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Tuesday was the MassChallenge awards dinner which means, beyond a number of novelty over-sized checks, the 26 finalists in the program were whittled down to the prize winners, four of whom walked away with no-strings-attached grants of $100,000. Here’s a Storify I put together of some of the evening’s highlights. What were your favorite moments? Let me know on Twitter at @HiveBoston or via e-mail at michael.morisy@boston.com.

MassChallenge announces grand prize winners, $1.1 million in prizes

Tonight, MassChallenge announced its grand prize winners, with LiquiGlide, RallyPoint, Strong Arm Technologies, and Global Research Innovation & Technology taking home the top honors ? and a $100,000 each. Read below for the full list of winners, as well as scenes from the awards ceremony.

Storified by Michael Morisy � Tue, Oct 23 2012 19:56:45

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MassChallenge awards $1 million to 16 start-upsSixteenstart-ups were awarded a total of $1million from MassChallenge Inc.Tuesday night to help them develop products such as an all-terr...
Speakers were quick to trot out a number of impressive metrics: From the almost 3,000 jobs that the first class of MassChallenge graduates generated, the $362.5 million in investment the class had brought in, and the hundreds and hundreds of start-ups given a boost as they go from idea to execution.
RT @mass_digi: 361 startups + 2912 jobs + $362.5m raised + $96.1m earned = @MassChallenge. #Awesome. #MCAwards http://pic.twitter.com/ldbiGlnnYoon J. Lee
The evening was emceed by Orlando Jones,who said that it was organizations like MassChallenge that inspired individuals like himself to go against the odds and believe in themselves, helping change themselves while changing the world.
Great photo of @TheOrlandoJones with @KarlButtner at #MCAwards! /by @ColePomroy http://twitpic.com/b6uorkEric Andersen
Governor Deval Patrick was one of the keynote speakers, addressing the need for investing in education and innovation in order to turn around the economy through the recession. "If you really believe in the American dream, you don't leave it to chance," he said. "MassChallenge is a critical part of that opportunity."
"Massachusetts is a destination for innovation." Deval Patrick at the #MCAwards http://pic.twitter.com/xTcJO4OYCatherine Himberg
And after all the kind introductions, the real stars emerged: The 26 finalists each were given a 1-minute pitch opportunity before the audience. And then the winners ? four Diamond Winners�who walked away with $100,000, and 12 Gold Winners who took home $50,000 ? were announced. Here are Tweeted pictures of some of the Gold Winners:
#coachup celebrates their #mcawards #cic3 http://pic.twitter.com/TRGKg6TVKevin Wiant
#mcawards: @saraspalding & @waltersomol of @msnewengland giving $50,000 prize to @coachup, Go, CoachUp! http://yfrog.com/khmgbprjAbby Fichtner
Next @MassChallenge $50,000 winner ? @CoachUp! "I'll forever be thankful for the opportunity" #MCAwardsEric Andersen
Developer Joe Fallon, who is building Fan Pier towers, presents $50K prize to @bounceimaging #MCAwards @HiveBoston http://pic.twitter.com/fhxOmJlWShirley Leung
Yay to not wasting food and @LovinSpoonfulls winning a cash prize! Loved their story. #MCAwards http://pic.twitter.com/pyV6hqY3Aude-Olivia Dufour
. @recovers_org $50,000 winner of MassChallenge! #MCAwards http://pic.twitter.com/SlTFa8UzMorgan E O'Neill
Rocking out at the #mcawards http://pic.twitter.com/8WUVBUvuMinistry of Supply
RT @sigwang: Congrats @CoachUp! $50k winner #MCAwards cc: @cicnow @techstarsCambridge Innovation
@NBAHoops another winner of the $50,000 prize at #MCAwards by masschallenge http://pic.twitter.com/IGxvAjlcNOWY PRODUKT
The full list of winners includes�Bounce Imaging,�BuysideFX,�CoachUp,�Dynamo Micropower,�Guided Surgery Solutions,�IntegralReach,�Lab Automate Technologies Inc,�Lovin' Spoonfuls Inc,�Ministry of Supply Inc,�NBA Math Hoops,�Nordic Technology Group, and�Recovers.org.
Time for the 100k winners. The suspense is killing me. #MCAwardsMaggie Delano
Sadly, I couldn't find pictures of the oversized checks for the Diamond Winners, each of which walked out with $100,000. The top prize getters included LiquiGlide, RallyPoint, Strong Arm Technologies, and Global Research Innovation & Technology. Have any pictures or other highlights to share? Email hive@boston.com, or Tweet us at @HiveBoston. And be sure to check out Katie Johnston's full story on all the winners and background on MassChallenge:
MassChallenge awards $1 million to 16 start-upsSixteenstart-ups were awarded a total of $1million from MassChallenge Inc.Tuesday night to help them develop products such as an all-terr...

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