Entrepreneur of the Year
Celebrating NH’s game-changing leaders
Thirty 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 2018, 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 a celebratory annual event where attendees network, learn more about promising startup companies who demonstrate their next big idea, hear tales from successful entrepreneurs, and then learn who will be recognized as this year’s outstanding entrepreneur.
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.
Nominate an Entrepreneur
As we celebrate the 31st anniversary of our EOY awards event in 2019, we’ll be 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. We also hold open nominations, where you can nominate an entrepreneur.
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.
A talented team of judges that often includes past winners carefully reviews and interviews nominees. Finalists are selected and a winner(s) is announced at the EOY annual event.
Attend The Event
This flagship is event is one to mark your calendars for. It attracts 250-300 influential leaders of tech-based companies from across the region and is one of the top networking events for those working in or interested in NH’s technology sector.
The Awards Program promotes high tech business development and honors New Hampshire’s leading technology entrepreneurs by calling attention to their success, and encouraging the formation of the next generation of technology ventures.
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