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Recap: Inspired by students of STEP-UP Achieve

Recap: Inspired by students of STEP-UP Achieve
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Guest judge Meghan Wilker (r) shows an app to Paige, a student entrepreneur.

A little over a week ago, on a Saturday afternoon, I went to CoCo’s downtown location to be a guest judge at the STEP-UP Entrepreneur-in-Training Day.

My thoughts about the day are best summarized by this tweet:

That gives you a sense of where my mind was by the time the event was over. But, before the event? Let me be honest: I had an exhausting week. I agreed to volunteer at this event before finding out that my husband also had an event that day, which meant we had to find someone to watch our kids for most of the day. I went into the event feeling tired and overwhelmed. (Cue the tiny violins.)

Then I got to CoCo. The energy was apparent as soon as I walked into the room. Groups of students and mentors were buzzing in small groups, preparing to present their ideas — which they only had a few hours to come up — to a panel of judges (myself, Kyle Coolbroth, Adam Bacchus and Chris Carlson). Over the next couple of hours, ten groups of students presented product concepts to address food deserts, financial literacy, clean drinking water, and college attrition.

Their ideas ranged from iPhone apps to buses that could drive, fly, and crawl across terrain. They presented their ideas with humor, and style. They flubbed and messed up, but they kept going. They were nervous, but they worked through it. Their creativity was astounding. Their teamwork was inspiring — especially considering that most of the students didn’t know their teammates before the event.

After the presentations were over, Kyle asked each of the judges if we had any words of advice for the kids. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but above all else I wanted these kids — young adults, really — to hear two things:

  1. At this event, and in life, winners and losers get chosen — for different things, and by different “judges.” But, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship, the real winning ideas aren’t always the ones that judges pick as winners. Breakthough ideas are often not understood right away. Things that are ubiquitous now — like Google, for example — were seen as WTFs when they were first launched. So, don’t get caught up in what someone else says is a winning idea. If you believe in it, make it happen. When you — or the idea — fail, keep going. Don’t let the opinion of a “judge” deter you.
  2. You’ve already accomplished something remarkable: you got up in front of a roomful of people and you talked. That terrifies most people. So, the hard part is over: you spoke publicly, and you survived. After this, you can do anything.

So, back to my original tweet. I hear lots of people lament about the next generation. I hear that kids these days don’t have social skills because they interact with screens all the time. I hear that kids these days can’t write because txting. I hear that kids these days are disrespectful. I’m not naive — I’m sure “kids these days” have some issues. But, frankly, so do a lot of adults. (Check the internet, there’s tons of evidence.)

But the kids of Achieve Minneapolis? If those kids are running the world someday, we’ve got nothing to worry about.

Achieve Minneapolis and CoCo: thanks. Thanks for inviting me to participate. Thanks for creating spaces and events for adults and young adults to flex their entrepreneurial muscles. Thanks for shaking me out of my funk and reminding me why I love what I do. Because we get to make stuff up — and then we get to build it. And we should all look forward to having the STEP-UP students on our teams.

Entrepreneur Training Day in pictures

December Events at CoCo

December Events at CoCo

DecemberWe’re not sure how it’s December, but hey…it is! Don’t fret, we know it’s going to get cold…but guess where it’s warm & eventful? That’s right — here at CoCo where the coffee is on and the events are plentiful.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2ND: GFE // HealthcareMN Meetup
Health Tech Startups. We are building things that make healthcare better. If you are working on a healthcare venture, or want to connect with the healthcare start-up community then this is your crowd. We’re hosting speaker events, co-Working meetups, and several other events aimed at building the healthcare technology eco-system in Minnesota. A lot of the things we’re talking about are specific challenges and opportunities in healthcare and launching health tech start-ups. As a growing community, we want to make sure everyone has the right resources and connections to make their healthcare ventures successful. Presented by CoCo & Google for Entrepreneurs. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD: INVESTyR // Fundraising in the Digital Economy
INVESTyR co-founders Patrick Donohue & Phil Pogge provide an interactive overview on why digital media is forever changing the world of money in business. This seminar unveils tactics on how to use digital media to achieve your business goals and raise money. Whether you’re a non-profit, a start-up or a $100 million business, we guarantee you will walk away with new insights on modern tools to use when raising capital and directly sourcing relationships with investors, dealflow and financiers. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD: Lunch’n’Learn with Car2Go at CoCo Uptown (CoCo Members Only event)
Enjoy a free lunch at CoCo in Uptown on December 3rd! Compliments of Car2Go, Minneapolis’ biggest-little carsharing company. Explaining the newest way to get around Minneapolis, we will tell you how to avoid paying for parking, never footing the bill for gasoline again, and why you no longer have to worry about insurance payments. And a free lunch? It may just be too good to be true! No registration necessary — just be at CoCo Uptown at noon!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH: Monkey Island presents Analytics & AdWords – Your Questions Answered (CoCo Members Only event)
A number of fellow CoConuts have stopped by our campsite to pay us a visit (something we highly encourage by the way!) and to ask us questions about their Google Analytics and Google AdWords accounts. So, we thought…Hey, let’s host a lunch and just hold a Q & A session for CoConuts on Google Analytics and Google AdWords! So here ya go! Join us. Lunch is provided.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH: Women of CoCo (MEMBERS ONLY event)
If you’re a CoCo member and you happen to be a woman — well, this group is for you! This week the ladies will be discussing “Lean In” by author Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Haven’t read it? No problem! This doesn’t mean you’re not welcome or can’t be part of the discussion. Complimentary lunch provided by CoCo and Google for Entrepreneurs. No registration necessary. Meetup will take place in the Lounge at CoCo Uptown from 12pm-1pm.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH: GFE // RailsMN Meetup
As part of the Google for Entrepreneurs at CoCo program we will have monthly sessions to help you get started building a real Ruby on Rails web application while learning best practices and fundamental web development concepts. Each session in the series will build on the previous session. Each session will take place in three parts: an introductory lesson, a group coding workshop and an ‘advanced topics’ presentation.  We’ll aim to provide documentation and tutorials to go along with our sessions, so newcomers can catch up and dive right in. Presented by CoCo & Google for Entrepreneurs.  FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH: Social Media Breakfast // Jump! How can  you begin doing the work of your dreams?
After nearly four years of running CoCo, our presenters have seen hundreds of entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative people, come and go. And wondered: why are some successful…and others not? Is it about skills? Is it about funding? Or is it about something else? At CoCo, their mission is to inspire and enable people to do the work of their dreams. But not just any dream. They’re talking about the dreams that exist in the deepest part of your soul. Your purpose. The reason you were put on this planet. Do you know what it is? At this special SMB, they’re going to talk about your life dreams, the work you do on a daily basis – and why they’re often not the same thing! But we won’t stop there. They’ll talk about what steps you can take to make the work of your dreams the actual work you do every single day! This will be no boring lecture. Come prepared to do some imaginative work, share your ideas and interact with others. Expect to leave inspired and dangerous!
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 16TH: Twin Cities E-Commerce Meetup
This group is dedicated to serving e-commerce professionals within the Mpls/St. Paul area. The goal will be to bring in periodic speakers to educated the group on a topic of e-commerce (technical or business related) or to share an example from their own business. Ideal users should be interested in e-commerce best practices, new technologies and general networking to create a stronger e-commerce community and learning environment in the Twin Cities. Co-sponsored by Google and CoCo. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food + drink provided.
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 16TH: A Chat with AJ Leon (author of The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit)
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR JAN. 31ST!
Join us on Monday, December 16th as author AJ Leon pops into CoCo Uptown to talk about the story and inspiration behind his book, “The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit” followed by a Q&A session. “AJ Leon used to be a finance executive on Wall Street. He had a corner office and a great salary but there was one problem – he despised his job and his life.  Four days before his wedding, he had an epiphany and walked out on everything he knew to pursue a life that he would live with intent, on his own terms. Five years on, he is a successful writer, artist, entrepreneur and humanitarian, and travels the world with his wife Melissa while running their company, Misfit Inc. During this epic five-year journey, AJ wrote about his experiences in his journal, and then starting blogging about them. One year after walking away from a book deal with a major publishers, AJ decided to self-publish this collection of essays as a book called “The Life and Times of a Remarkable Misfit” and funded it with a Kickstarter campaign which raised a total of $38k with a goal of just $10K within 30 days.  This book is an ode to the Misfits, to the people who never felt comfortable conforming to the idealogues of a society that tells you to pursue money over happiness, and scalability over craftsmanship.” Presented by CoCo & Google for Entrepreneurs. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food + drink provided.
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH: INVESTyR Pitch Clinic
Third Tuesday of every month: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This is your opportunity to give an 8 minute pitch to other entrepreneurs in a safe environment. Pure Feedback from Peers. Plus see other entrepreneurs give pitches, learn from their presentation styles, and give them your feedback! PITCHERS + CATCHERS  ARE FREE // GENERAL PUBLIC $24.95 
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20TH: Lunch’n’Learn with Baypoint Benefits (CoCo Members Only event)
Joel Starke with BayPoint Benefits will be joining us on on Dec. 20th from 12:00 – 1:30 for an informative session on the changing landscape with healthcare for individuals and small businesses. BayPoint Benefits works with both small businesses and individuals to manage health benefit solutions.  Whether the company is an early stage start-up, a growing multi-location business, or a sole proprietor they tailor a plan to meet the needs of each client. Please join us to learn how the upcoming changes will impact the individual and small group markets, tips on how to navigate the MN health exchange, and learn about important resources that are available to help find the right solution for you in 2014. Presented by Baypoint Benefits and CoCo.
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October Events at CoCo

October Events at CoCo

octoberFall signals change and here at CoCo…lots of change is afoot! Just this past Weds. (Sept. 25th), we announced some exciting news that we are now a part of an exclusive Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network. Comprised of seven hubs throughout North America, the network will support entrepreneurs and provide a stimulus for the economy in local communities. Want to know more? Read more HERE. We’re also about to open our new location in Uptown Oct. 1st! We can hardly believe it ourselves and are extremely excited to see it all come together. Remember to RSVP for our Open House on Oct. 10th below! May the Fall festivities begin!

TUESDAY, OCT. 1ST: INVESTyR // Fundraising in the Digital Economy
INVESTyR co-founders Patrick Donohue & Phil Pogge provide an interactive overview on why digital media is forever changing the world of money in business. This seminar unveils tactics on how to use digital media to achieve your business goals and raise money. Whether you’re a non-profit, a start-up or a $100 million business, we guarantee you will walk away with new insights on modern tools to use when raising capital and directly sourcing relationships with investors, dealflow and financiers. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3RD: House of Genius
The goal of House of Genius is to assemble brilliant, diverse groups of people to focus their collective creativity and experience to explore, discuss and solve important problems. We hold evening sessions once a month in cities around the world. We bring together a group of 15-18 wide-ranging minds and three business presenters.  The three presenters share their business and a key problem they are facing in rapid-fire fashion. Next, each attendee offers questions, insights, suggestions, or introductions that may assist the presenter. The true “genius” is in the collaboration – you’ll be amazed at the power of thinking that is evoked from the structure of the sessions and the synergetic format. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 7TH, 2013: HealthcareMN // A Candid Look at Startups in Large Healthcare Systems: clear.md and North Memorial
In this unique interview-style presentation John Brownlee (CEO, clear.md) and Eric Schaefer (Director, Business Development, North Memorial Healthcare) will discuss their experience working together to integrate a startup’s digital health platform into the workflow and processes of an established integrated healthcare delivery system.  FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH: BizLounge Monthly Meetup // Speaker Series with Matt Hunt
The BizLounge Network provides an opportunity for individuals to network, learn, and get involved with other business professionals. Our vision is to build an alliance of supporters who are committed to growing and enabling better business through networking, ongoing education, and involvement in the BizLounge community. Matt Hunt will be the speaker this month.  Matt will speak on “Growing Your Business and Building Your Community: Fear, Failure & Entrepreneurship”. Matt Hunt is a professional speaker, blogger, and consultant. With over 20 years of business and technology experience he has a demonstrated excellence in business strategy, innovation, and leadership development with large companies, small companies and non-profit organizations. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // $10.00 (first visit free)
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8TH: Gray Plant Mooty hosts “Ask-an-Attorney” Help Desk
Available to CoCo MEMBERS ONLY. CoCo members Gray Plant Mooty are here to help answer any legal questions you may have by hosting a Help Desk stationed right on the coworking commons at CoCo Minneapolis! On this day, attorney Chris Carlisle will be available from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Book your time HERE.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH: HotLou presents Facebook Happy Hour Part Three
CoCo member Lou Abramowski, aka HotLou, will brag unapologetically for 10 to 15 minutes about his Facebook accomplishments and how he got there, including pretending to be a fairy on the internet and amassing several Facebook Pages with 100k+ LIKES. The boasting will be followed by a Q&A where Lou will appear even more handsome, as he will be providing whiskey for those “thirsting” for his knowledge.  Welcome to the second Facebook Happy Hour…which should really be called “HotLou Electric Facebook Bugaloo Part 2″. Sorry…CoCo MEMBERS ONLY. No registration necessary…event will be held in The Classroom and will be first come, first served

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10TH: CoCo Uptown Open House
Join us on 10/10 at 1010 W. Lake Street as we host our Open House at our new digs in Uptown Minneapolis. Mingle with members, munch on some appetizers, and toast to the new locale. Some musical surprises are in store as well.
RSVP HERE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH: RailsMN // Building OpenCamp (a project management tool)
As part of the Google for Entrepreneurs at CoCo program we will have monthly sessions to help you get started building a real Ruby on Rails web application while learning best practices and fundamental web development concepts. Each session in the series will build on the previous session. Each session will take place in three parts: an introductory lesson, a group coding workshop and an ‘advanced topics’ presentation.  We’ll aim to provide documentation and tutorials to go along with our sessions, so newcomers can catch up and dive right in. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH: Design Works Design & Brand Week at CoCo DT Minneapolis // Getting Started: How to Work with Designers
Do you need to work with a designer, but don’t know where to start? What should you prepare? How involved in the process should you be? What is a creative consultation like? When should I start working with a designer? What rates should I expect?Our designers will answer all of your questions during a Q&A Panel discussion. Lunch will be provided. CoCo Members Only.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH: INVESTyR Pitch Clinic
Third Tuesday of every month: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This is your opportunity to give an 8 minute pitch to other entrepreneurs in a safe environment. Pure Feedback from Peers. Plus see other entrepreneurs give pitches, learn from their presentation styles, and give them your feedback! PITCHERS + CATCHERS  ARE FREE // GENERAL PUBLIC $24.95 
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH: Tech.MN // Capital Call Meetup
This gathering will be an intimate experience focused on one thing: money. Two guest speakers will be sharing their respective insights — tech entrepreneur Mark Lazarchic and venture investor Patrick Meenan. A peer to peer discussion will commence. *One representative per startup, please.  The pay-what-you-want donation ticket is to raise money for BRIDGEdotMN. 100% of ticket sales are going to provide Twin Cities youth with technology resources that measurably increase their digital literacy skills. FREE/SUGGESTED DONATION // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH: Design Works Design & Brand Week at CoCo DT Minneapolis // Happy Hour in the Studio
Navitor and the Design Works Studio are hosting the weekly happy hour! Enjoy a drink on us while meeting our designers and learning about Design Works: Create & Print, a convenient service that allows you to easily place print orders, right here at CoCo! CoCo Members Only.
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WEDS. OCTOBER 16TH: Design Works Design & Brand Week at CoCo DT Minneapolis // Lunch & Learn with Stefan Hartung
How can design be the foundation for innovation? Stefan Hartung from Ideas that Kick will share his experiences in design and branding with his clients and how he creates niche brands that tap into specific mindsets. Stefan has worked with growing companies to who are disrupting their markets and creating new categories. Lunch will be provided. CoCo members only.
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THURS. OCTOBER 17TH: Design Works Design & Brand Week at CoCo DT Minneapolis // Package Design and the User Experience with Lindsay Nohl
What impact does design have on your product? Lindsay Nohl, illustrator, surface designer, and owner of Paper Bicycle will share her work creating beautiful products and functional packaging. Lunch provided.
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST: GFE Black Box Night // Tech Sprout hosted by Bobbilee Hartman
26 developers/technical individuals and 4 entrepreneurs = Tech Sprout. Have an idea tucked away but you aren’t quite sure how to turn it into a reality? Come join us at Tech Sprout for an open discussion between developers/technical background individuals and non-technical entrepreneurs for insightful feedback and guidance to help the entrepreneurs get started. With a diverse room of people, you will leave the discussion with new connections, new ideas, and fresh perspective on bringing your idea to fruition. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // COMPLIMENTARY FOOD & DRINK PROVIDED
Want to apply to present? Send an email to bobbileehartman(at)gmail(dot)com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND: Gray Plant Mooty’s Wise Counsel Series presents “Social Media Guide for the Workplace”
Social media allows businesses  to engage in a dynamic interactive dialogue with customers as never before. As businesses  increasingly recognize the power of social media as an important business tool, they must also navigate a confusing array of laws and regulations. The purpose of this workshop is to highlight some of the legal issues a business  should consider when using social media in the workplace and offer guidance on best practices and ways to mitigate risk. In this workshop, we will cover: Social media and the employment relationship, Copyright, trademark, trade secret, and defamation concerns, Privacy issues, Corporate social media policies, Social media as a marketing tool, Relevant laws and regulations, Interesting cases involving social media, and Best practices. Speakers:  Michael R. Cohen and Karen Wenzel (Gray Plant Mooty attorneys). Each attendee will receive a free copy of A Legal Guide to Use of Social Media in the Workplace, a collaborative effort of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and Gray Plant Mooty. FREE for CoCO Members // $25.00 for non-members // Complimentary lunch provided
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 through SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH: STARTUP WEEKEND TWIN CITIES
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
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September Events at CoCo

September Events at CoCo

septemberLet’s embrace Summer while it lasts and celebrate the kickoff of Autumn all in one month! Join us this September for our usual round of awesome happenings. Please note that not all of these events/meetups are open to the public, however a nice chunk of them are and it’s a great way for those on the fence about membership to see what we’re all about!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND: LABOR DAY // CoCo will be closed in observance of the holidayHealthcareMN will resume on Monday, Oct. 7th.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD: Fall Kickoff: Android Users Group & Google Developer’s Group join forces!
Join us for socializing and some lightning talks as we kick off the fall season of GDG-TC. Keep in mind that we have joined forces with AUG.MN so we have a strong season of meetups in mind. Some of the GDG Managers will do a “Lightning Talk” on current Google Dev topics. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE MORE!  The topics should be related to Google Developer Technologies.  This can range from HTML5 to maps api to embedded android. Keep it to 5-10 minutes.  We will have a projector and a laptop with at least internet connectivity and Office Suite for you to use, but by all means feel free to bring your laptop as well. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD: INVESTyR // Fundraising in the Digital Economy
INVESTyR co-founders Patrick Donohue & Phil Pogge provide an interactive overview on why digital media is forever changing the world of money in business. This seminar unveils tactics on how to use digital media to achieve your business goals and raise money. Whether you’re a non-profit, a start-up or a $100 million business, we guarantee you will walk away with new insights on modern tools to use when raising capital and directly sourcing relationships with investors, dealflow and financiers. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH: HotLou presents Facebook Happy Hour Part Deux
CoCo member Lou Abramowski, aka HotLou, will brag unapologetically for 10 to 15 minutes about his Facebook accomplishments and how he got there, including pretending to be a fairy on the internet and amassing several Facebook Pages with 100k+ LIKES. The boasting will be followed by a Q&A where Lou will appear even more handsome, as he will be providing whiskey for those “thirsting” for his knowledge.  Welcome to the second Facebook Happy Hour…which should really be called “HotLou Electric Facebook Bugaloo Part 2″. Sorry…CoCo MEMBERS ONLY. No registration necessary…event will be held in The Classroom and will be first come, first served

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH: House of Genius
The goal of House of Genius is to assemble brilliant, diverse groups of people to focus their collective creativity and experience to explore, discuss and solve important problems. We hold evening sessions once a month in cities around the world. We bring together a group of 15-18 wide-ranging minds and three business presenters.  The three presenters share their business and a key problem they are facing in rapid-fire fashion. Next, each attendee offers questions, insights, suggestions, or introductions that may assist the presenter. The true “genius” is in the collaboration – you’ll be amazed at the power of thinking that is evoked from the structure of the sessions and the synergetic format. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH: RailsMN // Building OpenCamp (a project management tool)
As part of the Google for Entrepreneurs at CoCo program we will have monthly sessions to help you get started building a real Ruby on Rails web application while learning best practices and fundamental web development concepts. Each session in the series will build on the previous session. Each session will take place in three parts: an introductory lesson, a group coding workshop and an ‘advanced topics’ presentation.  We’ll aim to provide documentation and tutorials to go along with our sessions, so newcomers can catch up and dive right in. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH: Gray Plant Mooty’s Wise Counsel Series presents Pitching/Presenting to Investors
Chris Carlisle and Dan Tenenbaum, the Co-Chairs of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray Plant Mooty, will be leading a discussion regarding different approaches to pitching to investors.  Topics they expect to cover: Do I need a business plan? How important is my “pitch deck”? Term sheets v. full offering documents. In addition, because these guys are indeed lawyers (but please don’t hold that against them), they’ll even provide a little perspective on the recently enacted SEC rules that permit general solicitation of investors.  Hope you can join them for a lively conversation. FREE TO CoCo MEMBERS // $25 NON-MEMBERS // LUNCH PROVIDED
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH: BizLounge Monthly Meetup // Speaker Series
The BizLounge Network provides an opportunity for individuals to network, learn, and get involved with other business professionals. Our vision is to build an alliance of supporters who are committed to growing and enabling better business through networking, ongoing education, and involvement in the BizLounge community. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // $10.00 (first visit free)
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH: Gray Plant Mooty hosts “Ask-an-Attorney” Help Desk
Available to CoCo MEMBERS ONLY
CoCo members Gray Plant Mooty are here to help answer any legal questions you may have by hosting a Help Desk stationed right on the coworking commons at CoCo Minneapolis! On this day, attorney Dan Tenenbaum will be available from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Book your time HERE.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH: GFE Black Box // Twin Cities eCommerce Meetup: Responsive Design – Andrew Benson, partner at Straight Line Theory
Join us for our next Twin Cities eCommerce meetup with Andrew Bensen, CEO of Straight Line Theory, one of the top UX firms around. Andrew is going to speak on Responsive Design – how to go about making your web experience seamless with the experience your customers have on their mobile device. We may start off with a short company demo to highlight some of the good stuff going on in the community. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH: INVESTyR Pitch Clinic
Third Tuesday of every month: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This is your opportunity to give an 8 minute pitch to other entrepreneurs in a safe environment. Pure Feedback from Peers. Plus see other entrepreneurs give pitches, learn from their presentation styles, and give them your feedback! PITCHERS + CATCHERS  ARE FREE // GENERAL PUBLIC $24.95 
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH: Gray Plant Mooty hosts “Ask-an-Attorney” Help Desk
Available to CoCo MEMBERS ONLY. CoCo members Gray Plant Mooty are here to help answer any legal questions you may have by hosting a Help Desk stationed right on the coworking commons at CoCo Minneapolis! On this day, attorney Karen Wenzel will be available from 2:00PM to 4:00PM. Book you time HERE.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH: GFE Black Box // Evernote Presentation hosted by Teresa Boardman
You’ve heard of Evernote and perhaps have always wanted to try it…or  maybe you’ve tried it but just didn’t see what all they hype was. Learn this easy to use, flexible, and  powerful tool for note taking, web clipping, and so much more.  Use Evernote on your phone, your tablet, and your laptop.  Never lose anything again. Organize everything form client files to business receipts.  Learn some basics and some simple ideas so you can put Evernote to work for you! FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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August Events at CoCo

August Events at CoCo

AugustAUGUST [adjective]; definition: inspiring reverence or admiration. Although pronounced differently than the month of August, this adjective beautifully describes our August events!  These summer months have been buzzing by so quickly and we hope you’ve been out enjoying the balmy sticky days as much as we have. However, if you’re looking for a respite from the heat to enjoy some complimentary cold beverages, small bites, and enlightening conversation — join us for our August event offerings!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1ST: House of Genius 
The goal of House of Genius is to assemble brilliant, diverse groups of people to focus their collective creativity and experience to explore, discuss and solve important problems. We hold evening sessions once a month in cities around the world. We bring together a group of 15-18 wide-ranging minds and three business presenters.  The three presenters share their business and a key problem they are facing in rapid-fire fashion. Next, each attendee offers questions, insights, suggestions, or introductions that may assist the presenter. The true “genius” is in the collaboration – you’ll be amazed at the power of thinking that is evoked from the structure of the sessions and the synergetic format. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 5TH: HealthcareMN Meetup // Infrastructure for Healthcare Startups and MN Health Insurance Exchange Demo
Our first speaker is Travis Good, MD the founder of Catalyze.io. Travis will talk to us about the basic building blocks of health tech startups focusing on data, regulation, and IT infrastructure. If you are looking to start a health tech company and don’t know where to start, this is the talk for you. Our second speaker is April Todd-Malmlov the Executive Director of MNsure, the MN health insurance exchange. Do you want to know what the health insurance exchange is straight from the person at the top? If you come to this meetup you will be one of the few people in the state to see a real time demo of the exchange and the technology. April will also talk about how MN health tech entrepreneurs can get involved. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 6TH: INVESTyR // Fundraising in the Digital Economy
INVESTyR co-founders Patrick Donohue & Phil Pogge provide an interactive overview on why digital media is forever changing the world of money in business. This seminar unveils tactics on how to use digital media to achieve your business goals and raise money. Whether you’re a non-profit, a start-up or a $100 million business, we guarantee you will walk away with new insights on modern tools to use when raising capital and directly sourcing relationships with investors, dealflow and financiers. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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MONDAY, AUGUST 12TH: RailsMN // Building OpenCamp (a project management tool)
As part of the Google for Entrepreneurs at CoCo program we will have monthly sessions to help you get started building a real Ruby on Rails web application while learning best practices and fundamental web development concepts. Each session in the series will build on the previous session. Each session will take place in three parts: an introductory lesson, a group coding workshop and an ‘advanced topics’ presentation.  We’ll aim to provide documentation and tutorials to go along with our sessions, so newcomers can catch up and dive right in. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 19TH: GFE Black Box // Improvisation hosted by Jim Barrett
Life and business don’t offer a script to follow and improvisation is a great skill to develop when solving problems with no clear solution in sight. Improv can help you generate more, better ideas and work “without a net.” It is frightening for two people to walk on stage without any idea of what is going to happen and create something on the spot. But starting a business or launching a new product is exactly the same. This is not a lecture, come prepared to join in games, exercises and scenes. Learn improv tools to help your organization embrace risk, move out of your comfort zone and exercise your creativity. And most importantly – have fun. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 20TH: INVESTyR Pitch Clinic
Third Tuesday of every month: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This is your opportunity to give an 8 minute pitch to other entrepreneurs in a safe environment. Pure Feedback from Peers. Plus see other entrepreneurs give pitches, learn from their presentation styles, and give them your feedback! PITCHERS + CATCHERS  ARE FREE // GENERAL PUBLIC $24.95 
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD: Lunch’n’Learn with your presenters PIPELINE MSP
If you’re a regular at CoCo DT Mpls. we’re betting you’ve either met Jake, Nic, or Ian this summer. No? Well, shame on you. They’ve been here studying all of you! Take this chance to meet them and hear all about their 10-week long project. Get a complimentary lunch to boot! Devised as a roughly ten-week long project, Pipeline MSP discovers, researches, and promotes little known entrepreneurs and startups in the Minnesota business community that deserve a “bigger break.” They bring you the fruits of their labor through easy-to-read articles and multimedia supplements on their website. FREE // CoCo MEMBERS ONLY // Complimentary lunch provided.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 26TH: GFE Black Box // Enterprise Technology Meetup hosted by Cole Grolmus
Enterprise.MN is an organization for entrepreneurs and enterprise technology professionals.  Our meetup series at CoCo Minneapolis features local business leaders, entrepreneurs with successful enterprise-focused startups, and subject matter experts on topics of interest, both business and technical. For the inaugural Enterprise.MN Speaker Series event, we’ll be talking with Casey Allen about the newly launched Skyway Fund and his vision for the local enterprise technology community. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
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TUESDAY, AUGUST 27TH: The Naked Launch presented by Rick Swanson (Learning Meets Quality, Back Nine Board of Advisors)
When you work with a client, do you determine what business metrics matter to them? Do you make the connection between your product or service and those metrics? Join Rick Swanson from Learning Meets Quality in an interactive discussion of “Metrics that Matter”. Raise the value proposition of your product or service by showing clients how you will make a positive impact on their bottom line. Part 2 will focus on Prosperity, Energy, and Joy. Hear how to spend more time working on your business, and less time working in your business. Learn how the power of masterminding comes together with business golf in a new chapter-based franchise called Back Nine Board of Advisors, with the goal of bringing more prosperity, energy, and joy int the lives of entrepreneurs and business owners. CoCo MEMBERS ONLY EVENT.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29TH: Gray Plant Mooty // Wise Counsel Series presents “Avoiding the Big Mistakes: Employment Law for Startups
Presenters: Megan Anderson and Sam Diehl (Gray Plant Mooty Employment Law Attorneys) This seminar will focus on employment law compliance for start-up businesses. Many start-ups struggle with finding the time and financial resources to comply with the numerous federal and state employment laws that apply to their business. This seminar will focus on some of the big start-up mistakes to avoid, and it will provide a crash course on some of the top employment law priorities for a new business. FREE for CoCo Members // $25 for non-members // Complimentary lunch provided // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
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