Sometimes innovation gets confused with just an accomplishment, invention, creativity and even entrepreneurship.

In its simplest terms, innovation is the application of human ingenuity to improve the human condition. It can be found across all walks of life. Innovation is important to both existing organizations as well as start-ups.


An innovation meets three basic criteria:

  • A new and different idea
  • Idea is Implemented
  • Contributes to the Greater Good

Also, remember these important facts:

  • Today, every sector – education and government, business and industry, and the non-profit community – has to be innovative;
  • Technology is often linked with innovation, but it is not a requisite;
  • Remember, anyone can be an innovator!

A simple way to submit a quality nomination is to make sure that you cover the following four points in answering the appropriate questions:

  • Did you get to the point within the first three sentences to inform the Reviewers of the innovation? As part of this question, a hundred-word biography about the individual or team is sufficient to describe the nominee.
  • Did you distinguish the nomination as a new and different idea?
  • Did you include details about the implementation of the innovation, including where it was implemented and where?
  • Did you discuss how this innovation benefits Northwest Indiana, the state, nation or world?

There is only one don’t! Don’t spend time discussing the many accomplishments that makes the nominee a great person.

Using descriptive adjectives about the nominee is meaningful only if the nominee advances to the next level as a candidate. Use the space to clarify the innovation.

Nominations are only accepted online! You can easily nominate an individual and/or project team. Remember, you can make as many nominations as you wish.

Please use the links below to make your nomination online and remember to get your nomination number for each nomination.

Please click on the appropriate nomination:
Nominate an Individual

Nominate a Team

Click here to view Nomination Period & Deadlines