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Alabama Innovation Awards





The Alabama Innovation Awards celebrate innovation achievements occurring across the state, in five categories: Corporate Innovator of the Year (small company, 1-50 employees), Corporate Innovator of the Year (large company, 50+ employees), Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Manufacturing, Outstanding Public-Private Partnership in Innovation, and Lifetime Achievement in Innovation. The awards were created to raise awareness of the importance of innovation based economic development, and to encourage entrepreneurs and inventors to continue and accelerate this important work.Innovation can happen all across the state. It can happen anywhere. It can happen in a machine shop, in a university lab, or in emerging and traditional industries. It can happen in rural areas and in metros.

Self-nominations are encouraged for all award categories.

Nominations for the 2016 Alabama Innovation Awards are now open. To submit nominations, click HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I submit  nomination and when is the deadline?
    Nominations will open on February 2, 2016. Alabama Launchpad will accept nomination forms until March 20, 2016 by 11:59 pm CST. 
  • Can I nominate my own company?
    Yes, many nominations come from a company nominating its own product or service. There is no preferential treatment given to  companies that are nominated versus  those that self- apply. Nomination forms are treated equally no matter which company or individual submits the form. Self-nominations are encouraged for all award categories except Lifetime Achievement in Innovation.
  • Can I nominate myself in the ‘Lifetime Achievement in Innovation’ category?
    No, the Alabama Innovation Awards Judges will nominate and select the Lifetime Achievement in Innovation award winner. If you have any suggestions for Lifetime Achievement candidates, please send names to Mary Hope Garmon at

2016 Alabama Innovation Award Categories

  • Corporate Innovator of the Year (small company, 1-50 employees)
  • Corporate Innovator of the Year (large company, 50+ employees)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Manufacturing
  • Outstanding Public-Private Partnership for Innovation
  • Lifetime Achievement in Innovation