Community Centers of Innovation: Webinar on Jan 9

You are invited to the Blandin Foundation Broadband Initiative Free January Webinar on January 9 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Register here.)

Creating Community Centers of Innovation

Creating an environment in which new companies can form and flourish should be a goal of every community.  Key components of a nurturing system for innovation and entrepreneurship are business coaching, business networks, risk capital, building space, talent and broadband.  One interesting approach to creating this environment is described in the book “How to Design your Own Silicon Valley” by Victor W. Hwang.

Learn how three Minnesota communities are creating a positive environment for long-term economic development based on entrepreneurship and innovation.  Each community is using a physical asset – available building space – as a platform on which to build an entrepreneurial system that includes some or all of these other support strategies.

Neela Mollgaard of Red Wing Ignite will talk about Red Wing’s Business Accelerator and their efforts to support companies creating and deploying bandwidth intensive applications.

Harold Stanislowski, Fergus Falls’ community economic developer, and Bruce Fuhrman, entrepreneur, will discuss Fergus Falls’ public-private collaborative efforts to make full use of available business space, ubiquitous broadband connectivity and a private business networking group to support successful new business development.

Jean Spaulding of Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will share how public – private collaboration is transforming the MinnWest Technology Campus into an engine of growth the surrounding region.

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