Innovate 218 - A Launch MN Regional Hub



Outside of coastal cities and metropolitan areas, including Minneapolis/St. Paul, there are minimal world class resources available to today’s new innovators and entrepreneurs in Greater Minnesota. West Central Minnesota and the Greater St. Cloud Region have undertaken a bold effort to make the region the go-to region in Greater Minnesota for entrepreneurs and startups who seek a robust ecosystem and support structure to grow their ideas into successful startups. Through Innovate 218, we are hoping to do the same.

Innovate 218 is a regional Launch MN group that was created to help innovators and entrepreneurs located in Greater Minnesota by providing a comprehensive set of supports and expanding the ILT Academy program that has already been running in St. Cloud, MN and Red Wing, MN.   

The programming and services brought forth through Innovate 218, will assist in the building and expansion of the startup ecosystem for entrepreneurs in the Northeast Development Region through education, training, networking, access to nationally ranked accelerators, access to risk capital and technical support services.


Innovate 218 - Startup Innovation: Powered by, ILT academy

Unleash the Power of your Idea! ILT Academy is offering an 2 hr interactive, immersive workshop where participants (of any age) learn and practice the processes and techniques to define and refine an idea’s core problem, solution, customer, and the potential opportunities surrounding that idea.

Most good ideas do not come fully formed. Even the best ideas need to be iterated, explored, and refined before they have a chance at becoming great business ideas. There is a process that can be taught and practiced to sharpen an idea--taking it from good, to better, and then to great.

Join us for our IN-PERSON Innovation Workshop on Tuesday, August 12th, 2021 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. This event will take place at a TBD venue in Duluth, MN!


Workshop Event Info | Tuesday, August 12th at 7:00 pm
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST

6:30 pm -  tech support for participants

6:45 pm - Arrival time, check in and digital snacks, mingle

7:00 pm - Open & Welcome

8:50 pm - Closing Activity

9:00 pm - Fond Farewell


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Register at the following link:





RFP's Wanted

As of now, Innovate 218 is using this landing page on Itasca Economic Development Corporation's website as a temporary place for all information to be housed. However, our group is expanding! We are looking for a dedicated, modern, and knowledgable web designer to create our new, stand-alone website! Please access the full RFP by clicking the button below. To submit your RFP, email to Thank you for your time and consideration in assisting in this exciting project!

Access Full RFP Here

FAQ's and Answers

Although our group is ever-growing, the following partners currently make up, Innovate 218:






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