Akouba is a Chicago Innovation Awards Top 100 Finalist

Chicago, IL— Out of 535 nominees, AkoubaCredit of Chicago has been selected as one of the Top 100 Finalists still in the running for the 14th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region across all organization sizes, sectors and industries. 1500 business and civic leaders will come together to honor the winners when they are announced on October 27th at Chicago’s Harris Theater.

“Chicago is in the midst of a monumental upsurge in innovation,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “It’s inspiring to see the range of vision and the depth of talent among organizations in the Chicago area. Companies are investing in innovation and taking more risks to launch new ventures and uncover new value.”

As one of the Top 100 Finalists, AkoubaCredit will receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend The Practical Innovator, a day-long executive education course on September 28th led by top faculty who teach innovation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Each of the Top 100 Finalists is also in the running for the annual “People’s Choice Award,” selected through online balloting at

Out of the Top 100 Finalists, the judges will select 10 winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards, as well as 10 winners of the Up-and-Comer Awards representing innovation in the start-up community, the Social Innovator Award and the Collaboration Award. The winners will be invited to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, invited to separate meetings with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Bruce Rauner and Cook Count President Toni Preckwinkle, and receive widespread media recognition.

Mike Dillon

About The Author Mike Dillon

With three decades in financial services – several of them as a sales manager, I have experienced firsthand the potential impact online lenders can have on balance sheets. Omni channel experience, expedited decisioning, simplification of the application, condensing of the end to end processing time and giving businesses needed access to capital are all things online lenders have become adept at. Banks and credit unions want to play in this space as well, but struggle with profitability for loans under $250,000.

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