Nelson and Pade, Inc.®: Announced as a WI Innovation Awards finalist

Montello, WI – Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, a leader in aquaponics and sustainable agriculture, is among twenty-nine companies and nonprofit organizations that have been selected as finalists for the 2021 Wisconsin Innovation Awards.  In total, over 331 businesses, products and services from around the state were nominated.

The finalists were determined by a panel of 27 statewide industry experts, with winners to be announced at the annual awards ceremony on October 5, 2021. Nominations spanned across the state of Wisconsin, representing startups, companies, and established businesses of all sizes and industries.

Co-founder, Rebecca Nelson, shares: “Nelson and Pade, Inc.® is honored to be selected as a finalist for the Wisconsin Innovation Awards and among the 29 extraordinary Wisconsin companies chosen. The entire Nelson and Pade Team values innovation and is proud of this recognition of our efforts.” 

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards Board of Directors is thrilled to hold an in-person ceremony this year, in concordance with requirements set forth by Dane County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Discounted early bird tickets are available now until August 15th at Further details on the program and event are available at

The Wisconsin Innovations Awards Ceremony is presented by Alliant Energy, American Family Insurance, and Wipfli. Supporting sponsors include Exact Sciences, Green Clock, JP Cullen, Madison Gas & Electric, Neider & Boucher, Perkins Coie, the Wisconsin Union, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Additional support provided by BioForward, Eppstein Uhen Architects, First Business Bank, gener8tor, HealthX Ventures, Indeavor, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and Madison Area Technical College.

Originally founded in 1985, Nelson and Pade, Inc.® provides complete aquaponic systems, training, supplies, and support to its broad base of customers around the world. Clients in 35 countries use the innovative aquaponic systems and technology developed by Nelson and Pade, Inc.® to grow fresh food, including vegetables and fish, for people in urban, suburban and rural communities.  It is the vision of Nelson and Pade, Inc.® to provide food security for all nations through aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture.

For more information on Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, or aquaponic food production, visit: or call 608-297-8708.