Episode 63: Fall Sustaining Membership Drive with Rochester Rising

This week on the podcast we talk about our fall sustaining membership drive. Rochester Rising was launched last July to amplify stories of entrepreneurship in Rochester, Minnesota, share the stories of our risk-takers, and begin to document the rise of entrepreneurship in this city. Over the past seventeen months, we’ve told the stories of 110 different entrepreneurs, startups, or innovation initiatives in Rochester and the surrounding communities. We are always experimenting, learning, and growing to tell these stories in the best way possible. Last year, we launched a sustaining membership initiative to help keep Rochester Rising running and reduce our dependency on advertisement and sponsorship. If you support our mission and think something like this needs to exist in Rochester, please consider becoming a sustaining member of this platform. We have several rewards for our sustaining members including weekly teasers, advanced access to content, coffee mugs, and highly reduced advertising.

Click here for more information about becoming a sustaining member.

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.

Rochester Rising Episode 16: The Story Behind Rochester Rising and Hopes for Entrepreneurship in Rochester

This week, I actually got to be interviewed to share a bit more of my story, the inspiration and message behind Rochester Rising, and my thoughts about the entrepreneurship and innovation community in Rochester.

  • I actually have a science background and moved from Pittsburgh to Rochester almost nine years ago to purse a PhD in molecular biology from Mayo Clinic.
  • I used my time during my postdoctoral training to develop my skill set, gain experience, and explore career opportunities outside of science.
  • Rochester Rising was launched four months ago to share the stories of Rochester's entrepreneurs and small business owners and fill a real gap in the community.
  • The name Rochester Rising is meant to symbolize the emergence of Rochester's entrepreneurs and the role they will play in this city's economy as we move forward.
  • Rochester Rising is launching a crowdfunding campaign Monday November 7th to make this news site a sustainable part of the community. More information can be found at

"We're all going to fail. And I think if you're not failing, you're actually not trying hard enough or trying something that's not risky enough that it might not work."

Rochester Rising Episode 9: Details of ArchHacks, a HealthTech, Student Hackathon in St. Louis, with Stephanie Mertz

This week, I got to speak with Stephanie Mertz, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis and co-organizer of ArchHacks, a forty-eight-hour hackathon in St. Louis this November.

  • ArchHacks takes place November 4th through November 6th, from Friday through Sunday.
  • ·Over this weekend, teams of students will build a healthtech-themed, functional prototype by Sunday evening and compete for prizes.
  • The hackathon is exclusively for students, but there are no age restrictions.
  • The application process takes all of ten minutes.
  • For more information, link up with the ArchHacks Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
  • Any additional questions can be directed to

“It’s really a unique combination that St. Louis has where we have the expansive medical background, the corporate resources, and startup drive, and the technical talent, all in one area. We thought that here in St. Louis, we were uniquely poised to bring the resources together to enable [a HealthTech themed hackathon].” –Stephanie Mertz