HatchPad 2016 People’s Choice Awards

Are you a young entrepreneur between the ages of 13 and 25 with a killer business? Do you have an innovative idea and want to see if it holds water?

Enter HatchPad’s 2016 People’s Choice Awards to win up to $1,000 in non-equity grant funding, press coverage, and feedback.

Entries open June 4th and close July 30th. One Winner ($1,000) and One Runner Up ($500) will be announced September 5th.

How it Works

  1. BUSINESS PAGE: Create a profile and business page on Hatchpad. Make sure to include a video.
  2. TAG YOUR PAGE: Tag your business page “People’s Choice Awards” under Categories.
  3. TRACTION: Share using social media and email and encourage people to “like” and/or “follow” your page.
  4. JUDGING: When the contest ends, participants whose business pages have hit a threshold of 50+ unduplicated likes and/or follows will be entered into the judging round.
  5. WINNERS: Judges will select a Grand Prize Winner ($1,000) and a Runner Up ($ 500).


When you create your business page, make sure to select PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS under business category to enter.

When you create your business page, make sure to select PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS under business category to enter.


Evaluation Criteria

  1. Social traction: Total number of likes and follows. You need to keep sharing even after hitting the threshold.
  2. Quality and conciseness of video: Make it powerful and impactful and under 2 minutes.
  3. Completeness of profile: Please make sure you create a full profile, upload a personal photo, add your social links, and indicate your skills, experience and include a bio.
  4. Quality of HatchPad business page: What you write and how you write it (spelling and grammar) is important. All sections of the business page must be completed with the exception of a link to a crowdfunding campaign if you don’t have that. You also must have a featured image and a logo.
  5. Feasibility: We need to believe that you can not only execute against your idea or business but that there is a large market for it.
  6. Innovation: We are looking for the most innovative ideas that have mass appeal and impact.

Contest Rules

  1. You must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States and Canada. At this time, we are unable to offer grants to non-US or Canadian citizens.
  2. One of the founders of your business and creator of your business page must between the ages of 13 and 23 as of June 4th, 2016.
  3. If you are between the ages of 13 and 17 as of June 4th, 2016, your parent or legal guardian must read through our terms and conditions and agree on your behalf.
  4. The HatchPad system is set up to allow one like and one follow per business page per registered user.
  5. Your business page must remain live until October 30th to receive your media coverage in HatchPad’s blog and so we can include you in our press release



Grants will be awarded through KidBacker Foundation for Entrepreneurship, HatchPad’s sister 501c3.




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About the Author: Heather Holst-Knudsen

Heather L Holst-Knudsen, a New York City area native and now resident of Sarasota, FL, is the CEO & Founder of KidBacker and HatchPad. A passionate entrepreneur, Heather has founded and led multiple business units for large organizations. She is founder and former President of Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, a B2B media platform that connects CXOs in manufacturing with senior level leaders in technology around the world. Manufacturing Enterprise Communications was sold to Frost & Sullivan in August 2012. Prior to Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, Heather was founder and President of Managing Automation Media and TechMatch Solutions, all divisions of Thomas Publishing Company in New York City. Heather is a trusted advisor to many top manufacturing and technology organizations including Cisco, AT&T, Google, SAP, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Ford, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and more. She has 25 years of B2B media experience, is a veteran digital media expert, and has been in a C-level leadership role for over 20 years. She has won multiple awards for innovation in media. Heather believes in and respects the imagination, creativity, and fearlessness that young business minds bring to the table and is passionate about unleashing their entrepreneurial skills and spirit so they can own their own destiny. Holst-Knudsen has an SBLL from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Heather also is Chairman of the Board and Founder of KidBacker Foundation for Entrepreneurship, a new 501c3 that will award seed grants and scholarships to young entrepreneurs to help fund their education and their businesses.

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