The Synergies Work

EDDIE Awards

Entrepreneurs Dedicated to Diverse and Inclusive Excellence

Synergies Work was proud to host the 2nd Annual EDDIE Awards on April 11, 2024 – a groundbreaking awards ceremony dedicated to spotlighting and elevating entrepreneurs within the disability community who are helping build a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and innovating in their respective fields.

The event was an amazing evening filled with joy and celebration as we honored and celebrated the remarkable achievements of disabled entrepreneurs. Whether attendees were disabled entrepreneurs, business leaders, or supporters from within the community, it was a memorable occasion that showcased the resilience, creativity, and innovation of individuals within the disability community.

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Applications are Open for the EDDIEs!

Applications are currently open for entrepreneurs in our five categories! Information on each category can be found further on this page while applications can be submitted by clicking the button below.
 
The winners of each category will be invited to attend the EDDIE Awards Ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, to accept their award on April 11th, 2024 with complimentary air travel, hotel stay, and transportation.
 
During the ceremony, our judges will announce the Entrepreneur of the Year which will be chosen from among the category winners and receive a $10,000 cash prize alongside a suite of other services.

Application Deadline: January 31st

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to apply for the EDDIE Awards, entrepreneurs must self-identify as disabled, reside within the United States, and be above the age of 18.

While an incorporated business is not necessary to apply, the individual applying must be actively involved in the business and own the majority of the company.

Synergies Work believes in celebrating entrepreneurs at every step of their journey – whether you’re a fresh startup or a seasoned enterprise. So don’t hesitate on applying just because you think you’re too big or too small. You’re still an important part of the disabled business community and we want to shine the spotlight on you!

Click the Apply to the EDDIES button below to be taken to the application. The application should take you between 5-10 minutes and ask you for some information regarding you, your business, your goals, and your achievements.

Click the Apply to the EDDIEs button on this page to be taken the application. The application should take you between 5-10 minutes and ask you for some information regarding you, your business, your goals, and your achievements.

Event Information

Join Synergies Work at the 2024 EDDIE Awards for the event of the season as we recognize innovative disability-owned businesses and their entrepreneurs.

In addition to attending the EDDIE Awards in-person, your ticket includes a complimentary three-course meal and drinks at an open bar.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Atlanta Galleria-Ballpark Area 2855 Spring Hill Parkway SE Smyrna, GA 30080 Tel: 770-435-4990 (GROUP CODE: SYN)

Meet Our Award Finalists

The Techpreneur Award

The Techpreneur Award recognizes and celebrates entrepreneurs using technology to fuel innovation, reshape industries, and push boundaries. Whether they’re pioneering new solutions or reimagining existing technology in groundbreaking ways, these visionaries inspire us to approach challenges and their solutions with fresh perspectives, challenging the norm.

The Social Impact Award

The Social Impact Award spotlights visionary leaders dedicated to creating positive change in their communities and globally. These exceptional individuals aim to combat inequalities, tackle systemic issues, and contribute to a more equitable and prosperous world.

Their businesses go beyond financial gains; they are driven by a strong sense of purpose, addressing pressing challenges and striving for a brighter future for all. Their unwavering commitment to social impact shows that with inspired leaders, businesses can be powerful forces for positive transformation in the world.

The Creativity Award

The Creativity Award celebrates entrepreneurs who merge creative expression and entrepreneurship. These visionaries use their boundless creativity to drive economic success and create profound impacts on our social and cultural landscapes. Their chosen medium for this creative endeavor can encompass various forms, such as art, music, fashion, film, literature, and more.

Creative energies have the potential to shape the future in remarkable ways. The Creativity Award honors these ingenious trailblazers, acknowledging that their ability to blend artistic innovation and business skills opens doors to new possibilities and inspires a future where creativity is the driving force behind transformative change.

The Newcomer Award

The Newcomer Award celebrates entrepreneurs who, in the last 2 years, have introduced innovative businesses. Their journey is marked by a free-spirited approach and a fresh perspective, challenging traditional assumptions in their industry.

These exceptional individuals break free from convention and envision the future with audacity. The award recognizes their boldness and disruptive impact, highlighting how their innovation is driving positive change in their industry, shaping a brighter and more dynamic tomorrow.

The Community Champion Award

The Community Champion Award celebrates founders who greatly enhance their local community. These businesses shine by offering unique products or services, providing jobs, and fostering a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.

Their dedication to the community is profound, and they are instrumental in creating a more vibrant and inclusive environment for everyone.

The EDDIEs 2024 Award Categories

The Entrepreneur of the Year

The Synergies Work Entrepreneur of the Year Award is the top honor at the EDDIE Awards, recognizing an individual who embodies the spirit of innovation, resilience, and advocacy for disability in entrepreneurship. Selected from the winners of five other categories, this accolade celebrates an entrepreneur’s exceptional achievements, visionary leadership, and commitment to breaking down barriers for individuals with disabilities.

In addition to the prestigious title, the recipient will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize and a suite of business support services provided by Synergies Work. This comprehensive support empowers the awardee to further their entrepreneurial endeavors, fostering a brighter, more inclusive future for all. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award stands as a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs, showcasing the transformative impact that entrepreneurship can have on individuals and communities while promoting inclusivity and accessibility.

The Techpreneur Award

The Techpreneur Award recognizes and celebrates entrepreneurs using technology to fuel innovation, reshape industries, and push boundaries. Whether they’re pioneering new solutions or reimagining existing technology in groundbreaking ways, these visionaries inspire us to approach challenges and their solutions with fresh perspectives, challenging the norm.

The Social Impact Award

The Social Impact Award spotlights visionary leaders dedicated to creating positive change in their communities and globally. These exceptional individuals aim to combat inequalities, tackle systemic issues, and contribute to a more equitable and prosperous world.

Their businesses go beyond financial gains; they are driven by a strong sense of purpose, addressing pressing challenges and striving for a brighter future for all. Their unwavering commitment to social impact shows that with inspired leaders, businesses can be powerful forces for positive transformation in the world.

The Creativity Award

The Creativity Award celebrates entrepreneurs who merge creative expression and entrepreneurship. These visionaries use their boundless creativity to drive economic success and create profound impacts on our social and cultural landscapes. Their chosen medium for this creative endeavor can encompass various forms, such as art, music, fashion, film, literature, and more.

Creative energies have the potential to shape the future in remarkable ways. The Creativity Award honors these ingenious trailblazers, acknowledging that their ability to blend artistic innovation and business skills opens doors to new possibilities and inspires a future where creativity is the driving force behind transformative change.

The Newcomer Award

The Newcomer Award celebrates entrepreneurs who, in the last 2 years, have introduced innovative businesses. Their journey is marked by a free-spirited approach and a fresh perspective, challenging traditional assumptions in their industry.

These exceptional individuals break free from convention and envision the future with audacity. The award recognizes their boldness and disruptive impact, highlighting how their innovation is driving positive change in their industry, shaping a brighter and more dynamic tomorrow.

The Community Champion Award

The Community Champion Award celebrates founders who greatly enhance their local community. These businesses shine by offering unique products or services, providing jobs, and fostering a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors alike.

Their dedication to the community is profound, and they are instrumental in creating a more vibrant and inclusive environment for everyone.

EDDIE Awards Travel Information

Transportation Recommendations

Synergies Work will not be coordinating transportation to/from the hotel due to the varying arrival times of all participants. Please see the below recommendations for transportation.

  • Rideshare: Both Lyft & Uber serve Hartsfield-Jackson Airport with regular rides available throughout the day.
  • Private Transportation: Meritt Transportation – Private cab service for airport pickups and drop offs with large vans and cars. Schedule a pickup at 770-572-6900.
  • Public Transportation: There is no direct connection from Atlanta Airport (ATL) to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. For more information on public transportation please check this link: https://www.cobbenergycentre.com/plan–visit/how-to-get-here
  • Event Center Address: 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339

 

Hotel Reservations

  • Address: Holiday Inn Express Atlanta Galleria-Ballpark Area 2855 Spring Hill Parkway SE Smyrna, GA 30080 (GROUP CODE: SYN)
  • Phone: 770-435-4990
  • Holiday Inn includes breakfast. 
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Dress Rehearsal and Schedule for Apr 11, 2024

  • The hotel is 1.5 Miles from the event center. There will be a hotel bus to drive you to the event venue. Please plan to be ready to leave and in the hotel lobby by 3:45 PM.
  • Please arrive at the venue at 4PM the day of the event for a walkthrough of the awards ceremony so you are familiar with the event space and your cues to come on stage. Please come dressed in your formal wear or bring it with you to change at the venue.
  • Expect to stay until 9.30 pm.
     

Event Timeline

  • 4:00 PM – Dress Rehearsal
  • 5:30 PM – Cocktail Reception
  • 6.30 PM – Program Begins
  • 7:10 PM – Dinner Served
  • 7:40 PM – Award Ceremony Begins
  • 8.45 PM – Entrepreneur of the Year Announced
  • 9:10- 9:30 PM – Mingling, Photos, & Open Bar
  • 9.30 PM – Event Ends (shuttle will be available to drive you back to the hotel)

 

Traffic Note

There will be extra traffic on April 11th due to the Atlanta Braves game. Please allow for extra time to reach your destinations.

Sponsorship Opportunities

At Synergies Work, our mission is to bridge the economic, opportunity, and network gaps between the disability and business community.

As an EDDIE Awards Sponsor, you have the opportunity to not only contribute to an unforgettable evening of celebration but also to our programs which have supported 300+ entrepreneurs and helped launch 80+ new startups. 

We invite you to become a Supporting Sponsor of the EDDIE Awards. Click the button below to learn about Sponsorship Opportunities.

Apply for the EDDIEs Today!

Have you chosen the categories you’ll be applying for? Go ahead and submit your application by clicking the button below! The application process should take you between 5-10 minutes. Please read the eligibility requirements closely and answer the questions to the best of your ability.
 
The winners of each category will be invited to attend the EDDIE Awards Ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia, to accept their award on April 11th, 2024 with complimentary air travel, hotel stay, and transportation.
 
During the ceremony, our judges will announce the Entrepreneur of the Year which will be chosen from among the category winners and receive a $10,000 cash prize alongside a suite of other services.

Application Deadline: January 31st