AURP Awards of Excellence
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AURP 24th Annual Awards of Excellence

At AURP's 2019 International Conference, we will honor parks, innovation districts, companies and individuals, who have demonstrated excellence in innovation. Join us at IC2019, hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia on November 4-7, as we recognize and applaud this year's recipients of the AURP Awards of Excellence.

AURP Awards of Excellence Categories

Rising Stars (NEW for 2019!) • Outstanding Research Park/Innovation District • Emerging Research Park • Innovation • Career Achievement • Leadership • DevelopingCommunities of Innovation • Vision • Excalibur • Appreciation 

 

Outstanding Research Park, Science Park or Innovation District

Recognizes research parks, science parks or innovation districts closely affiliated with one or more institutions of higher education which have created an exceptional ecosystem which supports bringing technology from inception to market thereby positively impacting the sustainable growth of scalable businesses, creation of jobs which are higher paying than the regional average, and contribute to the economic health of the region in which they are located. These entities actively participate in their associated higher education community by contributing to research funding, faculty engagement and experiential learning opportunities for students. Successful candidates will also make a significant contribution to the region by supporting a robust environment for innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization activities.

 

Emerging Research Park Award

Recognizes research parks, science parks or innovation districts closely affiliated with one or more institutions of higher education which have been operational for 10 or fewer years (operational defined as 10 or fewer years from the first year in which dedicated staff were hired and/or the first construction or renovation of one or more facilities was begun). Candidate entities should have created an exceptional ecosystem which supports bringing technology from inception to market thereby positively impacting the sustainable growth of scalable businesses, creation of jobs which are higher paying than the regional average, and contribute to the economic health of the region in which they are located. These entities actively participate in their associated university community and make a significant contribution to the region by supporting a robust environment for innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization activities.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is given each year to the business or nonprofit institution located in a research park, science park or innovation district affiliated with one or more institutions of higher education which has brought forward one or more proprietary products, process or services which represent a substantial technology breakthrough or have the potential for a significant positive impact on the economic, health or welfare status of a broad spectrum of humanity. Candidates should not be controlled in whole or in part by an institution of higher education or governmental entity.

Career Achievement Award

This Award is given as a peer recognition to an individual who has through the course of their career in a leadership position at one or more research parks, science parks or innovation districts made a significant contribution to the advancement and recognition of the industry.  

Leadership Award

Recognizes a business, higher education, government or community leader who has made a significant and substantial contribution to the creation, development and/or regional impact of a research park, science park or innovation district affiliated with one or more institutions of higher education.

AURP Developing Communities of Innovation Award

This award is given in recognition of a successful research park, science park or innovation district associated with one or more institution of higher education which has made a significant and sustained contribution to the industry through continuity of operations for a significant period of time. Previous winners of the Outstanding Research Park, Science Park or Innovation District Award may be considered as candidates for this award ten years after the date they received the Outstanding Park/District Award.

Rising Stars: A New Generation of Innovation Leadership Award

Recognizes an individual exhibiting significant contributions to the development and success of communities of innovation. Examples of significant contributions can include successes achieved on behalf of their employing entity and/or on behalf of AURP or allied organizations.

Candidates must be directly employed by the primary entity responsible for management, development and operation of a research/science park and/or innovation district which is a Sustaining Member of AURP at the time of nomination. Candidates must be employed in a key management role (e.g. incubator manager, facilities director, finance manager, business development manager) and must be 40 years of age or less by the date of the Annual Awards presentation.

Vision Award

This award recognizes an organization or individual who have made a sustained and exceptional contribution to the national or multinational community of innovation as embodied in research parks, science parks and/or innovation districts which are affiliated with one or more institutions of higher education.

Excalibur Award

The Excalibur Award is given in recognition to an organization or individual who, in response to unique and significant adverse natural disruptions has made an exceptional contribution to assist their community or one or more research parks, science parks or innovation districts.

Appreciation Award

This Award is given as recognition to an individual who has through the course of his or her career have made a significant contribution to the advancement and recognition of the industry. Candidates may include key individuals involved with corporate partners or sustaining corporate members.