Wisconsin Innovation Awards Announces Keynote Speaker

Steve Hannah, journalist and former CEO of The Onion, to provide stories of innovation and success

2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – 5:30pm
Wisconsin Union Theater
Madison, WI

We are thrilled to announce Steve Hannah as our keynote speaker for the third annual Wisconsin Innovation Awards.

Steve Hannah has spent his life in several different facets of the media business. He worked for CBS NEWS in New York, The Milwaukee Journal, spent 10 years as a consultant for an investment company, and spent the past 11 years as CEO of The Onion, undoubtedly America’s Finest News Source. Currently, he splits time between Austin Texas and Lake Wisconsin.

After writing a column for 12 years about “extraordinary ordinary” people he has come across, Steve has a unique perspective on how resilience, humor, kindness and humility are good characteristics for anybody to aspire to possess, even–or especially–an “innovative” business person chasing a dream.

Join us August 16, 2016 at the Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison to hear Steve animately share his stories of creativity and adaptivity with an audience of innovative people across all sectors.

Steve Hannah

Steve Hannah

Keynote Speaker

Latest News

Finalists Announced for 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards

Winners to be announced at public awards ceremony on August 16 in Madison MADISON, Wis. — July 8, 2016 — Thirty-five companies and nonprofit organizations have been selected as finalists for the 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards. In total, 186 businesses, products and...

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Wisconsin Innovation Awards Announces Keynote Speaker

Steve Hannah, journalist and former CEO of The Onion, to provide stories of innovation and success We are thrilled to announce Steve Hannah as our keynote speaker for the third annual Wisconsin Innovation Awards. Steve Hannah has spent his life in several different...

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CELEBRATING AND INSPIRING INNOVATION

INNOVATION, IT’S WHERE WE LIVE.

Wisconsin is an innovative state. Although discussions of  “innovation” are usually directed toward internet startups and biotech companies, creative innovation in Wisconsin involves many industries including manufacturing, the paper industry, sustainable agriculture, life sciences, education, nonprofits, and health care information.

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) seek to celebrate and inspire innovation. The WIA highlights and honors the development of groundbreaking and innovative ideas. If it is a transformational idea we want to celebrate it. We hope to encourage an even greater environment of innovation by bringing innovators together from various business sectors (e.g. tech, food, healthcare, agriculture, nonprofits, education, government), and from throughout the State.

Led by a steering committee of business, community and entrepreneurial leaders, the second annual WIA ceremony took place on August 18, 2015 at the Discovery World in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The award ceremony is sponsored by American Family Insurance and Baker Tilly.

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The 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards will be held on:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706

NOMINATIONS

The 2016 nomination period is now closed.

EVENT

2016 WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS EVENT

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706

 

Wisconsin Union Theater

PRECURSOR EVENTS

Join the innovators, entrepreneurs, nominees and past winners at the precursor events around Wisconsin. We will hold the events in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee. Each event will have a short program laying out the plans for the 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards.

Come for a taste of Wisconsin’s best artisan food and drinks.

The event is free, but space is limited, so RSVP for the event near you.

2016 Precursor Events Concluded

Thank you for joining the innovators, entrepreneurs, nominees and past winners at the precursor events in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee.

Stay tuned for more information on how to register for the 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards Ceremony on August 16 at the Wisconsin Union Theater!

WINNERS

NEWS

Finalists Announced for 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards

Winners to be announced at public awards ceremony on August 16 in Madison MADISON, Wis. — July 8, 2016 — Thirty-five companies and nonprofit organizations have been selected as finalists for the 2016 Wisconsin Innovation Awards. In total, 186 businesses, products and...

read more

Wisconsin Innovation Awards Announces Keynote Speaker

Steve Hannah, journalist and former CEO of The Onion, to provide stories of innovation and success We are thrilled to announce Steve Hannah as our keynote speaker for the third annual Wisconsin Innovation Awards. Steve Hannah has spent his life in several different...

read more

SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSORS

EVENT SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

ABOUT

SUPPORTING WISCONSIN INNOVATION

This event was originated by Matt Younkle & Joe Boucher of Neider & Boucher, with funding and support from American Family Insurance, Baker Tilly, Baird, Exact Sciences, First Business, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Neider & Boucher, WMEP and WEDC.

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Nick Amundsen

Nick Amundsen

Research Director, JAMF Software

Joe Boucher

Joe Boucher

Neider & Boucher

Katie Boyce

Katie Boyce

President, Katie Boyce Co.

Zach Brandon

Zach Brandon

President, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Frank Byrne

Dr. Frank Byrne

President Emeritus, St. Mary's Hospital

Bill Dougan

Bill Dougan

Professor, UW Whitewater

Aaron Hagar

Aaron Hagar

VP, Division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, WEDC

Wade Hanna

Wade Hanna

Vice President Treasury Management, First Business Bank

Joshua Hinnendael

Joshua Hinnendael

Sr. Site Director - Neenah Design Center, Plexus Corp.

Wade Huseth

Wade Huseth

Partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

CEO, BIOforward

Joe Kirgues

Joe Kirgues

Co-Founder, gener8tor

Rachel Larrivee

Rachel Larrivee

President, Props Unlimited

Ryan Rist

Ryan Rist

Director of Innovation, American Family Insurance

Toni Sikes

Toni Sikes

Co-Founder & CEO, CODAworx

John Stampen

John Stampen

Director of Marketing, WMEP

Matthew Younkle

Matthew Younkle

Co-Founder and CEO, Murfie.com

2016 Event Details

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53706

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