Past event Archive

Come to Unlea(she)d!

Come to Unlea(she)d!

unleashed_logoMarch 20
6 to 9 p.m
CoCo Uptown

featuring Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker

As part of our participation in 40 Forward, we’re launching a monthly event series called Unlea(she)d. It will be an opportunity for women to meet, hear about other women’s journeys in life and business and have conversations and make meaningful connections.

GeekGirls1Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker, aka the Geek Girls, will kick off our first Unlea(she)d with a talk about their journey in life and business, which has culminated in the success of Clockwork Active Media Systems – one of the fastest growing and most respected interactive marketing agencies in the region.

There will also be time for Q&A, small-group discussion and networking.

Appetizers and drinks will be provided by our favorite women-owned caterer, Chowgirls Killer Catering.

About Nancy Lyons

Nancy works at the intersection of technology, community, and people. As a leader and technologist, she creates solutions that further community and business goals by meeting the needs of individuals. Her guiding philosophy is that a human-centered approach to technology is the only way to get results that make a difference. Problem solving is about empowerment: motivated people create good products. Nancy supports clients and teams by fostering a collaborative, idea-driven culture that nurtures creativity and brainpower.

She speaks extensively about work culture, social media, technology, and leadership and has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. She’s co-author of Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process (New Riders, 2012), serves on the National Board of Directors at The Family Equality Council, is a founding board member of Upper Mississippi Academy and is a Project Skyway Captain & mentor at Project Skyway.

About Meghan Wilker

As COO of Clockwork Active Media, Meghan oversees the planning and execution of web, mobile, and application development projects. She’s the co-author of Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process (New Riders 2012), and was named a “Woman to Watch” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2013, she founded the Twin Cities Interactive Project Management Meetup group and is on a mission to change how people think about the role of project management in interactive work.

Her past business cards have included titles like Account Executive, Copywriter, Interactive Project Manager, Strategist and Creative Director at companies ranging from large ad agencies to specialty boutiques. No matter the title, Meghan’s hallmark is her ability to get things done — and have fun doing it. As one of the dynamic duo known as the Geek Girls Guide, she is a speaker, writer, and podcaster who loves demystifying technology for non-technical people. She’s a frequent contributor to the internet, and a frequently awkward Bollywood dancer.

November events at CoCo

November events at CoCo

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 2.36.10 PMHappy November! As usual, we have some great events happening (most of which are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise) and some of which take place in our new Uptown space (expect more of these in the future). Put on your cozy sweaters and join us yes? Also, please note that all CoCo locations will be closed on Thurs. November 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday and will re-open on Fri. November 29th.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2013: GFE // HealthcareMN Meetup// Triple Tree on the Changing Healthcare Market & Dave Dicky on Healtcare Pitches
First session by Chris Hoffman, Sr. Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Triple Tree: Opportunities in a Changing Healthcare Landscape:  Business leaders are watching the unprecedented disruption and transformation happening in the U.S. healthcare market.  From the confusion surrounding health insurance exchanges, to how healthcare is being marketed to consumers – this disruption is creating many unique challenges. Second session by Dave Dicky, CEO of Second Story Sales: The healthcare marketplace is changing rapidly.  Prospects quickly need to understand your organization’s value.  During this session, Second Story Sales will leverage its experience of reviewing hundreds of healthcare sales pitches per year to help audience members develop a new sales story/pitch that can be used in their next prospect sales pitch. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2013: Going Solo: Self-Employment & Small Business Fundamentals presented by our own Don Ball
It’s called “Going Solo: Self-Employment & Small Business Fundamentals” and I’ll cover a bunch of areas, including:

• The right way to quit your job
• Critical steps in setting up your new business
• Being comfortable being in business
• Designing a better business model
• How to position yourself in a crowded market
• Branding: thinking beyond your logo
• Creating a powerful sales pitch
• Considering your service/product mix
• Pricing your way to success
• How to do less of the stuff you hate (read: accounting)
• Building momentum through partnerships, alliances & joint ventures
Please come or tell your friends who are threatening to quit their jobs!
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH: 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
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH: GFE // Google Developers Group Meetup // Jump start your next Android project with Android Bootstrap
Topic1: Brad will present on the using Android Boostrap to get your next Android project up and running quickly.  Bring a Laptop to work on the project after the presentation. Topic2: Ninja Google Apps Scripts. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food &  beverages provided.

THURSDAY,  NOVEMBER 7TH: GFE // 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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH: 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. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC // Complimentary food & beverages provided.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH: BizLounge Monthly Meetup // Speaker Series Kickoff! 
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)
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH: CoCo’s Naked Launch presented by the CoCo Biz Dojo Campsite
Naked Launch is a free lunch time series devoted to showcasing the talents of CoCo members. This month’s Naked Launch will be focusing on the topic of delegating, from book keeping, to social media marketing, to website maintenance and management, speakers will cover how delegation of these tasks can help your business grow. Ever wished you had a better understanding of how to handle your financial planning, accounting, taxes, and payroll? How about legal entity formation, potential legal risks, and how to find a new location without losing all your customers? Want to learn more about social media marketing, improve your website or online presence? Then you’d better attend this Naked Launch to hear more about what these CoConutz can do for you and how you can afford to delegate certain tasks to specialists and spend more time on the parts of your business you love!Oh…and did we mention FREE LUNCH?! FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH: CoCo & GFE present Voice of Customer: Why Connecting is Good for Business
Hosted by Shervin Talieh & Thomas Knoll. Whether you’re a startup or an established brand, learn why it’s important to build credible, authentic interactions for your prospects and customers, and how to implement them. Thomas and Shervin are traveling across the country visiting companies, startup accelerators and co-working spaces, as part of the 4-month long Voice of The Customer speaking tour. They are sharing insights from their own startup journey, along with experiences from their prior corporate stints (Zappos, Accenture, Toyota, UserVoice to name a few). FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH: The Give Together Get Together
Join us for this incredible party in celebration of The Great Minnesota Give Together with friends. We’ve got free food, cocktails, and entertainment. Stop by the Giving Bar, take selfies for social media with friends, write on the walls and compete in the “Giving Games” to win prizes for your favorite charities. FREE // OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH: 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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH: 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 
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH: The Naked Launch presented by The Mighty Mo! Design Company
If you’ve ever tried to build and maintain your own website and through to yourself There’s just gotta be a better way! this event is for you! We’re scheming up a better way to build your next website and keep it awesome even as your business—and the Internet itself—changes. Tell us what you think of what we got so far. Tell us what you want. Tell us what you need. Be a part of  the Mighty Membership Revolution! We’ll bring lunch. You bring your big fat mouth and beautiful brain.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH: GFE Black Box // Google Glasses Presentation
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

Design & Brand Week

Design & Brand Week

D&B Week SquareDo want to learn about design, but don’t know where to start? Design Works™ Studio and Navitor are bringing design to you by hosting Design & Brand Week, October 14th-17th at CoCo Downtown. Focused on growing your business through design, the week will feature lunchtime topics ranging from a Q&A on how to work with a designer to a speakers on product design and innovation. The goal is to make great design accessible to everyone! See the full schedule of events and RSVP for any or all them at Eventbrite.

Sessions include:

Getting Started: How to Work with Designers
Mon., Oct. 14 |  Noon-1 p.m. | The Classroom

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.

Happy Hour in the Studio
Tues., Oct. 15 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Design Works Studio Campsite

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!

Branding and Innovation with Stefan Hartung
Wed., Oct, 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | The Classroom

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.

Product Design with Lindsay Nohl
Thurs., Oct. 17 | Noon – 1 p.m. | The Classroom

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.

RSVP for any or all events at Eventbrite

 

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
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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)
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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 
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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!
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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)
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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 
DETAILS & REGISTRATION

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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