The second MNwest Entrepreneur Summit, on Oct. 29 at the U of M Crookston, will be the regional setting for introduction of “LAUNCH MINNESOTA,” a creation of the 2019 MN Legislature, designed to encourage collaboration across geographies and across business, education and government sectors to foster entrepreneurial thinking, startups and innovation applying new technologies addressing problems that need solving within named business sectors and beyond.  Regional business, education and government leaders are encouraged to attend, to register, see .

Launch Minnesota Executive Director Neela Mollgaard and financial director, Jeff Nelson, together with technology company founders who are developing services that can be leveraged in western Minnesota will be welcomed by Entrepreneur Summit convener, Minnesota Innovates, a statewide nonprofit.

Everyone is encouraged to note that the Entrepreneur Summit will also include a “Celebration of Startups & Founders” recognizing all 0 to 5- year old companies across the region.  To be recognized, Founders should contact:  Lee Groeschl, EDA Center, U of M Crookston at .

The MNwest Entrepreneur Summit serves a large region and encourages connection building across it. It  also showcases approaches communities have used that encouraged development of entrepreneurial ecosystems beneficial to starters from high school to retirement.  It will include, as well, a setting for business owners to get guidance from service professionals about business operations and new obligations from: HR, accounting, law, finance, facilities, marketing and sales, see


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