Four companies/groups/individuals with close ties to Research Park took home trophies at the 2013 Innovation Celebration awards ceremony.
EnterpriseWorks tenant Oso Technologies was the winner of the Student Startup award; Yoram Bresler, founder and CEO of EnterpriseWorks graduate and Atkins Building tenant InstaRecon, won the Innovation Transfer award; Chris Harbourt, site director of Waterborne Environmental in the Research Park, was honored with the Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award; and the Champaign Organization of Developers and Engineers (CODE), represented by Neustar site director Ken Taylor, were honored with the Economic Development Impact Award. (Click the links for videos about the winners).
Many other Research Park companies and entrepreneurs were well-represented among the finalists for the Eighth Annual Innovation Celebration. News coverage and photos of the event can be found at the News-Gazette; here are links to a video of the event as well as a Storify of the tweet stream.
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 were the sponsors of the Eighth Annual Innovation Celebration, which 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 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.