16th Annual

Celebrating innovators from idea to fortune 50 across Chicago + beyond with 8 tech awards!



Check out the 2022 Momentum Awards winners!

1871 honored eight award winners at the 15th Annual Momentum Awards on September 22, 2022, including the first-ever Social Impact Award. 

About the show

6:00 PM - 10:00 CST
2023 location
Morgan MFG

Now in its 16th year, the Momentum Awards honors the top tech innovators and leaders that are disrupting their industries, building up their communities, & shaping the future.

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Award Categories

Rising Star

Presented to an early stage company that is positioned to grow into a leader in its market. Past winners: 86 Repairs, Chowbus


Presented to a growing company with the strongest potential to emerge as a leader in its market. Past winners: Farmer’s FridgeThe Mom Project


Presented to a growth stage company that has become a serious competitor in the marketplace. Past winners: ShipBob, Livongo

Tech CEO

Presented to a CEO who has successfully scaled & nurtured their company through outstanding leadership. Past winners: Stan Chica of Vivid Seats, Matt Elenjickal of FourKites


Presented to a company that has developed an innovative product that has significantly disrupted the industry. Past winners: Mycocycle, Storybolt 


Presented to a company that has fostered a commitment to DEI, community contributions, & social impact. New as of 2022.

Corporate Champion

Presented to a company that champions the growth of the Illinois tech industry through community-focused action. Past winners: Abbott, AON


Presented to an individual who exemplifies the values of the Chicago entrepreneurial community & empowers future innovators. Past winners: Ellen Carnahan, Israel Idonije

2023 Award Nominations

We will be opening our 2023 Awards Nominations submissions to the public in May 2023. 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. Reach out to Sophie to stay up to date, and stay tuned for info sessions and more. 

2022 program supported by:

tasty trade
Comcast Business
The Mart
Jelly Vision

Helpful resources

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

The best of tech in the Greater Chicago 2022

Explore the top ranked tech companies as you prepare to submit your nominations.

The magic of momentum explained

Learn more about the history & impact of the Momentum Awards in our community.

Check out the winners of our 14th Annual Momentum Awards.

Past years