The Inside Story

Connect with leading innovators from across the Twin Cities at Lean Startup Circle of Minnesota.

This month’s event: Hear the first-hand account of how one NFL player is transitioning from professional athlete to entrepreneur. According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 78% of National Football League (NFL) players are either bankrupt or are under financial stress within two years of retirement. Robert Blanton is determined to chart a different course. Robert spent 4 years as a hard-hitting safety for the Minnesota Vikings and then most recently with the Buffalo Bills. But when he wasn’t on the field or in the gym, Robert was preparing for his next act. Now living full-time in Minneapolis, Robert is leveraging his business education from Notre Dame (BBA) and the University of Miami (MBA) to inform his current focus: breaking ground on a state-of-the-art educational child care facility in Edina.

Register now to learn:
• How hard-won lessons earned along the path to the highest-levels of athletic competition can be applied to success in business
• Candid insights on the process of becoming a first-time franchisee
• What inspired Robert to chart a different course from many of his colleagues