Lift Up Startups

2018 Lifter Award Nominations Are Now Open

By Paul Taylor

The second annual Lifter Award will be presented March 7, 2018 at the annual Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off. Now in its eighth year, the kick-off is a statewide gathering of startup founders, innovators, investors and mentors, along with organizations and community members committed to strengthening our state’s entrepreneur ecosystem. Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off is co-hosted by more than 20 organizations that support entrepreneurs in all sectors and across the full geography of the state. 
Fostering the future presence of strong local business owners and leaders is important to the fabric of Minnesota’s communities and economies. The Lifter Award is dedicated to recognizing those individuals who support the success of startup founders and emerging companies and are active in community service.  
Nominations of individuals for the 2018 Lifter Award may be submitted until 12:00 midnight on Thursday, February 22, 2018.  Nominations should be sent to Please include the name, address, phone and email contact information for all nominees. In addition, a statement supporting the nomination should be included, along with the name and contact information for the person submitting the nomination. LinkedIn content and resumes for the nominee may be forwarded, as well, but are not required. Questions regarding the award and nomination process may be directed to Paul Taylor at  
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