Nominations Open for CT Entrepreneur Awards 2021

December 9, 2020

Media Contact: Bill Kenney,

Nominations Open for CT Entrepreneur Awards 2021;
Connecticut’s Largest Entrepreneurial Awards Event

Nominations for the 2021 Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards, which identify, recognize, and celebrate Connecticut’s leading entrepreneurs and ventures, and the ecosystem elements that support them, are now open.

There will be both judged and community-favorite categories for an array of entrepreneurial endeavors, and nominations can be made online through Jan. 31, 2021, at The online nomination process is simple and normally takes just a minute or two to complete.

Community online voting will begin on February 10, 2021. In addition to the community award-winners, a national panel of expert judges will select winners in the Entrepreneur, Venture, and Community Builder categories. Last year, there were a record-setting total of 404 nominations.

The CT Entrepreneur Awards are a product of the CT Entrepreneur Event Organizers consortium, an all-volunteer cooperative effort of people and organizations that host and facilitate entrepreneur-facing events in Connecticut.

“Connecticut entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to grow, even amidst the changing world of the pandemic,” said CT Entrepreneur Awards founder Bill Kenney. “We continue to see innovation, creativity, new connections, and a supportive community encouraging new ventures and stepping up to share experiences and opportunities. We’re pleased to recognize entrepreneurs breaking new ground and reaching new heights.”

The annual honors – which have recognized more than 75 entrepreneurs and ventures from all parts of Connecticut – were first awarded in 2017. (See a full list of the affiliated organizations at

There is no limit to how many nominations can be entered by an individual. Qualifying nominated award candidates are promoted to finalist status and then participate in the community voting and judging, where appropriate.

The following categories will be open for nominations:


  • Scaling (>$1MM revenue)
  • Scalable Venture
  • Main Street
  • Social Good
  • Student (<25 years old)


  • Revenue
  • Pre-revenue

Community Builder



Economic Development




A special event announcing and celebrating the 2021 winners is scheduled for Monday, April 19. Whether the event will be in-person or virtual will be determined in March, and details will be announced at that time.

Businesses and organizations interested in sponsorships should contact Bill Kenney at Already signed on as 2021 program sponsors are: Entrepreneurship Foundation, Keating Agency Insurance, Murtha Cullina, Imageworks, Startups and Scholars, UHY Advisors, and Universal Connectivity.

As the 2021 Awards cycle gets underway, a number of winners from previous years are being featured on the new CT Entrepreneur Awards website, providing updates on the progress they’ve made since being selected to receive an award. The updates can be seen at

For more information about the 2021 CT Entrepreneur Awards, including how to get involved or become a sponsor, contact Bill Kenney at


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