Auction Frogs Nominated for Idaho Innovation Awards

As distinguished members of Idaho’s business and technology communities, thank you for submitting a nomination to the fourth annual Idaho Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP and Kickstand. The high level of innovation represented by the nominations and nominees symbolizes the incredible level of innovation that is occurring throughout the state.

Winners and finalists will be honored at a special Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the Governor’s Innovation Summit, on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Boise State University Stueckle Sky Center at Bronco Stadium. Registration is available online at until Friday, September 18, 2009. Individual seats are $40.00 and a table of ten is $400.00.

In addition to an awards presentation, the Banquet will feature an Innovation Showcase, during which 2009 program finalists, past Idaho Innovation Awards’ winners and other members of Idaho’s business and technology communities will display their products and technologies. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your innovation in front of key Idaho business, academic and technology leaders. To learn more about the showcase visit

A Selection Committee consisting of leaders from Idaho’s business and technology communities carefully reviewed the nominations during an evaluation process, after which, each Selection Committee member voted on all nominations. Those receiving a majority of the votes in each category are named finalists.

The evaluation process undertaken to identify this year’s finalists and winners proved to be very challenging due to the high quality of each nomination. We, and the Selection Committee, congratulate you on your accomplishments and success.

We are proud to announce the 2009 Idaho Innovation Awards finalists (Finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet):

Commercialized Innovation of the Year

  • CradlePoint MBR1000 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Router by CradlePoint Technology
  • PakSense Ultra Wireless Label by PakSense, Inc.
  • Ultra-Fast Charging Technology by IVUS Energy Innovations

Early-Stage Innovation of the Year (a fourth finalist is being recognized due to a tie)

  • Healthwise Ix Conversations by Healthwise
  • Precision Nanoparticles by the Idaho National Laboratory
  • QuickMAR Electronic Med Administration Record by Med Management Technology
  • Water Sample Concentrator by the Idaho National Laboratory

Innovative Company of the Year

  • Auction Frogs
  • Balihoo
  • Premier Technology, Inc.

Innovator of the Year

  • David Chase, Super Man, PCS Edventures, Inc.
  • Mark Rivers, President, Brix and Company
  • Kristi Saucerman, Founder and CEO, Auction Frogs

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists! Finalists will receive an email with information pertaining to their involvement in the Awards Banquet in the next few days.

While not every innovation, company or individual can be recognized in a given year, all nominees (except those named as winners) are eligible to participate in the program next year. Because your nominee represents the best of innovation in Idaho, we encourage you to submit your nomination again next year if the nominee is not named a winner on September 24.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at (208) 389-9000 or at if you have any questions about the Idaho Innovation Awards program or Awards Banquet on September 24.

Congratulations on your accomplishments.

Nicole Kershaw

Idaho Innovation Awards Program Manager

Stoel Rives LLP

(208) 389-9000

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