Third Annual Innovation Awards Opens for Nominations!
Do you have, or know someone who has, an innovation that has been recently developed in our region and is already at or very near commercialization? If so, you need to submit a nomination to the 2018 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards while they’re open for online nominations through July 20. The awards bring recognition to the important creative and risk-taking work that innovations contribute to our economy.
This is the awards’ third year, and innovations will be recognized in eight different categories. Presented by Stoel Rives and its partners, nominations are evaluated by a Selection Committee comprised of a broad group of regional leaders chosen for their expertise in the various categories.
I’ve been pleased to be deeply involved with the Innovation Awards since Stoel Rives partner Chris Russell was first considering the idea in early 2016, and I’m now part of the Steering Committee, which provides input and helps to manage the awards effort each year. In addition, Valley Vision’s Trish Kelly and I have both been part of the Selection Committee each year – Trish in Food & Agribusiness and me in the medical technology awards category.
The Selection Committee roles have provided a great way to see the breadth and depth of innovation in the Capital Region today: 75-80 nominations were received in each of 2016 and 2017, spread across six categories in each year. Nominations have ranged from solutions emerging from cutting-edge research labs at UC Davis (Evolve BioSystems, Vivita Technologies, and Tule Technologies), to innovations from locally-generated entrepreneurs (Riskalyze, Wyndow, and Titans of CNC), to the self-described “not high-tech” but highly patient-centric Kili Drain Carrier, and many more.
The awards also recognize an Innovation of the Year, a special recognition for efforts that reach well beyond the award categories themselves. In 2016, the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards recognized the just-open Golden One Center, and in 2017, new Chancellor Gary May accepted the recognition on behalf of the many ways in which UC Davis drives innovation throughout our region.
Meg Arnold is Managing Director of Valley Vision, leading the Clean Economy and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategies.