Enterprise (established companies)

  • Bandwidth
  • IBM Watson
  • Sageworks

Most Steady Enterprise (delivering success consistently)

  • MetLife Global Technology Operations
  • Red Hat
  • Bandwidth

Best Emerging Enterprise (perhaps with IPO or exit potential)

  • Validic
  • Bandwidth

Top Enterprise Director (CEO/Chairman)

  • Allen West, President and CEO, Railinic
  • David Morken, Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of Bandwidth
  • Jean Davis, President and CEO, MCNC

Enterprise Executive Leader (top leader/executive, not necessarily CEO but a COO, CFO, CIO)

  • Jesse Lipson, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services BU at Citrix
  • Tara Fitzgerald, President, Clinical Development Services at INC Research
  • Will Aycock, General Manager at Greenlight Community Broadband

Most Noteworthy Enterprise Founders or Investors

  • Art Pappas, Pappas Ventures
  • David Jones, Bull City Venture Partners
  • Mark Easley, Goldhat Advisors

Tune in and watch the fun!