The Ignite award recognizes and rewards outstanding achievements tied to each of our core focus areas of entrepreneurs, youth and active duty military and veterans. This past year, Luke gave out two awards when he launched Hillier Ignite as part of the Warrior Expo. Watch his introduction here.
Each year, an Ignite Award will be given in the following categories:
- Entrepreneurship: The Ignite Lifesaving Innovation Award is presented annually to the company responsible for creating and introducing a product to the market over the preceding 12 months that Hillier Ignite has judged to be the year’s most significant lifesaving innovation. The award is presented at the ADS Warrior Expo East, in Virginia Beach, VA in July, an event that brings end users, program managers, and procurement specialists together with industry-leading manufacturers in an environment designed specifically for government and defense organizations. The inaugural Hillier Ignite Lifesaving Innovation award was presented to InfraScan, for its Infrascanner 2000, a portable screening device that uses Near-Infrared (NIR) technology to screen patients for intracranial bleeding. For more information please visit their website.
- Youth: The Ignite Youth Award recognizes a person or organization that has taught and inspired disadvantaged youth in the USA or abroad. The awards are given annually. The Ignite Youth Award includes an unrestricted grant of $25,000. The inaugural Hillier Ignite Youth Award was presented to ORPHANetwork, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating better standards for orphan care in developing countries, particularly in the country of Nicaragua, the poorest Spanish speaking country in the world. For more information, visit their website.
- Active Duty Military and Veterans: The Ignite Warrior for Warriors Award recognizes a person or organization selected by Hillier Ignite that has provided significant support to veterans in overcoming the challenges relating to the transition to civilian life or the challenges faced by family members of active duty soldiers while deployed. The award is presented at the ADS Warrior Expo East, in Virginia Beach, VA in July, an event that brings end users, program managers, and procurement specialists together with industry-leading manufacturers in an environment designed specifically for government and defense organizations. The Ignite Warrior for Warriors award includes an unrestricted grant of $25,000. The inaugural Hillier Ignite Warrior for Warriors Award was presented to the Travis Manion Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting our nation’s veterans and families of fallen service members, continuing their service to community and country at home, and creating a generation of future leaders. In 2014, Hillier Ignite awarded 2 Ignite Warrior for Warriors awards. First was to Wounded Wear, a non-profit dedicated to raise the national awareness of the sacrifice of wounded warriors, their families, and the families of fallen service members, and the second to Boulder Crest Retreat, a non-profit rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations, recreational and therapeutic activities and programs to help our nation’s military and veteran personnel and their families recover and reconnect during their long journey of healing from physical and invisible wounds of war.