Charles D’Agostino, LBTC Tenants Receive eWARDS
BATON ROUGE – Charles D’Agostino, executive director of the LSU Louisiana Business & Technology Center, and LBTC tenants Harbor Telematics and Vinformatix LLC were recognized at the eWARDS on May 31 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.
D’Agostino received the Outstanding Leadership in Technology award, given to an individual who has advanced the technology sector in the region. To be selected for this honor, candidates were required to have committed time or resources to benefit technology businesses in the region or to have made a major personal contribution toward advancing policies and/or legislation supporting the growth of the technology industry in the region and/or the State of Louisiana.
“We are very excited and pleased to be honoring a diverse group of individuals and businesses that are making an important contribution to the region and the state,” LTC President Mark Lewis said in a released statement. “Our goal is to bring attention to the impressive technology developments in the Baton Rouge region in order to grow the community awareness and pride in homegrown achievements. Events like today’s celebration of positive achievements encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, and help promote the region as a knowledge economy destination.”
Vinformatix was awarded the Technology Product of the Year for its MedSonic certified electronic medical record software for physicians that requires almost no training. This award is presented to a product that has a major impact in significant markets, strong potential for sales growth beyond the region and/or potential to be a “transforming technology” for future innovation.
Harbor Telematics was awarded the Best Application of Technology for its Crane Data System, a custom-engineered hardware, wireless and unique system for cranes. This award is given to a company, educational, scientific, charitable institution, government agency or authority or individual that has creatively applied technology in a manner that results in a meaningful developmental improvement in the areas of process, practice, service and/or support for the betterment of the region and industry.
A joint effort, eWARDS is a cooperative program designed to recognize the technological achievements of Louisiana’s top companies, organizations and individuals. It is a celebration of innovation and achievement for those in local communities that have made a positive impact in the technology industry over the past year. This joint effort in the capital city region brings together the talents of the Louisiana Technology Council and the Louisiana Economic Development, the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report and the Louisiana Business & Technology Center.
D’Agostino and the LBTC tenants are now eligible to compete for the Governor’s Technology Awards, slated to be awarded in late June or early July 2012.
The Louisiana Business & Technology Center, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business’ Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, endeavors to enhance economic development in Louisiana through the support of existing small businesses and the development of new businesses. Established in 1988, the LBTC’s highly successful business incubator program has been honored as the National Business Incubator Association’s Incubator of the Year. For more information, visit www.business.lsu.edu/lbtc or call 225-578-7555.