Nominations Open for 2021 Social Enterprise of the Year Awards

Whether through donating profits, goods and services, or creating employment opportunities for underserved communities, social enterprises leverage their innovative business models to make an impact on the community.

Now is your opportunity to show some love to those businesses that work tirelessly to tackle societal issues and create a better Central Ohio through the Social Enterprise of the Year Awards.

Nominations are now open for the ninth annual Social Enterprise of the Year Awards presented by The Metropreneur and SocialVentures. Operating social enterprises of all stages and sizes are eligible to be nominated. The awards highlight both new and existing social enterprises, and the many ways in which these businesses can make an impact. From one-for-one models, to fair-chance employment, or building sustainability for non-profits through for-profit ventures, you can nominate the businesses you think deserve this special recognition.

Social enterprises are welcome to self-nominate, and all community members are encouraged to nominate impact businesses they see doing great work in Central Ohio. Nominations close on Friday, June 25 at 11:59 p.m.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from The Metropreneur and SocialVentures to select award finalists. Those finalists will be invited to fill out an application detailing their business model and social impact. Applications will be reviewed by a group of social enterprise and community leaders who will select the winners.

The Social Enterprise of the Year Awards are presented by The Metropreneur and SocialVentures at The Metropreneur’s annual Aspire event. After going virtual in 2020, Aspire 2021 will be back in-person this September!! Follow The Metropreneur for more event details to be announced in the coming months.

To nominate a social enterprise, click the link below. Questions? Reach out to [email protected].

Submit your nominations!

Meet the winners of the 2020 Social Enterprises of the Year Awards — Besa and Zero Waste Event Productions — and learn more about Aspire here.