Entrepreneur Awards

Each year, The Catalyst celebrates the courage and determination it takes to be an entrepreneur in North Alabama. Unlike anything else in the region, the Entrepreneur Awards focuses strictly on the accomplishments of the entrepreneur and not the company. This event is also our opportunity to update all stakeholders on the accomplishments of The Catalyst over the past year. 

The Entrepreneur Awards began in 2016 as a part of Innovate Huntsville and continues to be the one event that celebrates all areas of entrepreneurship - from services and technology to defense, retail, and everything in-between.

Awards Include:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Awarded to the entrepreneur who has been in business for over three years and has a proven track record for sustainability, strategic direction, future growth, and community involvement.
  • Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year: Awarded to the entrepreneur who has been in business for one to three years and has a proven track record for sustainability with room for growth.
  • Creative Entrepreneur of the Year: Awarded to a nontechnical entrepreneur whose focus is in the retail, arts, entertainment, or culinary industry and has a proven track record for sustainability.
  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Awarded to an outstanding female entrepreneur in the North Alabama Region. The winner of this award will be submitted to the Small Business Administration’s Small Business of the Year Award National Award by the Women’s Business Center.
  • Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year: Awarded to an outstanding military-veteran entrepreneur in the North Alabama Region.
  • Youth Entrepreneur of the Year: Awarded to an outstanding female entrepreneur whose name is then submitted to the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business of the Year Award.
  • People's Choice: Awarded to an entrepreneur award applicant with the most votes by the community. The winner will be determined through a social media campaign by the people for the people. Voting will take place online February 4-15, 2019. A link will be posted on innovateHSV.com.
  • Entrepreneur Champion of the Year: 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.

Get in Touch


The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship
515 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35816

Phone: 256-428-8190
Email: info@catalystcenter.org