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Entrepreneurs' Rally XIII

Keynote Speakers: TBA

May 8, 2025

JW Marriott (MOA)

In addition to our Speakers and VIP reception opportunities, we have planned an Entrepreneurs Panel discussion and highly interactive roundtables for mentoring and meaningful connections.

EO Minnesota, Traction Capital, and Hill Capital Corporation present the Entrepreneurs’ Rally XIII. The Rally, an annual event, is built by Entrepreneurs, for Entrepreneurs.

Candice Mama

Vogue Paris’ Most Inspiring Woman 2020 | TedX Speaker

Candice Mama is an internationally recognized speaker and advocate for forgiveness and reconciliation.

  • Accolades: Among Vogue Magazine’s Top 33 Most Inspiring Women; Top 20 African Women by the AU and UN; featured in the #UN75 People; 75 Stories.
  • Notable Recognition: Received the Human Beacon of Dignity Award; her story inspired the documentary “It’s A Pleasure to Meet You.”
  • Authorship & Speaking: Author of “Forgiveness Redefined” and two other publications; TEDx speaker and international podcaster.
  • Current Role: Co-CEO of AIME, a global systems design organization, with impactful work in initiatives like Women Power in South Africa.
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Johnny Cupcakes

America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur (Business Week)

If you dream of inspiring cult-like brand loyalty—the kind that involves super-long queues and even permanent tattoos—Johnny Cupcakes is for you. The founder of the world-renowned T-shirt brand Johnny Cupcakes, Johnny is known for helping other people create blueprints for building brand loyalty, creating memorable experiences, and inspiring innovation.

Celebrating 23 years as an independent clothing retailer who tricks hangry people, Johnny Cupcakes is a Boston-based, bakery themed T-shirt brand with a frosting scented shop.  Enter his Fakery through a Willy Wonka-like giant secret oven, find T-shirts on display in refrigerators, and your lunch-boxed apparel order comes out of a smoking oven!  While people won’t find real food here, 100% of customers leave with an experience and a story to share.

With global store openings, thousands of customers with his logo tattooed on themselves, people who camp out for his products, and high-profile collaborations and brand activations with giants such as The Simpsons, Sesame Street, Nutter Butter, and Nickelodeon — Johnny was named America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur by Business Week, Top Innovator in Retail by The Boston Globe, and featured in INC magazine, FORBES, NPR, MTV, Steve Harvey, and as a case study in several branding and business books.  Johnny Cupcakes is also a traveling keynote speaker who helps others bake up big ideas by highlighting the importance of brand experience + surprise and delight.

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7:30 AM: Registration Opens + Coffee & Connecting
8:15 AM: Welcome, EO Event Organizers
8:30 AM: Introduction Speaker
9:00 AM: Roundtable Mentoring and Meaningful Connections
10:30 AM: Speaker #1
12:45 PM: Lunch Panel, “The Entrepreneurial Journey”
1:30 PM: Curated Connections & Experience Sharing
3:00 PM: Speaker #2
4:15 PM: Happy Hour + VIP Reception
5:30 PM: Event concludes

*Subject to Change

The 13th Annual Entrepreneurs’ Rally brings together over 500 entrepreneurs for a full day of learning, networking, and making new connections.


  • Connect with other entrepreneurs
  • Meet industry leaders and experts
  • Hear from nationally renowned speakers
  • Get hands-on advice on how to get more out of your business
    Leverage your personal brand to build trust and equity
  • Deepen sales, finance, marketing, operations skills and more.

Why Attend The Rally

“The quality of mentors was impressive. They were engaged and really helpful. The experience really buoyed me at a difficult time in our third year as a start-up business.”

Ty EbertThiede Manufacturing

“This is an incredible chance to get solid advice from successful local leaders, as well as meeting interesting and passionate early stage entrepreneurs. If you go to one event this year to help your business, make it the Entrepreneurs' Rally.”

Caitlin RogersNext Day Animations

“I attended my first Entrepreneurs' Rally two years ago, and I can honestly say that the people I met and the mentorship I received that night propelled my business like pouring gas on a fire! Here I am two years later, and now I'm an EO Accelerator member!”

Dick PolipnickOnline Growth Systems

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