Built in Chicago held their second annual Moxie Awards on Thursday night at the swank Park West. Over 800 entrepreneurs, techies, and local dignitaries packed the ballroom for the awards, which highlight the city’s rapidly growing tech scene.
Chicago’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who has been in the spotlight lately for his city’s climbing crime rate, took a break from the negative to highlight the positive. The event comes just a week before the national tech spotlight shines on Chicago Tech Week.
“The Chicago technology economy is vibrant and thriving,” said Mayor Emanuel, according to Built In Chicago. “The entrepreneurial spirit and innovation we see is creating jobs and opportunity now and will have an impact on the city for years to come. I look forward to working with all of these companies as they grow and evolve.”
Next week’s Tech Week event is expected to draw a crowd of a few thousand to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, home to 1871. TechWeek will feature an exhibition area, several panels, and speakers including the creator of CRM, Mike Muhney, and the boisterous founder of MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom via video feed (Dotcom can not currently travel into the United States).
Here are the 2013 Moxie recipients, reported by Built In Chicago..
Best Consumer Web Startup: SpotHero
Best B2B Startup: Belly
Best Healthcare Startup: GiveForward
Best Education or Recruitment Startup: eSpark Learning
Mobile App of the Year: iAnnotate – Branchfire
Best Civic App: Chicago Bike Map App
Best Bootstrapped Startup: Branchfire
Best Startup Founders/Co-Founders: Marc Kiven, Mike Sands and Eric Lunt (BrightTag)
Best Service Provider: SurePayroll
Digital Agency of the Year: Rise Interactive
Mentor of the Year: Chuck Templeton (Impact Engine)
Investor of the Year: J.B. Pritzker (The Pritzker Group & New World Ventures)
Tech Woman of the Year: Shradha Agarwal (ContextMedia)
CTO of the Year: Harper Reed (Obama for America – 2012)
Best Beard: Jim Shea
Best Company Culture: Centro
Best Software Company: Sprout Social
Best Corporate Digital Innovation: Guaranteed Rate
Startup of the Year: Belly
Breakthrough Digital Company of the Year: Braintree
CEO of the Year: Mike Sands (BrightTag)
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