First Rochester GEW a Success

Thank you to everyone that made it out to our first Global Entrepreneurship Week in Rochester.  We were truly blown away by the turnout to each event.  You really proved that the passion for entrepreneurship is alive and well in Rochester. 

This week saw many firsts

  • First collaboration between BioAM,, and Mayo's Business Accelerator
  • First Demo night featuring Twin Cities and Rochester BioBusinesses
  • Launch of the Rochester Open Coffee Club
  • Launch of Cube Classes on entrepreneurship

Thanks to your interest in the events, our attendance was phenomenal.  (Attendance numbers in parenthesis) 

  • Rochester Open Coffee Club (20)
  • BioAM in the PM:  Dan Spors of Preventice (50)
  • Cube Class: Valuation (20)
  • BioAM/ Demo Night (65)
  • Coworkathon (20)
  • Cube Class: Anatomy of a Startup (20)

Web traffic was also excellent with almost 700 unique views of the website and over 1,400 page views.

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Thanks also to the many volunteers, sponsors, and presenters that made this week so special.  We proved that we can work together to create a robust startup community in Rochester.  We hope that this spirit continues into the new year and we will see you back next year for GEW 2014.

Second Cube Class Dissects "Anatomy of a Startup"

Two great events were held today at Cube.  A "Coworkathon" lasted the entire day and gave individuals a taste of coworking at Cube.  David Hewitt led a fantastic Cube Class on the "Anatomy of a Startup" where he discussed his unique approach to starting a business, from inspiration to execution.  

Demo Night In Rochester Showcases 7 Emerging Companies

Thursday night was Demo night in Rochester.  We had an amazing turn out at the Mayo Clinic BioBusiness Accelerator for the event.  It was a great chance to see great Twin Cities-based companies as well as local Rochester startups show the amazing businesses that are being created right on our doorstep.  Special thanks to RAEDI for the food and Southern Minnesota Sourcelink for sponsoring the Tuesday night event.

First Cube Class Talks Valuation

Many thanks to Rick Indrelie of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for leading the first Cube Class "You know the value of your home, do you know the value of your business".  It was very informative and thought provoking.  The discussion and participation of the crowd was very nice to see.  

Stay turned for the second Cube class of the week "Anatomy of Startup: Idea to launch and the anatomy within" on Friday at noon at Cube.

Dan Spors of Preventice Talks BioBusiness

The Mayo Business Accelerator was buzzing last night as BioAM welcomed Dan Spors of Preventice.  Dan is a co-founder of Preventice and has been instrumental in making Preventice a huge commercial success.  Dan talked about "taking the leap" to start a company and encouraged the audience to follow their passion in life.  He also showed off the BodyGaurdian, a tele health device that will revolutionize patient care.  

Rochester Open Coffee Club a Success!

Thanks to everyone that came out to the first Rochester Open Coffee Club.  We had a great time talking tech and entrepreneurship.  We have started something special that will help spur the growth of our startup community.

The best news is that this is going to be a biweekly event. 

Thanks to Press Coffee and Tea as well as Brian Childs for paying for all of the drinks today.

Hopefully, we will see you at the next event.

GEW Livestream Provides Access to Amazing Events

If you are a startup junkie like me, Rochester GEW is not enough.  If you can't make it out to local events (shame on you) or just want to see more great GEW events, check out the Kauffman Foundation's livestream of events happening in Kansas City.

Events and times are listed below from the livestream page.

Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash
Monday, Nov. 18 – 8-10 p.m. ET
The signature event of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation brings the international competition Get in the Ring to the United States for the first time. In the final round of "Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash," eight of America's most outstanding entrepreneurs will compete live in Kansas City for cash prizes and the chance to be crowned U.S. champion and proceed to the international finals in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The U.S. national finals will feature startups delivering their best pitches, a panel of high-profile judges, and an evening spectacular with the action in a boxing ring at center stage.

Demo Day
Tuesday, Nov. 19 – 12:30-5 p.m. ET
A luncheon keynote presentation by Bill Aulet, managing director and senior lecturer in the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT, kicks off Demo Day. Aulet will address "Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup." Following, more than a dozen Kansas City entrepreneurs will take the stage to make their most compelling pitches in support of the businesses they've launched.

1 Million Cups
Wednesday, Nov. 20 – 10-11 a.m. ET
Now serving up coffee, entrepreneurial education, and networking opportunities in 20 cities, Kauffman Labs' 1 Million Cups is engaging entrepreneurs and accelerating startups across the United States. 1 Million Cups offers two local startups each week the opportunity to present their companies to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.

The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship
Wednesday, Nov. 20 – 11:15 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Mayors and entrepreneurship experts from around the country share insights about promoting startup activity and discuss ways to encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in U.S. cities. The program will offer education, discussion and engagement regarding entrepreneurship policy, implementation and sharing of ideas.

Founders School Live – Craig Wortmann Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 21 – 2-3:30 p.m. ET
How do you work a room? Or a phone? How do you know when you are in a "sales" conversation? And once you are, how do you qualify potential customers and then handle their inevitable objections? These are some of the most challenging skills and disciplines for entrepreneurs to tackle when they focus on selling. Craig Wortmann, CEO and founder of Sales Engine, will unlock and demonstrate the key skills and disciplines in a fast-paced 90-minute session, "Having Sales Conversations, Qualifying Customers and Handling Objections."

Founders School Live – Nathan Gold Presentation
Friday, Nov. 22 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Entrepreneurs and business people understand the importance of engaging and captivating an audience, be it one or 1,000 people. In this session with Nathan Gold, founder of The Demo Coach, participants will learn to design and implement their value statement. A brainstorming exercise will help them apply new knowledge to discover compelling ways to articulate the value of what they do and why they do it.

Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week

The big week is finally here!  

I'm so excited to be helping to coordinate Global Entrepreneurship Week in Rochester.  For those of you who don't know about GEW, here is a great description from the GEW website.

What if there was a global movement to inspire people everywhere to unleash their ideas and take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey? During one week each November, millions of people participate in local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential to launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

I'm hoping to get pictures and summaries of each event as fast as possible through this blog.  If you want to share pictures, please email me with your photos or comments.

If you attend any of our events, please use the Twitter hashtag #gewroch to show your GEW love.

I look forward to our first event, the launch of the Rochester Open Coffee Club at Press Coffee Tuesday morning.  There is still time to register for the event!

Let's continue to encourage and inspire entrepreneurship in Rochester.