Nominations are open for the 2023 InnoVision Awards.
Nominations are due by June 2 to allow ample time for judging. Finalists will be contacted in early July and invited to the in-person awards ceremony on Nov. 9 in Columbia.
To submit a nomination click here.
This is the 25th year for the awards, which honor South Carolina individuals and organizations for impactful innovations under development in South Carolina.
Below are the award categories.
The Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award
The highest honor awarded by the InnoVision Advisory Board and Judges panel, the Dr. Charles Townes Individual Achievement Award. The award is named in memory of Dr. Charles Townes, a Greenville, South Carolina native and Furman University graduate. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964 and the Templeton Prize in 2005. Dr. Townes is the only person other than the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa to win both a Nobel Prize and a Templeton Prize.
The Dr. Charles Townes Individual Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has exhibited a sustained commitment to the advancement of technology and the community through their technology-oriented and innovative contributions. Such contributions may be business, civic and/or educational in nature and must benefit the State of South Carolina. Watch the 2022 winner here.
The Ibrahim Janajreh Young Award
The award is named in honor of the memory and ideals of Dr. Ibrahim Janajreh. A brilliant scientist and unique individual, Dr. Janajreh was an important part of Michelin for more than 15 years, served on the InnoVision Advisory Board of Directors for three years, and received an InnoVision Award in 2000.
The Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award was established in 2005 to recognize successful South Carolina programs that engage, encourage, and acknowledge young people in the areas of science, technology, math, and innovation. Watch the 2022 winner here.
Technology Development Award
The InnoVision Technology Development Award recognizes a company or organization for the development of a new or improved technology. The focus of this award is on the novelty of the technology and the challenge associated with developing it. The technology may be part of a new or existing product, process, or service that is intended for sale to customers or for use inside the organization. Watch the 2022 winner and finalists here.
Technology Application Award
The InnoVision Technology Application Award recognizes a company or organization for the innovative application of an existing technology. The focus of this award is on how an existing technology is applied to create new value. The technology may be applied to a product, process or service that is intended for sale to customers or for use inside of the organization. Watch the 2022 winner and finalists here.
Small Business Award
The InnoVision Small Business Award honors organizations for their creative technology development or innovative technology application. This innovation can be applied to a product, process, or service that will be sold to consumers or can be used inside of the small business. Eligible awardees must employ fewer than 10 full-time employees and generate less than $5 million in revenue. Watch the 2022 winner and finalists here.
The InnoVision Education Award recognizes innovative approaches to education that create new educational opportunities and experiences for students, new methods of delivery, or improved quality and efficiency. Watch the 2022 winner and finalists here.
The InnoVision Sustainability Award recognizes an organization for an innovative approach to environmental stewardship. The focus of this award is on innovative technology, processes, and/or business models that promote protection of the earth’s natural resources including renewable energy, renewable materials, reduced energy consumption, or reduced waste. Watch the 2022 winner and finalists here.
Community Service Award
The InnoVision Community Service Award recognizes an organization for an innovation that improves the quality of life in South Carolina communities. The innovation may involve products, services, or processes that serve South Carolinians. Watch the 2022 winner and finalists here.