Startups celebrate their best and brightest at the 2015 NEVY awards

C.A. Webb hosts the NEVY venture capital awards in the House of Blues Boston, Mass. Photo Credit: Justin Saglio.
C.A. Webb hosts the NEVY venture capital awards in the House of Blues Boston, Mass. Photo Credit: Justin Saglio.

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Hollywood has the Oscars. New York has the Grammys. And while Jay-Z and Jennifer Lawrence weren’t on hand for the evening’s festivities, the New England Venture Capital Association rolled out the red carpet at the House of Blues on Wednesday evening for the third annual NEVY awards, a celebration of the best and brightest players in Boston’s tech and health care startup scene.

“It’s not that the world needs another award show,” NEVCA’s executive director, C.A. Webb, admitted. “But it’s a chance to channel a lot of attention to these really world-changing companies.”

Among this year’s winners were two of the city’s largest technology IPOs in recent time: Wayfair took home the prize for Exit of the Year, while Dharmesh Shah and Brian Halligan of Hubspot shared honors for Entrepreneurs of the Year (Shah was also named Angel of the Year).

slack_for_ios_uploadDharmesh Shah and Brian Halligan of Hubspot shared honors for Entrepreneurs of the Year. (Photo: Janelle Nanos)

Webb said the sheer number of biotech companies that went public in 2014 caused angst among judges — there were 17 in all — so they went with the kids soccer team approach and created a video celebrating all of the winners. “It was really earth shattering,” she said. “It was too good of a year to not support all of them.”

Over 800 attendees turned out for the event, which had a “Solid Gold” 70s disco theme.

  1. Winners in the technology sector
    Hottest Startup: Seed – BookBub
    Hottest Startup: A+ — PillPack
    Rising Star Entrepreneur – Elias Torres, Driftt
    Angel of the Year – Dharmesh Shah
    Rising Star VC – Nicole Stata, Boston Seed Capital
    Next Unicorn – Acquia
    Funds of the Year – FKA Atlas and Founder Collective
    Exit of the Year – Wayfair
    Entrepreneurs of the Year – Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah, Hubspot
  • Winners in the healthcare sector
    Hottest Startup – Navitor Pharmaceuticals
    Rising Star Entrepreneurs – Zoe Barry, ZappRX and Nancy Simonian, Syros Pharmaceuticals
    Rising Star VC – Bruce Booth, Atlas Venture
    Entrepreneur of the Year – Rushika Fernandopulle, Iora Health
    Deal of the Year – Moderna Therapeutics

Janelle Nanos can be reached at janelle.nanos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @janellenanos.
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