Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Celebrating NH’s game-changing leaders

Dean Kamen 2017 EOY

Thirty-six years ago, a young inventor named Dean Kamen was honored as the first recipient of the NH Tech Alliance’s new Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) award. That was 1988, when fax machines and music CD’s were going mainstream. Fast forward to 2024, and while the work of Dean Kamen is as relevant as ever, so much technological innovation has occurred and altered how we live, work, play and interact.

The annual EOY award is given out at the Innovation Summit.


May 10 –  July 7, 2024 –  Nominations open

The  nomination form is a short application that can be submitted by the entrepreneur or another person. 

July 31, 2024 – We will contact nominees about the next steps. Those chosen will fill out a more detailed application at that time.

Nomination Form

In order to meet eligibility, nominees must be a founder, owner or manager of a New Hampshire-based business who successfully organized, developed or managed a technology-based concept into a viable product or service. An application can also be submitted for two or more people (e.g., co-founders of a company).

The business may be a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, or corporation, or a subsidiary or division thereof, based in NH.

To meet the high technology requirement of the competition, the Applicant’s business must develop, manufacture or distribute a commercially successful technology-based product or service. To be eligible to receive an award, the Applicant must be an owner/manager who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management.

The Applicant’s company must be at least two years old. If the company is publicly held, the Applicant must be an active member of top management.

Factors considered in judging are around risk, innovation, growth, competition, profitability and employment.

The Process
A talented team of judges that often includes past winners carefully reviews the applications.  A winner(s) is announced and celebrated at the annual Innovation Summit.

View the list of past recipients 

EOY Past Winners
Some past EOY winners gathered at an event