Special Pre-GEW Event

friday October 26th - October 28th

Techstars Startup Weekend Rochester

Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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Day 1

MONDAY NOV. 5th

Morning - 2018 GEW Kickoff Networking Event

The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce (RACC) is excited to help kick of the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week by hosting a morning reception at its offices. Make sure to block some time to attend this event from 7:30am to 9am in the Chamber conference room to enjoy networking, coffee, and light refreshments. Stop by for 15 minutes, the whole time, or whatever duration works best for you and help celebrate with RACC the importance that a healthy and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem has on our local economy.

Time: 7:30am to 9:00am
Location: Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce (map)
Host: Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
Sponsor: Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
Cost: Free
Food Provided: Yes

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Lunch - Nicholas Wehrle: Under the Influence - How influencer marketing is helping startups succeed

The Millennial generation has now surpassed the Baby Boomer generation in terms of spending, making them the largest group of consumers. Millennials want to get behind brands they can trust and feel connected to. They value transparency, honesty, authenticity, and most of all the opinions of their friends and influencers. Most make purchasing decisions based on these principles alone. This is why influencer marketing is essential to any marketing strategy, as it is an effective way to connect brands with consumers.

This presentation will outline the keys to success for any influencer marketing strategy. From finding influencers and creating lasting relationships, to evaluating ROI and ensuring profitability, it will highlight all the tools necessary to implement influencer marketing today.

Bio

Nick Wehrle is an entrepreneur, he is the owner and operator of Omega Health Products, makers of PowerCreamer, a healthy, functional coffee product for dieters and athletes. He specializes in marketing and branding.

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator (map)
Hosts: Destination Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator
Sponsor: Destination Medical Center
Cost: Free
Food Provided: Yes

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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 on Monday, November 5, 2018, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Rochester, Minnesota.

Agenda

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. - Networking & Social Hour

4:45 - 5:30 p.m. - Program Recognizing Entrepreneurs

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - More Networking and Social Hour

Enjoy networking and hors d’oeuvres followed by a brief program and recognition of entrepreneur honorees, warrior honoree, and lifetime achievement honorees. Cash bar will be available.

Please note that entrepreneurs can attend for FREE via this link.

Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Double Tree Downtown (map)
Host: RAEDI and 504 Corporation
Sponsor: Home Federal and Mayo Clinic Ventures
Cost: Free - $40.00
Food Provided: Yes

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Day 2

TUESDAY NOV. 6th

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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
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Lunch
- Business Expert Series: Matthieu Lynch - “Strategic Planning is Painful. Why Bother?”

There’s a stereotype with strategic plans. They’re painful to go through. They take a lot of energy and time and just don’t sustain energy. Well, that can happen if you don’t have clearly defined goals, measurement for those goals and benchmarks, tactics that influence those measurements, and accountability.

In this wade in session, Matthieu Lynch (Matthieu Consulting Group) will take participants through experiences to:

1. Develop clear, strategic goals

2. Create measurements for those goals

3. Effective tactical ideation

4. Implementing a plan the 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.

Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Winona State University Rochester Downtown (map)
Host: Winona State University and Collider Coworking
Sponsor: Winona State University
Cost: Free
Food Provided: Yes

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Afternoon
- 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.

Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: One Discovery Square
Host: Destination Medical Center and Mortenson
Sponsor: Destination Medical Center and Mortenson
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Afternoon II - 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.

Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Cambria Gallery (map)
Host: Cambria Gallery
Sponsor: WiSER and Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Evening - 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!

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Collider Coworking (map)
Host: Collider Coworking
Sponsor: RAEDI
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Day 3

WEDNESDAY NOV. 7th

Morning - 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.

Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Bleu Duck Kitchen Event Space (map)
Host: 1 Million Cups Rochester
Sponsor: 1 Million Cups Rochester
Cost: Free
Food Provided: Yes

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Lunch - Pitching 101 for Science Entrepreneurs

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
 

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Location: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator (map)
Hosts: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator
Sponsor: RAEDI and Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship
Cost: Free
Food Provided: Yes

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Afternoon
- 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.

Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Grand Rounds Brewing Company (map)
Host: Grand Rounds Brewing Company
Sponsor: The Commission and Rochester Rising
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Evening
 - 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.

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Collider Coworking (map)
Host: Grey Duck Theater
Sponsor: Collider Coworking
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Day 4

Thursday NOV. 8th

Morning - 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.

Time: 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Location: Cafe Steam (map)
Host:  Cafe Steam
Sponsor: Rochester Rising
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Lunch - Lessons from Mayo Clinic Entrepreneurs

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.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Mann Hall, Medical Sciences Building (map)
Host: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator
Sponsor: Mayo Clinic Ventures
Cost: Free
Food Provided: Yes

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AFTERNOON - 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.

Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: One Discovery Square
Host: Destination Medical Center and Mortenson
Sponsor: Destination Medical Center and Mortenson
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Evening I
 - Founders Series: Sonex Health

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.

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator (map)
Host: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator
Sponsor: RAEDI and Rochester Rising
Cost: Free
Food Provided: Yes

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Evening II - CEDA Partnership Celebration

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!

Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery (map)
Host: Four Daughters
Sponsor: CEDA
Cost: Free
Food Provided: Yes

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Day 5

Friday NOV. 9th

Morning - 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!

Where: Taco Jed 
When: Friday November 9th, 2018 from 730 - 9AM
What: Informal get together of young & awesome people
Why: Because you are awesome and you deserve to be with other awesome people....duh!

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!!

Time: 7:00am to 8:30am
Location: Taco Jed (map)
Host: Taco Jed
Sponsor: The Commission
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Lunch - GEW 2018: Collider Coworking Free Day of Coworking / Lunch with Coworkers

Join the Collider Coworking community for a special FREE day of Coworking. Feel free to stop by any time on November 9th and join us for a few hours or the entire day. Pizza will be provided starting at 11 am.

Get to know our amazing coworkers have a great lunch.

Time: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Collider Coworking (map)
Host: Collider Coworking
Sponsor: Collider Coworking
Cost: Free
Food Provided: Yes

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Afternoon - Collider and Commission Happy Hour - Shaking It Up Together!

An epic union of happy hours between Collider Coworking and The Commission.

Shake It Up is brought to you by The Commission's Relationship Building Committee and our friends at Think Mutual Bank!

What: Informal get together of young & awesome people and entrepreneurs in the Rochester area. 

Why: Because you are awesome and you deserve to be with other awesome people....duh!

Bring your business cards. You never know who you might meet that could use it. 

See you there and invite your friends!!

Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: The Half Barrel
Host: The Half Barrel
Sponsor: Collider Coworking and The Commission
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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Evening - NASA iTech – An innovative way to work with entrepreneurs - Kira Blackwell

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.

Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Mann Hall - Mayo Medical Sciences Building (map)
Host: Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship and Collider Coworking
Sponsor: Collider Coworking and Techweek
Cost: Free
Food Provided: No

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