Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course
Jan
23
to Mar 27

Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course

Classes will be held weekly from January 23rd to March 27th, 2019.

Classes will be a combination of online content as well as a facilitator and guest lecturers. All classes will be held in Rochester, MN.

This class will be co-facilitated by The Collider Foundation and the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship.

Let us help you clear the path from idea to business start. Kauffman FastTrac® is a flexible course with a solid framework to support you as you start a business and begin your journey to success.

This immersive course is designed to provide information, tips, exercises, and tools to help individuals think about their business idea.

Kauffman FastTrac® equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.

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Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup
Feb
19
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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Business After Hours
Feb
21
5:00 PM17:00

Business After Hours

Business After Hours (BAH) is Rochester's award-winning, premier networking event held at a different member's place of business each month from 5 - 7 p.m.. BAH, which won the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureaus' Known for Networking award in 2007, brings together upwards of 250 businessmen and women for networking, door prizes, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. You won't want to miss this valuable networking opportunity!

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Free Day of Coworking at Collider Coworking
Feb
22
8:00 AM08:00

Free Day of Coworking at Collider Coworking

Join us for our next Free Day of Coworking at Collider Coworking. Everyone is welcome to work at Collider for free during Collider's office hours on January 18th. Stop by and work for an hour or a whole day on us. Get to know our amazing community and enjoy free snacks and drinks all day long. Make sure to stay for our Happy Hour from 4-6pm.

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Essential Sales Skills: Shortening the Buyer Journey
Feb
26
4:30 PM16:30

Essential Sales Skills: Shortening the Buyer Journey

Learn about factors influencing how buying decisions are made, techniques to uncover buyer needs and how to improve your ability to successfully communicate that value to the buyer.

This program will benefit both new and experienced sales professionals who want to improve their ability to effectively communicate value and to develop stronger relationships with their customers.

This workshop offers WSU Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2 clock hours/0.2 CEUs

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Business Expert Series: Sharpening Your Sales Skills
Feb
26
5:30 PM17:30

Business Expert Series: Sharpening Your Sales Skills

Immerse yourself in new ideas and strategies with a ½ hour lunch and a 2-hour workshop that expands on a topic previously featured at a Wade In event. These more comprehensive learning opportunities will be held at the Winona State University-Rochester Broadway location and include the option of receiving Continuing Education Unit (CEU) documentation from Winona State.

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Mayo Clinic "Studies in Entrepreneurship" Class
Mar
5
12:00 PM12:00

Mayo Clinic "Studies in Entrepreneurship" Class

This class is open to anyone in the community.
Class runs from March 5th until May 7th.

If you are interested in learning about entrepreneurship at Mayo Clinic, consider participating in the Mayo Clinic Graduate Course “Case Studies in Entrepreneurship”.

In this course, we will use experiential learning approaches to learn about entrepreneurship through the actual development and execution of a startup idea. You do not have to have a startup idea to join the class, but if you do, you are welcome to bring it along and use this class to truly move your ideas forward.

The course runs on Tuesdays from 12-1 pm CST / 1-2 pm EST from March 5th, until May 7th.

Expect to spend an additional 4-8 hours per week outside of class on business development activities as part of the course.

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Labovitz MBA Lunch Information Session
Mar
6
12:00 PM12:00

Labovitz MBA Lunch Information Session

  • University of Minnestoa Rochester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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HALICON 2019: Healthcare Data Science & Emerging Tech Conference
Mar
29
8:00 AM08:00

HALICON 2019: Healthcare Data Science & Emerging Tech Conference

MinneAnalytics’ premier conference on data science and emerging tech in healthcare and life sciences returns March 29!

Join us as we explore the latest topics in data science, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL), IoT, robotic process automation (RPA), graph analytics & GDB, natural language processing (NLP), data viz & storytelling, genomics, precision medicine, and more at this free event. Registration opens February 28!

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5-Year Anniversary of The Commission
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

5-Year Anniversary of The Commission

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate The Commission's 5 Year Anniversary! The Commission has been able to accomplish a lot in 2018. We want to take some time to look back at how we have impacted the community and how we will grow in 2019. The young professional community in Rochester is thriving and we want to recognize those among us who have done an outstanding job!

We will have drinks and snacks for you to enjoy. So come meet some amazing people and hear some incredible stories.

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Women's Round Table
Feb
15
7:30 AM07:30

Women's Round Table

  • Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Jaguar Communications Video Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Develop relationships within this supportive group of women leaders who meet the third Friday morning of each month. The Women's Round Table provides a small, safe environment for women to: practice and refine skills, discuss challenges specific to women in positions of leadership, learn together and empower each other to take risks. Join us for a fun, engaging program driven by the needs of the group.

This month’s speaker Alicia Olson from Tulip Tree Studios will help you realize that marketing your business doesn’t have to be terrible.

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Cashflow 101 Game Night at Collider Coworking
Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Cashflow 101 Game Night at Collider Coworking

Learn, network, and enjoy yourself with investors and other members of the community at CashFlow 101 Game Night! Come Early and network. Networking starts at 6:30 PM, the game will begin at 7:00 PM

Cashflow 101 is a board game created by the International Bestselling Author of "Rich Dad Poor Dad", Robert Kiyosaki. Per Kiyosaki: "Think of Cashflow as the MBA program for people who want to have fun, learn fast, and get rich."

The object is to get out of the rat race by making your money work hard for you, so you don't have to work hard for your money.

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Coffee & Convos @ Fiddlehead
Feb
8
7:30 AM07:30

Coffee & Convos @ Fiddlehead

Coffee n' Convos is back and brought to you by The Commission's Relationship Building Committee and our friends at Think Mutual Bank! Come check out the brand NEW Fiddlehead Coffee Co!

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 your business cards.

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1 Million Cups
Feb
6
9:00 AM09:00

1 Million Cups

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

Brian Kugel from GoAdvntr
Jeff Chambers from Guardian Athletics, LLC

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.

Please enter via the back door.

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Rochester Rising Listening Session - Mental Health
Feb
5
5:30 PM17:30

Rochester Rising Listening Session - Mental Health

Mental health is a critical and often well hidden issue in our entrepreneurial community. To better serve the needs of Rochester entrepreneurs, this year we aim to organize and provide new and unique programming to address mental health needs for entrepreneurs and small business owners in this city. We would greatly appreciate your input on this important topic. Join us on January 29th for a listening session to better understand the mental health needs of the community and to bring to the surface programmatic solutions to support mental wellness for our entrepreneurs.

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AM Espresso
Feb
1
7:30 AM07:30

AM Espresso

Join the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce 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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WE (Women Entrepreneurs) Forum 2019 "Funding Sources"
Jan
22
7:30 AM07:30

WE (Women Entrepreneurs) Forum 2019 "Funding Sources"

Entrepreneurs have multiple challenges they must overcome to be successful. For women entrepreneurs, those challenges are magnified. Join our regional partners and us on Tuesday, January 22nd from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. for this FREE event specifically created for women entrepreneurs from across the southeast Minnesota region.

This is an opportunity to network with fellow women entrepreneurs and participate in tabletop discussions on the topic of funding.

This event is intended to bring women entrepreneurs together to understand the opportunities and barriers faced in funding business, sharing knowledge and resources on available options, developing strategies for increasing opportunities, and contributing data to research efforts designed to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Additionally, as a participant you will have the exciting opportunity to join in an academic research study on the funding of the women entrepreneurs in our region.

Join us for this FREE and Informative Event Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Cascade Meadow Campus in Rochester from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

A select panel of experts in venture capital, angel investing, revenue generation, lending, and grants will share their thoughts on funding female entrepreneurship within the SE MN ecosystem, as well as offer tips for navigating the challenges of fundraising for female founders.

Refreshments will be provided.

Please share with your network of women entrepreneurs!

This event is FREE to attend but registration is requested.

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Free Day of Coworking
Jan
18
8:00 AM08:00

Free Day of Coworking

Join us for our next Free Day of Coworking at Collider Coworking. Everyone is welcome to work at Collider for free during Collider's office hours on January 18th. Stop by and work for an hour or a whole day on us. Get to know our amazing community and enjoy free snacks and drinks all day long. Make sure to stay for our Happy Hour from 4-6pm.

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LiveBETA Medtech Fall 2018
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

LiveBETA Medtech Fall 2018

LiveBETA is a celebration of gBETA Medtech's latest class of innovative startups focused on medical technology. 

For the seven weeks leading up to LiveBETA, the gBETA Medtech cohort of entrepreneurs have been validating their business models, attracting customers and preparing their pitches. LiveBETA offers an amazing opportunity for startup companies, entrepreneurs and investors to commingle.

Each of gBETA Medtech's Fall 2018 companies will give a five-minute pitch in front of a captive audience of investors, entrepreneurs and community members.

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Rochester's EV Infrastructure
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Rochester's EV Infrastructure

Infrastructure is critical to EV adoption no matter where you are. So let's talk about EV infrastructure in Rochester!

Kevin Bright (Energy and Sustainability Director for DMC and the City of Rochester) and Dru Larson (Energy and Environmental Advisor at RPU) will each present on the current status of EV infrastructure and maybe share some of the plans for the future. This is a great opportunity to find out more from people who are thinking about this on a daily basis.

After they present we want to open it up for an open conversation from the community. Whether you are from Rochester or a surrounding community, your input in this conversation will be greatly appreciated!

Event Agenda:

6:00-6:30 Socializing

6:30-8:00 Presentation - Conversation

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Cashflow 101 Game Night at Collider Coworking
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Cashflow 101 Game Night at Collider Coworking

Learn, network, and enjoy yourself with investors and other members of the community at CashFlow 101 Game Night! Come Early and network. Networking starts at 6:30 PM, the game will begin at 7:00 PM

Cashflow 101 is a board game created by the International Bestselling Author of "Rich Dad Poor Dad", Robert Kiyosaki. Per Kiyosaki: "Think of Cashflow as the MBA program for people who want to have fun, learn fast, and get rich."

The object is to get out of the rat race by making your money work hard for you, so you don't have to work hard for your money.

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Products & Services - Who are you designing them for? - Ahmed Makkawy
Jan
10
5:30 PM17:30

Products & Services - Who are you designing them for? - Ahmed Makkawy

Part of the Business Expert Series in association with Winona State University College of Business.

We’ll take a skyline tour of user experience (UX) methods that help you identify areas to improve your products or services. Odds are you already know it’s a rush coming up with product/service ideas and imagining how your customers or users will use them. We’ll dig into catering them to your audience. The route we’ll work our way through works in both enterprise or startup environments very well and we’ll run through the differences. You’ll walk away with a toolkit for moving forward with your ideas and having explored a new skillset.

We will:
1. Identify the key players in product/service design
2. Learn about some new rapid prototyping tools
3. Discuss boiling down, scaling, and iterating on your ideas

Instructor Bio:
Founder of Rochester-based digital creative agency, Saharafox Creative Agency, LLC. and Sr UX/UI lead at the Mayo, Ahmed has over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, UX research, startup/enterprise software design/development, and product development. Working with companies like IBM, Ogilvy & Mather, Area10 Labs, Starwood Preferred Hotels, Disney, CoreLogic Inc., and others helped shape his unique blend of design thinking and project scoping/technical architecture. He is incredibly passionate about designing products and services that matter.

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1 Million Cups Rochester
Jan
9
9:00 AM09:00

1 Million Cups Rochester

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

Amy Beeman from Busy Bee Meal Prep

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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AM Espresso
Jan
4
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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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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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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Walleye Tank Ice Fishing Edition 2018
Dec
7
2:00 PM14:00

Walleye Tank Ice Fishing Edition 2018

  • Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

  • University of Minnesota Rochester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

  • Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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