Innovation Awards

We congratulate the 2021 GSDC innovation award recipients!

Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation COP House. The Foundation created the St. Cloud Rotary Community Outpost (COP House), which opened in 2017 with the goal of implementing an innovative approach to community policing. The COP House continues to help stabilize the neighborhood by building relationships with diverse community members, reducing crime, providing youth development and enrichment activities, providing access to on-site social and medical services and empowering citizens to be more engaged.

MK1 Engineering. MK1 Engineering created the world’s first system to orient corn seed during planting, to precisely optimize and increase yield. Called AeroTube, the technology uses innovative aerodynamics to orient a corn seed tip down with the germ facing the adjacent row to optimize the plant-to-plant relationship.

City of Waite Park – Ledge Amphitheatre. The City’s creation of The Ledge Amphitheater was selected for an Innovation Award because of its creative reuse of a former quarry and an excellent public-private partnership that allowed the venue to be developed in an affordable manner. The result is a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater that includes walking trails and a unique pocket park that offers opportunities for smaller events. The City of Waite Park estimates that The Ledge, opened in July 2021, will bring 60,000 – 80,000 visitors to the venue each year.

Wolters Kluwer. The St. Cloud-based technology team of Wolters Kluwer helped the company launch its TSoftPlus Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offering near the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. TSoftPlus supports lender efforts to help small business customers get access to critical stimulus funding, helping retain more than one million U.S. workers’ jobs and thereby helping save many small businesses.

the GSDC Innovation Awards

A major strategic focus of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation is to foster and promote innovative thinking within and among area businesses and organizations.  The GSDC Innovation Award, or I-Award, recognizes St. Cloud area for-profit and non-profit organizations employing innovation to solve problems and create opportunities.

Each year we present awards of $1,000 to four recipients:

  • One award to an emerging for-profit company
  • One award to an established for-profit company
  • One award to each of two non-profit organizations

Organizations can nominate themselves or others. Take a look at past award winner videos.

GSDC 2022 Innovation Awards

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) will begin accepting nominations and applications for the 2022 Innovation Awards (I-Awards) in June 2022.