Nominations are now being accepted for the first EDDIE Awards celebrating the achievements of entrepreneurs with disabilities

Nominations are now being accepted for the first EDDIE Awards celebrating the achievements of entrepreneurs with disabilities

There is no doubt that entrepreneurs with disabilities are innovators and creators with the innate ability to transform the world through their distinct experiences and skills.

Synergy workan Atlanta nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs with disabilities, today announced that it is now accepting nominations for the first EDDIE Award, created to recognize and celebrate innovative business owners with disabilities from across the country. The first-ever awards event will take place in March in Atlanta, with a specific date, time and location to be announced.

“There is no doubt that entrepreneurs with disabilities are innovators and creators with the innate ability to transform the world through their distinct experiences and skills,” said Aarti Sahgal, CEO and Founder of Synergies Work. “The EDDIE Awards are the first awards in the United States to shine a light on those entrepreneurs who use their talents to not only make an economic impact, but also to inspire others within the disability community.”

Applications in the following categories are accepted until January 6:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year — an ambitious and innovative entrepreneur who is leading the way for both their industry and the disability community by creating an equitable and sustainable business.
  • Creativity Award – an entrepreneur who impacts the world through any form of creative media such as art, music, fashion, film and writing.
  • Newcomer Award – an entrepreneur who started their business in the last 12 months and offers an innovative solution in their sector.
  • Social Impact Award – a leader on a mission to change their community and the world at large. Their business not only makes an economic impact, but works to address inequalities and address systemic issues.
  • Techpreneur Award – an entrepreneur who uses technology to innovate, change and expand the realm of possibilities in their industry.

To read the full application requirements and apply for an EDDIE Award, go here.

Additionally, the EDDIE Awards will include the People’s Favorite Award recognizing an entrepreneur who not only excels in their business, but is also a favorite of their peers and partners. Nominations for this award will be accepted beginning January 9, 2023.

Become a founding patron of the EDDIE Awards

Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to be a founding sponsor of the EDDIE Awards, helping to spotlight deserving and talented entrepreneurs with disabilities. Sponsorships are available at several levels, each offering a range of benefits.

To learn more about Founder Sponsorship opportunities, go here.

“Synergies Work’s mission is to bridge economic, opportunity and network gaps between people with disabilities and businesses,” Sahgal said. “Partner companies and organizations, including founding sponsors of the EDDIE Awards, have the opportunity to help support the Synergies Work programs which, to date, have supported over 200 entrepreneurs and helped launch over 70 new startups. We are committed to supporting one million new entrepreneurs with disabilities by 2027. As we move towards this ambitious goal, the EDDIE Awards are an important way for us to celebrate and recognize the entrepreneurial movement within the business community. We hope businesses and organizations will share our enthusiasm by participating in our award sponsorship program.

A video that tells the story of Synergies Work can be viewed here.

About Synergies Work

Founded in 2016, Synergies Work is the largest business incubator and accelerator for entrepreneurs with disabilities in the United States. The organization serves entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey, from ideation to exit. With the goal of building a world where people with disabilities belong, Synergies Work helps entrepreneurs with disabilities start, grow and sustain small, sustainable businesses. His approach is based on the fundamental belief that all individuals have unlimited talent, an inherent curiosity to explore, and a passion to succeed. Synergies Work received the Dave Hammis Innovation Award from APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment First) and received second place and People’s Favorite Grants from the Inspire Awards from the Truist Foundation. The nonprofit is also part of the Moonshot initiative in partnership with SmartJob and Enable Ventures which was announced at the Clinton Global Initiative. For more information on Synergies Work, visit http://www.synergieswork.org or contact the organization at [email protected]

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