2023 Finalists and Winners


ACES Ejection Seat

Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace is the manufacturer of ACES Ejection Seats, a critical life-saving device for military fighter, bomber and trainer aircraft. When abandoning the aircraft is the only option, the ACES Ejection Seat will safely eject the aircrew from the stricken aircraft once initiated by the aircrew while minimizing any potential for further injury. Since fielding in the 1970s, Collins Aerospace ejection seats have saved over 800 pilots and aircrew. The product is manufactured in Colorado Springs.


DNA Vibe "Jazz Band Live"


DNA Vibe’s Jazz Band Live is an advanced wearable regenerative light therapy technology – the only one of its kind manufactured in the United States. The cutting-edge technology combines molecular biology and genomics with particle and optical physics to stimulate the body's natural regenerative processes. Made in Centennial, Colorado, Jazz Band Live has been embraced by hundreds of professional and Olympic athletes and tens of thousands of everyday consumers.

Dobrator Resophonic Guitars

Dobrato Resophonic Guitar

The Dobrato

The Dobrato is the world’s first acoustic/electric, round neck resophonic guitar with B bender/vibrato built into the vibrato arm. The Grammy-winning design has a beautiful, full-bodied, reverberate voice, retaining natural deep and rich acoustic tone when amplified. Each guitar is hand-assembled with high quality materials in Gunnison, Colorado.

GelSana Cleragel

GelSana Cleragel

GelSana Therapeutics, Inc.

Cleragel is a novel technology that improves wound healing for diabetic ulcers and other wounds. The company’s highly elastic hydrogel systems offer unique wound healing properties that can stretch and conform across any wound, accelerate wound closure, generate strong epidermal layers post healing, and enable controlled delivery of therapeutics that could benefit certain types of wounds, including chronic wounds. Gelsana is based in Aurora, Colorado.

Icelantic Shaman 2.0 110

Icelantic Shaman 2.0 110

Icelantic Skis

The Shaman 2.0 is the revamped version of one of Icelantic’s most iconic skis: the Shaman. Icelantic, based in Golden Colorado, brought back the once-retired design with a new, modernized shape and construction. It’s perfect for individuals seeking to carve deeply and dominate frontside turns while having versatility to perform all over the mountain. It's tapered shape, wide shovel, and rockered tip and tail, allows skiers to stay in the front of their boots, driving the ski through any condition the mountain provides, never having the tip dive in even the deepest snow.

Lavendar Chocolate Bar

Lavendar Dark Chocolate Bar

Pollinator Chocolate

Made with Western Slope lavender from a farm in Palisade, Colorado, this high-quality craft chocolate is made with care by a small, eco-conscious business. It’s made with 70% dark chocolate and ethically sourced ingredients.



Ocutrx Vision Technologies, Inc.

OcuLenz is a revolutionary technology for people with moderate to severe age-related macular degeneration. Manufactured in Colorado Springs, the OcuLenz utilizes patented technology in an augmented/mixed reality lightweight wearable headset that allows for corrected vision provided through digitally generated visual images to the patient.


OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith
Explorer) mission

Lockheed Martin Space

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will study a near-Earth asteroid. Launched on Sept. 8, 2016, the spacecraft will rendezvous with asteroid Bennu, conduct a two-year detailed survey of Bennu from orbit, and collect a sample and bring it back to Earth. The sample will be the first for a U.S. mission, giving insight into the early formation of our solar system, and may provide clues to the origin of life on Earth. Lockheed Martin designed and built the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, asteroid sampling system and sample return capsule at its facilities near Denver. The company is also operating the spacecraft from its Mission Support Area from launch through sample return.

reveos-Automated Whole Blood Processing System

Revos Automated Whole Blood Processing System

Terumo BCT

Reveos by Lakewood-based Terumo BCT is the first and only device of its kind. This easy-to-use automated system integrates the manual steps of whole blood processing. Whole blood units are collected from donors and have traditionally been separated into components — platelets, plasma and red blood cells — using a semi-automatic and manual method that takes up to 20 steps. Reveos simplifies this process and eliminates over half of the steps. It has been used in 52 countries for more than a decade.


Wad-Free for Bed Sheets

Brayniacs LLC

Wad-Free for Bed Sheets is a tool that prevents bed sheets from tangling, twisting and balling-up in both the washing machine and dryer. With this product, sheets come out of the wash cleaner and dry faster with fewer wrinkles. It also keeps washing machines balanced and saves time, money and energy on washing bed sheets. Manufactured in Englewood, the product was recently featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. 


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