Tech innovators take center stage

Awards ceremony honors Colorado entrepreneurs


Colorado’s best and brightest innovators were recognized recently for developing groundbreaking technologies.

Entrepreneurs from around the state were honored at Innovation Pavilion’s inaugural Innovation Awards & Anniversary Party on Feb. 10 at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. Keynote speaker Gov. John Hickenlooper, a successful entrepreneur before he entered politics, told a standing-room-only audience that “this revolution of technology really is going to be centered in places like Colorado.”

Several local companies, tech entrepreneurs and a startup from the south metro area were among the nominees for innovation awards. A Centennial company, MDValuate, took home the Digital Health Innovation Award.


MDValuate, headquartered at 9000 E. Nichols Ave., Centennial, uses adaptive data integration and a “physician value index” that helps identify physician performance and empowers provider leadership executives with concrete tools to manage their physician network.

The Digital Health Innovation Award was sponsored by Parker Adventist Hospital, and the hospital’s CEO, Sam Huenergardt, talked about the ways in which technology has made “absolute differences that improve outcomes and reduce mortality and complications” in medical settings. MDValuate was chosen as a perfect representative of that blossoming impact, and technology can be an ideal partner in improving the experience of each patient, Huenergardt said.

“We have to use (technology) as a tool to allow us to do what we do best, which is taking great hands-on care of the patient,” Huenergardt said.

MDValuate’s physician value index provides a weighted analysis and score for data from disparate databases. The index is designed to consolidate and present physician performance as a single score across multiple data bases, according to the company’s website.

While accepting the award, MDValuate CEO Tod Baker said that he hopes technology from his and other innovative companies in Colorado will “transform” the medical industry.

“We set out to create a technology solution to help physicians deliver the best patient care,” Baker said. “Physicians in the industry need to know and understand where they’re strong and where they’re weak so they can improve their performance.”

More than 25 companies and individuals were nominated in five categories. The following are local nominees:

Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Innovation Award

Greenwood Village — Nancy Phillips, Viawest

Parker area — Jennifer and Molly Maskrey, QBLabs

Manufacturing Innovation Award

Arvada — Faustson Tool

Inverness area — Surrey Satellite

Centennial — Allosource


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