This category recognizes initiatives that encourage and support entrepreneurship and/or enhance the ability of companies to access startup capital that will cultivate a community of entrepreneurs and help transform their ideas into a high-growth business. Initiatives recognized under this award can include, but are not limited to: enriching the skills and abilities of entrepreneurs; providing capital during the critical stages of capital formation; increasing the capacity of entrepreneurs to successfully start and grow companies; or, improving the environment for entrepreneurial development.
- Impact = 25%
- Transferability of Lessons Learned = 20%
- Partnerships = 15%
- Context = 15%
- Innovativeness = 10%
- Ability to Achieve its Vision = 15%