The 2019 NEVY Awards: And the Winners Are…

“The 007th Annual NEVY Awards” packs a full House of Blues in Boston

BOSTON — May 9, 2018 — Last night at a packed House of Blues in Boston, the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) celebrated the winners of its seventh annual NEVY Awards (“The NEVYs”). The James Bond 007-themed event, “The 007th Annual NEVY Awards” was presented this year by Dell Technologies and recognized the top innovators, investors and companies in the region.

“Dell Technologies is proud to join the New England innovation and venture communities to recognize the outstanding achievements of companies in the region doing revolutionary things in technology, life science and healthcare,” said Matt Baker, senior vice president of Dell EMC Strategy and Planning. “We are honored to stand next to like-minded companies who are fueled by a similar desire to create innovative technologies and solutions that drive human progress and will enable our world in the digital future.”

As New England’s premier awards program for the startup and venture ecosystems, and the only one to truly unite the technology, healthcare and life science communities, the NEVYs honor both early- and late-stage companies, as well as the venture capitalists who support them, and cover a wide spectrum of the region’s thriving industry clusters. This year’s 12 award categories recognize local companies and their investors, with final winners selected by the NEVYs Technology, Healthcare and Life Sciences Academies. Additionally, this was the first year in which Healthcare had a dedicated Academy distinct from Life Sciences, reflecting Boston’s ascension as a healthcare innovation and investing hub.

The winners of the 2019 NEVY Awards in the Technology category are:

  • Tech Exit of the Year: PillPack

Investor(s): CRV, Accomplice, Pillar, Founder Collective

  • Rising Star in Tech: Humatics

Investor(s): Tectonic Ventures, Fontinalis Partners

  • Next Tech Home Run: Toast

Investor(s): F Prime Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners

  • Hottest Tech Startup: Owl Labs

Investor(s): Matrix Partners

  • New Cornerstone Tech Company: Carbon Black

Investor(s): Accomplice, .406 Ventures, Highland Capital

  • CleanTech Company of the Year: Bevi

Investor(s): Bessemer Venture Partners, MassCEC

  • Tech Fund of the Year: Accomplice

The winners of the 2019 NEVY Awards in the Healthcare category are:

  • MedTech Company of the Year: Augmenix

Investor(s): Catalyst Health Ventures

  • Healthcare IT Exit of the Year: Covetrus

Investor(s): Polaris Partners, Borealis Ventures

  • Healthcare IT Startup of the Year: Pear Therapeutics

Investor(s): 5AM Ventures

  • Healthcare Fund of the Year: Catalyst Health Ventures

The winners of the 2019 NEVY Awards in the Life Sciences category are:

  • Revolutionary New Therapeutic or Platform Startup: Beam Therapeutics

Investor(s): F-Prime Capital, Omega Funds

  • Deal/Exit of the Year for a Therapeutic or Platform Company: Loxo Oncology

Investor(s): NEA

  • Patient Impact Award: Sage Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Life Science Fund of the Year: Alexandria Venture Investments

“The NEVYs are always an event to remember, and this year was no different! We had a great turnout for this year’s celebration and were proud to continue recognizing those in our region’s first-class innovation economy,” said NEVCA President Jody Rose. “New England has made a significant mark on the national startup and venture ecosystem, across tech, healthcare and life sciences, and will continue to do so. This is the place to be to originate and drive innovation.”

Joining Dell Technologies in supporting the seventh annual NEVY Awards were Entertainment Sponsor IDA Ireland; Gold Sponsors Matter Communications and Alexandria Real Estate Equities; Silver Sponsors Deloitte and WeWork; Bronze Sponsors Version 2.0 Communications, Cooley LLP, J&J Innovation, Inc. — JJDC, Piper Jaffray, AbbVie, Sidley, Cowen and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

See photos and updates from the NEVCA team on Twitter with #NEVYs19, or on Facebook, Medium and at www.newenglandvc.org.