The FUSE Business Innovation Awards recognize the accomplishments of both companies and individuals in Bloomington’s thriving technology and innovation scene. 

2020 Winners

The 2020 FUSE Business Innovation Awards recognize a wide range of players in the innovation ecosystem and celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations to these outstanding innovators!

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

  • Jane Kupersmith | Hopscotch Coffee and City of Bloomington
  • Chris Martoglio | Blue Burro
  • WINNER—Cy Megnin | Velocities
  • Geng Wang | Civic Champs

Company of the Year

Awarded to a company who exemplifies Bloomington’s values while achieving revenue and job growth

  • WINNER—Catalent
  • Hanapin / BrainLabs
  • NetIrrigate
  • RegattaVR

Rising Star of the Year

Awarded to a company with less than ten employees that 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

Community Leader Supporting Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Awarded to an individual who proudly and unapologetically supports The Mill and its members with time, energy, and talent

  • WINNER—Lynn Coyne
  • Jane Martin
  • Sue Sgambelluri
  • Pete Yonkman

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

  • WINNER—Catalent invests $50mm and hires 300 additional employees to support a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Civic Champs is welcomed into the inaugural class of Techstars Iowa
  • Envisage accepts an investment from Norwest, with $9.5 billion in assets under management
  • Hanapin grows 50% since selling in February to BrainLabs, its largest UK competitor
  • NetIrrigate sells to Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN)
  • RegattaVR sells to NIIT, a multi-billion dollar company

Psst! Take a look at our other business awards too!

2019 Fuse Business Innovation Award Winners

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year

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

Mentor of the Year

Company of the Year

  • Cloudseal
  • FormAssembly

Rising Star of the Year

Partner of the Year

Community Leader Supporting Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • John Hamilton | Mayor, Bloomington, IN

Newsworthy Event of the Year

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

2018 Fuse Business Innovation Award Winners

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year

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

Mentor of the Year

  • Brad Wisler | CEO, Periodic

Company of the Year

  • Cook Pharmica

Rising Star of the Year

  • Ziptility

2017 Fuse business award Winners

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Doug Dayhoff | Former President, Upland Brewing

Mentor of the Year

  • Jane Martin | Retired Venture Capitalist

Company of the Year

  • Envisage Technologies

Rising Star of the Year

  • Cheddar