Thank you to our Execute Level Sponsor!

MAY 13, 2022 FROM 5:00 - 10:30 PM

AT HOWARD PARK (219 S St Louis Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617)

Rain Location - Studebaker Building (635 S Lafayette, South Bend, 46601)

Open to the Public


RISE FEST is our first annual event that celebrates the achievements of student startups from young to old across the state of Indiana.


Schedule of Events:

  • 5:00 - 6:30 pm Booth Expo
  • 6:30 - 8:30 pm Film Festival & Awards
  • 8:30 - 10:30 pm Concert

At RISE FEST you will be able to

  • Learn about RISE's statewide impact
  • Radically connect to the entrepreneurial community
  • Shop Local/Support Local
  • Celebrate local storytellers through our partnership with EM EN Studios
  • Immerse yourself in the RISE process
  • Join the after party with a live performance from Julia James powered by Juke.

Food and drinks available for purchase at the event. 

Thank you to our RISE FEST 2022 Sponsors! 

Execute Level: 


Evolve Level:






Prototype Level:








Ideate Level: 

- All Secure Self Storage

- Daman Products

- Graham Allen Partners

- Grossnickle Eye Center

- Hoosier Investments

- Specialized Staffing

- Startup South Bend Elkhart


Interpret Level:

- Afdent

- Barnes & Thornburg

- Boyd

- Coley Brady Alliance RV

- Cressy & Everett

-Forest River

- Gibson Insurance

- Gulf Stream

- Inspire Me

- Jeff Fratarcangeli

- Leliaert Insurance

- Merrill

- Radiology Inc.

- South Bend Orthapaedics

- Stanz

- Theta Ridge Coffee

- Uptown Kitchen

- Zolman Tire


Discover Level:

- Holiday Coral, Inc.

- Trupay

- Meijer




Register or Purchase a Ticket

Donate Now

Help support our entrepreneurs.

No act of generosity is too small to make a difference.

Want to become a RISE FEST sponsor? 

Please reach out to

Innovation Way

Shop local at Innovation Way. Our students start with action and build from there. Make an impact and support the new wave of entrepreneurs in Indiana by becoming an early adopter.

Validation Valley

Shop local at Validation Valley. Our students start with action and build from there. Make an impact and support the new wave of entrepreneurs in Indiana by becoming an early adopter.

Kidpreneur Zone

Support our Kidpreneur Zone powered by RISE in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County. Get inspired by kids leveraging the entrepreneurial mindset and see that entrepreneurship has no age.


We are flipping the switch on silent auctions! Local businesses are joining RISE and offering their coolest prototype or experience to you. The minimum investment is the price it costs the businesses to offer their experience. This means local businesses are paid first, then RISE receives a donation from any amount over that price. Make your investment today and support local entrepreneurs in two ways: paying local businesses to get an exclusive experience & supporting entrepreneurial education through RISE.

Mini Film Fest produced by EM EN Studios

Watch the premiere of four short films about RISE entrepreneurs and the story behind their businesses! Produced by EM EN Studios, this film festival connects local creatives to work in teams to tell the stories of local entrepreneurs. The videography teams will compete for contracts on future RISE video projects. 


Concert powered by Juke

Rock on with local startup Juke - the world's first jukebox for live music. Performance by Julia James.
"The sky is the limit for Juke; a one stop shop for connecting listeners with musicians. Artists have the ability to create a unique musical environment by giving fans a means to interact before, during, and after the gig." - Julia James on Juke

Overview of Ticketed Seating Sections

General Admission

Run free! This open lawn section is close to park amenities and the playground. Perfect for kids and families. Open seating with options to rent a chair or sit on the lawn.

Overview of Ticketed Seating Sections


Arena Club

Brought to you by Gameday Your Way, the leader in creating Pre-Event Hospitality experiences at Soldier Field and the University of Notre Dame. They are bringing the Arena Club experience to RISE FEST. Enjoy all the amenities of an in-stadium luxury suite and much more. Learn more about Gameday Your Way here. 

Arena Club


 Best Seats In The House

Have reserved seating, snacks and drinks waiting, and the best view for the film festival and concert! Reserved seating pods (up to 4 people) at the front of the event lawn.

 Best Seats In The House


Reserved Seating On The Lawn
This is the section for large parties and families! Reserve a seat on the event lawn.

Reserved Seating On The Lawn

Howard Park

219 S St Louis Blvd, South Bend, IN 46617, USA

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