The University of Illinois Office of the Vice President for Technology and Economic Development and the Office of Corporate Relations approached the Champaign County EDC in January 2005 to begin an annual county wide recognition ceremony known as Innovation Celebration. This year marks the Fifth annual Innovation Celebration, which will take place on Thursday February 25, 2010, at the iHotel and Conference Center. 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.
Eight awards have been established, recognizing the various ways in which individuals and organization have utilize innovation, creativity, and leadership for entrepreneurial endeavor and economic development in the community. Nominations for the awards is open to the public and will be accepted through February 15, 2010. Go to https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9549456 to nominate an individual for an award.
- Social Entrepreneurship Award
- Entrepreneur Advocacy Award
- Economic Development Impact Award
- Technology Transfer Award (accomplishment)
- Innovation Discovery Award
- Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award
- Longevity Through Innovation Award
- Student Start Up Award
More information is available on the nomination website about each of these categories. Please think about nominating some of the local technology entrepreneurs for these awards