At Tuesday’s Chicago Innovation Awards, two dozen local organizations were recognized for their products and services that are driving innovation in the city.

The Chicago Innovation Awards honored 10 companies in its main category of awards, honored 10 up and coming businesses, and presented a Social Innovator Award, Collaboration Award, People’s Choice Award in the private sector award, and People’s Choice Award public sector award.

Here are the 2015 Chicago Innovation Award winners:

Snapsheet: An app that lets users upload photos to receive immediate repair quotes after a car accident.

Avant: An online consumer lending platform that uses big data to provide instantaneous credit approval.

Caterpillar’s Hydraulic Hybrid Excavator: A machine that powers itself using energy created from its swing.

ExteNet Systems: A provider of wireless networks in problematic areas like elevators and below ground.

Baxalta’s HyQvia: An at-home, single injection, once-a-month treatment for immunodeficiency patients.

Abbott’s MitraClip: A tiny device implanted into the heart’s chamber that prevents irregular blood flow.

ContextMedia’s Exam Room Tablet: An iPad filled with educational content for patients in waiting rooms.

LuminAID: An inflatable, solar-powered lantern ideal for disaster relief efforts and camping.

Kapow: An online marketplace where event planners can plan every event detail with a matter of clicks.

Aon’s Active Health Exchange: The industry’s first private exchange built for large corporations.


And here are the Up- and-Comer Award winners:

Tanvas: A patented touchscreen that lets users feel what they see on touchscreen displays.

AMPY: The world’s first wearable motion charger that uses body movement to power mobile devices.

Opternative: An online eye exam that offers a fast and affordable alternative to seeing an eye doctor.

Infiniteach: A startup that allows parents and educators to create customized lessons for students with autism.

NuCurrent: NuCurrent allows patented antennas offer faster and more efficient wireless charging capabilities.

Outernet: Outernet provides information via space to developing countries that cannot access the Internet.

King-Devick Test: A quick, accurate and objective sideline concussion test using iPads and eye movement.

Reliefwatch: A startup that provides a system for health clinics in developing countries to report inventory levels.

First Stop Health: A telemedicine subscription service that provides unlimited access to licensed physicians.

Xaptum: A messaging technology that allows Internet of Things systems to interact with each other.


Social Innovator Award–The Cara Program: A TCP Staffing service that connects Chicago’s homeless to temporary employment.

Collaboration Award —Coapt: Coapt developed the COMPLETE CONTROL System, which it created in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to offer a unique prosthetic arm device.

People’s Choice Award in the private sector–Growth Equity Group: Growth Equity Group’s is aimed at making investing in real estate as easy as investing in traditional stocks.

People’s Choice Award public sector–The 606: The 606 was recognized for its decades-long public space transformation of an old rail line into an elevated park.

 Image via Chicago Innovation Awards 

Jim Dallke is a Senior Editor at American Inno. As part of the team that launched Chicago Inno in 2014, and Wisconsin Inno in 2018, Jim covers the ins and outs of Chicago and Wisconsin's tech and innovation scenes. He's always looking for a good story. Get in touch: