Make a Nomination for a 2017 Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award

All nominations are now closed. Meet the finalists and winners at our Oct 25 Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner!

Calling Oregon’s brightest startup companies and entrepreneurs!

The OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards program honors the skill and courage that it takes for entrepreneurs to create a business out of an idea.

Nominees are subjected to a rigorous judging process led by a committee of prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders. After an initial review of the nomination materials, the judges will select semifinalists in each category who participate in both off-site and on-site interviews.

Finalists are determined in September, and winners are announced at our annual OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner in October.

Make a nomination:

Entrepreneurial Achievement Award | Game Changer Award | Company Award


Sadie Lincoln, Founder of barre3

The OEN Awards nomination and judging process was a catalyst for getting out of my barre3 bubble and meeting incredible leaders in our community. Both judges and fellow nominees have become an important part of my support network. Thank you OEN!”

Sadie Lincoln, Co-Founder and CEO, barre3

Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Our Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizes an entrepreneur or founding team with a record of outstanding achievement in the last 18 months. We’re looking for people or teams who:

  • Demonstrate tenacity, passion, and grit
  • Recognize, and capitalize on, opportunity
  • Positively impact the communities in which they operate
  • Actively support our entrepreneurial ecosystem

Deadline: Wednesday, August 16

Meet our 2016 Entrepreneurial Achievement Award Winner and Finalists:


Game Changer Award

Our Game Changer Award honors both non-profit and for-profit enterprises that offer a novel solution to a social problem. We’re looking for companies that have:

  • A clear vision for solving a social problem
  • Demonstrated commitment to impact that is central to the mission of the business
  • A compelling answer to the question, “Why is your solution better than existing solutions?”
  • A viable business model

Deadline: Wednesday, August 16

Meet our 2016 Game Changer Award Winner:


Company Awards

Our Company Awards recognize businesses in the startup, development, and growth stages that:

  • Address compelling market problems
  • Deliver consistent growth
  • Have scalable business models
  • Know their niche and clearly differentiate from their competitors
  • Have founders and/or teams who demonstrate tenacity, passion, and vision

Nominations for our Company Awards are now closed.

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