After the Idea

If you have an idea or skill worth turning into a startup, it can be easy to fast-forward to the dreamy payoff: being recognized within your community, getting featured on a hip website,  finding a nice office that's not your bedroom...

But that's only once you've put in the work. So what actually happens after the idea? As in, right after the idea — once you've had the exhilarating moment when you say, "We've really got something here," and then ask, "So what do we do now?"

That's the question we're answering at Twin Cities Startup Week, with three sessions co-hosted by Connect the Grey. This year's Startup Week runs Sept. 19-25, and our sessions will take place on Friday the 23rd at Impact Hub MSP.

"It's an exciting time to launch new ventures in the Twin Cities," says Janie Hanson, founder and CEO of Connect the Grey. "With so many helpful and talented people in the community, momentum really builds when we share resources and compare notes, especially for all those little details they don't teach you in business school!"

Open Gym: After the Idea

September 23, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Launching a business involves a whole web of practical steps beyond your core product or service: pitching your idea to people, getting funding, creating an LLC or other official corporation, filing taxes, managing client contracts, and so on. These tasks can be daunting for new entrepreneurs: Not only are they complicated and often required by law, but they also take you away from your real passion, the thing you founded your business to do in the first place. 

Open Gym: After the Idea is a workshop designed to help entrepreneurs answer and work through some of those next-step questions. We'll share resources on a variety of startup needs, and dive deep into one or two topics based on participants' interests and experience.

Our other two Startup Week sessions focus on two important aspects to build into your business from the start: personal wellness and creativity. 

Building Balance: Personal Workplace Health

September 23, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Staying personally healthy while pursuing startup success is challenging, but can start with small changes in your workplace. Deb Lundberg, founder of Health Solutions, will share simple tips and tricks to keep your body happy and your mind healthy. Connect the Grey co-hosts this session with our partner Health Solutions.

After Deb’s presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to receive a personalized health screening report that allows them to prioritize and set specific wellness goals.

Building Balance: Connecting Creativity

September 23, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Creativity is an essential part of innovation, but building creativity into your business is easier said than done. Connect the Grey's Janie Hanson, whose art practice informs her work as founder and CEO, shows how engaging with the arts and embracing artists is an integral part of a balanced business. 

This hands-on session includes strategies for opening your awareness at work and bringing a fresh perspective to problems you're trying to solve.

Our sessions on Friday the 23rd are just a few of this year's Twin Cities Startup Week events. Click here to browse the full schedule, including free coworking at Impact Hub MSP!