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A few KIG clients and partners are among the finalists for the 2021 Pittsburgh Awards! These awards recognize who is making the biggest impact in the Pittsburgh technology and entrepreneurship community. We're interested to see how they do!

I Am Robotics is up for Invention of the Year for Bolt, an autonomous mobile robot that makes warehouse operations more efficient through autonomy. It has a payload capacity of 661 pounds (way more than a human can carry!) and can run for 20 hours on a single battery charge. 

Idelic is a finalist for Growth Company of the Year. 

Longtime KIG partner Joel Reed, Pittsburgh Robotics Network executive director, is in the running for Tech Community Leader of the Year. 

UPDATE: Here are the winners of the inaugural Pittsburgh Awards, bestowed on Dec. 15.

Tech Community Leader: Nadyli Nunez. In 2021, Nunez worked with the team at Ascender to reopen the coworking space and adjust safety measures based on feedback from the community.

Invention of the Year: Kiwibot's delivery robots. Though Kiwibot isn’t based in Pittsburgh, the autonomous vehicle delivery robot company decided to launch a pilot program of its sidewalk bots in collaboration with the City of Pittsburgh this summer. 

CTO of the Year: Ameesh Kapoor. 421 Food Rescue, the nonprofit where Kapoor is the lead engineer, focuses on fighting food waste and insecurity. But to do that, the organization uses an app to leverage the volunteers to assist in last-mile pickups and deliveries of food for those who need it.

Startup of the Year: Meter Feeder. Though the parking payment solution startup was launched in 2015, Meter Feeder only recently brought its app to Pittsburgh’s parking systems.

Growth Company of the Year: Duolingo. No surprise here, given the language learning company’s major IPO this summer, in addition to a Pittsburgh location expansion, new hires, new product features and more.

Culture Builder of the Year: Jocelyn Lai, global head of talent acquisition at Duolingo.

You can read more about the awards here.



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