(formerly known as the New England Innovation Awards)

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 the covid/post-covid innovation storm, we have extended the program to occupy the better half of our calendar year (8 months to be exact), and we have rebranded it as The Eddies. The Eddies name represents:

- a nod to Thomas Edison, and his prolific work (and 1,093 innovation patents!) in a variety of industries and sectors; and

- the circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool on the surface of the ocean (similar to the ripples caused to any market by the introduction of a ground-breaking product or technology). 

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 were 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 - Biotech

  6. Life Sciences - Medical Devices

  7. Minority-Owned

  8. Robotics



The 2021 Application Process is now closed. Thank you to all the teams that applied to the program!