Dec
11
7:00 AM07:00

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup

Rochester Open Coffee Club is a modeled after the famous Boulder Open Coffee Club in Boulder, CO. It is an informal meetup of Tech junkies who discuss tech news, local tech news and whatever else tech comes up. The discussion is kicked off by a host and meanders for about an hour. Great opportunity to network with other techies and maybe some random collisions will spark new products or businesses.

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Dec
25
7:00 AM07:00

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup

Rochester Open Coffee Club is a modeled after the famous Boulder Open Coffee Club in Boulder, CO. It is an informal meetup of Tech junkies who discuss tech news, local tech news and whatever else tech comes up. The discussion is kicked off by a host and meanders for about an hour. Great opportunity to network with other techies and maybe some random collisions will spark new products or businesses.

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Walleye Tank Ice Fishing Edition 2018
Dec
7
2:00 PM14:00

Walleye Tank Ice Fishing Edition 2018

  • Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship (map)
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Walleye Tank is the result of a collaboration between the Collider Foundation and the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship and aims to provide a forum and framework for entrepreneurial education in Rochester. The principal event organized by Walleye Tank is the biannual pitch competition modeled after the popular television show Shark Tank in which local entrepreneurs gather to pitch their companies to a panel of “Walleyes.”

Please visit www.walleyetank.com for more info! Want to apply to pitch at Walleye Tank? Visit our website as well to enter the competition!

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Labovitz MBA in Rochester
Dec
7
12:30 PM12:30

Labovitz MBA in Rochester

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Join us for lunch and an information session on December 7th!

Lunch Information Session

Join us to learn more about the Labovitz MBA in Rochester, offered by the University of Minnesota Duluth. It is Rochester's only AACSB-accredited MBA program, a distinction held by only six MBA programs in Minnesota. All classes are held in-person in Rochester on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Ph.D. qualified faculty give you the tools to be the business leader needed in today's world.

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AM Espresso
Dec
7
7:30 AM07:30

AM Espresso

Join us for AM Espresso and start your Friday by expanding your customer base and generating new business leads! AM Espresso is a convenient way to network at a member's place of business while enjoying coffee and continental breakfast. This is an informal event where you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business to more than 100 Chamber members. Invite a friend and remember to bring lots of business cards!

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Business Experts Series: What You Will Not Learn by Googling “Branding”
Dec
6
5:30 PM17:30

Business Experts Series: What You Will Not Learn by Googling “Branding”

Strategic brand management can be a source of sustained competitive advantage if executed properly. Unfortunately, how to build a “strong” brand is often discussed yet often misunderstood. Building a “strong” brand requires more than choosing an attractive logo, a cool font, and a good color scheme – it requires an understanding of the role brands play in customers lives and the implications for marketers.

Key Takeaways:

  1. An understanding of the biggest problem facing your customers and why your customers struggle to solve this problem.

  2. An understanding of role brands play in helping your customers solve the biggest problem they have in their life.

  3. An understanding of the real definition of “brand loyalty”.

Bio

Ryan White, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Marketing at Winona State University where he has been a faculty member since 2015. Ryan completed both his BA and his PhD at Michigan State University. His research interests are strategic branding and customer relationship management. His research is published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, and in the proceedings of the annual conferences for the American Marketing Association and the Academy of Marketing Science. He currently teaches Principles of Marketing, Sports Marketing, Marketing Research, and Small Business Consulting. 

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An Evening with Jun Axup from IndieBio
Dec
6
5:30 PM17:30

An Evening with Jun Axup from IndieBio

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Join IndieBio's Scientific Director, Dr. Jun Axup, for a fantastic evening as we learn about IndieBio, the world's leading biotechnology accelerator. Located in downtown San Francisco, companies from all over the world apply to be part of a 4-month acceleration program which includes $250,000 of funding, dedicated mentorship, and 24/7 access to a co-working space and bio-safety level 1&2 laboratories.

With a focus on biology as a technology, IndieBio has funded over 94 companies solving problems in all areas of biotech, including future of food/agriculture, biopharma and healthcare, computational biology, regenerative medicine, neurotech, biomaterials, and more. Some notable alumni: Clara Foods, Memphis Meats, Synthex Therapeutics, Jungla, Catalog, Prellis, Qidni Labs, and Endless West.

Food will be provided.

Bio
Jun Axup is the Science Director at IndieBio. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from The Scripps Research Institute and BS in Biochemistry from Indiana University. She worked in several startups in the fields of immuno-oncology, protein engineering, lab automation robotics, CRISPR, and precision medicine. At IndieBio, she advises companies, runs scientific programming, makes investment decisions, and fosters a stronger biotech entrepreneurship community.

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Move Electric - The First Charge!
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Move Electric - The First Charge!

Interested in electric vehicles? Passionate about your BEV? The Move Electric Meetup group is an opportunity for people excited about the possibilities of electric transportation to share their experiences and learn from others.

Whether you are focused on the environmental impact, financial advantages or the possibilities of energy independence there is a diverse set of benefits that bring people to electric vehicles. This group will celebrate all of these benefits while introducing everyone to more.

As the group develops we'll look to add highlighted speakers to share on specific subjects, public education events and more.

Come to share your enthusiasm and your experiences!

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1 Million Cups Rochester
Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

1 Million Cups Rochester

Join us for our next 1 Million Cups Rochester as we welcome two fantastic entrepreneurs.

Sunny Prabhakar from Med Ed Webs
Crystal Whitmarsh from Trail Creek Coffee Roasters

1MC is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. The program is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

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Entrepreneurial Student Showcase
Nov
29
4:30 PM16:30

Entrepreneurial Student Showcase

Join the Kabara Institute and the Walleye Tank for the second annual Entrepreneurial Student Showcase!

Utilize this event to refine your business pitch and gain valuable customer feedback! Startup ideas at all stages of development and from any industry are welcome. Students are defined as anyone from elementary school through any higher education program.

All teams at the showcase will participate in an educational “science fair like” event to demo their product or service to the gathered community of entrepreneurs, community members, and educators, with the chance to win prizes! This is a great way to get feedback on your idea and to refine your value proposition!

Life science and healthtech teams can also deliver 120 second pitches at the Winter 2018 Entrepreneurial Student Showcase for the chance to enter Walleye Tank, a life science business pitch competition that will take place in Rochester on December 7th.

All teams must be present in person to qualify for Walleye Tank, a life science business pitch competition hosted by Collider Coworking at the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship.

Join in for this evening to celebrate and support student entrepreneurship in southeastern Minnesota.

Interested in showcasing your student startup at this event? Head to walleyetank.com for more details and to access the application.

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Nov
29
11:30 AM11:30

Deep Dive: Jump Start Your Strategic Plan

  • Winona State University-Rochester (map)
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The Business Expert Series continues by taking a Deeper Dive into how to Jump-Start Your Strategic Plan on Thursday, November 29, 2018. In this Lunch-n-Learn workshop you will focus on SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time- bound) goal setting when writing your strategic plan. The tools used in this workshop will give you a head start on strategic planning to build upon when you go back to your business.

Participants will walk away with:

  • Clear, strategic goals for your business

  • Performance Measurements for those goals

  • Influential tactics to implement from your strategic plan

  • A plan your team can be accountable to

Come prepared to apply these learnings to your own organization and contribute to your peer’s growth in the room.

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Dealing with Trade Wars
Nov
27
7:30 AM07:30

Dealing with Trade Wars

The new global economy is at a crossroads. Forces of “de-globalization” are endeavoring to slow down globalization. The opening salvo of trade wars has recently been fired. Why are trade wars fought? Who wins? Who loses? What will be the consequences? How can managers in the middle of trade wars cope with the uncertainties? This presentation will address these questions, with examples drawn from ongoing US trade wars with China, the EU, Mexico, Canada, Iran, and Russia.

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Nov
27
7:00 AM07:00

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup

Rochester Open Coffee Club is a modeled after the famous Boulder Open Coffee Club in Boulder, CO. It is an informal meetup of Tech junkies who discuss tech news, local tech news and whatever else tech comes up. The discussion is kicked off by a host and meanders for about an hour. Great opportunity to network with other techies and maybe some random collisions will spark new products or businesses.

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Python programmers & the PyCurious
Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

Python programmers & the PyCurious

Hi fellow Pythonistas,

We'll be chatting about the things for which we use Python, maybe listening to presentations, and maybe doing some group kata exercises.

Have a think if there is a topic you can chat to the group about - demo a program, show some code, or ask the group for help with a problem. Unplanned talks are very welcome. The projector has VGA inputs, but I usually bring a VGA-HDMI converter.

We aim to be radically inclusive, welcoming the experienced or the py-curious, including non-programmers (eg. educators.) We are especially happy to welcome everyone from programming's many under-represented groups. We have zero tolerance for intolerance.

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Nov
13
7:00 AM07:00

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup

Rochester Open Coffee Club is a modeled after the famous Boulder Open Coffee Club in Boulder, CO. It is an informal meetup of Tech junkies who discuss tech news, local tech news and whatever else tech comes up. The discussion is kicked off by a host and meanders for about an hour. Great opportunity to network with other techies and maybe some random collisions will spark new products or businesses.

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GEW 2018: NASA ITECH – NASA iTech – An innovative way to work with entrepreneurs
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

GEW 2018: NASA ITECH – NASA iTech – An innovative way to work with entrepreneurs

  • Mann Hall - Mayo Medical Sciences Building (map)
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Join us as we welcome Kira Blackwell from NASA to close out GEW 2018.

Ms. Blackwell is a Program Executive at NASA HQ within the Space Technology Mission Directorate Office. Kira’s vision for an innovative program within NASA to strategically identify entrepreneurs developing cutting edge technologies that have both an Earth and agency application, is how NASA iTech was formed. NASA iTech provides a platform to evaluate the technologies and an opportunity for the startups to leverage private investment dollars for further development. In the first 18 months of the program, the startups were able to leverage $210 million dollars in private investments funds, creating a unique model at a nominal cost to the federal government and successfully working with both entrepreneurs and investors. Ms. Blackwell previously managed her own consulting business helping innovative startups succeed. Her previous positions include serving as the Executive Director of Operations at Chrysalis BioTherapeutics Inc., the Director of Strategic Relations for the Houston Technology Center (HTC) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), facilitating local and international partnerships to leverage JSC’s innovative technologies, capabilities, and expertise. Prior to joining HTC, Ms. Blackwell served as the Director of Strategic Relations for Jacobs Technology, one of the largest engineering service contractors for NASA.

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Nov
9
7:00 AM07:00

GEW 2018: COFFEE 'N CONVOS

Coffee n' Convos is back and brought to you by The Commission's Relationship Building Committee and our friends at Think Mutual Bank!

SPECIAL NOTE: You don't have to stay the whole time or come right when it starts. This is an informal meetup so stay for 15 mins or stay for an hour and a half. We just want to meet you have a couple sips of coffee and start your Friday out right!

Don't forget to bring your business cards! You never know who you might meet that could use one!

See you there and invite your friends!!

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

GEW 2018: Founders Series - Sonex Health

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Join us for a Founders Talk from team behind Sonex Health.

Sonex Health is a Rochester-based company started by Mayo Clinic physicians Darryl Barnes, MD and Jay Smith, MD and business operations expert Aaron Keenan in 2014. The three were brought together by a shared desire to create safe, effective means of treating common orthopedic conditions that would improve patient safety while decreasing procedural costs. Sonex Health, LLC has developed the SX-One MicroKnife® with Meerkat Technology® to treat carpal tunnel syndrome in a novel fashion, termed Micro-invasive Carpal Tunnel Release. This innovation allows carpal tunnel release, a procedure that once took place in an operating room, to be safely and effectively performed in a surgery center or office setting, resulting in rapid patient recovery, improved cosmesis, and reduced costs.

The novel technology, the SX-One MicroKnife®, is at the center of Sonex Health.

Join us to learn more about Sonex Health and how they have successfully started this medical device company in Rochester.

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Nov
8
5:00 PM17:00

GEW 2018: CEDA Partnership Celebration

  • Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is an opportunity for our team at CEDA to appreciate the partners that make our work possible and thank the communities we serve for allowing us to be a part of their growing number of successes. We are looking to inspire communities to understand that anything is possible-- irrespective of their size/population!

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Nov
8
3:30 PM15:30

GEW 2018: Hard Hat Tour of One Discovery Square

Staff from Mortenson Construction will lead you on a tour of One Discovery Square to give you an inside look at the newest DMC project in the Discovery Square sub-district. See where University of Minnesota Rochester students and IT professionals from Epic Systems will be working shoulder to shoulder with Mayo Clinic experts in regenerative medicine, advanced diagnostics, and biomedical imaging. See the handiwork of skilled tradespeople from the city and the region as this part of our downtown district transitions into an innovation hub.

This is an active construction site, and the following dress code will be enforced: Long Pants (no shorts, dresses, skirts), no sleeveless shirts, and hard sole shoes (workboots or hiker boots, no sandals, heels, tennis shoes, or open-toe shoes) are required. You will also be required to wear hard hats, safety glasses, high visibility vests and gloves, all of which will be provided on site. We will meet at the gate on 2nd Avenue (East side of the block).

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Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

GEW 2018: Lessons From Mayo Clinic Entrepreneurs

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Join us former Mayo Clinic entrepreneurs share their experiences starting and running local companies based on Mayo Clinic technologies.

- David A. Ahlquist, inventor of the technology behind Exact Sciences, which provides kit to collect specimens for colon cancer screening.

This event is free and open to non-Mayo Clinic employees.

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Nov
8
7:30 AM07:30

GEW 2018: Mental Health for Entrepreneurs Workshop with NAMI

Mental illness rates among entrepreneurs are higher than in the general population. Yet, we refuse to talk about these issues. Join us for an essential conversation with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeast Minnesota (NAMI SEMN) to open up the conversation about mental illness among entrepreneurs and methods to manage overall health.

NAMI Southeast Minnesota is a local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of people affected by mental illness. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness through education, support, research, and advocacy.

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Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

GEW 2018: Movie Night: Pirates of Silicon Valley

Join us for a special screening of "Pirates of Silicon Valley" for GEW 2018.

Pirates of Silicon Valley is an original 1999 American made for television biographical drama film, directed by Martyn Burke and starring Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs and Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates. Spanning the years 1971–1997 and based on Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine's 1984 book Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer, it explores the impact of the rivalry between Jobs (Apple Computer) and Gates (Microsoft) on the development of the personal computer.

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Nov
7
4:30 PM16:30

GEW 2018: Entrepreneurial Book Club Discussion Happy Hour - Bad Blood

Join The Commission and Rochester Rising for a very special GEW edition of Elevating Women Happy Hour for an evening of conversation and community.

4:30-5:30: Open happy hour

5:30-6:30: Book discussion of John Carreyrou's "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

About Bad Blood:

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

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Nov
7
12:30 PM12:30

GEW 2018: Pitching 101 for Science Entrepreneurs

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So you have a life science business. How do you talk about this business to potential investors and to the general population? Join us for an educational session, led by Xavier Frigola, to learn how to develop an effective pitch deck for your life science startup.

This event is hosted by RAEDI and the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship.

Instructors
Xavier Frigola
Amanda Leightner

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Nov
7
9:00 AM09:00

GEW 2018: 1 Million Cups Rochester

Join us for our next 1 Million Cups Rochester - Global Entrepreneurship Week Edition.

We are fortunate to have Beth Fynbo from Busy Baby LLC. We will also have extended networking for GEW Week.

1MC is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. The program is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

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GEW 2018: The Perfect Storm of Sales & Marketing - Romeo Catracchia
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

GEW 2018: The Perfect Storm of Sales & Marketing - Romeo Catracchia

Can a company achieve dominant market share without a technological advantage? Of course, it can …. but only if it develops the Perfect Storm. Want to find out more?

Join Medical Device veteran Romeo Catracchia in a fun, highly interactive workshop that is both inspiring and competitive. No business experience necessary.

Note: due to the participative nature of this event, seating will be limited and food/ refreshments will not be served … on the other hand there will be door prizes!

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Nov
6
4:00 PM16:00

GEW 2018: Women’s Entrepreneurship Roundtable and Networking

Hear from women entrepreneurs about their experiences and advice to those considering entrepreneurship. Panel discussion to take place from 4-5pm with a networking happy hour to follow from 5-6pm. This event is jointly sponsored by Mayo Clinic’s Women in Science and Engineering Research (WiSER) and Mayo Clinic’s Office of Entrepreneurship.

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Nov
6
3:30 PM15:30

GEW 2018: Hard Hat Tour of One Discovery Square

Staff from Mortenson Construction will lead you on a tour of One Discovery Square to give you an inside look at the newest DMC project in the Discovery Square sub-district. See where University of Minnesota Rochester students and IT professionals from Epic Systems will be working shoulder to shoulder with Mayo Clinic experts in regenerative medicine, advanced diagnostics, and biomedical imaging. See the handiwork of skilled tradespeople from the city and the region as this part of our downtown district transitions into an innovation hub.

This is an active construction site, and the following dress code will be enforced: Long Pants (no shorts, dresses, skirts), no sleeveless shirts, and hard sole shoes (workboots or hiker boots, no sandals, heels, tennis shoes, or open-toe shoes) are required. You will also be required to wear hard hats, safety glasses, high visibility vests and gloves, all of which will be provided on site. We will meet at the gate on 2nd Avenue (East side of the block).

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