The wonderful thing about entrepreneurs is they’re never satisfied with the status quo. There’s always more to learn and skills to sharpen. Being your best self means continuing to look for growth opportunities. We’ve partnered with ILT Academy and Nick Tietz to offer a 10-week entrepreneur course designed to help you run a tighter ship, become a stronger leader, explore expansion ideas, and so much more.


WINTER 2023 Cohort

Innovate 218 + ILT Academy

This 10-Week Lean Startup Program is designed to be FREE to all entrepreneurs and soon-to-be-entrepreneurs of NE Minnesota Region (Aitkin, Carlton, Duluth, Grand Portage, Grand Rapids, Milaca, Mora, Princeton, Two harbors, and all areas in between). This program coaches, supports, and boosts entrepreneurs and soon-to-be-entrepreneurs on their lean startup journeys.

We designed this free, virtual program in partnership with ILT Academy to help you take the next steps in your career as an entrepreneur.


Learning to manage the pace of business these days was a real hurdle for me. But ILT’s innovation frameworks have given me the confidence and ability to fail fast and focus forward!
-Josh Oswald- Founder C8 Co-Hort

The ILT Lean start-up course has helped me quickly refine the most salient portions of my idea in order to bring this idea to life.
-Victoria Ranua- Founder C8 Co-Hort


Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023
6-10 pm
Session 1: M102

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023
6-10 pm
Session 2: M103

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
6-10 pm
Session 3: M104 30-second pitch

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023
6-10 pm
Session 4: M105

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023
6-10 pm
Session 5: M106

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
6-10 pm
Session 6: M107 SBDC visit

Wednesday, April 5th, 2023
6-10 pm
Session 7: M108

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023
6-10 pm
Session 8: M109

Wednesday, April 18th, 2023
6-10 pm
Session 9: Founder Showcase

women on computer boardroom meeting


If you’ve got a business idea, we want to hear about it. No matter where you’re at in the process, we’re here to help with resources, connections and growth opportunities. Reach out anytime.