What we're about

An informal gathering for discussion and networking of inventors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, professionals, students, scientists, and investors.

Innovations and the creative process in products, business models and science are subjects of conversation. Most our after-work meetings have a guest speaker and sometimes there is a discussion topic.

The goals are to connect innovators and entrepreneurs so we can learn from each other, make the journey more fun, and to support each other's success.


Patrick Donahue: Co-Organizer Since May 2019

Patrick’s background in business spans over twenty years with extensive experience as an investor, stock analyst, investment banking and starting a few companies from scratch as an entrepreneur.

Patrick is currently the Managing Partner and CEO of Hill Capital Corporation, a private investment fund that invests growth capital directly in established small businesses.

Patrick has hosted numerous events and meetups though out the years. Patrick actively gives back to the community, with current civic engagements as a mentor for the Carlson School Growth Fund at the University of Minnesota, lead organizer for 1 Million Cups Eden Prairie and actively serves in leadership roles for his three children’s activities in Scouts, soccer, skiing and baseball. Patrick is an avid downhill skier and boater.
Kimberly Johnson: Co-Organizer Since May 2019
Kim's LinkedIn Page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-johnson-0600a9b)

Sharell Benson: Retired as Co-Organizer, June 2019

Sharell's retirement gig is painting of wonderful portraits of cats, dogs and other pets on commission and kayaking in Alaska and other wild places.

Clyde Hanson: Meetup Founder, on Sabbatical

Clyde's LinkedIn Page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/clydehanson/)

Past events (431)

MN Entrepreneur Kick-Off 2019

201 Bloomington Rd


Highland Park Community Center Theatre

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