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April 9th Growth Series Seminar on "Private Equity Strategies" Attracts 200

The Collaborative and the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) co-hosted th April 9th Growth Series Seminar, attracting 200 CEOs, CFOs, investors and executives to a two panel discussion on Private Equity Strategies. In addition to experts from law, investment banking and accounting and tax firms, attendees heard from entrepreneurs and investors who’ve been involved in private equity transactions. They delved into the challenges and opportunities of effectively utilizing, raising and leveraging private equity for growth. Attendees also received a hefty 56-page materials booklet including speaker bios and a detailed, useful outline on the subject.
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Weighty Five-Session Medtech Event Featuring Boston Scientific CEO Mike Mahoney Attracted Over 300 CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Investors and Professionals

Minnesota is known worldwide as a medtech mecca. On February 27, The Collaborative and LifeScience Alley hosted the Vanguard Series program on Medtech examining “Where Minnesota’s Strengths & Opportunities Meet” exploring five areas of Medtech opportunity in an invigorating series of 35-minute conversational sessions. The event attracted a crowd of over 300 CEOs, executives, investors, entrepreneurs and executives interested in Minnesota’s opportunities, challenges and future in our stalwart medical device industry. The morning was filled with lively networking, beginning with breakfast and a fantastic keynote followed by five great sessions.
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Cold Morning and Great Content as ‘Mergers & Acquisitions’ Seminar Attracts 150 to Hear From Outstanding Panels

Over 100 were present by 7:45 a.m. on a cold, cold morning with schools closing as The Collaborative presented its first Growth Series Seminar of 2014, “Mergers & Acquisitions: The Market Continues to be Strong – For Both Buyers and Sellers,” on January 23. The event attracted 150 CEOs, CFOs, investors, entrepreneurs and executives to learn about the great potential in M&A and how to take advantage of the more robust market for their business. The two-panel, 3-hour discussion featured a wealth of information, expert advice and real-world stories. Content was rich, networking was energetic and attendees also received a hefty 68-page materials book providing take-home information to share with their teams.
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175 Attracted to November Healthcare and Medtech Reform Series Breakfast
A robust roster of CEOs, investors and experts offered great discussion and insights into the impacts and opportunities for Minnesota.

On November 14th, The Collaborative hosted a four-panel breakfast discussing healthcare and medtech reform, two of Minnesota’s most important growth engines for our economic future. This event featured 12 outstanding speakers who live in these areas daily and offered their insights on the healthcare reform legislation, medtech innovation, wellness trends and the changing dynamics in Washington, D.C. The audience of entrepreneurs, executives and investors were treated to an information-filled morning with vigorous networking opportunities.
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400 Entrepreneurs, Investors and Executives Converge at the 27th Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference

Since 1987, The Collaborative and the Minnesota Venture Capital Association have co-hosted Minnesota's premier Venture & Finance Conference. The goal of the conference is the same as it was in the beginning – bringing together investors and entrepreneurs to discuss, learn and network in order to nurture Minnesota’s innovation economy.
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Leadership Series Event Draws Over 200 to Hear Star Studded Panel Address “State of Innovation in America.”

The Collaborative Leadership Series one-of-a-kind breakfast event on September 13 took a broad look at the current 'state of innovation in America' in light of today's economic, trade and regulatory realities. Over 200 entrepreneurs, investors, executives and professionals were drawn to hear about what the 'big picture' trends mean for Minnesota's innovation economy and to learn more about our opportunities to succeed. The audience was treated to a fascinating conversation as the star-studded panel of leaders with national and global perspectives explored the challenges and opportunities of building a thriving innovation economy as a state and a nation.
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July 23 Three-Session Innovation Series Event Features 15 Speakers & Attracts a Great Audience

On July 23, The Collaborative hosted an Innovation Series event aimed at helping growing companies build stronger, more successful companies. The event featured three outstanding sessions on public private partnering, employees, social, space, valuation and negotiation. The audience of entrepreneurs, executives, investors and students were treated to a jam-packed morning with 15 speakers, detailed handouts and lively networking. Dr. Chris Puto, Dean of the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, and Dan Carr, CEO of The Collaborative, welcomed the crowd.
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13th Annual ChangeMakers Dives Deep into Compellent Technologies; Followed by 18th Annual Entrepreneur & Investor Luncheon Featuring NVCA President

The June 6th double event began with the 13th Annual ChangeMakers event featuring a Collaborative Case Study on Compellent Technologies, following its road from startup to a $1 billion acquisition. As with other ChangeMakers events, this examination of Compellent provided a great dialogue from the perspective of the Minnesota innovation economy. The audience of entrepreneurs, executives and investors were treated to an inside look into one of Minnesota’s most exciting technology stories.
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18th Annual Minnesota Entrepreneur & Investor Luncheon Features Keynote Address by Mark Heesen

The 18th Annual Entrepreneur & Investor Luncheon was a great opportunity for investors to network with other investors and with Minnesota’s top entrepreneurs. Bringing the investment and entrepreneurial community together has been the goal since the National Venture Capital Association, Minnesota Venture Capital Association and The Collaborative first launched this event in 1996.
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275 Attracted to the May 2 Tech.2013 Six-Part Event

On May 2nd, The Collaborative hosted a six session morning event, “Tech.2013: Data, the Cloud, Commerce, Social, Platforms, Niche Tech, Enterprise & Health.” This event featured 18 speakers on six outstanding panels and a keynote address by Minneapolis Mayor, R.T. Rybak. The audience of 275 entrepreneurs, executives and investors were treated to an information-filled morning and valuable networking.
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