The 2017 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards LUNCHEON will be held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets go on sale the week of September 25 and may be purchased through the Sacramento Business Journal.

The inaugural awards luncheon was held Friday, November 4, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento. FINALISTS were highlighted during the Innovation Showcase and networking portion of the event. Attended by nearly 200 innovation enthusiasts, the sit-down luncheon was kicked off by entrepreneur and radio host Mark Haney of Entrepreneurs Unlimited and Haney Business Ventures, who served as the afternoon’s emcee. Prior to revealing the 2016 WINNERS, Sacramento Business Journal publisher David Lichtman introduced Golden 1 Center  as “Innovation of the Year,” a special award recipient determined by program organizers. Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger accepted the trophy and provided a keynote speech highlighting the arena’s impact on the surrounding community and its industry-leading commitments to sustainability, technology innovation and local industry. Program co-chairs Melissa Jones and Chris Russell of Stoel Rives spotlighted award category finalists through a series of video montages, with each winner joining them onstage for congratulatory remarks. Esteemed Selection Committee members were also honored and thanked for their service and dedication to a rigorous judging process that took place over 6 weeks in August and September. The committee reviewed more than 80 submissions resulting in a final vote process overseen by Tony O’Donnell of Moss Adams LLP.

See the “ABOUT” page for our 2016 video and photo gallery, and visit the “IN THE NEWS” posts for more coverage.