What Winners Receive
Recognition at the Harris Theater
The Chicago Innovation Award winners, the Up-and-Comer Award winners, and the People’s Choice Award winner are honored on-stage in front of 1500 people at the Harris Theater in October, 2014.
Meeting with Mayor Emanuel
Mayor Rahm Emanuel invites the winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards to City Hall to discuss how Chicago can accelerate the efforts of our hometown innovators.
Meeting with Governor Quinn
The winners will be invited to meet with Governor Pat Quinn for the opportunity to present their innovation to state leaders and discuss ways to advance innovation in Illinois.
Ringing the NASDAQ Bell
The winners will be invited to ring the NASDAQ bell in New York City to gain recognition on a global stage.
Business and Innovation Training from Disney Institute
The 10 Chicago Innovation Award winners will be invited to a 3.5 day business and innovation training program in Orlando, Florida provided by Disney Institute, including hotel accommodations for the winner’s family.
Featured in Crain’s Chicago Business
Each winner will be profiled in a special innovation section of Crain’s Chicago that runs the week after the Chicago Innovation Awards ceremony.
Featured in a CTA Advertising Campaign
Each winner will be featured in a CTA advertising campaign in 2014-2015.
Top 100 Finalists Receive:
The top 100 finalists will each be awarded a scholarship to “The Practical Innovator” at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management ($2,500 value). This day-long education course teaches the practical skills of innovation at its internationally known executive education facility.
These top 100 finalists are also profiled on our website during the People’s Choice Award voting, in which thousands of Chicagoans will view their innovation and vote for their favorite innovation. Over 30,000 votes were received in 2013.
All Nominees Receive:
All of those who work toward building the innovation community in the Chicago region should be recognized. For this reason, we invite all nominees of the Chicago Innovation Awards to the Nominee Reception.
This event will celebrate all nominees of the 2014 Chicago Innovation Awards and provides a great opportunity to connect and network with other innovators and resource providers.