Saint Paul, Startup City

Brian Brinkworth
by Brian Brinkworth | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

The goal of this competition is to make St. Paul great. The City of St. Paul does not currently have much identity on the world map. This lack of identity is somewhat ironic, given that we are named after one of the most famous, spiritually influential and quoted people of all time.

Minneapolis was once “Mill City”, Detroit is still “Motown” and the stretch between San Francisco and San Jose will always be “Silicon Valley”. To create a new identity, we need to create a new industry. I propose we specialize in startups.

I would take foreclosed/unused space in St. Paul and convert it to ad-hoc office/lounge space, where people can come to hang out and work, offering a better alternative to the caribous, starbucks and other “third places” where people are now all going to meet and work. In the spirit of CoCo’s idea (and perhaps 30 other people’s submissions) this would function as a center where people can come to work, meet, learn and find like minds, collaborate on ideas and start new companies.

We could readily offer free training, software and certification on any software applications, as all of this courseware is already developed. Each new certification earned improves a resume and makes it more likely that a higher-paying job can be found .. increasing St. Paul’s net value.

In addition to providing instruction, certification and ad-hoc office/meeting space, these facilities would also each be designed to provide the service of using these skills to help one another render and realize ideas. People will be encouraged to bring in any idea they might have for how they could make the world (or St. Paul) better. We would help them flesh it out and determine viability, possibly even helping show them how (and who with) to actually launch (or license) this new product, service or company. In the spirit of the IdeaOpen, we would use each facility to actively elicit (and launch) new ideas from the community.

Saint Paul, Startup City

About You

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About You

First Name

Brian

Last Name

Brinkworth

City

St. Paul

County

Ramsey

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Website (if you have one)

Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

online

About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

dreamplanet

Organization Website

Organization Phone

Organization Address

4116 Parkridge Drive

City

St. Paul

Organization Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Saint Paul, Startup City

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

The goal of this competition is to make St. Paul great. The City of St. Paul does not currently have much identity on the world map. This lack of identity is somewhat ironic, given that we are named after one of the most famous, spiritually influential and quoted people of all time.
Minneapolis was once “Mill City”, Detroit is still “Motown” and the stretch between San Francisco and San Jose will always be “Silicon Valley”. To create a new identity, we need to create a new industry. I propose we specialize in startups.
I would take foreclosed/unused space in St. Paul and convert it to ad-hoc office/lounge space, where people can come to hang out and work, offering a better alternative to the caribous, starbucks and other “third places” where people are now all going to meet and work. In the spirit of CoCo’s idea (and perhaps 30 other people’s submissions) this would function as a center where people can come to work, meet, learn and find like minds, collaborate on ideas and start new companies.
We could readily offer free training, software and certification on any software applications, as all of this courseware is already developed. Each new certification earned improves a resume and makes it more likely that a higher-paying job can be found .. increasing St. Paul’s net value.
In addition to providing instruction, certification and ad-hoc office/meeting space, these facilities would also each be designed to provide the service of using these skills to help one another render and realize ideas. People will be encouraged to bring in any idea they might have for how they could make the world (or St. Paul) better. We would help them flesh it out and determine viability, possibly even helping show them how (and who with) to actually launch (or license) this new product, service or company. In the spirit of the IdeaOpen, we would use each facility to actively elicit (and launch) new ideas from the community.
Saint Paul, Startup City

Website address (if applicable)

Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea is different because locations will be more than community centers, each will actively elicit and foster new ideas from the community. People will bring in their idea or concept and we will model not only the business and financial viability, but also the inventions themselves. Like the Minnesota IdeaOpen, we are in the business of collecting great ideas .. we capture them in 3D. We will visualize these solutions/suggestions in use within a SimCity-like 3D model of Saint Paul. Over time, this model will become an extremely powerful collaborative civil planning/mgmt tool.

We will video each interview and the process of turning ideas into real products, producing content to release online. These will actively promote the centers, the concept and the City of Saint Paul.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

1. Access to free education/certification.
2. Access to a free place to work, meet, drink, snack and learn.
3. Increased valuation of land/community with buildings in active use.
4. Access to services to help start a business or implement an idea.
5. Access to services to help render a product or city improvement.
6. More companies are started/incubated in St. Paul.
7. More venture money becomes available, with each new success.
8. Revenue for St. Paul, in form of both personal and corporate taxes.
9. All shows have global reach, promoting St. Paul as “Startup City”
10. First virtual city in the cloud.

Sustainability

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

People will remember this idea because ..

1. There has never before been a place you could go to have your idea, invention or company built for you.
2. Much like TechTown has done in Detriot, it will result in hundreds of new companies and jobs.
3. It will result in smarter people, ideas and high-paying jobs coming to (or staying in) St. Paul.
4. There has never before been an open, community-accessible, alterable model of any city - Saint Paul can be first!
5. There has never before been a show about making ideas really happen.
6. The show is timely because spatial/3D content will become more relevant with smartphones and products like Google Glass.
7. Given the amount of underused/unused real estate we have across the country, it would actually be very simple to replicate.

Digs Polines said: We could actually be doing something that we may find to be anything that we could think of as really helpful . - Feed the Children about this Competition Entry. - 2529 days ago read more >
Joe Walz said: Brian, I saw your posting about Startup city, I have a similar idea called Dreamland, a cooperative lead online and physical space to ... about this Competition Entry. - 2837 days ago read more >
Brian Brinkworth said: Eight hundred words is a very small window through which to fit the full breadth and depth of an idea that could realistically change ... about this Competition Entry. - 2848 days ago read more >

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