BenchPrep is Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 17th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Out of 519 nominees, BenchPrep, the only comprehensive learner success platform that puts the learning experience first, has been selected as one of the Top 100 Finalists still in the running for the 17th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region across all organization sizes, sectors and industries. 1500 business and civic leaders will come together to honor the winners when they are announced on October 29th at Chicago’s Harris Theater.

As the learning and assessment delivery platform for ACT Online Prep (“AOP”), BenchPrep’s groundbreaking software helps improve and accelerate learner success by streamlining content management, instructional design, educator tools, analytics dashboards, and reporting into one learning ecosystem. BenchPrep has partnered with ACT to level the playing field for underserved students by offering them free access to AOP. Learners get the flexibility to access learning materials anytime, anywhere, across all devices, and by incorporating gamification, microlearning, and data driven personalization into its platform, BenchPrep makes learning engaging, efficient, and effective.

“Chicago continues to rise as a global hub of innovation due to the breadth of organizations in our region that introduce a stream of new products and services into the market each year,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards.  “This year’s nominees generated a combined total of $3.44 billion in revenues through their new products and services alone.”

Each of the Top 100 Finalists is also in the running for the annual “People’s Choice Award,” selected through online balloting at

Out of the Top 100 Finalists, the judges will select 10 winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards, as well as 10 winners of the Up-and-Comer Awards representing innovation in the start-up community, the Social Innovator Award, the Collaboration Award, and 3 Neighborhood Award winners, which will showcase innovation occurring in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.  The winners will be invited to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, invited to separate meetings with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Bruce Rauner and Cook Count President Toni Preckwinkle, and receive widespread media recognition.

About BenchPrep
Based in Chicago, BenchPrep is the only comprehensive learner success platform on the market and is recognized as an expert in learner success globally. The company’s innovative enterprise SaaS solutions are disrupting the exam prep, continuing education, certification and credentialing markets by providing an unmatched learning experience. Many of the largest assessment companies in the world are customers of BenchPrep, including ACT, Becker Professional Education, AAMC, CFA Institute, CompTIA, GMAC, Institute for Supply Management, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, ProLiteracy, HR Certification Institute, Hobsons, McGraw Hill Education, OnCourse Learning, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. More than 3 million learners have used BenchPrep’s platform to attain academic and professional success. To discover more about BenchPrep, please visit

Jon Aderson
Director of Marketing

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