Racine Innovation Award

The City of Racine, long nicknamed “Invention City,” has a storied history of innovation, so much so that it was once home to the highest number of patents per capita in the United States.  While the inventions of a century or more ago are widely known, there is no doubt the spirit of ingenuity lives on in this community and its people. Racine’s entrepreneurs and established businesses are continuing to make history and impact the world with their inventions and other innovations.


It is time to recognize today’s inventors and innovators, and the newly launched Racine Innovation Awards are a perfect way to nominate cutting-edge entrepreneurs and established businesses of every size in the City of Racine and Racine County.  The nomination period will remain open through Thursday, September 5, 2019. The City of Racine highly recommends submitting nominations as early as possible in the process to give judges time to consider fully the submission.

Nomination Period

August 6 - September 5, 2019

Announcement of Finalists

September 11, 2019

Innovators of the Year Awards

September 25, 2019

Finalists will be announced at the Racine Smart Cities September Conference on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, and winners will receive their awards during the Racine Innovation & Technology Gala at Racine Festival Hall on September 25, 2019.  


  • The nominee must be: (i). an individual residing in the City of Racine or Racine County, or (ii). a business entity with at least one (1) physical site in operation in the City of Racine or Racine County and one (1) or more employees located in the City of Racine or Racine County.
  • The innovative physical and/or digital product(s) or service(s) must have become commercially available to end users for lease or purchase for the first time between January 1, 2016 and July 30, 2019.

Other Terms & Conditions

Nominations must comply with the following terms and conditions:

  • The individual completing the nomination of the individual(s) and/or business entity or entities must have the consent of the nominee(s) to submit and share the content and materials needed to complete the nomination(s).
  • All nominations and associated materials must be submitted using the official online nomination form.
  • All nominations must be submitted by no later than 11:59 p.m. (Central) on Thursday, September 5, 2019.
  • All nominations must be accompanied by at least one (1) image or screen shot of the individual(s), product(s) and/or service(s) being nominated for consideration.
  • All nominated individuals and business entities authorize the City of Racine, its agents, sponsors, vendors, and partners involved with the Racine Innovation & Technology Gala and/or Racine Innovation Awards to use any contents and materials of the nomination application and gala to promote, recognize, and/or celebrate one (1) or more of them as well as the Racine Innovation Awards and Racine Innovation & Technology Gala. Such use may include, but is not limited to, any reproduction, photograph, illustration, film, video, digital reproduction, or other depiction of the individuals as well as the products and services, their labels, packaging, and trademarks.
  • Nomination forms must not include any information nominated individuals and/or business entities consider to be confidential or trade secrets; nominees should have no expectation of confidentiality regarding the contents and materials submitted in association with the nomination application.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:


William Martin, Chief Innovation Officer
City of Racine, Office of the Mayor
Racine City Hall
730 Washington Avenue, 201
Racine, WI  53403