CityLIGHTS Awards History
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Through its 20 year history, the ITA's CityLIGHTS Awards recognized 120 companies and individuals, who in turn represent billions of dollars in exits, IPOs and venture capital. In 2020, the CityLIGHTS Awards officially became part of the Momentum Awards, recognizing an even wider group within Chicago's tech community.


2019 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Industry Champion: John Higginson, Envoa

  • CEO of the Year: Shawn Riegsecker, Centro

  • Prominent Woman in Tech: Reem Jaghlit, ActiveCampaign

  • Technologist of the Year: Henrietta "Hettie" Dombrovskaya, Braviant Holdings

  • Outstanding Company Culture: Solstice

  • Lighthouse Award: Showpad

  • Rising Star Award: TRUCE Software

  • Industry Disrupter: Envoy Global

  • Toast of Chicago Tech: SPSS*


2018 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Industry Champion: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • CEO of the Year: Amanda Lannert, Jellyvision

  • Prominent Woman in Tech: Colleen Egan, Clarity Partners

  • Technologist of the Year: Adam McElhinney, Uptake

  • Outstanding Company Culture: TransUnion*

  • Lighthouse Award: Vibes

  • Rising Star Award:

  • Industry Disrupter: Tempus


2017 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Industry Champion: Hyde Park Angels

  • CEO of the Year: Rishi Shah, Outcome Health

  • Prominent Woman in Tech: Helen Levinson, Indigo Interactive

  • Technologist of the Year: Darren Cockrel, Coyote Logistics

  • Outstanding Business Innovation Award: Hireology*

  • Lighthouse Award: SMS Assist

  • Rising Star Award: Yello

  • Industry Disrupter: Snapsheet


2016 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Amanda Lannert, Jellyvision

  • CEO of the Year: Jeff Silver, Coyote Logistics

  • Prominent Woman in Tech: Nicole Yeary, Ms. Tech

  • Technologist of the Year: Martin Logan, Guaranteed Rate

  • Outstanding Technology Development Award: Yello

  • Lighthouse Award: kCura

  • Rising Star Award: Hireology

  • Industry Disrupter: Uptake*


2015 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Don DeLoach, Infobright

  • CEO of the Year: John Morris, Cleversafe

  • Prominent Woman in Tech: Shradha Agarwal, ContextMedia

  • Technologist of the Year: Dr. Kristian Hammond, Narrative Science

  • Outstanding Technology Development Award: Gogo

  • Lighthouse Award: Jellyvision

  • Rising Star Award: Kapow

  • Trailblazing Award: Opternative


2014 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Brad Keywell, Chicago Ideas Week, Groupon and Lightbank

  • CEO of the Year: Victor Ciardelli, Guranteed Rate

  • Prominent Woman in Tech:  Kristi Ross, tastrytrade | dough

  • Technologist of the Year: Eric Lunt, Signal

  • Outstanding Technology Development Award:

  • Lighthouse Award: ContextMedia

  • Rising Star Award: Sprout Social

  • Trailblazing Award: Zero Percent


2013 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: J.B. Pritzker, Founder, New World Ventures

  • CEO of the Year: Michael Small, Gogo

  • Prominent Woman in Tech: Amy Francetic, Executive Director, Clean Energy Trust

  • Technologist of the Year: Justyn Howard, Sprout Social

  • Outstanding Technology Development Award: OptionMonster Holdings*

  • Lighthouse Award: Fieldglass

  • Rising Star Award: Cleversafe

  • Trailblazing Award: Leapfrog Online*


2012 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Dan Lyne, World Business Chicago

  • CEO of the Year: Michael Alter, SurePayroll

  • Prominent Woman in Tech: Carole McCluskey, Redbox*

  • Technologist of the Year: Ian Foster, University of Chicago Computation Institute

  • Best Strategic Use of Technology Award: Allstate Insurance

  • Lighthouse Award: SXC Health Solutions

  • Rising Star Award: Braintree

  • Newcomer Award: Trunk Club

  • New Concept Award: Gogo


2011 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Howard Tullman, Flashpoint Tribeca Media Arts Academy

  • CEO of the Year: Adam Caplan, Model Metrics

  • Technologist of the Year: Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, Illinois Institute of Technology*

  • Best Strategic Use of Technology Award: Chicago Transit Authority*

  • Lighthouse Award: Groupon

  • Rising Star Award: Aircell

  • Newcomer Award:

  • New Concept Award: MentorMob*


2010 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Jack Noonan

  • CEO of the Year: Brian Gamache, WMS Industries Inc.

  • Lighthouse Award: Redbox Automated Retail

  • Rising Star Award:

  • Newcomer Award: TickIt Trading Systems


2009 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Linda Darragh, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

  • CEO of the Year: Bill Conroy, Initiate Systems

  • Lighthouse Award: SmartSignal

  • Rising Star Award: Aleri

  • Newcomer Award: CrowdSPRING


2008 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Eric Olson and Frank Gruber, TECH Cocktail

  • CEO of the Year: Dick Costelo, FeedBurner and Robert McCullen, Trustwave

  • Lighthouse Award: NAVTEQ

  • Rising Star Award: Model Metrics

  • Newcomer Award: The Point

  • Spotlight Award: Virgil Bistriceanu, Centro


2007 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Dick Reck, Business Strategy Advisors

  • CEO of the Year: Robert Post, TravelCLICK

  • Lighthouse Award: InitiateSystems

  • Rising Star Award: Authentify

  • Newcomer Award: Cleversafe

  • Spotlight Award: William Farrow, Chicago Board of Trade


2006 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: David Weinstein, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

  • CEO of the Year: Glen Tullman, Allscripts*

  • Lighthouse Award: Trading Technologies International, Inc.

  • Rising Star Award: R3 Systems Group

  • Newcomer Award: Univa Corporation*

  • Spotlight Award: Michael Carlin, Hospira, Inc.


2005 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Cathy Gunn, North Central Regional Education Laboratory

  • Angel Award: William N. Weaver, Sachnoff & Weaver

  • Lighthouse Award: SEI, LLC

  • Rising Star Award: The Opus Group 

  • Spotlight Award: Jonathan Stevens, CDW


2004 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Ardash Arora, Lisle Technologies

  • Angel Award: Steve Miller, Origin Ventures

  • Lighthouse Award: SSA Global Technologies, Inc.

  • Rising Star Award: FiveSight

  • Spotlight Award: Chris O'Brien, City of Chicago


2002 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Scott Glickson, Gordon & Glickson

  • Angel Award: Bob Geras, LaSalle Investments, Inc.

  • Lighthouse Award: Lakeview Technology

  • Rising Star Award: Cognitive Concepts

  • Spotlight Award: Jean Holley, USG Corporation


2001 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Dennis Keller, DeVry

  • Angel Award: Barry Moltz, Prairie Angels*

  • Lighthouse Award: Endeavor Information Systems

  • Rising Star Award: RedSky Technologies

  • Spotlight Award: Ken Kennedy, Telution, Inc.*


2000 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Leslie Beller, i.c.stars

  • Lighthouse Award: SPSS

  • Rising Star Award: Telution


1999 CityLIGHTS Winners

  • CityLIGHTS Award: Mayor Richard Daley*

  • Lighthouse Award: InstallShield Software Corp.*

  • Rising Star Award:*


*denotes inaugural award category winner

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