2013 Innovation Celebration Finalists
The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the University of Illinois’ Technology Entrepreneur Center, Research Park, Office of Corporate Relations, Office of Technology Management, and Office of the Vice President for Research, along with NCSA, Parkland College, Singleton Law Firm, Serra Ventures, Hanson Financial, Ramshaw Real Estate and Surface 51 are pleased to sponsor the Eighth Annual Innovation Celebration in recognition of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University’s economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in the community.
Innovation Celebration is not merely an award for accomplishment, but a benchmark of success for those outstanding individuals, organizations and corporations who are nominated and selected to receive this prestigious award. Additionally, Innovation Celebration serves as a tangible collaboration between the University of Illinois, Parkland College and the community.
Innovation Discovery Award – University of Illinois Award
Innovation Transfer Award – University of Illinois Award
William P. King
Innovation in Engagement Award – Parkland College Award
Winner will be announced at the event.
Social Entrepreneurship Award
Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA)
The I.D.E.A. Store
Illini for Kids
Entrepreneur Advocacy Award
Alex Ruggieri – Central Illinois Business Radio
Andrew Singer – U of I Technology Entrepreneur Center
Dennis Beard & Tim Hoerr – Serra Ventures
Economic Development Impact Award
Midwest Underground Technology
Champaign Organization of Developers and Engineers (CODE)
Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award
Charlie Li – American Analytical Chemistry Laboratories
Al Fleener – Surface 51
Chris Harbourt – Waterborne Environmental, Inc.
Longevity through Innovation Award
Waters Electrical Contracting
Student Startup Award
Autumn Berry Inspired
New Venture Award
The winners will be announced at the 2013 Innovation Celebration, held at NCSA (1205 W. Clark, Urbana) on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 5:30-8 pm. To RSVP, learn more about the event, or view past winners and award descriptions, visit the Innovation Celebration website at www.innovationcelebration.com.
Carly McCrory, Communications Director
Champaign County EDC