Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies

Events & Competitions

Recent Virtual Events 

Click on any of the videos below to watch recent forums, conversations and presentations 

ATTENTION: Please note that all events are currently being held in a virtual format.

See event details for sign up. Note: Event log in details will be sent to all registered attendees. 

Upcoming Event Info

Below are details, dates and locations for our upcoming events. For updates leading up to an event be sure to follow us on Facebook @KabaraSMUMN and also on Twitter @KabaraSMUMN.

Kabara Guest Speakers

Kabara is honored to host an array of entrepreneurial guest speakers throughout the year on SMUMN’s Winona Campus. Past speaker events can be viewed on this page. Tune into our Facebook page for times and locations leading up to the event.

WE Forum Events

Women Entrepreneurs Forum events are great opportunities for women entrepreneurs to network, connect and enhance their entrepreneurial spirits. Check out the 2020 calendar below or view the WE Forum 2020 Calendar.

 

All WE Forum events care currently being held virtually.

 

When things change, we will once again meet in person at:

 

Saint Mary’s University Rochester Campus – Cascade Meadow Wetlands

 

2900 19th Street Northwest

 

Rochester, MN 55901

 

 

2020 Calendar

 

January 16

 

Turning Interests into Businesses  “How to Make the Leap”

 

February 13

 

Doing Business in Med City — “Catering to the Patient Experience”

 

March 19 – 

 

Investing in Your Business  “When to Spend Money in the Early Stages”

 

April 16 

 

Should You Consider Franchising?  “Value in Name Recognition”

 

May 21

 

What Does it Take?  “Grit, Gumption, and Resilience”

 

June 

 

Summer Break

 

July 16 

 

Selling Online  “The Good and Bad of Offering Online Sales”

 

August 20

 

Staying Current “Using Continuous Learning to Stay Relevant”

 

September 17

 

Building a Side Hustle While Still Working Full Time

 

October 15

 

Protecting Your Business “Copy Write, Trademarks, IP”

 

November 19

 

Marketing with Social Med “How to Attract Customers”

 

December 

 

Winter Break

 

 

1 Million Cups

 

1 Million Cups is a monthly event that brings together the local community of entrepreneurs for a cup of coffee and a conversation. It is a great opportunity for those looking for first-hand entrepreneurial advice from start-up business owners.

1 Million Cups Winona

1MC Winona takes place on the second Wednesday of every month at the

Garage Co-Work Space

123 Lafayette Street

Winona, MN 55987

To stay updated on all things Winona 1MC, be sure to stay connected to The Garage on Facebook @TheGarageCoWork.

1 Million Cups Rochester 

1MC Rochester takes place on the first Wednesday of every month at

One Discovery Square

201-299 4th St SW

Rochester, MN 55902

To stay updated on all things Rochester 1MC, be sure to follow them on Facebook @1MCRochester.

Cardinal Pitch Competition 2020

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This year’s Cardinal Pitch Competition will take place on November 11th, 2020 from 4-6pm. The event will be virtual, so sign up for a time to pitch your idea to our panel of judges and win up to $500 for 1st place!

Recent Event

SMIF Student Bridge Competition

After previously winning first place in SMUMN’s own elevator pitch competition last year, Caily Landers and Isabel Bettag spent the spring and summer pitching at events and developing a prototype to present their idea at the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Bridge Competition.

Both students are double majors in the business department, as well as athletes competing on the SMUMN basketball team. Landers is a management and sports management major, and Bettag is majoring in finance and sports management.

The two won the People’s Choice Award at the Assistive Tech Challenge in June, and recently entered the Bridge Competition with their idea, “Calm Connect”, an app based solution to address isolation and loneliness in children and elderly patients.

Overall, Landers and Bettag have been impressing judges and potential customers across SE Minnesota as they discuss piloting a prototype of their product in local health institutions this fall.

To hear more about their journey, check out the story on the Student Spotlight page.

Elevator Pitch Competition

Kabara hosts a annual elevator pitch competition where students have the opportunity to pitch their business idea in 90 seconds or less for cash prizes.

This year’s 2020 competition will be held on 11 November from 4-6pm. Register here to secure your spot!

 

Learn more about the competition by reading the rules and requirements.

Fall 2019 Winners
1st PLACE

Caily Landers & Isabel Bettag with “Atmos-here”

2nd PLACE

Cole McElwain with “Generation Z”

3rd PLACE

Trevor Paradise with “The Warm Wagon”

MOST SOCIAL IMPACT:

“SMU Alert Banner System”  Steve Reamer & Jacob Coleman

“Haystak”  Sarah Hardy

MOST INNOVATIVE:

BioTape  Christain Beamer

Fall 2018 Winners
1st PLACE

Sarah Hardy & Anna Dale with “Ensemble”

2nd PLACE

Carolyn Klaesges & Luis Avila with “Drive Coin”

3rd PLACE

Jakira Robinson with “#GIRLCHAT”

MOST SOCIAL IMPACT:

“Athletes United”  Justine Schultz & Kris Shepard

“Providing Opportunities for Prosperity”  Katherine Lofquist

“Eat Green and Go”  Lily Figel

MOST INNOVATIVE:

“Weight to Wake”  Izamar Leon

“Solar Pot”  Taliya Harris

“Soaker Socks”  Stephany Beck

Spring 2018 Winners
1st PLACE

James Perreault with “Sani-Cart”

2nd PLACE

Jake Mencacci, Bailey McKnight, Steven Reamer & Alex Kleve with “RIGHTFITSports”

3rd PLACE

Rowan Flynn & Carolyn Klaesges with “Utilizing Predictive Modeling”

Business Plan Competition

To further foster the entrepreneurial spirit within its students, the Saint Mary’s University Business Department and the Kabara Institute will periodically sponsor the business plan competition to engage and encourage business-minded students at SMUMN.

Learn more about the competition by reading the rules and requirements.