Awarded for online or offline innovation, acknowledges initiatives that spark progressive change in their industry or business, original ideas and disruptive strategies.

The SmartCompany Plus Innovator award winner is determined by the SmartCompany judging panel. The panel will determine a winner based on the following criteria:

* The business can demonstrate a creative innovation that has led to growth
* The demonstrated innovation must lead to change in the industry or business
* The innovation demonstrated must disrupt the status quo

Note: Innovation is a broad term, and we are leaving this category broad too. Innovation can be anything from creating a tool to doing a job well, finding payment solutions, or disrupting an entire industry. The sky's the limit!