EyeVerify CEO, MindMixer among winners at startup awards

EyeVerify CEO Toby Rush (left) poses with Get In The Ring host James Digby after EyeVerify won the startup competition. | Photo courtesy of Kauffman Labs
EyeVerify CEO Toby Rush (left), pictured after winning last year’s Get In The Ring startup competition, added a Silicon Prairie Award to the list of honors he’s accumulated recently. | Photo courtesy of Kauffman Labs

Kansas City-area startups MindMixer and EyeVerify were among the big winners Thursday night at an awards ceremony recognizing some of the top tech startups in the Midwest.

MindMixer, which makes an online platform for community engagement, won Startup of the Year, and EyeVerify CEO Toby Rush was recognized as Executive of the Year at the Silicon Prairie Awards, an event put on by regional tech publication Silicon Prairie News.

MindMixer, which relocated its headquarters to Kansas City earlier this year, and Rush, whose company just announced a $6 million round of funding, were among 11 winners at the third annual awards, held at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City.

The complete list of winners is below:

  • Startup of the Year — MindMixer
  • New Startup of the Year — Pear Deck
  • Best Creation — ShotTracker
  • Executive of the Year — Toby Rush, EyeVerify
  • Technologist of the Year — Caitlin Bales, Bulu Box
  • Designer of the Year — Katie Hottovy, Nobl
  • Student Entrepreneur of the Year — Ryan Martinez
  • Investor of the Year — Built by Iowa
  • Service Provider of the Year — University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
  • Silicon Prairie Champion — Brian Ardinger, David Tominsky and Kevin McGinnis
  • Best Culture — Bulu Box

The winners, who hail from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, were selected through a combination of online balloting and input from a panel of expert judges.

Read more from Silicon Prairie News


Update: August 22, 2014

This story was updated to include the complete list of award winners.

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