Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success

Award at a Glance

Recipient Industry, Faculty, Chemistry Professional, International
Category National Awards
Amount$20,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who have created a commercially viable business within the chemical enterprise.


Starting with a good idea, sustained by passion, fueled by persistence and hard work, the award recipient created something where nothing existed before. The awardee is recognized for creating a new product, service, company, or industry based on the transforming power of chemistry to improve people’s lives. The hallmark of this contribution is impact: positive impact on people’s lives and positive impact on the economy by creating chemistry jobs that produce a significant economic benefit.

The award will consist of $20,000, a certificate, and a feature article on awardee(s) and their business in an official ACS publication such as C&EN. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.


Only ACS members are eligible for this award. Nominees may include individual entrepreneurs or teams with a maximum three individuals. If a team wins the award, the cash award of $20,000 will be shared equally by all team members. The team member(s) who travel to the meeting will also share the $2,500 for travel expenses. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, or educational background.


November 1 (Annual Review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


Supported by an Endowed Fund Established by Kathryn C. Hach


The award was established in 2012 and is supported through the Kathryn C. Hach Award Endowment.

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ACS National Awards Program
American Chemical Society
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Email: awards@acs.org

2024 Hach Award Recipient Cato Thomas Laurencin
2024 Recipient Cato Thomas Laurencin (Center) is Presented with His Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Will E. Lynch, ACS Board of Directors (Right)
Photo by EPNAC.com

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