We are blown away by this year's unprecedented surge in nominees for the 12th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. 562 organizations nominated --- a 44% increase over last year's 390! We want you to help us celebrate these nominees that are truly moving Chicago forward at the 2013 Nominee Reception at Park West on Monday, September 9th.
Chicago is experiencing a monumental shift in innovation activity. Chicago area organizations are investing more in innovation and taking more risks to launch new ventures. We are seeing more new products, services, and businesses than ever before.
Hosted by the Chicago Innovation Awards and presented by Comcast Business, the Nominee Reception is a chance to meet all of this year's nominees, and it will be an exciting preview to the Chicago Innovation Awards ceremony on October 30th at the Harris Theater, which will celebrate this year's most innovative new products and services.
In addition to the nominees, you'll be joined by others in Chicago's innovation community --- investors, corporations, start-ups, academics, government and non-profit leaders.
We're also thrilled to have some of Chicago's most unique performance groups joining us at the reception, including Redmoon Theater and the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team.
Redmoon Theater creates a unique brand of spectacle --- equal parts pageantry, gadgetry, puppetry, robust physical performance and visual art. They transform the experience of our urban landscape through events that disrupt everyday life and provide opportunities for public engagement, community building and recognition of the possibility of change. Redmoon has transformed over 300 spaces across the City of Chicago over their 23 year history, reaching over 420,000 people.
The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic team, currently competing in New York City as a semi-finalist on NBC's America's Got Talent, is also making a special appearance at this year's Nominee Reception. They wowed the show's judges with their Amazing Human Jump Rope routine on last week's show, and will bring their high-energy act to the Nominee Reception on September 9th.
And we're eager to welcome Ron Gleason, Director of News & Programming at WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM, and a voice of the Chicago Bears, as our guest emcee.
Drinks and appetizers are complimentary thanks to Wirtz Beverage and Blue Plate.
Nominee Reception when and where:
Monday, September 9th
322 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
The Nominee Reception has sold out every year, and given this year's increase in nominees, we expect the same. Please RSVP as soon as possible if you plan to attend.