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Savvy Entrepreneur Series in a Day

4/22/2013 9:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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Savvy Entrepreneur Series in a Day! (SES-Day)


Monday, April 22, 2013 - 9:00am - 3:30pm


CoCo Minneapolis

400 South 4th Street, Suite #401

Minneapolis 55415

United States

See map: Google Maps

REGISTER HERE - Space is Limited


Through the generous sponsorship of Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., the SES-D registration is $50 and includes:

The nine topic entrepreneurship bootcamp curriculum and presenter personal contacts,

TiE Minnesota membership (1 year $100 and additional discounts)

Meals for the day and

An opportunity to develop colleagues for a lifetime - while building your company!

2013 Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off attendees and U.S. Military Veterans and National Guard Members get a 20% discount on SES-Day registration.

The SES-Day is offered to all entrepreneurs to enhance their effectiveness and to strengthen applications they may be submitting to business start-up competitions they may enter.

The Savvy Entrepreneur Series will be offered through a blended learning format. Prior to the event, registrants will have access to six live presentation videos on topics critical to the success of a start-up and delivered by experienced entrepreneurs. These presenters will be there - in person - on the morning of the 22nd to answer your questions and further discuss these topics: (Speaker Bios posted below)

Validating my Business Concept - Rajiv Tandon

How to work with my attorney effectively and efficiently - Mark Gleeman

An Advisory Board - Who, How & When - Linda Hall

Thinking Like a Marketer - Getting Customers in a Digital World - Josh Dahmes

IP - What are my Options - Brad Walz, Michael Olsen, Brett Klein

My Story - Worthy of an Investor's Interest? - Cory Thompson

Following a networking lunch, three additional topics will be addressed through live presentations.

Your Presentation makes an Impression and Impressions Matter! - David Gee

Forming the All-important Start-up TEAM - Patrick Kenney

First Revenue - When and How - Rick Brimacomb

We look forward to your participation and, in the words of a participant in the first SES, we look forward to enabling more relationships to be built that can enhance your support system as you commence your entrepreneurial journey!

Presenter Biographical Sketches

Rajiv Tandon - Adayana, Inc.

Dr. Rajiv Tandon is Founder, CEO and Chairman of Adayana, Inc. a Minneapolis based performance improvement and workforce development company providing services and solutions that empower individuals to learn. A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Tandon holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, with honors, from the Institute of all from the University of Minnesota. Under a Bush Leadership Fellowship, his doctoral dissertation in entrepreneurship examined critical success factors in emerging companies and built a model for evaluating the success potential of new opportunities.

Mark Gleeman - Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Mark Gleeman is a shareholder at Winthrop & Weinstine and practices in corporate and business law, banking, and labor and employment law. He has substantial experience counseling clients on day-to-day business matters from structuring, negotiation, drafting and review of complex contracts. Mark also represents employers with labor and employment issues.

Linda Hall - Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer

Linda Hall has 18 years experience on 5 public and 7 privately held company boards in the US and Europe. She has chaired Compensation, Compliance, Governance & Nominating Committees; and served on Audit Committees. She has 33 years executive experience in manufacturing (HVAC) and service sectors (healthcare; employee benefits; utilities; education) and has launched 9 start-­ups, including two inside Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise includes: succession planning, compensation and executive coaching; raising capital, breakthrough innovation, successful exits; distribution strategy, strategic planning, alliances, integration of acquisitions, navigating growth stages and developing high performance teams.

Josh Dahmes - President, Online Marketing

Josh's extensive online marketing experience started in 1997 and includes search marketing optimization, social media, email marketing, online media buying, affiliate marketing and web analytics, with a focus on metrics and ROI. He was already doing search marketing when Google launched and was involved with social media when Facebook was still only for college students. Josh joined Risdall in 2005 as the Vice President of Online Marketing and was promoted to President of the Online Marketing Group in 2009. He has spoken at seminars and conferences for over 10 years and continues to work with companies on how to use the Internet to drive bottom line results. Josh holds a B.S. in marketing from the University of Minnesota.

Brad Walz - Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Brad Walz is a shareholder in Winthrop & Weinstine’s Intellectual Property group. He primarily represents technology companies on strategic legal and business matters relating to cloud computing, software development and distribution, open source software, and data security and privacy. He is experienced in all aspects of trademark and copyright law.

Brett Klein - Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Brett Klein is a patent prosecutor who works to secure patent protection for inventions. His practice involves preparing and prosecuting applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Brett is also experienced in contractual negotiations of IP rights for joint ventures, and patent due diligence investigations for corporate transactions.

Michael Olsen - Winthrop & Weinstine

Michael Olsen is chair of the Technology & Intellectual Property Transactions group at Winthrop & Weinstine. He assists local and international clients with a variety of e-commerce, software, and technology licensing issues including open source software and cloud computing. He also represents clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.

David Gee - 3 Second Selling

David is an author, founder, consultant and speaker. We only have a few seconds these days to pique people's curiosities, arouse their brains, create emotional connections and lay a sales-forward foundation. That's what David Gee helps people do with his 3 Second Selling™ platform. He has been making his own 3 seconds count his entire professional life as a TV news anchor and reporter, (Hubbard Broadcasting, Channel 4 and Fox 9) motorsports PR pro for actor Paul Newman and football greats Terry Bradshaw and Walter Payton, as the editor for Minnesota Business Magazine, corporate PR director, PR agency account manager and as a communications consultant.

Patrick Kenney - HR Visions, Inc.

Pat, both intrapreneur and entrepreneur, is a principled natural integrator and influencer who within timeframes and budgets drives change. He is an HR pioneer whose functional corporate career is as a Senior Human Resources Executive with over 30 years of achievement leading organization-wide process, systems, and culture transformations for global companies such as: Seagate Technology, AnswerThink Consulting, Digital Equipment Corp., and Personnel Decisions International. His entrepreneur HR insight comes through experience with more than four start-ups including: Green Harvest Technologies LLC, Residential Construction Inc, HR Visions Inc, , and Parable Recon Inc.

Rick Brimacomb - Brimacomb + Associates

Rick has been a venture capitalist, advising and investing in emerging companies, for more than twenty years. He co-founded the Sherpa Trek venture capital fund, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in technology and life science companies. His earlier experience includes venture capital, investment banking and investment research. Rick is founder of Club Entrepreneur, co-founder of MOJO Minnesota and a past President of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association. He has been recognized by the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal for the “40 under 40” award. Rick received his BS and MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

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