Last Wednesday, BioAM held the very first Community Connections event, where seemingly disparate entrepreneurial and community-based groups met at the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator to network and build bridges. By the end of the night, the amount of connectivity between these groups and the opportunities we have to help each other grow was very clear.
Rochester is changing. All cities change. But the growth in this part of the state will be highly accelerated in the upcoming years with the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Initiative and Journey To Growth. We all have such a unique opportunity to shape this re-development and paint the future of Rochester, something that’s not too common today.
We have the chance to ensure that entrepreneurship plays a vital and lasting role in the community. And that starts right at the grass-roots level with like-minded, risk-taking individuals in Rochester’s entrepreneurial and community-based groups, like those present Wednesday night.
Here’s just a sampling of the flavors of the new Rochester:
BioAM- This group was originally formed to fill the life science entrepreneurial hole in Rochester. BioAM holds three meetings per month to connect and encourage Rochester’s life science innovators including the Biobusiness Builders Lunch, Science Café, and various speaker series. Click here for group contact information.
e-NABLE Rochester- This innovative group uses 3D printers to create experimental synthetic hands for those in need. The group just held an Open House Printathon last Friday at the Limb Lab.
Shout2.0!- This entrepreneurial group meets once a month to discuss business development issues and to bounce around ideas. Their next meeting is Tuesday April 12th at 7AM.
Rochester RESTful Responsive Web- This group is based on learning by doing and uses a RESTfull (Representational State Transfer) software based style to work through example applications.
Rochester Entrepreneurial Network- This is an original Rochester meetup group. REN is a group of entrepreneurs who believe that a strong innovation network is key to driving economic development in Rochester.
PyRochesterMN- This group of Python Programming enthusiasts meets monthly to discuss anything related to Python.
Southeast Minnesota WordPress Group- This group meets on the second Monday of every month to talk about the website creation platform WordPress. Their next meetup is Monday April 11th at the Minnesota School of Business.
For Starters- This group is one of the oldest tech-focused meetups in Rochester. The group next meets April 20th at the Northeast Whistle Binkies location.
The Commission- This group provides a platform and voice for the young professionals of Rochester that works to develop and implement sustainable programs in the city.
#WinWithSocial- This group meets every Wednesday at noon to discuss Hootsuite and social media techniques, tips, and trends.
Rochester Jaycees- This national, non-profit group is celebrating 80 years of leadership, fellowship, and community involvement. Their next event is a service event April 12th at the Channel One food bank.
UX Design Meetup- This group meets every Thursday evening at Café Steam to discuss User Experience and Interaction Design.
K-LUG- The Rochester Linux Users Group has been around of over ten years. They old technical meetings once a month at Rochester Community and Technical College.