Jay Jacobs Awarded NH’s 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year 

New Hampshire High Technology Council Awards RAPID’s founder and CEO, Jay Jacobs as Entrepreneur of the Year.

Nashua, NH – June 14th, 2017 – Last night, NH High Tech Council awarded RAPID’s founder and CEO Jay Jacobs, Entrepreneur of the Year. The annual celebration was held at Southern NH University, the award honors an individual who has significantly advanced innovation in the Granite State over his or her career.

Jacobs was selected from four New Hampshire finalists. This year’s nominee class included Jay Jacobs, owner/CEO of RAPID; Jason Syversen, founder & CEO of Siege Technologies; and Kevin Isett and Warren Kett, CEO and CSO, respectively, of Avitide, Inc.

Matt Cookson, Executive Director of Council, states, “The contributions that these individuals make to New Hampshire’s technology and business community are incredibly impressive and pave the way for future innovation. Each has uniquely disrupted his industry, while setting the example for future entrepreneurs that with hard work, determination and drive, anything is possible.”

While accepting the award, Jacobs asked other entrepreneurs in the audience to stand up, celebrating the team effort it takes to build a business from scratch.

“The worst thing in life is not failing. The worst thing in life is not trying,” Jacobs said. “I’m glad I tried.”

Jacobs founded RAPID in 2001 and uses a disruptive technology approach with state-of-the art machines to produce parts specific to each customer, tracking each order and its status for the day on a real-time basis via TV screens throughout the manufacturing facilities. RAPID has developed unique software (eRAPID) that its customers utilize for real time and reactive quoting of prices, design feedback, and part ordering; a competitive market advantage. Today, RAPID has over 325 employees in 140,000 square feet of manufacturing space, with operations running 24/7.

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Since its start in 1988, New Hampshire High Technology Council has recognized more than 50 New Hampshire entrepreneurs for demonstrating leadership, ingenuity and innovation among the technology sector. This award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of technology-based businesses in NH. Applications for the award were solicited through universities, corporations, attorneys, bankers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.


RAPID employs over 325 people focused on quick-turn prototype sheet metal & machined parts. Rapid Sheet Metal offers a FREE add-in, eRAPID, for SOLIDWORKS that allows users to cost and order sheet metal parts within CAD, instantly. eRAPID also provides design for manufacturability feedback as users design sheet metal parts. Rapid Machining quotes machined & turned parts within 24 hours. RAPID ships all parts in days, not weeks. Other services include wire harnesses, cable assemblies and box builds.