austin_alistThe Austin Chamber of Commerce Thursday began accepting nominations for the 2016 Austin A-List.

The awards, put on by the chamber and South by Southwest Interactive, seek to showcase Austin’s most innovative startup companies at three different stages of development.

• Emerging (Early/Seed Stage) – Raised under $1 million;
• Growth (Mid-Stage) – Raised $1 million to $10 million; and
• Scale (Later Stage) – Raised above $10 million.

The list is now in its sixth year. The chamber encourages any “scalable, high-impact, pre-IPO startups to apply.” Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 8th. An invite-only ceremony will be held on May 12th to reveal the A-List winners.

To date, Austin A-List companies have collectively reached $1 billion in funding and exit proceeds to date and 19 A-List companies have seen successful exits via acquisition or initial public offering, according to the Chamber.

“We are excited to raise the profile of our region’s most innovative companies that help cultivate investment and attract the next generation of entrepreneurs and talent,” Michele Skelding, senior vice president of Global Technology and Innovation at the Austin Chamber, said in a news release. “The Austin region continues to increase its innovation pipeline through a steady stream of funding deals, nationally renowned accelerator programs, and one of the top angel networks in the country.”