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Market impact data from this section is extremely important in the judging process. Innovation is distinguished from invention by its acceptance in the market place. A well-supported answer could include, but is not limited to the following: Number of units sold, transactions, or users; Revenue and growth; Cost reduction or savings; Price-point; Any other measurement or impact.The judges highly value revenue, as well as numbers of units sold, customers, or users, so we encourage you to include that information below.
Confidentiality notice: The information in this section will not be published in any form or announced publicly. This information is kept strictly confidential and used solely for judging purposes.
Companies with less than $1 million in revenue over the lifetime of the company are also eligible to apply for the Up-and-Comer Award. The Up-and-Comer Award recognizes companies with great potential that have not yet experienced significant growth.
The Social Innovation Award recognizes an innovation that brings positive impact to the community. These innovations can be for-profit or not-for-profit, but must demonstrate impact through advancing a social cause.
New this year, the Collaboration Award will recognize an innovation that was created through some type of partnership between a large and small firm (i.e. joint venture, licensing technology, etc.). It is designed to celebrate the importance of connecting the corporate and start-up communities in the Chicago region.
Describe the type of partnership between a small and large firm that made this innovation a reality.
If you have any supporting materials for your nomination, upload them here or send to the address below. It is highly encouraged that you include a link to an externally hosted video (example: YouTube or Vimeo) if it will help the judges understand what your innovation does and how it works.
Including a link to an externally hosted video (example: YouTube or Vimeo) is optional.
If you would like to upload a video via FTP please email us for instructions.
Often the best way to experience a new product or service is through its actual use. We encourage companies to send samples when applicable:
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These questions are optional, however we ask them because we are always looking to connect Chicago's innovators with resource providers that may be able to provide some type of assistance.
To be eligible for a Chicago Innovation Award, the product, service, or company nominated must be:
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