Connecting underestimated entrepreneurs, local investors, &
the entrepreneur community

March 13-14, 2020 with 30+ sessions in St. Paul, MN

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Conference

CONNECT.  ENGAGE.  INVEST.  REPEAT!

ConnectUP! MN is a two-day, culturally grounded gathering of curated underestimated entrepreneurs and investors that: learn and share with each other, engage in relationship-building, provide best and next practices from the field, as well as engage in active problem solving to build thriving, diverse, and sustainable enterprises and co-design an ecosystem that prioritizes equitable access to resources, capital and networks.

March 13-14, 2020  Metro State University, St. Paul

At ConnectUP! MN entrepreneurs, investors and the entrepreneur community:

  • Learn, share and engage in relationship-building
  • Provide ‘Next’ practices from the field
  • Engage in active problem solving to build thriving, diverse, & sustainable enterprises
  • Co-design an ecosystem that prioritizes equitable access to resources, capital & networks

 

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What makes ConnectUP! MN different?

  • Addresses gaps highlighted in the 2019 State of the Work Report
  • Rooted in culture
  • Focused on deep-relationship building
  • Action-driven sessions
  • Experiential learning to #LevelUP your work
  • Spotlights underestimated entrepreneurs
  • And more…

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2019 State of the Work Report

In 2018, Moregan Stanley released a report titled The Trillion Dollar Blindspot. It oulines the overlooked opportunities of advancing Missing Middle Entrepreneurs (MMEs) whom often serve as the backbone to their communities. MMEs require specific knowledge, resources, networks, advisors, patient and flexible capital at this growth stage of their business. MMEs are predominately:

• people of color, immigrants, Indigenous and trans communities,

• not big enough to access seed capital money,

• have limited access to ‘Friends and Family’ capital, and

• unable to obtain the necessary credit for the working capital needed to grow the business.

 

Learn more about who are the MISSING MIDDLE, new trends, and cross-sector recommendations in the 2019 STATE OF THE WORK REPORT.

Event Schedule

Agenda Subject to Change

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Entrepreneurs

$299 (valued over $1,500)
ALL ACCESS

  • Access to quality sessions to help you run your business and get investor-ready (valued over $750)

  • Access to CU Workbook, Handouts & Materials (valued over $200)

  • Access to FREE Legal & Accounting Experts (valued over $500)

  • Access to engaged peer network

  • Access to Investors and other sources of capital (priceless)

  • Breakfasts & Lunches (valued over $100)

  • FREE Childcare (if needed) (valued over $150)

Investors and Ecosystem

$399
ALL ACCESS

  • Access to action-driven sessions to power your role in the ecosystem (valued over $950)

  • Access to CU Workbook, Handouts & Materials (valued over $200)

  • Access to Investment-ready Entrepreneurs (priceless)

  • Access to engaged peer network

  • Access to Local & National Ecosystem Leaders (priceless)

  • Breakfasts & Lunches (valued over $100)

  • Free Childcare (if needed) (valued over $150)

ConnectUP! Opening Reception & Alumni Happy Hour

$25

  • This Event to all ConnectUP! Summit Participants

  • Access to Opening Reception & Alumni Gathering

ConnectUP! Volunteer

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3-hour Volunteer Commitment requested

  • Access to all ConnectUP! Activities (except Invite Only)

  • FREE Childcare available (if needed)

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