Episode 44: The Story Behind the Digital Solutions Company The Hybrids

This week on the podcast we hear from local digital solutions company The Hybrids. Software developers Nadia and Trent Wood launched the startup in late 2014 to provide web application development, website design, and solution design services. Their first product, Community Care Connections, is a data management system that connects people with healthcare educational programs.

Episode 43: 1 Million Cups Rochester Presentations from MyBarJar and The Hybrids

This week on the podcast, we listen in to audio from the latest 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is a national education program for entrepreneurs that takes place in 116 different communities across the United States. This month we heard from the St. Paul startup MyBarJar and the Rochester based startup The Hybrids. MyBarJar is creating a registry for bars, where users can register at their favorite drinking establishments and can receive drink drinks to enhance their celebrations. The Hybrids is creating digital solutions to empower the community. Their first product, C3, serves as a digital hub for preventative health educational programs within a community.

Episode 42: Minnesota Life Science Business Pitch Competition Walleye Tank Travels to University of Minnesota- Part 2

This week on the podcast, we wrapped up the pitches from the latest Walleye Tank. Walleye Tank is a life science business pitch competition in Minnesota. The competition originated in Rochester and took place for the very first time on the University of Minnesota campus this April. Early stage startups compete in two categories: a student “junior angler” division and a more experienced “professional” division. Student and professional division winners received a semifinalist entry into the Minnesota Cup. This Walleye Tank was organized by Dr. Stephen Ekker, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic, and Carla Pavone, Associate Director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. Startups were judged by the “Walleyes,” a group of seasoned life science entrepreneurs and investors.

In this podcast, we wrap of the pitches from the Professional division. Check in with podcast Episode 41 for part one of our Walleye Tank coverage.

Episode 41: Walleye Tank Travels to the University of Minnesota- Part 1

This week on the podcast, we listen in to pitches from Walleye Tank, a life science business pitch competition in Minnesota. The third ever Walleye Tank took place this April on the University of Minnesota campus, showcasing the state’s life science startups. Entrepreneurs participated in either a student “junior angler” or professional division, pitching their concepts to a panel of “walleyes”, seasoned life science entrepreneurs and experts. This first portion of a two part series covering Walleye Tank features pitches by Lab Set Go, Synch Medical, Dolore Biotechnology, UVBioGen, Delve Health, and Tear Restore.

For more information, and to hear the comments from the Walleye Panel, check out the Walleye Tank YouTube channel.

Episode 40: Ali McDowell and AM Fitness

This week on the podcast we talk with Ali McDowell, a young female entrepreneur bringing her in-home and online personal training service, AM Fitness, to Rochester. AM Fitness offers a range of in-home services including rehabilitation, pre- and postnatal fitness, sports performance, fat loss, and nutritional guidance. Online services incorporate individualized weekly workouts and nutritional programming. Listen in today as we talk about the ins and outs of launching a new business in Rochester and the direction that Ali sees fitness headed in the future.

“The thing with entrepreneurship is, my biggest takeaways are risk. Take big risks and be really patient and realize that things are not going to happen overnight.” –Ali McDowell, Owner of AM Fitness

Episode 39: Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship Examines Startup and Small Business Activity in Minnesota

This week on the podcast, we take an in-depth look at the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, a new set of indicators to measure entrepreneurial activity coming out of the Kauffman Foundation. This index analyzes entrepreneurial trends in three different categories: startup activity, main street entrepreneurship, and growth entrepreneurship. While several methods exist to measure startup and business activity, the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship takes multiple data points into account to thoroughly examine the spectrum of “economic dynamism”, from the percentage of new entrepreneurs and businesses forming, to the number of businesses experiencing long term success.

 

Further reading on measuring entrepreneurial activity:

Episode 34: Looking Towards the Future- Entrepreneurship in Rochester

New Data Suggest Minnesota Struggles to Create New Entrepreneurs and Startups, Dominates in Small Business Activity

Episode 38: 1 Million Cups Rochester- Rochester Home Infusion and Med City FC

This week on the podcast, we listen in to some audio from the latest 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is a free, national education event for entrepreneurs that takes place in 114 different communities across the United States. This month Rochester-based startups Rochester Home Infusion and Med City Football Club shared their stories. The next 1 Million Cups Rochester will be held Wednesday June 7th at 9AM in the Bleu Duck Kitchen Event Space.

Episode 37: Sarah Pacchetti and FireFly

This week on the podcast we talk with local business owner Sarah Pacchetti. Sarah is the owner of FireFly, a unique barre fitness boutique in the heart of downtown Rochester that merges an urban vibe with a Midwestern welcoming atmosphere. FireFly is a BarreAmped certified studio and was the first Pound certified venue in Minnesota.

“I would say that you definitely have to be stubborn. There’s so many times when you’re starting a business that you just want to give up. …So you just have to have that stubbornness to see it through and know that it just takes time.” -Sarah Pacchetti (on starting a small business).

Photo courtesy of FireFly.

Episode 36: Spring Membership Drive and Favorite Rochester Entrepreneurial Quotes

This week on the podcast we talk about our spring sustaining membership drive, which will move Rochester Rising one step closer to becoming a stable part of the city’s entrepreneurial community. Listen in to learn about the drive and how you can become a champion of Rochester’s homegrown innovators. We also share some of our favorite quotes from Rochester’s entrepreneurs that we’ve collected over the past ten months of Rochester Rising.

Episode 35: Rochester Rising and the Rochester Economic Development Fund

This week on the podcast we listen in to some audio from the latest 1 Million Cups Rochester. 1 Million Cups is a national educational program for entrepreneurs developed by the Kauffman Foundation. 1 Million Cups Rochester takes place the first Wednesday of every month at 9AM in downtown Rochester. This month we heard from Rochester Rising, an online news site that amplifies the stories of Rochester entrepreneurs. Xavier Frigola from Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. also spoke about the Rochester Economic Development Fund.

Episode 34: Looking Towards the Future- Entrepreneurship in Rochester

This week on the podcast, we sit back and talk about the future of entrepreneurship in Rochester. Developments in the city are expected to come to life this year under Destination Medical Center (DMC), a twenty-year economic initiative to make Rochester a destination medical city. But where do entrepreneurs fit into this picture? A recent ranking by Livability.com and Entrepreneur magazine listed Rochester as one of the top ten small to mid-sized cities for entrepreneurs in the United States. But when you speak to entrepreneurs in Rochester, you hear a different story. This week in the podcast, we talk about what metrics were used in this study and think about indicators that should be measured to examine cities favorable to entrepreneurs and startups.