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!

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.

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

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Lunch - TBA


Evening - TBA

Day 2


Morning #1 - 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 - TBA


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 - TBA

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 - TBD


Evening - TBD

Day 4

Thursday NOV. 16th

Morning - TBA


Lunch - TBA


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 - TBA


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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