Announcement on The Collaborative in 2014
••• After 27 years, The Collaborative and its President, Dan Carr, will be hanging up their entrepreneurial convening cleats in 2014.
It's been our true privilege to serve Minnesota's entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem for all these years.
Here are a few details:
Business as Usual Through June 2014: We are excited to continue serving continue serving Minnesota's entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem through June 30, 2014.
2014 Events Already Scheduled: The Collaborative has already created a fantastic slate of five first half 2014 events (confirmed dates and topics are below).
Offerings: While it's very early in the year, we expect to execute and help build a 2014 event schedule comparable with previous years. After all, our members and program participants have made all of our work possible--for 27 years. We want to respect the support you've given that work and will be sending updates in the coming weeks and months.
Annual Venture & Finance Conference: The MN Venture Capital Association & The Collaborative's 28th Annual Conference is already booked! Mark your calendars now for October 30, 2014 at the Mpls. Convention Center and we'll be back with more information soon, including how this announcement will impact this premier event for Minnesota innovators.
CFO WorkGroups will continue unchanged: The Collaborative will continue facilitating its private CFO WorkGroups into the future (these are small targeted, confidential groups of top finance executives convened on a monthly basis separate from The Collaborative event and publishing activities).
More details will follow. The Collaborative isn't going anywhere just yet and will continue serving the state's entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem with the emails, events and offerings that you've come to expect as participants in our work. We will also keep you posted on additional details, possible second half 2014 events we may help plan and potential synergies with other Minnesota organizations, as they develop.
Here are some thoughts on this announcement from Dan Carr:
Thanks for all your support--without it, we simply wouldn't be able to do our work serving, convening, celebrating and exploring Minnesota's innovation economy -- and "Helping to Build Minnesota Companies," our tagline since 1987.