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THE EDDIES

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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The 2023 application season is now closed.

Thank you to all the startups who have applied to the program.

1986-2023: 38 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.

Programming

The Eddies provide a high touch experience for innovative startups with the goal of fueling successful commercialization. The pillars of our programming are individualized mentorship which is tailor-made to the specific needs of each  founder – a curated education based on the same needs, leadership development, access to reputable ecosystem connections and funding sources. Our curated education also includes weekly educational modules brought to the cohort by industry experts. Interested in learning about this year’s modules?

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Application Details

The application fee is $50; 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, Greentech, Bluetech

Communication Technologies/Cybersecurity/Cyberprotection

Dual Technologies

Encryption Software

Healthy Living & Well-Being

Tech, Deeptech & AI

SMART: Cities Living, Buildings & Construction

Life Sciences (Biotech, Medical Devices, Pharma) 

Minority-Owned

Robotics

Sustainability/Sustainable Living

2023 Program Timeline

03/01/2023

Applications & Nominations Open

03/02/2023

Open Information Session / Q&A - Zoom

03/16/2023

Open Information Session / Q&A  - Zoom

03/24/2023

Nomination Submission Deadline

04/06/2023

Open Information Session / Q&A - Zoom

03/03 to 05/19/2023

Individualized Mentoring available to All Applicants

(first-apply, first-serve basis)

04/21/2023

Application Submission Deadline

04/26/2023

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

05/01 to 05/12/2023

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

05/12 to 05/15 2023

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

06/01/2023

Finalists Networking and Guidance Session ;

Meet-N-Greet with Mentors

(In person)

06/05/2023

Mentoring Begins

10/27/2023

Mentoring Ends

10/04/2023

2023 Eddies Innovation Showcase; 

Second Judging Round (in-person).

11/08/2023

2023 Evening of Innovation Gala;

Eddies Awards Night

The Eddes Timeline
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VIEW THE 2022 WINNERS

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