Chicago, IL—Agentis Energy was named as one of the top 75 finalists for the prestigious 2012 Chicago Innovation Awards, which reflect a cross section of the Chicago and surrounding regions’ business communities. The final 10 winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 22 and celebrated at an event with more than 1,500 business and civic leaders at Chicago’s Harris Theater.
The Chicago Innovation Awards, celebrating its 11th year, is the nation’s only organization dedicated to honoring the most innovative new products or services brought to market or to public service from a specific region. This year almost 400 nominations were received.
The innovation by Agentis Energy (www.agentisenergy.com)—The Agentis Platform—analyzes utility supplied energy data, demographic information and additional data sets to provide electric utilities’ commercial customers with personalized energy-efficiency recommendations and benchmarking reports. These recommendations and reports are delivered through varied outreach strategies and a web application.
“The most important message of the Chicago Innovation Awards is one of confidence and courage,” said Thomas D. Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “The economy is challenging but each nominee believes the simple truth that a powerful new product or service will find a rewarding market and has the courage to pursue their vision.”
“We are honored to be considered by the Chicago Innovation Awards, an organization that is building a phenomenal foundation for innovators and entrepreneurs here in the Midwest,” said Tim Stojka, CEO of Agentis Energy. “It’s an exciting time for Agentis. We are helping our utility partners engage their commercial customers on a larger scale than ever before, and enabling those businesses to become more efficient and drive dollars back to their bottom line.”
As one of the top 75 finalists, Agentis Energy will receive a scholarship to attend a daylong executive education program on Sept. 18, titled “The Practical Innovator”, taught at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. It is a full-day executive education course teaching the practical skills of innovation.
This year 13 judges, representing a range of Chicago’s business community, will be involved in an exhaustive and complex judging process to select the final ten winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards, as well as 10 “Up & Comer” award winners for smaller organizations still in the start-up phases of their innovations. In addition, each of the 75 finalists is automatically in the running for the annual “People’s Choice Award,” selected through online balloting at www.chicagoinnovationawards.com.