Nominations Open for the 21st Annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards 2023

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Jun 5, 2023

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  • The 21st Annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards will occur on November 15th, 2023. The overarching purpose every year is to recognize and honor the top business innovators in Southern California.
  • Nominees are evaluated based on innovation, leadership, performance, character, and entrepreneurial mindset criteria.
  • The gala evening is a memorable experience, featuring a red carpet entrance, cocktail, VIP networking receptions, awards presentations, and a delectable 3-course dining experience.

The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) announced the upcoming 21st Annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards scheduled for November 15th, 2023. This prestigious black-tie gala held at the Riverside Convention Center will be filled with inspiration, innovation, and recognition of the top business innovators in Inland Southern California. Now, let’s dive into the details of this highly anticipated event.

Honoring Inland Empire’s Finest

Founded in 2003 and known as the “Oscars of Business,” the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards celebrate remarkable achievements and contributions of entrepreneurs who have demonstrated outstanding innovation, leadership, performance, character, and an entrepreneurial mindset. In this event, entrepreneurs from the Inland Empire region will be acknowledged for their entrepreneurial spirit and remarkable accomplishments.

Nominations and Evaluation

The nomination process for the 2023 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards is currently underway, and both self-nominations and nominations from others are highly encouraged. Nominees are evaluated based on various criteria, including their level of innovation, leadership qualities, business performance, character, and entrepreneurial mindset. The judging panel meticulously reviews the nominations to identify the most deserving candidates who exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship in the region.

The Judgement Process

After the nominations close on August 14th, 2023, the judging panel will hold a reception to conduct direct one-on-one speed round sessions with the semi-finalists. Through these interactions and analyzing background data, the judges determine the finalists who will be featured at the awards gala. This thorough evaluation ensures that only the most deserving entrepreneurs are recognized and honored.

The Gala Evening

The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards gala will have a red carpet entrance, cocktail, and VIP networking reception. It will constitute an awards presentation ceremony and a delightful 3-course dining experience. The evening promises to be filled with anticipation as the finalists are disclosed and the award recipients are announced. It’s an opportunity to witness the celebration of the region’s top entrepreneurs and their remarkable achievements and contributions.

Inspiring Entertainment

The gala also features highly anticipated, unveiled entertainment, adding excitement to the evening. Throughout the event, attendees will be captivated by inspiring performances, further enhancing the celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation.

How to Attend?

Ticketing for the event opens in September 2023. It is advisable to sign up for Spirit Updates to receive notifications as soon as tickets become available. The event offers various ticket options, including VIP experiences and premier seating. Safety protocols will be in place to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

Conclusion

The 21st Annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards is a remarkable event, celebrating the outstanding achievements of Inland Empire’s finest entrepreneurs. With a focus on innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit, this black-tie gala will honor those who have made significant contributions to the business landscape of Inland Southern California. 

Join us on November 15th, 2023, at the Riverside Convention Center for an unforgettable evening filled with inspiration, innovation, and celebration of the entrepreneurial journey.

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