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Innovation Celebration 2017: Save the Date + Nominations Open

We are pleased to announce the 12th Annual Innovation Celebration in recognition of 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 our community.

Friday, March 3, 2017
5:30-8:30 pm

Parkland College – Student Union
2400 West Bradley Avenue 
Champaign, IL 61821


The awards have been established to recognize the various ways in which individuals and organizations have utilized innovation, creativity, and leadership for entrepreneurial endeavors and economic development in the community. Please nominate as many people/organizations as you would like. Nominations are open to the public and will be accepted through 4 pm on December 9, 2016.

– Nomination link:
– RSVP link:

Nominations will be viewed and judged in early December 2016 by a panel of past winners, sponsors and community & university leaders. Finalists will be announced in early 2017.

Innovation Celebration is hosted by the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Parkland College, and community sponsors.

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