An informal collaboration of entrepreneur support organizations committed to growing the Minnesota entrepreneurial ecosystem. Entrepreneurs birth new ideas, create jobs and create wealth. For them to succeed they need active and consistent support from the MNEN. The MNEN is committed to leveraging resources in support of entrepreneurs and to promoting citizen awareness of the benefits successful entrepreneurs bring to the State and to their communities.
All across our state, organizations and individuals are working with colleagues, their city, county and state government officials, their schools and post-secondary institutions, their main streets and their industrial parks to identify ways to grow and sustain their local economies and the economy of our state as a whole. The competitions and accelerators featured at this Annual Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off are an important part of that process. This year we are featuring: The Midwest Cleantech Open, InnovateHER, The Idea Competition, and The Minnesota Cup. We commend these efforts and believe that, through annually coming together from all across our state and from all sectors of this entrepreneurial support system to help these competitions and accelerators recruit participants, mentors and investors and for an evening of connecting, fun and information, we will further strengthen the network of connections and opportunity that is critical to a successful statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem.
This effort began in 2011 when five organizations hosted the first Entrepreneur Kick-off. It has continued each year thereafter with now more than 20 organizations and resource providers supporting the statewide effort.