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.


Fall 2022 Cohort

Innovate 218 + ILT Academy

Lean Startup Innovation is an interactive and immersive series of sessions. In these sessions, you’ll walk your idea or startup through the 10-week Lean Startup Program to help you launch a successful business. To participate, all you need is a startup or an idea – but it does not need to be fully formed! A basic idea is great. We’ll help you take it further.

Available for FREE to all entrepreneurs and soon-to-be entrepreneurs in northeast Minnesota (Aitkin, Carlton, Duluth, Grand Portage, Grand Rapids, Milaca, Mora, Princeton, Two Harbors, and all areas in between).

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


Monday, August 29, 2022

Monday, September 5th, 2022
6-10 pm
Session 1: M102

Monday, September 12, 2022
6-10 pm
Session 2: M103

Monday, September 19, 2022
6-10 pm
Session 3: M104 30-second pitch

Monday, September 26, 2022
6-10 pm
Session 4: M105

Monday, October 3, 2022
6-10 pm
Session 5: M106

Monday, October 10, 2022
6-10 pm
Session 6: M107 SBDC visit

Monday, October 17, 2022
6-10 pm
Session 7: M108

Monday, October 24, 2022
6-10 pm
Session 8: M109

Monday, October 31, 2022
6-10 pm
Session 9: Founder Showcase

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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.