Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards

The Initiative Foundation is pleased to invite you to the 2024 Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at The Clearing in Sauk Rapids.

This event will celebrate early-stage entrepreneurs who have launched or grown businesses with support from Initiative Foundation programming and partners in the St. Cloud area. The event will feature free food vendor samples and a marketplace with products and services available for purchase. The awards ceremony will feature stories and highlights of successful entrepreneurs and will honor small businesses across a variety of categories.

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25

Where: The Clearing, 195 River Ave. S., Sauk Rapids (Free parking is available in the adjacent city lot.)

Cost: FREE!

More than 150 people attended the June 2023 awards event to celebrate local entrepreneurs and enjoy delicious food provided by 10 local vendors.
The audience was entertained by the Bratz Dance Team and inspired by the passion of the award-winning business owners.

Support Entrepreneurs on Their Journey

You are vital to the success of these entrepreneurs as they create new businesses, add jobs and contribute to St. Cloud’s growth and prosperity! Like the 150-plus who attended our inaugural 2023 Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards event, it’s our hope that you’ll attend to learn more about the work, enjoy some delicious food and unique products/services, and engage in conversation to determine ways you can lend your support.

You are encouraged to bring coworkers or family. We look forward to seeing you on June 25 to celebrate some of St. Cloud’s most amazing and emerging entrepreneurs!


5:30-6:45 p.m.: Entrepreneur showcase—come anytime to enjoy free food provided by local vendors and a market featuring local products and services for sale
6:45-7:45 p.m.: Award ceremony
8 p.m.: Event closes; fellowship and vendor showcase continues

Connections, Vendor Inquiries

Reach out to a member of our team with questions or to make an inquiry about being a vendor at the 2024 Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards event on June 25 at The Clearing in Sauk Rapids.

Ismail Mohamed

Ismail Mohamed

Enterprise Academy Program Officer (320) 412-5330
Haakon Lehn

Haakon Lehn

Entrepreneurship Programs Coordinator (320) 412-5155