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New England startups honored by venture capital group

Gene editing, satellite propulsion, and a way to search for car deals were just some of the innovations in the fields of tech and health care recognized at the fourth annual NEVY Awards held Wednesday at the House of Blues.

Three-year old Editas Medicine Inc., which went public earlier this year with a $94.4 million initial public offering got the Exit of the Year award in the life sciences category, while Rapid7, the only Massachusetts technology firm to go public last year, took the prize on the tech side.

The awards are a celebration of Boston entrepreneurs at all stages of startup growth and it’s put on by the New England Venture Capital Association.


Decibel Therapeutics, which launched with an initial $52 million investment last year, won the prize for the hottest startup in health care, while on the tech side the honor went to Accion Systems and Toast.

Fitness app company Runkeeper, which was purchased earlier this year by Japanese sports-apparel company ASICS Corp. for about $85 million, was named digital health company of the year.

Mary Lynne Hedley, the founder and chief scientific officer of Waltham-based biotechnology company Tesaro Inc., and Langley Steinert, founder of CarGurus and cofounder of TripAdvisor, were named entrepreneurs of the year.

Here’s a full list of the winners:

Winners in the technology sector

Hottest Startup: Seed — Accion Systems

Hottest Startup: A+ — Toast

Next Pillar Tech Company — Fuze

Rising Star Entrepreneur — TJ Parker & Elliot Cohen, PillPack

Angel of the Year — Jennifer Lum

Rising Star VC — Katie Rae, Project 11

Fund of the Year — General Catalyst

Exit of the Year — Rapid7

Entrepreneur of the Year — Langley Steinert, CarGurus

Winners in the life sciences sector

Hottest Startup — Decibel Therapeutics

Rising Star Entrepreneur — Rosana Kapeller, Nimbus Therapeutics


Rising Star VC — David Grayzel, Atlas Venture

Deal of the Year — CRISPR Therapeutics

Exit of the Year — Editas Medicine

Digital Health Company of the Year — Runkeeper

Fund of the Year — Atlas Venture

Entrepreneur of the Year — Mary Lynne Hedley, Tesaro

Katheleen Conti can be reached at kconti@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKConti.