Emerging Prairie will host the fifth annual 1 Million Thanks at the Fargo Air Museum on January 30, 2019 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. This is an evening dedicated to celebrating the forward momentum of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in our region. This event will be a time to connect with community members, reflect on the progress that entrepreneurs are creating and get a glimpse into what 2020 will bring for our region.
During the event, Emerging Prairie will present awards to individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact in the startup community and contributed to a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. This year’s award recipients include:
— Peter Chamberlain (Walkwise) – Rookie of the Year Award. This award is given to an early stage entrepreneur that has made significant progress.
— Koddee Furst (Annie Capital)– Dr. David Wells Belief Award. This award is given to an individual who believes in the potential of entrepreneurs and the difference they can make in our community.
— Kim Pladson (TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics)– Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This award is given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated the ability to positively impact the community for social change.
— Microsoft – Team Player Award. This award is given to an organization whose teammates contribute in meaningful ways to support the startup community.
— Jeff Young (WEX Health)– Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year Award. This award is given to an individual that has demonstrated significant growth and success beyond our region.
Along with those five awards, there will be two other awards handed out. The Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be given by North Dakota State University’s NICE Center to a student who has been continuously making waves and contributing to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Lifetime Community Impact Award will be given by Emerging Prairie to an individual who has been a consistent mentor to the community and always willing to give back to make an impact.
1 Million Thanks features hors d’oeuvres, live music, a surprise performance, the awards ceremony, and a signature champagne toast. The event is open to the public. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.emergingprairie.com/1-million-thanks.