Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Celebrating NH’s game-changing leaders

Dean Kamen 2017 EOY

Thirty-three 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 2021, 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.

EOY is given out at the annual Innovation Summit. The 2020 event celebrated Bob Wilkins from SoClean.


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Applications due by October 22nd.

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In 2021 we are celebrating the 33rd anniversary of our EOY awards event. The application period is open and we are once again looking for those entrepreneurs in New Hampshire who have developed technologies that have made significant contributions toward advancing technology within their business and in the state of New Hampshire. Applications will be requested through universities, corporations, attorneys, bankers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

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 and interviews nominees. Finalists are selected and a winner(s) is announced and celebrated at the annual Innovation Summit.

Attend The Event
The Innovation Summit is a virtual event that will take place the week of December 6th. Throughout the week we celebrate all aspects of innovation in New Hampshire.

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Read on about all past EOY winners.

“Over the years, the Alliance has recognized over 70 New Hampshire entrepreneurs for demonstrating leadership, ingenuity and innovation through EOY. These individuals have grown billion dollar companies, created jobs for tens of thousands of people, and helped the New Hampshire economy continue to be one of the strongest in the nation,” said Matt Cookson, the Alliance’s executive director.

EOY Past Winners
Some past EOY winners gathered at an event