At its 2014 Annual Meeting, held at Ann Arbor SPARK Central on Thursday, 20 Feb 2014, NEF announced the winners of its 2013 Showcase Presenter awards. The awardees were:
- Best Presentation was awarded to AdAdapted. Molly McFarland, CMO, announced that since having presented at NEF in March, 2013, AdAdapted has closed half of its seed round and expects the close the remainder by the end of Feb 2014. In addition, the company has landed a $200k contract with a major corporation.
- Best Business Model was awarded to GAPRO (formerly GWizCon). Herb Gibson, CEO, indicated that since his NEF presentation in June, 2013, they have raised equity and are working with partners to validate their business model.
- Best Technology was awarded to Avegent. Edward Tang, CEO, announced that since having presented at NEF in April, 2013, Avegant’s Glyph was names Best Mobile Device of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and the company has just completed a $1.5M KickStarter campaign.
- Best Overall was awarded to ENT Biotech Solutions. Andrea Dickson, President, said that since presenting to NEF in May 2013, patents have been filed, a $1.5M round was closed, an FDA application was submitted, and animal testing has started.