Small Business Contests & Awards: NY’s Top Entrepreneurs, BlackBerry Achievement Awards, Pitch at MIT + More

Here’s a fresh list of awards, contests and competitions for growing companies and entrepreneurs.

There are some great contests and awards in this week’s roundup.

If you’ve entered and won a contest or award listed here, let me know so we can share your news.

This list is brought to you every other week by Small Business Trends and


Brother CreativeCenter “Back to Business” Contest
Ends March 4, 2013

BizSugar is running a contest where you get to show your creativity. Three winners will receive a prize suite of Brother products including a printer, labelmaker, ink and supplies – valued at approximately $500. To enter just go to the Brother CreativeCenter and use the free tools to design a brochure, business cards, poster, calendar or other item. Then post it at

Contest sponsored by Brother (@BrotherOffice). Contest details here.

Future Energy Pitch at MIT
Apply by March 6, 2013

The first Ultra Light event at MIT is a Future Energy pitch event for energy and cleantech startups, hosted in conjunction with the MIT Energy Club and the MIT Clean Energy Prize. The application deadline is this Wednesday, March 6. If you have an energy or cleantech startup and you want to get investor attention, be sure to apply here. You can’t beat MIT as a high-profile forum to showcase your technology!

2013 Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards
Enter by March 8, 2013

Morehead State University’s Ashland Small Business Development Center is accepting nominations for the 2013 Northeast Kentucky Small Business Awards. The public is encouraged to nominate outstanding small-business owners and/or advocates in three northeastern Kentucky counties — Boyd, Carter and Greenup.

Crain’s New York Business Top Entrepreneurs
Enter by March 15, 2013

Crain’s New York is seeking successful businesspeople for its annual Top Entrepreneurs feature to run in May. Companies must be located in New York City, been in business for at least three years, and have revenue of less than $100 million. See website for entry form and eligibility rules.

American Technology Awards
Enter by March 15, 2013

Known as the Termans after Frederick Terman the widely credited father of Silicon Valley, the awards are the only national “Best Of” for technology products and services across the technology industry. Awarded on the basis of a thorough evaluation by industry experts and technology leaders, the Termans are presented at the Technology and Government Dinner in Washington, D.C.

BlackBerry Achievement Awards
Enter by March 22, 2013

The awards program recognizes the year’s most outstanding achievements by business leaders, entrepreneurs and developers in advancing mobile technology to benefit business and society. Award winners will be announced at the annual BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, Florida in May 2013.
Award categories include:

App of the Year
Putting Customers First
Mobile Innovation of the Year
Making the World a Better Place
Entrepreneur of the Year

Grow Mid City Small Business Growth Competition
Enter by March 22, 2013

Capital One Bank has partnered with the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance of Baton Rouge to host the Grow Mid City Small Business Growth Plan Competition, an initiative to help small businesses in the Mid City area to grow and to create jobs. The Grow Mid City Small Business Growth Plan Competition is a part of Capital One Bank’s commitment to investing in their communities.

The Company Corporation Business Plan Contest
Enter by March 31, 2013

Open to participants from around the country, the Business Plan Contest encourages would-be entrepreneurs to grow their ideas into start-up and early-stage To win, entrants should write a one-page business plan executive summary and send it to The Company Corporation no later than March 31, 2013. Entries will be judged by a panel of The Company Corporation’s Small Business Specialists. The contestant who submits the most thought-provoking and well-reasoned business plan executive summary will bring home a $1,000 cash award.

Huntsville/Madison 2013 Small Business Awards
Enter by April 5, 2012

The spirit of the Small Business Awards is to recognize individuals and businesses that make a positive impact on the Huntsville/Madison metro community through their products, services and outstanding attributes.

The 2013 Small Business Awards will consist of 7 categories, listed on the event website.

2013 SCORE Awards
Enter by March 31, 2013

The SCORE Awards is an annual event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses. It recognizes the people and companies that have demonstrated unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of America’s economy and small business community. The awards ceremony will take place in August 2013. Net revenues from the event help support The SCORE Foundation and its programs, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. All nominees must agree to come to the SCORE Awards to be eligible.

Dell $100M Innovators Credit Fund

Dell $100M Innovators Credit Fund

Dell has launched a $100 million Innovators Credit Fund, with the purpose of helping entrepreneurs “maximize potential for innovation, speed to market and job creation.” The credit fund will offer both funding and technology resources with IT support, depending on what each start-up needs.

To be eligible, you must have already received some angel funding or venture capital before you can apply. Start-ups can get up to 10% of its current funding or up to $150,000 with limited credit terms. See website for details and application.

If you are putting on a small business contest, award or competition, and want to get the word out to the community, please submit it through our Events & Contests Submission Form. (We do not charge a fee to be included in this listing.) Only events of interest to small business people, freelancers and entrepreneurs will be considered and included.

Please note: The descriptions provided here are for convenience only and are NOT the official rules. ALWAYS read official rules carefully at the site holding the competition, contest or award.

[photo credit: Shorts and Longs Flickr]

The following two tabs change content below.
Laura plans and manages Smallbiztechnology's live and virtual events, including the five-city Small Business Technology Tour, now in its third year. She also produces events for clients through her event planning company, L2 Event Production. Her popular roundups of events and competitions for small businesses is published weekly on and Small Business Trends.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *