2014 Innovation Celebration Winners Announced
Over 250 people gathered at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications for the Ninth Annual Innovation Celebration on the evening of February 27th 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.
The winners were chosen out of more than 125 nominations.
Innovation Transfer Award – University of Illinois
Dr. Stephen Boppart
Innovation in Engagement Award – Parkland College
Entrepreneurial Excellence: Social Venture Award
Dr. Fouad Abd-El-Khalick & the EnLIST Team – University of Illinois
Entrepreneurial Excellence: Student Startup Award
Entrepreneurial Excellence: New Venture Award
Entrepreneurial Excellence: Advocacy Award
Dennis Beard – Serra Ventures
Innovation: Economic Development Impact Award
Carlos Nieto – Nieto Enterprises
Entrepreneurial Excellence: Management Award
Dan Cermak – Volition
Innovation: Longevity Award
The EDC was pleased to work with the following sponsors of Innovation Celebration 2014: the University of Illinois’ Technology Entrepreneur Center, Research Park, Office of Corporate Relations, and Office of Technology Management, along with NCSA, Parkland College, Singleton Law Firm, Serra Ventures, Hanson Financial, Ramshaw Real Estate, Pixo, Pavlov Media, Meyer Capel, Busey, Carle, Martin Hood Friese & Associates, IllinoisVENTURES, Fox Atkins Development, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC, and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.
A special thanks to 40 North for producing the videos.
Innovation Celebration winners to be announced Thursday night, The Daily Illini
Innovation Celebration winners announced, The News-Gazette