The Innovators Connection
What it is
The Innovators Connection builds bridges and linkages between the region’s most innovative small businesses and large corporations located in and around Chicago. The Innovators Connection is funded by the Chicago Innovation Awards and Molex.
How it works
Large and small companies will benefit through new connections and the sharing of innovations that will increase company revenues and grow the economy.
Large companies gain access to pertinent new products, services, technologies and business models in their industries and adjacent industries. These new resources can sharpen the competitive advantages of large companies and add value to existing operations.
Start-ups gain access to large corporations, which can provide opportunities for new customers, licensing agreements, joint partnerships and acquisitions.
Our local focus aims to yield economic growth and job creation for the Chicago region.
The Innovators Connection emerges from the web of relationships we have built with businesses of all types and sizes over the course of the first 12 years of the Chicago Innovation Awards. The Innovators Connection will use our database of proprietary data and personal relationships to help create new business opportunities throughout the region. After all, it is when the fruits of innovation flourish and grow within the Chicago region that our hometown economy will grow and people will prosper.
Large company participants
In mid-August, we will announce the needs and opportunity areas of each large company. Through the Innovators Connection, start-ups and small businesses from across the region can tell how they can meet these needs and provide solutions.
If you are interested in joining as a large company participant, contact Bryan Brochu at 312-988-1514 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Innovators Connection Process
|June – August
Complete a Chicago Innovation Awards nomination application, and fill out the two questions at the end relating to the Innovators Connection. All Chicago Innovation Awards nominees will be considered for the Innovators Connection.
|September – October
Participating start-ups receive an overview of the large company participants’ needs and have a chance to pitch their products, services, and companies to the Innovators Connection for large company consideration.
December – February
Large companies review potential qualified start-ups, and are introduced to the start-ups should they meet their needs.
The Chicago Innovation Awards and Molex will host a partnered event to celebrate this new program.
Apply now to the Innovators Connection
Click here to answer a few simple questions and become a part of the Innovators Connection
If you have any questions regarding the Innovators Connection, please contact Bryan Brochu at 312-988-1514 or at email@example.com.