Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Founded in 2005 by Dr. Jon and Betty Kabara


At the Kabara Institute, we bring together students, faculty, community members and entrepreneurs to innovate, develop and grow the entrepreneurial sprit.

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Upcoming Events

1 Million Cups Winona

7:30 – 8:30 A.M. Garage Co-Work Space

June 12

1 Million Cups is a monthly presentation and networking event that allows local entrepreneurs to connect with each other over coffee.

For more information regarding 1 Million Cups Winona and to stay updated on their upcoming speakers, follow them on their Facebook page.


Techstars Startup Weekend

June 21, 6:00 P.M. – June 23, 8:00 P.M.

June 21 – June 23

Entrepreneurs are placed in small teams and have 54-hours to create an elevator pitch, business plan, presentation and prototype of an innovative business idea to present to experienced entrepreneurs at the end of the weekend.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the offical EventBrite page.




Women Entrepreneurs Forum

8:30 – 9:30 A.M. Cascade Meadow

June 27

WORKSHOP: Building Your Leadership Style – “Using StrengthsFinder”

By Bethany von Steinbergs

What’s Next?

We always have more events in store! To view more calendars and to learn more about future upcoming events, visit our Events Page.

Calling All Innovators

Every year, Kabara hosts an annual Elevator Pitch competition to help further enhance the entrepreneurial spirit within our Saint Mary’s students.

Students have 90 seconds to pitch their business, product or non-profit organization to our panel of judges. Winners receive cash prizes, and all participants have the opportunity to continue the development of their ideas with help from the Institute afterwards.

Check out our Events Page for a list of our previous winners or read up on the official rules and requirements to prepare for this fall’s competition!

The Elevator Pitch Competition was an amazing experience that allowed us to explore and share our ideas to a larger community.

It gave us confidence about our ideas and the opportunities to start them if we wanted to.

Anna Dale & Sarah Hardy

2018 Winners, "Ensemble"

Guest Speakers

Kabara hosts a guest speaker on campus once a month during the academic school year. From entrepreneurs to social advocates, our guest speakers pique the interest of students and allow them the opportunity to network with professionals. For a list of this year’s speaker topics and dates, visit our Events Page.

We would like to extend another thank you to our recent speakers! If you missed their talk and are interested in learning more about them and their business endeavors, click on the links below.

Meredith Speier 


Maggie Sonnek

Mill City Creative

Susan Langer

Live. Give. Save.

Tim Bauer

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