Working together to build an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem

The Collider Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to building an inclusive and healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem by facilitating connections, education, and storytelling that surrounds and supports Rochester’s entrepreneurs.

Inclusive Programming
Everyone with a great idea should have the chance to create a company. We work with entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and experiences by co-creating programming that empowers our local entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurial Education
Insanely great entrepreneurs are created by first establishing a solid understanding of entrepreneurial principles. We host educational programming for entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey.
Facilitating Connections
Entrepreneurs succeed when they engage with the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We curate opportunities for “random collisions” to happen and help remove barriers to success for our local entrepreneurs.
Amplifying
Success
Rochester is an innovative community and home to some amazing entrepreneurs. We work to promote our entrepreneurial ecosystem through publishing print, digital, and video content to celebrate our entrepreneurs.
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Programs

Ecosystem Navigator Program

Knowing where and when to engage in an entrepreneurial ecosystem can seem difficult and time-consuming. The Ecosystem Navigator program provides a 1:1 connection with a Navigator in the Rochester community that will meet with you and serve as your guide to our ecosystem.


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Entrepreneurial Education

The Foundation provides year-round educational opportunities that are co-created with our local entrepreneurs. We create educational experiences that range from a single session to our ten week Kauffman FastTrac program.


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Entrepreneurial Events

Creating opportunities for connection is one of the best ways to continue to strengthen our entrepreneurial ecosystem. We host a variety of events throughout the year like 1 Million Cups Rochester and Startup Weekend.


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Team

Jamie Sundsbak

Executive Director

Jamie is a passionate entrepreneurial ecosystem builder that is dedicated to making Rochester a major entrepreneurial destination over the next twenty years. Jamie is a connector that helps 100’s of entrepreneurs each year remove barriers to their success. Jamie co-founded Collider Coworking, a coworking space for startups, freelancers, remote workers and nonprofits in Rochester. Jamie was also part of the founding team that created the Center for Surgical Excellence at Mayo Clinic and the founder of BioAM, and organization to promote entrepreneurship in the life sciences. Jamie has been instrumental in bringing many entrepreneurial events like Startup Weekend, 1 Million Cups Rochester, and Global Entrepreneurship Week to Rochester.

 

Volunteers

The majority of the work we do relies on volunteers that share a vision for creating an inclusive and healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Startup Weekend

Chris Lukenbill
Fresh Edge, LLC
Amanda Leightner
Rochester Rising
Ahmed Makkawy
Saharafox
Matthieu Lynch
Channel One Regional Food Bank
Rochelle Oribio
Valor Up, LLC
Jan Hagenbrock
LiveAtom
Sarah Miller
Whitespace
Nate Nordstrom
Brand Hoot
Eric Giberti
SmugMug
Xavier Frigola
Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc
Kenneth Ngah
Tek Citadel
Solomon Antoine
FAVR, Inc
Chris Schad
Destination Medical Center

1 Million Cups
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Nick Moucha
Keller Williams
Chris Lukenbill
Fresh Edge, LLC
Xavier Frigola
Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc
Amanda Leightner
Rochester Rising
Joya Stetson
Community and Economic Development Associates
Sam Gill
Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

GEW

Sam Gill
Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
Chris Schad
Destination Medical Center
Xavier Frigola
Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc
Heather Holmes
Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc
Ryan Nolander
Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc
John Helmers
Water Crops, PBC
Matthieu Lynch
Channel One Regional Food Bank
Julie Kiehne
Winona State Univeristy
Andy Smith
Grey Duck Theater
Grace Pesche
United Way of Olmsted County

Kauffman FastTrac
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Amanda Leightner
Rochester Rising

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Board


We are actively seeking board members

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Contact

14 4th St. SW
Suite 203-15
Rochester, MN 55902
PHONE
507-993-1918
Collider Foundation

 

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