The Coolest Companies Competition is back! We’re excited to announce our friendly challenge to find the Chicago startups and companies with the best culture. Does your company hold awesome outings or events, or have an amazing roof deck or in-office bar? Maybe they have killer perks and policies, or the best team? All of the above? Wow. But, really, if you love working for your company, then that’s cool. We want you to tell us why so that we can tell everyone that, yes, you’re indeed the coolest.

To mix things up, this year we will be announcing 5 of our winners “Superlative Style.” The Inno team will determine what superlatives best fit the winners. The final 5 winners will be chosen by readers’ choice voting and all will be crowned. Categories will include…

Best Perks – Most original and/or impressive perks. (Why are your perks the best?)

Best Office – Best, most unique/creative space. (Why’s your office so cool?)

Most Re-Tweetable – Best social media presence. (Why does your biz crush Facebook/Twitter?)

Most Giving – Best and most charitable initiatives. (How are you giving back?)

Wellness-est – Best and most wellness initiatives and programs. (How’s biz helping you stay healthy?)

Be sure to nominate your team by July 13th! We have also added an optional video element to the nomination process with our partner, EditMate so make sure to follow the instructions on the form for a chance for your video to be featured on our social sites. Be sure to check out the dates below, mark your calendars and stay tuned for Chicago Fest 2017 event info!

Nominate Your Biz for ‘Coolest Companies’ Here 

Coolest Companies Timeline:

July 13: Nomination Deadline

July 17: Finalists Announced & Readers’ Choice Voting Opens

August 9: Readers’ Choice Voting Closes

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