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.

Attend one or both workshops!

  • Wednesday, July 14th: Startup Innovation Workshop–Learn how to unpack, explore, and define the problem, solution, customer, and the context of your idea.
  • 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.


Download workshop flyer.

Value Proposition Design Online Certificate Course

Exclusively for pre-launch and early stage technology entrepreneurs who plan to seek external grant or equity funding.  Participants utilize Lean Startup tools and receive feedback from instructors deeply experienced in science/technology entrepreneurship.  In addition, industry experts and entrepreneur mentors offer insights, advice and connections. Successful completion earns a Certificate in Value Proposition Design from the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship.

Value Proposition Design Webinar

For anyone interested in learning about Lean Startup and innovation commercialization.  This is a “light” version of the Online Certificate course. Includes specific examples of how startups have used Lean Startup tools to advance their ventures.

Build Business through Early-Stage Investing Event (Zoom) – Free!

Angel investing provides capital to start and grow local start-ups and new business ventures. Join this esteemed panel in discussing the benefits and ways to engage as an investor.

June 23, 2021 (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm)


  • David Herbert (Rochester)
  • Michelle Landsverk (Thief River Falls)
  • Mark Poss (Red Wing)
  • Reed Robinson (Twin Cities)
  • Ryan Weber (St. Cloud)


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

Every Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Mayflower Building

Entrepreneur Meetup 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. The weekly meetings are called Entrepreneur Meetups.

Refer to the Facebook Page for up-coming schedule, typically posted Monday or Tuesday or each week.

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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