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

Year 2022 Rewind

Looking back on 1871's 2022 Momentum Awards.

Who should win this year?

Nominations are open.

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

2023 Award Categories

Learn more about 1871’s 8 awards that make up the Momentum Awards, see past winners, and note which categories are open for nominations

Rising Star

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

2023 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: 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: Loop Capital

*Closed for  nominations*




5.31.23 – 6.14.23

Public nominations are accepted for six of our eight awards, and we’d love to hear from you about who is a game-changer in the tech community. 

Learn about the awards

Attend a dedicated info session

6.6.23 or 6.7.23

Learn about the process, qualification, and more!


Public voting

7.31.23 – 8.11.23

After a closed judging round, the finalists are announced and public voting opens. 

Anyone can vote!


Finalists announced


Award show

9.21.23 | Morgan Manufacturing | Hybrid

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

View 2022 winners + event recap!

Tickets go on sale


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Helpful resources

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

Momentum Awards replay