Nominations are being sought for the second Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards, which honor the state’s top high-tech people and achievements.
The awards will be presented at a dinner on Nov. 18 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.
"Arizona has a multitude of organizations and individuals with innovations deserving to be recognized," said Todd Bankofier, president of the Arizona Technology Council, one of the sponsoring organizations.
Seven awards are open for nominations, with the winners to be determined by a judging committee chosen from the fields of science, technology, venture capital and higher education.
The categories are:
• William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year, presented to an individual who contributes to Arizona’s technology industries.
• Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year, presented to an individual in a leadership position in an Arizona technology business.
• Pioneering Innovation, presented to a company that has had outstanding business success and community involvement for at least five years in Arizona.
• Innovator of the Year — Start-Up Company, presented to a company or licensed team that has been selling or developing a commercially available product for less than 24 months.
• Innovator of the Year — Small Company, presented to a company or licensed team that has been in operation for 24 months or more and generates annual revenue of less than $50 million.
• Innovator of the Year — Large Company, presented to a company or licensed team that has been in operation for 24 months or more and generates annual revenue of more than $50 million.
• Innovator of the Year — Academia, presented to a department or office in an accredited higher education institution that has achieved success through research and development.
For entries and additional information, visit
or contact the technology council office at (602) 343-8324, Ext. 104.
Entries are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 27. There is a $25 entry fee.