Welcome to Rochester Rising.

Rochester Rising amplifies the stories of Rochester entrepreneurs through original, insightful articles, podcasts, and video content.

Rochester Rising:

  • Showcases Rochester's entrepreneurial and startup culture.
  • Amplifies the unique stories of entrepreneurship taking place within Rochester, Minnesota and the surrounding communities.
  • Provides resources to help plug into Rochester's entrepreneurial and innovation community.

Amanda Leightner

As a Pittsburgh native, Amanda has called Rochester home on and off for the last nine years.  She enjoys running, and can be found on the trails of Rochester with her Catahoula Leopard Dog, Merrie. Amanda has an unhealthy attachment to Sour Patch Kids and most other types of candy. She believes in growing Rochester's small business and entrepreneurial community in a grassroots manner and looks forward to the role that Rochester Rising can play in this process.