News Release- Winner of 18th annual Chicago Innovation Awards

October 29, 2019 

Bounce Children’s Foundation Named a Winner of
18th annual Chicago Innovation Awards


Chicago, IL— (Bounce Children’s Foundation) of (Deerfield, IL) has been named one of the winners of the 18th annual Chicago Innovation Awards.


The winners were announced at an event held at Chicago’s Harris Theater on Monday, October 28, with nearly 1,500 business and civic leaders, and supporters of innovation in attendance.  The Chicago Innovation Awards, celebrating its 18th year, is the Chicago region’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products or services brought to market each year.


Bounce Children’s Foundation® transforms the lives of chronically ill children, and their families, shifting all from surviving to thriving – and it’s the only organization to do so. Focused on filling a gap in the continuum of care for the nearly 1 in 5 U.S. children who battle disease/disability, Bounce’s unique portfolio of highly effective, free programs, builds the resilience needed to cope with the ongoing, unexpected setbacks that define chronic illness.  Through family adventures, education on vital coping skills, themed care packages for housebound families, access to resources and peer support, Bounce creates a warm and welcoming community of fun & friendship, encouragement & hope. From diagnosis forward, Bounce is there, 24×7, building resiliency and creating a safe place to belong.  In the words of one parent, “Bounce helps families heal!”

“Chicago’s innovators continue to demonstrate the breadth of innovation found in the Chicago region, cutting across all industries, sectors and sizes,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “2019 winners are pioneers in energy, healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, drug development, food, automotive, cyber security, architecture, community and workforce development, education, entertainment and more.”


“Bounce congratulates all Chicago Innovation nominees and is very proud to be recognized among them.  This honor confirms the importance of addressing the hidden epidemic that is pediatric chronic illness and the value of the transformation Bounce offers to sick kids and their loved ones,” stated Bounce founder and CEO, Joan Steltmann.


The winning organizations receive a variety of honors including the opportunity to ring the Nasdaq Bell in New York City, and meetings with the Mayor of Chicago, Governor of Illinois, Cook County President, and leaders from the United Nations.

“Four hundred fifty (450) organizations were nominated for this year’s awards,” said Luke Tanen, Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Awards.  “As a group, these nominees generated over $13.9 billion in new revenues from their new products and services, and were awarded 1001 patents.  The 25 winners represent the best from this very impressive group.”


The complete list of this year’s Chicago Innovation Award winners can be found at


The Chicago Innovation Awards are supported by Founding Diamond Sponsor Theron Technology Solutions; Diamond Sponsors Accenture and SMS Assist, Gold Sponsors Comcast Business and Wintrust Financial; Silver Sponsors Exelon, Vedder Price and others.


Contact:  Bounce: Joan M. Steltmann,, 844-6-BOUNCE

Chicago Innovation:  Luke Tanen,, 312-988-1516