CHAMPAIGN — Twenty-four individuals and groups have been nominated for awards to be given at the ninth annual Innovation Celebration in Urbana.
The awards — which recognize innovation and entrepreneurship in Champaign County — will be presented during public ceremonies from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 1205 W. Clark St., U.
Those wanting to attend can reserve a spot by visiting the innovationcelebration.com website and clicking the RSVP link to bring up the response form.
Following are the nominees for eight of the awards:
— Economic Development Impact Award: Fox/Atkins Development, developer of the University of Illinois Research Park; restaurant/bar owner Carlos Nieto; and Walter Lohmann, recently retired site director of the Caterpillar Simulation Center in the UI Research Park.
— Entrepreneurial Excellence Management Award: Dan Cermak of Volition; Mike Folk of The HDF Group; and Bill Cope of Common Ground Publishing.
— UI Innovation Transfer Award: Stephen Boppart, head of the Biophotonics Imaging Lab at the UI's Beckman Institute; Stephen Sligar, director of the UI's School of Molecular and Cellular Biology; and Scott White, UI professor of aerospace engineering.
— Innovation Longevity Award: Acoustic MedSystems of Savoy; Prominic.NET of Champaign; and Pavlov Media of Champaign.
— Entrepreneurial Excellence Advocacy Award: Ray Price of iFoundry; Jed Taylor of the UI Technology Entrepreneur Center; and Dennis Beard of Serra Ventures.
— Entrepreneurial Excellence New Venture Award: Phi Optics; VeriFlow Systems; and Electroninks.
— Entrepreneurial Excellence Student Startup Award: KantWait; Servabo; and Miss Possible.
— Entrepreneurial Excellence Social Venture Award: [co][lab]; Pilot; and Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, UI professor of curriculum and instruction, and the team of EnLIST (Entrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching & Learning).
Parkland College will present a ninth award — the Innovation in Engagement Award — that evening.
The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. works with multiple sponsors, including several units of the UI, in putting on Innovation Celebration.