Finalists Named In The 2016 Idaho Innovation Awards

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BOISE, ID — Finalists have been selected in the 11th annual Idaho Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Trailhead and Idaho Technology Council (ITC) and supported by Deloitte. Winners and finalists will be recognized at an awards presentation during the Idaho Technology Council’s seventh annual Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Boise Centre.

As the state’s only innovation awards program, the Idaho Innovation Awards recognizes innovative accomplishments in five categories. The categories and 2016 finalists are listed below (finalists are listed in alphabetical order):

Commercialized Innovation of the Year:

  • Axios® Modular LED Lightbar System by ESG (ECCO Safety Group)
  • Kount Central by Kount
  • Night Vision Compatible Lighting by Blue Wolf          

Consumer Product of the Year:

  • ICAP-USA Insulated Claddings by InsulStone
  • Inergy Kodiak Solar Generator by Inergy Solar
  • Probiotic MELT Organic Buttery Spread by Prosperity Organic Foods  

Early-Stage Innovation of the Year:

  • E-RECOV by Idaho National Laboratory
  • Inergy Home Base+ by Inergy Solar
  • Magnetic Shape Memory µPump by Shaw Mountain Technology  

Innovative Company of the Year:

  • Idaho Transportation Department
  • Wilderness Wireless
  • xCraft Enterprises  

Innovator of the Year:

  • Kenton Lee, Founder, Because International
  • Tracy Lotz, CEO,
  • Matt Rissell, CEO, TSheets

The nominations were judged by a Selection Committee consisting of leaders from Idaho’s business, technology and academic communities. Votes were tallied by accountants at Deloitte.  

About the ITC “Hall of Fame” featuring the Idaho Innovation Awards

The Idaho Innovation Awards presentation will be held during the ITC’s seventh annual Hall of Fame on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Boise Centre. The ITC Hall of Fame recognizes innovative technology leaders who have made a significant contribution to Idaho’s technology community. This year’s inductees are the late Harry Morrison, co-founder of Boise construction giant Morrison-Knudsen, and Faisal Shah, co-founder of MarkMonitor and longtime leader in Boise’s entrepreneurial community.

Prior to the Hall of Fame and Innovation Awards presentations, members of Idaho’s business and technology communities will display their innovative products and technologies during an Innovation Showcase from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The evening’s schedule is as follows:

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Networking Reception and Innovation Showcase
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Dinner, Awards Presentations 

Hall of Fame registration is available online. Individual seats are $110.00 for ITC members, and $125 for non-members. To purchase a table please contact Heidi Jarvis-Grimes at

About Stoel Rives LLP:  Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing corporate and litigation services to a wide range of clients throughout the United States. The firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, project development and real estate law. For more information, follow @stoelrives or visit

About Trailhead: Trailhead helps Boiseans start and scale businesses and high-impact projects. Founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Trailhead is the place to find resources, explore new technologies, and create something all your own. From our casual, yet connected coworking space to high-octane workshops, we're dedicated to giving entrepreneurs access to the tools and connections they need to build something with impact. For more information visit

About Idaho Technology Council: The Idaho Technology Council exists to connect, inform and promote the technology companies in Idaho and is dedicated to foster the growth of technology companies in the state, primarily in the areas of information technology, agriscience, and energy. The ITC provides a valuable forum for industry, research, educators, investors, and government throughout the state. The ITC advocates for creating a strong, innovative technology ecosystem and a high quality, high paid workforce. For more information visit

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