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Inaugural MNwest CEO Forum & Entrepreneur Summit

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Legacy Hall

Minnesota State Community & Technical College

1414 College Way

Fergus Falls, MN 56537

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We invite you to Join in Celebrating and in Developing Our MNwest Entrepreneur and Innovation Ecosystem


What we do today will shape tomorrow. Let's create an entrepreneur ecosystem that supports vitality and leave a legacy of regional economic strength!

On November 7th, the inaugural MNwest CEO Forum and Entrepreneur Summit will bring early stage entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners, educators and students, resource providers and community leaders together to create and enhance connections within our region.

Connections that will cross generations and sectors. Connections that can inspire new entrepreneurs, support start-ups and sustain growing companies here in our MNwest region. Connections that will help us to see and seize opportunities in fast changing times of technology led transition. Connections that will help us translate the capacity of this region beyond our borders.

As Starters and Doers from across the region, we are building on rich heritages. In identifying opportunities together, we will bring enhanced vitality and added potential to defining our regional economic legacy for tomorrow.

Please - Mark your Calendar, bring your skills and talents and join the "It's Our Legacy" journey.

Remember to ask a colleague to join you - Early Bird Registration rates end October 20th!

Who Should Attend?

  • Innovators and entrepreneurs within our communities,
  • Investors,
  • Established business leaders across sectors,
  • Community economic developers,
  • Community leaders and elected officials,
  • Secondary school students and teachers,
  • Post-secondary students and faculty,
  • College/University Presidents & Chancellors,
  • Superintendents and SD Bd Members,
  • Post-secondary Deans and H.S. Principals,
  • Innovation and business start-up competitions and accelerators, and
  • Resource organizations,

A Block of Discounted Hotel Rooms is Arranged

In order to secure a room from the room block, individual guests are to call Country Inn & Suites by Carlson - Fergus Falls at 1+(218)739-2211 on/or before October 23, 2017 and request a room under Group Block Name: "MNwest Entrepreneur Summit." The front desk associate will secure space under the respective guest name with a valid credit card. The block is for King Non-smoking rooms with two person occupancy at $89 plus, tax, incidentals and gratuities. Should other facilites be desired, please contact the event organizer at 218-205-9519 for further arrangements. The cancellation policy is 48 hours in advance for individual reservations such as these.

Agenda

The inaugural MNwest CEO Forum & Entrepreneur Summit follows two program tracks in the AM and a combined program track in the afternoon that commences with Lunch and a Keynote Address. Registration and Resource Tables open at 9:00 AM. Both program segments begin at 9:30 AM.

MNwest CEO Forum - AM track one

  • Welcome, Dr. Peggy Kennedy – President Minnesota State Community & Technical College
  • Introductions
  • Business Competitions and Accelerators introduce investment ready companies and outline opportunities for 2018 competition participation: Idea Competition, Cleantech Open–Midwest, Minnesota Cup, E-Fest & Entrepreneurs & Innovators Exchange (EIX)
  • Agricultural Utilization Research Institute – Highlights Developments, Initiatives and Opportunities
  • Featured speakers and discussion:
  • David McMillan, Chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, Senior Vice president of Allete and Executive Vice President of Minnesota Power
  • Roger Moe - Minnesota State Board of Trustees, Member; former MN State Legislator
  • Michael Yost - farmer and former USDA Deputy Secretary for International Trade
  • Discussion of MNwest Entrepreneur Ecosystem Opportunities
  • Conclusion - Adjorn for Lunch, Keynote Address and Afternoon Program

Entrepreneur Summit - AM track two

  • Convene – Minnesota Innovates
  • “The Entrepreneurial Mindset,” Dr. Matthew Borcherding, Dean of Academic Affairs, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Minnesota State Community & Technical College
  • Entrepreneur Journeys - From Inspiration to Established Business - The Founders of Stoneridge Software Development and Lake Area Docks & Lifts
  • First 3 Years as a Start-up - Critical Success Factors: Business Connections, Research Assistance, Business Management, Start-up and Community Based Financing: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, AURI, SBA, SBDC & Community Economic Development, MNvest - Community Funded Equity and Debt Financing - Silicon Prairie Online and Kiva Community Funded Debt Financing - Springboard for the Arts
  • Student Entrepreneurship Exposure Opportunities: Post-Secondary - SciTechsperience Internship Program and K-12 - Junior Achievement and CEO
  • Mentorship and Public Awareness - Business Plan Competitions and Accelerators: E-Fest and Entrepreneurs & Innovators Exchange (EIX), Idea Competition, Minnesota Cup, Cleantech Open-Midwest
  • Peer to Peer Networking and Entrepreneur Resource Fair followed by Lunch, Keynote Address and Afternoon Program

Afternoon Agenda - All attendees

  • Lunch
  • Keynote Address: “The Fruits of Focus & Collaboration in Bemidji - Vitality and Economic Growth" - Dr. James Bensen, President Emeritus of Bemidji State University
  • Wayne Dirkman, Quality Circuits, Inc. - MN Business Lifetime Achievement Award - Recognition
  • Networking and Entrepreneur Resource Tables
  • Tech Talk – “Block-Chain – What It Is & Its Multi-Sector Disrupting Implications”
  • Greetings & Comments: Representative Bud Nornes, Chair of Higher Education, MN House of Representatives; David McMillan, U of M Board of Regents; Roger Moe, Minnesota State Board of Trustees
  • MNwest Entrepreneur Meetups & Co-Working Locations Share Insights and Activity Overview
  • Showcase of MNwest Startups!
  • Conclusion
  • Tours of the Minnesota State Community & Technical College Campus (Optional)



We generously thank the sponsors, supporters and promotion partners who are enabling this inaugural gathering to be accessible to all and who are bringing their leadership and infrastructure to bear in advancing the conclusions and actions that will flow from it. Please contact 218-205-9519 for sponsorship, support and promotion opportunities.

Sponsors: Bremer Bank, Minnesota State Community & Technical College, West Central Initiative Foundation, Otter Tail Power Company and Minnesota Innovates

Supporters: Southwest Minnesota Service Cooperative, Northwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Greater Minnesota Development Services

Promotion Partners: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Agricultural Utilization Resources Institute, Springboard for the Arts, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Barnesville Economic Development , Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center


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Minnesota State Community & Technical College

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