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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 will take place on August 18, 2015 at the Discovery World in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The award ceremony is sponsored by American Family Insurance and Baker Tilly.

 

Future WIA ceremonies will rotate throughout the State.

 

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: a new idea, device, or method

 

  The 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards

Tuesday, August 18

Discovery World, Milwaukee WI

  Nominations are now open.

Nominate an innovation

 

NOMINATE

 

NOMINATIONS

AWARDS CEREMONY

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 

 

Joe Boucher

Neider & Boucher

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Katie Boyce

President

Katie Boyce Co.

Zach Brandon

President

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

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Frank Byrne

President Emeritus

St. Mary's Hospital

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Bill Dougan

 

Wade Hanna

Vice President

Treasury Management

First Business Bank

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Joshua Hinnendael

Sr. Site Director

Neenah Design Center

Plexus Corp.

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Wade Huseth

Partner

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

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Lisa Johnson

VP

Entrepreneurship & Innovation, WEDC

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Joe Kirgues

Co-Founder

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Rachel Larrivee

President

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Ryan Rist

Director of Innovation

American Family Insurance

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Toni Sikes

Co-Founder & CEO

CODAworx

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Matthew Younkle

Co-Founder and CEO

Murfie.com

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NOMINATIONS

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations for 2015

Nominations for 2015 are now open.

Whether you've heard of a great innovative idea or you have a great innovative idea we want to hear about it.

Click the links below to enter a nomination.

EVENT

WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS

 

The 2015 Wisconsin Innovation Awards will be at:

 

Discovery World

500 North Harbor Drive,

Milwaukee, WI 53202

 

For more information:

info@wisconsininnovationawards.com

 

CONTACT

NEWS

NEWSROOM

  •   WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS HONORS 10 WINNERS - August 26, 2014

    WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS HONORS 10 WINNERS

     

    (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 about 150 submissions from across the state for the awards, said Joe Boucher, a Madison lawyer who is one of the organizers of the event. Five of the 10 winners are from Milwaukee, three from Madison, one from Appleton and one from Eau Claire.

     

    Winners received a unique trophy — a light bulb encased in a glass block — during a ceremony Tuesday night at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union.

     

    Boucher and Matt Younkle, founder of Murfie.com and co-founder of Capital Entrepreneurs, came up with the idea for the awards after Younkle was a 2005 winner in the Chicago Innovation Awards. Their goal was to bring together innovative thinkers from a range of sectors across the state.

     

    "It's about seeing the scope of things and having an appreciation for what's out there," Boucher said.

     

    A steering committee of business, community and entrepreneurial leaders administered the program. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is among the event's sponsors.

     

    The awards were part of the Forward Technology Festival, which runs through Thursday. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people are expected to attend the 20 events that make up the festival, now in its fifth year, organizers have said.

     

    Winners of the innovation awards were:

     

    Boldt Construction, Appleton

    for a delivery system based on worker collaboration.

     

    Milwaukee Water Council

    for its BREW accelerator for freshwater start-ups.

     

    Discovery World, Milwaukee

    for its design futurist summer internship program that gives

    young people experience using technology like laser cutters.

     

    Isomark LLC, Madison

    for its Canary Breath Delta Value Analyzer, which detects

    infection using a breath sample.

     

    Milwaukee Bar Association and Marquette University

     for their Milwaukee Justice Center Mobile Legal Clinic.

     

    Microbe Detectives, Milwaukee

    which uses DNA sequencing to study microbes in our water.

     

    RAI Stone Analytics, Eau Claire

    for its low-cost, easy-to-use business analytics system.

     

    Scanalytics, Milwaukee

    for its sensor technology that detects movement and analyzes

    and stores related data.

     

    Stemina Biomarker Discovery Inc.

    Madison, for its technology using human cells that tests

    compounds that may cause birth defects.

     

    Vitacycle, Madison

    a modular system that uses recyclable materials, which fit on a

    bicycle trailer, to grow affordable, nutritious food in urban environments.

     

     

    More information is available at: www.wisconsininnovationawards.com

    Read the article on the Journal Sentinel site HERE

  •   NEW BUSINESS AWARDS PROGRAM SEEKS NOMINATIONS - July 9,2014

    NEW BUSINESS AWARDS PROGRAM SEEKS NOMINATIONS

     

    (Wisconsin State Journal) -  July 9, 2014 - Nominations are due Tuesday for the first Wisconsin Innovation Awards.

     

    The new program is aimed at celebrating innovative programs, products and services at businesses of all ages and types, throughout Wisconsin, spokeswoman Molly Walsh said. Prizes have not yet been announced.

     

    Winners will be named in ceremonies on Aug. 26, as part of the Forward Technology Festival at the UW Memorial Union, 900 Langdon St. Keynote speaker for the event will be Nolan Bushnell, founder of the Atari video game company and the Chuck E. Cheese pizza chain.

     

    While the business being nominated can be either new or long-standing, the innovation must have been put into use in the past year, Walsh said.

     

     

    More information is available at: www.wisconsininnovationawards.com

    Read the article on the Wisconsin State Journal site HERE

     

  •   WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS ANNOUNCED - March 20, 2014

    WISCONSIN INNOVATION AWARDS ANNOUNCED

     

    (Madison, WI) -  March 20, 2014 - Presenting sponsor, American Family and supporting sponsors, Neider & Boucher and First Business are proud to announce that the first Wisconsin Innovation Awards will be hosted on August 26 at the Wisconsin Union Theater.

     

    We are now accepting nominations for innovative products / services. Please visit www.wisconsininnovationawards.com to nominate a deserving innovation. A steering committee of business, community and entrepreneurial leaders will announce the winner at the August 26 WIA ceremony.

     

    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.

     

     

    More information is available at: www.wisconsininnovationawards.com

    Read the article on the Journal Sentinel site HERE

     

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

WIA EVENT DETAILS

 

The first Wisconsin Innovation Awards ceremony was held

August 26, 2014 at the Madison Memorial Union

800 Langdon St. Madison WI 53706

 

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