No fooling, but the 15th Innovation Celebration – an event that celebrates innovators, entrepreneurs and community change agents in Champaign-Urbana – has been set for Friday, April 1.
Innovation Celebration recognizes 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 our community.
The awards have been established to recognize the various ways in which individuals and organizations have utilized innovation, creativity, and leadership for entrepreneurial endeavors and economic development in the community. Please nominate as many people/organizations as you would like.
Nominations are open to the public and will be accepted through 5 PM on Friday, January 31, 2020. Nominations will only be accepted online, click here to access the nomination form.
The winners will be announced at the event on Wednesday, April 1. It will be from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana. The event is FREE and open to the public.
To RSVP for the event, and for more information about past winners, visit the Innovation Celebration website.
Innovation Transfer Award—University of Illinois
Recognizes an individual or group from the University of Illinois whose research has resulted in either a discovery or a work with the potential for significant societal impact.
Alexis Wernsing Innovation Award—University of Illinois
Recognizes an individual or team from the University of Illinois that has channeled their experience living with a disability into positive change through the creation of new products, environments, or protocols that enhance quality of life.
Innovation in Engagement Award—Parkland College
Recognizes an individual or group at Parkland College who has shown support of the college’s community engagement mission.
Social Venture Award
Serve as change agents by creating and implementing sustainable solutions to reshape society, benefit humanity, and address social concerns.
Student Startup Award
Formed by students in the last three years and demonstrates a commitment to continuing success through entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.
New Venture Award
Formed in the last three years, and demonstrates a commitment to continuing success through entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.
Paul Magelli Advocacy Award
Actively engage, encourage, coach and mentor entrepreneurs in the community, and provide extensive support to help them achieve success.
Management & Economic Development Impact Award
Has made a significant impact in the community and continues to demonstrate their commitment to Champaign County.