This week, local entrepreneurs can attend an orientation session for the Assistive Tech Challenge, an innovation competition coming to Rochester this fall.

On Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m at the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, community members with an interest in developing technology or infrastructure to help people with disabilities to live more independently can learn about the competition.

The Assistive Tech Challenge, put on by Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square, The Arc Minnesota Southeast Region and the disABILITY Mayo Clinic Employee Resource Group, will be held Nov. 3.

It is open to teams of students and community members. There also is a professional division for larger corporations to compete.

All teams must submit an applicationto Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency by Oct. 19.

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What: Assistive Tech Challenge Orientation

When: 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13


221 1st Ave SW #202, Rochester