In July, we hosted The Inno-troduction, Minne Inno’s official kickoff event aimed at meeting you, our readers, and the city’s tech and startup communities.

At the beginning of October, we’ll be hosting The Inno U. Challenge, which will bring together student founders from several local universities to compete in a friendly pitch competition.

And today, we are pleased to announce our inaugural 50 on Fire, our winter awards bash taking place in mid January.

50 on Fire is a celebration of innovators, big and small, people and organizations, across multiple categories. Though Minne Inno primarily covers the city’s thriving startup, and tech ecosystems, we understand that these sectors don’t have an exclusiveness on innovation. The unbelievably talented graphic designer at your agency is innovative. The enterprise company that helps fuel your small business is innovative. The non-profit you donate to is innovative. Your favorite food truck is innovative.

Innovation is everywhere in the Twin Cities, help us find it so that we can award it!

We’ve officially opened up nominations; here’s what you need to know.

Nomination Process: Do you know an organization or individual setting the scene on Fire? Nominations are open now and will close November 1.

The 5 categories are:
Tech & Startups
Education, Civic & Government
Health/Wellness & Lifestyle
Food & Agriculture

Selection Process: After the nominations close, we’ll publish a list of all nominees, showcasing the people and companies that were submitted for 50 on Fire. A week later, we’ll officially announce the final 50, compiled by the Minne Inno editorial team.

Then, over the following weeks, you’ll see profiles, stories and more about a handful of these fast-moving companies and entrepreneurs. (We will also be inviting the 50 on Fire to an exclusive photoshoot in December).

In January, we’ll host the big 50 on Fire event, celebrating the final 50 and unveiling the 5 ‘Blazers’ (the Category winners, as selected by a panel of judges) via an action-packed video.

So, we invite you and your team, friends, family, finalists and nominees – and anyone that’s interested or invested in Twin Cities innovation – to join us at a big party stocked with tasty bites, cocktails, craft beer in January. (More details on 50 on Fire event coming soon).

Get the fire started by submitting your 50 on Fire nomination now.

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