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2021 IQ Awards Application Form (Innovative Product or Service)



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Innovation drives the Boulder Valley & Northern Colorado. BizWest's IQ Awards honors the "Innovation Quotient" among companies and organizations based in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, and Weld counties, the Denver-Boulder corridor, and local divisions of national/international companies in the region that are instrumental to innovation.

IQ Awards Application Process
IQ Awards for Innovative Products or Services — IQ Awards honors products and services that have demonstrated a high degree of innovation, with strong market potential. Up to seven honorees will be named for innovative products or services, broken down into categories.
  • Judges are looking for products or services that are truly “innovative” — entries that stand out from the crowd; ideas that are very creative and perhaps even unique.
  • Judges review innovations from both new companies and those already successfully doing business.
  • The idea should be one that can lead to a “sustainable” successful business. For example, one that is not just a design on a napkin, but a product or service that has the best potential to help build or grow a successful company.
  • The product or service should have been introduced to the marketplace by January 1, 2020, or at least in a testing or beta situation where actual or potential customers are already using it. 
  • The product or service doesn’t have to have made money, but it must show a potential for profitability and survival of the business.
  • Priority will be given to ideas that are clever, unique, creative; not on "slickness" of marketing materials.
  • A company that has won a previous IQ Award can win again for an entirely new product or service.

IQ Awards Criteria:
  • All products or services must be submitted by companies based in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, or Weld counties, in the Denver/Boulder corridor, or local divisions of national/international companies that were instrumental in the innovation.
  • IQ Awards honors innovative ideas, not necessarily the company or person who came up with the innovation.
  • Companies may send a packet of additional product or service materials (including brochure, video, or a product sample), as well as more detailed market description, to better inform the judges.


Help us honor the most innovative products or services in our region!

If you have any questions about the event or nomination form, contact Rich Bussen, 970-232-3152, or

If your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Jeff Nuttall, 970-232-3131, or


PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATON ON THE NEXT PAGE. (Note: Questions with asterisks are required.)