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Evolv Technology Named One of Boston's Hottest Startups by BostInno

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Dec 14, 2020

Rapidly Expanding Touchless Security Screening, Evolv also Lauded as One of Just Eleven Winners to Earn Inno On Fire “Blazer” Status

WALTHAM, MA, December 14, 2020 – Evolv Technology, the human security pioneer, today announced it has been selected as a winner of BostInno’s Inno On Fire for 2020 awards, earning “Blazer” status in the Security Tech category.

Inno on Fire, formerly known as 50 on Fire, looked a bit different this year due to COVID-19. The qualifications for winning the award followed suit. For many Boston-based startups, the pandemic threatened their futures, making growth more challenging. For others, it created opportunity.

In October, BostInno announced 50 honorees spanning 11 categories—from Cleantech to Biotech to Software to Security Tech. Recognizing those business leaders and innovators who have blazed a path forward in 2020, the award this year acknowledged the unique difficulty of that achievement. In early December, a panel of elite judges selected one “Blazer” per category, bestowing that award upon Evolv Technology and the other winners during a virtual ceremony.

“We’re honored to be named a ‘Blazer’ by BostInno’s On Fire,” said Evolv Co-founder and Head of Advanced Technology Michael Ellenbogen. “This year has proven incredibly challenging for so many businesses due to the pandemic. I’m enormously grateful to work with an all-star team that is amazingly agile, innovative and committed to helping to keep people safe from the continuously changing threat landscape. It’s that kind of talent that enabled us to record our best year ever.”

Evolv is leading the digital transformation of physical security, one that is touchless and addresses the ‘new normal’ threat of pandemic viruses as well as concealed weapons. Using AI software and powerful sensors, Evolv Express™ can screen up to 3,600 people per hour – 10 times faster than legacy approaches such as metal detectors, hand wands and manual inspections. The system enables social distancing at entrances and other security checkpoints while minimizing person-to-person interaction—requiring no stopping, no emptying of pockets or removing bags. People simply walk through naturally, alleviating potential crowding and long lines while greatly reducing contact between guests, employees and security staff.

Evolv’s touchless security screening systems have been used to screen more than 50 million individuals in an expedient, respectful manner. Customers include Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, L.L. Bean, Wynn Las Vegas, Oakland International Airport, two South Carolina school districts, Hersheypark, Set Jet, the Biltmore Estate, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and hundreds of others. By using Evolv Express, organizations optimize the performance of their security teams while reducing screening expenses by as much as 70%.


About Evolv Technology  

Evolv Technology provides touchless security screening systems that ensure safety without sacrificing the visitor experience. The company’s latest product, coupled with a thermal imaging package, spots concealed weapons and potential virus infection threats using advanced digital sensors and artificial intelligence that is incredibly accurate, discreet and delivers significantly more throughput than older technologies. Evolv Express® has earned industry accolades such as the 2020 Edison Awards™, two Campus Safety 2020 BEST Awards, and Campus Security & Life Safety magazine’s Secure Campus 2020 Awards. Evolv’s customers include hundreds of outdoor entertainment venues, stadiums, large-scale events, cultural landmarks, corporations and warehouses, schools and hospitals around the globe. Led by a team of security industry thought leaders with a track record for delivering first-to-market products, the company holds more than 100 patents. Evolv’s investors include Bill Gates, Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s firm, Finback Investment Partners, DCVC (Data Collective), General Catalyst Partners, Lux Capital, SineWave Ventures and STANLEY Ventures. The company’s partners include STANLEY Security and Johnson Controls. For more information, visit




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