FUSE Awards

The FUSE Business Innovation Awards recognize the accomplishments of both companies and individuals in Bloomington’s thriving technology and innovation scene. Founded by the Indiana SBDC (Small Business Development Center) in 2004, The Mill rebooted the awards and has been celebrating our community’s successes since 2017.

The Awards

Every year, The Mill hosts the FUSE Awards ceremony to deliver the awards and celebrate local individuals’ and businesses’ successes. We proudly recognize the following awards:

FUSE Business Innovation Awards

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to a founder who has created an environment where employees can flourish and whose customers love their products or services.

Mentor of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding role model who has advised and encouraged best practices in an early stage company’s growth.

Company of the Year

Awarded to a company for revenue and job growth who exemplifies Bloomington’s values.

Rising Star of the Year

Awarded to the company with less than ten employees who has laid the foundation for future revenue and job growth.

Partner of the Year

Awarded to an organization who directly impacts the success of The Mill and its members. (New in 2019)

Community Leader Supporting Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Awarded to an individual who proudly and unapologetically supports The Mill and its members with their time, energy, and talent. (New in 2019)

Newsworthy Event of the Year

Voted by Mill members and awarded to an individual, corporation, or organization who best demonstrates through public relations, that great things are happening in Bloomington. (New in 2019)

 
 
 

2019 Award Winners & Nominees

 

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year

WINNERS
  • Cedric Savarese | CEO & Founder, FormAssembly
  • Ryan Newton | CEO & Founder, Cloudseal

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Adam Quirk | CEO & Jeff Wuslich | President & Co-Founder, Cardinal Spirits
  • Ben Swanson | Owner, Secretly Group
Cedric Savarese - FUSE Entrepreneur of the Year 2019
 
 

Mentor of the Year

WINNER
  • Jason Whitney | Executive Director, IU Angel Network

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Mike Trotzke | CEO, Cheddar
  • Forrest Fowler | Managing Partner & Lead Developer, Sid3car
  • Geng Wang | CEO & Founder, Civic Champs
Jason Whitney - FUSE Mentor of the Year 2019
 
 

Company of the Year

WINNERS
  • Cloudseal
  • FormAssembly

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Ardeo Education Solutions
  • Cardinal Spirits
FormAssembly - FUSE Company of the Year 2019
 
 

Rising Star of the Year

WINNER
  • Civic Champs

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Blueprint Stats
  • infoSentience
  • Wave Therapeutics
Civic Champs - FUSE Rising Star of the Year 2019
 
 

Partner of the Year

WINNER
  • Shine Insurance

OTHER NOMINEES

  • City of Bloomington
  • Cook Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Herald Times
Shine Insurance - FUSE Partner of the Year 2019
 
 

Community Leader Supporting Entrepreneurship & Innovation

WINNER
  • John Hamilton | Mayor, Bloomington, IN

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Jane Martin | Retired Venture Capitalist
  • Lynn Coyne | President, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC)
  • Pete Yonkman
John Hamilton - FUSE Community Leader 2019
 
 

Newsworthy Event of the Year

WINNER
  • Cloudseal receives SBIR grant, completes gBETA accelerator, and is acquired by Facebook

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Fortune magazine ranks Hanapin Marketing #11 Best Place To Work Nationally
  • FormAssembly raises $10 Million in Series A Funding
 

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2018 Award Winners & Nominees

 

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year

WINNER
  • Reuben Vandevender | Co-founder, Data Clairvoyance and ZIO

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Jay Baer, Founder, Convince and Convert
  • Adam Quirk and Jeff Wuslich, Co-Founders, Cardinal Spirits
Tech The Halls 2018 at Function Brewing 12.11.18 by Benedict Jones-72
 
 

Mentor of the Year

WINNER
  • Brad Wisler | CEO, Periodic

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Jason Whitney, IU RTC & IU Philanthropic Venture Fund
  • Teri Willey, IU Philanthropic Venture Fund
Brad Wisler, Periodic | FUSE Award 2018
 
 

Company of the Year

WINNER
  • Cook Pharmica

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Secretly Group
  • The Bee Corp
Cook Pharmica | FUSE Award 2018
 
 

Rising Star of the Year

WINNER
  • Ziptility

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Content Cucumber
  • Zoro
Tyler Henke, Ziptility | FUSE Award 2018
 
 

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2017 Award Winners & Nominees

 

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year

WINNER
  • Doug Dayhoff | Former President, Upland Brewing

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Ben Swanson | Founder & CEO, Secretly Canadian
  • Jeff Schwegman | Owner, AB BioTechnologies
Doug Dayhoff, Upland Brewing | FUSE Award 2017
 
 

Mentor of the Year

WINNER
  • Jane Martin | Retired Venture Capitalist

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Gerry Hays | Managing Partner, Slane Capital Partners
  • Brad Wisler | CEO, Periodic
Jane Martin | FUSE Award 2017
 
 

Company of the Year

WINNER
  • Envisage Technologies

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Hanapin Marketing
  • Secretly Group
Envisage Technologies | FUSE Award 2017
 
 

Rising Star of the Year

WINNER
  • Cheddar

OTHER NOMINEES

  • Future Wonder
  • The Bee Corp
Cheddar | FUSE Award 2017
 
 
 

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