Austin is a dynamic city with a business culture that is always drawing comparisons to the coasts, whether we want them or not. Here’s the thing — the fact that Austin, a metro area of 2 million, is drawing these comparisons goes to show how robust and capable our ecosystem truly is. We have one of the nation’s most innovative universities, incredible entrepreneurs and of course a quality of life that everyone is envious of that make our innovation ecosystem the top in the country.

And that’s why we host 50 on Fire.

50 on Fire is our annual awards show where we celebrate all those people who are truly instrumental to Austin’s top billing as a place to live and do business. We’re celebrating the founders who have created multiple companies, the marketers who are bringing our companies to the masses, the technologists and engineers whose knowledge base is elevating the skills and abilities of future generations of developers. We’re celebrating the people whose incubators have churned out high-caliber companies and the people who are drawing national attention and dollars to Austin. We’re celebrating the people and companies who are on fire.

Below are the 150 finalists for this year’s event, broken down into 8 categories: B2B Tech, Consumer Tech, Hardware, Health & Life Sciences, Marketing & Advertising, Lifestyle, Social Impact and Supporters (Investors, Incubators, Mentors & More). We had some incredible nominations and it was a challenge to narrow it down to 150.

Finally, here’s what happens next with 50 on Fire. Next week, we’ll host a 3-day photo shoot with every finalist. We then send a complete judging packet to a group of influencers and thought-leaders to select their top third in each category. We’ll be announcing the judges, along with a November ‘Meet the Judges’ meetup. Then, over the next month, we cut together a 15-minute video of the winners that’s revealed LIVE at 50 on Fire. (Early Bird tickets are on sale; grab them now!)

Now let’s get to it…

B2B Tech

AdAction Interactive
AgileCraft
Amir Husain – Founder and CEO, SparkCognition
Austin Fraser
BigCommerce
Bloomfire
CognitiveScale
Concepture
Convey
Dropoff, Inc.
Enola Labs
Factom
FoVI 3D
Handsome
HUMM
IdealSpot
Interplay Learning
Jackrabbit Mobile
James Lafferty – US Business Manager, Austin Fraser
Jeff Erramouspe – GM and VP, Spanning by Dell EMC
Katina Kenyon – VP of Sales & Marketing, Applaudo Studios
Khorus
Lindsey O’Niell – Product Manager, TrendKite
Nexd.io
Noah Zandan – CEO & Co-Founder, Quantified Communications
NSS Labs
Ojo Labs
OnRamp
Opcity
Phunware
Pingboard
Planview
RealMassive
Reza Piri – CEO, Gennovacap
Rick Orr – CEO, RealSavvy
Rivet
Robert Reeves – CTO and co-founder, Datical
ROIKOI
Sandbox Commerce
ShippingEasy
SoftServe
SparkCognition
Spiceworks
Square Root, Inc.
Sterling Smith – CEO, Sandbox Commerce
Steve Elliott – CEO, AgileCraft
Vast
Volusion
Vyze
WigWag
Worksmith
XOR Data Exchange
You Earned It
Zenoss

Consumer Tech

Aceable
CommonEdits, Inc.
Favor Delivery
Homads
HomeAway
Indeed
Joshua Dziabiak – Co-Founder, The Zebra
Kandid.ly
Kirill Edvakov – CEO/co-founder, Fasten
LawnStarter
Loom
Michael Wright – Sales Director, SpareFoot
Modernize
Owlchemy Labs
Peeptrade
Ride Austin
Silvercar
SpareFoot
Steve Corcoran – CEO, LawnStarter
Student Loan Genius
TatsteBud
The Zebra

Hardware

Atlas Wearables
Curb
Illumitex
Kasita
Kube
Silicon Labs
Trago
Unaliwear

Health & Life Sciences

Chiron Health
ePatientFinder
Julia Cheek, EverlyWell
Macromoltek
Mellie Price – Executive Director, Technology and Innovation, Dell Medical School
MI7
Remedy Urgent Care
RxWiki

Marketing & Advertising

Adlucent
Ben Gaddis – President, T3
Crystal Germond – Head of Marketing, PenPal Schools
Deborah Beckman – Marketing Director, Certain Affinity
eRelevance
eyeQ
Kickstand Communications
Main Street Hub
OwnLocal
Rachel Green – CEO A Brand Called U
SynergyMP
TrendKite
William Leake – CEO Apogee Results

Lifestyle

Book in a Box
Cratejoy
Everfest
Full Fridge
Loop & Tie
Moniker Guitars
Phlur
PrideBites
Rachel Charlesworth, Founder, ATXEats
Snap Kitchen
Tecovas
Thrillist
Twyla
Veggie Noodle Co.
Whole Foods
Wikibuy
Wondercide
Yeti

Social Impact

Assemble
Aunt Bertha
Bart Bohn
Civitas Learning
data.world
HERO
Impact Hub
MissionBox
Mycah Lee Arellano-Blake, Eagle Talk Show
Ruben Cantu, CEO LevelUp Institute
SchooLinks
Team Austin

Supporters (Investors, Incubators, Mentors & More)

Ashley Jennings, Co-Founder of DivInc and Spero Labs
Danielle Barnes – Regional Director, General Assembly Austin
Diversity Fund
Fibercove
GasPedal
Naji Kelley – Founder, BLNDED Media
Nicholas Black – Vice President of Team Austin Foundation – Founder Mass Convert Media & FastLeadz
Preston James – CEO & Co-Founder, DivInc
Scale Factor
Vijay Mehra – Founder, atx FACTORY & Think Tech Labs
Vuka

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