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Rotman Family Entrepreneurship Awards

Applications and nominations are now closed. 
The deadline for submission was July 132021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

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About the Event

The Rotman Family Entrepreneurship Awards is our signature annual event that brings together the entire Rise community to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our clients and volunteers. 

  • Award winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
  • Award winners and Honourable Mentions will be featured on the Rise website.
  • Winners will be celebrated at the Rotman Family Entrepreneurship Awards (virtual) on November 23, 2021

About the Award Recipients

Rotman Family Entrepreneurship Awards recipients have either demonstrated entrepreneurial excellence in running their own business or have been an exceptional mentor or coach to clients during their launch and growth.

Is that you? Here’s what we’re looking for:

Rise Clients: We focus on perseverance in the face of challengesAward recipients demonstrate resilience and have built self-confidence through their business pursuits. 

Rise Volunteers: We look for dedication to Rise’s mission and vision. Our Scotia Volunteer of the Year Award winner embodies Rise values and plays a fundamental role in supporting the success of Rise entrepreneurs.

Award Categories

Rotman Family Entrepreneur of the Year: For the entrepreneur that best exhibits success and growth in their personal and professional lives. When it comes to business planningthey have made smart and sound decisions. Their story is one to be celebrated and can stand as an example for others to follow.
Dr. Paul Garfinkel Resilience Award: For the entrepreneur that has overcome significant challenges (either personal or business). They have grit, perseverance, and dont take no for an answer. While every Rise client experiences their own personal challenges, the resilience award winner demonstrates exceptional determination in achieving their goals. 
Bell Let’s Talk Start-up Award:  Forthe first-time entrepreneur dipping their toes into small business ownership. They have done their homework and diligently planned their launch. Theyve experienced some initialsuccess andhave a clear vision for the future. Their business must be under 12 months old to be eligible for this category. 
Volunteer of the Year Award: For the Rise volunteer who has gone above and beyond to support Rise clients and the organization. Their tireless dedication to our mission and their contributions to individual clients’ success is a clear example of exemplary service.

Application & Nomination Guidelines

  • Rise clients must have received a loan from Rise or have graduated from a Rise Training Program (PSSP, YSBP, EY+) prior to July 13, 2021. 
  • Rise volunteers must be nominated by a Rise client. 
  • Previous Honourable Mentions may apply again. 
  • Previous award winners will not be considered.  

Rise is committed to access and equity, which includes a commitment to achieving diversity among award recipients. We encourage applications from our clients and nominations for volunteers that are members of visible  minority group in all its forms, including: race, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, language, physical ability, and age

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Important Dates

July 13:Submission deadline
July 29:Applications reviewed by the Awards Committee
August 16:Applicants and Nominees will be notified
November 23:Rotman Family Entrepreneurship Awards – a virtual event