Upcoming Events

Cleantech Open Midwest Innovation Showcase

November 2, 2017 to November 3, 2017
1000 Lasalle Avenue Schulze School of Entrepreneurship Minneapolis, MN 55403
University of Saint Thomas - Minneapolis Campus

CleanTech Open's two day program, from November 2nd to November 3rd, is open to those who want to be a part of the "do well by doing good" movement. The Cleantech Open is the world's largest clean technology business accelerator, drawing the most innovative ideas for sustainable solutions from around the world. The Cleantech Open Midwest has a footprint covering the 13-state Midwest region.

The Midwest Cleantech Open teams exemplify the fact that "going green" has just as much to do with economics as it has to do with the environment. The top companies will be selected from a group of over 20 participants to see who goes on to Los Angeles, California to compete for the global grand prize! 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-cleantech-open-innovation-showcase-tic...

Rural Renewable Energy Discussion

November 2, 2017
401 8th St. SE. Kasson, MN

Please join an international conversation on rural renewable energy with two German farmers and an impressive group of Minnesota experts.  

WHAT:      Rural renewable energy discussion
WHEN:    Thursday, Nov. 2, 11:30-3:15
WHERE:  Kasson, MN. Events by Saker. 401 8th St. SE.
WHO:      Anyone interested in rural renewable energy and economic development

Lunch will be provided.

The conversation is co-hosted by Sen. Dave Senjem, MN Farm Bureau, MN Farmers Union, U of MN Institute on the Environment, German-American Chamber of Commerce, and Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The roster of speakers includes deputy commissioner of agriculture Matt Wohlmanassistant commissioner for pollution control David Thorntonstate financial expert Pete KleinRandy Demmer, Gary Wertish, Jim Chekkel, Mike Reese of the U of MN's West Central Research and Outreach Center, and senators Dave Senjem, Nick Frentz, and Eric Pratt.

Technology Forum 2017

November 7, 2017
725 Vineland Place Minneapolis, MN 55403
Walker Art Center


Explore how innovative program design, partnerships, tech piloting, and customer connectivity will define our next era of energy efficiency at this event hosted by Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) and the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.


Forum 2:00 - 4:30 | Walker Cinema Theater
Happy Hour 4:30 - 6:00 | Garden Terrace Room

Tom Eckman | Northwest Power & Conservation Council

Panel Presenters
Aaron Berndt | Nest
Eliot Crowe | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Ram Narayanamurthy | EPRI
Tim Sullivan | Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association
Shawn White | Xcel Energy

Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A
Moderated by Jenny Edwards, Director of the Innovation Exchange | CEE

2017 Greater MSP Annual Meeting

November 13, 2017
Saint Paul, MN
The Ordway Theater

Save the Date: 2017 GREATER MSP Annual Meeting at The Ordway Theater in Saint Paul. Additional details, formal invitation and registration coming soon!

Emerging Opportunities Forum: Early Stage Startup Funding

November 28, 2017
Carlson School of Management, UMN Twin Cities


4 pm - 6 pm | Carlson School of Management, Room 2-206

Learn about key tactics and resources concerning funding, including SBIR/STTR and other grants, bootstrapping, angel inbestors, loans, crowdfunding, and (occasionally) venture capital. Registration and more information here.