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    January 04, 2011

    Innovation Awards nominations are open

    Announcing the inaugural Cincinnati USA Innovation Awards, celebrating companies and people that demonstrate how new ideas can be developed into fuel for the Tri-State’s economic engine. The program is being produced by the Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and CincyTech.

    Winners will be announced at an event to be held on April 14, 2011, and will be featured in a supplement to the Cincinnati Business Courier April 15, 2011 weekly print edition.

    The deadline to submit a nomination is January 18, 2011. There is no fee to submit a nomination.

    Applicants must choose one of the following categories they feel their project best exemplifies. Please use the nomination form below each category description to submit your nomination.

    Outstanding Emerging Innovation:

    The winning Nominee is a person or company working on the basic research phase of an innovation – for three years or less, pre-commercialization – that has received grant money or outside money and that demonstrates the potential for continued growth and success.

    In responding to each of the enumerated criteria below, you are urged to provide quantifiable supporting information identifying significant or practical results or milestones that were achieved during the Qualification Period in terms of, for example, business or academic recognition and awards, and whenever possible, provide numbers, objective facts, and data as evidence of your success. Direct your responses to a general audience by avoiding the use of technical language and jargon.

    Each response to the enumerated criteria below may contain up to 500 words.

    Nominate for Outstanding Emerging Innovation

    Outstanding Biotech Innovation:

    The winning Nominee is a company that has achieved a significant milestone in the life sciences, including but not limited to drug therapeutics, medical devices, medical imaging and pharmacogenomics. A winner will be chosen in each of two size categories. Small Business: a company with fewer than 50 employees; and Large Business: a company with more than 50 employees.

    In responding to each of the enumerated criteria below, you are urged to provide quantifiable supporting information, identifying significant or practical results or milestones that were achieved during the Qualification Period in terms of, for example, sales, profits, users or purchasers, business or academic recognition and awards, and whenever possible, provide numbers, objective facts, and data as evidence of your success. Direct your responses to a general audience by avoiding the use of technical language and jargon.

    Each response to the enumerated criteria below may contain up to 500 words.

    Nominate for Outstanding Biotech Innovation

    Outstanding Information Technology Innovation:

    The winning Nominee is a company that has achieved a significant milestone in information technology, including hardware and software, packaged applications, custom applications and digital media. A winner will be chosen in each of two size categories. Small Business: a company with fewer than 50 employees; and Large Business: a company with more than 50 employees.

    In responding to each of the enumerated criteria below, you are urged to provide quantifiable supporting information, identifying significant or practical results or milestones that were achieved during the Qualification Period in terms of, for example, sales, profits, users or purchasers, business or academic recognition and awards, and whenever possible, provide numbers, objective facts, and data as evidence of your success. Direct your responses to a general audience by avoiding the use of technical language and jargon.

    Each response to the enumerated criteria below may contain up to 500 words.

    Nominate for Outstanding Information Technology Innovation

    Outstanding Marketing Innovation:

    The winning Nominee is a company that has achieved a significant milestone in consumer marketing. A winner will be chosen in each of two size categories. Small Business: a company with fewer than 50 employees; and Large Business: a company with more than 50 employees.

    In responding to each of the enumerated criteria below, you are urged to provide quantifiable supporting information, identifying significant or practical results or milestones that were achieved during the Qualification Period in terms of, for example, sales, profits, users or purchasers, business or academic recognition and awards, and whenever possible, provide numbers, objective facts, and data as evidence of your success. Direct your responses to a general audience by avoiding the use of technical language and jargon.

    Each response to the enumerated criteria below may contain up to 500 words.

    Nominate for Outstanding Marketing Innovation

    Outstanding Advanced Engineering Innovation:

    The winning Nominee is a company that has achieved a significant milestone in advanced engineering – where technology is used to design a product. A winner will be chosen in each of two size categories. Small Business: a company with fewer than 50 employees; and Large Business: a company with more than 50 employees.

    In responding to each of the enumerated criteria below, you are urged to provide quantifiable supporting information, identifying significant or practical results or milestones that were achieved during the Qualification Period in terms of, for example, sales, profits, users or purchasers, business or academic recognition and awards, and whenever possible, provide numbers, objective facts, and data as evidence of your success. Direct your responses to a general audience by avoiding the use of technical language and jargon.

    Each response to the enumerated criteria below may contain up to 500 words.

    Nominate for Outstanding Advanced Engineering Innovation

    Outstanding Nonprofit Innovation:

    The winning Nominee is a nonprofit organization that has applied or implemented a technology or process change, including a social enterprise effort, that was created in this region and has measurably improved the outcomes of the organization’s services, such as, by measurably increasing the number of constituents served, by measurably increasing the extent to which one or more constituents has been served, by measurably increasing generation of funds through fundraising efforts, or by achieving some other significant described impact.

    Definition of a Nonprofit Organization – An organization, regardless of size, that (i) qualifies for exemption from federal income taxes by virtue of meeting the requirements set forth in the Internal Revenue Code (actual federal tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) or any other IRS provision is NOT required); and (ii) has an operating budget for its Greater Cincinnati activities of less than $50 MM, and if a division or operating unit of a state, regional, or national nonprofit, derives not less than 51 percent of its operating budget from its Greater Cincinnati activities.

    In responding to each of the enumerated criteria below, you are urged to provide quantifiable supporting information, identifying significant or practical results or milestones that were achieved during the Qualification Period in terms of, for example, sales, profits, users or purchasers, business or academic recognition and awards, and whenever possible, provide numbers, objective facts, and data as evidence of your success. Direct your responses to a general audience by avoiding the use of technical language and jargon.

    Each response to the enumerated criteria below may contain up to 500 words.

    Nominate for Outstanding Nonprofit Innovation

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