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Nomination Deadline is Sunday for CT Entrepreneur Awards

2019 CT Entrepreneur Award winners. (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford residents and business owners have been winners of past CT Entrepreneur Awards, and are also members of the volunteer coordinating committee.


The deadline for 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, is Sunday, Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

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.

The online nomination process is simple and normally takes just a minute or two to complete. There is no limit to how many nominations can be entered by an individual. There will be both judged and community-favorite categories for an array of entrepreneurial endeavors, and nominations can be made now online at www.ctentrepreneurawards.com.

“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.”Qualifying nominated candidates are promoted to finalist status and then participate in the community voting and judging, where appropriate. Community online voting will begin on Feb. 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.

A special virtual event announcing and celebrating the 2021 winners is scheduled for Monday, April 19. Tickets with go on sale on Feb. 1 at ctentrepreneurawards.com.

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 ctentrepreneurawards.com.)

The following categories will be open for nominations:

  • Entrepreneur
    • Scaling (>$1MM revenue)
    • Scalable Venture
    • Main Street
    • Social Good
    • Student (<25 years old)
  • Venture
    • Revenue
    • Pre-revenue
  • Community Builder
  • Space
  • Program
  • Economic Development
  • Event
  • Education
  • Corporate/Institutional

Already signed on as 2021 program sponsors are: Imageworks, Murtha Cullina, Startups and Scholars, Webster Bank, and Entrepreneurship Foundation. 

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

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