Nominations

“Award-winning” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

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. You can’t win if we don’t know about you, so this is your opportunity to put your hat in the ring.

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, semi-finalist companies participate in both off-site and on-site interviews. Finalists are determined in early September, and winners are announced at our annual OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner in October.

Being nominated for an OEN award was such an honor but more importantly, the entire experience was rewarding. It was a catalyst for getting out of my barre3 bubble and meeting incredible leaders in our community. In the past year both judges and fellow nominees have become an important part of my support network. Thank you OEN!

– Sadie Lincoln, barre3

We honor entrepreneurs and companies across all sectors and stages in the following categories:

Startup Stage Company Award

Companies with projected revenue for the current year less than $0.5 million

Development Stage Company Award

Companies with past-year revenue of at least $0.5 million and projected revenue for the current year of $0.5-$8 million

Growth Stage Company Award

Companies with past-year revenue of at least $8 million and projected revenue for the current year of over $8 million

Game Changer Award

Honoring an innovative new product or service that has great potential to disrupt its industry

Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award

Honoring the region’s most promising early-stage tech entrepreneur

Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Recognizing an entrepreneur or founding team with a record of outstanding achievement in the last 18 months


Startup Stage Company Award

Projected revenue for the current year less than $0.5 million

Companies in the Startup Stage category may be in the process of setting up, developing and testing the products, processes, or services they intend to market or are currently marketing. Projected revenues for the current calendar year from sales of products or services are in the range of $0-0.5 million and the amount of invested capital in these companies is less than $5 million.

[VIDEO OF PRIOR YEAR’S FINALISTS]

Development Stage Company Award

Past-year revenue of at least $0.5 million and projected revenue for the current year of $0.5-$8 million
Development Stage companies are in the early stages of fully launching their businesses on the market. They are in the process of establishing their production, marketing, sales, distribution and administrative functions and may be hiring employees or contractors to support their operations. These companies have recognized revenues at a minimum of $0.5 million in the previous calendar year. They also have projected revenues for the current year in the range of $0.5-$8 million and should either show a historical trend toward positive cash flow or have a credible plan to reach that objective in the near- to mid term.

[VIDEO OF PRIOR YEAR’S FINALISTS]

Growth Stage Company Award

Growth Stage Company Award

Past-year revenue of at least $8 million and projected revenue for the current year of over $8 million

Growth Stage companies have a fully-marketable product or service, have earned a degree of market acceptance and have acquired a critical mass of customers. Their efforts are aimed not at remaining viable but at increasing market share, moving into new markets, adapting products or services to new uses and customers or increasing efficiency and cash flow. These companies have recognized revenues at a minimum of $8 million in the previous calendar year. They also have projected revenues for the current year in excess of $8 million and, if not profitable, are generating cash flow and are financially self-sustaining.

[VIDEO OF PRIOR YEAR’S FINALISTS]

Game Changer Award

Revenue for the current year of under $5 million

Are you not only building a company but revolutionizing an industry in the process? Whatever game you’re changing, we want to know about it. Our “Game Changer” Award honors an innovative new product or service that has great potential to disrupt its industry.

[VIDEO OF PRIOR YEAR’S FINALISTS]

Wyatt Starnes Memorial Award

Honoring the region’s most promising early-stage tech entrepreneur

William Wyatt Starnes, founder and CEO of SignaCert and cofounder of Tripwire Inc., died on May 10, 2014 at age 59. OEN is seeking early-stage tech entrepreneurs in Oregon or Southwest Washington who will carry on Wyatt’s legacy. To be considered, you must embody Wyatt’s distinguishing qualities — demonstrating enthusiasm, willingness to work hard toward a goal, fearlessness when it comes to taking big risks, and commitment to changing the world for the better.

[VIDEO OF PRIOR YEAR’S FINALISTS]

Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Recognizing an entrepreneur or founding team with a record of outstanding achievement in the last 18 months.

Individuals or founding teams are eligible if they found and/or operate a new for-profit enterprise or venture, assuming material risk and personal accountability for the venture’s survival. Individual nominees do not have to have been on the founding team, but do need to have assumed significant risk to their career and/or personal assets. This award is not meant to honor a long career of achievement, but rather to recognize outstanding achievement in the last 18 months. You may nominate yourself or your founding team, or make a nomination on a person or team’s behalf.

[VIDEO OF PRIOR YEAR’S FINALISTS]

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