Our Members - 2014

Membership and Results

For 27 years, successful entrepreneurs, investors and managers of growing companies have invested in membership because they got results.

Invaluable contacts and a proven resource.

The Collaborative, through its events and publications, is an outstanding value for companies and investors alike. It is clear that Minnesota's entrepreneurial economy and level of activity would not be what it is today if not for The Collaborative.
Michael Gorman, Managing Director, Split Rock Partners

The Collaborative is an outstanding resource for the Minnesota growth company marketplace. Over the past 10 years Golf Galaxy made the complete circuit with The Collaborative. We presented as a startup looking for funding at the Annual Venture Finance Conference in the 90's, then as a new initial public offering at The Collaborative "Going Public" seminar, and with our recent sale to Dick's Sporting Goods we have completed the trifecta! Keep up the good work. Our Minnesota business community is lucky to have such a resource!
Randy Zanatta, Founder, Golf Galaxy

Minnesota's only forum 100% committed to growing companies and the Innovation Economy.

The Collaborative is a phenomenal platform. When I came out of industry 10 years ago, they as well as many other gracious individuals provided me a road map and appreciation of the journey to birth a new company. The Collaborative helped me write a business plan, raise capital, deal with legal aspects of the business, hire talent and form a board of directors. The programs provide efficient, useful information and connect you to a great network.
Kevin Nickels, Preventis, Celleration and Kinesis

Real-life, pertinent and efficient information on business issues.

The Collaborative does a great job of pulling together outstanding programs on relevant topics with knowledgeable speakers. I make the time to attend - and it is consistently time well spent.
Brad Cleveland, Former CEO, Proto Labs

The Collaborative is a truly unique resource to Minnesota's venture community. I always enjoy introducing investors and entrepreneurs to The Collaborative's targeted resources, including the New Venture Review and the many programs it offers. I believe The Collaborative is the most effective and professionally run entrepreneurial program in the United States.
Gordon F. Stofer, Managing Partner, Cherry Tree Investments

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