Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

We are looking for an outstanding young entrepreneur working and living in New Hampshire, 40 years of age or younger. New Hampshire’s economy is shaped by the health of a growing business community. This award is for someone who looked outside the box, started something new, opened their favorite coffee shop on the corner, or is the CEO of a hot new tech company on the block.

A panel of judges comprised of venture capitalists, and business and community leaders from across the state will select the award recipient.

Self-nominations are discouraged. Past winners of this award are not eligible to win this award again. 

2021 Nominations are open through Friday, July 16, 2021!

Please note: There is not an option to save the nomination form. If you’d prefer to print out a copy of the nomination form to prepare your answers prior to submitting, please find a copy of the questions here.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Please note: To be eligible, nominees must be 40 years of age or younger at the time of nomination.
  • Please enter a number greater than or equal to 0.
  • Tell us what distinguishes your nominee from their business or community peers. What is the sum of their accomplishments or leadership in NH?
  • Provide a summary of your nominee's product/service/business. Tell us how the entrepreneurial venture came to be. Has it led to job creation? Talk about the innovation behind it. How has it grown since its inception? Does the company practice corporate social responsibility? If so, how does the company/venture contribute to the well-being of the community?
  • Does this product/service/business have staying power? Is it meant for short term or long term? Please provide us with your nominee’s plans for the future. Include the evolution of the product/service/business and the market that it’s in. What impact do you anticipate from this venture, specifically in NH?
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  • In addition to the online nomination form, please provide at least one letter of recommendation from someone that is not the nominator or a family member.
  • Though this is not required, the panel of judges may use this to make their final determinations.
  • Please note: This will have no impact on your status. *If selected as winner, information WILL be shared publicly for marketing purposes.
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