Jeremy Jones is hoping to get a fundraising lift from the award he won Thursday night.
The CEO of Wichita-based Nitride Solutions was named Kansas Pipeline Innovator of the Year at a ceremony in Overland Park.
Jones said he thinks the exposure of winning the award will help him raise the capital his company needs to begin producing high-volume, low-cost aluminum nitride substrates that are used in solid-state electronics, light-emitting diodes and ultraviolet laser diodes.
"It's up to us to leverage that 15 minutes of fame," Jones said this morning.
Jones was the first innovator from Wichita to win the award, which is handed out each year at the conclusion of the year-long entrepreneurship fellowship program. He competed against nine other entrepreneurs for the award, based in part by pitching his company for investment to a panel of national judges.
Gary Mason, CEO of iSi Environmental in Wichita and a member of Pipeline's 2009 class, also received an award for growth and leadership.