In 2002, innovation expert and consultant Tom Kuczmarski and journalist Dan Miller formed the Chicago Innovation Awards. What started as a one night event has grown into a year long program dedicated to celebrating, educating, and connecting the region’s innovators and recognize and reward the best innovations throughout the Midwest.

In this clip, Tom talks about Chicago’s ascent as a hub of innovation between the two coasts and how businesses across all sectors have embraced innovation as a way to grow businesses and economies.