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2018 Innovations in Technology Awards

Awards to Orlando, Florida Businesses, Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Individuals for the Innovative Use of Technology in Business

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Orlando Business Journal (OBJ)

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Awards to Orlando, Florida businesses, nonprofits, government organizations, and individuals in eligible counties to recognize innovation in utilizing technology to promote their businesses. Eligible nominees must work or have a physical presence in one of the following counties: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard or Volusia. The award program recognizes both individuals and companies.

Orlando Business Journal will honor not only individuals, but also companies that embrace technology to help them positively affect both the top and bottom lines.

OBJ will recognize individuals whose roles have evolved from minders of communication systems and computers to indispensable strategic advisers and operations experts. These individuals are trailblazers of desktop and mobile frontiers where they market the company, sell its goods and manage customer relations. They must have their head in the cloud, be social, and constantly innovate to capture competitive advantage. And they must defend against cyber security issues to protect both the company and its customers.

Here are the categories you can nominate for:

Company Awards:

- Small, medium or large companies
- Small, medium or large government, nonprofit or research organizations
- Education company or organization
- Health care/biotech company or organization
- Tourism company or organization

Individual Awards:

- CIO/CTO at small, medium or large company or organization
- Innovator at small, medium or large company or organization

Honoree companies must demonstrate that their technology and its application is ground-breaking and stands out from existing solutions. The innovation is measurably impactful, the company's technology addresses a problem that is well defined, and the company uses innovative technology to achieve its goals and mission.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184094

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- All individual honorees will perform the top technology executive role at their company, regardless of their title (ie: CIO, CTO, VP of Information Technology, etc.) or be another top innovator and will have been at their company for at least a year.
- All honorees will have used technology in innovative ways to create a competitive advantage, optimize business processes, enable company growth, impact the company’s the bottom line, etc.
- All honorees will have demonstrated leadership and initiative to make a difference at the company, in the industry or in the community.
- And all honorees have fostered innovation and helped transform the company through technology.
- The individual honorees must work in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard or Volusia county, and the company honorees must have a physical location within at least one of those counties.

All finalist candidates' companies will have been in business at least one full year, have three or more employees and annual revenue of at least $500,000.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations deadline: August 31, 2018

Please note: If selected as a finalist, individual candidates and/or the CEO from the company categories must attend the award ceremony and agree to be interviewed and photographed for the publication.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

See the URL for Full Text link below for the nomination form.

For more information, contact Managing Editor Susan Lundine,, (407) 241-2892, or Associate Managing Editor Anjali Fluker,, (407) 241-2910.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, and Volusia Counties