Tysons Corner, Va. -The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber) and
Connectpreneur have named American Gene Technologies, the 2021 Innovator of the Year, and
HumanTouch, the People’s Choice Winner, during today’s Mid-Atlantic Innovation Awards (Innovation
Created to showcase innovations in business, the Innovation Awards highlight ingenuity and creativity
in five key categories in addition to the overall awards: Cyber Tech, Clean Tech, TeleHealth, Media,
and Life Sciences. Applicants submitted a one-minute video describing their innovation. A panel of 19
judges then reviewed all applications and named 10 finalists, whose videos were then shown during
the virtual Awards show.
“Our Northern Virginia businesses continuously demonstrate their innovation, brilliance and
resourcefulness in pushing forward, be it in product development, improving a system or process, or
developing technology that saves lives,” said Northern Virginia Chamber President and CEO, Julie
Coons. “We’ve all experienced how invaluable an innovative mindset can be in a vibrant, growing
economy. The Northern Virginia Chamber and Connectpreneur were excited to recognize our finalists’
achievements in a fun-filled, camaraderie-focused event.”
Touted as the zaniest awards show in the Mid-Atlantic Region that celebrates the ingeniously simple
as well as the staggeringly complex, the event included viewing all finalist videos. From there,
attendees were encouraged to submit their vote for the 2021 People’s Choice winner.
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”Congratulations to all of the everyone, keep doing what you’re doing, really changing the world
basically, it’s really great to see this technology coming out of the whole mid-Atlantic region. You know
Silicon Valley gets a lot of the glory but there’s a lot of great things going on here as well. I want to
congratulate the chamber because you all are doing great things with this awards program.” said Tien
Wong, Founder and Host, Connectpreneur.
The 2021 Innovation Awards Winners are:
• Innovator of the Year: American Gene Technologies
• People’s Choice: HumanTouch
• Cyber Tech: iDirect Government
• Clean Tech: Micronic Technologies
• Life Sciences: American Gene Technologies
• TeleHealth: VideoKall
• Media Tech: Kyndoo
View the entire awards show here.
About the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Originally founded in 1925 as a Fairfax county-focused business advocacy organization, the Northern
Virginia Chamber has grown into region's largest Chamber of Commerce, drawing members and
impacting policy across the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Region. Today, we represent close
to 500,000 employees, the diversity of our community is one of our greatest assets, offering
opportunities to learn from one another and form personal connections that help guide lasting
NOVA’s goal is to be considered not only a business partner but also an agent of change for our
members. We do this through our work in government advocacy, education through events and
programs, networking, promotion of member businesses, and recognition through awards. We are
proud to have worked together over these many years to build a meaningful association that enriches
our community and look forward to continuing that good work.
For more information and to read the original publication, view the press release here from novachamber.org.
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