2017 Innovation Celebration Finalists Announced

Category : Recognition & Awards
Posted on: January 17, 2017

CHAMPAIGN, IL — The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation has announced the finalists for the 2017 Innovation Celebration. These individuals and organizations have made contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to continue economic success of Champaign County and the ongoing success of the University’s economic development. 

Several iVenture Accelerator startups, EnterpriseWorks startups, and Research Park employees are finalists for awards. 

The following are iVenture or EnterpriseWorks startup finalists:
Amber Agriculture 
Reconstruct Inc.
Petronics (Sprite Robotics)
PhotoniCare, Inc.

The following are graduates of the EnterpriseWorks incubator:
II-VI EpiWorks
Sanjay Patel – Personify

The following Research Park employees were announced as finalists for an award:
Beth Ladd – Caterpillar Data Innovation Lab
Laura Bleill – chambanamoms.com & University of Illinois Research Park

Jed Taylor, Entrepreneur in Residence at Research Park, has also been announced as an award finalist, as has AWARE (Accelerating Women And underRepresented Entrepreneurs), a program run at EnterpriseWorks.

The winner of each award category will be announced at Innovation Celebration 2017, held at Parkland College on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. To RSVP and learn more about the event, visit www.innovationcelebration.com.

For the entire list of awards and finalists, visit Champaign County’s website.