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