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Meet The Finalists of SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

By | Mar 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Entrepreneurs, techies, and anyone with an appetite for innovation began to crowd the halls as the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards announced the winners of its competition. Thirteen awards and six special honors were given to exceptional innovators of all fields, including sustainability, music, healthcare,…



Why Do Entrepreneur Awards Matter So Much in Local Ecosystems?

By | Jan 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The amount of awards given out to companies both big and small is truly staggering. And while you might think a congratulatory mindset in local ecosystems can create an overly supportive community, the inclination to celebrate smalls wins is what keeps startups going long enough…


Las Vegas

The 30 Innovation Award Honorees at CES 2017 [Poll]

By | Dec 30, 2016 at 11:20 am

CES and innovation go hand in hand. Not only can you find some of the largest companies in the world debuting their newest tech, but you’ll also stumble across a wide variety of startups that are looking to disrupt everything from transportation to food…

Internet of Things


LISNR’s Ultrasonic Technology Named CES Innovation Award Honoree

By | Nov 17, 2016 at 11:20 am

As the company responsible for the world’s most advanced ultrasonic protocol, LISNR is an emerging leader in the Internet of Sound. The first application of LISNR’s technology in the real world happened last month, in the 2016 edition of Techstars FounderCon 2016, with the ticketing…



Best Tech Professionals Honored at Boston Timmy Awards

By | Apr 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

The key to success is a little competition. Whether it’s the Golden State Warriors striving to beat the all-time record for wins in a season or competing with your coworkers in the annual Swivel Chair Toss Championships, trying to win is what creates greatness….


San Diego

Chicago Transit Authority, Cubic, Ventra Partner for Big Award

By | Jun 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm

They’ve won some big time awards abroad, and now Cubic Transportation Systems is bringing it home. Alongside the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Cubic was awarded the ‘Best New Innovative Practice-Partnership Deployment’ for Ventra, their joint contactless bankcard payment system. The award, given at the…



DCFemTech Recognizes Top 30 Women Programmers

By | Apr 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

This morning, DCFemTech, the Washington, D.C.-based collective made up of more than 25 different organizations throughout the region all aimed at supporting women in tech, announced the recipients of their inaugural Powerful Women Programmers Award. Selected from nearly 80 nominations, the award aims to…



#MiamiTech: Time to Vote For Tech Cocktail 2014 All-Stars Awards

By | Dec 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm

It’s that time of the year, when we celebrate our accomplishments and learn from our mistakes. This year, we’ve partnered up with Refresh Miami to host a holiday party to celebrate with Miami’s entrepreneurial community. Part of this celebration will be an award ceremony to…



Send Us Your Nominations for the General Assembly & Tech Cocktail Chicago All-Star Award Ceremony

By | Nov 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Guess what? Thanksgiving is next week. And then there’s that whole period between Thanksgiving and Christmas when all you can think about is, well, um, Christmas. More importantly, though, the holiday season signals the inevitable end to the year; hence, the period after Thanksgiving often…



ITA CityLIGHTS Awards Nominations Close This Week: Act Now to Nominate a Deserving Individual or Business

By | Mar 12, 2013 at 1:32 pm

As most entrepreneurs know, startup success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It usually thrives because the startup, and the people who run it, have been supported by a vast network of people who believe in innovation and entrepreneurship. The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is…


Stitch Labs, FitOrbit, SpotFlux, Homesnap and Peekseed Awarded At SXSW

By | Mar 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

With the buzz of SXSW in full effect this past Saturday at Tech Cocktail’s #Startuplife Celebration presented by .CO we showcased 33 startups from across the country, with 13 states and 5 countries represented. We had a solid set of judges come through and…


Kairos Society On A Search For Top 50 Student Led Startups

By | Dec 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm

With the struggling economy and lack of jobs around the country, we are seeing a rise in student entrepreneurship. Apparently students today are not content with just trusting their luck at getting a job after graduation day. And as students take matters into their…

Reports & Rankings


Time Inc. Announces 10 NYC Startups to Watch

By | Jun 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

As part of Internet Week New York, which is June 6-13, Time Inc. announced their 10 NYC Startups to Watch based on input from editors at People, Time, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, InStyle and Real Simple.  We were stoked to see a few…

Tech Cocktail TV

DoGooder Video Awards: $10K In Prizes

By | Feb 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

It’s time for the 5th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards brought to us by See3 communications and YouTube. Anyone who made a video for their nonprofit organization in 2010 is eligible to enter. The prizes include four $2500 grants provided by the Case Foundation, video…


Join Tech Cocktail At The Mashable Awards at CES 2011

By | Dec 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

If you are headed to the Consumer Electronic Show this year, there are two events you won’t want to miss.  We already announced we’re working with CEA on the official CES Tweetup earlier this week (event is on 1/7/11). Now we are excited to announce…



ITA CityLIGHTS 2010 Finalists Announced

By | Apr 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm

With the Illinois Technology Association CityLIGHTS Award Gala coming up on April 29, 2010 in the Great Hall at Chicago Union Station in Chicago, Illinois, the finalists for the awards have been announced. ITA collected over 150 nominations across 6 categories, which included individuals…



ITA CityLIGHTS Gala 4/29, Nominations Due 3/19

By | Mar 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

Back in 2008, TECH cocktail received the ITA CityLIGHTS Award for having “significant impact on the Illinois technology community.” You can watch the TECH cocktail acceptance speech here. It’s that time of the year again and ITA is calling for nominations as the awards…