The 9th Annual East Bay Innovation Awards was broadcast virtually on October 14, 2021. Congratulations to this year’s awardees and finalists. Thank you to everyone who participated this year. Watch the replay live at the link below.

The 2021 East Bay Innovation Awards

The East Bay is a world-class leader when it comes to innovation and entrepreneurship. Often referred to as the “Academy Awards of the East Bay,” the East Bay Innovation Awards is the premiere program of its kind that celebrates and honors the extraordinary companies and organizations that contribute to the East Bay’s legacy of innovation and unique assets. Entering its ninth year, the annual awards ceremony showcases outstanding organizations that embrace innovation in their manufacturing, products, services, design, and information. The virtual awards ceremony will be hosted by Scott McGrew of NBC Bay Area on October 14, 2021. Stay tuned for special guests to be announced!

For more information, read our FAQs or email

2021 East Bay Innovation Awards Finalists Announced

Oakland, California – More than 200 East Bay companies and organizations were nominated for the 2021 East Bay Innovation Awards, showcasing the best examples of innovation in product development, services and processes. This robust list was reviewed by subject matter experts and narrowed down to twenty (20) finalists in ten (10) competitive categories. Nominees from across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties will be highlighted during the virtual awards ceremony on October 14, 2021. Read more…


The final submission deadline for 2021 nominations was Friday, June 4, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Best of luck to all nominees!

Are you an innovative East Bay company? Do you consider your achievements on par with East Bay innovators such as Tesla, Impossible Foods, Bolt Threads and Prime Roots? Every year we receive hundreds of nominations from cutting edge East Bay companies competing for the top honor in ten competitive categories:

Advanced Manufacturing
Companies utilizing innovative technologies to improve products or processes in the regional manufacturing of physical products. 

Arts & Culture
Individuals and organizations promoting the region’s vibrant arts and culture. Includes but is not limited to, visual, performing, written/spoken word, and media arts.  

Built Environment
Companies utilizing exceptional and innovative approaches, technologies, and strategies to shape the built environment. Includes but not limited to architecture, planning, civil engineering, development and construction companies. 

Community Impact
Individuals or organizations advancing creative and equitable solutions to tackle social, environmental, and/or economic challenges and disparities.  

Organizations leading innovative programs and initiatives to build the future education and workforce to meet the evolving opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.  

Engineering & Design
Companies using engineering and design to achieve innovation in the research and development of tangible products. 

Companies advancing innovation in the design, production and distribution of food and/or beverage products. 

Life Sciences
Companies engaged in accelerating innovation in health and life sciences. Includes biotechnology, biomedical, bioscience, genomics, and pharmaceutical companies. 

Clean Tech
Companies engaged in innovative services and products to combat climate change by harnessing renewable materials and energy sources, reducing or eliminating emissions and waste, and/or provide solutions to resource challenges. Includes solar, wind, water efficiency, biofuel, energy storage and other related companies. 

Companies creating, designing, and/or leveraging the use of technology to transform their industry through innovative services and products. Includes artificial intelligence (AI), information and communication technology, nanotechnology, and software services companies. 

To qualify as a nominee, you must:

  • Be a company or organization headquartered or operating in Alameda or Contra Costa counties.
  • Have achieved an innovation in manufacturing, products, services, design, systems, or methods.

For more information, read our FAQs or email

Past Finalists

Past East Bay Innovation Award finalists include Tesla, Impossible Foods, Bolt Threads and Prime Roots just to name a few. Below is a sampling of our cutting-edge finalists over the years:

List of Finalists

Italicized text denotes awardee

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Adept Technology
  • Bayer Healthcare
  • Bayer Healthcare
  • Bishop-Wisecarver
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • C3 Nano
  • Emerald Packaging
  • Inland Metal Technologies
  • Lam Research
  • MDC Vacuum Products
  • Mizuho OSI
  • Tesla Motors
  • Therm-x

Arts & Culture

  • Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  • Zoo Labs

Built Environment

  • Designing Justice & Designing Spaces
  • UrbanBloc


  • Berkeley Skydeck
  • CCTA/GoMentum Station
  • Cyclotron Road
  • Delta Diablo
  • Kapor Center for Social Impact
  • LBNL/CalCharge
  • Lit San Leandro, LLC
  • PetersenDean Roofing & Solar
  • Powerhouse
  • Topline
  • Wareham Development/QB3 East Bay Innovation Center
  • Youth Radio
  • Zero Net Energy Center


  • aspera
  • Beyond Lucid Technologies
  • Callidus Cloud
  • Captricity
  • Chirp Microsystems
  • Civil Maps
  • Clef
  • Livescribe
  • Medinas Health
  • Mosaic
  • OSIsoft
  • Perforce Software
  • PhaseSpace
  • Rigetti Computing
  • Trov
  • Zymergen

    Clean Tech/Sustainability

    • Ecologic Brands
    • Back to the Roots
    • Finelite, Inc.
    • Full Cycle Bioplastics
    • GRID Alternatives
    • Kiverdi, Inc.
    • Microvi Biotechnologies
    • Motiv Power Systems
    • Natel Energy
    • PolyPlus Battery Company
    • Porifera
    • Powerhouse
    • Smart Wires Inc.
    • SORAA
    • Sungevity
    • Vigilent

    Community Impact

    • EBALDC
    • Oakland Genomics Center


    • Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals
    • Hack the Hoood
    • Idea Builder Labs
    • Lawrence Livermore/Sandia Nat’l Labs
    • NorCal Bay Area Biotechnology Center
    • Oakland Digital Arts and Literacy Center
    • Ohlone College Smart Manufacturing Tech Program
    • PilotCity
    • Scientific Adventures for Girls
    • Tech Exchange
    • TechBridge
    • TechHire Oakland
    • The Bread Project
    • Veterans to Technology (LLNL/Los Positas College)

    Engineering and Design

    • Aeye
    • Alphabet Energy
    • Applied Spectra
    • Bolt Threads
    • Cyark
    • DOER
    • DOER Marine
    • Energy Recovery
    • Enovix
    • Key Source International
    • Meyer Sound
    • Pandora
    • Saildrone
    • Sigray, Inc.
    • Sila Nanotechnologies
    • Velodyne LiDAR


    • Back To The Roots
    • Blossom Foods
    • Blue Bottle Coffee
    • Community Grains
    • CORE Foods
    • Hodo
    • Impossible Foods
    • Kikoko
    • OCHO Candy
    • Perfect Day
    • Prime Roots
    • Revolution Foods
    • Ripple Foods
    • St. George Spirits
    • Tsar Nicoulai Caviar

    Legacy (non-competitive)

    • Bayer
    • East Bay Regional Park District
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Novartis
    • Port of Oakland
    • The Clorox Company
    • UC Berkeley

    Life Sciences

    • Abbott Diabetes Care
    • Aduro Biotech
    • Ardelyx
    • Caribou Biosciences
    • Cerus Corporation
    • Ekso Bionics
    • Elemeno Health
    • Enchroma
    • Gritstone Oncology, Inc.
    • Penumbra
    • Pivot Bio
    • POC Medical Systems
    • RefleXion Medical
    • Singulex
    • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

    Sponsorships & Benefits




    SUPPORTER: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory











    Opportunity to introduce high-profile talent at the virtual award ceremony

    500 word article in the San Francisco Business Times promotional content hub

    High visibility logo on the San Francisco Business Times content hub

    “Presented By” credit for award category of choice

    Lasting presence on show recording on East Bay EDA YouTube page

    Logo included in promotional emails from East Bay EDA

    Logo present on the San Francisco Business Times promotional content hub

    Logo included in social media and website promotions

    Logo featured in East Bay Innovation Awards virtual show


    General Questions

    1. What are criteria to qualify as a nominee?
      In order to be eligible for award consideration, nominees must:


      • Be a company or organization headquartered or operating in Alameda or Contra Costa counties.
      • Have achieved an innovation in manufacturing, products, services, design, systems, or methods.
      • Be available to take part in filming and interviews leading up to the event.
      • Have high-level leadership will be present at the virtual awards ceremony on October 14, 2021 to accept their award.
    1. How was my company/organization nominated?
      The public nomination process is conducted from mid-April to May. East Bay EDA relies on its member network and its partnership with the San Francisco Business Times to publicize the opportunity. You might have been nominated because someone who knows about your innovative company/organization and wants you to be recognized for it!
    1. Does it cost money to nominate?
      The purpose of this award is to highlight the East Bay’s competitive advantages that attract innovative businesses to locate and grow in the East Bay. There are no fees associated with nominating a company.
    1. Why do I have to answer questions about my work?
      Your responses assist the independent panel of experts to gain a clear understanding of your organization, its activities, and its impact on the region and the industry.
    1. Do I have to tell you about my revenue/earnings?
      We understand that some information is proprietary. If you feel more comfortable providing a range, that will be helpful. Alternatively, you could say “above” or “below” an amount you feel comfortable disclosing. None of this information will be made public without your approval.
    1. What happens after I nominate?
      Independent panels of experts will evaluate each nomination in a particular nomination category. They will select an awardee and a finalist who will be notified in June 2021. Awardees will be revealed at the 2021 East Bay Innovation Awards virtual ceremony on October 14, 2021.
    1. Who are the judges?
      The panels we have assembled are known experts in their field, have built companies and brands, and recognize the importance of celebrating the significant contributors to the East Bay’s unique culture of innovation. Many are past finalists and awardees themselves!
    1. Will my company information remain confidential?
      All nominations are 100% confidential. Neither the nomination nor any of its content will be shared with anyone other than East Bay EDA staff and judges. All judge must review and sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
    1. What will the awardees and finalists receive?
      Awardees will receive a one-of-a-kind East Bay Innovation Awards trophy. Both awardees and finalists will have a digital article in the San Francisco Business Times, which will publish in September 2021. Your organization will be recognized in two media press releases: one in June announcing all finalists and another in September promoting the event. Awardees and finalists will also receive official East Bay Innovation Awards logo to promote online, one-year paid East Bay EDA membership, and serious bragging rights!
    1. Is there a cash prize?
      East Bay EDA is a non-profit organization which supports efforts to sustain a thriving regional environment. East Bay EDA’s event sponsors provide gifts to the awardees with a cash value of over $500.
    1. Am I required to attend the Innovation Awards?
      Yes, the company’s executive leadership must be present to accept the award at the virtual awards ceremony on October 14, 2021.

    Nomination Questions

    1. How do I nominate a company/organization?

    Nominations are submitted on our website via the “Nominations” tab or by visiting Once you register with the AwardForce platform, be sure you check your SPAM folder during the account verification process so you can access your account and begin nominating.

    2. Do I have to register to submit an application?
    Yes. This allows you to submit multiple entries and manage your entries by making edits before submitting. The deadline for submittals was June 4 at 5:00 pm.

    3. Can I submit multiple nominations for different companies/organizations?
    If you are not representing a company or organization being nominated, you can submit multiple nominations for different companies/organizations. If you are submitting an online application on behalf of your company/organization, please submit just one application.

    4. Can I make changes after submitting my application?
    Yes. After logging in, go to My Entries and then click on the entry you want to change in order to begin editing. Click save to ensure your changes have been submitted, and go to My Entries to see your newly saved entry. The deadline for submittals was June 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm. No changes can be made after this period.

    5. I represent a company/organization. Are self-nominations allowed?
    Yes, we highly encourage it! Be sure to select, “I am a company representative” if you are submitting on behalf of your company/organization so you can answer questions about your company and innovation!