On Friday, September 24, an audience of dedicated startup and tech enthusiasts gathered at the Science Museum of Minnesota for the 2021 Minnesota Startup Awards. Aaron Oesterreich (Co-founder and CEO of Useabot) and Katie Youtsos (Co-founder and COO of Useabot) deftly played their roles as hosts — donning some very fetching tuxedo t-shirts in the process — and a wonderful lineup of sponsor presenters assisted in awarding eight trophy paddlesof the evening crafted by Sanborn Canoe Co.

Here are the winners of the 2021 Minnesota Startup Awards (in show order).

Emerging Startup Award — Tavolo

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Company Culture Award — Dispatch

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Bootstrapper Award — ShotCaller

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Corporate Champion Award — Lab651

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Impact Award — Asia Mohamed (Premier Starter)

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10K Lakes Award — Great North Ventures

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Inclusion Evolution Award — TurnSignl

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Startup of the Year Award — TurnSignl

Thank you to all the sponsors that helped make the event possible:

And a special thanks to ILT Academy for helping organize nomination and voting logistics.

We’ll see you in 2022!