Past Events

  • 2014 Chicago Innovation Awards Scholarship Ceremony

    2014 Chicago Innovation Awards Scholarship Ceremony

    04/09/2014 at Ogilvie Auditorium

     

    We invite you to join us for the culmination of our 3rd annual Chicago Innovation Foundation Scholarship Competition in April, 2014. This year, we’ve partnered with IIT, in our continued mission to celebrate Chicago’s top student innovators and build a stronger bridge between our region’s universities and Chicago area firms.

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  • A Night with Chicago's High Tech Innovators

    A Night with Chicago's High Tech Innovators

    02/19/2014 at Maggiano’s Old Orchard

     

    Join SIM Chicago and Chicago Innovation Awards on February 19, 2014 for a premier panelist event at Maggiano’s Old Orchard. Tom Kuczmarski, Co-Founder of Chicago Innovation Awards will moderate a panel discussion with recent winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards and leading innovation practitioners.

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  • 12th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

    12th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

    10/30/2013 at The Harris Theater

     

    For the 12th consecutive year, the Chicago Innovation Awards will celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago region by honoring its most innovative new products and services.

    Eventbrite - Media, Capital and Talent Day

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  • The Practical Innovator

    The Practical Innovator

    09/27/2013 at Kellogg School of Management

     

    We invite you to join us on Friday, September 27th for The Practical Innovator, a day-long executive education program hosted by Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, one of the world’s foremost centers for executive education.

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  • Nominee Reception

    Nominee Reception

    09/09/2013 at Park West

     

    To celebrate every organization nominated this year, we invite you to attend the Chicago Innovation Awards’ Nominee Reception on Monday, September 9th at Park West.

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  • Media, Capital and Talent Day

    Media, Capital and Talent Day

    08/19/2013 at The Museum of Broadcast Communications

     

    Held at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at 360 N. State Street, this event will feature panel discussions and talks by leading media, capital and talent experts.

    Eventbrite - Media, Capital and Talent Day

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  • Past Winners Showcase

    Past Winners Showcase

    07/25/2013 at Red Frog Events

     

    Some of the most successful past winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards are brought together to discuss innovation in Chicago.

    Eventbrite - Media, Capital and Talent Day

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  • Intellectual Property: The Value Factor in Your Innovation

    Intellectual Property: The Value Factor in Your Innovation

    06/24/2013 at 1871

     

    Co-hosted by the Chicago Innovation Awards and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., “Intellectual Property: The Value Factor in Your Innovation” will teach you best practices on how IP can drive value for your innovation.

    Eventbrite - Media, Capital and Talent Day

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  • Kickoff

    Kickoff

    06/06/2013 at Threadless

     

    Sponsors, board members, past winners, special guests come together to kick off the beginning of the Chicago Innovation Awards season.

    Eventbrite - Kickoff Reception

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  • Un-Gala

    Un-Gala

    05/21/2013 at Untitled

     

    An event unlike any other. The Chicago Innovation Foundation Un-Gala will be an outside of the box experience, high-end and fancy, but fun and filled with unexpected surprises.

    An innovative menu featuring unbelievable food and drink will leave our guests talking about the amazing and unique dishes they tried, the unexpected presentation of each meal, and the specialty cocktails that are only available for this event.

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  • 2nd annual Chicago Innovation Foundation Scholarship Competition

    2nd annual Chicago Innovation Foundation Scholarship Competition

    02/28/2013 at 1871

     

    We invite you to join us for the culmination of our 2nd annual Chicago Innovation Foundation Scholarship Competition on Thursday, February 28th at 1871.

    This year, we’ve partnered with DePaul University, in our continued mission to celebrate Chicago’s top student innovators and build a stronger bridge between our region’s universities and Chicago area firms. We’re thrilled to announce that $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded, courtesy of the Chicago Innovation Foundation, DePaul’s Creativity and Innovation Center, DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, and TCF Inventory Finance, Inc. The winning students will have a chance to present their idea to an audience from the business and academic communities.

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  • Accelerating High Tech Innovation in Chicago

    Accelerating High Tech Innovation in Chicago

    02/13/2013 at Maggiano’s Old Orchard

     

    We invite you to join us and Chicago’s high tech innovators for a special event on February 13th at Maggiano’s Old Orchard. In partnership with SIM Chicago, an organization that fosters collaboration among innovators inChicago’s information and high tech community, this event features a panel of recent Chicago Innovation Awards winners and thought leaders sharing their insights on how innovation is impacting their organizations and our ever-changing world.

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  • 2012 Chicago Innovation Awards

    2012 Chicago Innovation Awards

    10/22/2012 at The Harris Theater

     

    A Chicago Tradition

    For the 11th consecutive year, the Chicago Innovation Awards celebrated the creative spirit of the Chicago region by honoring its most innovative new products and services. The winning organizations we revealed may be large or small, for-profit or not-for-profit, high tech, low tech or no tech, but they are all tied together by their commitment to innovation.

    The cocktail reception was held from 5:00pm-6:30pm, followed by the awards ceremony in the theater from 6:30pm-8:15pm.

     

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  • Nominee Reception

    Nominee Reception

    09/05/2012 at House of Blues

     

    To recognize Chicago’s innovators, all of the year’s nominees are honored. 409 organizations were celebrated at the House of Blues in 2011.

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  • Media, Capital, & Strategy

    Media, Capital, & Strategy

    08/13/2012 at Museum of Broadcast Communications

     

    Featuring talks by experts to help Chicago innovators navigate the challenges of launching a new product or service.

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  • Past Winners Showcase

    Past Winners Showcase

    06/14/2012 at Red Frog Events

     

    The past winners showcase will feature past winners and special guests discussing how to create and lead a culture of innovation.

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  • Kickoff Cocktail Reception

    Kickoff Cocktail Reception

    05/23/2012 at 1871

     

    To celebrate the start of the 11th annual Chicago Innovation Awards season, we invited you and a guest to attend the Chicago Innovation Awards Kick-Off Cocktail Reception.  Hosted at 1871, Chicago’s newest hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, this VIP gathering was an insider’s look at all the exciting new events and activities that the Chicago Innovation Awards have planned this year to celebrate, educate and create action in our region’s innovation community.

     

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  • Innovation Business Plan Competition

    Innovation Business Plan Competition

    03/26/2012 at Illinois Institute of Technology

     

    On Monday, March 26th, the Chicago Innovation Awards hosted a reception and panel discussion at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as we celebrated the culmination of our first Chicago Innovation Business Plan Competition.

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  • The 10th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

    The 10th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

    11/08/2011 at The Harris Theater

     

    For the 10th consecutive year, the Chicago Innovation Awards celebrated our region’s most innovative new products and services. We invited you and a guest to join us. The winning organizations we reveal may be large or small, for-profit or not-for-profit, high tech, low tech or no tech, but they are all tied together by their commitment to innovation.

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  • Practical Innovator

    Practical Innovator

    09/27/2011 at Kellogg School of Management

     

    The Practical Innovator is an invitation-only day-long executive education program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Valued at $2,500, this one-day scholarship is provided, free-of-charge, to one representative from each of the Top 75 nominees. The nominees selected to participate in The Practical Innovator will also be invited to take part in the “People’s Choice Award” voting later this month. Details of that will follow in the coming weeks.

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  • 2011 Nominee Reception

    2011 Nominee Reception

    09/19/2011 at House of Blues

     

    We are excited to announce that we received a record-breaking number of nominations for this year’s Chicago Innovation Awards! With more than 400 organizations submitting nominations for their new products and services, it is a true testament that innovation is thriving in America’s heartland. To celebrate these organizations, we will be hosting the Nominee Reception on September 19th, at the House of Blues.

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  • Media Day

    Media Day

    08/04/2011 at The Museum of Broadcast Communications

     

    Introducing a new event to the Chicago Innovation Awards calendar: Media Day. Last year, we learned that gaining awareness in the marketplace is the #1 challenge faced by Chicago’s innovators. This year, we’ll be hosting a panel discussion and media workshop with leading media and advertising experts to help Chicago innovators navigate and capitalize on the ever-changing media landscape.

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  • Past Winners Showcase

    Past Winners Showcase

    07/26/2011 at Google’s downtown Chicago office

     

    To celebrate the rich history of the Chicago Innovation Awards, we will hold the Past Winners Showcase on Tuesday, July 26th. Hosted by one of the most innovative companies of the past decade, Google, this event will honor organizations that have been recipients of the Chicago Innovation Awards since its inception in 2002. A special panel of some of the most successful Chicago Innovation Award winners has been assembled for this intimate gathering to speak about innovation and share stories of success with today’s innovators.

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  • Kick-Off Cocktail Reception

    Kick-Off Cocktail Reception

    06/07/2011 at Landmark Grill + Lounge

     

    To celebrate the start of the 10th annual Chicago Innovation Awards, we cordially invite you and a guest to attend the Chicago Innovation Awards Kick-Off Cocktail Reception. Hosted by our friends at Boka Restaurant Group, this VIP gathering will be an insider’s look at all the exciting new events and activities that the Chicago Innovation Awards have planned this year to celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago region. We have reached capacity for this event. If you would like to be added to the wait-list, please email bryan@chicagoinnovationawards.com

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  • Gilt City

    Gilt City

    03/14/2011 at Boka Restaurant

     

    “Unleashing the Leader Within You,” hosted by Gilt City on Monday. During this special talk, you’ll be challenged to think differently about leadership as Tom describes his new qualities that are changing the way we lead and succeed.

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  • BMA Marketing Innovators Luncheon Seminar

    BMA Marketing Innovators Luncheon Seminar

    01/13/2011 at The Standard Club

     

    Innovation thought leader Tom Kuczmarski hosts the Business Marketing Association’s first Marketing Innovators Luncheon Seminar. The co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards and three of the awards program’s 2010 winners—all b-to-b companies—will engage in a panel discussion and show how developing solutions to customer needs enabled them to deliver value to their clients and drive growth, even in a major recession.

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  • SIM In The Suburbs Dinner

    SIM In The Suburbs Dinner

    12/15/2010 at Maggiano’s – Old Orchard

     

    SIM In The Suburbs: The Excitement of Innovation and Chicago’s Leaders. A paneled discussion with four of this year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners, true innovators that uniquely fill unmet needs, spark a competitive response, achieve financial success, and improve people’s lives.

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  • 2010 Chicago Innovation Awards

    2010 Chicago Innovation Awards

    11/01/2010 at Goodman Theater

     

    The time has come, once again, to celebrate the creative spirit of innovation throughout the Chicago area. We are pleased to invite you and a guest to the annual Chicago Innovation Awards ceremony on Monday, Nov. 1st at the Goodman Theatre.

    This year, the Chicago Innovation Awards ceremony will honor our region’s most innovative new products and services. The winning organizations may be large or small, for-profit or not-for-profit, high-tech, low-tech or no-tech, but they are all tied together by their commitment to innovation.

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  • The Practical Innovator 2010

    The Practical Innovator 2010

    09/28/2010 at Kellogg School of Management

     

    Hosted by one of the top business schools in the world, this event will feature expert Kellogg faculty that teach the practical skills of innovation, including Mohan Sawhney, Tom Kuczmarski and James Conley. A special panel of past Chicago Innovation Award winners has also been assembled for the event including Chris Gladwin, CEO and Founder of Cleversafe, Dan Brown, Founder of LoggerHead Tools, Kathy Tholin, CEO of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and more to be announced.

    Join us for this stimulating day of insights and innovation from some of today’s brightest minds as we continue to celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago region.

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  • 2010 CIA Nominee Cocktail Reception

    2010 CIA Nominee Cocktail Reception

    09/20/2010 at House of Blues

     

    Hosted by one of the most innovative music and entertainment venues in Chicago, the House of Blues, this event will feature live music, guest speakers, and the opportunity to mingle with some of the best and brightest minds in the Chicago area. Chicago Innovation Award nominees, sponsors, media partners, judges, past winners and special friends will be on hand to take part in the festivities

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