Connie Rutledge


Finnovation Lab




Jacquie Berglund, co-founder and CEO of Finnegans Brew Co., came up with the idea; now Connie Rutledge is making it happen. Minneapolis-based Finnovation Lab is a startup incubator/accelerator that offers workspace, training, and other support to social entrepreneurs—people addressing social challenges through financially sustainable businesses (people like Berglund, in other words)—to get their ideas going. Rutledge, whose background includes entrepreneurship education and co-founding a mobile phone accessory business, has gotten two cohorts established since becoming managing director early in 2019. The second cohort, announced in August, includes Litty Solar, a Brooklyn Park-based solar installation company that provides job opportunities in underserved communities.