CELEBRATE

FUSE Business Innovation Awards

Congratulations to all our 2021 nominees and winners!

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About the Fuse Awards

The Fuse Business Innovation Awards recognize the accomplishments of both companies and individuals in our community’s thriving technology and innovation scene.

Award Categories

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year
Mentor of the Year
Company of the Year
Rising Star of the Year
Partner of the Year
Community Leader of the Year
Newsworthy Event of the Year

Evening Reception

The winners were announced October 11, 2021 at The Mill!

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to a founder who has created an environment where employees can flourish and whose customers love their products or services

Mentor of the Year

Awarded to an outstanding role model who has advised and encouraged best practices in an early-stage company’s growth

Company of the Year

Awarded to a company who exemplifies our community’s values while achieving revenue and job growth

Rising Star of the Year

Awarded to a company with less than ten employees that has laid the foundation for future revenue and job growth

Partner of the Year

Awarded to an organization who directly impacts the success of The Mill and its members

Community Leader of the Year

Awarded to an individual who proudly and unapologetically supports The Mill and its members with time, energy, and talent

Newsworthy Event of the Year

Voted by Mill members and awarded to an individual, corporation, or organization who best demonstrates through public relations that great things are happening in our community

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2021 Winners

Melanie Walker

Melanie Walker

Bill & Gayle Cook Entrepreneur of the Year

Geoff Zentz

Geoff Zentz

Mentor of the Year

Switchyard Brewing

Switchyard Brewing

Company of the Year

Atlas Solutions

Atlas Solutions

Rising Star of the Year

IU Ventures

IU Ventures

Partner of the Year

Jane Kupersmith

Jane Kupersmith

Community Leader of the Year

Rising Tech City Award

Rising Tech City Award

Newsworthy Event of the Year

Bloomington named Rising Tech City at Mira Awards

Past Winners

2020 Winners
BILL & GAYLE COOK ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
MENTOR OF THE YEAR
COMPANY OF THE YEAR
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
PARTNER OF THE YEAR
COMMUNITY LEADER SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION
  • Lynne Coyne
NEWSWORTHY EVENT OF THE YEAR
  • Catalent invests $50mm and hires 300 additional employees to support a COVID-19 vaccine.
2019 Winners
BILL & GAYLE COOK ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
  • Cedric Savarese | CEO & Founder, FormAssembly
  • Ryan Newton | CEO & Founder, Cloudseal
MENTOR OF THE YEAR
COMPANY OF THE YEAR
  • Cloudseal
  • FormAssembly
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
PARTNER OF THE YEAR
COMMUNITY LEADER SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION
  • John Hamilton | Mayor, Bloomington, IN
NEWSWORTHY EVENT OF THE YEAR
  • Cloudseal receives SBIR grant, completes gBETA accelerator, and is acquired by Facebook
2018 Winners
BILL & GAYLE COOK ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
  • Reuben Vandevender | Co-founder, Data Clairvoyance and ZIO
MENTOR OF THE YEAR
  • Brad Wisler | CEO, Periodic
COMPANY OF THE YEAR
  • Cook Pharmica
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
  • Ziptility
2017 Winners
BILL & GAYLE COOK ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
  • Doug Dayhoff | Former President, Upland Brewing
MENTOR OF THE YEAR
  • Jane Martin | Retired Venture Capitalist
COMPANY OF THE YEAR
  • Envisage Technologies
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
  • Cheddar