The Rising Star of the Year recognizes a pre-series B round individual startup company before its seventh year in operation, for its innovation, creativity and position as the next great company to emerge in the region.
- The startup made a direct impact on the regional manufacturing industry
- The startup must be less than 7 years old
- The startup must be pre-series B round
- The startup must have live and viable product or service
- The startup must be innovative, disruptive and exciting
- Applications are submitted, a judging committee selects finalists, and then those companies pitch to the judges