Programs & Events

Events for Northwest Minnesota's Entrepreneur Community.


Target Audience:

Entrepreneurs with an idea, a recent start-up, or an existing business looking to pivot its direction or expand to new markets.

  • Thursday, August 19th: Customer Driven Innovation–Learn how to develop your business idea through a lean canvas to identify the problem, explore customers, and begin the process of assessing the opportunity to develop a lean startup. Sign up HERE today!

Download workshop flyer.

Starting a Business in Minnesota

Join Christine Anderson, NWSBDC Consultant, for FREE training on Starting a Business. 

Saturday, August 21 (Starts at 9:00 am)

Every year thousands of American entrepreneurs start their own small businesses.
From tech startups to clothing designers to tutoring services, new companies are
started by resourceful people who make the choice to become their own bosses.
Entrepreneurs who succeed in the long run tend to start businesses with a clear
plan of action. Starting a company is risky, but many of the pitfalls of a small business
startup can be avoided if you have the right approach.

Download workshop flyer.

Friday Forums

A Forum hosted by Launch Minnesota to discuss topics and questions of the startup community.

Fourth Friday of every month
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

An opportunity to learn and discuss the topics facing Minnesota’s startup community. We know many of you have questions, ideas and concerns regarding your business or organization. Launch Minnesota is bringing together individuals from the public and private sector to answer questions and provide support to our startup community.

We will host monthly calls on the 4th Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The sessions will kick off with subject matter experts and updates, but time will be reserved for questions and discussion.

More information and link to participate.

LaunchPad Bemidji


Entrepreneur Meetup


Check out the LaunchPad Events Schedule for all updated programming.

Mayflower Building
102 1st St W
Bemidji, MN 56601

Entrepreneur Meet-up is a weekly gathering of entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, and others to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. It is modeled after the 1 Million Cups initiative founded by the Kauffman Foundation. Entrepreneur leader in the Bemidji region have decided at this time to take pieces of the 1 Million Cups format but more importantly, make their own catering to the uniqueness of this Northern Minnesota region.


Two Rivers Entrepreneur Kinnection

Partners on your entrepreneurial journey.


First Tuesday of each month, 9:00-9:50am.

Get “Kinnected” at Two Rivers Entrepreneur Kinnection (TREK), a monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, and others to educate, engage, and “kinnect” entrepreneurs in the Thief River Falls area. It is a place to share, learn, and support fellow entrepreneurs.

For current meeting information, visit the Advance Thief River TREK webpage.

Connect with a NoW Innovators Navigator

Not sure where to start? Connect with one of our Northwest Innovators Network Navigators. They will help you prioritize the programs, steps, and opportunities needed to take your business to the next level.

Resources to help startups take off.

Learn more about Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants and if your business is eligible.

A matrix for small businesses to review grants/loans and resources/programming available.

Contact Info

NoW Innovators Network is led by Greater Bemidji. Contact us for more information on the network and available resources.

102 1st St W
Bemidji, MN 56601

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