2017 Innovator Awards - Request for Nominations


GWATA will host the Annual Innovator Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 30th at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Doors will open at 11:30am with the program from 12:00 – 1:30pm. This premier regional event will attract over 350+ community leaders and is presented by Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward and Peoples Bank.

During the Innovator Awards Luncheon, GWATA will present several awards showcasing entrepreneurship, innovation, and education. GWATA is excited to re-band our two of our education categories to reflect our alignment with STEM Education.

GWATA is seeking nominations for the following five awards:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Tech Savvy Business of the Year
  • STEM Educator of the Year (previously: Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom)
  • Future Technology Leader (K-12 Student)
  • Problem Solving Innovator (Post-Secondary Student) (previously: Future Technology Leader)

All businesses or individuals nominated will be considered by a panel of independent judges. Finalists will be showcased and recognized at the luncheon. Winners will be announced at the luncheon and will each receive a $250 cash award. Nominations are open now until March 1, 2017.

To nominate a business or individual please visit www.gwata.org

To register for the luncheon or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities call 509-661-9000.



GWATA's mission is to bring people and technology resources together to create a thriving community. As a 501(c)3 our focus is on technology, entrepreneurship, and STEM Education. GWATA serves 100+ business members and hosts over 3,000 attendees through our various events annually. In addition, GWATA serves as Co-Director of the Apple STEM Network which is focused on developing pathways for students in STEM, therefore opening the doors to new opportunities and careers in our valley.

Kirk Esmond