11 tech companies in Indiana win top prize in respective categories at inaugural event

Powderkeg, a digital community for tech companies, investors, and professionals located between the coasts, tonight announced the winners of the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards, sponsored by CLA. The event was held at INDUSTRY and hosted by Gerry Dick of Inside INdiana Business. The 50 finalist companies were recognized for being culture leaders throughout the state, and 11 companies were awarded with top honors. 

Selected companies were located in regions across the state of Indiana, including Southwest Indiana, the Bloomington area, Central Indiana, Indiana’s Technology Corridor, and Northeast Indiana.

“There are so many talented people working in tech throughout the state of Indiana, and the number of strong culture-first tech companies only continues to grow,” said Matt Hunckler, CEO of Powderkeg. “The number one reason people join tech companies in Indiana is company culture. These culture awards should make is easier for people from around the country to find the best tech jobs in Indiana for them.”

The finalists and winners were selected after their participation in the 2019 Tech Census: Tech Cultures Edition, a survey that gathered information from technology-powered software, hardware, product, and services companies across the state about the culture within their workplace. Employees rated their companies and employers on several topics that contribute to company culture, including leadership, management, workplace, compensation, benefits, community involvement, social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, career path, and company mission. Awards are based on survey rankings by each company’s employees. There were more than 267 tech companies nominated and more than 1,300 individual responses to this census.  

Powderkeg is working in partnership with several organizations on the Indiana Tech Census: Tech Cultures Edition, including the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and Elevate Ventures, as well as regional organizations including the Indy Chamber, Greater Lafayette Commerce, and Elevate Ventures Southwest Indiana. 

The 50 finalist companies include: 3BG Supply Co., ADVISA, Archon Tech, Atlas World Group, AuthentiCx, BlackInk IT, BLASTmedia, Blue Burro, Boardable, Bolstra, Cloudseal, Counterpart, Covideo, Cyclone Social, DemandJump, Doxly, DriverReach, Element Three, enVista, Flexware Innovation, Formstack, FullStack PEO, Galvin Technologies, Genesys, Greenlight Guru, Leaf Software Solutions, Lessonly, mAccounting, Marketpath, Motivating Systems, Olio, OneCause, PactSafe, Parker Technology, Passageways, Peoplocity, perfit.io , PERQ, Scale ComputingSelfless.ly, SEP, Share Your Genius, Sigstr, Six Feet Up, Skyepack, SnapShyft, Socio, Springbuk, SupplyKick, Torchlite and Woven

While all of these companies were winners, the top honors in each category went to:

  • Top-Rated Workplace, sponsored by Witkemper Insurance: Formstack 
  • Top-Rated Mission, Purpose & Values, sponsored by Element Three: Boardable
  • Top-Rated Career Path, sponsored by IU Kelley School of Business: Socio
  • Top-Rated Health & Balance, sponsored by Lilly: Covideo
  • Top-Rated Social Impact: Genesys
  • Top-Rated Leadership, sponsored by ADVISA: DemandJump
  • Top-Rated CX Team: Parker Technologies
  • Top-Rated Sales & Marketing Team, sponsored by BLASTmedia: Lessonly
  • Top-Rated Product Team, sponsored by Ivy Tech: Olio
  • Top-Rated Emerging Culture, sponsored by Elevate Ventures Southwest Indiana: AuthentiCx
  • Top-Rated Service Provider: BLASTmedia 

And the top-rated overall culture winner throughout the state was Socio.

“Culture is a top priority for us at Socio,” said Yarkin Sakucoglu, CEO of Socio. “Our priority is not just creating a premium product for our clients, but to recruit and retain the top tech talent in the country, and help them grow in their career path at our company.” 

There was a great response to the nomination process and awards for this event and Powderkeg plans to make it an annual event and hopes to take it to other markets in the future. 

Companies can sign up for their culture profiles by visiting powderkeg.com

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