Meet The Nominees For The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards

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Meet The Nominees For The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards

The 9th Annual Crunchies are almost here. On February 8, pioneering tech startups, entrepreneurs and investors will make their way to San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House for what we like to call the Oscars of startups and technology. They’ll be hoping to win a Crunchie award in one these 12 categories.

Without further ado, meet the startups and tech nominated for the 9th Annual Crunchies awards, and learn more about what these categories stand for. You can still get your tickets for the Crunchies and the After Party here.


Best New Startup

The best new startup that was founded or publicly launched this year.

Product Hunt was last year’s winner.


Best Mobile App

The Crunchie for Best Mobile App will be handed to a recent standout that has earned its place on your home screen.

Storehouse won last year.


Best Overall Startup

This award will be given to an all around star startup that was founded or launched in the last five years.

Uber was last year’s winner.


Best Technology Achievement

The Best Technology Achievement Crunchie goes to the products that reflect true excellence in their fields.

The Stella solar-powered car won last year.


CEO of the Year

The CEO of the Year will be given to a true leader of a standout organization.

Last year’s winner was Marc Benioff.


Include Diversity Award

The Include Diversity award is a new category. The Crunchie will go to a winning organization or individual that has advanced diversity in tech.


Fastest Rising Startup

This is an award acknowledging strong growth in a variety of ways.

Last year’s winner was Yik Yak.


Founder of the Year

This award will go to a founder that has made a statement in leadership and execution this year.

Last year’s winners were the co-founders of Slack.


Hardware of the Year

This Crunchie will go to a breakout hardware product of the year.

Last year’s winner was Oculus VR.


Best Social Impact

The winner for this category will be one excelling in using technology to effect social impact.

Twitter won this award last year.


VC of the Year

The winner of this category will an an investor whose bets on founders and companies has borne fruit this year.

Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital won last year.


Angel Investor of the Year

This award goes to a breakout portfolio.