Five organizations were honored Thursday with Insight Innovation Awards during the THINC! Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. A record 38 companies applied for this year’s awards.
Awards were presented in four categories: people, planet, process and product. One organization also won a special award for entrepreneurial grit.
A look at the winners:
- Lakeshore FIRST Robotics was honored in the people category for building a STEM education pipeline in Manitowoc County that is now considered a statewide model. Ten years ago, the county did not have a single robotics team, but thanks to the hard work of volunteers, Manitowoc is now home to more than 30 robotics teams and students eager to learn more about STEM careers.
- Energy Bank Inc. of Manitowoc received the planet award for its Fusion product. Fusion uses solar power in a new way by directly energizing LED lighting fixtures in commercial and industrial buildings.
- Lakeland University in Plymouth was recognized in the process category for its cooperative education program that helps its students reduce debt while providing Sheboygan County employers with workers. The addition of the program played a vital role in attracting a record number of new freshmen to campus last fall.
- Fabio Perini North America in Green Bay was honored in the product category for the development of portable, lightweight wearable glasses that use augmented reality to allow technicians to share a problem via a remote, interconnected video. The glasses not only improve customer service, but also increase productivity.
- Long Cheng Marketplace in Appleton received the Entrepreneurial Grit Award for not only serving as a community space for the area’s Hmong population, but also as a business incubator where entrepreneurs can rent stalls to sell products or services. In addition, it offers four restaurant counters that share a combined dining space. By providing entrepreneurs with support, the goal is that they will eventually be able to open their own storefront.
Look for more details on the winners inside a special section in the June issue of Insight.