The Chicago Innovation Awards were announced tonight, with honors going to 10 local companies for breakthroughs from toys and software to prescription drugs and a lining for sewer pipes. Ten startups also were named up-and-comers for promising new products or services.
The awards were presented tonight at the Harris Theater. Started 13 years ago, the awards recognize innovation by companies from a variety of industries across the Chicago area. Winners were selected from more than 550 nominations by an independent team of judges assisted by screeners from the staff of Kuczmarski Innovation.
Gesture, which makes mobile software for bidding at fundraising auctions.
Dough, for its new visual trading platform for DIY options trading.
Horizon Pharma’s, Duexis a pill that treats arthritis and reduces side effects.
LMK Technologies, for a liner that fixes leaking underground sewer pipes.
Mattersight, which makes predictive-behavior software that matches callers with call-center agents suited for them.
Rise Interactive’s online-marketing analytics tools, Interactive Investment Management.
Radio Flyer’s Ziggle, a new ride-on toy for kids.
Keeper Securities, for its secure digital vault for managing passwords.
Swingbyte, which makes a digital swing analyzer that transmits visual golf swing data to user’s phones.
Strata Decision Technology, which makes software for accounting, planning and forecasting that lowers costs for hospitals.
Startup winners of up-and-comer awards are:
Packback, which offers on-demand, one-day digital textbook rentals.
TempoIQ, a real-time analytics platform for Internet-connected sensors.
Options Away, which allows fliers to by options to lock in airfares.
LuminAID, an inflatable, solar-powered lantern ideal for disaster relief efforts.
640 Labs, a big data platform to enable farmers to gather and use info from their field equipment.
Shiftgig, a social media platform for employees and employers in the service industry.
Rippleshot, which detects bank card data breaches.
Pangea, a global money-transfer platform.
Kentech’s eKnowID, a personal background checking technology for job seekers.
ThinkCerca, which makes classroom software to teach reading and critical thinking.
Caremerge, whose technology is used to help coordinate nursing home care, received the Social Innovator award.
The People’s Choice award went to Chicago software maker AlligatorTek for its produce donor portal, which helps Feeding America.
In addition, special awards were presented.
Collaboration awards went to Beltone for its partnership with Apple Inc. on Beltone First, the first hearing instrument to receive wireless audio streaming directly from an iPhone or iPad, and to Molex Inc. for its work with Dow Chemical Co. on a solar-roofing shingle.
Sam Yagan, CEO of Match Group and co-founder of Techstars Chicago, won the Visionary award; Joffrey Ballet won the Spirit of Innovation award; and performance painter David Garibaldi won the Seeing Things Differently award.
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