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2013 Innovation Celebration Winners
Over 200 people gathered at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications for the Eighth Annual Innovation Celebration on the evening of February 28th to recognize 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.
Innovation Discovery Award (University of Illinois Award) – Martin Burke
Innovation Transfer Award (University of Illinois Award) – Yoram Bresler
Innovation in Engagement Award (Parkland College Award) – Don Bergfield
Social Entrepreneurship Award – Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA)
Entrepreneur Advocacy Award – Andrew Singer, U of I Technology Entrepreneur Center
Economic Development Impact Award – Champaign Organization of Developers and Engineers (CODE)
Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award – Chris Harbourt, Waterborne Environmental, Inc.
Longevity through Innovation Award – Cobalt Digital
Student Startup Award – Oso Technologies
New Venture Award – Spinlight Studio
The winners were chosen out of more than 150 nominations.
The event was sponsored by 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.
Thank you to 40 North for producing the videos for all the winners.
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Carly McCrory, Communications Director
Champaign County EDC