Chicago Innovation Foundation

The Chicago Innovation Awards Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is the education and action arm of the Chicago Innovation Awards, which focuses on innovation education, scholarships to students, and other activities designed to further the growth of innovation and economic development in the Chicago region. The Chicago Innovation Awards Scholarship Fund gives scholarships to young innovators at various stages of development: high school, college and graduate school.

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Your donation will help support local students and innovation education programs.





Educating and Inspiring Today’s Innovators

We believe innovation is a process that can be taught and learned. The Chicago Innovation Awards Foundation hosts events throughout the year aimed at connecting today’s innovators with the knowledge, people, and resources required to bring their innovations to scale. We have seen this build stronger businesses and aid in the economic growth of our region.

The Practical Innovator

Kellogg School of Management
A day-long executive education course that teaches the practical skills of innovation to the top 75 nominees.

Media Day

Museum of Broadcast Communications
Featuring talks by experts to help Chicago innovators capitalize on the ever-changing media landscape.

Past Winners Showcase

Google’s offices
Celebrating the rich history of Chicago innovation, a special panel is assembled featuring some of the most successful past winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards.

Accelerating the Growth of Tomorrow’s Innovators

Through partnerships with local universities, the Chicago Innovation Awards Foundation hosts innovation business plan competitions to help young innovators learn the practical skills of innovation, and provides financial assistance through scholarships to aid in their career and life pursuits.

Chicago Innovation Awards Foundation scholarship recipients and partners have included:

  • IIT
  • Kellogg
  • Chicago Booth
  • UIC
  • Junior Achievement
  • Goodman Theatre