Join 1871’s 16th annual tech award show honoring the best innovators across Chicagoland!

How to nominate!

1871's Events Coordinator Sophie shares the easy steps to nominate who should win an award!

Who should win this year?

Nominations are open.





Public voting


Thanks for over 3k votes!


Finalists announced


The results are in, we have the top 30!


Award show

9.21.23 | Morgan Manufacturing | Hybrid

Who will win? This event honors the top tech innovators and leaders that are disrupting their industries, building up their communities, & shaping the future.

Event Details

Thursday, September 21, 2023


Morgan MFG or Virtual


6:00 – 7:00 PM CST – Virtual & in-person networking, featuring live entertainment from The Jellyvision Band!

7:00 PM CST – Award program & celebration

8:15 PM CST – After party celebration with special entertainment guests

10:00 PM CST – Silent Auction & Raffle close and event concludes. We’ll see you next year!

2023 Award Categories

Learn more about 1871’s 8 awards that make up the Momentum Awards.

Rising Star

Presented to an early stage company that is positioned to grow into a leader in its market. 

2022 winner:  Valqari


Presented to a growth company with the strongest potential to emerge as a leader in its market.

2022 winner: Ocient


Presented to a late-stage company that is becoming a category leader.

2022 winners: ActiveCampaign

Tech CEO

Presented to a CEO who has successfully scaled & nurtured their company through outstanding leadership.

2022 winner: Kelly Manthey, Global Chief Executive Officer of Kin + Carta 


Presented to a company that has developed an innovative product that has the potential to  significantly disrupt their industry.

2022 winner: Rheaply

Social Impact

Presented to a company that has fostered a commitment to DEI, community contributions, & social impact.

2022 winner: Zing Health

Corporate Champion

Presented to a company that champions the growth of the Illinois tech industry through community-focused action. 

2022 winner: Navistar

*Closed for  nominations*


Presented to an individual who exemplifies the values of the Chicago entrepreneurial community & empowers future innovators.

2022 winner: James (Jim) Reynolds Jr., Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loop Capital

*Closed for  nominations*

Reserve your ticket!

1871 Membersyou’ve got a discount code waiting for you. Check your inbox or reach out to us!


Single: $1,000


Single: $50

5-pack: $225

10-pack: $450

Event Experience

We’re gearing up for an incredible night of fun, new connections, & celebration! In addition to cheering on today’s brightest tech founders & leaders at our award show, here is what you can expect when you purchase your ticket:


Pre-show entertainment

Local tech band, The Jellyvision Band, will be performing during opening cocktail hour! Featuring nine multi talented employees of Jellyvision and performing hits of yesterday and today, this band rocks!

Support towards 1871's mission

Our array of robust silent auction packages, unforgettable experiences, and exclusive raffle items are now live on our events platform!The proceeds help contribute towards supporting our mission.

Whether you’re joining us in person at Momentum or from the comfort of your own home, browse and enter to win incredible packages & experiences like: Farmer’s Fridge FOR LIFE, Blackhawks game tickets, Spend A Day in the life with 1871’s ZEO, and so much more!

How to participate


Purchase “entry tickets” to enter yourself into the raffle for each item you want to win. Enter as many times as you’d like! 

Silent Auction

Make a bid on each item that catches your eye. The highest bid will win!


Connect with fellow entrepreneurs & business leaders across our tech community either in-person over refreshments or through our networking feature on Hopin!

After party entertainment

The party won’t end after the last award is delivered! Stay tuned afterwards for an exciting afterparty experience featuring, local tech band, Live Stream.


Want more branding opportunities to go along with your access to Momentum 2023? Contact momentum@1871.com to learn more about our wide variety of event sponsorship opportunities. 

Year 2022 Rewind

Looking back on 1871's 2022 Momentum Awards.

6 awards are now up for public nominations. Choose your top in each category today!

Thank you to our sponsors

Helpful resources

We’ve pulled together some content to help you on your nomination journey!

Momentum Awards replay