The Rising Star of the Year recognizes a pre-series B round 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 must produce a physical product and/or make 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 a 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