Chicago was the epicenter of the national digital startup scene June 20 at the Second Annual Moxie Awards, recognizing 21 individuals and organizations as Chicago's best technology leaders and companies, according to a release.
Built In Chicago reported that it received nearly 100,000 votes in the competition.
"It's fantastic that the digital companies in Chicago continue to challenge themselves, each other and the City of Chicago to consistently grow," said Matt Moog, Founder Built In Chicago.
The group said that it is because of companies like the ones nominated for and awarded with Moxies that Chicago is able to call itself a tech hub.
"The Chicago technology economy is vibrant and thriving," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "The entrepreneurial spirit and innovation we see is creating jobs and opportunity now and will have an impact on the city for years to come. I look forward to working with all of these companies as they grow and evolve."
Just in the first quarter of 2013 alone, Built in Chicago noted that $61 million was raised in funding for local digital companies (twice as much as Q1 2012).
"The contributions of all the innovators in this room, representing organizations from large corporations and venture capital firms to startups and incubators, make a Moxie Award meaningful and something worth striving for," said Built In CEO Maria Katris.
Built In Chicago is an online community for digital entrepreneurs that hosts a job board, publishes data on the digital tech sector and organizes monthly, quarterly and annual events.
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