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MN Cup 2021 Applications Due April 16th

MN Cup is a community-led, public-private partnership supporting Minnesota’s entrepreneurs. Hosted by the University of Minnesota, this annual competition reaches emerging entrepreneurs from across the state and connects them with education, mentorship and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures. The competition and events are totally free!

Minnesota Cup (MN Cup) is kicking off our 17th season! Applications for the 2021 competition are open from March 15 – April 16. MN Cup is here to connect current and aspiring Minnesota entrepreneurs to education, mentorship, seed capital, and the broader community. You do not need to have an entity formed or be earning revenue to apply – all Minnesotans and Minnesota-based businesses earning less than $1M annual revenue are eligible. MN Cup has given away $4 Million in non-dilutive seed funding since 2005, and plans to award at least $400,000 this season. We hope you’ll share this free, accessible, supportive opportunity with founders and innovators in your network!

Ready to learn more? Click here for information on scheduling an info session or go straight to the application!

SBA Resources & MINPACK owner featured for March I&E Club

We invite you to our next Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club event on Tuesday, March 23rd at 6:00 PM. This meeting will be held in an online format only.

Our speakers will include Jessica Schott Bitz with Falcon National Bank and Terry Stein from MN Business Finance Corp speaking on SBA programs for entrepreneurs, as well as Bob Thompson, owner of MINPACK in Pine City, as this month’s Business Success Story.

Complete the RSVP below to receive a link for the event.

County Resources will be the February Focus

The Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club for Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 PM in an online / telephone format only, will feature county representatives from Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine to talk about Resources & Assistance available in East Central Minnesota for Inventors & Entrepreneurs.

We are requesting advance registration for those that wish to attend this month’s session. The online meeting link will only be shared with attendees that are registered and only verified attendees will be admitted into the session. We look forward to collaborating with you!

New Year brings return of I&E Club Meeting

The Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club returns on Tuesday, January 26th at 6:00 PM in an online / telephone format only.

We are requesting advance registration for those that wish to attend this month’s session. The online meeting link will only be shared with attendees that are registered and only verified attendees will be admitted into the session. We look forward to collaborating with you!

An “Intro to Business” coming October 27th

The Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club will be held on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:00 PM in an online / telephone format only.

We are requesting advance registration for those that wish to attend this month’s session. The online meeting link will only be shared with attendees that are registered and only verified attendees will be admitted into the session. We look forward to collaborating with you!

Planning survey for the I&E Club

The advisory team for the Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club has put together a brief survey and are asking anyone that has attended or been interested in attending to complete the survey. As the club has been paused for the summer months, we want to use this time to gather input from those we serve to ensure that the I&E Club is providing valuable tools for the region.

Use the link below to complete our short 3 minute survey by Friday, August 21st.

Inventors & entrepreneurs club survey

I&E Club Hosts Virtual Session, June 23rd

The Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:00 PM in an online / telephone format only.

We are requesting advance registration for those that wish to attend this month’s session. The online meeting link will only be shared with attendees that are registered and only verified attendees will be admitted into the session. We look forward to collaborating with you!

Register to Attend Here!

I&E Club Virtual Meeting for Tuesday, May 26th

The Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club will be held on Tuesday, May 26h at 6:00 PM in an online / telephone format only.

We are requesting advance registration for those that wish to attend this month’s session. The online meeting link will only be shared with attendees that are registered and only verified attendees will be admitted into the session. We look forward to collaborating with you!

Register to Attend Here!

Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club will resume through digital platform

Amid the chaos brought on the COVID-19 pandemic, the I&E Club cancelled the March event with no idea of what the future of club gatherings would look like. The advisory team met in early April, and one thing was clear — now is the time to continue the I&E Club operations and provide assistance to those new business start-ups or idea makers that could use the resources that this network can provide.

Beginning with the regular April meeting time slot, we will take the I&E Club to a digital platform and meet via Zoom technology. Meetings will begin at 6:00 PM and will include a variety of speakers each month.

As we celebrate the one year anniversary of the launch for the East Central MN Business I&E Club, we want to say thank you for supporting this effort and hope that you’ll join us on Tuesday, April 28th at 6:00 PM.

Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club Meets February 25

The next Regional Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club meeting will be on Tuesday, February 25th at East Central Energy in Braham. Doors open for networking at 5:30 PM, presentations start at 6:00. Our Keynote Speaker is Michelle Henderson with BadCat Digital presenting on “10 Quesitons to Ask before Starting Digital Marketing”, and our Business Success Story presentation is Sean Stevens with Sky Eye Films. Bring your ideas, inventions and friends!

View the full agenda for this event here: