SARASOTA, Fla. (July 22, 2015) — The first Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award, a collaboration between the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and the Ringling College of Art and Design, will honor a Sarasota County company that has used creative innovation to successfully solve a problem.
“Sarasota has always been a center for creativity and this award is intended to recognize and elevate current day innovators that embody this enduring spirit,” said Larry Fineberg, Chairman of the EDC Board of Directors. “This award is the perfect avenue to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurial innovators driving our community forward.”
The new award is a joint effort between the EDC and the Ringling College of Art and Design, honoring a business or nonprofit for an innovative product or service that demonstrates a creative design solution that has achieved market success.
“Ringling College understands the energy and vision required to create something special,” said Larry Thompson, President of the Ringling College of Art and Design. “We are honored to be a part of this award.”
Basic qualifications for nominations include: a product or service that is available in the marketplace and has demonstrated financial success; a majority of the nominee’s revenues must come from outside Sarasota County; the specific product or service must have been developed in the past five years; self-nominations or third-party nominations are accepted.
Judges from the EDC Board’s Executive Committee and Ringling College will rank nominees on the following criteria: significance of the problem or issue that the design solution addresses; quality of the design/innovation process, including research, conceptual development, prototyping and final solution; quality and success of the final design solution, including function and impact on the end user; market success.
To apply online, please go to www.edcsarasotacounty.com. The deadline for applications is Aug. 10. The winner will be announced Sept. 11, 2015 at the annual meeting of the EDC.
“This is a terrific opportunity to showcase the kind of innovative, creative talent that we have in Sarasota,” said Mark Huey, CEO and President of the EDC. “Innovation is the number one driver of business growth, and we are thrilled to partner with Ringling College to recognize creativity at its best in our local economy.”
The EDC of Sarasota County is the private, not-for-profit corporation leading the community’s economic development strategy to add high-wage jobs and diversify the local economy. The EDC provides business assistance to companies in Sarasota County and helps forge solutions to community challenges that affect our capacity to build a diversified economy. The EDC works in partnership with chambers of commerce, local governments and other organizations throughout the county and the region. For more information, visit www.edcsarasotacounty.com.
About Ringling College of Art and Design
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 11 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Film, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Photography & Imaging, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,300 students from 44 states and 54 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts. Visit the Ringling College website, or follow Ringling College on Facebook and Twitter for more news and information.