Impact Week Recap

“I am loving the warm, busy Hub vibes today,” said Susan Hammel, founder of Cogent Consulting and longtime Impact Hub member. The space was certainly buzzing as we celebrated an exciting Impact Week, August 20-25, which included an array of inspiring events highlighting the spirit of what Impact Hub and FINNOVATION Lab are creating together.

Monday kicked off with a Social Enterprise Leadership Breakfast, which was well attended despite the 7:20 am start! The group will continue to work together to achieve greater impact in our ecosystem. What a perfect model of collaboration in action!

 Tai Chi with Ayano Performance

Tai Chi with Ayano Performance

After a 7:20 am meeting, what could get you through the day better than a post-lunch session of Tai Chi, Yoga and Meditation? Ayano Performance led a stress-reducing Wellness Sampler for our members and guests.

Tuesday included the first ever FINNOVATION Lab Fellowship Pitch & Selection Day. Judges met with the 16 finalists individually before pitches took place. The final 5 have been chosen and will be announced soon! Visit us again on Monday, September 17th from 4-6pm to welcome the inaugural cohort of fellows. We are eager for you to meet these incredible social entrepreneurs as they begin their 9-month fellowship.

 FINNOVATION Lab 2018 Finalists & Judges

FINNOVATION Lab 2018 Finalists & Judges

We spent a well deserved afternoon in the Brewer’s Den on Wednesday, sharing a few pints and snacks together. Fellow members, friends, staff and board members gathered together to connect and celebrate this exciting new chapter for Impact Hub and FINNOVATION Lab.

Thursday featured an exclusive Social Entrepreneur Roundtable with special guest, David Press, Partner with Confluence Partners, a C-suite consultancy based in New York City. As a strategic, legal, marketing and communications expert, David shared his best tips on how to talk to investors. This marked the highest attended round table yet!

 Community Innovation Manager, Keith, kicking of MN Cup Impact Division Pitches

Community Innovation Manager, Keith, kicking of MN Cup Impact Division Pitches

The week ended with the Minnesota Cup’s Impact Division Semi-Finalist Pitches followed by the Good North Market. Judges gathered in our boardroom to painstakingly narrow down the 10 semi-finalists to 3. (Learn more about MN Cup and all of the 2018 finalists here.) Then, over 100 people gathered in our space to watch the pitches and venture throughout the rest of FINNEGANS House to visit amazing social purpose businesses, brands, and makers that are making a difference in the world with the products they sell and missions they live.

What a week! We are energized by the countless hard-working, innovative people in our community doing whatever they can to make an impact.