I’ve had the unique opportunity to follow and engage with the Saint Paul based CoCreateX innovation group for a little over one year. They served as my first real introduction into the Minneapolis/Saint Paul entrepreneurial community and the power harnessed therein.
This past Tuesday night, CoCreateX co-hosted a Medical Event with the University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center (MDC) in the MDC space on the university’s East Bank campus. Anyone interested in learning about the Center and medical device commercialization was encouraged to attended.
But the night was really about community, resource sharing, and helping one another. The purpose was to collect like-minded individuals into one space to advance and give exposure to personal and community projects.
The event format was designed to share stories and ideas of innovation from our rich entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Twin Cities.
CoCreateX printed company and group posters from the community and hung them around the space to gain exposure for these organizations. A handful of innovators gave three minute pitches throughout the night, which were broken up by half hour interactions and informal networking. Pitches were delivered by AdrenaCard, Worrell Designs, a medical device map, Transfuse Solutions, ImmerGen Studios, AxioMed, the UMN Engineering World Health student group, a heart cooling catheter and system company, and the Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium.
The event was yet another interactive, engaging activity arranged by CoCreateX, leveraging the assets and expertise of the community to build and bolster innovation across the board.
Encounters such as this are even more proof that innovation and comradery are thriving in Minnesota.