Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards Add to my calendar

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Riverside Convention Center

The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at Cal State San Bernardino announces the opening of the 2019 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards ticketing on, Sunday, September 1st.

The Spirit Gala will be held at the Riverside Convention Center on November 13th, 2019. Top innovators from the Inland Empire will compete to win awards ranging from nine entrepreneurial categories, each honoring the leadership, determination, teamwork, community involvement, and the risks taken to build successful entrepreneurial companies. Selecting finalists and award recipients from a vast field of over 200 nominees, is an independent panel of judges consisting of primarily past Spirit Award recipients. Semi-Finalists to be announced September 11th, 2019.

Dr. Mike Stull, Founder & Producer of the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards, has this to say concerning this year’s Spirit awards, “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship is truly alive in Inland Southern California region. Once again, we have some outstanding companies that will be vying for the prestigious Spirit Award. They are each uniquely innovative, but yet, so much more than that. Innovation is not enough to be successful – they have compelling stories of overcoming odds, persevering through challenges, and demonstrating excellent leadership to establish successful and sustainable businesses.”

Spirit Awards Event Features:

  • Commencing at 5:00 p.m. on November 13th, attendees can experience either a Gala or VIP reception, three course dinner, stellar event entertainment, awards presentations, and for select parties, an exclusive after party!
  • The “Best of the Best” award. Sponsored by Best, Best & Krieger, LLC
  • One company from among the award recipients that best exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit will take home the additional 2019 Best of the Best award.
  • The Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition
  • Witness featured business pitches from the Top 5 student finalists. Audience members cast their votes for the best business idea through a live voting poll to determine which students will win the cash prizes. These Top 5 students will have competed in a semi-qualifying event that is held one week prior to the Spirit Awards gala in order to gain those top positions. A truly unique aspect to our awards program that celebrates and supports student growth and involvement.


  • Upcoming entertainment guest stars are always an anticipated reveal during the gala. Past events have included top flight entertainment such as: Rock Legend Eddie Money, Ekenah Claudin-Transcending Box, and Greg Adamson- Facing the Music Performance Art.
  • VIP Reception Sponsored by City National Bank, an RBC Company
    Treat yourself to a luxurious experience only available to VIP ticket holders. The 2019 Spirit VIP Experience includes access to the exclusive pre-show VIP reception with hosted wine bar, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and preferred access to showroom seating for the gala presentation as well as top section seating for the main event while you enjoy specialty selected cuisine for your 3-course dining experience.

Proceeds from the Spirit of the Entrepreneur event benefit the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Scholarship established by Dr. Mike Stull, Director of Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University, San Bernardino.