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, 35 years later, to weather New England's Innovation Storm, we have extended the program to take the better half of a year (7-9 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 Categories: 

  1. Clean Technology & Sustainability 

  2. Healthy Living & Well-Being 

  3. Information Technology & Cybersecurity 

  4. IoT & Smart Living 

  5. Life Sciences 

  6. Minority-Owned

  7. Non-Profit 

  8. Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing.

Applications are received electronically, by emailing

The 2020 Application process will begin Monday, May 4 at 9:00 am EST, and end Friday, June 26 at 5:00 pm EST.

Before applying, please refer to the 2020 Timeline (top Menu) to make sure you -or a member of your team- can be present at the 3 "live" events of the program, where your physical presence is required. 

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