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 been awarded the 2019 Corporate Champion.
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.
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 Award recognizes 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 first award is The Momentum Award, which honors 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.
The second award is The Rising Star Momentum Award, which 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.
Cameo received the 2019 Momentum Award.
Avail received the 2019 Momentum Rising Star Award.