October 1, 2014
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced the winners of the Innovation Entrepreneur Award during the Keynote Luncheon at Innovate!. Launched in 2012 by CEA’s flagship It Is Innovation (i3) magazine and the CEA Small Business Council, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs and businesses with revenues under $30 million and the contributions they make to the US economy.
“This year’s Innovation Entrepreneur Award winners demonstrate the tenacity and drive that is needed for entrepreneurs to thrive in today’s changing consumer electronics industry,” says Gary Shapiro, CEA’s president and CEO.
The winners were selected by a panel of media and industry professionals who met during CE Week, the consumer electronics (CE) industry’s official mid-year meeting, conference, and new tech showcase in New York City. The judges then deliberated over all nominees and selected one executive and one small business to win.
The winners of the Innovation Entrepreneur Award are:
Small Business Executive of the Year
Reza Raji – The founder and CEO of Juggle Labs, Raji is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and inventor. Raji founded iControl Networks, a leading company in the Internet of Things (IoT), where he built a platform for sensors and devices to communicate and be connected to the Internet to be remotely controlled. iControl became the first mass-market IoT company. He has now shifted from connecting devices to connecting people with his new company Juggle Labs, which is working to apply the benefits of social, local and mobile to address real needs. The company recently launched the Juggle app to connect people in a different, engaging and fun way.
Small Business of the Year
olloclip – The Kickstarter crowdfunding platform inspired olloclip founder Patrick O’Neill to turn his accessory for the mobile photographer into reality. The quick-connect lens solution attaches to mobile devices to make capturing and sharing life’s experience fun and creative. Since its launch just three years ago, the company remains committed to finding new ways to enhance the mobile photography category and recently expanded to include products for the Samsung Galaxy in addition to the Apple iPhone andiPad.
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