Programs & Events

Events for Northwest Minnesota's Entrepreneur Community.

10th Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off

April 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Entrepreneur Kick-off commenced in 2011 for the express purpose of providing Early-Stage Entrepreneurs and company Founders access, in one location, to: competition and accelerator participants, to the people and organizations providing financial and operational resources to startups, to new technologies and to new opportunities in the growing MN entrepreneur ecosystem. 2021 will bring exciting developments on all these fronts AND will celebrate MN founders from the last decade!

Hosted by MN Entrepreneur Network (MNEN)

The Minnesota Entrepreneur Network (MNEN), which comes together to Co-Host the annual Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off, is an informal, statewide, collaboration of entrepreneur support organizations committed to growing the Minnesota Entrepreneur Ecosystem. The Entrepreneur Kick-off is where Founders and Startup Teams, Hosts and Sponsors, meet, in one place, to celebrate the Minnesota Entrepreneur Ecosystem and make one-on-one connections that can be critically helpful to founders and their teams when navigating a startup’s pathway to success.

The MNEN initiative began in 2011 when five organizations hosted the first MN Entrepreneur Kick-off. It has continued to grow each year thereafter with more than 40 organizations and resource providers supporting recent Entrepreneur Kick-offs.

Register today!

Launch Minnesota

Department of Defense (DOD) SBIR/STTR Accelerator Cohort

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

The next DOD SBIR/STTR pre-solicitation will be released in May 2021. The time and effort to prepare a proposal is between 150-200 hours.

The DOD seeks small high technology firms with the R&D capabilities, internal and external, to deliver a technologically advanced solution for their expressed need. It is vitally important to understand this landscape before investing time and money to seek funding.

More information and registration.

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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