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Monday, October 14 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Birth of a Social Enterprise FULL

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Curious about social entrepreneurship and how social impact is defined? Meet the new cohort of FINNOVATION Fellows and hear about the first stage of their market research - understanding the causes and context of the social issue they wish to address with their start-up. Social entrepreneurs articulate their "theory of change" which explains the logic of why certain outcomes can be expected to happen with certain inputs. This work layers with more traditional market research and customer insight work, but helps entrepreneurs be clear on the social impact they want to achieve and how they plan to evaluate progress and identify success. Each of the nine Fellows will give a short presentation, followed by an opportunity for questions. The FINNOVATION Fellowship is a nine-month program that runs from mid-September to mid-June, supporting social entrepreneurs with curriculum, mentorship, and a living stipend as they define and launch their early stage ventures.

Presentations will be held at FINNOVATION Lab, 817 5th Ave S, Suite 400, Minneapolis, 55404.

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Connie Rutledge

Executive Director, FINNOVATION Institute
Connie Rutledge, Executive Director of FINNOVATION Institute, has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business management. Her experience includes all aspects of business including concept design, market analysis, fundraising, product development, operations, and strategic... Read More →

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Nestor Gomez Jimenez

Litty Solar
Nestor is the founder of Litty Solar, a solar shingle and solar panel installation company bringing transactive blockchain technologies to solar panel installation, aiming to speed up the adoption of renewable energy while creating accessible employment opportunities in underserved communities.Nestor brings his exp... Read More →
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Lyndsey Calvin

Ascension Medical Devices
Lyndsey is the founder and CEO of Ascension Medical Devices, a med-device company that is revolutionizing post-operative care for transgender women who undergo gender-affirming vaginoplasty procedures through a newly developed vaginal stent.Lyndsey has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical... Read More →
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Judd Grutman

Judd is the founder of Vonzella, which aims to provide mission-driven insurance products to underserved and underinsured communities, starting with bail insurance for defendants navigating the bail process.Judd is an attorney-turned-social entrepreneur. He attend law school at the... Read More →
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Katie Myhre

RED Market
Katie is the founder of RED Market, an online marketplace connecting sustainable farmers with wholesalers, helping farmers deliver local products and build interdependent relationships with buyers.Katie is a Northern MN native who has years of experience working with farmers, farmers’ markets, and organizations s... Read More →
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Jules Porter

Seraph 7 Studios
Jules is the founder of Seraph 7 Studios, a video game development studio that creates console video games with diverse heroes and storylines and offers an applied STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) work-study program and summer camp.Jules is a lawyer who makes video games. She’s a proud military veteran wi... Read More →
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La'Shante Grigsby

Ju + Co Cafe
Shaunie is creating Ju+Co Café, a social enterprise café that connects, employs, and inspires young women of color through personalized coaching, mentorship, and economic opportunities.Shaunie is a versatile youth development practitioner with over 8 years of experience working... Read More →
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Shannon TL Kearns

Uprising Theatre Company
Shannon is the founder of Uprising Theatre Company, which does theatre around social justice issues and partners with local organizations who are working on those issues to channel the energy and empathy created by theatre into concrete action.Shannon is a playwright, a dreamer, a thinker, a transgender man, and a priest. Haunted by... Read More →
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Mohamed Malim

Mohamed is the founder of Epimonia, a social business and brand that employs refugees to make gear from recycled life jackets that refugees have worn on their journey from Greece. Epimonia supports the education and advancement of refugees by donating 50% of profits to non-profit partners.Mohamed is also the founder of D... Read More →
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Alysha Price

The Price Dynamic
Alysha is the founder of The Price Dynamic, which provides family mediation, co-parent education, and co-parent coaching for those working to restructure their families after the dissolve of a relationship or marriage. The Price Dynamic is geared toward strengthening families of color and positively impacting social, health... Read More →

Monday October 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am CDT