Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated innovation through the development of new technology or advancing existing technology that has the potential to disrupt traditional industries, create a cleaner planet, and improve the quality of life for people here in North Carolina or around the world.

Daniel Kauffman

Daniel Kauffman Founded in 2017 by Daniel Kauffman, Enpira is a Durham, NC based software company providing utility data solutions to cities, counties, school districts, efficiency programs, and cooperative utilities across North Carolina and around the country. Enpira transforms utility data into actionable insights that enable clients to save energy, reduce peak demand, engage customers… Read more


Tony Atti

Tony AttiCo-Founder and CEO, Phononic Since co-founding Phononic in 2008, Tony has led the development and growth of the company, building a powerhouse team with a reputation for innovation in the Triangle and far beyond. The company has become the leading global innovator of solid-state cooling and heating solutions, perfecting its thermoelectric chips and devices… Read more


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