BOLD Awards

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12th Annual ACG Minnesota BOLD Awards

These awards are designed to honor and recognize innovation, inspirational moves, bold visions and leaders that have made bold moves to positively grow, restructure or enhance their companies for the benefit of all stakeholders. Leaders and their teams (investment bankers, lawyers, bankers, and others assisting the nominees BOLD moves) will be recognized for imagination, innovation and extraordinary efforts to grow Minnesota.

Original. Inventive. Daring and BOLD. These awards are a BIG DEAL.

ACG Minnesota members and non-members alike are welcome to submit nominations based upon BOLD moves that occurred between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023. 



Nominations will be considered from each organization category (by gross revenue):

  • Small and Growing ($0-$20 million)
  • Middle Market ($20-$250 million)
  • Large and Established ($250 million +)
  • BOLDest Leader of the Year - The Boldest leader of the year award is a prestigious recognition given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional courage, innovation, and leadership in their field. This award honors leaders who have fearlessly pursued their visions, taken calculated risks, and achieved remarkable accomplishments while inspiring others. The recipient of this award is someone who embodies BOLDness, resilience, and the ability to make a positive impact on society.
  • BOLDest Transaction of the Year - The transaction of the year award recognizes a notable financial transaction that has had a significant impact on the business world. This prestigious award is given to transactions that demonstrate exceptional strategic planning, innovation, and successful execution. It celebrates deals that have brought about positive outcomes, such as mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, joint ventures, or other financial transactions that have transformed industries or companies. This award highlights the expertise and foresight of the individuals or organizations involved in shaping the transition’s success.
  • BOLD Inspiration: Community Involvement - The community involvement award is to recognize businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have partnered together in making significant contributions to better the state of Minnesota and/or the communities within the state. This may include activities like volunteering, organizing community events, providing support to community members in need, or leading initiatives that improve the quality of life in the community.


About ACG Minnesota and the BOLD Awards

For those of you who are new to ACG Minnesota, we are a networking organization focused on growing the middle market through mergers and acquisitions, our 300 local members are driving those deals! ACG members, simply put, are corporate leaders and trusted partners: the attorneys, accountants, advisors and capital sources who get deals done. As an ACG member, you benefit from our global network of almost 15,000 members and over 90,000 investors, owners, executives, lenders and trusted advisors worldwide.

ACG Minnesota hosts almost 50 events in the Twin Cities every year, and the BOLD Awards is one of them that honors and highlights the innovative and inspirational organizations that make Minnesota great. This program celebrates the corporate leaders and teams that are behind successful mergers and acquisitions, financing and extraordinary strategies that lead to sustainability, remarkable performance and/or accelerated growth across all industries and size including not for profits. The judging process is intense and thorough, to whittle all nominations down to 18 finalists across 6 categories. The event is a vivid, high-energy BOLD celebration of the businesses that grow Minnesota! The winners of each category are announced at the event and finally the BOLDest of BOLD winner is chosen at the event via a real-time, live audience vote.

Wondering if your company is BOLD? Check out past nominees, finalists and BOLDest of the BOLD here:



ACG Minnesota members and non-members alike are welcome to submit nominations based upon BOLD moves that occurred between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023