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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, but you can still apply!

EVENT

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.

GREEN BAY -- April 11

DF Presents: Anna Steinfest, sponsored by Wisconsin Innovation Awards

Monday, April 11, 2016
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM CDT

The Green Room Lounge
353 Main Avenue, De Pere, WI (map)

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MILWAUKEE -- April 26

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar

Ward 4
333 North Plankinton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203 – View Map

The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP.

RSVP

EAU CLAIRE -- May 2

Monday, May 2, 2016
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar

The Lismore
203 S. Farwell Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 – View Map

The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP.

RSVP

MADISON -- May 4

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CDT)

The Old Sugar Distillery
931 E. Main Street
Madison, WI 53703

RSVP

2016 WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS EVENT

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

 

Wisconsin Union Theater

WINNERS

NEWS

Winners Announced for 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards

Milwaukee –  August 19, 2015 – Ten winners have been announced from the t​hirty-three finalists and more than 170 nominees for the 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards. At an awards ceremony emceed by Wayne Larrivee and keynoted by Allen Edmonds CEO Paul... read more

Finalists Announced for 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards

Madison –  July 15, 2015 – Thirty-three companies and nonprofit organizations have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards. In total, 170 businesses, products and services from around the state were nominated. The finalists were... read more

Wisconsin Innovation Awards Honors 10 Winners

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel –  August 26, 2014 – Ten winners, ranging from a mobile law clinic to a device that detects infections using a breath sample, were named at the inaugural Wisconsin Innovation Awards ceremony Tuesday night. Organizers received... 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

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

Kelly Lietz

Kelly Lietz

Vice President - Marketing, WEDC

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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