Breakwater Chicago took second place in a "Shark Tank" style business pitch competition, winning $500, as part of WPO / YPO's events at the 1871 incubator in September 2015.
Breakwater Chicago was nominated for the 2015 Chicago Innovation Awards.
The RuleBreaker Awards honor and celebrate those entrepreneurs who have succeeded by doing things their way. Breakwater was selected as one of 19 companies nationally, and the only business from Chicago, to receive this distinguished award.
50 Best Startups
Founders Grid selected Breakwater Chicago as one of the top 50 best Chicago startups on their list of "50 Awesome Chicago Based Startups You Should Get To Know" selection.
Breakwater Chicago was selected as a finalist in the Design category for Ivy's annual innovation awards, sponsored by Cadillac.
Startup to Watch
ChicagoInno selected Breakwater Chicago as #7 on their list of "15 Startups to Watch in 2015" selection.
Breakwater Chicago was selected to pitch at the 2015 Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel & Tourism during their "Shark Tank" competition. Breakwater ended up taking second out of the five teams that present with the voting, although a definite crowd-favorite.
InsideHook listed Breakwater Chicago as the sixth of their "Chicago: 9 Reasons to be Optimistic About 2015" selection. We were wedged between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Architectural Biennial, so pretty good company!
Breakwater Chicago competed in the HBS New Venture Challenge in 2015 and made it to the Midwestern Regional Finals, where the company finished 2nd overall.
Our partners at Mac Strategies Group won a coveted Silver Trumpet Award at the 2015 Publicity Club of Chicago ceremony to honor their efforts in the category of "Special Events and Observances" for "Bringing Breakwater to Chicago".
Breakwater Chicago was nominated for the 2014 Chicago Innovation Awards. Even though we didn't win in 2014, I suspect we'll be back again for this award.
Our campaign raised $60,611 from 715 backers in 30 days, more than doubling our goal.