MUSKEGON – Grand Valley State University’s Muskegon Innovation Hub has opened nominations for the second annual Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award, a program that celebrates and recognizes the most innovative ideas on the Lakeshore.

The award will be given to an individual or group of people from any business, nonprofit, organization or association in the Lakeshore area who have innovated to improve their business or organization to better achieve their mission.

Nominations are open through January 31 at 5 p.m., and can be submitted at Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Innovations that are eligible for consideration can include creative new devices, ideas, inventions, product improvements, processes or solutions to problems. 

“The Muskegon Innovation Hub is a place that helps businesses and entrepreneurs achieve their goals, so we want to highlight efforts to innovate across all kinds of businesses and organizations,” said Innovation Hub Director Kevin Ricco.

Last year, the Lakeshore Innovator of the Year award was presented to Camp Shout Out, a camp dedicated to improving the lives and speaking skills of children and teenagers who have speech disorders. The camp was selected for its innovative approach to speech-language pathology and its combined benefit of helping children ages 8-18 who stutter while also providing hands-on training for language pathologists and graduate students.

A winner will be chosen from finalists at a reception on March 12 at 5 p.m. at the Muskegon Innovation Hub, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon, MI 49440.

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