Minneapolis Entrepreneurs Launch Innovation on a Stick at Minnesota State Fair

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Minneapolis entrepreneurs launch Innovation on a Stick at Minnesota State Fair leading up to EXPO 2023: The Minnesota World's Fair. Wendy Meadley, communications lead for Expo 2023: The Minnesota World’s Fair, comments on the buzz around the Expo 2023 announcement and how entrepreneurial start-ups will bring the event to Minnesota.

Innovation on a Stick at Minnesota State Fair for World Fair EXPO 2023

Innovation on a Stick at Minnesota State Fair

The first World’s Fair held in the US in nearly 40 years is going to be held in Minnesota. A group of innovative entrepreneurs gathered with Wendy Meadley, communications lead for Expo 2023: The Minnesota World’s Fair, to shape a vision of how this global gathering of 10-15 million visitors to Minnesota at a brainstorming event this week. Exploring the buzz around the announcement of Expo 2023, these early starters are filled with the passion to connect entrepreneurs and projects that will bring the event to Minnesota.

“Entrepreneurial start-ups are full of creative innovations that move markets,” stated Wendy. “Minnesota has savvy business minded entrepreneurs who get it. People know today that those who master innovative ideas are our guides to future business and technology.”

Innovative Minnesota entrepreneurs are the working geniuses behind the future event. "We are at a key moment in time where all the behind the scenes work becomes very real in a public way. " states Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, the Advisory Chair of Expo 2023, The Minnesota World’s Fair.
New business filings are one indicator of the strength of Minnesota’s economy. New Minnesota business at the rate of 15,547 were filed in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the state’s year-to-date filings up to 31,502 – an increase over the 31,060 filings during the first half o 2013. According to Ritchie’s July 7, 2014 report titled Minnesota’s New Business filings Up in First Half of 2014, a lot of innovation is happening right now in Minnesota within start-ups of all sizes.

The next available opening in the official World Fair Expo schedule comes in 2023; and Minnesota plans to win it. Following after Milan in 2015, Astana, Kazakhstan in 2017, and Dubai in 2020, returning the event to a Minnesota World’s Fair will place local entrepreneurs in a new world spotlight.

Additional reasons why Minnesota is ideal to host the World Fair:

  • 60,829 entrepreneurs register with the Minnesota State office according to news released by Minnesota 20/20
  • Minnesota’s national leadership hosts Fortune 500 companies and provides employment for thousands of entrepreneurial and creative people, according to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Minneapolis ranked 8th nationally in the Top 30 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs 2013, according to Under 30 CEO.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota is the 4th most popular city in America for women entrepreneurship, as reported by Twin Cities Business July 2014. That reflects the powerhouse of 10.4 female entrepreneurs in business per every 100 residents.
  • Minneapolis is ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. Popular Science named Minneapolis the "Top Tech City" in the U.S. for its availability of Wi-Fi, transportation solutions, research and development, advanced degrees held by the workforce, and green initiatives.

“Minnesota new startups aren’t intimidated by lack of size or resources; they deftly know how to compensate with the speed and agility it takes to succeed,” commented Wendy.
A global gathering of highly interested individuals who are eager to contribute and share in the growing excitement of bringing the World’s Fair to Minnesota, are participating in the Indiegogo crowdfunding. The Indiegogo launched the 4th of August and runs till Sept 18 at midnight.

"Jim Jurewicz, CEO/Founder of The Brainstorm Company and Organizer of the Minnesota Network of Entrepreneurs, has been a collaborative supporter of the Expo 2023 bringing in extensive volunteer resources and entrepreneurs into our Minnesota State Fair effort" shares Wendy Meadley, Strategic Communications Lead of Expo 2023. "These Meetup groups are vibrant places to connect with Minnesota's innovators of today and tomorrow."

About Expo 2023
Expo 2023 is a campaign to bring the 2023 World’s Fair to Minnesota. We are a citizen committee that has enjoyed the support and volunteer effort from thousands of Minnesotans. We need your support and participation! For more information, visit http://www.expo2023.info.

About Indiegogo
Indiegogo is a way for people all over the world to join forces to make ideas happen. Since 2008, millions of contributors have empowered hundreds of thousands of inventors, musicians, do-gooders, filmmakers—and many more—to bring their dreams to life.

Indiegogo is democratizing the way ideas get funded and become reality. We have a simple mission: to empower everyone to change the world one idea at a time. Some Indiegogo campaigns are small and personal. Some are large and mainstream. Each campaign is moving forward because it is supported by a community of people with a common goal. Learn more at http://www.indiegogo.com

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