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INNOVATOR
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Celebrating the drive, passion, and spirit of innovators in our community while inspiring those who are just starting their journey.

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The Innovator Awards Luncheon celebrates the drive, passion, and spirit of innovators in our community while inspiring those who are just starting their journey.

 

When talking about game changers in technology or business, people often look at Seattle entrepreneurs and companies for inspiration. But world-class innovation and development is happening right here in NCW. It is important for us to shine a light on those in our community – our neighbors, family, and friends – who are excelling in their industries, championing growth for our community, and paving the path for the next generation.

2022 Innovator Awards Luncheon

Wed, September 21, 2022 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Wenatchee Convention Center
 

NCW Tech Alliance is proud to present the 21st Annual Innovator Awards Luncheon - Celebrating the drive, passion, and spirit of innovators in North Central Washington while inspiring those who are just starting their journey! The event attracts over 350 community leaders as we recognize local entrepreneurs, businesses, educators, and students.

 

Thank you to our generous Presenting Sponsors: Peoples Bank, Equilus Capital Partners, Boeing, Apple STEM Network, and Microsoft 

Thank you Gold Sponsors: Van Doren Sales and Larson Gross

Thank You Annual Partners: Native Network, Confluence Health, LocalTel

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Every year, the community nominates champions across the region in five award categories. Learn more about each award below.

Entrepreneur of the Year 

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented by Peoples Bank. This award honors an entrepreneur who has the vision and ability to see a need and fill it.

Meet the Finalists:

Mike Stetner, Stetner Construction Group

Patty Oliver, PK’s Culinary

Phil Foshee & Carl Skerlong, Streamline Fulfillment

STEM Champion of the Year

The STEM Champion of the Year Award is presented by Boeing. This award honors educators and community members who are pursuing innovative approaches to learning through STEM experiences.

Meet the Finalists

Newcomer In Technology

Presented by the Apple STEM Network, the Newcomer in Technology Award will be given to a company, department, or organization that has demonstrated a transformation to the work environment using technology or created a new technology to benefit an entire industry.

Meet the Finalists:

STEM College Innovator of the Year

Presented by Microsoft, the STEM College Student Innovator of the Year award goes to a post-secondary student enrolled in a college, university, or trade school who demonstrates critical thinking, creativity, and leadership in their studies.

Meet the Finalists

Carter Cleveringa, Washington State University

Kaitlyn Thornton, Washington State University

Piper Horning, San Diego State University

(K-12) Future Technology Leader of the Year

The Future Technology Leader of the Year award is presented by Equilus Capital Partners. This award is presented to K-12 students or students who demonstrate leadership and innovation through a class project.

Meet the Finalists

Abrielle Harris, Pinnacles Prep Charter School

Christian Keller, WestSide High School

Quentin Farrell, Cascade High School