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September 2018

Great North Labs Startup Ecosystem Kickoff

September 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SCSU Atwood Memorial Center, 651 1st Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States
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Join a network of local investors and entrepreneurs at the forefront of innovation in our region, as we talk about enabling local startups to reach global scale. For our annual stakeholder meeting, we could have rented a board room and shown a PowerPoint, but where's the fun in that? We are doing it Great North style, with great speakers, fascinating panels, and hors d'ouvres. Why just talk about ourselves when we can hear about the current state of the tech and investment…

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October 2018

Great North Labs and SingularityU Pre-TedX Happy Hour

October 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Great North Labs HQ, 305 5th Ave. S., Suite 150
St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States
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TedX is coming back to St. Cloud! Join us at Great North Labs headquarters before the event for a MN ecosystem talk, open house and happy hour. If you're a local, or just in town for Twin Cities Startup Week, stop in for a casual and informative networking event. We'll have drinks available, and Ryan Weber will speak about tech companies and startups in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. His talk will appeal to entrepreneurs and investors who are interested in learning…

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November 2018

SingularityU Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter: Intro To Exponential Technology & Leadership

November 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Prairie Den, 122 ½ N. Broadway
Fargo, ND 58102
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Singularity University is a diverse community focused on solving global problems using exponential technologies. Headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, and founded in 2008, there are currently 126 chapters in 63 countries. We believe that these technologies can create abundance for all communities around the world, and we pursue creating that abundance through leadership, education, and global grand challenges. Humans evolved based on a linear way of thinking and so it's difficult for most to imagine the impact that…

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January 2019

Minnesota Tech – State of the State

January 29, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Twin Cities startup ecosystem has been gaining national recognition in media like Forbes's, "The Top 10 Rising Cities for Startups" and Inc.'s "Minneapolis: Where People Are Nice, Craft Beer Is Plentiful, and the Startup Scene Is Hot". But what do the locals have to say about it? Beta.MN, Hennepin Theater Trust, and Make It. MSP.  have partnered to bring together notable founders, investors, and media to talk about the current state of Minnesota's tech ecosystem. Rob Weber from Great North…

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February 2019

Innovation Workshops

February 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Great North Labs is looking for partners that are interested in developing bold new ideas, building up our entrepreneurial ecosystem and supporting innovative start-ups. We are looking to host private and group innovation workshops to look at unique ideas, challenges and opportunities. If your organization is interested in hosting, contracting, or sponsoring an Innovation Workshop, contact us.

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March 2019

Intro to Exponential Technology and Leadership

March 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
CoLAB Eau Claire, 312 S Barstow St., Suite 2
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore famously predicted that computing power would grow exponentially by doubling every two years (“Moore’s Law”).  The implications of such rapidly improving computing power are now evident all around us, but back when Gordon predicted such growth it was hard to imagine a future with such incredible computing power. There are now many exponential trends that are expected to disrupt us as much as the internet and mobile did over the past 20 years.  World Bank reports 41%…

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April 2019

Hustlers + Hockey

April 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Denny Sanford Premier Center, 1201 North West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
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Do you live or work in the Sioux Falls area? Are you a community leader, founder or investor interested in growing the tech and startup ecosystem, or connecting with an early-stage venture fund? If you are, join Great North Labs for a special game-long happy hour as the Sioux Falls Stampede take on the Lincoln Stars. While the players work the net, you can network from the center-ice, club-level lounge. Tickets are free, hosted by Great North Labs. Sign up…

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Lean Startups Lunch and Learn

April 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zeal Center, 2329 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
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Description: What is Lean methodology? What does it mean to run Lean, and why is it good for startups? Join us as Ryan Weber gives a practical overview of Lean, distilled from the material from the Great North Labs two-day Lean Startup Bootcamp. Ryan will cover the basics, including the 3 stages of a startups: Problem/Solution Fit, Product/Market Fit, and Scale. Join us at the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship in Sioux Falls, for lunch, networking, and a chance to learn about…

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May 2019

Lean Startup Bootcamp

May 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
1900 Medical Arts Ave, 1900 Medical Arts Ave S
Sartell, MN 56377 United States
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$25.00 – $200.00

Join us for our work-friendly Lean Startup bootcamp starting May 29th. Over four Wednesday evenings,
Ryan Weber, Great North Labs co-founder, successful entrepreneur, and product manager, will teach you how to use Lean methodology to develop your startup idea, become a better product manager, and use the Lean Canvas to develop a successful business plan.

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June 2019

Disruption and Innovation – St. Cloud Lunchtime Learning

June 14, 2019 @ 11:45 am - June 20, 2019 @ 1:15 pm
Anna Marie’s Place, 505 10th Ave NE
St. Cloud, MN 56303 United States
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  Ryan Weber will be speaking at this event on June 20th! It is free and open to the public. The Lunchtime Learning sessions are part of a series sponsored by the Initiative Foundation, and a listing of events can be found on their website.     Disruption and Innovation – What does it mean for the Nonprofit Sector? In this session we will cover the following topics: What does disruption look like today? How does it influence innovation? Disruption and Innovation…

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