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We are Forging Our MNwest Entrepreneur Ecosystem

 Join the Journey!

Tuesday, October 29th at the U of M Crookston

Why does Forging an Entrepreneur Ecosystem Matter?

To shed light on that question, we hope you will have the chance, during the Summit, to see, Founder, Peter Chamberlain’s video about the importance of a supportive ecosystem in bringing WalkWise from problem solving idea to participation in a national healthcare technology accelerator and product piloting.  WalkWise is a regional company that garnered its first acclaim as the winner of Spark Your Startup 2017, in Barnesville. 

Research by the Kauffman Foundation confirms Mr. Chamberlain’s experience. To that end, they have commenced ESHIP Conferences and Mayors’ Conferences to help regional leaders and those at the helm of city governments to understand how important a vibrant entrepreneurial community is to the vitality of a region or City.

Within the last year the Foundation has gathered their first-hand interview research insights into policy recommendations and are taking those recommendations to State Legislative Halls and to the Halls of Congress.  Their recent outreach activities are described here with links to their policy recommendations entitled: America’s New Business Plan

Minnesota’s new initiative Launch Minnesota, which will be the opening program segment of the MNwest Entrepreneur Summit on October 29th, was built on recognition by our State Legislature of many of the same needs ighlighted by the Kauffman Foundation.

Let’s capture the energy of Launch Minnesota and of connecting at the MNwest Entrepreneur Summit – across all the sectors that make ecosystems a success – and put the MNwest region on the map as a region of innovators who support entrepreneurial success of all types from high tech endeavors to ag and the arts and to our Main Streets.

We hope you can come.  Register here and for details see:!


With sincere appreciation we recognize MNwest Entrepreneur Summit Sponsors and Partners


The EDA Center – Bush Foundation – SBDC/Northwest MN Foundation

The University of Minnesota Crookston