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The Empact Showcase is a platform highlighting the power of young entrepreneurs and the important role that they play in solving some of the world's most pressing issues.  

The Showcase...

  • Highlights & celebrates the impact entrepreneurs make on the global economy
  • Dispels myths about who entrepreneurs are & entrepreneurship as a career option
  • Motivates aspiring entrepreneurs & connects them to role models
  • Maps the power and influence of young entrepreneurs

The Empact Showcase US recognizes organizations in the United States started by young entrepreneurs who are age 35 and under, and whose annual revenues or operating budgets (for non-profits) are more than $100,000.

The official Empact100 List recognizes the top 100 of the companies within the Empact Showcase and is determined by the Empact Academy.

Empact Showcase Europe
The Empact Showcase Europe recognizes organizations incorporated in Europe started by young entrepreneurs who are age 35 and under, and whole annual revenues or operating budgets (for non-profits) are more than 75,000 euros.
For more information on the European Showcase and how to apply, please visit this page.  


Application Process

Applications for the 2013 Empact Showcaseare open and there is no cost to apply!  To submit your application now, visit http://www.empactshowcase.com/application

Here is how the process will work:

  1. Fill out the Empact Showcase Application.  Make sure your contribution as a young entrepreneur is included & recognized!  By filling out page 2 of the application, your company is also in the running for top category recognition (see more information below).  There is no cost to submit your application.  
  2. Register for Empact Showcase Legacy Event.  Join your fellow entrepreneurs for 2.5 days of celebration, networking and legacy building sessions.  Registration will open in Summer 2013
  3. Announcement of Category Honorees.  The Empact100 list will be made public according to the timeline below.  Other Showcase Category honorees will be announced during the November Empact Legacy Event. 
  4. Attend Empact Legacy Event.  In November, all entrepreneurs in the Showcase arrive in New York for 2.5 days of networking, celebration and legacy building.  


  • 100% of the founders must be 35 years or younger as of August 3, 2013
  • Business must
    • Have over $100,000 in revenue for 2012 (operating budget for non-profits) 
    • Be located in the United States.

All applicants may be asked to verify the above criteria once an application has been submitted.

Public companies are not eligible.

If you do not meet the criteria at this time but would like to be involved with Empact in the future, please fill out the form here


Applications Close August 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST
Final List Determined September 10, 2013
Empact Legacy Event October 24-26, 2013


How much does it cost to apply?

There is no cost to submit an application to the Empact Showcase.

I started my company in 2013.  Can I still apply?

The 2013 Empact Showcase features companies that meet the revenue criteria by December 31, 2012.  If you started your business in 2013 and already meet the revenue criteria, congratulations and we look forward to you participating in the 2014 Showcase!

How are Showcase Category Honorees selected and when are they determined?

Top category honorees (including the Official Empact100 List) are determined by the Empact Academy.

The Official Empact100 List recognizes the top 100 companies within the Empact Showcase and is judged primarily by revenue, with additional factors such as number of employees, social impact, growth over the past year, and innovativeness taken into account.

Any company or entrepreneur in the Showcase who completes the full application is eligible for one or more of the following distinctions:

  • Empact100
  • Best Founder's Story
  • Most Innovative
  • Most Disruptive
  • Largest Potential
  • Top Social Company
  • Top Female Founder
  • Top Tech Company
  • Top Advertising & Marketing Company

* Final categories are subject to change

How the Empact Showcase category honorees are determined

New in 2013, businesses meeting the minimum criteria in the Empact Showcase will be able to receive special recognition within a specific category.

How the People's Choice Winner is Determined

All Showcase members are encouraged to have their network vote for their company using the public profiles generated from their applications. The top 5 Empact Showcase applicants with the most votes will be recognized as the People's Choice Winners during the Empact Legacy event.  Voting beings August 5, 2013 and ends October 3, 2013. 



In 2012, the companies comprising the Empact Showcase contributed more than 8,000 jobs to the economy, and controlled almost $1.2 billion in revenue.  
Entrepreneurs in the 2012 Empact100 were honored in Washington, DC in September with a private tour of the White House and a ceremony at the US Chamber of Commerce, which included recognition by the White House.  Each Empact100 honoree received a letter from President Barack Obama, congratulating them for their success and honoring them for their achievements.  
The 2012 Empact100 list was brought to you by Empact, the Startup America Partnership, the US Chamber of Commerce and a number of other partners.
In 2011, the inaugural list of companies was recognized in a ceremony at the White House for their achievements. The event was livestreamed on whitehouse.gov.  Combined, the 2011 Empact Showcase contributed over 2,700 jobs to the economy and controlled $374 million in revenue. Each Empact100 honoree received a letter from President Barack Obama, congratulating them for their success and honoring them for their achievements.