Smart & Biggar aims to honour small business owners who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps

The awards celebrate self-capitalized businesses and start-ups

Smart & Biggar aims to honour small business owners who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps
The 2018 Bootstrap awards | Photo courtesy Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar LLP is reprising its role supporting the 2020 Bootstrap Awards, which celebrate the success of self-capitalized businesses.

Eligible companies must be within the capital region (from Eastern Ontario to Western Quebec), with less than seven years of operations and with a maximum outside capital funding of $500,000, excluding debt. The awards cover eight different categories:

  1. Green Award: for balancing environmental and economic sustainability
  2. Innovation Award: for applying unique technological solutions to problems
  3. SAAS Award: for effectively using Software as a Service to promote growth
  4. Marketing Award: for using innovative marketing to attract media and clients
  5. Bootstrap Capital Award: for flourishing despite limited help from investors
  6. Disruptor Award: for “trying to turn a business or paradigm on its head”
  7. Community Impact Award: for devoting efforts to advancing social good
  8. Founder of the Year: for acting as a role-model and leader to peers

Applications are due Jan. 15.

This is the fourth year that IP firm Smart & Biggar has been involved with the Bootstrap Awards. The awards originally ran from 2004 to 2012, spearheaded by Bruce Firestone, and were rebooted in 2016 by The Ottawa Network, Smart & Biggar and other Ottawa community partners.

Last year’s awards were held on March 5, 2019 at the Marshes Golf Club in Kanata.

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