Google hosts Entrepreneurs Day

Update 2/20:

1:00 p.m. – We’ve posted the full announcement at bottom. PDF version

12:21 p.m. – We’ve updated the agenda below. Sorry for any confusion!

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You can catch a live stream of the following events on Google+ by following the links below:

Registration & Light Breakfast: 9:30 – 9:55a

9:55 – 10:00a:  Welcome (Mary) — Don or Kyle should kick off and introduce Google (Mary)

Mary introduces Senator

10:00 – 10:10a: Senator Klobuchar

- Senator and Mayor + Don/Kyle + Mary come up onstage

10:10 – 10:25a: Announcement of Partnership

10:25 – 10:45a: Innovation Globally & at Google (Mary)

10:45 – 10:55a: Welcome Address by Mayor Rybak

11:00 – 11:45a: On stage: Panel Discussion (Moderated by John Lyman) – One wireless mic for John

Theme: Entrepreneurship in Minnesota.

Panelists: Mary Grove, Don Ball, Solome Tibebu, & Scott Davis(1 or 2 wireless mics for panelists). 1-2 wireless mics for audience

11:00 – 11:30a: HOA with Mayor Rybak

Lunch: 11:45 – 12:15p

12:15 – 1:15p: Build Your Community with G+ and YouTube (Steve Grove) Lav mic #1

1:15 – 1:45p: Monetize with AdWords (Ben Emmrich) Lav mic #2

1:45 – 2:15p: Intro to Google Analytics (Andrew Bentley) Lav mic #1

Break: 2:15 – 2:30p
*Two tracks*

2:30 – 3:00p: Google Perspectives on Marketing (Kaili Holtermann) Lav mic #1

3:00 – 3:30p: Business Development and Strategic Partnerships (John Lyman) Liv mic #2

3:30 –  3:35p: Intro Adwords Campaigns & Consultations (Nicole Froker)

3:35 – 4:30p: AdWords Campaigns & Consultations (Kaili, Ben, Andrew) – Huddles (no mics necessary)

TRACK 2 – TECHNICAL (Speakers: Steph Liu/David Chandler)

2:30 – 2:45p: Google platforms and APIs for developers & startups

2:45 – 3:10p: Getting Started with Android 101

3:10 – 3:30p: Android Tool Tips 201

3:30 – 4:15p: stORM & basic-http-client 201


Google for Entrepreneurs comes to CoCo

Minneapolis, Feb. 20, 2013 – CoCo announced today that it will partner with Google to boost entrepreneurship in Minnesota.

Working with the Google for Entrepreneurs program, CoCo will host a two-year schedule of events, conferences and social mixers at its Minneapolis location – all with a focus on technology and startups.

Events will include:

The event series will make use of Google technology, including Google+ Hangouts, so that entrepreneurs from throughout Minnesota can participate in events remotely.

The first event, the Google Developer Group’s monthly meetup, is occurring on the evening Feb. 20 at CoCo. A full 2013 event schedule will be finalized and made public in the coming weeks.

The announcement was made on Feb. 20 at Google for Entrepreneurs Day, an all-day conference that was held at CoCo’s location at the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. The event was kicked off by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and featured talks and sessions led by visiting Google employees.

“This partnership with Google will allow us to continue to expand our mission of creating a robust community of individuals pursuing the work of their dreams,” said CoCo founding partner Kyle Coolbroth.

Through its Google for Entrepreneurs initiative, Google actively supports entrepreneurs in the United States and across the globe. “We believe entrepreneurship drives innovation and economic growth, and that vibrant communities.  We see that happening in Minnesota and particularly at CoCo,” said John Lyman, Entrepreneurship Manager at Google.

“From 3M to Target to Medtronic, Minnesota has a long tradition of entrepreneurship and innovation,” Klobuchar said. “I am excited that Google has selected Minnesota and CoCo to participate in their entrepreneurs program and look forward to seeing the impact successful startups will have on local communities.”

The Google/CoCo partnership follows on the heels of Google’s support for the city’s STEP-UP summer jobs program. “We are excited to see Google deepen its investment in Minnesota,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “Our entrepreneurs are world class and this partnership is a fantastic addition to our robust innovation ecosystem.”

About CoCo coworking and collaborative space
CoCo is a place where entrepreneurs, freelance professionals, small businesses and corporate workgroups can gather to share ideas, team up on projects and get work done. For our members, CoCo is an alternative to working from home or meeting at the local coffee shop. CoCo has locations in Lowertown St. Paul and in downtown Minneapolis, on the former trading floor of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. More information:

About Google for Entrepreneurs
Google for Entrepreneurs has programs all over the world to foster entrepreneurship, empowering the next generation of innovators to be successful. More information:

Don Ball
CoCo coworking and collaborative space


Posted in Entrepreneurs, Google for Entrepreneurs, homepage feature, Past event
  • Kim Strand

    I’m working on a new start-up for Tribal government and other Indian Country professionals, and wondering how best to use Google’s available tools to work with the Ning site I created.

  • dball

    Not sure the lowly editors of this blog can answer your question, Kim. Have you tried a Google search on “ning + Google apps”? Guessing that you’re not the first to wonder.

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  • Bill Klotz

    I will be taking a quick photo of the event Wed. morning for Finance and Commerce newspaper.



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