Advanced Manufacturing

Companies that have been manufacturing physical products in the East Bay for the previous year are eligible. The innovation should be on the HOW the product is made (vs. the design of the product itself). This innovation could be in the use of advanced manufacturing technologies or techniques, manufacturing process or business optimization, etc.

Catalyst of the Year

An individual, organization, or company that is currently transcending organizational boundaries to pull East Bay assets together in new ways and/or catalyze new thinking or processes.

Clean Tech

Products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes.


Private sector initiatives that pioneer innovative connections between the world of work and the world of learning to develop a more adaptable workforce.

Engineering & Design

The use of science, math, or artistry to solve problems or plan or present something in a new way.


Agriculture, viticulture, or food and/or beverage design, production, or distribution.

Information and/or Communication Technology

The development, implementation, and maintenance of new computer hardware and software systems or the organization and communication of information electronically in new ways.

Life Sciences

Companies in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical technologies or devices, medical equipment, life systems technologies, nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals. This category also includes healthcare: providers of diagnostic, preventive, remedial, and therapeutic services such as doctors, nurses, hospitals and other private, public, and non-profit organizations.