The winners of the 2018 Chicago Innovation Awards joined President Preckwinkle on February 20, 2018 for a round table discussion about their innovations and the positive impact they could have for the County and our region. In our photo, President Preckwinkle is surrounded by the award winners, along with Howard Males, Board Member, (to her left), and Tom Kuczmarski, Founder, Chicago Innovation (to her right), and Luke Tannen, Executive Director, to Tom’s right.

“Each year award winners make important connections to County leadership,” said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “As County Board President, I am committed to creating a climate that makes it more likely that people like you — entrepreneurs, inventors, business owners and investors — will choose our region as a place to launch and grow your businesses. “  

In her remarks, President Preckwinkle noted some important points:

Winners hail from across the Chicago region — — not just within the city of Chicago — — but also from Skokie, Elk Grove Village, and Phoenix, IL, thereby demonstrating that innovation is occurring in different corners of Cook County.

The 25 winners of the 2018 Chicago Innovation Awards were out of a total of 519 organizations that were nominated.

In total, the 519 nominees generated over $3.4 billion in new revenues for their nominated products/services and filed for over 400 patents.

These winners will be ringing the Nasdaq Bell on March 25th, 2019 to further celebrate their achievements.

Connections and networks are the hallmarks of the new economy. A very informative discussion took place as questions were raised not only about their innovation, but how their ideas may have a positive impact on such items as jobs, education, and prevention of infections in hospital environments. To find out more about the winners and their innovations, go to the Chicago Innovation Awards website.

Connections and networks are the hallmarks of the new economy.  A very informative discussion took place as questions were raised not only about their innovation, but how their ideas may have a positive impact on such items as jobs, education, and prevention of infections in hospital environments.  To find out more about the winners and their innovations, go to the Chicago Innovation Awards website.