Manufacturers in the Spotlight: An Innovative Opportunity

We know that manufacturers around Wisconsin are solving problems and innovating every day. Now we have the opportunity to highlight that work to an even bigger audience at the Wisconsin Innovation Awards.

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) connects and showcases innovators throughout the state of Wisconsin, across industries and organizations of all shapes and sizes. By producing and providing educational media content, organizing a statewide network of experts willing to mentor and support each other, and hosting events that highlight groundbreaking work, WIA is building a lasting legacy of instruction inspired by Wisconsin’s thinkers, makers, creators, and designers.

The program is in its fourth year, and has achieved impressive reach for that short time. In its first three years, these events have attracted more than 1,375 attendees from the public and private sectors:

  • 30 Winners have received Wisconsin Innovation Awards, including 2 companies who won the “People’s Choice” Award in 2015 and 2016.
  • 511 companies or organizations have been nominated for the award.
  • 13 events have been held in 3 years across the state.
  • 3,100 people total have voted for the People’s Choice Award in 2015 and 2016.

Nominations are accepted from March 15 – June 1, 2017 at Winners are announced at a ceremony at the Wisconsin Memorial Union in Madison on October 4, 2017. Included in the evening is a pre-reception with an opportunity to network with finalists, past winners, and innovative founders from around Wisconsin. Following the ceremony, the Winners Circle reception is an invite-only opportunity for sponsors, past and present winners, and speakers to network.

For more information, to nominate or sponsor the Wisconsin Innovation Awards, please visit or email [email protected]