The key to our region’s economic growth is finding, cultivating and bringing to market the innovations conceived and created right here at home. In partnership with the Dayton Development Coalition, Dayton Business Journal is again holding the Innovation Index Awards to select the best companies and the individuals and teams who discovered innovative approaches and solutions to fuel our region’s economic engine. Are you one of them? Nominate your company today.
The Dayton region has a rich history of innovators and these awards will help give recognition to the modern innovators. Companies in the region are encouraged to nominate themselves, but anyone can nominate a company that would be deserving of recognition.
The awards will include the following categories (Two new categories added this year):
• Service to society — Societal innovations help increase the population, decrease poverty, solve unemployment issues, and keep residents in the Region which increases consumer spending and ultimately the region’s tax base. The winner of this award exemplifies a commitment to increasing the prosperity and quality of life of the Dayton Region. Organizations applying for this award must be able to demonstrate how their innovative program has helped our community overcome hardships.
• Workforce development — The winner of this award exemplifies a commitment to the future of the workforce in the Dayton Region. Availability of a skilled, qualified workforce is increasingly becoming the most important factor in a company’s decision on where to locate. Organizations applying for this award must be able to demonstrate how their talent development program has helped employees or clients develop talent and succeed at the next level.
• Commercialization — Research without development is invention. Bringing research to market application is the essence of innovation. The winner of this award encompasses what it means to be innovative. Organizations applying for this award must be able to demonstrate how they took an invention and moved it to a commercial market.
• Global fluency — Innovations in the last few decades have made the world smaller. The winner of this award understands how to take advantage of the global accessibility that is available to them. Organizations applying for this award must be able to demonstrate a commitment to global outreach or operations.
• Student Innovator (New) — Open to students enrolled in 2-year or 4-year college/university, or JR/SR in local High School who have been innovative in developing a product or change to the way something is done.
• Warfighter Innovation (New) — Companies that have innovative approaches or products that help benefit the warfighter. This can include defense contractors or other companies that have found a new way to make a product or provide a service that offers a benefit to America's military.
To be eligible, organization must have office or facility in the following counties: Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Fayette, Greene, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Warren. Invididuals must work at a facility in those counties.