The Synergies Work

EDDIE Awards

Entrepreneurs Dedicated to Diverse and Inclusive Excellence
Synergies Work is proud to announce the 2nd Annual EDDIE Awards – 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.
 
Whether you’re a disabled entrepreneur, a business leader, or a supporter from within the community, we invite you to attend an unforgettable evening of joy and celebration.
Applications are now closed!

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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.

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.

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