UPshow Recognized as Top 100 Finalist of Chicago Innovation Awards

September 20, 2017

The 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards celebrate the most innovative products and services in the Chicago area. UPshow was chosen as one of the Top 100 Finalists.

The awards nominate from within a variety of organizational sizes, sectors and industries. We are so thrilled to be honored as one of the top companies in the running.

As a Top 100 Finalist, we have the opportunity to be crowned, “People’s Choice Award”. This honor is selected through online balloting by the people! Click here to vote for us as the “People’s Choice Award”.

We are also eligible for the following awards:

  • Up-and-Comer Award
  • Social Innovator Award
  • Collaboration Award
  • Neighborhood Award

Be sure to check back for updates and let the voting begin!

View the press release announcement below:

Immediate Release                                                                                September 20, 2017

UPshow is Named One of the Top 100 Finalists  

for the 16th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Chicago, IL— Out of 530 nominees, UPshow of Chicago has been selected as one of the Top 100 Finalists still in the running for the 16th annual Chicago Innovation Awards.  The awards celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region across all organization sizes, sectors and industries.  1500 business and civic leaders will come together to honor the winners when they are announced on October 30th at Chicago’s Harris Theater.

The innovation nominated by UPshow is TV-powered social marketing platform that boosts customer traffic and revenue by delivering a Jumbotron-like excitement through existing social media behavior.

“This year’s nominees demonstrate the economic impact that innovation is having within organizations and on the Chicago region as a whole,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards.  “This year’s nominees generated $3.39 billion in new revenues through their new products and services alone, and created over 24,000 new jobs.”

As one of the Top 100 Finalists, UPshow will receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend The Practical Innovator, a day-long executive education course on September 27th led by top faculty who teach innovation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Each of the Top 100 Finalists is also in the running for the annual “People’s Choice Award,” selected through online balloting at

Out of the Top 100 Finalists, the judges will select 10 winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards, as well as 10 winners of the Up-and-Comer Awards representing innovation in the start-up community, the Social Innovator Award, the Collaboration Award, and 3 Neighborhood Award winners, which will showcase innovation occurring in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.  The winners will be invited to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, invited to separate meetings with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Bruce Rauner and Cook Count President Toni Preckwinkle, and receive widespread media recognition.


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