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Whether you are an entrepreneur now or are interested in learning the basics of starting a new business, there are a few upcoming events in Rochester to keep on your radar.

Collider Expert Series

Winona State University–Rochester’s College of Business is sponsoring a year-long business series at the Collider Coworking space downtown. The first class, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 26, will offer attendees tips on how to land investors. 

According to a news release: "This inaugural session will be taught by Jared Eberhard from WSU’s College of Business. Eberhard will discuss his three successful entrepreneur ventures where he sought and obtained investor funds and applied best approaches to rapidly move ideas into a professional and concise business plan."

WSU-R will sponsor the Collider Expert Series for twelve months with two classes to be held each month. These micro courses will cover a variety of topics focused on community needs.

Learn more here.

Startup weekend

Want to turn an idea into a business plan in just 54 hours? Then you might want to consider signing up for Rochester's Startup Weekend. The event, which has already been held in over 150 countries, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 5 at Collider.

Here's how it works: "Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, where groups of students, developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening."

About one in four teams participating in Startup Weekends continue with their concept after the event, says a post by Rochester RisingOne of those success stories comes from the University of Minnesota, where a group of students designed a smart water bottled, called Hidrate, that is now a full-scale company.

Get signed up here.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Finally, let's take this moment to plug ourselves. As part of this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week Rochester (Nov. 13-17), Med City Beat is hosting a special edition of "What's on Tap?" focused on the media's coverage of business in Rochester.

Our guests will be Jeff Kiger of the Post-Bulletin and Amanda Leightner of Rochester Rising. Jeff has covered the business beat for the paper's "Heard on the Street" column for nearly two decades. Amanda's Rochester Rising podcast and blog tells the stories of Rochester entrepreneurs and business owners.

Our discussion will focus on how we approach coverage in a community constantly stirring with innovation and development. There will be opportunities for audience members to ask questions.

You can see a full calendar of GEW events here.

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