About New England Innovation Awards

New England Business Association feels that innovation is at the heart of economic prosperity and we continue to recognize those companies that have transformed their innovative ideas into a product or service that delivers proven value to customers. The New England Innovation Awards Program was started in 1986 and, since then, almost 200 companies have won this prestigious award. Nominations from a wide variety of companies are welcome. Former nominees have come from varying fields such as technology, manufacturing, service, non-profit, and retail/distribution.


The Competition Process: The Three Events

The program encompasses three distinct phases and events.

1. The Reception for Nominees and Judges: Held in mid-March, this is the first opportunity that the nominees have to present their innovation in front of a panel of 3-4 judges. The nominees are given 15 minutes to speak, with limited use of technology. A reception precedes and follows their time slot with the judges.

  • March 22, 2018
  • Executive Conference Center, Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, LaCava 300, Waltham MA 02452
  • 5:00 - 9:00 PM

2. The Finalists Presentation: Held in mid-April, the top 20 Finalists will each have 3 minutes to present to the entire group of judges, our Partners, our Board members, and other invited guests. Finalists may also have an opportunity to demonstrate their innovation. A reception follows for all guests.

  • April 12, 2018
  • Westin Hotel, 70 Third Avenue, Waltham MA 02451
  • 4:30 - 8:30 PM

3. The Gala Awards Presentation and Dinner: Held in early May, the winners will be announced at this formal dinner presentation.

  • May 10, 2018
  • Westin Hotel, 70 Third Avenue, Waltham MA 02451
  • 5:00 - 9:00 PM


The mentoring program was established to help the nominees navigate the process of the Innovation Awards program and fine-tune their presentations to the judges. The role of mentors is a very important part of the program and the nominees are very appreciative to have the help!

Want to learn more? Please click on the image below to hear from 3 experienced mentors and 1 Innovation Award winner.

If you or someone in your company would like to become a mentor, please email Susan Barber at susan@newenglandbusiness.org. Please note, your company's membership in New England Business Association is a requirement to be a mentor.