---- — MANCHESTER — Free advice, major product promotion and podium time in front of hundreds of entrepreneurs and tech leaders. Sound like a good way to gain exposure for your new product?
The NH High Tech Council is providing just such an opportunity, encouraging New Hampshire-based organizations to apply for the 2013 Product of the Year. Finalists and an overall winner will present their innovations to a live audience on Nov. 12 at the eighth annual POY event, held again this year at SERESC in Bedford.
The POY application period is now open and applications can be downloaded from the council website at NHHTC.org. In mid-October, up to five finalists will be selected and awarded with POY Judges’ Awards.
The Judges’ Award winners will then present their products in a trade show format at the POY event that includes a seven-minute presentation to a live audience of roughly 300 people.
As one of the major business events in New Hampshire, the POY offers finalists and winners significant visibility through the judging process and product demonstrations, both at the event and in overall promotions. Companies that have won the Product of the Year award in the past are Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, Holase Incorporated, Sky-Skan, Foss Manufacturing, and Therma-HEXX.
Is your business a POY contender? Eligibility criteria include:
Product submissions must have been released or significantly updated within the past year.
Products must have been developed in New Hampshire by a company, subsidiary, or division based in New Hampshire. The business may be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or other legal entity registered to do business in the state of New Hampshire.
The product must fall into the category of “high tech” as determined by the council’s panel of judges particularly selected for this competition.
Applications can be downloaded from the Council website at NHHTC.org. The application deadline is Sept. 26.