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The 2020 Annual Momentum Awards, hosted by 1871 and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, is Chicago’s most anticipated digital technology event of the year. More details are right around the corner.
Celebrating Chicago’s extraordinary entrepreneurial community, this unforgettable event features memorable experiences with cocktails, gourmet food, networking opportunities with the city’s best and brightest, and will culminate in the presentation of five awards to deserving leaders and companies that have made a significant impact on Chicago’s tech ecosystem.
Sponsorships Open Soon
Sponsorships for the 2020 Annual Momentum Awards will open soon. Review the 2019 Sponsorship Packet here.
2020 Nominations Open Soon
Nominations for the 2020 Momentum Award and Rising Star Momentum award will open soon.
Awards and Previous Winners
The Corporate Champion Award
Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact through community focused efforts throughout the Chicagoland area. Past recipients include A.T. Kearney (2015), Comcast (2016), McDonald’s (2017), and Discover (2018).
BMO Harris Bank was awarded the 2019 Corporate Champion.
The Entrepreneurial Champion Award
Given to an individual entrepreneur to recognize his or her personal dedication to the Chicago tech community through mentorship, civic leadership and economic contributions. Past recipients include James O’Connor, Jr., Jai Shekhawat, Jeff Aronin, J.B. Pritzker, Richard Melman, Tom Ricketts, Gordon and Carol Segal, Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, and Linda L. Darragh and Ellen A. Rudnick.
Michael Gamson is the 2019 Entrepreneurial Champion Award recipient.
The Chicagoness Award
Bestowed upon individuals or companies that exemplify the values of the Chicago entrepreneurial community, which include hard work, inclusion and commitment to collective opportunity.
Don Thompson received the 2019 Chicagoness Award.
The Momentum Awards
The Momentum Awards recognize companies that are on track to become the next great companies to emerge in Chicago. Annually, the Momentum Awards are separated into two categories:
The Momentum Award
This honor is given to a seasoned company that has demonstrated significant growth, received external funding, and has made a substantial impact on Chicago’s tech and startup community. Past recipients of the Momentum Award include Avant, kCura, Braintree, GrubHub, Eved, SAVVO, @properties, tastytrade, and Reverb.
Cameo received the 2019 Momentum Award
The Rising Star Momentum Award
This award recognizes a company that is early in its progression, but has a proven track record and the potential to grow into a leader in its industry. The Rising Star Award has been previously awarded to Civis Analytics, Tock, and FourKites.
Avail received the 2019 Momentum Rising Star Award