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New: $250,000 funding, incubator space and mentors for MN social entrepreneurs


Brian Jones, will share how and why you should apply to get your social enterprise under the wing of this new program.  Jones is the minister of mission and outreach for the Colonial Church (Edina, MN).  Innové exists to help young social entrepreneurs grow their ideas. If you have an idea that could change the world and are under 35 years old and live in the greater Twin Cities metro area, then they invite you to submit your proposal.  The church is putting up $250,000 to fund and launch ideas.

This may be the first start-up incubator and investment fund organized by a church in the US.

All ideas should for for the purpose of social and cultural betterment. In other words, they should seek to make the world a better place. Whether they seek justice, clothe the naked, feed the starving, help the widowed and orphaned in their distress, or loose the chains of bondage, we want to hear about it. Speak from you passion.

The idea can be from an individual or a team of entrepreneurs working together. It can be a pure start-up or an existing non-profit that is looking for help to scale to the next level. 

Innove is a new program of the Colonial Church of MSP and the deadline for the first cycle of start-ups is January 11, 2013.  A full business plan is not required to apply.  Application Form.

About the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Meetup 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 a beer and 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.  We look for speakers who have a message that is broader than, "buy my product or service".

The college has a parking ramp connected to the Technical Building where we meet by skyway over Hennepin Avenue.

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  • Genius T.

    Wonderful group! Everyone was very active and had great insights!

    January 3, 2013

  • Carol L.

    Great initiative, with interesting and relevant input from the group. Good group!

    January 3, 2013

  • Clyde H.

    Yes we are still on. No water pressure in downtown Minneapolis at the moment, so arrive prepared.

    January 3, 2013

  • bobbi__jo

    We still on as there's no water downtown, ie: even toilets..., yikes!?
    Water main was damaged and flooded Hennepin/2nd and nearby areas.

    January 3, 2013

  • Irene

    I think it is amazing that a church is active in stimulating growth of business entrepreneurism. With actual money. This is awesome!

    January 1, 2013

  • Steve S.

    Bolani Richardson is right...age should not be a factor when striving to make the world a better place. Why turn away ideas - plans based on if under 35 years of age? The concept is the priority, not the age of the person presenting. Please let me know if this changes...age discrimination?

    1 · December 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not to supporting the age factor by any means, but shouldn't there simply be grace, and support for those who do qualify? Think of the positive outcomes this could bring, and who knows, the company this church selects may bring more blessings, and investments in the future, and who knows, the age restriction limitations could be lifted on successive investments, and possibly bring more future opportunities, and who knows, maybe other churches may follow suite. If this is God's will, just believe their choice will be the correct one for the greater future, and it will bring what's in the best interest of humanity, not self. My apologizes if this is any offense, but it was felt I had to express, and reply to the age comments. -- Otherwise, to qualify, could you not team up with someone of younger age to build your company idea with? Many young entrepreneurs need the support and expertise of the older generation?

      2 · December 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited to meet up with the group. And what an awesome opportunity! Can't wait to learn more.

    December 12, 2012

  • Clyde H.

    The age requirement is from the Church. Churches have aging memberships and attracting younger members is a strategic need. This program requirement may have a larger strategic purpose. The program's website discussed the age requirement in detail. One can always find a younger co-founder. Dilution is not an issue with non-profit social enterprises.

    December 11, 2012

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