Entrepreneur Award Descriptions

  • Entrepreneur (Judged and Community Voted) Through the Entrepreneur of the Year we seek to recognize founders who have distinguished themselves through milestones reached in 2020. Entrepreneur of the Year has 5 sub-categories:
    • Scaling Company
    • Scalable Venture
    • Main Street
    • Social Good
    • Student
  • Venture (Judged and Community Voted) Through the Venture of the Year we seek to recognize ventures that represent the best idea, fastest growing, best exit, best market validation, best idea, best potential for disruption, etc. Venture of the Year has 2 sub-categories:
    • Revenue
    • Pre-revenue
  • Community Builder (Judged and Community Voted) Through the Community Builder of the Year award, we seek to recognize the advisor, mentor, collaborator, instigator, etc. who works outside of their day job to foster collaboration and build the entrepreneurial community in their area of CT or the state as a whole.
  • Space (Community Voted) Through the Community Favorite Space award, we seek to recognize the communities most favorite coworking, makerspace, etc.
  • Program (Community Voted) Through the Community Favorite Program award, we seek to recognize the communities most favorite accelerator, incubator, grant, etc.
  • Funding (Community Voted) Through the Community Favorite Funding award, we seek to recognize the communities most favorite venture capitalist, angel investor, lender, alternative funder, and any entities that they work for or a part of, etc. 
  • Economic Development (Community Voted) Through the Community Favorite Economic Development award, we seek to recognize the communities most favorite public advocate, public servant, economic development initiative, etc.
  • Event (Community Voted) Through the Community Favorite Event award, we seek to recognize the communities most favorite pitch, hackathon, networking, learning, etc.
  • Education (Community Voted) Through the Community Favorite Education award, we seek to recognize the communities most favorite university, K-12, class, teacher/professor, program, community, etc.
  • Corporate/Institution (Community Voted) Through the Community Favorite Corporate/Institutional award, we seek to recognize the community’s most favorite community corporate or institutional partner, sponsor, collaborator, etc.

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