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March 22, 2018

People and Culture

Kabara Institute engages with Rochester entrepreneurial initiatives

Our Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies has been actively engaging with both Winona and Rochester civic, business, and educational efforts to promote entrepreneurship. Along with its programming at the Winona Campus, the Kabara Institute has been involved with many key Rochester entrepreneurial activities.

For example, Christine Beech, director of the Kabara Institute — having seen the value of Rochester’s “1 Million Cups” monthly entrepreneurial support forum — helped bring 1MC to Winona, where it launched in November with great success. She is also working with Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. on ways to increase Saint Mary’s visibility in the area. The institute collaborated with Rochester’s Startup Weekend and sent three Saint Mary’s students to attend, and it partnered with Rochester Rising to host a Global Entrepreneurship Week Student Showcase at our Cascade Meadow center. The Kabara Institute also continues to partner with Rochester Rising and Collider Coworking on several initiatives, and recently coordinated a visit to the Collider facility for Winona city and business representatives as a co-work space is being developed in Winona.

Caption: Saint Mary’s students were among those attending Rochester’s Startup Weekend last fall.