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

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

How Does This Work?

All nominations come from you - the New England startup community. This is your opportunity to recognize the hard work of your peers and colleagues, the folks you respect in the startup community. When nominations close, our judges will select the top three in each category. These three nominees will then be shared with the public (you!) and will be voted upon.

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Timeline

All nominations are done by the New England startup community. The judges then take these nominations and pick the top three. We then open up voting to the public to decide the winner. Winners will be announced on Startup Boston's LinkedIn Page.

Meet Our 2024 Judges

Judges

The 2024 Winners

finalists

These individuals, startups and organizations were nominated by the startup community - your peers, colleagues and the movers and shakers of New England startup. Meet the winners across our nine categories below.

STARTUP OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the startup that has seen the most growth and has supported the startup community.

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UBERDOC

Provides priority access to the best doctors for an affordable, transparent price.

FOUNDER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the founder who has shown the most grit and growth to their company, while supporting other founders in MA and underrepresented communities.

INVESTOR OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the angel investor or VC who is notorious in investing in New England startups and is an advocate to underrepresented communities.

MOST LIKELY TO BE THE NEXT UNICORN

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

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Grain Ecosystem, Inc

Empowers project developers to benefit from the Voluntary Carbon Market and access financing for project activities

STUDENT FOUNDER OF THE YEAR

Awarded to the undergrad or grad student founder who has seen tremendous traction in their startup.

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.

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FORGE

On a mission to help innovators with physical products navigate the journey from prototype to commercialization and impact—at scale

COMMUNITY BUILDER OF THE YEAR

This individual must be an advocate for not just their company, but a supporter and ally to founders in New England and underrepresented communities.

EQUITY CHAMPION

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

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CIC Social Impact Program

Provide unique programming that supports small organizations led by historically underserved entrepreneurs

PEOPLE FIRST ORGANIZATION

Awarded to the organization with thoughtful approaches to building a strong and employee-focused ethos

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Building PPL

A consulting firm helping small to mid-sized businesses create innovative L&D solutions that begin by investing in people

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