Innovation Celebration

Innovation Celebration

Good ideas pay off at annual awards ceremony

URBANA — Ten individuals and companies were given awards Thursday for coming up with good ideas and carrying them out, at Champaign County's annual Innovation Celebration.

— Cobalt Digital, a company whose products are used in TV broadcasting, won the Longevity Through Innovation Award.

Innovation Celebration 2013

Some of the finalist from the 2013 Innovation Celebration awards at the University of Illinois NCSA building in Urbana on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Innovation awards honor those 'foolish enough to try'

URBANA — What's the common bond of most innovators and entrepreneurs?

According to Nuvixa founder Sanjay Patel, they're "foolish enough to try things they shouldn't be trying" and have "the stubbornness of mind" to persist in those efforts.

On Thursday, Patel and 10 other entrepreneurial leaders won awards for their work at the seventh annual Innovation Celebration.

29 nominees for economic awards named

URBANA — Twenty-nine people and organizations have been nominated for nine awards to be given at the annual Innovation Celebration on Thursday evening.

A 10th award, Parkland College's new Innovation in Engagement Award, will also be presented that night.