TEMPE, Ariz., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arizona Technology Council, High Technology Industry Cluster, Arizona Department of Commerce and the Southern Arizona Tech Council announce the call for entries for this year's Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate technological innovation in Arizona by recognizing the varied contributions of professionals, companies and academia showing excellence in innovation, to promote the state's technology community. The event delivers an insider look at emerging to established companies, carefully chosen by a selection panel to showcase innovation and growth potential. Seven awards are available to those projects, businesses, organizations, educational programs, or individuals who exemplify outstanding achievements in technological innovation. Selection of award recipients will be made by a judging committee drawn from the fields of science, technology, venture capital and higher education. "Arizona has a multitude of organizations and individuals with innovations deserving to be recognized," says Todd Bankofier, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "And by entering this awards competition, organizations can leverage this prestigious opportunity to be spotlighted in front of the most significant group of technology industry professionals in Arizona." This year, presentation of the awards will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2004, at a special dinner to be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. To obtain an entry, as well as additional information, a list of past winners and more about the upcoming awards and event Awards, visit the official Governor's Celebration of Innovation website at www.celebration-of-innovation.com or contact the Arizona Technology Council Office at (602) 343-8324 x104. Entries are due by August 27, 2004. There is a $25 fee per entry. The following awards are open for entries until 5:00 pm on August 27, 2004. * William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year Presented to an individual who contributes to Arizona's technology industry through relentless community involvement, leadership, and excellence in economic development activity. Any individual in industry, government, or academia may be nominated. Award is limited to individuals residing in Arizona 5 years or more. * Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Presented to an individual who contributes to Arizona's technology industry through sustained growth of their business or company. Any individual in a leadership position employed by an Arizona-based business, or division of a corporation operating in Arizona may be nominated for this award. Leadership qualities such as entrepreneurship, community involvement, and management expertise will be considered. Award is limited to individuals residing in Arizona 5 years or more. * Pioneering Innovation Presented to an outstanding company that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing to Arizona's technology industry through sustained business presence, corporate citizenship, community involvement, and business success. A company of any size or technical discipline may be nominated. The award is limited to commercial enterprises doing business in Arizona for 5 years or more. * Innovator of the Year -- Start-Up Company Presented to a company or licensed team that has achieved significant business success through innovation in the past calendar year and meets the following requirements: Must be actively selling or developing a commercially available product or service for less than 24 months; Must be deriving revenue and/or funding; Must demonstrate innovation and potential viability; Company must be based in Arizona; Innovation must be developed in Arizona; Must have a management structure of one or more persons; Profitability is not a requirement * Innovator of the Year -- Small Company Presented to a company or licensed team (no limit on the duration of the project) that has achieved significant business success in the past calendar year and meets the following requirements: Company must be in operation for 24 months or more; Company must be generating less than $50 million in annual revenue; Company must be based in Arizona; Innovation must be developed in Arizona. * Innovator of the Year -- Large Company Presented to a company or licensed team (no limit on the duration of the project) that has achieved significant business success through innovation in the past calendar year and meets the following requirements: Company must be in operation for 24 months or more; Company must be generating $50 million or more in annual revenues; Company must be based in Arizona; Innovation must be developed in Arizona * Innovator of the Year -- Academia Presented to a department or office within an accredited higher education institution that has achieved success through innovation in the past calendar year and meets the following requirements: Has achieved success through research and development; Must demonstrate technical innovation, scientific achievement and potential commercial viability; Institution must be based in Arizona; Open to both students and faculty; Has contributed to economic development within Arizona through teaching, research or other academic pursuits. About the Governor's Celebration of Innovation The Governor's Celebration of Innovation was established in 2003 by combining two technology award ceremonies: the High Tech Industry Cluster's 17-year student awards ceremony and the Arizona Software and Internet Association's 10-year "Celebration of Innovation". With the addition of the Governor's support of last year's event, the Governor's Celebration of Innovation has become the premier technology community gathering of its kind in Arizona. The inaugural Governor's Celebration of Innovation took place in November 2003 and was a colossal success with over 1200 in attendance. About The Arizona Technology Council The Arizona Technology Council's vision is for Arizona to be recognized as a top-tier center for technology-based industries and businesses with an education system that produces a best-of-class 21st century workforce in a statewide community where its citizens share in the highest quality of life possible. The Council's mission is to drive partnerships, policies and programs that advance the business climate for Arizona's technology community. The Council delivers on this mission by representing, supporting and advocating for member companies through initiatives, advocacy, networking and effective communications. The Arizona Technology Council, a nonprofit membership based technology association, currently represents over 30,000 employees across more than 400 of the leading technology companies in industries including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, e-learning, environmental technology, software/internet, semiconductor, and telecommunications. The Council is led by its president, Todd Bankofier, chairman of the board, Paul Johnson, an appointed executive committee and a board of directors comprised of a cross-section of academic, private and public sector professionals. For more information, visit http://www.aztechcouncil.org. About the Southern Arizona Tech Council The Southern Arizona Tech Council is a non-profit organization formed in August 2000 whose mission is to promote and implement high tech industry economic development and competitiveness in Tucson and Southern Arizona. For more information visit www.satc-az.com. About the Arizona Department of Commerce Collaborating with economic development partners statewide, the Arizona Department of Commerce works to create jobs, expand the tax base, increase per capita income and promote a globally competitive business environment. The agency provides reliable information and research, community assistance, targeted business attraction and development coupled with strategic workforce development. Nationally and internationally, the Department of Commerce promotes Arizona assets: a growing, high-tech workforce; competitive operating environment; easy access to major markets; affordable, available real estate; reliable utilities; abundant natural resources and an unmatched quality of life. For more information visit www.azcommerce.com. About the High Technology Industry Cluster The High Technology Industry Cluster (HTIC) is dedicated to improving Arizona's ability to nurture its own high-technology companies through an ongoing program that addresses needs of technology industries. Our efforts are directed at assisting Arizona's high-technology companies become globally competitive. HTIC improves the business climate of the high-technology industry through: promotion; by championing changes in public policy, legislation, economic infrastructure, and education; through facilitation of university/business and business/business networking and partnering; and other key activities supporting technological innovation in Arizona.
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