THE EDDIES

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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The 2022 application season is closed. 

New applications will be accepted starting February 2023.  

1986-2022: 37 years of Recognizing, Nurturing & Fueling Innovation

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Robert J. Crowley

Robert J. Crowley's brain child, the New England Innovation Award competition was first launched in 1986, and since then, over 3,000 startups have been supported to succeed and scale. Some notable alumni include Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Staples, Genzyme, MassChallenge, Carbonite, KRONOS, ZipCar, iRobot, zipcar, Keurig and Vistaprint. Today, 37 years later, the program is a 7-month innovation-support system based on Individualized Mentoring, Strategic Guidance, Leadership Education, and Connections to Resources; its objective is to help early-stage startups (pre-Series C) take the next steps in their commercialization journey. In 2021, the program was rebranded as The Eddies.  

What "The Eddies" Name Represents

The Eddies name represents a nod to Thomas Edison, and his prolific work (and 1,093 innovation patents!) in a variety of industries and sectors; and the circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool on the surface of the ocean (similar to the ripples caused to any market by the introduction of a ground-breaking product or technology). 

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Who Can Participate in the Program

The Eddies are open to New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), based startups (not exceeding 150 employees) with a working prototype of a ground-breaking product or technology.

Application Details

The application fee is $45; there are no further costs associated with the program (including event attendance). The program is industry-agnostic, welcoming applications in the following Innovation Tracks:

Cleantech, Greeentech, Bluetech & Sustainable Living

Healthy Living & Well-Being

Tech, Deeptech & AI

SMART: Cities Living, Buildings & Construction

Life Sciences (Biotech, Medical Devices, Pharma) 

Minority-Owned

Robotics

2022 Program Timeline

03/21/2022

Applications & Nominations Open

03/23/2022

The Eddies 2022 - Open Information Session - Zoom

04/04/2022

The Eddies 2022 - Open Information Session - Zoom

04/07/2022

Mentor Networking and Information Session for 2022 Season. (In Person)

04/11/2022

The Eddies 2022 - Open Information Session - Zoom

04/19/2022

The Eddies 2022 - Open Information Session - Zoom

04/26/2022

Nomination Submission Deadline

04/28/2022

Judges Networking and Information Session for 2022 Season (In Person)

04/29/2022

Deadline for Application Submissions

05/04/2022

Round 1 of Judging (Remotely, over 2-week Period)

05/18/2022

Assessment Sheets & Scores Due (E-mail or Google Drive)

06/09/2022

Finalists & Mentors Networking and 1st Guidance Session

(In person)

06/13/2022

Mentoring Begins

09/30/2022

Mentoring Ends

10/06/2022

2022 Eddies Showcase. 2nd Round Judging in-person.

11/03/2022

2022 Evening of Innovation- Eddies Awards Night

 
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VIEW THE 2022 FINALISTS