Juried Awards

Nominations are now closed for the 24th Annual Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program. We accepted applications in the below categories. Join our Newsletter for the latest information.

For a complete list of past recipients of Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, click here.

Young Entrepreneur Award

Presented by BioLinc and Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre

Young Entrepreneurs who have demonstrated entrepreneurial creativity with excellent prospects for continued growth are celebrated in this category. Nominees must provide a birth date that shows they are 29 or younger as of January 1, 2017.

Emerging Entrepreneur Award

Presented by Innovate Niagara and St. Catharines Enterprise Centre

This award recognizes entrepreneurs who have demonstrated entrepreneurial success and excellence in their new enterprise. Their business must be between 2–5 years old as of January 1, 2017.

Innovative Entrepreneur Award

Presented by Sullivan Mahoney LLP

The recipient of this award will be an entrepreneur(s) who recognized an opportunity and developed an innovative solution to a problem, or created a market where there was none before.

Tourism and Hospitality Entrepreneur Award

presented by Tourism Partnership of Niagara

This award recognizes entrepreneurs whose approach best represents entrepreneurial success in Niagara’s tourism and/or hospitality industry (i.e. attractions, restaurants, hotels, wineries, etc.).

Agricultural, Horticultural & Environmental Entrepreneur Award

Presented by Niagara College

The Agricultural, Horticultural & Environmental award recipient(s) will embody the spirit of entrepreneurship, demonstrating success while either making a positive impact on Niagara’s agriculture and/or horticulture industry. (i.e.: farmers, greenhouses, grape growers, producers of raw commodities, etc.) or have demonstrated entrepreneurial success with a product, service and/or system that has made a positive impact on the environment.

Technological Entrepreneur Award

Presented by Gales Gas Bar

This category celebrates entrepreneurs who have developed a new technology, or led the advancement of existing technology to benefit an enterprise. They will be awarded for their achievements, entrepreneurial spirit and scope of technological impact.

International Entrepreneur Award

Presented by Keefer Factional Investments

This award represents Niagara entrepreneurs who have successfully entered the international marketplace, or have significantly increased their international presence through entrepreneurial business activities.

Family Entrepreneur Award

Presented by Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP

This award is presented to entrepreneurs of a multigenerational family owned business of two or more generations, who have adapted the business to current markets.

Established Entrepreneur Award

Presented by Performance Auto Group

Successful entrepreneurs in an established enterprise will be represented in this category, which will be based on their longevity and track record of success. Their business must be at least 5 years old as of January 1, 2017.


Note:  All entrepreneurs  in the judged categories must have been  involved in the business at least 2 years  as of January 1, 2017.  Exceptions are in the Young Entrepreneur, Emerging Entrepreneur and the Established Entrepreneur.  Please note their specific criteria in the category description.


Click here to review a list of past award recipients dating back to 1994. Click here for more information on our Juried Award categories.

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