The Story of QUP & MEETUP

Jayme Journey

WORKUP began as a dream to bring people together. A place where people could go to think differently, get inspired and most importantly, connect with others. When we opened in May of 2015, we knew that we wanted to offer a full schedule of programming. Events that would not only serve as opportunities for continuous learning, but also encourage those moments of serendipity that spontaneously occur when a diverse group of people gets together.

Two months later (July of 2015), with the help of our Founding Members, Ridgewater College, Heritage Bank and the Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar EDC, we were able to launch two unique learning tracks that encourage entrepreneurial thinking and networking. Both are offered one time per month and have the same casual, roundtable format. QUP allows attendees the chance to ask questions and learn more about a particular topic. We brainstorm a new topic each month and bring in an area expert to answer the questions that are submitted by attendees when they register. MEETUP is an opportunity to highlight, network and learn from entrepreneurs in our community. Each month, we get to hear a new startup journey which always involves a unique perspective on the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur, as well as the lessons learned along the way. The past year of offering QUP and MEETUP has been such a great experience. We’ve learned A LOT, met many new faces, reconnected with others, and most of all, been inspired — and hopefully given others a chance to do the same!

It wouldn’t have been possible without all of the wonderful QUP and MEETUP speakers that have graciously volunteered their time to share their wisdom and passion with us. So, we want to say one huuuuge THANK YOU to all of them for making year one of WORKUP programming a success!