Most Promising Initiative

This category recognizes initiatives launched in the last three years that are using new and exciting methods, creative program design, or are showing promise by taking an innovative approach to apply proven strategies that will create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship for their community. The initiatives also should address a specific need in a community or region identified as an obstacle to economic growth with an emphasis on innovative or creative design or implementation.
Applicants should address one specific tech-based economic development initiative (such as an effort to increase access to risk capital, build entrepreneurial capacity, commercialize research, etc.) rather than a comprehensive effort.

Evaluation criteria

  • Innovativeness = 50%
  • Transferability of lessons learned = 20%
  • Ability to achieve its vision = 10%
  • Partnerships = 10%
  • Context = 10%

Applicants should address one specific innovation economy initiative (such as an effort to increase access to risk capital, build entrepreneurial capacity, commercialize research, etc.) rather than a comprehensive organizational effort.

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