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Finalists Announced: The Innovation Awards 2024

The 2024 program recognizes 74 companies and trailblazers paving the way for the future of innovation in North Texas.
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D CEO and Dallas Innovates are proud to announce the finalists for its fifth annual Innovation Awards. The program honors companies, CEOs, CIOS, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and other leaders who are helping to make Dallas-Fort Worth an innovation hub.

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

Here is the complete list of finalists for the 2024 program:

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

CIO/CTO of the Year

Srujana Bobba, Jiito.ai

Phill Lawson-Shanks, Aligned Data Centers

Bala Subramanian, UPS

Joe Vaughan, MoneyGram International

Startup Leader of the Year

Patrick Brandt, Grata

Chris Gannett, Gannett.Partners

Ben Lamm, Colossal Biosciences

Gary Wojtaszek, RecNation

Corporate Innovator of the Year

Jeremy Fudge, BAL

Dr. Eric Haney, Lone Star Analysis

Pedro Lerma, LERMA

Jared Johnson, Frito Lay

Craig Torrance, MCS

Nonprofit or Accelerator Leader of the Year

Trey Bowles, Techstars

Ann Montgomery, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Jennifer Sanders, Dallas Innovation Alliance

Abigail Erickson Torres, Frontiers of Flight Museum

Emerging Leader Award

Zach Cunningham, Remington Hospitality

Tavian Harris, Seasons of Change

Khirodra Mishra, Cybalt

Deven Panchal, AT&T

Arun Kumar Ponnusamy, Jugl

Shanthi Rajaram, Amazech Solutions

COMPANY AWARDS

Innovation in AI and Machine Learning

AdComp Systems Group

Balanced Media Technology

DZS

SalesBoost

SDV International

Innovation in Cybersecurity

Cyber Defense Labs

DigitalXForce

Island.io

Innovation in Education

Dallas College

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Stemuli Studios

UWorld, LLC

Innovation in Banking and Finance

MoneyGram International

Nexus PMG

Texas Capital

Valor

Innovation in Fintech and Insurance

Bestow

CollateralEdge

Deposits

Quiltt

Nada

Yendo

Innovation in Food and Beverage

Avocados From Mexico

Duro Hospitality

Front Burner Society

Harwood Hospitality Group

Innovation in Healthcare and Biotech

Almaden Genomics

Lyda Hill Philanthropies

Recuro Health

Spectral AI

TimelyCare

Innovation in Real Estate

CBRE

Compass Datacenters

Dottid

Mintwood

TestFit

Innovation in Robotics and IOT

Clevon

RobotLab

Sensori Robotics

Ziosk

Innovation in Software and SAAS

JobTread Software

Lexipol

o9 Solutions

Spotio

Innovation in Transportation Technology

Optym

RailPros

VicOne

Startup of the Year

Adaptive 3D

Braemont Capital

Firehawk Aerospace

NVenue

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