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Drones, Pills, and Gold: Boston Celebrates Startup Winners

Xconomy Boston — 

In a hectic month for deals, product advances, and bogus NFL investigations, New England is taking time out to recognize emerging leaders in its tech and life sciences scene. Let’s get right to the highlights:

—The third annual NEVY awards, organized by the New England Venture Capital Association, was a blast (with a “Solid Gold” theme). What’s particularly cool is bringing together top leaders in both tech and healthcare/biotech—groups that don’t mingle as much as they should in this town.

The “winners” across various categories included PillPack, BookBub, and Navitor in startups; FKA Atlas and Founder Collective in VC funds; and Elias Torres, Zoe Barry, and Nancy Simonian in rising star entrepreneurs. Emerging anchor companies Hubspot, Wayfair, and Moderna were also recognized, and Acquia was picked as “next unicorn.” Congratulations to all the nominees. (You can see the full list of winners here.)

—The MIT $100K competition crowned RaptorMaps as winner of the annual business-plan contest. This is a drone company targeting applications in agriculture. Specifically, the team plans to use unmanned aircraft to provide crop analytics on areas ravaged by disease, insects, or weeds. The goal is to increase crop yields by, say, focusing pesticides on particular spots.

—The 2015 MITX awards are tonight, May 14, in Boston. Among the local startups nominated are Evergage, Fiksu, Lose It, Nanigans, Qstream, Vee24, WordStream, and Yottaa. Good luck to all the contestants, and please keep those innovations coming.