Social Venture Award

2017 Innovation Celebration Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Young Entrepreneurship Program (YEP), led by Marc Changnon, District Coordinator of Career Programs and Community Partnerships for Champaign Unit 4 Schools. The YEP was awarded the Social Venture Award: serve as change agents by creating and implementing sustainable solutions to reshape society, benefit humanity, and address social concerns.

Over 350 people gathered at Parkland College for the 12th Annual Innovation Celebration on the evening of Friday, March 3, 2017 to recognize those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and provided leadership to ensure the continuing economic success of Champaign County, the ongoing success of the University's economic development mission, and the growth of entrepreneurial talent and energy in our community.

Innovation Celebration is not merely an award for accomplishment, but a benchmark of success for those outstanding individuals, organizations and corporations who are nominated and selected to receive this prestigious award.

Innovation Celebration is hosted by the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and community sponsors.