FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



What are the Entrepreneur Awards?
The awards recognize and honor the skill and courage it takes for entrepreneurs to create a business out of an idea and their journey along the way. This event is different from other business awards as it focuses on the accomplishments and journey of the entrepreneur – the person. The 4th Annual Entrepreneur Awards will take place on March 1, 2019 at Campus 805. Register Here

How can I support the event?
This event is to support the individuals that make our community thrive. Show your support by sponsoring the event today. Contact Katie Williams for more details.

How do you nominate someone for consideration?
Nominations are only accepted via the website. Once a nomination is received, the nominee will receive an email with the link to apply.

When does the 2019 nomination process end?
Nominations open January 10, 2019 and close on January 28, 2019. 

If I am nominated, how do I submit an application and what is the deadline?
If you are nominated, you will receive an email with a link to apply. Nominees must complete their application and submit by 11:59 P.M. on January 31, 2019 to be considered for an award.

How do I find out if I am a winner?
Once you fill out an application, you are a contender for the awards and your application will go through the judging process. All final award winners are kept confidential until the Entrepreneur Awards on March 1, 2019. It is highly recommended that all nominees attend the Entrepreneur Awards. Register Here

How is the People’s Choice Award winner selected?
All applicants are included in the People’s Choice Poll. The poll is open for voting February 4 – 15, 2019, and the winner of this award is the applicant with the most votes. Applicants are encouraged to share their nomination via social media to drive voting. The winner is kept confidential until the Entrepreneur Awards on March 1, 2019. A link to the poll will be added to the Entrepreneur Awards page on Feb. 4, 2019.

How is the Entrepreneur Champion of the Year winner selected?
The Entrepreneur Champion is selected by the judges from members of the community at large, not by applications. This is awarded to an individual who has a proven track record of championing for the entrepreneurial journey. This can be through volunteering, mentoring, investing, or collaborating.

Do I need to live in Huntsville in order to apply?
Eligible applicants can live anywhere in the North Alabama region.

Do I have to be a client of The Catalyst?
You do not need to be a client of nor have any relationship with The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship to be eligible for an award.

Are application forms kept confidential? Yes. The information on the application form will be used only by our judges who have all signed confidentially agreements. The only portion of the application that will be made public is what you enter to submit for the online People’s Choice Poll.

Is there a cost to apply?
There is no cost to submit a nomination and no cost to apply.

Who are the judges?
The regional and independent panel of judges include entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from around the community.

Can someone win an award more than once?
An individual is only eligible to win the same award once. An award winner from previous years can be nominated and apply each year, but is only eligible for award categories not yet won. This includes the People's Choice Award.

Have another question?
Email your question to wbc@catalystcenter.org.