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Red Wing Ignite Tech and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem VISTA
Red Wing Ignite fuels economic development by working with key sectors of the community to spur innovation by supporting entrepreneurs, businesses, and students. A federally funded grant is supporting us to “Ignite Innovation in Rural Minnesota,” with three focus areas: Advancing Innovators and Entrepreneurs; Enhancing Regional Connectivity and Cultivating the Workforce of the Future. This VISTA Member’s capacity building will be at the intersection of all three. This pilot project is designed to be an inclusive, integrated approach to building a tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem through hands-on experiential learning and skills training in Entrepreneurial Career Pathways, prioritizing BIPOC, female and rural entrepreneurs and business owners. Our VISTA Member will build capacity through outreach and engagement with existing networks and expand relationships with other economic development organizations and entrepreneurial support organizations. In the same geographic area, the VISTA Member will seek and recruit individuals for the entrepreneurial training opportunities Red Wing offers including Innovation Workshops, Lean Startup courses and a variety of business support workshops and classes. This pilot will build the capacity of Red Wing Ignite as an Innovation Center, strengthening our network across Southeast MN. Our VISTA Member’s capacity building efforts will provide the framework, connectivity, and partnerships for us to establish a more inclusive approach for reaching and serving BIPOC entrepreneurs in rural communities. These efforts will be connecting a network of support for individuals interested in exploring the possibility of starting a business and the skills needed to own and operate a business. This pilot will contribute mightily to Red Wing Ignites collective impact as an Innovation Center in Southeast MN stewarding an innovation ecosystem
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Member Duties : The VISTA will be fully engaged in building inclusive tech and entrepreneurial ecosystems by forming relationships, connectivity, and participation with partner networks such as the Entrepreneur 1st Collaborative (E1). The VISTA Member will join a highly collaborative team working to lead and elevate efforts to provide entrepreneur and business education through the following tasks: 1) Implement plan to connect with entrepreneurs throughout the 5 counties. 2) Strategy planning on approach to reaching targeted populations, including female and rural entrepreneurs, to recruit economically disadvantaged and underrepresented members of the community. 3) Outreach and recruitment of CBOs, Education Institutions and Employers the Entrepreneurship Pathway, coordinated by our VISTA Member. 4) Develop a database of participants and partners, providing the foundation for ongoing evaluation and analysis of the pilot program.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Tech Savvy ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Computers/Technology . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Red Wing Ignite Tech and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem VISTA

Program Start/End Date
04/11/2022  -   04/10/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  01/01/2022  To  03/30/2022 

Contact Barbara Gunderson
525 Florence Ave
Owatonna   MN   55060

Listing ID 106053