From One Night To Year Round
In 2002, Tom Kuczmarski and Dan Miller, editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, came together to celebrate the Midwest as an innovation hub. It started with one event honoring 10 companies in different sectors. In the 14 years since that inaugural class, the Chicago Innovation Awards has grown into an incredible, yearlong series of events.
Just as recognizing individuals within one organization is an important part of its innovative culture, so too is applauding the achievements of those companies within our community at large. The Awards not only recognize nominees and winners, but also provide valuable connections through business networking and development opportunities and teach best innovation practices through mentoring, scholarships, panel discussions, and education courses.
Celebrate, Educate, and Connect
Innovation leads to the development of new products, services, and business models that can change economies of all sizes. Past Chicago Innovation Awards winners and nominees have contributed billions in revenue to the Midwest economy and created thousands of new job opportunities. Several have partnered with or even been purchased by national and global organizations because of their innovative offerings and potential to make an even bigger impact in their sectors.
These nominees and our affiliated vendors span across all industries and sectors. There is no participant too big or too small to celebrate Chicago’s innovation economy. Whether your company is a big brand or a startup, for-profit or not-for-profit, high-tech, low-tech, or no-tech, we would love to hear from you.