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November 1, 2022 - January 24, 2023

Nominate your colleagues, organizations, or self-nominate for MTC’s 35th annual ICON Awards. The ICON Awards honors the best in Maryland’s technology and life sciences communities.



We have made exciting additions to the award categories this year, including C-Suite Executive of the Year and Investor of the Year. Nominations open today and will run through January 24th.

Awards Categories and Criteria

Chief Executive Officer of the Year

  • Government Contracting
  • Life Sciences
  • Technology


Criteria

  • An outstanding leader and communicator
  • An integral part of the firm’s growth and/or profitability
  • An individual skilled at taking calculated risks that lead to success
  • A leader in the technology or life science community

Company of the Year

  • Life Science Company
  • Technology Company


Criteria

  • Innovative products and services relevant to the market
  • Strong long-term prospects for business
  • Evidence of market details including: market penetration, potential/proven impact on the market, and positive influence on the marketplace
  • Achieved significant, measurable success
  • Achieved significant, measurable success (e.g., research or technical breakthrough or product approval)
  • Achieved significant business milestones (e.g., merger, acquisition, license, major funding, revenue)
  • Crisply executed its business plan
  • Helped foster a vibrant life science community
  • Participated/sponsored industry activities and programs

Company of the Year

Government Contracting

  • Up to $50 Million
  • $50 Million and Above


Criteria

  • Achieved measurable success as evidenced by growth in revenue and profitability either through organic growth or acquisition
  • Developed critical expertise in its service to the government
  • Improved the level of service or cut costs of either the government or a prime contractor
  • Demonstrated success in partnering with other contracting firms in the region
  • Made contributions to national security

Emerging Company of the Year (Revenue under $25,000,000)

  • Life Science Company
  • Technology Company


Criteria

  • Strong strategic direction that will clearly differentiate this company from others in their chosen market space
  • Ability to develop innovative products or services
  • Technology based development that represents a disruptive technology, a platform technology, or is targeting a critical market need
  • Demonstrated ability to attract resources and growth in financial performance

New this year!

C-Suite Awards

  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or the controller / financial leader
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO/CIO) or the technology executive
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Chief Legal Officer (CLO)
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)
  • Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
  • Chief Security Officer (CSO)
  • Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)


Criteria

  • Must be a direct support to the CEO
  • Has offered insights and contributed to key decisions than launched your company to the next level
  • Has advanced and contributed to the success of the company.
  • Advanced and shown leadership within the industry to which your company belongs and or the area of company operations.

New this year!

Investor of the Year

Maryland Tech Council will recognize a growth equity or venture capital firm headquartered, operating, and/or investing in the Maryland area that has demonstrated success in accomplishing growth-oriented transactions that closed (along with all such transactions that were signed) in 2022. Such transactions include non-control investments in a company, in equity or debt form.  


Criteria

  • Number of transactions
  • Transaction size and accomplishment
  • Impact on market share, industry and region
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