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An Extraordinary Thank You!

Thank you to our generous attendees and sponsors who helped us make this year’s Momentum Awards an evening to remember, and congratulations again to all of our nominees and awardees.

The 12th annual Momentum Awards on September 19th was an extraordinary celebration of Chicago’s tech and startup community. This year, more than 760 guests gathered at the Radisson Blu Chicago to honor our city’s best and brightest. Their contributions, alongside your continued support, enable us to continue our mission to inspire, equip, and support founders to build great businesses.

This year, a number of extraordinary founders and companies were recognized for their impact and accomplishments. This year’s awards and awardees include:

  • The Momentum Award was presented to Cameo for demonstrating significant growth and making a substantial impact on the city of Chicago as a leading tech organization. 

  • The Momentum Rising Star Award was presented to Avail for their potential to grow into a leader in their industry. 

  • The Corporate Champion Award was presented to BMO Harris Bank for their community-focused efforts and impact on Chicago’s tech and startup ecosystem.

  • The Entrepreneurial Champion Award was presented to Mike Gamson, CEO of Relativity, for his leadership, dedication, and contributions to Chicago’s founder and startup community. 

  • The Chicagoness Award was presented to Don Thompson, Founder and CEO of Cleveland Avenue, for his educational initiatives, inclusion efforts, and commitment to Chicago’s entrepreneurial community.

Thanks again to all those who attended and a very special thank you to our board, sponsors, and supporters who made this event such an extraordinary success. 

We hope to see you again at the 13th Annual Momentum Awards in September 2020.


Photography Credits: Purple Photo Group (@PurplePhotoCo) and Victoria Messina

Topics: Momentum

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