The 9th Annual IQ Awards on 8/14/08 by the Boulder County Business Report were way cool and so...innovative. After all in Boulder, one of the entrepreneurial hot beds of the world, IQ standsfor Innovation Quotient.
This program reconfirmed the innovative spirit of humans and brings forth hope that together we have the potential to solve the challenges our world is facing. As discussed in my 07/30/08 blog entry, here is a noble purpose for entrepreneurs and technologists to embrace.
Innovations from 10 industries were nominated, judged to be finalists, and winners selected. A relatively new category this year is "Sustainable" businesses which included growing firms such as Boundless Corporation (www.boundlesscorp.com) with their lithium-ion battery systems and Hybrids Plus (www.hybrids-plus.com) with their battery systems and bi-directional chargers for transportation, and larger service firms such as Ecocycle for their Zero Waste Services program (www.ecocycle.org). Even in other categories, the sustainability theme was apparent: Optibike's (www.optibike.com) electric bicycle won in the Sports category and Tendril Networks' (www.tendrilinc.com) residential energy ecosystem which controls household devices that use energy won in the Communications category.
Even though I have been a judge for these awards since the beginning, it never gets old. I love learning about the newest technology and the people who bring it to market. Evaluation criteria include geography (firm must be in Boulder and Broomfield county or the Highway 36 corridor), level of innovation, assurance the product is in the market (even at an alpha stage), and sustainability as measured by revenues or other market reaction.
This year with a theme of "Innovation Party," we even learned about how innovation has impacted politics over the years. Check out all the finalists and winners at http://www.bcbr.com/article.asp?id=95509
See the photos and some of the action as reported at https://w3w3.lifepics.com/net/Pro/Default.aspx
Okay, so what are you doing to keep your firm, employees, and self innovative? If you need a pep up on the IQ meter, ask me about my program "Turning Ideas into Innovation into Income."
Theresa M. Szczurek (www.TMSworld.com)