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To be eligible for a Chicago Innovation Award, the product, service, or company nominated must be:

  • Introduced within the past 3 years.
  • Headquartered in the greater Chicago region, including the northern half of Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana.


The judging committee looks at the following criteria:

  • Did the product/service meet an unmet need?
  • How unique is the product/service?
  • What new value has been created for the end-user?
  • Has the product/service created a “me-too” response from imitators?
  • What financial evidence or market acceptance information does the product/service have to support it?
  • What is its quantifiable evidence of success?

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Take a look at what nominees, finalists, and winners receive.

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Questions? Send us an email! We look forward to meeting you at this year’s Chicago Innovation Awards events!