About the nomination process

Q: How was my company/organization nominated?
A: The public nomination process is conducted each year in September. East Bay EDA relies on its member network and its partnership with the San Francisco Business Times to publicize the opportunity. If you are nominated, someone who knows about your innovative activity wants you to get recognition for it.

Q: What does it cost to participate?
A: Nothing. The purpose of this award is to highlight the East Bay’s competitive advantages that attract innovative businesses to locate and grow in the East Bay.

Q: Why do I have to answer questions about my work?
A: Your responses assist the independent panel of experts to gain a clear understanding of your company organization, its activities, and its impact on the region and the industry.

Q: Do I have to tell you about my revenue/earnings?
A: We understand that some information is proprietary. If you feel more comfortable providing a range, that will be helpful. Alternatively, you could say “above” or “below” an amount you feel comfortable disclosing. None of this information will be made public without your approval.

Q: What if I don’t have revenue/earnings?
A: No problem; just tell us how much (or what range) has been invested so far.

Q: What do I get from this nomination?
A: Qualified nominees will be listed in the San Francisco Business Times’ 2019 East Bay Innovation Awards supplement, published for distribution on March 29, 2019 and featured on East Bay EDA’s website for a year. 

About the judging process

Q: What happens next?
A: Independent panels of experts will evaluate each nomination in particular categories. They will select a winner and a finalist who will be notified in December and be recognized at a gala event in March.

Q: Who are the judges?
A: The panels we have assembled are known experts in their field who recognize the importance of celebrating the significant contributors to the East Bay’s unique culture of innovation.

Q: When do I learn if I win?
A: East Bay EDA will notify finalists in December. Winners will be announced at a gala evening event on March 28, 2019 at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

Q: What kinds of recognition will I get if I win?
A: Awardees and finalists will be profiled in a half page article in the San Francisco Business Times’ 2019 East Bay Innovation Awards supplement, published for distribution on March 28.  Awardees will also be featured in an online video that is accessible for one year and featured at East Bay EDA events.  At times, depending upon program focus, awardees and finalists have been interviewed by the media, introduced to foreign trade delegations or invited to participate on panels.

Q: Is there a cash prize?
A: No.  East Bay EDA is a non-profit organization which supports efforts to sustain a thriving regional environment.  East Bay EDA’s event sponsors provide gifts to the awardees with a cash value of over $500.

About East Bay EDA

Q: What is East Bay EDA?
A:  East Bay EDA is a high level, cross sector membership organization serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, with 28+ years of leadership and collaborative history.  East Bay EDA is recognized as an economic development organization (EDO) by the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development, and impacts regional growth through services to businesses and cities as well as through its research, advocacy, strategic connections and regional marketing.  East Bay EDA is the regional voice and networking resource for strengthening the economy, building the workforce and enhancing the quality of life in the East Bay.

Q: Why is East Bay EDA doing this?
A: The East Bay Innovation Awards draws attention to the assets of the East Bay that support innovation and business success.  The celebration also provides attention to outstanding innovative companies and organizations to increase their market, position them for investment and partnerships, and help them grow to create quality jobs.

Q: Who is supporting this effort?
A: East Bay appreciates the support of its members and sponsors of this event. You can learn more about our sponsors on our website.