We are pleased to announce the 12th Annual Innovation Celebration in recognition of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University's economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in our community.The awards have been established to recognize the various ways in which individuals and organizations have utilized innovation, creativity, and leadership for entrepreneurial endeavors and economic development in the community. Please nominate as many individuals/organizations as you would like. Nominations will be viewed and judged by a panel of past winners, sponsors and community & university leaders. Finalists will be announced in early 2017. Nominations are open to the public and will be accepted through 4PM on December 9th, 2016.
Entrepreneurial Excellence: Social Venture
Serve as change agents by creating and implementing sustainable solutions to reshape society, benefit humanity, address social concerns.
Entrepreneurial Excellence: Student Startup
Formed by students in the last three years and demonstrates a commitment to continuing success through entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.
Entrepreneurial Excellence: New Venture
Formed in the last three years, and demonstrates a commitment to continuing success through entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.
Entrepreneurial Excellence: Advocacy
Actively engage, encourage, coach and mentor entrepreneurs in the community, and provide extensive support to help them achieve success.
Innovation: Economic Development Impact
Has successfully commercialized innovations while demonstrating a commitment to positive, local, economic impact.
Entrepreneurial Excellence: Management
Demonstrates expertise in assembling resources, creating an organization, and working to build and implement effective action plans.
Recognizes those enterprises whose sustained success is the direct result of continued innovation over many years.
Innovation Transfer Award—University of Illinois
Recognizes an individual or group from the University of Illinois whose research has resulted in either a discovery or a work with the potential for significant societal impact.
Alexis Wernsing Innovation Award—University of Illinois
Recognizes an individual or team from the University of Illinois that has channeled their experience living with a disability into positive change through the creation of new products, environments, or protocols that enhance quality of life.
Information about you, the nominator:
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Thank you for your interest in Innovation Celebration.We hope that you'll join us for the ceremony:
Friday, March 3, 2017
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Parkland College - Student Union
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821
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