Celebrating businesses and entrepreneurs who are building a better world by building a better business

Thursday July 14, 2022 4:30-7:00pm
SpringHill Suites & Element Colorado Springs Downtown | 402 S. Tejon St.

Award Categories

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

We consider a Social Entrepreneur someone who achieves systemic and sustainable social change through innovation, a unique approach to a product or service, an innovative partnership or a redesign of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these. A Social Entrepreneur focuses first and foremost on the social and/or ecological value creation while optimizing the financial value creation. For this award, we are seeking someone who can innovate with direct impact to a population, cause or industry by finding a new product, a new service, or a new approach to a social problem. A social entrepreneur might be the lead of an organization from the top but can also be someone who excels within the ranks of the organization as a driver for change and impact. This person continuously refines and adapts their approach in response to feedback and has demonstrated Social Impact that is measurable and apparent.

Social Impact Startup of the Year

For Social Impact Startup of the Year, we are looking for a Social Impact business that has been operating less than 3 years that can clearly demonstrate their future vision and how they are going to achieve it. This vision shows opportunities for growth and a creative approach to problem-solving. This award recognizes a young Social Impact business that has a clear model for their impact as well as strong measurement of the model’s effectiveness. We are looking for a business that utilizes ongoing problem-solving techniques that engage and enhance the community. In addition to having a clear vision, we are also looking for clear implementation strategies and the potential for future success.

Social Impact Business of the Year

A Social Impact business is an established entity that has been operating for three years or more, with a clearly defined social, environmental and/or community impact, that also shows sustainability in terms of profit and growth. The Social Impact Business of the Year has a clear and articulate Social Impact Model which is regularly shared and understood in the community with articulated plans for the future. The Social Impact Business of the Year shows the ability to measure their impact as well as demonstrate a high degree of customer satisfaction. This business’s culture and leadership are presented as drivers of the business’s success, and employees at multiple levels contribute actively to that culture. Innovation and creativity are clearly a part of everyday discussions and decisions and is encouraged at multiple levels of the organizations. The Social Impact Business of the Year is recognized repeatedly for their work and is considered a subject matter expect on a Social Impact business topic according to at least one other source.

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Sponsoring the PRISM Awards not only helps to promote your business as one dedicated to the Fourth Sector and betterment of our state, but also supports NI4SI’s goal of providing education and resources to entrepreneurs working to better their communities.

For more information on sponsorship, contact Paul Myers-Bennett: PaulMB@bbbsc.org

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Previous winners

2021 PRISM Award Winners
Southern Colorado
Northern Colorado
2020 PRISM Award Winners
Southern Colorado
Northern Colorado
2019 PRISM Award Winners
Southern Colorado
Northern Colorado
Western Colorado
2018 PRISM Award Winners
Southern Colorado
2017 PRISM Award Winners
Southern Colorado