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April 23

2014 HYPE Entrepreneurship Awards - 4/23/2014

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Get HYPEd at City Steam - 5/7/14

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Keep Calm and Hartford On: XL Center - 5/12/14

May 21

HYPE Spring Fling 2014 - 5/21/2014

May 29

HYPEd on Hartford Stage - 5/29/2014
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Entrepreneurship Awards

Recognizing the Hartford Region’s thriving startups and small businesses, the HYPE Entrepreneurship Awards have been instituted to engage and recognize Hartford’s budding and most enterprising ventures run by our young businesswomen and businessmen.

This year's ceremony will be held at The Mark Twain House & Museum on the evening of Wednesday, April 23. The event features a cocktail reception, presentations from the finalists for each of the awards, and live judging by a panel of community business people. 

Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors:

For more information about additional sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Daly Meehan.

Award Categories:

Business Pre-Launch Award

This award is targeted at a business that has not yet launched, but has strong potential for success after launch in their given industry.

Business Launch Award

This award is targeted at new businesses from any sector that have launched since January 1, 2012, and demonstrate strong potential for growth and success.

Business Excellence Award

This award is targeted at mature businesses that incorporated before January 1, 2012, and can point to a demonstrated track record, proven products and/or services, and established clientele.


Any current HYPE member is eligible to nominate their business venture for any of the award categories. If you are not currently a HYPE member but would like to join so you can nominate your business, join here. Nominations are now closed for the 2014 Entrepreneurship Awards.

A Nomination Review Committee will use the information provided in the application to select finalists for each award. Once the finalists are selected, they will be notified and asked to prepare a 5-minute presentation. At the event on April 23rd, finalists will have an opportunity to present their business to the panel of judges and other attendees in an effort to show why their business is strong and poised to grow. Only one person from each finalist company is allowed to make the presentation and answer questions during Q&A. The judges will select the final award winners immediately after hearing the presentations. All winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a trophy. All participating businesses will benefit from publicity during the Awards event, the HYPE website and potential media coverage.

Important 2014 Dates

Wednesday, March 27 (Noon)
 - Nominations are due
Wednesday, April 9 - Finalists will be notified
Monday, April 21 - Finalist's PowerPoint presentations are due
Wednesday, April 23 - Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, May 13 - MetroHartford Alliance Rising Star Breakfast, where Award Winners will be invited to the event to be recognized publicly

Interested in attending the 2014 Entrepreneurship Awards to watch the finalist presentations and to network with local entrepreneurs? Register here.

Past Award Winners of HYPE Entrepreneurship Awards


  • CCAT Science & Technology Award - NE Computer Solutions
  • Goodwin College Business Launch Award - LiveProud Sportswear (now Kenai Sports)
  • Filomeno & Company Business Excellence Award - CardFellow.com



  • CCAT Science & Technology Award –  Franklin Business Solutions
  • Goodwin College Business Launch Award –  VLO Group of New England
  • Goodwin College Community Award –  Excel Fitness


  • CCAT Science & Technology Award –  Progeos
  • NERAC Business Innovation Award –  HipPurse
  • Goodwin College Community Award –  uberdog