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Softwurx Tech Gala Nomination Criteria

At Softwurx, we firmly believe in the power of startups to harness technology and create innovative social and environmental solutions that address real-world challenges. We are dedicated to recognizing and honoring those exceptional startups that are making a positive impact on millions of lives through their groundbreaking work in areas such as education, finance, health, work, justice, and beyond.


Central to our philosophy is the unwavering commitment to diversity. We recognize that true innovation thrives in an inclusive environment that celebrates and embraces the diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences of individuals. We firmly believe that by fostering a culture of diversity, we can unlock the full potential of technology to drive social change and improve the lives of people around the world.


Join us in celebrating and honoring the remarkable startups that embody our mission and philosophy. Together, let's recognize the transformative power of technology in creating a brighter future for all.


These nomination criteria highlight the importance of tech-driven startups in the early stage with the potential for economic success, as well as their commitment to empowering marginalized communities and making a positive impact in various sectors.

Innovation for Social Change

must demonstrate exceptional creativity and innovation in developing groundbreaking solutions or initiatives that address social or environmental challenges and have the potential for large-scale economic success

Proven track record

Nominees should demonstrate their ability to create innovative products that have made a significant impact in their respective industries. Additionally, nominees should showcase their proficiency in building and managing high-performing teams.

Sustainable Practices and Environmental Stewardship

Nominees should have implemented innovative strategies or solutions that promote environmental conservation, resource efficiency, and sustainable development.

Empowering Marginalized Communities

Nominees should have a clear focus on creating positive social impact and driving equitable change in closing gaps of access, opportunity, or outcome for low-income communities and/or communities of color in the U.S.

Triple Bottom Line Impact

Nominees should demonstrate a clear commitment to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and economic viability.

Education and Skill Development

Celebrating startups that have made a significant impact in the field of education and skill development through technology. Nominees should have developed innovative educational platforms, tools, or programs that enhance learning, foster skill development, and bridge educational gaps.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Committed to building a diverse team and fostering an inclusive company culture. Nominees should demonstrate their dedication to creating a workplace that embraces diversity, equality, and inclusivity as core values.

Economic Success

Nominees should demonstrate significant growth, revenue generation, and market impact. They recognize the vital role of economic success in sustaining and expanding social impact initiatives.

Health and Wellness

Acknowledging startups that have leveraged technology to improve health and wellness outcomes. Nominees should have created innovative solutions or platforms that enhance access to healthcare, promote preventive care, support mental health, or improve overall well-being through the use of technology.

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