New England Innovation Awards Criteria & Requirements

Why Nominate A Business?

This award provides lasting recognition of a company’s innovative heritage. In addition, recipients receive:

  • Recognition as a leading innovative organization by the Association’s nationally recognized Partners, Sponsors and constituents 
  • Opportunity to increase brand recognition, make valuable contacts and build a network among New England’s largest organizations 
  • Formal Award presentation at New England Business Association’s “Evening of Innovation” Gala 
  • Award announcements in major media outlets 
  • Entry into New England Business Association’s “Circle of Excellence” 
  • 6 months of New England Business Association Membership for a reduced rate of $100 ($50 for non-profits) 

What Type of Businesses Should Be Nominated? 

  • Technology 
  • Life Sciences and Medical Devices 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Services 
  • Retail/Distribution 
  • Non-Profit 
  • Rising Star 

The Rising Star category will be given to an early stage business that has clearly demonstrated the validity of its business, but may not yet be profitable. 

Non-profit organizations will be considered in a separate category utilizing the same criteria with a focus on impact within their space, as opposed to profitability. 

Innovation does not always fall neatly into a single category. If a company meets the requirements but does not fit a category, the committee will consider the entry on its merits.



  • Innovative business / organization or product / service line 
  • Independent and headquartered in New England

Additional Guidelines

  • Maximum revenue of $100 million 
  • In business for a minimum of 1 year 
  • Maximum number of employees approximately 300 employees

Our panel of judges looks more favorably upon those businesses that have demonstrated the validity of their innovation through customer acquisition, investments, and/or bottom line results.


Judging Criteria

  • Demonstrates compelling idea/technology/process 
  • Demonstrates benefit to users and addresses market need or creates a new market
  • Demonstrates marketplace success as measured by profit, volume, growth rate, customer commitments, user reviews, ROI, or market impact

How To Nominate A Business

Nominations will only be accepted on-line.