Startup Boston's Community Awards

It's time to recognize the movers and shakers of the New England startup ecosystem.  

For our fifth annual Startup Boston Week, we're excited to launch Startup Boston's first-ever inaugural Community Awards. 

No strings, no submission fee attached, Startup Boston's Community Awards is a grassroots movement to celebrate our startup community. And in true Startup Boston fashion, nominations and voting will be done by our local startup community.

We're searching for the best of the best here, so please do your part in nominating startups and rockstars you know -- and spreading the word with your network. 

Let the nominating begin! Submissions are due August 6th.

Important note: all people and startups being submitted must be based in New England.

Startup of the Year

Awarded to the startup that has seen the most growth in their product roadmap, customer acquisition, team and marketing footprint. 

Founder of the Year

Awarded to the founder who has defeated the odds and shown the most grit and growth. This founder must be an advocate for not just their company, but a supporter and ally to founders in MA and underrepresented communities. 

Investor of the Year

Awarded to the angel investor or VC who has done the most to support the startup ecosystem, is an advocate to underrepresented communities, and is the notorious for investing in MA-based startups. 

Best Student-Founded Startup

Awarded to the student founder who has seen tremendous traction in their startup. Company must have been founded while pursuing their Bachelor's (MBA founders, while incredibly talented, will not be considered for this award). 

Best Accelerator or Incubator Program

Awarded to the accelerator or incubator who represents a diverse portfolio of founders and is constantly giving back and helping to better the startup community in MA. 

Best Co-Working Space

Awarded to the coworking space that is constantly creating opportunities for the startup community to connect and learn from one another. 

Community Builder of the Year

Awarded to the person who has the best "give back" attitude towards the MA startup community. 

Equity Champion

Awarded to the startup who has committed the most to diversity. 

Innovative Business Model

Awarded to the startup that has found a very different or unique business revenue model. 

Best Work from Home Culture

Awarded to the startup who has embraced hybrid and work-from-home culture.

Fastest-Growing Veteran-Owned Business

Awarded to a military veteran who founded a startup and has seen the most growth in product, customer acquisition, team and marketing footprint this year. 

Community Hero

Awarded to the most supportive startup towards the community during the pandemic. 

Most Likely to be the Next Boston Unicorn

Awarded to the startup who is most likely to succeed in the startup ecosystem. 

Submit Your Nominations (Due: August 6th)

Thanks for submitting!