Greater Washington Innovation Awards™
Presented by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Washington Innovation Awards™ is the premier event celebrating the thought leadership, innovation and creativity of the individuals and organizations in select industries in the Greater Washington metro area.
Because of the magnitude of business volume that occurs on a daily basis in our region, innovation is inherent to our culture.
But what defines innovation? Innovation can take the form of: new-to-market offerings; breakthrough solutions addressing complex business or societal problems; or a revolutionary approach to a problem that drastically improves the efficiency and effectiveness of one business or our business community as a whole.
This event celebrates the people and organizations who introduce new methods, ideas and products to improve our lives and challenge the status quo. Their innovations create new consumers and markets, and ultimately transform the way we do business. Learn what makes a Greater Washington area innovator.
The submission period is open from January through mid-February. Click here to read more about the submission process. Click here to view a copy of the 2016 Innovation Submission form. Please note the application questions and/or process are subject to change from year to year.
The Innovation Showcase takes place in early March. Finalists and winners are announced at the Awards event in late April.
Cybersecurity Innovator of the Year
Presented to a Greater Washington area company that has produced a groundbreaking product or service that has advanced the practice of information security. Cybersecurity categories may include threat detection and response, authentication and systems integrity.
Tech Innovator of the Year
Presented to a Greater Washington area technology company that has launched a dynamic internal or external product or process that has directly influenced how we do business in the metropolitan region.
- Emerging Tech – business in operation for less than 5 years
- Mature Tech – business in operation for greater than 5 years
Community Impact Innovator of the Year
Presented to a Greater Washington area nonprofit organization, government agency, or business that implemented an innovative initiative that has served the community at large and made a positive impact on the Greater Washington Region.
Financial & Professional Services Innovator of the Year
Presented to a Greater Washington area professional services organization (including but not limited to banks, developers, accounting firms and marketing agencies) that has created a product or service, or implemented an initiative, that has positively impacted business performance and increased customer satisfaction.
Health & Life Sciences Innovator of the Year
Presented to a Greater Washington area healthcare organization (including but not limited to digital health, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies or other life sciences organizations) that has created an innovative internal or external product, service, or program that has improved the quality and delivery of care to consumers.
Lifetime Innovator Award
Presented to a Greater Washington area individual for lifelong innovation and outstanding contributions to the region and above-and-beyond leadership in the business community. This individual has been a longtime advocate for challenging the status quo and has a longstanding reputation for encouraging disruptive innovation in his or her company and beyond. Honoree will be selected in advance by an independent panel of judges and is not open to applications.
Emerging Innovator of the Year
Presented to a Greater Washington area individual who has emerged as a new innovator and leader within the region. This individual represents and embodies disruptive innovation and has shown a passion for challenging the status quo. Honoree will be selected in advance by an independent panel of judges and is not open to applications.