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About Ignition

On a daily basis, greater Portland’s entrepreneurs innovate, work hard and work together strengthening the local business community and the economy in Maine. In 2009, PROPEL produced the entreverge, as their signature event, to recognize the local entrepreneurs whose businesses exhibit a scalable vision for the future and a long-term commitment to the people, place and prosperity of Maine. entreverge supports the mission of PROPEL by connecting entrepreneurs and PROPEL members with the resources and people who will help them reach their greatest professional potential. In 2017 the entreverge became The Ignition Awards.

At our annual ignition awards event, five winners receive an ignition awards package designed to connect the winners with free or discounted services to help develop and grow their businesses. Businesses are nominated for an ignition award by clients, colleagues or friends in an open nominations process. Nominees are then invited to complete an application for review by the selection committee.

Every year, hundreds of members of Greater Portland’s business community join us for the ignition awards. Winners are revealed at the event and presented with their prize package. The awards portion of the evening lasts about 45 minutes and the remainder of the evening, in PROPEL style, is dedicated to networking and fun.

Award Categories

Young Professional of the Year - Young Professionals that go above & beyond with their work in their industry or community organizations.

Innovator of the Year- Entrepreneur or small business owner who’s made great strides in their business thus far and is committed to making a difference in Maine.

Corporate Social Responsibility (Large or Small Business) – Businesses that encompasses passion for social issues accompanied with business success. 

Growth Stimulation (Large or Small Business) - Companies that had a substantial impact on Maine’s economy and bringing young professionals to Maine.