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2019 ConnectUP! MN Summit

Friday, June 21, 2019, 3:00 PM


INSPIRE. CONNECT. INVEST. REPEAT.   ConnectUP! MN Summit brings together socially responsible entrepreneurs, investors & key players in the entrepreneur ecosystem in a supportive, inclusive community. Through interactive sessions, attendees can connect, learn, share, partner, and catalyze investments to actively create a more inclusive Minnesota economy.  This new, innovative event works to fill the gaps identified in our 2019 State of the Work report by connecting underserved and underresourced investees with investors that fit their social impact and financial criteria.  SPACE IS LIMITED!    What exactly is ConnectUP! MN? A day & half summit for underserved social entrepreneurs (women, People of Color, rural-White and non-White, Native Americans, LGBTQ) & investors who want to want to connect with these communities. Bridges the 180 degrees of separation between investees and investors. Curated entrepreneurs, investors & intermediaries in an equitable environment learning, sharing & connecting to expand our individual networks. Opportunity for deep engagement to expand networks in the entrepreneur ecosystem. Provocative keynote and breakout sessions with forward-thinkers in the entrepreneur and investing ecosystem. A fun and interactive way to connect, learn, share, partner and create local investment opportunities to foster growth, inclusive economies and thriving communities. We’ve intentionally designed ConnectUp! MN to do three things: Create an infrastructure and pipeline for connecting investors and investees, Provide opportunities for investment for under-resourced and marginalized communities, and Cultivate peer networks for social entrepreneurs and investors in a supportive and equitable environment. ConnectUP! disrupts the current ‘race to one’ competition model and puts a cooperative, sustainable model in its place. Who should attend?   Investees:  Cooperatives, micro-businesses, side-hustles, entrepreneurs, & hybrid non- profits (emphasis on women, POC, rural)* In business 1-5 years Must have revenue generating business model Must have a capital demand under $100K *Includes LGBTQIA, person’s with a disability, veterans   Investors:  Foundations, family offices, individual and institutional investors and their representatives, etc.   Ecosystem/Sources of Capital:  Any entrepreneur ecosystem person or organization (for profit or nonprofit) that support entrepreneurs such as CDFIs, incubators, accelerators, government, program officers, community development professionals.   A portion of registration fees go to ConnectUP! Award Fund. Organizer: Y. Elaine Rasmussen, elaine@socialimpactnow.com     Thank you to our Sponsors:

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