2017 Big Idea Awards

The Winners

OF THE 2017 BIG IDEA AWARDS ARE...

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The 4th Annual Big Idea Awards are back and we’re looking for the city’s top thinkers to showcase their ideas at this ingenious event.

Keynote Speaker:

Mark Lawrence

Co-Founder & CEO of SpotHero

Get Noticed

Get your new product, invention or up-and-coming business in front of a large audience of influencers and tastemakers at our event, plus gain exposure in print and online via The Chicago Tribune.

Get Networked

Present your brainchild to fellow idea-makers and entrepreneurs. You never know who you might meet!

Get Prizes

Continue to grow your idea and get recognized by your audience by marketing your idea through the Chicago Tribune Media Group portfolio.

YOU WIN. YOU CHOOSE.

2018 Big Idea Awards prizes are here to help you grow your business, get your idea noticed, and get networked with like-minded individuals. Win them all or choose which ones fit your unique business needs!*

Chicago Tribune Media Group
Valued
Up To
$15,000

Gain exposure through trusted print and digital advertising options to target your ideal audience.

VC
Valued
Up To
$10,000

Launch your idea with a Premium Advanced package, including pitch decks, workshop access, and networking opportunities.

wework
Valued
Up To
$6,150

Get the workspace you need to grow your idea, complete with high speed internet and unlimited coffee.

Chicagoland Chambers of Commerce
Valued
Up To
$1,300

Connect with other businesses through an executive membership, marketing seminars and other events.

*See contest rules for more information on claiming prizes and prize details

Food & Drink

Winner

Dipsy Desserts

Art & Design

Winner

Dress Downs

Giving Back

Winner

Elle Grace Consulting

Tech & Apps

Winner

ChangeEd

Our 2017 Big Idea Awards Finalists

One finalist per category will be crowned a Big Idea winner.

Food + Drink

  • Dipsy Desserts
  • MaMeal
  • Lickety Spin
  • BarPass

Giving Back

  • GoCivic
  • Fictional Bird
  • CommunlNcubator
  • Elle Grace Consulting, LLC

Tech + Apps

  • Happenstance
  • ChangEd
  • DressCodeable
  • Noirefy

Art + Design

  • Raise UP
  • Lake Shore Dive
  • Tradewala
  • Dress Downs
Meet Our Finalists

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2015 Community Involvement Finalists

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2014 Winner Profile:

Erin Diehl

2015 Food Finalists

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2014 Winners Video

 

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2017 Sponsors

Jack Daniels - Gentleman Jack1001 South StateweworkVCfund conferenceChicagoland Chamber of CommerceMedia Sponsor 1871