Community Impact: September 2022
14 October 2022 - Impact Hub

Putting people and planet first is not always the easy way. You walk a little further to find the recycling bin, you turn down the funder that has conflicting values, you spend extra, intentional time when hiring to ensure fair and equitable access. But we know this extra work is worth it and, in fact, essential for better business and a better world. This month we highlighted this importance through Twin Cities Startup Week, Hispanic Heritage Month and back to school season. Read on!

The Future of Business at Twin Cities Startup Week

To build a better future, we need better business. Businesses that challenge the status quo, accelerate innovation, create inclusive job opportunities and keep sustainability and circularity at their core.

Our incredible group of panelists shared their ‘messy and magical’ experiences as social impact ventures. Here were some key takeaways.

  • Re-evaluate what scale looks and feels like. It doesn’t have to look a certain way to be valuable.
  • Not all capital is the same. Educate yourself about different types of capital and be intentional about timing.
  • The loneliness of the starting phase is real! Don’t try to do it alone. Learn from others with a growth mindset.
  • Be like water…

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.”

― Bruce Lee

Meet the Panelists

Mark Ritchie, Global Minnesota

Shawntera Hardy, Civic Eagle

Basil Ajuo, Minnesota Africans United

Kate Downing Khaled, Imagine Deliver

Hispanic Heritage Month: Mercado Latino

From September 19-30 in Gaviidae Common, the second annual MERCADO LATINO gave shoppers the opportunity to explore products from all over Latin America, as well as those created by Latino makers here in the Twin Cities. This event is a partnership between Chameleon Shoppes and LEDC-MN. Learn more here!

Meet the Vendors! 

This year’s edition of MERCADO LATINO brings you a talented group of Latin small business owners, sharing their work, their products and their stories. 

Back to School! Student visits to the Hub

One of our favorite things to see at Impact Hub is inspiring young students showing an interest in social business and entrepreneurship! This month, we got to host two student events; the Harvard Business School MBA Program Info Session and the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University Pitch Practice.

The more we can expose young people to the power of social impact, in business and beyond, the better!

Sixteen prospective students came to learn from five panelists about the Harvard Business School Masters Program through discussion and Q&A.

Twelve students in the Entrepreneur Scholars (E-Scholars) program at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University along with the faculty Paul Marsnik and Steve Schwarz spent the evening at Impact Hub. And during that time they were pitching via zoom to their sister program at the University of Portland in Portland Oregon. They  spread all over the Hub to make it easy to engage virtually while having a space that made them feel comfortable.