Criteria & Requirements for Nominations

To nominate a company, please click here to be redirected to our online application.

To view last year’s winners, please click here:


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 SBANE’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 SBANE’s “Evening of Innovation” Gala
  • Award announcements in major media outlets
  • Entry into SBANE’s “Circle of Excellence”
  • 6 months of SBANE 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.  Click here to nominate a business.

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