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Minnesota Entrepreneurs Launch Entrepreneurs Rally VII

Sep 12, 2018 2:05:32 PM / by Brent W. Peterson

Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 10, 2018 – In 2011 Entrepreneurs’ Organization Minnesota founded Entrepreneurs Rally. The annual event brings together accomplished and early-stage entrepreneurs for unconditional speed mentoring. It has proven to be a dramatic success, attracting over 70 mentors and 150 mentees seeking relevant experience and resources.


The event’s next iteration, Entrepreneurs Rally VII, will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 starting at 5pm at the Aria Event Center in Minneapolis. More information and registration details may be found at

“There’s no other event like this in the Twin Cities where so many accomplished entrepreneurs have combined forces to help the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Chris Eilers, EO Member and Chapter President, and former co-owner of Dunn Bros Coffee Franchising, Inc. Chris has served as a mentor at every Entrepreneurs Rally.

And there’s more, says Chris. “This event promotes entrepreneurial activity that may not otherwise occur.”

Example: At a past rally Chris mentored Danny Litin. Danny was early stage with his vision of Passionflower, a functional beverage concept. Chris was so inspired by the concept he invested and helped Danny open his first store.

“By happenstance I attended the EO Rally and it changed the trajectory of my life,” Danny Litin shared. “I met real entrepreneurs, learned how to bring concepts to market and received the relevant experience I needed from both inside and outside of my market. In meeting Chris Eilers I found a partner, we now meet regularly and Chris provided the direction driving my lofty ideas to a real concept.”

Kevin Burkart, another seasoned EO member and mentor, met Jon Bohlinger and Jesse Griffin at the rally. The three launched Gentleman Scholar Distillery, a local hand-crafted spirits company.

This micro investing is a side benefit of the rally and is but one example of how the rally provides connections that may not otherwise be available. “It stretches the peer-to-peer value beyond mentoring to true peer partnerships,” said Kevin.

Johnny Helmberger, owner of Helmberger Inc, a strategy and advisory business, was positive about his experience at the rally. “During the rally, I found the opportunity to simply listen to other mentees discuss their challenges assisted me to better understand what I face as an entrepreneur. This drove me towards immediate action and solutioning both conceptually and tactically."

Eilers added, “A would-be entrepreneur can literally launch a concept at this rally, walking out with innumerable professional partners, resources, and EO member connections.”

For EO members, it’s about giving back. However, in the true spirit of narcissistic entrepreneurs, there is a selfish element. “We have a natural thirst for opportunity,” Eilers continued. “By helping other entrepreneurs grow and learn we create a healthier ecosystem for ourselves.”

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Brent W. Peterson

Written by Brent W. Peterson