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PRISM Awards 2019


The Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) is thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual PRISM Awards, co-presented by Vectra Bank! A first of its kind event, the PRISM Awards honors exemplary social entrepreneurs and businesses in our community that simultaneously grow our economy while creating impact.

The theme for this year’s special event is Outdoor Recreation Social Impact Businesses.

For the first time, the PRISM Awards are open statewide and businesses from all over Colorado are invited to participate. As a celebration of our State’s love of the outdoors, we decided to highlight Outdoor Recreation as it is an integral part of the Colorado lifestyle.

This year the PRISM Awards will be held at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, a Social Impact Organization itself. For the past 23 years, the Visitor & Nature Center has hosted over 15.7 million visitors and donated over $3.8 million back to the Garden of the Gods Park. The Visitor Center is the #1 visited attraction in the Pikes Peak region and the Park was voted the #1 Park in the nation making the perfect backdrop for this year’s special event theme, featuring: Outdoor Recreation Social Impact Businesses.

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Join us March 8th, at 5:30pm for food, drink, and networking over one fabulous night celebrating Colorado social impact!

At the PRISM Awards, we recognize 3 different categories: Social Impact Startup of the Year, Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and Social Impact Business of the Year. We ask our community to nominate businesses and entrepreneurs that inspire them! See the 2019 PRISM Awards Categories and Criteria below.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Winners of the PRISM Awards 2019!

Social Entrepreneur of the Year of Northern Colorado

Social Entrepreneur of the Year of Southern Colorado

Social Impact Startup of the Year of Northern Colorado

Social Impact Startup of the Year of Southern Colorado

Social Impact Business of the Year of Northern Colorado

Social Impact Business of the Year of Western Colorado

Social Impact Business of the Year of Southern Colorado

2019 PRISM Awards Categories and Criteria

SOCIAL IMPACT STARTUP OF THE YEAR

  • Demonstrated social impact to Colorado
  • Live and work in Colorado
  • 60% earned revenue
  • Must have been in business less than three years

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

  • Demonstrated social impact to Colorado
  • Live and work in Colorado
  • 60% earned revenue
  • 1 year demonstrated experience in social impact sector
  • Started at least one social impact program or business

SOCIAL IMPACT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

  • Demonstrated social impact to Colorado
  • Live and work in Colorado
  • 60% earned revenue
  • Must have been in business at least three years

2019 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED:

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Bill Morris of Blue Star Recyclers—Colorado Springs, CO
  • Bud Doyle of Bud's Home Team / Keller Williams Executives Realty—Lone Tree, CO
  • James Proby of the The Men’s Xchange—Colorado Springs, CO
  • Lillian Hoodes of TrailFork, Inc.—Boulder, CO
  • Michelle Vacha of Community Dental Health—Colorado Springs, CO

Social Impact Business of the Year

  • BraveHoods—Longmont, CO
  • EarthHero—Boulder, CO
  • Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center—Colorado Springs, CO
  • Marco’s Pizza—Colorado Springs, CO
  • SEI Professional Services—Paonia, CO
  • The Thrive Network—Colorado Springs, CO

Social Impact Startup of the Year

  • The Carter Payne—Colorado Springs, CO
  • Hike for Life—Colorado Springs, CO
  • The Men’s Xchange—Colorado Springs, CO
  • Trails End Taproom—Colorado Springs, CO
  • TrailFork, Inc.—Boulder, CO

Judges for the PRISM Awards include:

  • Jonathan Liebert, Executive Director & CEO of the Colorado Institute for Social Impact
  • George Reed, Dean of School of Public Affairs, UCCS
  • Thayer Tutt, Vice Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, El Pomar Foundation
  • Carrie Tynan, Director of Programs and Grant Making, Adolph Coors Foundation
  • Jacob Eichengreen, Executive Director of The Quad Innovation Partnership
  • Lisanne McNew, President & COO, McNew and Associates
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