HumberLaunch, Humber's small business incubator, gave out its first-ever Entrepreneur Awards last week at a ceremony at The Humber Room.

Businesses from the Humber and local community were on-hand to accept prizes in four categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovation of the Year and Startup of the Year. First prize in each category was $2,000.

“We are incredibly honoured to be given the Innovation of the Year award,” said Craig Petten, co-founder of Aqua Greens, an urban aquaponic farm. “We have been a part of HumberLaunch for almost two years, and they have provided crucial support in our business achievements.”

HumberLaunch also awarded a Mentor of the Year prize to Humber business professor Steve Bang, in recognition of his volunteer efforts. Architectural technology professor Elizabeth Fenuta was runner-up.

This year, HumberLaunch, which provides workshops, office resources, mentoring services and funding for entrepreneurs, opened its doors to community businesses.

“This was our first funding opportunity where both Humber students and the Etobicoke community were eligible to compete,” said Cheryl Mitchell, program manager for HumberLaunch. “It was exciting to see the interest gathered within the community. The competition was tough, and I am proud of each entrepreneur and business that entered.”

To find out more about HumberLaunch, go to http://www.humber.ca/humberlaunch/.