The Best Business Awards To Apply For In 2022

Written By Taylor Ryan
July 2, 2020

Are you ready to learn about some of the most exciting upcoming business awards of 2021?

We have prepared an exclusive Business Awards list for every company owner to apply to before the end of this year.

Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate your business or project in these business awards and to get the recognition and the exposure you deserve!

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Being mentioned on some of the most popular business websites, networking with sponsors or other stakeholders, and the chance of winning valuable trophies should be enough of a reason to take the step and signing up.

Choose one or sign up for all awards from our Business Awards list.

Are you gonna be among the winners?

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The B2B Martech Awards

The B2B Marketing Awards 2019 winners
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The B2B Martech Awards select and honour the most innovative, creative and forward-thinking marketers through their B2B marketing campaigns, on the basis of various categories that you can enter.

This year edition will be held online, and the virtual awards ceremony will happen on March 24-25, 2021.

The competition is open to anyone from all around the world, and the agenda is already very busy.

Application deadline: February 12, 2021

Fee: From £250 to £315 + VAT

Apply to the B2B Martech Awards

Global Business Excellence Award

Global Business Excellence Awards

The Global Business Excellence Awards honour business excellence across all sectors, private, public, and charity from all over the world.

These awards will be rewarded to all those organisations that work smarter than their direct competitors: in fact, attendees will compete against individuals from the same country in many different categories.

The event has a very good internation reputation and has even been mentioned by the BBC TV World News.

Application deadline: February 26, 2021

Fee: £298.80

Apply to the Global Business Excellence Awards


Hermes Creative Awards

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The Hermes Creative Awards are one of the oldest and largest creative awards in the world.

The event honour the creative industry’s best publications, branding collateral, websites, videos, and advertising, marketing and communication programs.

It offers a chance to participate in several of its creative categories.

Application deadline: March 18, 2021

Fee: from $110

Apply to the Hermes Creative Awards

Datacloud Global Awards

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The Datacloud Global Awards honour individuals in categories like data center, cloud & Edge for their innovation and excellence across their sectors.

The Awards annual ceremony will be held virtually between 1-3 June, 2021 and will attended by the top leaders in the IT infrastructures.

We recommend that you take a look at the awesome categories to enter and to follow the guide on how to improve your chances of victory.

Application deadline: March 31, 2021

Fee: Free of charge

Apply to the Datacloud Global Awards


European Business Awards

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The European Business Awards are one of the world’s largest cross-industry and border business competitions.

It is considered to be the most prestigious award that a European company can receive.

The Awards honour innovators and ethical entrepreneurs, and praise the stories of successful European businesses.

Being a winner, or even just participating in these awards will guarantee you prominent exposure in the European investor market.

If you are having a hard time believing it, many winners have stated how the Awards have changed the future of their businesses and their lives.

The event is handling awards in multiple categories, so it is recommended to enroll in those that fit your business the best to have better chances of victory.

All relevant information has been included in the 2020/2021 Awards Entry Brochure.

Application deadline: April 28, 2021

Fee: Free of charge

Apply to the European Business Awards


Responsible Business Awards

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The Responsible Business Awards celebrate responsible business excellence by rewarding the most innovative companies that have a meaningful impact on business, society and the environment.

It appeals organisations of any size from all over the world that are delivering a new blueprint to adapt to the changing climate.

It will be held virtually on October 14, 2021.

Participants to all 14 categories will get the chance to get recognition, aknowledgment and boost their reputation in the market.

Application deadline: June 12, 2021

Fee: £399 + VAT

Apply to the Responsible Business Awards

Annual International Business Awards® by Stevie Awards

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The Annual International Business Awards® (IBAs) are also known by the name of “International Stevies”.

These awards reward unique and distinguished organisations worldwide: large and small, public and private, for-profit and non-profit in their business excellence.

You can apply for various innovative categories.

This year, the 18th edition of the event will take place. Are you gonna take part in it?

Application deadline: June 16, 2021

Fee: from $280 to $590

Apply to the Annual International Business Awards


Cresta Awards

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The Cresta Awards are globally recognised as a highly significant (and creative) achievement.

It rewards the best businesses that the international advertising, digital design and marketing communications industries have to offer.

The categories are divided into 5 sectors: Disciplines, Specialist Sectors, Technology/Design/Craft, Open categories and Creative Business Awards.

In response to the pandemic, this year edition of the Cresta Awards is free of charge.

Application deadline: July 20th, 2021

Fee: It variates from $195 to $490 depending on your submission

Apply to the Cresta Awards

PR Daily’s Content Marketing Awards

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PR Daily’s Content Marketing Awards honour organisations, agencies and independent consultants that have the best marketing and communication content.

The awards are meant for unique and creative content that engages broad audiences in a huge variety of categories.

It is not possibile to send your submission just yet, but as an application deadline has already been set, we are confident that it’ll open soon.

Application deadline: July 23, 2021

Fee: To be announced


Global EdTech Startup Awards

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The Global EdTech Startup Awards (GESAwards) is the world’s largest EdTech startup competition.

The goals are to promote the best EdTech startups, build local EdTech ecosystems, help you connect to a global market, and provide mentoring. 

The FInals of this edition Global EdTech Startup Awards will be held in London in January 2022.

Participating in these awards not only gives a great chance to win important prizes, but also to get to know and partner up with other startups operating in the industry.

Not to mention that this event drives the attention of multiple investors and business scouts each year.

GESAwards also offer special tracks you can apply to starting March 2021.

Application deadline: August 30, 2021

Fee: Free of charge

Apply to the Global EdTech Startup Awards


Content Marketing Association Awards

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The Content Marketing Association Awards (CMA) are a must for all content creators in the world.

These business awards are brought by the Content Marketing Association, the industry association for marketing, publishing, advertising and social agencies.

CMA’s aim is to support the role of content as an effective marketing tol to achieve incredible results.

On Thursday, 25th November 2021 the award ceremony will be held online and the bronze, silver, and gold winners will be announced.

Are you amongst them?

Application deadline: September 17, 2021

Fee: From £165 to £310

Apply to the Content Marketing Association Awards


The Cloud Awards

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The Cloud Awards are the first and largest recognition platform of Cloud Computing, founded in 2011.

The Cloud Awards select and honour the best in Cloud Computing from all over the world.

Organisations of any size can enter 23 different categories.

In addition, the organizers will publish an article of yours and advertise it on social media for the best level of international recognition.

Application deadline: October 22, 2021

Fee: From $395 to $795, depending on your entry

Apply to the Cloud Awards


Nordic Startup Awards by Global Startup Awards

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The Nordic Startup Awards are run by Global Startup Awards, which is one of the largest independent competition happening in 60 countries and 3 continents.

The first edition of the Nordic Startup Awards was held in 2012 in Denmark, Copenhagen. Since then, every year the judges select and reward the best regional startups in tech/web industries from Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

The goal of these awards is to create a connected community of startups, entrepreneurs, developers, mentors, as well as investors and journalists to help startups to get recognized in Northern Europe.

By participating in these awards, business owners have a high chance to receive vast recognition across Scandinavia, and to path the way to future relationships and networks with other contestants.

Every second year, some of the regional winners announced at the Regional Grand Finale are taken into consideration as candidates for the Global Awards Grand Finale, the ultimate event to determine who should deserve the title of best startups from all around the globe.

On 2021, February 2 it has been announced that this year edition of the Awards is still pending, so better keep an eye on the official website for real time news and updates!

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: Free of charge

Apply to the Global Startup Awards

World Business Awards

World Business Awards categories

The World Business Awards is a large scale event that rewards all those companies with the best-fulfilled business core values.

In the competition, the judges will be considering major areas like business innovation, customer satisfaction, business sustainability, and many more.

Therefore, these Business Awards are divided into 4 main categories: Consumer Product, Business Awards, Customer Experience Management and Business Product.

Unfortunately, nothing has been announced about a 2021 edition for the awards just yet, and as the main website of the event is still focused on 2020 edition, it is difficutl to say whether the Awards will be renewed for this year or not.

Application deadline: To be announced?

Fee: Free of charge

ACQ Global Awards

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The ACQ Global Awards are probably the largest event of its kind.

Being an online event, submission, nomination and the selection of winners are completely free of charge.

These business awards give a great opportunity for smaller companies and startups to submit their applications and stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the larger organisations in the competition.

The ACQ Global Awards happen annually, and reward smaller market participants as well as larger firms for their business excellence.

Unique fact about these business awards is that the winners are chosen by the industry itself instead of by a jury.

Application deadline: Q1 of 2021

Fee: Free of charge

Apply to the ACQ Global Awards

AI Awards

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Global Annual Achievement Awards for Artificial Intelligence is the first and biggest global awards for AI-related businesses.

The goal is to support the AI community and recognize the high effort and dedication of all the people who operate in this industry.

This year, the AI Awards will delegate 60 awards across 7 exciting categories.

The winners of the 2020 edition of the AI Awards are to be announced on Friday 5th March 2021, after which it is very likely that the subscriptions to the 2021 AI Awards will be open.

If you are interested in participating, join the official newsletter or keep their website monitored to be the first one to know all about the latest updates!

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: Free of charge

Join the AI Awards Newsletter

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Startup of the Year powered by ESTABLISHED

Startup of the Year powered by ESTABLISHED

Startup of the Year™ (SOTY), powered by ESTABLISHED since 2006, discovers and honours the most promising and innovative startups from all around the world.

These awards are an opportunity to build a world-wide startup community where startups get to meet and do business with global investors, influencers, and more.

This year edition will be held virtually, on November 15-18, 2021.

Startup of the Year stands out for embracing diversity: in fact, the 2019 competition had nearly 50% of women or minority founders.

Even though a deadline for submitting your startup hasn’t be announced yet, enrolling is already possible.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: Free of charge

Apply to the Startup of the Year Awards

Mobile Star Awards by Mobile Village

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The Mobile Star Awards are a prestigious event in the mobile industry, celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.

The Mobile Star Awards honour the best mobile apps, enterprise mobile softwares, mobile devices and accessories, operator solutions, success stories, and innovators in 100+ categories.

Unfortunately, submissions for the 2021 edition of the Awards are closed already.

Cannot wait to see when it will be possible to enroll in 2022!

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: from $73

International Business Excellence Awards

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The International Business Excellence Awards (IBX) are part of a global business movement.

IBX honours inspirational business practices from all over the world by rewarding them in various categories.

This year, the 7th edition of the prestigious event has been held online, and there is still scarce information about the 2021 edition of the Awards.

Nonetheless, submission are already open, so make sure to check the official website regularly for more information!

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: AED 2499

Apply to the International Business Excellence Awards

The BIG Awards for Business

The BIG Awards for Business 2020

Started in 2012, the BIG Awards for Business are an awaited event that rewards companies of all sizes in all major verticals.

The BIG Awards for Business offers companies a chance to be globally recognised by panels of business veterans and leaders.

Business Intelligence Group also offers the opportunity to enroll in many other awards that might be relevant to your business.

This year edition will be held on October 15, 2021.

Therefore, submissions should open sometimes in the near future.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: $799

Sustainability Awards

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The Sustainability Awards are another of the many, prestigious events organised by the Business Intelligence Group.

The jury selects as winner those organisations that are better changing their business tactics to be Earth- friendly with the goal of reducing their impact on the environment.

The Sustainability Awards will honour those who have best integrated sustainability as a part of their business practice on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Not much has been said about deadlines or further details, so don’t forget to keep an eye on the official website.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: $599

PR & Marketing Excellence Awards

PR & Marketing Excellence Awards shine your light on your own work

The Public Relations and Marketing Excellence Awards honour public relations and marketing agencies, their departments and all those people who deliver exceptional performance and come up with innovative approaches.

These awards appeal on individuals with inspirational stories of helping their client’s brand or products growth, and will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Once again, there is no certain information about edition 2021, so we’re excite to see when the Business Intelligence Group will unveil some more on the matter.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: $499

Digital Communication Awards

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The Digital Communication Awards (DCA) honour exceptional campaigns and online projects in many diverse categories.

Hosted by Quadriga University, these awards are meant for organisations from all over the world.

No information has been released about the 2021 edition of the awards, so make sure to keep an eye on their website to stay updated!

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: 290 Euros + VAT


The APPEALIE Awards winners

The APPEALIE Awards honour innovative SaaS applications that make our lives easier and our work more effective, taking into account exceptional customer satisfaction and success on any platform in any industry.

The Awards haven’t opened for 2021 application submissions just yet, but it is already possible to send your RSVP now and save yourself a spot in the competition!

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: zero entry fees

Start your APPEALIE Awards RSVP

The Search Engine Land Awards

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In 2020, the Search Engine Land Awards has honoured individuals, agencies, and internal marketing teams with their excellent organic and paid search marketing campaigns.

Candidates could apply for 17 different categories.

Nothing has been stated about a 2021 edition of the awards, but we hope some new will soon be released on the matter.

Application deadline: To be announced?

Fee: To be announced?

Lovie Awards

10th Annual Lovie Awards 2020 winners

The Lovie Awards select their winners from the European Internet market.

The event honours top web and creative networks, content publishers, cultural and political organisations and individual creators.

The Lovie Awards recognise enormous development of the Internet as a major tool for businesses and everyday lives.

The Lovie Awards Twitter accounf has announced that the 11th Annual call for entries will happen on March 2nd. Cannot wait to see what the next edition of the Awards will bring!

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: from 275€

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The Digital Impact Awards

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The Digital Impact Awards (DIA) reward the best corporate digital communications work in Europe and Asia in several exciting categories.

After the pandemic, the DIA have also included a new category called “Best Digital Communications During Covid-19”.

Not much information has been released on the 2021 edition of the awards, if not that it will open for entries on March 1.

Will you be among the winners of this year edition?

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: from £195

dotCOMM Awards

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The DotCOMM Awards selects the best individuals in web creativity and digital communication, and can count on participants from more than 100 different countries.

It honours the best of creative dynamic web or special advertising campaigns.

There are plenty of creative categories – over 214!

Not much has been unveiled about the 2021 edition.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: from $110

International Performance Marketing Awards

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The International Performance Marketing Awards honour the most exceptional marketing projects all around the world from creative advertisers, publishers, media owners, agencies, networks, startups, technology providers.

Every year, it rewards the best marketing projects from across the previous 12 months, divided into several exciting categories.

There is a final ceremony, which is a perfect place for networking with senior representatives from the marketing industry.

Up to now, there is no information about the 2021 edition of the event, but it is possible to subscribe to the newsletter to always be up to date with the latest news.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: from £195 + VAT

Join the International Marketing Awards Newsletter

The Effective Mobile Marketing Awards

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The Effective Mobile Marketing Awards honour the best in the mobile marketing industry from all around the world.

Winners from 2019 included Volvo, Ryanair, Countable, Max Bupa, ODEON Cinemas and BBC Good Food.

And there are 15 different categories to apply to!

There is no certain information about 2021 edition of the event, but we are excited to see what surprises it will bring.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: £180 + VAT

Smarties X

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SMARTIES X is the world’s first marketing award recognising innovation.

SMARTIES X honours unique innovative business impact for brands, agencies, media companies and technology providers.

You can apply with your creative work from the past year.

SMARTIES X submissions for 2021 are not yet being accepted, but we are confident it’ll happen soon.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: from $200

The W3 Awards

The W3 Awards logo gold and silver trophies

the best in Websites, Advertising, Mobile Sites & Apps, Video, Social and Podcasts.

The W3 Awards reward W3 Awards statuettes consisting of three cubes to the winers of all available categories (Websites, Advertising, Mobile Sites & Apps, Video, Social and now also Podcasts).

News on the 2021 edition are yet to be announced.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: from $185

OMMA Awards

2020 OMMA winners
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The OMMA Awards honour creative individuals in Online Advertising.

OMMA Awards’ main categories are Online Advertising Creativity, Integrated Online Campaigns and Web Site Excellence.

The Final Ceremony of 2020 was held in New York in October, and no information has been released on a possible 2021 edition.

Application deadline: To be announced?

Fee: To be announced?

Drum’s Social Media Awards

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Drum’s Social Media Awards honour creative individuals and their unique marketing campaigns from all over the world.

By entering the competition in one or more of the 39 categories, you get the opportunity to be published on Drum’s website, which is Europe’s largest media and marketing website.

Other then the Social Buzz, there are many other awards you can apply to offered by the Drum.

Though there are no certain dates or info about this year Awards, you can register your interest for the 2021 competition.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: from £206.50 + VAT

Register your interest for Drum’s Social media Awards

Drum’s Content Awards

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The Drum’s Content Awards honour the best marketing content and branded entertainment.

The content has to attract and retain customers as well as bring profit to the company, and depending on your specific expertise you can submit for several of the different content categories.

Just like for the previous mentioned award, it is possible to register your interest in the 2021 edition of the event.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: from £206.50 + VAT

Register your interest for Drum’s Social media Awards

The Digiday Awards

The Digiday Awards past winners

The Digiday Awards reward the best digital companies, campaigns and creatives that modernize media and marketing every day through many categories.

There is not many information yet about this year edition, but you can already take a look at the upcoming events.

Application deadline: To be announced

Fee: $449

Globee® Business Awards

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The Globee® Business Awards claim to have an award for every business in the world.

And to be honest, it seems like they really do!

In fact, Globee is the name summarizing 11 different programs, such as CEO World Awards, Women World Awards, Internationa Best in Business Awards, and many more.

All awards have their own deadline and specifics, so we strongly recommend that you take a look at the official 2021 Awards Calendar to never miss a date.

Application deadline: Check the official website

Fee: Check the official website


Now that you have read through more than 30 exclusive Business Awards that can help your business to get noticed and get the recognition you deserve, we are sure that you are ready to submit your activity and win some amazing prices!

Choose from the big variety of free awards or pay a little fee for bigger rewards.

But be aware!

Don’t wait too long, otherwise you’ll miss the deadlines and will have to wait a full year before giving it a try.

Regardless of the results, we are sure that the participation to any of these business awards will benefit your business, help you improve your network and make you gain lot of experience.

And it will be lots of fun!

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