2018 NEVY Awards Recap and Winners

Last night at a packed House of Blues in Boston, the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) celebrated the winners of its sixth annual NEVY Awards (“The NEVYs”). The Jedi-inspired program, “Episode VI: Return of the NEVYs,” was presented this year by Bristol-Myers Squibb, and recognized the top innovators, investors, and companies in the region.

Stormtroopers protecting MITRE’s Pepper robot

As New England’s premier awards program, and the only one to truly unite the technology, healthcare, and life science communities, the NEVYs honor the best and brightest in the region’s venture ecosystem. This year’s 12 award categories recognize local companies and their investors, with final winners selected by the NEVY’s Technology and Healthcare & Life Sciences Academies.

“The NEVYs never disappoint! We were thrilled with the turn-out for this year’s celebration and the recognition of our region’s incredible innovation ecosystem,” commented NEVCA President Jody Rose. “New England has shown itself to be a strong ‘force’ in the national startup and venture scene, across tech, healthcare, and life sciences. There is no better place to build a cutting-edge business.”

The winners of 2018 NEVY Awards in the Healthcare & Life Sciences categories were:

  • Revolutionary New Therapeutic or Platform Startup: Homology Medicines
  • Investors: 5AM Ventures, Alexandria Venture Investments, Vida Ventures
  • Deal/Exit of the Year for a Therapeutic or Platform Company: IFM Therapeutics
  • Investors: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Atlas Venture, Abingworth
  • MedTech Company of the Year: Vapotherm
  • Investor: Gilde Healthcare
  • Healthcare IT Company of the Year: Devoted Health
  • Investors: F-Prime Capital Partners, Oak HC/FT, Venrock, NextView Ventures
  • Patient Impact Awards: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Agios

2018 NEVY Awards winners in the Technology categories were:

  • Cybersecurity Company of the Year: CA Veracode
  • Investors: In-Q-Tel, .406 Ventures, Accomplice, Polaris Ventures
  • Company of the Year in AI, ML, and Blockchain Technology: Circle
  • Investor: General Catalyst
  • Consumer Company of the Year: CarGurus
  • Companies of the Year in Robotics, Hardware and Transportation Technology: Desktop Metal and Vesper Technologies
  • Investors for Desktop Metal: GE Ventures, Pillar, NEA, Founder Collective
  • Investors for Vesper Technologies: Accomplice, Hyperplane Venture Capital, Bose Ventures
  • SaaS/Software Companies of the Year: DRIFT and iSee AI
  • Investors for DRIFT: CRV, Founder Collective, General Catalyst, NextView Ventures
  • Investors for iSee AI: The Engine, Hyperplane Venture Capital
  • Company of the Year in CleanTech and Energy: Ionic Materials

The NEVCA also recognized four Funds of the Year:

· Accomplice

· Canaan

· Flybridge

· Oak HC/FT

We had a fantastic crowd at the 2018 NEVYs!

Joining Bristol-Myers Squibb in supporting the sixth annual NEVY Awards were Entertainment Sponsor IDA Ireland; Academy Sponsor Cooley LLP; Gold Sponsor Alexandria Real Estate Equities; Silver Sponsors Deloitte and AbbVie; Bronze Sponsors Bose Ventures, J&J Innovation, Inc. — JJDC, Leerink, Piper Jaffray, Pfizer, and Life Science Advisors; Content Partner VentureFizz; and Development Partner Umajin.

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