Nominate Exciting Portfolio Companies For Chicago Innovation Award

May 9, 2007

CHICAGO - “ Keep Chicago's spirit of innovation alive and thriving by nominating an innovative new product, service or process you've encountered.

Nominations are accepted for companies from the greater Chicago area including southeastern Wisconsin, southwestern Michigan and northwestern Indiana. There is no cost to enter one or more nominations. The deadline is July 31.

In 2006, more than 200 Chicago-area companies were nominated. Nominees can be high-tech, low-tech or no-tech; for-profit or not-for-profit; big products from large companies; and small products from small companies. The key is innovation.

Companies are being sought whose new products or services have:

  • Created a whole new category of business (i.e. electronic stock trading)
  • Triggered a - œme-too-  response from competitors (such as cell phones and software applications)
  • Changed customer expectations (i.e. overnight package delivery)
  • Solved unmet customer and consumer needs
  • Generated revenues (though not necessarily profits)

    In 2007, the Chicago Innovation Awards winners will each be profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times in October and will be honored at a special awards ceremony on Oct. 22 at the Goodman Theatre in downtown Chicago.

    In addition, a dozen more business and civic groups have endorsed the program including the IVCA, World Business Chicago and the Executives' Club of Chicago. For more information and a nomination form, go to