Announcement

Rochester Celebrates Local Innovation during Upcoming Entrepreneurship Week

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Rochester, Minn., October 11, 2019: Join the Rochester entrepreneurial ecosystem for Entrepreneurship Week from Tuesday October 22nd through Friday October 25th. Entrepreneurship Week is a four day celebration of local ideas and innovators open to anyone in the community who is already integrated with or wants to learn more and connect to our entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

This four day celebration includes nine different events hosted all around the city of Rochester to tell the story of and recognize contributions from our entrepreneurs. This year’s Entrepreneurship Week includes staple events like Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc’s. R.A.V.E. event on Tuesday October 22nd. The 2019 celebration also includes a brand new Business Legends LIVE on Wednesday October 23rd sharing lessons learned from Garwin McNeilus, Founder of McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing. Programming also includes a Managing Wellness as an Entrepreneur panel discussion with local business owners during the afternoon and a close look at Rochester’s art community during the evening on Thursday October 24th.

Entrepreneurship Week is a grassroots event organized this year by Collider, Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI), Rochester Rising, and Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse. The week is also supported by Destination Medical Center, Mayo Clinic Ventures, 1 Million Cups Rochester, Sterling State Bank, the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, The Musicant Group, and Mortenson

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Find more information and registration details at: rochester-ew.org.

Join Us for Our June Communication Session on Mental Health for Entrepreneurs

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Join us for our June Communication Session focused on Mental Health and Wellness on Wednesday June 26th at 5:30 PM at Collider 424. This session will be a safe space to communicate mental wellness challenges with the goal to help create a community of support for Rochester entrepreneurs.

***THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT SO PLEASE REGISTER TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.***

The session will be moderated by Jay Franson of JF Coaching. Jay Franson is a Life and Business Coach in Rochester and has been working with business owners and business professionals for the past three years. He has a degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked with company teams to improve communication, collaboration, and connection through education and group events.

Disclaimer: The organizers are not licensed therapists. This event is meant to be an informal, supportive gathering of entrepreneurs to provide peer-to-peer support for mental wellness issues we're facing while running our businesses.

This event will be held in Collider 424 (not Collider Coworking, which is located above Bleu Duck). Collider 424 is located on the Mayo Clinic Campus on the corner of 4th Ave SW and 3rd Street SW. The building is directly north of the Mayo Clinic Opus Building and directly south (and across the street) from the Baldwin Parking Ramp. The building is also marked with the orange "C" Collider logo. There is plenty of street parking available around Collider 424 for parking. The doors to Collider 424 are along the west side of the building off the patient parking lot. Please enter through the door closest to 3rd Street SW.

***All ticket sales go directly toward making this a sustainable event in the community.***

Klobuchar Staff to Hold Public Entrepreneur and Small Business Resource Roundtable Discussions

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MINNEAPOLIS – On Thursday, June 20, representatives from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office will hold meetings with small business owners and entrepreneurs, economic development specialists from federal, state, and local government, and local organizations dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start and scale businesses. Meeting participants will have the opportunity to hear from successful local businesses, learn about government resources available to local entrepreneurs, and discuss the challenges faced when starting and expanding a business. The conversation will focus on the local entrepreneur ecosystem and improvements that can be made in delivering government resources to better support Minnesota’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

 Business owners large and small, as well as anyone considering starting their own business are encouraged to join these public discussions to learn about government resources available to them and share their thoughts on how to better align government resources with the needs of entrepreneurs.


Thursday, June 20

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

The Garage Co-working Space

123 Lafayette St.

Winona, MN 55987

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LAUNCH Co-working Space 
109 1st Ave SE 
Suite 4 
Austin, MN 55912

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Riverland College, Room 140

965 Alexander Dr. SW

Owatonna, MN 55060

 

In March, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tim Scott (R-SC) launched the bipartisan Senate Entrepreneurship Caucus to address the most pressing issues facing entrepreneurs. Startup rates have recently fallen to near 30-year lows, threatening the fundamentals that lead to sustained economic growth and the caucus will work to diagnose the causes of this “startup slump” and formulate a comprehensive strategy to counteract it. The caucus will also serve as a clearinghouse for proposals from interested groups who wish to share their ideas with policymakers who are committed to supporting our nation’s entrepreneurs.

The caucus is supported by the Center for American Entrepreneurship (CAE), Economic Innovation Group (EIG), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Majority, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Main Street Alliance, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, Small Business Investor Alliance, the American Investment Council, and the National Venture Capital Association.

Join Us For a Communication Session on Mental Health for Entrepreneurs

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Join us for our first Communication Session focused on Mental Health and Wellness. This session will be a safe space to communicate mental wellness challenges with the goal to help create a community of support for Rochester entrepreneurs.

The session will be moderated by Jay Franson of JF Coaching. Jay Franson is a Life and Business Coach in Rochester and has been working with business owners and business professionals for the past three years. He has a degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked with company teams to improve communication, collaboration, and connection through education and group events.

***THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT SO PLEASE REGISTER TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.***

Rochester Rising Creates Online Communication Group to Support Entrepreneurial Mental Health in Rochester

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­After three attempts to hold our listening session on mental health needs in the Rochester entrepreneurial community, we have decided not to reschedule this event. ­However, we­ would still greatly appreciate your help and input on this important subject. If the mental health needs of our entrepreneurial ecosystem and creating solutions to support these needs is of value to you, please take a few moments today to fill out this brief survey.

The goal of this survey, and of the weather-thwarted listening session, has two purposes. The first is to better understand current mental health issues facing Rochester’s entrepreneurs. The second purpose is to brainstorm possible events or programming that may solve these pain points. Perhaps some of these events or programs could be provided by Rochester Rising

If this is something of importance to you, please take five minutes to complete the survey so we can create things of user-driven value in the community. 

While we collect these responses and have additional conversations in the community, we’ve created an online communication group to facilitate some of these needs. This group is not meant to be a place to offer medical advice or to provide professional mental health guidance. It is meant to be a platform for community-based communication to connect and share best practices, information, and resources related to mental health.

To request permission to join this closed group, search for “RochMN Entrepreneurial Communication Group: Mental Health” on Facebook.

Become a Supporting Member of Rochester Rising!

During the past ~2 years that Rochester Rising has existed, we’ve told the stories of over 143 different entrepreneurs, startups, and innovation initiatives in Rochester and the surrounding communities. Many of these stories were in biotech and healthtech. However, we’ve shared the journey of many other entrepreneurs, including those operating in retail, food and beverage, fitness, tech, and social entrepreneurship.

We feel that it’s important to tell the stories of people taking risks, taking chances with no safety net, innovating, creating, and not following the expected route. These stories are valuable tools to inspire others, showcase the creativity that is already occurring here, and build up the entrepreneurial community piece by piece.

Supporting Memberships help to keep this platform running and help us to run events around the community. Additionally, our Supporting Members receive a range of perks, including access to online, supporting member only content and deeply discounted advertisement packages.

We run our Supporting Membership through an online platform called Patreon, where our Supporting Members, or “Patrons,” can give anything from $1 to $25 each month. Unlike many other membership drives, our Supporting Members get new rewards each year, which they receive as long as they stay a Supporting Member. Head to our Patreon page to learn more and to become a Supporting Member today: https://www.patreon.com/RochesterRising.

Rochester Team “Adapt-A-Cart” Wins Open Division of the Inaugural Assistive Tech Challenge

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(Rochester, MN) November 3, 2018 – Adapt-A-Cart from Rochester won big in the Open division at the inaugural Assistive Tech Challenge on Saturday, November 3.  Adapt-A-Cart provides an adaption on grocery carts for the wheelchair user that is light, compact, assistive and easily attachable and detachable.  This device allows wheelchair users the opportunity to easily shop with the standard cart from the comfort of their own chair.  Adapt-A-Cart team collaborators are Rochester residents Nicholas Elliott and Cody Schmidt.  

AbleKitchen from Minneapolis placed second in the Open Division.  Vitals Aware Services, Inc. and Mobility 4 All - both from Minneapolis took top honors in the Professional Division.

First place teams in the Open and Professional divisions were awarded $5,000 by The Arc Minnesota.  Second place teams received $2,500 from the Arc Minnesota.  All first and second place teams are automatically eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Rochester, MN on December 7, 2018.

Thirteen teams came from the greater Rochester area, the Twin Cities and nationally from Naples, Florida.  University teams participating included: University of Minnesota, Minnesota State University Mankato and University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. 

The Assistive Tech Challenge was presented by Destination Medical Center Discovery Square in collaboration with The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region and the disABILITY Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face.

Special thanks to Fredrikson and Byron, P.A. and Home Federal for their support of the Assistive Tech Challenge.

The Assistive Tech Challenge Debuts November 3 in Rochester

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(Rochester, MN) November 1, 2018 - Destination Medical Center is pleased to introduce the Assistive Tech Challenge - a pitch competition presented by Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square in collaboration with The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region and the disABILITY Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Assistive Technology Expo 

Heintz Center, 1926 Collegeview Rd E, Rochester, Minnesota 

Expo Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Assistive Tech Challenge Pitch Competition: 12 Noon – 3:00 p.m. 

 The Assistive Tech Challenge seeks solutions to: 

● Alleviating barriers to employment; 

● Providing support for care providers; 

● Enhancing social skill development to cultivate meaningful relationships; and 

● Improving access to the community through public infrastructure 

There are two divisions: 

Open (community-based teams and students) 

Professional (corporations formed with annual revenues not exceeding $250,000) 

Thirteen participating teams come from the greater Rochester area and the Twin Cities and universities, including: University of Minnesota, Winona State University, Minnesota State University Mankato and University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. 

Teams will address the following questions in a five-minute presentation to an expert panel of judges, followed by two minutes of Q&A: 

● What problem are you solving? 

● How are you solving the problem? 

● Why is your team the one to solve it? 

● What do you need to further develop your idea? 


$15,000 will be awarded by The Arc Minnesota to the first and second place winners in each division to further advance their idea. 

First Prize: $5,000 

Second Prize: $2,500 

All first and second place teams will be eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Rochester, MN on December 7, 2018. 

Special thanks to Fredrikson and Byron, P.A. and Home Federal for their support of the Assistive Tech Challenge. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week Kicks Off Monday as Five Day Celebration of Innovation in Rochester

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It has arrived. On Monday November 5th, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will launch in Rochester for five days, bringing twenty-one different events to the community to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation. GEW is not just for entrepreneurs. It’s for anyone interested in learning more about Rochester’s entrepreneurial culture and how to plug in. So, block some time off on your calendar and get ready to participate in “The Week of the Entrepreneur,” as proclaimed by Rochester’s Mayor Ardell Brede for the second consecutive year.

GEW Rochester will kick off at 7:30AM at the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce with a morning reception with some coffee and light refreshments to network and launch into the week. 

The celebration will be capped off on Friday with a very special presentation from Kira Blackwell, Program Executive at NASA, about the NASA iTECH Program, an innovative way for agencies like NASA to interact and work with entrepreneurs. Kira is an executive management professional with expertise in aerospace, biotechnology, and technology management. The NASA iTECH program is an initiative through NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) to discover and vet innovative technologies to solve problems both on Earth and in space exploration.  

In addition to these events, Rochester Rising will also be hosting some programs during the week. Our first is an Entrepreneurial Book Club Discussion and Happy Hour in collaboration with The Commission. This event will take place on Wednesday November 7th at 4:30 PM at Grand Rounds Brew Pub. The first hour of the event will be an open networking happy hour, similar to our “Elevating Women Happy Hour” events. The second half of the event will include a book discussion about John Carreyrou's "Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup,” the story of Theranos. Come to discuss this riveting story of biotech fraud.

Our second hosted event of the week is a “Mental Health for Entrepreneurs Workshop with NAMI SE MN.” This event will take place on Thursday November 8th at 7:30 am at the Café Steam Broadway location. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Join us for this timely and vital discussion about mental health issues in entrepreneurs and ways to work toward better overall health.

Our final hosted event of the week will take place at 6PM on Thursday with a Founders Talk with Sonex Health CEO Darryl Barnes. Sonex Health is a Rochester based medical device company that developed the SX-One Microknife, a device for minimally invasive carpal tunnel release surgery. Since Sonex Health graduated from the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, the company has continued to grow in size and impact in the community. 

Check out the Rochester Global Entrepreneurship Week page for the full details and complete event listings. I challenge each of you to attend at least one event this upcoming week to learn more about our entrepreneurial culture.

Press Release: DMC Hosts Design Workshops: Ideas to Solutions in 90 Minutes As Prep for the Upcoming Assistive Tech Challenge

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Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency will be hosting three design workshops September 27 – 28, 2018, to help address challenges faced by individuals with disabilities as part of the Assistive Tech Challenge. 

The workshops will be facilitated by the civic design nonprofit Our City in partnership with the Assistive Tech Challenge. 

Participants in these workshops will learn the art of design thinking to address problems and create solutions in just 90 minutes. 

Ideas that emerge from the workshops will prepare participants to submit ideas to the Assistive Tech Challenge pitch competition on November 3 at the Assistive Technology Expo. 

Two design workshops are scheduled in Rochester on Thursday, September 27 and one workshop is scheduled in Minneapolis on Friday, September 28. 

Workshops are FREE to attend. Registration is required for each workshop at dmc.mn/events


 Workshop #1: Assistive Tech and the Caregiver Experience 

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904 | This workshop is embedded within the Transform conference. You will be joined by Transform attendees in exploring design thinking. 

Description 

This fast-paced, hands-on workshop will focus on how to use design thinking to help caregivers thrive. Participants will “sprint” from starting from a real or perceived barrier to developing an idea to address it in just 90 minutes. Each participant will walk away with a new understanding of the design process and how it might support caregivers -- plus a real idea of their own to put into action. 


Workshop #2: Assistive Tech and Public Infrastructure 

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Studio 324 (Fagan Studio), 324 South Broadway, Rochester, MN 55904 

Description 

This fast-paced, hands-on workshop will focus on how to use design thinking to help design public spaces that support greater independence for individuals with a disability. Participants will “sprint” from a real or perceived barrier to developing an idea to address it in just 90 minutes. Each participant will walk away with a new understanding of the design process and how it might support different development paradigms in the public realm -- plus a real idea of their own to put into action. 

Workshop #3: Assistive Tech and Workforce Readiness and Social Skill Development 

Friday, September 28, 2018., 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55416. 

Description 

This fast-paced, hands-on workshop will focus on how to use design thinking to 1) help people with a visible or invisible disability to interact and cultivate meaningful relationships; and 2) alleviate barriers to employment. Participants will “sprint” from a real or perceived barrier to developing an idea to address it in just 90 minutes. Each participant will walk away with a new understanding of the design process and how it might spur development of new products or services in these two important areas -- plus a real idea of their own to put into action. 


About the Assistive Tech Challenge 

The Assistive Tech Challenge is a pitch competition presented by Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square in collaboration with The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region, and the disABILITY Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face. 

The Assistive Tech Challenge seeks solutions to: 

  • Alleviating barriers to employment 

  • Reducing the need for and/or easing the demands of direct support on care providers 

  • Developing social skills that better enable people with and without disabilities to interact and cultivate meaningful relationships; and 

  • Improving access to the community through public infrastructure 

The Assistive Tech Challenge is November 3 in Rochester, Minnesota at the Assistive Technology Expo. Prizes awarded to first and second place teams in two divisions. Applications and complete details at dmc.mn. 


About Our City 

Our City is a national nonprofit, working to transform how people engage with their cities. 

Our City believes in the power of art, design, and play to transform this engagement. 

About Our City 

Our City is a national nonprofit, working to transform how people engage with their cities. 

Our City believes in the power of art, design, and play to transform this engagement. 

Our City envisions a world where every person sees the world as changeable – then goes out and changes it. 

Our City works to achieve this by creating large-scale public design events, installations, and workshops. 

Through Our City’s work, they empower residents to imagine and build the future of their communities. 

More at ourcity.is. 

Press Release: Adapta, Formerly Wing House, Corp., Announces Launch of New Name and Website

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Rochester, MN - Adapta is excited to announce the launch of their new name, new look, new website, and the addition of resources for individuals living with symptoms of brain injury & mental health conditions. The new name clears up confusion about their services, but most importantly, it sets the tone for how the organization runs with the additional locations. Adapta aims to help all individuals live a life without limits. The official launch date for the website is September 14, 2018.

Adapta believes people begin to heal the moment they feel heard. Adapta’s individualized services allow people to live in a supportive environment while having unlimited access to the community and resources. Adapta strongly believes individuals do best when they have choice in their living environment. Because of this, Adapta expanded their service options. With both 245D licensed services and a Customized Living option, Adapta can provide services in a variety of locations and ways. Adapta has been successful in preventing individuals from requiring a more restrictive environment at a much more cost-effective rate.

Executive Director, Kasi Haglund, LSW states “We were on the verge of closing due to Minnesota’s reimbursement policy changes, which could have resulted in some residents being placed in a more restrictive and costly environment. After working closely with the Department of Human Services, Wing House was given a second chance due to the success of our program. At that point, we decided to move forward with a fresh look and the decision to share our story with the community.”

Along with the roll-out of the new brand and website, Adapta has created a short brand video showing the impact of their services through the eyes of a resident. As one resident stated, “My brain injury took my life away. Adapta gave it back to me.” It can be viewed here: https://www.adaptamn.org/our-story/

Adapta is important to the people of Rochester because our program is a safe and supportive environment for our residents at a fraction of the cost to taxpayers. For example, a day at a more restrictive, alternative local facility can cost upwards of ten times more, most of which is significantly supported by taxpayer dollars. Adapta is not only a better solution for our residents, it is a more fiscally sustainable model for taxpayers.

Press Release: Assistive Tech Challenge Orientation Sessions Scheduled for September 13 & 14 in Rochester and Twin Cities

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What: Assistive Tech Challenge Orientation Sessions 

When: Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14, 2018 

Where:  September 13: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator. 221 1st Ave SW #202, Rochester, MN 55902. 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 

September 14: Microsoft Store, Mall of America. 162 South Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55425. 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Details: The Assistive Tech Challenge is a pitch competition to highlight new innovations to support people with disabilities in order to facilitate greater independence. In this orientation session, interested individuals and teams will learn more about the Assistive Tech Challenge, connect with disability subject matter experts and with others, and explore an area of highest interest to develop a new product or service. 

Complete details about the Assistive Tech Challenge can be found here

Press Release: Medical Alley Leaders Build Economic Roadmap to Ensure Minnesota's Competitiveness

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Medical Alley Association, led by its Board of Directors and executives from all sectors of the Medical Alley healthcare community, convened two working groups to lead the development of a 10-year strategy plan for Minnesota to realize the vision of Medical Alley being recognized as the global epicenter of health innovation and care. Specifically, the two Working Groups focused on Minnesota Competitiveness and Early Stage Ecosystem.

“Minnesota’s place of leadership in the great history of healthcare advancement is secure. The goal of our Board and community is to ensure that Medical Alley continues to lead the transformation of healthcare around the world,” said Shaye Mandle, President & CEO, Medical Alley Association. “We’re excited to lay this foundation for the public and private sectors to work together to deliver the next generation of solutions and opportunities that define health innovation and care.Mandle said.

The Medical Alley Working Groups have delivered a plan with specific recommendations and actions to address Minnesota’s competitive status, lead the development of the ideal early-stage ecosystem that can capitalize on the evolving health marketplace and position the state for a sustainable leadership position.

Minnesota has a rich tradition of growing transformational healthcare companies and the talent to keep them innovating. Competing globally requires our elected officials to enact policies that encourage investment and growth, attract new talent, and properly prepares our workforce for the jobs this growth will create,” said Jeff Mirviss, Senior VP and President, Peripheral Interventions for Boston Scientific, and Co-Chair of the Minnesota State Competitiveness Working Group.

Supporting startups and early-stage companies is critical to ensure that Minnesota remains the global epicenter of health innovation and care. This report puts forward solutions that require commitment and leadership from the public and private sectors. We look forward to working with our state’s leaders on moving these forward,” said Sheri Dodd, VP & GM, Medtronic Care Management Solutions & Non-Intensive Diabetes Therapies. Dodd also serves as the Co-Chair for the Early Stage Ecosystem Working Group.

Additional details can be found inside the plan, or by contacting the Medical Alley Association.

About the Medical Alley Association

Founded in 1984, the Medical Alley Association supports and advances the global leadership of Medical Alley’s healthcare industry, and its connectivity around the world. MAA delivers the collective influence, intelligence and interactions that support Medical Alley. www.medicalalley.org

Press Release: Introducing the Assistive Tech Challenge A New Pitch Competition in Support of Individuals with Disabilities

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(Rochester, MN) August 20, 2018 - Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency is pleased to introduce the Assistive Tech Challenge - a pitch competition presented by Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square in collaboration with The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region and the disABILITY Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group to facilitate greater independence for individuals with disabilities and the daily challenges they face.

 

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Assistive Technology Expo

Heintz Center, Rochester, Minnesota

Expo Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Assistive Tech Challenge Pitch Competition: 12 Noon – 3:30 p.m.

 

The Assistive Tech Challenge seeks solutions to:

  • Alleviating barriers to employment;
  • Reducing the need for and/or easing the demands of direct support on care providers;
  • Developing social skills that better enable people with and without disabilities to interact and cultivate meaningful relationships; and
  • Improving access to the community through public infrastructure.

 

Who can participate:

Anyone interested in forming a team and developing innovative assistive technology solutions that would allow people with visible and invisible disabilities to live more independently, engage in productive employment, and participate in community life.

 

There are two divisions:

Open (community-based teams and students)

Professional (corporations formed with annual revenues not exceeding $250,000)

 

Innovations in both personal technology and the public realm/public infrastructure will be encouraged. Teams will be asked to address the following questions in a five-minute presentation to an expert panel of judges, followed by three minutes of Q&A:

  • What problem are you solving?
  • How are you solving the problem?
  • Why is your team the one to solve it?
  • What do you need to develop a minimally viable product (MVP)?

 

$15,000 will be awarded by The Arc Minnesota to the first and second place winners in each division to further advance their idea.

First Prize: $5,000

Second Prize: $2,500

 

All first and second place teams will be eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Rochester, MN on December 7, 2018.

All teams must submit an application to Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency by October 19, 2018.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions. (FAQs)

Orientation and workshop sessions will be announced soon.

To learn more, visit dmc.mn.

Press Release: Medical Alley Applauds House Passage of Device Tax Repeal – Urges Senate Action

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Golden Valley, MN- Today (July 24, 2018), the United States House of Representatives voted 283-132 to permanently repeal the Medical Device Excise Tax. The Medical Alley Association thanks those House members who voted to bring certainty to the healthcare marketplace and to prioritize health consumer access to the next-generation of medical technology solutions. The House has wisely voted to make permanent what Congress has suspended since 2016. We are encouraged that this strong, bipartisan vote will prompt the United States Senate to act quickly and move this legislation to the President’s desk for his signature. 

Medical Alley is especially grateful for the leadership that Congressman Erik Paulsen has provided on this issue. He has worked tirelessly, with members of both parties, to prioritize this issue and to eliminate this tax. Today’s vote would not have been possible without his hard work and dedication. 

Medical Alley is home to the most densely concentrated medical technology cluster in the world. We thank the other members of the Minnesota delegation who voted in favor of this legislation, Congressmen Tom Emmer, Jason Lewis, Collin Peterson, and Rick Nolan. 

About the Medical Alley Association

Founded in 1984, the Medical Alley Association supports and advances the global leadership of Medical Alley’s healthcare industry, and its connectivity around the world. MAA delivers the collective influence, intelligence and interactions that support Medical Alley. 

It's Our Two-Year Anniversary!

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Today, I am pleased to say, is the two-year anniversary of Rochester Rising. This online news platform was officially launched on July 12, 2016 to fill an unmet need in the community: to amplify stories of Rochester entrepreneurs that would otherwise remain untold. Since our launch date, Rochester Rising has told the stories of over 143 unique startups, innovative small businesses, and entrepreneurial initiatives in the community.

Last year, we threw a party to celebrate our one-year birthday. This year is a bit of a different occasion as I attend the ESHIP Conference in Kansas City over the next two days to collaborate and learn from other entrepreneurial ecosystem builders from around the country. The name “entrepreneurial ecosystem builder” is certainly a nebulous, relatively new term. For a generally introverted person, it’s something that I never envisioned myself doing. But today, as the conference opened, I was overwhelmed with the feeling that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be- with Rochester Rising and other efforts in the community- even though this realization has taken ­a very long and non-linear path. ­­ I’ve learned many lessons even in the half day that I’ve been at ESHIP so far that I’m excited to bring back to the community.

Building and developing Rochester Rising has been a passion of mine and something that I think is of great value. This would not have been possible without an immense amount of help and support from several close friends, family members, mentors, and collaborators, for which I am truly grateful.

And of course, Rochester Rising would not be possible without all of you, the community. The people who read the stories, listen to the podcasts, watch the videos, and provide me with support and encouragement.

Thank you.

Here’s to another year of amplifying stories of Rochester entrepreneurs.

Press Release: Halcon Furniture Announces Expansion

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STEWARTVILLE, MN, JUNE 7TH, 2018 – HALCON announced today the acquisition of additional manufacturing facilities in Stewartville, Minnesota and the creation of at least 50 new, full-time positions.

HALCON has purchased a 57,500 square-foot manufacturing facility and 10.5 acres of property from neighboring Becton, Dickinson and Company. The facility, constructed in 2014, and property are adjacent to HALCON’s existing headquarters and manufacturing operations.

“The location is ideal, allowing us to expand operations now, and in the future, with all employees continuing to work at a single, unified campus,” said Ben Conway, President.

With more than 330 current employees, HALCON will expand operations in Stewartville to meet demand for their award-winning office furniture product lines, which includes executive desking and conference room solutions.

“We are hiring now, continuing to invest in Stewartville, and very proud to be providing careers in manufacturing,” said Peter Conway, Chairman.

Founded in 1977, HALCON Furniture is a recognized leader in design, quality, and innovation for the contract office furniture industry.

For more information, visit www.HALCONfurniture.com

Five Olmsted County Teams Advance to Semifinal Round of Minnesota Cup

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Last Thursday, startup semifinalists were announced in the 2018 Minnesota Cup, the largest statewide startup competition in the nation. These ninety companies will compete in nine different divisions: Education & Training, Energy/Clean Tech/Water, Food/Ag/Bev, General, High Tech, Life Science/Health IT, Impact Ventures, Student, and Youth Divisions.

Over $500,000 in seed funding will be awarded this season to companies participating in the Minnesota Cup business plan competition. In addition to financial capital, startups also receive mentorship opportunities, media exposure, and business plan feedback.

Applications for this year’s Minnesota Cup opened on March 26th. Over the next several months, finalists will be chosen in each of these nine divisions, earning a chance to win the overall $50,000 grand prize at the final awards ceremony at the McNamara Alumni Center on October 8th.

This year, Minnesota Cup received 1,661 applications from around the state, a twenty-two percent increase from last season.

Five teams from Olmsted country have advanced to the semifinal round of the competition including:

·      Oronoco-based Busy Baby LLC in the General Division. This company’s product, the Busy Baby Mat, can be utilized on any flat surface to keep babies busy and baby toys safe and clean. The mat is also portable.

·      Rochester-based LipiQuester LLC in the Life Science/Health IT Division. LipiQuester is a patent-pending nutraceutical that sequesters fat from the diet to prevent fat absorption, minus the negative side-effects experienced from typical anti-obesity treatments.

·      Rochester-based Mill Creek Life Sciences in the Life Science/Health IT Division. Mill Creek Life Sciences has developed the first human platelet cell lysate on the market, called PLTMax. The company’s additional product, PLTGold, is a media supplement for stem cell growth.

·      Rochester-based Thaddeus Medical Systems in the Life Science/Health IT Division. This startup has developed iGler, a smart hardware and software packaging solution to protect and keep medical and biological samples cold while shipping.

·      Rochester-based B.A.S.I.C. BALSA in the Youth Division. This team of young women is developing an app to connect immigrants to resources in their new communities to enhance quality of life. This product was developed as part of the Technovation Challenge, a global initiative that enables girls to solve real-world problems through technology.

Congratulations to all the advancing companies and best of luck in the remainder of the competition!

Rochester Rising Publishes Insta-zine to Showcase Stories from Winter 2018

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Welcome to our first Insta-zine edition of Rochester Rising (click the link the head over to our Instagram site to check it out)! I have to give complete credit to this idea to Becky Montpetit of Rochester MN Moms Blog for bringing this creative concept to my attention. It’s so important as an entrepreneur and a content creator to keep innovating and trying new things. We did put out a print version of Rochester Rising last fall, but the cost of doing that was so high that we could only print 100 copies to distribute in the community, in addition to an online edition. While you’ll have to do a bit more work to access our stories from this insta-zine, it’s still yet another method to amplify the stories of our entrepreneurs.

Our first Insta-zine contains most of our stories and podcasts published from January through March of 2018.

I wanted to thank all of you so much for continuing to support our mission. As you all (hopefully) saw in my letter to the community, I’m stepping back just a bit from content creation on Rochester Rising, but this news site and podcast is by no means going away.  Please continue to submit your press releases and opinion pieces to us at RochesterRising@gmail.com so this can continue to be a voice for all of our entrepreneurs.

You can find any of the stories mentioned on our Insta-zine on our website and on iTunes (search for “Rochester Rising”). The best way to follow us is to sign up for our weekly newsletter. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and of course Instagram.

Thank you for your continued support. Please help us share this content so we can continue to amplify the stories of our entrepreneurs.

-Amanda Leightner

Press Release: TEDxZumbroRiver Announces Big Plans for the 2018 Experience - 3 Salons!

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — TEDxZumbroRiver announces a Salon Series for 2018.

The TEDxZumbroRiver organizers have spent the off season going to TEDx “School,” talking with other TEDx Organizers, and attending other TEDx events throughout the country. Because of the thirst for TEDx content in this area, TEDxZumbroRiver will be bringing TEDx Salons to Southeast Minnesota for 2018.

Salons will take the place of the traditional single large event in 2018, and 2019 will see the return of one large event. Salons are specialty TEDx events that require a license from TED, which was granted to TEDxZumbroRiver organizers Ben Creo and Barb Spurrier earlier this month.

Ben Creo had this to say: “The TEDxZumbroRiver planning team began discussing a three-series salon format for 2018 back in Fall 2017. The team unanimously agreed that making 2018 the year of salons is something our fan base will really enjoy. They are excited for the possibilities and creativity salons provide through unique venues, audience participation opportunities and topics.”

Here’s what attendees experience at these highly popular TEDx Salons:

● Format: The TEDxZumbroRiver team is planning unique and engaging formats to enhance the experience in a manner we’ve never before experienced.

● Lively Discussions: A critical element of salons is lively discussions, allowing attendees to actively participate in the event.

● Size: With smaller audiences than a standard TEDx event, salons bring attendees together in more intimate spaces, providing more chances to get to know and exchange ideas.

● The Single Subject: Having the ability to focus on one subject creates a focused audience and atmosphere.

TEDxZumbroRiver salons will be smaller and have a more intimate audience (100-200 rather than 1,000), shorter programs, more creative formats, a smaller ticket price, and speakers with single-topic themes with opportunities for audience engagement/participation.

The TEDxZumbroRiver Salon experience will be a series of three salons held throughout the year and will lead up to another grand event in 2019.

The First Salon is scheduled for May 10th, 2018.