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Innovation Awards

Nominate Now: D CEO and Dallas Innovates Launch The Innovation Awards 2023

Now in its fourth year, the popular recognition program celebrates trailblazers and innovators in the North Texas region.
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For a fourth year, D CEO  has teamed up with Dallas Innovates to present The Innovation Awards. The program honors businesses and leaders—CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and others—driving innovation in North Texas.

All nominations must be made online at this site. The deadline to enter is Sept. 22.

All finalists will be recognized at an exclusive event in January and featured in the January/February 2023 issue of D CEO and at

Past honorees include Corporate Innovator of the Year Sanjiv Yajnik of Capital One, Startup Innovator of the Year Rex Kurzius of Asset Panda, and Innovation Advocate of the Year, Hubert Zajicek of Health Wildcatters.

Categories for 2023 include both individual and company awards:


CIO/CTO of the Year

Corporate Innovator of the Year

Startup Leader of the Year


Innovation in Cybersecurity

Innovation in Education

Innovation in Energy

Innovation in Finance

Innovation in Food and Beverage

Innovation in Healthcare and Biotech

Innovation in Manufacturing and Consumer Goods

Innovation in Real Estate and Hospitality

Innovation in Retail

Innovation in Supply Chain

Innovation in AI and Machine Learning

Innovation in Robotics and IOT

Innovation in SAAS

Innovation in Transportation

Startup of the Year

Launched in 2016, Dallas Innovates is a collaboration of Dallas Next and the Dallas Regional Chamber. It covers the ideas and innovators that make Dallas-Fort Worth a hub for innovation and business growth. Dallas Innovates spotlights what’s new and next in the region, from startup to enterprise, education to invention, and creative to social innovation. Click here to receive the weekday Dallas Innovates newsletter.


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