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2017 CityLIGHTS Starter Pack

Monday, April 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: | Gary Hotze, Marketing Manager, ITA |
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In its 18th year, the CityLIGHTS Awards is now legally an adult, and we couldn’t be prouder of how it’s grown. It may not be able to join us just yet for champagne to celebrate but the history speaks for itself. And much like the Chicago ecosystem as a whole, the facts and statistics bring a collective tear to our eyes. Over the years, the Awards have proven to be a consistent predictor of success in the local and national tech industries. As of last year’s Awards, the 96 companies and individuals within the CityLIGHTS winners’ circle represent billions of dollars in exits, IPOs, and venture capital, numbers that prove the correlation between CityLIGHTS achievement and future success.

We even have a snazzy infographic for the word-averse below (PDF here) for a smattering of past CityLIGHTS winners and how they’ve galvanized the regional tech landscape.


Nominations will open Tuesday, May 30th and we already have the Nomination templates for you HERE so you can get a head start on the chance to join these elite ranks.

  • Just don’t forget to submit them before nominations close Friday, June 23rd!
  • And for our friends that enjoy the spoken word and moving images, we will be offering a Nominations Webinar Thursday, June 8th at both 11 am and 2 pm.

That’s a lot of dates to remember, so we’ll let all of that sink in and give you time to start thinking about your nominations. We will have more to announce in the coming months but until then here are some great additional links to get you in the mood:


CityLIGHTS Awards 2016 Recap

Past Winners & CityLIGHTS History

Last Year’s Nominations Webinar Recording

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