Nominations and applications are open for the 2017 Bootstrap Awards, which honour the best of Ottawa’s self-financed startups.
Previously run by Bruce Firestone’s incubator Exploriem, the annual awards have not been held since 2013. The Ottawa Network has taken up the mantle to reboot the event, alongside partner Wesley Clover.
David Stein, vice-president of The Ottawa Network, says he was looking for things in the city that had been left behind, but still had value. Focusing on bootstrapped companies, he says, is a great way to connect and shine a spotlight on deserving companies in the region.
“When we can cooperate and do things together, the ecosystem benefits,” he says. “What we want to do is celebrate those people who are struggling, working their tails off, self-financing and doing it the hard way.”
Sound like you? Or a company you know? Follow this link to the nomination form for the 2017 Bootstrap Awards.
In order to be eligible for the awards, companies must be based in the National Capital Region, less than six years old and have raised no more than $250,000 in external funding.
Categories for nomination include: the green award, innovation and engineering technology award, best mobile application, best guerilla/social marketing campaign, bootstrap capital award, community impact award, and an award for the fastest-growing startup.
The 2017 Bootstrap Awards will be held at the Marshes Golf Club on March 7.