1986-2021: 36 years of recognizing, nurturing and fueling Innovation

Robert J. Crowley's brain child, the New England Innovation Award competition was first launched in 1986, and since then, hundreds of companies have partaken in the competition, which was a couple of hours long when it started. Some notable mentions include Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Staples, Genzyme, MassChallenge, Carbonite, KRONOS, ZipCar, iRobot, zipcar, Keurig and Vistaprint.

Today, 36 years later, to weather New England's Innovation Storm, we have extended the program to occupy the better half of our calendar year (8 months to be exact). Any company/organization headquartered in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), that has a revolutionary product, technology or process,  is welcome to enter the program. 


There is NO fee associated with applying or participating (our role is to fuel the innovation storm, not to take away from it). 

This year, entries will be accepted for the following Tracks: 

  1. Cleantech, Greeentech & Bluetech

  2. Healthy Living & Well-Being 

  3. Tech & AI

  4. Smart Cities & Smart Living 

  5. Life Sciences (depending on the number of entries, this category may be split into Medical Devices and Biotech)

  6. Minority-Owned

  7. Robotics

The 2021 Application Process will begin Monday, March 1  at 9:00 am EST, and end Friday, April 30 at 5:00 pm EST. Applications Forms can be found at the bottom of this page, by clicking the Application Button..

There will be 4 Open Zoom Information and Guidance Meetings ( for Applicants, during which sample application templates will be shared, and questions will be answered:

  • Wednesday, March 17 from 2:00 to 2:50pm

  • Wednesday, March 31 from 2:00 to 2:50pm

  • Wednesday, April 7 from 2:00 to 2:50pm

  • Wednesday, April 14, from 2:00 to 2:50pm.

Applicants, please email us to receive the password for each meeting.

Important: Before applying, please refer to the 2021 Timeline (top Menu) to make sure you -or a member of your team- can be present at the 3 potentially live events of the program, where your physical presence is required (the feasibility of live events will be examined later on in the spring and remain in full accordance with the Commonwealth's meeting guidelines at the time).

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