By entering the New England Innovation Awards Competition, applicants agree to respect and abide by all guiding principles of the program, listed below:  


  1. All Applications/Entries pertain to a product/technology or service owned or represented by the applicant, and the applicant has the right (from their company) to submit the entry (otherwise, the application will be disqualified).

  2. The New England Innovation Program retains the right to use photos and information of Applications and Entries for publicity and promotion purposes.

  3. Adherence to the competition timing is required to ensure review and judgement of an Application/Entry. 

  4. The Applicants/Finalists are responsible for observing and respecting competition timing and deadlines.

  5. To ensure emails from the New England Innovation Team do NOT end up in spam folders, Applicant's are advised to add our email address too their contacts.

  6. Nomination Deadline is Wednesday, June 17th, 2020; 5:00 pm EST (out of courtesy to your Nominee, we would like to give them at least a week to prepare their application presentation)

  7. Applications/Entries should be submitted by email ( and include both the Application Form (can be found at the bottom of the Application Process page), and the Pitch Deck OR Video to be considered; product photos are optional.

  8. Eligible Applications/Entries will be judged against other Entries within their Selected Category.

  9. The NE Innovation Program Team and/or Judges reserve the right to move an Application/Entry to a different Category if they see fit. In such a case, the Applicant will be notified by email.

  10. Judges’ Scoring and Voting Decisions are final and no subject to discussion or questions.

  11. The New England Innovation Program Team reserves the right to “remove” a Category from the competition, if it receives fewer than four (4) applicant entries.

  12. Selected Finalists need to respond to the email notifying them of their selection, by email, no later than Thursday, July 16, 2020, 5:00 pm EST in order to proceed to the last round of competition; failure to respond on time will result in their disqualification, and selection of an alternate Finalist.

  13. All Finalists are required to demonstrate their Innovation and deliver a Final, Live Presentation Pitch to Judges and members of the Innovation Ecosystem, at the final Judging round of the competition: the New England Innovation Showcase on Wednesday, October 21st.

  14. The Innovation Showcase is an almost whole-day event ; table set-up starts around 1:00 pm, and guests arrive at 4:00 pm. Finalists are encouraged to block the day off their calendars early on, to ensure their appropriate representation at the event. Inability to participate at the Showcase will result in disqualification from the competition.

  15. Applicants and Finalists are expected to be conducting themselves with courtesy and professionalism at all times; unkind and unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated and may lead to disqualification from the competition.

  16. Decision on the manner and details in which the competition is conducted is strictly within the discretion of the New England Innovation Program Team.

  17. Transportation costs to and from the Innovation Program meetings (Information, Showcase and Award Ceremony) are the responsibility of the Applicants/Entrants.

  18. Awards will be bestowed upon all Finalists, in recognition of them making it to the finals of the competition, and to each of the Category Winners.

  19. Awards Announcements will made during the Innovation Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020. ALL Winners are notified DURING the event, NOT before.

  20. Awards are not transferable and must be accepted as awarded, during the Evening of Innovation/Innovation Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020. 

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