20,000+ person community
6,000+ annual attendees
- 35% Founders, C-Level & Presidents
- 31% VPs & Directors
- 34% Managers, Associates & Others
United Around Our Purpose
To harness the power of innovation to grow their organizations, boost the economy, create jobs, and change the Chicago narrative.
Discover What Fuels Our Passion
Our Women Mentoring Co-op nurtures female innovators and our annual Celebrating Women in Innovation event shines a spotlight on their achievements.
The Chicago Student Invention Convention transforms students K-8th grade into innovators through an innovation-focused curriculum and competition.
The Chicago Neighborhood Awards promote innovation in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.
Through a partnership with IIT, our Innovation MBA gives students learning opportunities with real-world innovators and $10,000 academic scholarships.
Big Company/Start-up Collaboration
Our Corporate Start-up Matchmaking program connects big companies with start-up technologies, products, and services that can fuel innovation and growth.
Supporting Our Winners
The Winners Connection provides year-round recognition and connection-making opportunities for the winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards.
Chicago Innovation Awards LLC operates a year-round series of activities aimed at celebrating innovators in the Chicago region. The Chicago Innovation Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit that provides educational events and programs to people interested in learning about innovation and entrepreneurship. You can view the Chicago Innovation Foundation’s most recent 990 Form here. The Innovators Connection is a program of Chicago Innovation that fuels our connection-making activities.
Chicago Innovation Foundation’s 990