Entrepreneurship Awards


Recognizing the Hartford Region’s thriving start-ups and small businesses, the HYPE Entrepreneurship Awards have been instituted to engage and recognize Hartford’s budding and most enterprising ventures run by our young businesswomen and businessmen.

The Awards Ceremony features a cocktail reception, presentations from the finalists, live judging by a panel of community business people, and the announcement of the winners in all categories. 

Award Categories:

Business Pre-Launch Award

This award is targeted at a business that has not yet launched, but has strong potential for success after launch in their given industry. The start-up owner should be age 40 or under to be eligible for this award.

Business Launch Award

This award is targeted at new businesses from any sector that have launched since January 1, 2012, and demonstrate strong potential for growth and success. The business owner should be age 40 or under to be eligible for this award.

Community Impact Award

New in 2015, the Community Impact Award will recognize a business from any industry which is making an impact on their community. We're looking for businesses that are spearheading specific community projects which are having a positive impact, and which are being led by a young professional. Anyone may nominate any business, and any business may nominate themselves. The application requires information about the community project, and about the young professional who is leading the project. The young professional should be age 40 or under to be eligible for this award.


Past Award Winners of HYPE Entrepreneurship Awards
 

2015 Business Pre-Launch Award - InstaCraft
Business Launch Award - Bear's Smokehouse
Community Impact Award - Night Fall

2014
Business Pre-Launch Award - Civic Lift
Business Launch Award - Founders Pomade
Business Excellence Award - Severance Foods / Pan de Oro

2013

Business Pre-Launch Award - Parle IV
Business Launch Award - LearnToProgram
Business Excellence Award - Sea Tea Improv

2011
CCAT Science & Technology Award - NE Computer Solutions
Goodwin College Business Launch Award - LiveProud Sportswear (now Kenai Sports)
Filomeno & Company Business Excellence Award - CardFellow.com

2010
CCAT Science & Technology Award - GreenShare Technology
Goodwin College Business Launch Award - Replacement Lens Express
Filomeno & Company Business Excellence Award - Better Built Basements

2009
CCAT Science & Technology Award - Franklin Business Solutions
Goodwin College Business Launch Award - VLO Group of New England
Goodwin College Community Award - Excel Fitness

2008
CCAT Science & Technology Award - Progeos
NERAC Business Innovation Award - HipPurse
Goodwin College Community Award - uberdog