Nominations are OPEN for the 2024 Chicago Innovation Awards!

The 2024 Chicago Innovation Awards Ceremony starts in:









Recognition at the Chicago Innovation Awards

The following winners are publicly honored at the Chicago Innovation Awards each year:

  • Main Category Awards
  • Up-and-Comer Awards
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Social Innovator Award
  • Wintrust Neighborhood Awards
  • Molex Creating Connections for Life Award
  • Accenture Corporate Innovator Award
  • Lessen Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
  • Climate Champion Award

Participation in the NASDAQ Bell ceremony in Times Square

The winners will collectively participate in the ceremonial ringing of the closing NASDAQ bell in New York City

Meeting with Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle

Chicago Innovation will facilitate a conversation between President Preckwinkle and the winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards to make connections between their new products and services and the needs of the county.

Top 100 Finalists Receive:

The top 100 finalists will each be awarded a scholarship to “The Practical Innovator” hosted through Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management ($2,500 value). This executive education course teaches the practical skills of innovation. These top 100 finalists are also profiled on our website during the People’s Choice Award voting, in which thousands of Chicagoans will view the innovations and vote for their favorites.

All Nominees Receive:

All of those who work toward building the innovation community in the Chicago region should be recognized. For this reason, all organizations nominated for the Chicago Innovation Awards will be recognized at the Nominee Celebration in September.