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Inove Funded Enterprise Founder Andrew Hanson

Andrew Hanson's social enterprise, MATTOO, was recently selected for funding by the Innove program of Colonial Church.  Hear what he has learned from the process.   Innove was the subject of our first Meetup this year and it was one of our best attended ever.  He's the Founder and Chairman of MATTOO. Recently finished my MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Cambridge University and moved back to MN.  Prior to that and still, he has had his own Marketing and Strategy consultancy for the last 6+ years.

MATTOO (pronounced |matˈtoō|), established in 2010, is an international organization that uses the empowerment of boys and men to stop the threat of human sex trafficking by showing the direct correlation between the demand in the sex trade industry and the supply of humans through trafficking.

MATTOO is the first of its kind nonprofit (501c3) that exists to exclusively decrease the demand of human trafficking starting with sex trafficking.


About the Group

Meet other entrepreneurs and independent product developers.   Bring your questions and "group-source" the answers.  Hear from specialized experts willing to share their insights.  Get energized and stay motivated to pursue your goals.  Relax and have interesting conversations.  Participants have found clients and collaborators through this Meetup.

Software, electronics, life sciences, med tech, services, products, materials, designs--innovators of a wide variety of value propositions participate. Both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs participate.  Many are starting their second or third business.  A partner in McKinsey & Company (NYC) turned up one evening. We have enjoyed meeting people from China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Italy, India, Bangladesh and other countries.  Many are newcomers to Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Multi-generational, our age range has been 20 to 70+.  Several investors make periodic visits for those of you looking for capital.

RSVPs on the Meetup website don't include participants from our hosts personal email list and LinkedIn groups.  Many regulars just show up.  We don't cancel a meeting due to low RSVPs on Meetup.  Our largest attendance was about 20 people, but I've enjoyed smaller groups where I get to hear more from each person.

Let the host know what kind of expert you would like to have at a future meeting and feel free to refer speakers.


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  • Angela M.

    I had a meeting that ran a little longer than I thought. I was planning on still coming but won't get their til 7 will it still be going on?

    May 9, 2013

  • Edna AbundantinChrist S.

    I'll be there! :)

    April 28, 2013

  • Angela M.

    Networking, I love networking! Look forward to meeting everyone.

    April 24, 2013

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