Product of the Year is one of New Hampshire’s largest business events and offers finalists and winners significant visibility through the judging process and product demonstrations, both at the event and in overall promotions.
This September we will celebrate the 15th annual Product of the Year event. We took a pause on the event in 2020 to allow businesses to acclimate to the challenges of 2020. Following any major obstacle or challenge comes great innovation. 2021 will showcase our own innovation on the event as well as amazing new products and technology!
POY is a competitive event which offers the local business community an opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievements of companies who develop innovative technology products in New Hampshire. As across the United States, New Hampshire has seen an increasingly competitive marketplace in the tech sector. POY is an interactive, fun and incredibly invigorating night to see local companies pitch their latest and greatest technological products.
The POY audience is actively engaged and helps select the winner each year by providing 50% of the final tabulation; the other 50% comes directly from the POY expert panel of judges. The winner is announced live at the event, and will have their company name etched into the prestigious Product of the Year crystal trophy.
The winning company’s product is featured for the entire year at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, in a display seen by thousands of people traveling to and from New Hampshire!
Past POY winners include SpotOn Virtual Smart Fence by OnPoint Systems, Measured Air Performance, iCAD, Inc., Wilcox Industries, Plexxi, Prosenex, Single Digits, Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, InsightTech Gear, Holase Incorporated, Sky-Skan, Foss Manufacturing and Therma-HEXX. Learn more about past winners.
“We’re excited to shine the spotlight on the incredible innovation taking place right here in the Granite State at our Product of the Year award celebration,” said Lisa King, POY committee chair. “This is an unprecedented opportunity not only for inventors to make important new connections, but to increase the visibility of their companies and products right before a prestigious group of NH entrepreneurs.”
The competition is open to any company with a headquarters, subsidiary or division based in New Hampshire. Products must have been released or significantly updated within the previous 12 months and must meet the broad categorization of high technology and/or advanced manufacturing. There is an application fee of $200 for Alliance members and $350 for non-members.
Each year in mid-August after the application deadline closes, up to five finalists are selected by a panel of esteemed judges with entrepreneurial and investing experience, as well as some past winners. They then present their products at the September POY event through a series of seven-minute presentations before a live audience.
After the presentations, audience members vote for their favorite product. When calculating the votes, the initial judges’ vote counts for 50% of the final tabulation with the real-time audience vote comprising the remaining 50%. The Product of the Year is announced at the end of the event.
Thank you to our major sponsors of POY 2019 which include:
Connection, Autodesk, Q7, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Cirtronics, Cross Insurance, Hanover Insurance, People’s United Bank, Sheehan Phinney, Single Digits, BerryDunn, Colliers International, Sunrise Labs, Robert Half Technologies and Wipfli.
2019 Product of the Year Judges Panel
Thank you to our judges:
Peter Antoinette, Entrepreneur & Business Development Consultant
Mike Cote, New Hampshire Union Leader
Bryan Lord, New Venture Advisors
Jason Syversen, Tech Entrepreneur, Advisor & Investor
James Key-Wallace, NH Business Finance Authority