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Finalists Announced: The Innovation Awards 2020, Presented by D CEO and Dallas Innovates

These individuals and companies are driving innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth.
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D CEO and Dallas Innovates are proud to announce the finalists for its inaugural The Innovation Awards. This program honors the companies, CEOs, CIOS, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and other leaders who are helping to make Dallas-Fort Worth a hub for innovation.

All finalists will be recognized in the January/February issue of D CEO Magazine and online at; winners will be revealed at an exclusive awards event in January.

Here is the complete list of finalists for 2020:

CIO/CTO of the Year
Amy Czuchlewski, Bottle Rocket
Chris Akeroyd, Children’s Health
Madhuri Andrews, Jacobs
Sherif Mityas, TGI Fridays

Corporate Innovator of the Year
Arjun Dugal, Capital One
Paola Arbour, Tenet Healthcare
Heidi Soltis-Berner, Deloitte
Alanna Cotton, Samsung Electronics America

Startup Innovator of the Year
Sean Minter, AmplifAI
Melbourne O’Banion, Bestow
Vaidyanatha Siva, DocSynk
Damir Perge, FluidLytix
Dave Copps, Hypergiant

Innovation in Education
Big Thought
Design and Innovation Program at SMU
The University of Texas at Dallas
UT Southwestern Simulation Center

Innovation in Energy
ES Xplore
Skyven Technologies

Innovation in Finance
Comprehensive Finance
Gig Wage

Innovation in Food and Beverage
Avocados From Mexico
BuzzBallz/Southern Champion LLC

Innovation in Healthcare
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation
UNT Health Science Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center-Kidney Cancer Program

Innovation in Manufacturing and Consumer Goods
Bioworld Merchandising
Mary Kay
Solaris Technologies Services

Innovation in Placemaking
Better Block Foundation
Fort Worth Medical Innovation District

Innovation in Retail
Neighborhood Goods

Innovation in Technology
Edgetensor Technologies

Innovation in Transportation
Texas Central
UT Dallas

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