What to know about the E1 Showcase and Celebration from Red Wing Ignite and the E1 Collaborative:

  • The Southeastern Minnesota-focused online event — 4-6 p.m. on January 21, 2021 — will share, “the story of how six regional entrepreneurs have launched and grown their own businesses.”
  • Storytellers featured include:
    • Beth Fynbo, Busy Baby, Oronoco, Growth Stage
    • Joselyn Ramundo, Rochester Home Fusion, Rochester, Growth Stage
    • Chris Lukenbill, Shrpa, Rochester, Validation Stage
    • Alisa Song, Nanodropper, Rochester, Acceleration Stage
    • Susan Langer, Live.Give.Save. Red Wing, Validation Stage
    • Annie Balow, Thai Pop, Rochester, Formation Stage
    • Alijah Nelson, JockLab, Minneapolis/Red Wing, Inspiration Stage
  • The E1 Showcase and Celebration will be opened by comments from Steve Grove, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, and Neela Mollgaard, Executive Director of Launch MN
  • Those interested can register for the event for free through Eventbrite

Read the release below for more information about the E1 Showcase and Celebration.

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(January 11, 2021, Red Wing, MN) – E1 (Entrepreneurs First), a collaboration of entrepreneurial ecosystem builders and resource providers throughout Southeastern Minnesota, will showcase how their partnerships have enhanced the support for entrepreneurs in the region at an upcoming virtual event, E1 Showcase, and Celebration. The event will be a celebration of the collaborative efforts with the E1 partners and Launch MN, a statewide effort to accelerate the growth of startups and amplify Minnesota as a national leader in innovation.  This online, virtual event will be from 4 PM – 6 PM on Thursday, January 21, 2021,  and conducted on the remo platform.  Go here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/132436907355

From concept, to launch, to growth, the roadmap to a thriving business requires a network of resources.  This showcase event shares the story of how six regional entrepreneurs have launched and grown their own businesses.

These entrepreneurs, all from Southeastern Minnesota will be joined by Steve Grove, Commissioner of Employment & Economic Development, Minnesota, and Neela Mollgaard, Executive Director,  Launch MN who will begin the event by sharing the state of entrepreneurial efforts in MN and the impact of Launch MN in 2020.

The event storytellers include:

Keynote: Beth Fynbo, Busy Baby, Oronoco, Growth Stage

The Busy Baby Mat is a 100% food-grade silicone suction placemat designed for use with infants and toddlers. It’s a safe place to put baby food and keeps toys and pacifiers off the icky floor.

Joselyn Ramundo, Rochester Home Fusion, Rochester, Growth Stage

Joselyn launched Rochester Home Infusion in 2013 with the goals of providing the highest levels of home infusion care in a market that has historically been underserved by the national companies. She believes in providing a differentiated model of safety, service, and coordination among all stakeholders in a patient’s care, and is excited to be an early contributor to Rochester’s Destination Medical Center’s strategy.
Rochester Home Infusion provides intravenous (IV) medications where it’s comfortable and convenient for you – in your home, hotel, or temporary residence – so that you can get back to living your life.

Chris Lukenbill, Shrpa, Rochester, Validation Stage

Shrpa is a platform that helps you find entertainment and share things to do within your community! We highlight the things you love about your neighborhood; like day trips, date nights or an afternoon with the family.  Shrpa makes it easy to organize activities and adventures in a fun and informative way to make it possible for other families and friends to have their own unique experiences while following your guidance.

Alisa Song, Nanodropper, Rochester, Acceleration Stage

Nanodropper has developed a patient-centered adaptor for eye drop bottles to reduce the volume of currently oversized eye drops by more than 60 percent.  It is FDA listed, low patient cost, reduces waste and side effects as well as increasing the access to expensive prescription eye medications.

Susan Langer, Live.Give.Save. Red Wing, Validation Stage

Live.Give.Save., Inc. is a financial technology company established in 2016 with a focus on giving and inspiring social good. Our product, spave®, is the first and only all-in-one financial wholeness app that enables anyone to use their everyday purchases to increase their savings as well as give to causes they care about … without changing behavior.

Annie Balow, Thai Pop, Rochester, Formation Stage

Time-honored Thai, for today. Made with curiosity, culture, and community. ThaiPop brings the past to the present, Thailand to Minnesota, and the passion for good food to you.  For Annie, it is a passion, a legacy, and a bridge. Cooking is a way for her to feel joy honoring her mother and her first home by serving the people in her new community. That is why Annie and her husband Ryan, a Rochester native, created ThaiPop. It is a labor of love to bring two homes and two worlds together in one place, to honor all who came before by serving all who gather today and tomorrow.

Alijah Nelson, JockLab, Minneapolis/Red Wing, Inspiration Stage

Jock Lab is a basketball robot, D-Up, taking the stationary defense training tool into an automated defender. Our product helps basketball teams automate repetition. Unlike the current stationary training aids, our device brings athletes closer to a game like training experience.

Stakeholders are encouraged to attend to learn more about how they can engage with the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Event Schedule:

Welcome

Introductions

Steve Grove, Commissioner, MN DEED

Neela Mollgaard, Executive Director, Launch MN

Keynote Beth Fynbo, Busy Baby

Entrepreneur Highlights

E1 Stories

Looking to 2021

Closing

To register for this event on Thursday, January 21, 2021, 4 PM – 6 PM go to  https://www.entrepreneursfirst.org/e1-showcase-celebration-event

About the E1 (Entrepreneurs First) Collaborative

Red Wing Ignite created the E1 (Entrepreneurs First) Collaborative, an ecosystem designed to enhance regional connectivity among builders and stakeholders in 11 counties within southeastern Minnesota (SE MN) over a 3-year period.

E1 Partners include Austin Community Growth Ventures/Launch Coworking Space, Collider, CEDA, Destination Medical Center, The Garage, GreenSeam, Hispanic Advocacy, and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER), Northfield Enterprise Center, Red Wing Ignite, RAEDI, St Mary’s University of Minnesota, St Olaf College, Small Business Development Center, Southern MN Initiative Foundation, University of MN Extension, and Startup Winona State (Winona State University,) Winona Port Authority.