Don't miss out! Please RSVP for each event you wish to attend. This will help us ensure enough space is available and in some cases, that enough food and drinks are provided. We look forward to seeing you!

Week Before

Wednesday Nov. 8th

Lunch - Lessons from Mayo Clinic Entrepreneurs

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

  • Allan Dietz, with MillCreek Life Sciences, a biotechnology company that manufactures serum-free media supplements for therapeutic applications.
  • Kah-Whye Peng, with Imanis Life Sciences, a biotechnology company that manufactures and sells research reagents and imaging services.
  • Karl Clark, with Lifengine Technologies, a gene editing company that manufacures and sells research reagents that can be used from producing life-saving therapeutics to crafting a more beautiful planet.

This event is free and open to non-Mayo Clinic employees. This event will be held the week before the 5th Rochester Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 13-17) starts.

Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Mayo Clinic Mann Hall (map)
Host: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator
Sponsor: Mayo Clinic Ventures

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Day 1


Morning - Welcome to GEW Morning Coffee Kickoff

Join us for our first event of the week as we welcome everyone and get to know each other by presenting brief, one minute pitches about you or your business.

Please join us at 8am as Mayor Ardell Brede proclaims this week "Entrepreneurship Week" in Rochester.

Time: 7:00am to 8:30am
Location: Cafe Steam (map)
Host: Collider
Sponsor: Cafe Steam

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Lunch - Collider Experts Series: Building Me, Inc

Who we are matters. Developing the personal brand communicates to the world the values that fuel daily leadership habits and practices. Exposure to branding is constant in everyday life. People are continuously exposed to various brands, including clothing, vehicles, food selection, recreation, and media. Building the organizational leader brand requires the same processes, strategies, and tactics as branding and promoting traditional products, yet is much more involved.

The workshop Building ME, Inc. incorporates the concepts of brand Perception, Promise and Promotion as it relates to crafting an organizational leadership brand.  Join us for this workshop as we allow attendees to self-reflect and engage one another to better understand how they can control how others perceive them and their leadership abilities.

Chris Hahn
Sarah Miller

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Winona State University Downtown Location
Hosts: Collider Coworking and Winona State University School of Business
Sponsor: Winona State University

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Afternoon - Doing Business Globally - A Cultural Perspective 

Led by Dr. Peter J. Stark, an expert in international business strategies, we will explore how to navigate international business in a culturally aware, culturally sensitive, and culturally effective manner. This requires that one be highly conscious of what makes cultures similar or different and consequently what creates value in other cultures. Dr. Stark is recognized internationally as a passionate and engaging educator as well as a culturally sensitive, insightful and accomplished strategist, with specific expertise in cross-cultural organizational effectiveness, culture change initiatives, and cross-cultural leadership. He currently teaches strategy, leadership, organization behavior and global business in Augsburg College’s MBA program. He also teaches in the areas of cross-cultural leadership and change in Visiting Professorships at both the Helsinki School of Economics and the Berlin Institute of Management. Dr. Stark’s has 23 years of senior executive experience in the global transportation industry that includes starting and/or leading businesses in China, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Peter holds a Doctorate in Organization Change and an MBA, both from Pepperdine University (Malibu), as well a BS from Northwestern University (Evanston).

Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria (map)
Host: Destination Medical Center EDA
Sponsor: Destination Medical Center EDA

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Evening - GEW Keynote:  An Evening with Scott Meyer

Building a community demands an ecosystem. In this high-energy talk, Scott Meyer shares lessons learned building, and leaving (sort of), a community in Brookings, SD. He will share lessons on how entrepreneurs, city leaders, artists and businesses can partner to build a stage right here in Rochester, MN. Don't miss this talk if you need a shot of inspiration and a call to action.

Scott Meyer is a community leader and activist from Brookings, SD the Creative Capital of South Dakota. He founded TEDxBrookings, Creativity Week and 1 Million Cups in Brookings and was a member of city council before moving to Saint Paul, MN.

Meyer is also the brofounder of 9 Clouds (brother+cofounder), a digital marketing firm based in Sioux Falls, SD. A frequent speaker and teacher, Meyer has been awarded The South Dakota Spirit of Entrepreneurship, Top 40 Under 40 by Prairie Business Journal and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in South Dakota.

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria (map)
Host: GEW Organizing Committee
Sponsor: GEW Organizing Committee

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Day 2


Morning - Rochester Open Coffee Tech Meetup

Join the Rochester Open Coffee Tech Meetup to celebrate our 4th anniversary. 

The Rochester Open Coffee Tech Meetup is modeled on the Boulder Open Coffee Meetup where tech enthusiasts meet to talk about what's going on in the world of tech.

Time: 7:00am to 8:30am
Location: Cafe Steam (map)
Host: Rochester Entrepreneur Network
Sponsor: Cafe Steam

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Lunch - 7 Secrets of Networking

Join community member Nick Moucha as he describes 7 vital secrets to networking success.  Nick will help you become more confident in networking situations and how to identify opportunities for to optimize your networking time.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Collider Coworking (map)
Host: Rochester Entrepreneur Network
Sponsor: Collider Coworking

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Afternoon - Women's Entrepreneurial Happy Hour

Connect with the female members of Rochester’s entrepreneurial, innovation, and small business community at the Women’s Entrepreneurial Happy Hour. The happy hour is co-hosted by two female-led businesses in town, Rochester Home Infusion and Rochester Rising. The first 25 women will receive one free house drink courtesy of Rochester Home Infusion.

Time: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen (map)
Host: Rochester Rising and Rochester Home Infusion
Sponsor: Rochester Home Infusion

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Evening - What's on Tap: GEW Edition

Join the Med City Beat's Sean Baker as he discusses covering business in Rochester with Jeff Kiger of the Post-Bulletin and Amanda Leightner of Rochester Rising. Jeff has covered the business beat for the paper's "Heard on the Street" column for nearly two decades. Amanda's Rochester Rising podcast and blog tells the stories of Rochester entrepreneurs and business owners. Our discussion will focus on how we approach coverage in a community constantly stirring with innovation and development. There will be opportunities for audience members to ask questions.

Free to attend; food and drinks available for purchase

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Forager Brewing Company (map)
Host: Med City Beat
Sponsor: Forager Brewing Company

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Day 3


Morning - CEDA Marketing in the Morning

You’re invited to join us for our Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) installment of Marketing in the Morning on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 a.m.!

At this meeting, you’ll discover the importance of press releases as a marketing tool for your community, business or organization.  Furthermore, you’ll learn the basics of constructing and submitting an effective press release from our knowledgeable speaker, Heather Holmes, Vice President of Marketing for Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) and Project Director for Journey to Growth (J2G).  Heather spent over a decade in television news and has won numerous awards including two Emmy nominations for video promotion production and journalism/storytelling.

As always, the event is free to attend and breakfast will be provided.

Time: 7:00am to 8:00am
Location: Kasson Public Library (map)
Host: CEDA
Sponsor: CEDA

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Lunch - Lunch with the Chamber

Please join interim Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce president Kathleen Harrington and board member/entrepreneur Nate Nordstrom of BrandHoot for lunch and an interactive session about the challenges of starting a business, the Chamber's role in our growing community, what the Chamber Foundation is, and more. Most importantly, the Chamber wants to hear, share and learn directly from YOU about how the Chamber can play a more supportive and engaged role in our emerging startup ecosystem. Bring ideas and come hungry - pizza and soda will be provided. Space limited to 40 people so please register soon.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Jaguar Conference Room at the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce (map)
Host: Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
Sponsor: Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

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Evening - An Evening with the Founders of DoApp

Come and listen to one of the best, most candid, and genuine startup stories to come out of Minnesota.  It’s an all-star event with DoApp co-founders Wade Beavers, Joe Sriver, and David Borrillo giving their take on the good, the bad, and ugly of starting out in a basement with a few ideas; to three successful exits in eight years.  Learn from the other players who helped DoApp along the way such as Blackridge Financial Executive Director David Olson and New Counsel Legal Advisor John Roberts.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to experience a startup? Do you want to learn what it takes to raise funds, deal with a business pivot, create growth, prep it to be acquired or any other exit opportunity? Do you want to know what goes on after you sell and then what happens?

This event is a can’t miss for anyone with an idea, dream, current business, or just want to hear some of the ridiculous things that happen in the startup life and the lessons learned.

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen / Collider Coworking (map)
Host: Collider Coworking
Sponsor: Collider Coworking / Wade Beavers

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Day 4

Thursday NOV. 16th

Morning - AM Mindfulness Meditation and Tea Tasting

Please join Collider and Rosei Skipper for this weekly drop-in meditation class. 

Absolutely no prior experience needed. Feel better, enhance your focus, reduce your stress and enjoy life a little more.

After the meditation, we will sample teas from around the world courtesy of Garret Sorensen of Mandala Tea.

Free and open to all community members.

Time: 7:00 am to 8:00 am
Location: Collider Coworking (map)
Host:  Rosei Skipper Yoga and Wellness and Mandala Tea
Sponsor: Collider Coworking

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Lunch - Byolincs Presents: Meet the Expert - Traci Downs

Byolincs is a Rochester Minnesota community group dedicated to enabling and training entrepreneurial scientists and medical professionals.

Please join us for our November Meet the Expert speaker series. This month we have the privilege of hearing from Rochester local, Traci Downs Ph.D. Traci wears many hats. To name a few she is COO of Area 10 Labs, Co-Owner of Cafe Steam, a Neuroscientist, an active member of the Rochester community and much much more. Traci brings years of experience and a genuine love for her community. If you are interested in learning from a successful Rochester entrepreneur, you will not want to miss this talk.

The event is open to everyone in the community.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator (map)
Host: Byolincs
Sponsor: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator

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Afternoon - 1Million Cups Homecoming

Join previous presenters at 1 Million Cups Rochester for this informal mixer courtesy of NearestYou.  

Catch up with your favorite 1MC companies and presenters from 2017.  

1MC organizers will be on hand to answer any questions you have about 1MC Rochester.

Special thanks to Ryan from NearestYou for sponsoring the event.

Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: Collider Coworking (map)
Host: Collider Coworking
Sponsor: NearestYou
Cost: Free

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Evening - Student Entrepreneurial Showcase

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Rochester Rising are organizing the first ever Student Entrepreneurial Showcase during this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week in Rochester. 

This event will be a live demo night, featuring products and services created by students in Southeast Minnesota. At the event, student teams will have the opportunity to showcase how their product or service works to solve a specific problem to a gathered community of peers, entrepreneurs, and engaged members of the Southeast Minnesota startup community. Products or services will be chosen for the event based on their ability to create an engaging, live demonstration and the likelihood that the product or service will be functional by November 16, 2017. Application is not limited to science or tech products or services. Products or services can also be web-based.

A cash prize will be available.

All applicants must be a current primary, middle, or high school student or be enrolled in a college, university, or higher education program. Priority will be given to students in Southeast Minnesota.

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center (map)
Host: Saint Mary's University / Rochester Rising
Sponsor: Saint Marys University
Cost: Free

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Day 5

Friday NOV. 17th

Morning - Cards and Coffee

Join "The Commission", Rochester's  young professionals group for their monthly networking meetup.  

The event is open to anyone in the entrepreneurial community.

Time: 7:00am to 8:30am
Location: Collider Coworking (map)
Host: The Commission
Sponsor: The Commission

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Lunch - GEW Rochester: Lunch with Designers

Interested in learning about and discussing User Experience and User Interface design with local designers? Join us for Lunch With Designers! Come hungry. Lunch will be courtesy of our sponsors at Collider and the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria (map)
Host: UX Design Matters MN
Sponsor: Collider Coworking

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Special Event - Mayo Clinic Resilience Seminar

Resilience is the core strength you rely on to help you bounce back from adversity, withstand hardships and grow despite life’s downturns. Join Mayo Clinic resilience expert, Amit Sood, M.D., as he teaches simple, practical, science-centered skills that help build resilience and improve well-being.

Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
Host: Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program
Cost: $199

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Evening - Rochester Area Values Entrepreneurs (RAVE)

In the spirit of celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, Journey to Growth, RAEDI and 504 Corporation invite you to help us recognize entrepreneurs in our region.

Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Double Tree Downtown (map)
Host: RAEDI and 504 Corporation
Sponsor: Home Federal and Mayo Clinic Ventures

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