The City of Flagstaff and APS invite you to the 3rd Annual Shoemaker Awards, an inspiring, entertaining event celebrating stellar moonshot-thinking entrepreneurs from Flagstaff and beyond.
Not only are we celebrating our 2023 Mission Control Winner, David Johns, and our 2023 Shoemaker Award Winners, Evan Anderson and Kelly Anderson, but we're also featuring 10 inspiring entrepreneurs from around the state of Arizona!
* Networking Reception + Dinner/Awards *
During dinner, first place winners from each tour stop region/city who participated in the 4th Annual AZ Pioneer Pitch Tour will present their ideas/products in a Shark Tank-style pitch competition during dinner.
The state-wide winner will be announced at the event and will take home a $10,000 cash prize thanks to our generous sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to vote for your Audience Favorite, who will also take home a cash prize worth $5,000, thanks to Growth Partners AZ!
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Many Thanks to Our Sponsors
AWD Law SunWest Bank KCS Construction/Genterra PNC Bank W. L. Gore & Associates Dueker Ranch Arizona SBDC Arizona@Work Coconino County Workforce Board Drinking Horn Meadery David Johns & Jill Harrison City of Flagstaff APS BCBS of Arizona Lowell Observatory Coconino County Arizona Commerce Authority
The Shoemaker Awards
The Shoemaker Awards are named after Carolyn Shoemaker for her extraordinary moonshot thinking and phenomenal achievement in astrogeology. She and her husband, Gene, established the USGS Center for Astrogeology.
2023 Schedule of Events
July 28, 2023
Little America Hotel - Flagstaff, AZ 2515 E Butler Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
5:00 PM:Networking Reception doors open. Sponsored by APS. Mackenzie Fitz-Gerald, Economic DevelopmentRepresentative, APS, kicks off the networking reception
6:00 PM:Dinner seating starts
6:15 PM:Welcome remarks by Jill Howard Allen, VP Research and Development, Arizona Commerce Authority & Moonshot Board Chair
6:20 PM: Robert Theobald, VP Small Business Ombudsman, Arizona Commerce Authority, kicks off the AZ Pioneer Pitch Statewide Competition
7:30 PM:During the judges deliberation, Scott Hathcock, Moonshot President and CEO, will announce the Mission Control Winner, David Johns, and Shoemaker Award Winners, Evan Anderson and Kelly Anderson of Drinking Horn Meadery. Audience votes for their Crowd Favorite
8:00 PM: Mike Groeger, Vice President, Commercial Group & Specialty Sales, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, announces the winner of the Statewide AZ Pioneer Pitch Competition. Andre Whittington, CEO, Growth Partners Arizona, announces the Crowd Favorite winner.
8:30 PM:Closing Remarks by Scott Hathcock, President & CEO Moonshot