What are the Entrepreneur Awards?

The awards recognize and honor the skill and courage it takes for entrepreneurs to create a business out of an idea. Our community has events that do honor the accomplishments of large and small businesses, however, this event focuses solely on the accomplishments of the entrepreneur. The Entrepreneur Awards takes place on March 1, 2018.

When does the 2018 nomination process begin?

Nominations open January 8, 2018, and close on January 29, 2018.

Who can submit a nomination for consideration?

Anyone who knows a successful entrepreneur can nominate a candidate. This includes spouses, employees, bankers, attorneys, public relations managers, friends, or entrepreneurs themselves. Self-nominations are encouraged too. After all, no one knows the dimensions of an entrepreneur's success better than the entrepreneur.

How do you nominate someone for consideration?

Nominations are only accepted via the website, HERE. Once a nomination is received the recipient will receive and email with the link for the application.

How do I find out if I am a winner?

Once you fill out an application you are a contender for one of the awards. We intentionally don’t ask applicants to self-select a category. This allows for more flexibility in the judging process. All final award winners are kept confidential until the Entrepreneur Awards on March 1, 2018. It is highly recommended that all nominees attend the Entrepreneur Awards Luncheon.

How is the People’s Choice winner selected?

All applicants are included in the People’s Choice online poll through Al.com. The poll is open for voting for one week during February 9 – 16, 2018, and the winner of this award is selected by the number of the most votes. Applicants are encouraged to share their nomination via social media to drive voting. The winner is kept confidential until the Entrepreneur Awards on March 1, 2018.

Do I need to live in Huntsville in order to apply?

Eligible applicants can live anywhere in the North Alabama region.

Do I have to be a client of The Catalyst?

You do not need to be a client or have any relationship with The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship to be eligible for the Entrepreneur Awards.

Are application forms kept confidential?

Yes. The information on the application form will be used only by our judges who have all signed confidentially agreements. The only portion of the application that will be made public is what you type to submit for the online People’s Choice Poll run through Al.com.

Is there a cost to apply?

There is no cost to submit a nomination and no cost to apply.

Who are the judges?

The regional and independent panels of judges include entrepreneurs and prominent leaders.

Can someone win an award more than once?

Someone is only eligible to win the same award once. An award winner from previous years can be nominated and apply each year, but is only eligible for award categories not yet won. This includes the People's Choice Award.