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Thursday, October 4
 

5:00pm

Mpls Jr Devs Pre-TCSW Happy Hour
This is a special event for Twin Cities Startup Week - rather than our regularly scheduled monthly meetup, we're hosting a pre-TCSW happy hour event at WeWork!

This event is partly for aspiring and less experienced software engineers to meet eachother, and partly to learn about Twin Cities Startup Week - what it is, and how to get the most out of participating in it.

Any and all experience levels, ages, races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and personal pronouns are welcome.

Who this event is for
  • Aspiring and less experienced software engineers
  • People who are interested in supporting junior devs
  • People who are interested in Twin Cities startup week

What to expect
Expect to meet other like-minded people, and to learn a bit about Twin Cities Startup Week.
There will be ample time to get to know each other, both before and after the program.

What's the schedule?
  • 5:00 - 5:45pm: Social time
  • 5:45 - 6:15pm: Welcome, Introductions & Startup Week Primer
  • 6:15 - 7:00pm: Social time


Getting there
WeWork is located at 225 South 6th St Minneapolis MN 55402. When you arrive, go to the second floor security desk and let them know you are attending an event at WeWork. They'll ask to see your ID and will then give you a pass to take the elevator up to 39th floor.

We recommend public transit or biking - WeWork is located one block from the Government Plaza light rail station, many bus stops, and a couple bike-friendly roads. Unfortunately, we don't have any coupons for discounted parking at WeWork, so your guess is as good as ours on where to park.

Thursday October 4, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower - 39th Floor 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
 
Friday, October 5
 

5:00pm

Pre- TCSW Startup Weekend *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

ATTENTION: YOU MUST SIGN UP THROUGH OUR EVENTBRITE LINK TO
ATTEND STARTUP WEEKEND!

Tickets are $65 for early bird and $80 for regular admission
Eventbrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techstars-startup-weekend-twin-cities-105-107-tickets-4817
1461137

Ticket includes:
● Admission to Startup Weekend
● 7 full meals
● Startup Weekend swag
Start date/time: 10/5 @ 5:00 PM
End date/time: 10/7 @ 7:00 PM

Take any idea from concept to creation in just 54 hours!

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself,
"that was my idea a few years ago"?

If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from
concept to creation.

Whether you are looking to...
-get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
-learn the process for going from concept to creation,
-meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in NYC,
-join or build an all-star team,
-learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
-take your own idea from concept to creation


Speakers
avatar for Generation.MN (Host)

Generation.MN (Host)

We are organizing Startup Weekend and leading student-focused events for TCSW!We engage and inspire the next generation of innovators, disruptors, and entrepreneurs to develop and create a better future for all. We provide a platform for students to build their ideas. We offer a range... Read More →
avatar for David Berger

David Berger

CTO, Integra Ledger
David Berger is a computer technologist with extensive experience focusing on Mobile/Social content delivery. He has worked with numerous large and small clients including Sun, Oracle, IDG books, Pogo and NBC. David previously founded Scientia, acquired by the Princeton Review, and... Read More →
MB

Mark Borman

Strategic Board Member
A strategic Board Member with a passion for growing companies ranging from startup, private equity, IPO to publicly traded. Actively involved with public and private technology companies as a board member, audit committee chair and governance and finance committee member, as well... Read More →
avatar for Angie Eilers

Angie Eilers

Founder, CEO, UR TURN
MG

Mary Grams

Senior Product Developer, Thomson Reuters
Mary Grams has run the gamut from product development and management to marketing and content strategy roles at Thomson Reuters. While working in a large organization, she has focused on building skills as an intrapreneur participating in several internal innovation challenges (and... Read More →
DR

Diane Rucker

Principal Consultant, Silverbow Consulting
Diane Rucker is an expert at making complex things seem simple. She is an independent consultant in the Twin Cities, working on global entrepreneurship and data-driven strategy. Diane’s fascination with innovation started when she failed her first interview at MIT Sloan. She convinced... Read More →
MS

Mark Stang

Co-Founder, Swannies
Co-Founder of Swannies, a lifestyle apparel brand for casual golfers. www.swannies.co


Friday October 5, 2018 5:00pm - Sunday October 7, 2018 7:00pm
 
Sunday, October 7
 

5:00pm

Official Twin Cities Startup Week Opening Night Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for the official kickoff of Twin Cities Startup Week!

We will celebrate our 5th Twin Cities Startup Week in style with great beer, great friends and great music at the amazing Lake Monster Brewery.

Sunday October 7, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Monster Brewing Company 550 Vandalia St #160, St Paul, MN 55114
 
Monday, October 8
 

7:00am

Free Workout with Alchemy
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Alchemy combines yoga, strength, and intense conditioning to change the body and renew the mind. The A10 format will be 40 minutes and consists of a dynamic yoga warm-up, 10 minutes of high intensity followed by a power yoga cool-down. Every class starts with an overview of the workout structure followed by demos of the movements and modifications. Walk in antsy, walk out feeling more alive.

Monday October 8, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Alchemy Northeast 120 SE 3rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

8:00am

JUST ADDED: Scaling Within: Expand Your Internal Capacity to Sustain External Growth Session 1
Limited Capacity filling up

In order to successfully scale your venture, you must first learn to scale within. That is, you must expand your internal capacity to lead yourself and others well as your company develops over time. It's one thing to have a great idea; it's another thing entirely to grow a business, build a functional team, manage client drama, and troubleshoot any number of unexpected challenges that arise along the way. As your business grows, you must make updates to your own inner operating system in order to grow with it.

In this session, I will teach a simple but cutting-edge framework from the field of neurobiology that will expand your capacity to:

-Act from intention rather than reaction with increased self-awareness
-Identify and begin to overcome internal barriers and limiting mindsets
-Make clear and rational decisions without feeling overwhelmed or withdrawn, and
-Effectively communicate with colleagues and clients in the midst of crucial conversations, maintaining both honesty and respect

Whether you are currently scaling your business, are in the initial brainstorming stages of a great idea, part of a team, or anywhere in between, this is a life-challenging tool that will positively impact every area of your life even beyond succeeding in business.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Kathleen Neumann

Meredith Kathleen Neumann

Founder, Scaling Within
Company culture flows from the top down.  Research shows that the most successful business leaders invest in their own growth as well as their teams, developing their people into assets and improving company culture.  Drawing from her 10 years of experience as a Psychotherapist... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Honest Studios (right next to Spyhouse North Loop) 905 Washington Ave N. Minneapolis MN

8:00am

MANOVA Global Summit on the Future of Health in Medical Alley - Monday pass
The MANOVA Monday pass invites audience members to listen and learn about how to create healthier communities through global insights, new technology, and improving access to care. 

Speakers
avatar for Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner

National Geographic Fellow and NYT Best Selling author of The Blue Zones
Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and New York Times bestselling author. He discovered the five places in the world – dubbed Blue Zones – where people live the longest, healthiest lives. His articles about these places... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jijo James

Dr. Jijo James

Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Jijo is the Chief Medical Officer for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices. In the role, he is responsible for overseeing patient monitoring and safety surveillance practices. Jijo is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Office of the Chief Medical Officer Senior Leadership team and Medical... Read More →
avatar for Guillermo Penalosa

Guillermo Penalosa

Founder and Chair, 8 80 Cities / World Urban Parks
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ray Price

Dr. Ray Price

Intermountain Healthcare Surgical Specialist and Global Surgeon, University of Utah
Dr. Price, a pioneer in expanding the role of surgery in public health, has helped improve health care worldwide. Dr. Price is a clinician, researcher, author, and advocate for equality in health care. Honors received by Dr. Price include: the Presidential Friendship Medal, Mongolia... Read More →
avatar for Lesley Solomon

Lesley Solomon

SVP Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Lesley Solomon is SVP Innovation, Chief Innovation Officer at Dana-Farber. She works with industry, investors and Dana-Farber innovators to accelerate cancer therapies and improve care. Lesley develops strategies and collaborations to enhance research and patient care while also delivering... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Penny Wheeler

Dr. Penny Wheeler

CEO, Allina
Penny Wheeler, MD, is the president and chief executive officer of Allina Health. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as the chief clinical officer of Allina Health, responsible for leading the organization's quality and value agenda through alignment of the clinical and operational... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 4:30pm
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

8:30am

The Time is Now! A conversation with Jeff Harmening, CEO and Chairman, General Mills, and NPR’s Kerri Miller. - Food Ag Ideas Week Kick off *External Registration Required*
With the incredible changes happening across the food and agriculture sector, the need for innovation, collaboration, and connectivity has never been greater. Join Jeff Harmening, CEO and Chairman of the Board of General Mills, for a fireside chat with NPR’s Kerri Miller, as they discuss the Food | Ag | Ideas Week theme 'The Time is Now', share insights on the changing industry dynamics, the importance of new ideas, engaging with our entrepreneur and innovation community, and why now is the time for Minnesota to lead. 

Speakers: Jeff Harmening, CEO and Chairman, General Mills, NPR’s Kerri Miller 

This is a featured event of Food | Ag | Ideas Week happening alongside Twin Cities Startup Week -- 5 days of speakers, events, demo showcases and more focused on Minnesota's entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem for food and agriculture. For more information and tickets for additional events across the week, see FoodAgIdeas.com.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Harmening

Jeff Harmening

CEO and Chairman, General Mills


Monday October 8, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Minnesota History Center 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102

8:30am

The Coven Presents: Getting Funded
Limited Capacity filling up

At The Coven, we believe in the economic empowerment of women. With only 5% of VC funding going to women-owned startups, we live to educate women on ways to make money, grow wealth, and share resources. We're excited to host an event focused on educating women and non-binary folks on funding models. We know It's not easy to find the money you need to start or sustain your business. Hear from angel investors, resource groups, bankers, and founders on how you can get the capital for your brilliant idea.

Speakers
JD

Jordyn DiOrio

Founder, MEND Jewelry
Jordyn is the founder of MEND Jewelry.  She spent the last two years in the marketing / advertising world as a project manager and left last November after she secured venture capital in her jewelry business.  Jordyn is from a large Italian family (number five of seven), loves listening... Read More →
LE

Laura Euller

Laura Euller has a BA in French Literature from Whitman College. She has worked to promote gender equity and women’s empowerment with local Minneapolis nonprofit WomenVenture for 5 years through a variety of service and program management roles. In her most recent role as loan officer... Read More →
MK

Maggie Knoke

Founder and CEO, FrameWork Consulting
Maggie Knoke is the founder and CEO of FrameWork Consulting, where she helps entrepreneur founders/visionaries and their leadership teams get unstuck at key pivot points through strategic and annual planning, talent management strategies and executive coaching. She has over 20 years... Read More →
AW

Alex West Steinman

Co-Founder, The Coven
Alex is a Swiss Army Knife who knows how to raise humans and build Public Relations strategies for businesses, politicians, startups, and non-profits. The co-founder of The Coven, a community and work space for women and non-binary folks, Alex is dedicated to the empowerment and advancement... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
The Coven 30 N 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

8:30am

The Lifecycle of a Brand: Building Stories that Start, Scale, Sustain, and Sell Businesses
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Hear from a panel of Minnesota business founders representing new, growing, and established brands. Glean perspectives from entrepreneurs who have been there, done that (and who are still being there, doing that!) as they share brand-building lessons learned through the business evolution lifecycle.

Learn how these business leaders have shaped and reshaped their go-to-market strategies and stories through stages of growth and evolution. Get a founder’s perspective on marketing, brand, and maintaining focus and alignment through change. Come away with real-world insights that will help you activate for today and plan for tomorrow.

Whether you’re starting up or scaling up, this panel conversation is for you. We’ll be diving deep with these entrepreneurial leaders on topics including:

-Startup branding and accidental storytelling
-Iterative branding through growth
-Internal and external message alignment
-Branding pitfalls, disasters and lessons learned
-Knowing your audience and customer-centric storytelling
-The power of authenticity in branding

Parking Instructions
Park in the Gateway Parking Ramp at 400 S 3rd St, Minneapolis (and follow level 3 skyway to Fueled Collective).

Speakers
avatar for Don Ball

Don Ball

Co-Founder & Chief Social Officer, Fueled Collective
avatar for Doug Berg

Doug Berg

Founder & Chief Zapper, ZAPinfo
avatar for Nina Hale

Nina Hale

Founder, Nina Hale
avatar for Chip House

Chip House

Co-Founder & COO, Structural
avatar for Jennifer Zick

Jennifer Zick

CEO, Authentic Brand
Founder of Authentic Brand: Fractional Marketing Leadership | Strategy & Planning | Brand & Messaging. Uniquely equipped to support businesses powered by EOS / Traction. Jennifer Zick is a passionate and driven leader with nearly 20 years of B2B marketing experience in innovative... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Fueled Collective - Downtown Minneapolis Classroom 400 S 4th Street Suite 401 Minneapolis, MN 55415

8:30am

Food | Ag | Ideas Week *External Registration Required*
The inaugural Food | Ag | Ideas Week (FAI) is 5 days of panel and speaker sessions, structured networking and meet + eat roundtable lunches, and signature events led by Grow North and its partners to drive visibility, connectivity, and engagement in Minnesota's entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem.  

Choose from over 15+ sessions and events throughout the week spotlighting entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 business leaders, growers, innovators, investors, thought leaders and more across the themes of Sustainable Agriculture, Food Innovation and Tech, and Food and Society.

INDIVIDUAL SESSION TICKETS AND FULL DAY PASSES AVAILABLE 
The Week is led by Grow North and its programmatic partners AURI, Maker to Market Accelerator, Techstars Farm to Fork, The Good Acre, The Bell Museum, and MPR's Call to Mind.

FEATURED TOPICS AND EVENTS INCLUDE: 
  • The Future of Retail 
  • Building Mission Driven Brands 
  • A Conversation on the Future of Farming 
  • Disrupting the Food Value Chain 
  • Techstars Farm to Fork Demo Day 
  • Re-imagining School Nutrition 
  • Maker to Market Demo Day 
  • New Frontiers in Plant Proteins 
  • K-12 Farm to School Forum Mental Health, Wellbeing, Food & Ag 
FEATURED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
  • RACHEL VEGAS - Chief Merchant, Brandless 
  • ERIC RYAN - CEO, OLLY PBC, co-founder, method 
  • PATRICK CHRISTIE - Founder, Conservis 
  • ANGIE BASTIAN - Founder, Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP 
  • TYLER LORENZEN - President, Puris 
Join us at the table and be a part of an interconnected community that will lead the industry. **INDIVIDUAL SESSION TICKETS AND FULL DAY PASSES AVAILABLE** Full agenda and tickets available now to build your own schedule at FoodAgIdeas.com.

Monday October 8, 2018 8:30am - Friday October 12, 2018 5:00pm

9:00am

Voice Is The New Playground For Brands
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Ease into Monday with some playtime and pierogis! During this session, we’ll explore voice as the new playground for brands and live demo voice apps that make life easier and entertaining. The demos will showcase Google Home voice apps by local developer, Chad Gilhoi, including National Day Update (NDU). We’ll give relevant examples of how people who own voice-activated speakers welcome brands as part of the experience and how open they are to receiving information that is helpful or relevant to their lifestyle.

Brands that integrate voice will be ahead of the curve as voice becomes a growing and eventually primary source for how people discover products and services. Megan Junius, Peter Hill Design and Jen Gilhoi, SparkTrack Consulting, designers and social media consultant for the NDU brand, will demo how brands can use voice to reach new consumers and capitalize on the transactional power while maintaining brand consistency and providing something meaningful that’s true to their brand.

After the session, use your Natty (a national day deal) and pick up a pierogi from Natasha’s Pierogis food truck to celebrate October 8th National Pierogi Day!

Speakers
avatar for Chad Gilhoi

Chad Gilhoi

Owner, The Sluice Gate
As a digital product manager for a Fortune 500 company and freelance developer, Chad is very active on the voice app frontier.  He’s tracked consumer preferences for voice interaction and is currently navigating opportunities for voice apps in the corporate space. Chad presents... Read More →
avatar for Megan Junius

Megan Junius

President and Creative Director, Peter Hill Design
Megan leads Peter Hill Design, a full-service and award-winning creative design agency since 1998, as President and Creative Director. With 18 years as a graphic designer and art director, she expertly leads brand and advertising projects for national consumer and B2B clients. She... Read More →
avatar for Jen Gilhoi

Jen Gilhoi

Owner, Sparktrack Consulting
As a Twin Cities-based communications strategist for 20 years, Jen has held various marketing roles in agencies, corporations, associations and her own 2012 start-up, SparkTrack Consulting. She lives where in-person and online communications connect through community and conversation... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Simmons

Kyle Simmons

Digital Strtegist, Launch & Land


Monday October 8, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Please Add Venue Name 127 N 3rd Ave, Suite 220, Minneapolis MN 55401

9:00am

Free Co-working & Team Offices at Spaces
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Spaces and CoWork for the day!

Interested in finding a new home for your team throughout TCSW? Spaces can help you out! Email stephanie.nemchik@spacesworks.com to lock in spot.

Spaces is located on 121 Washington Ave. N  Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401  

Monday October 8, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Spaces - North Loop 121 Washington Ave. N Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

9:00am

Free Co-working at Fueled Collective ( All Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Fueled Collective and CoWork for the day!

There are 4 amazing Fueled Collective locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Northeast Address: 
1400 Van Buren St NE #200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Uptown Address: 
1010 W Lake St #100, Minneapolis, MN 55408

St. Paul: 
213 4th St. E., 4th Floor, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-working at Glen Nelson Center
Glen Nelson Center is a new shared workspace in the Osborn370 building and an initiative of Minnesota Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio that invests in entrepreneurial ventures that serve new and diverse audiences while strengthening public media. One of the first companies to launch at Glen Nelson Center is Lunar Startups, a new venture incubator funded by Knight Foundation.
 
Glen Nelson Center allows APM|MPR staff to engage with the entrepreneurial community in the Twin Cities and to allow entrepreneurs to interact with a large media organization in a highly collaborative environment. We invite to you learn more about Glen Nelson Center and Lunar Startups by coworking out of our space during Startup Week!

When you get to the lobby of Osborn370, sign in to see Theon Masters. Glen Nelson Center is on the 5th floor of Osborn 370

Monday October 8, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Glen Nelson Center 370 Wabasha St. N Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

Free Co-working at Impact Hub MSP
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Impact Hub and CoWork for the day!

Impact Hub MSP is located at 817 S 5th Ave #400 ( 4th floor ) Minneapolis, MN 55404

Monday October 8, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Impact Hub MSP 817 S 5th Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00am

Free Co-working at Industrious ( Both Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Industrious and CoWork for the day!

There are 2 amazing Industrious locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : RBC Plaza 28th Floor - 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

North Loop Address:
T3 Building 2nd Floor - 323 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401




Monday October 8, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious ( Both Locations )

9:00am

Free Co-working at UEL
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at UEL and CoWork for the day!

UEL is located on 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

Monday October 8, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
UEL - University Enterprise Labs

9:00am

Free Co-working at Wellworth
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Wellworth and CoWork for the day!

Wellworth is located on 428 Minnesota Street, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55101

Monday October 8, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wellworth 428 Minnesota St #500, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-working at WeWork
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at WeWork and CoWork for the day! 

WeWork is located on the 39th floor in the Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. 

Monday October 8, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:30am

Hemp, MN, and the Creation of a New Industry - Food Ag Ideas Week *External Registration Required*
Due to the diversity of applications, interest in hemp is at an all time high and farmers, entrepreneurs, and innovators are exploring it. Yet as a young industry, there are still many questions, myths and unknowns. What is needs to happen today to ensure that the value chain functions to set the state’s producers, processors and others up for success? How will state and federal regulations impact the industry as it grows? Hear from individuals across the value chain discuss the critical questions facing this new sector and what is next for Minnesota. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Wagner Lahr

Jennifer Wagner Lahr

Sr. Dir. of Innovation & Commercialization, AURI
avatar for Charles Levine

Charles Levine

Owner, Hemp Acres LLC & Equichill LL
avatar for John Strohfus

John Strohfus

Founder and CEO, Minnesota Hemp Farms, Inc.
avatar for Andrea Vaubel

Andrea Vaubel

Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture


Monday October 8, 2018 9:30am - 11:15am
Minnesota History Center 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102

10:00am

Scaling Within: Expand Your Internal Capacity to Sustain External Growth Session 2
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In order to successfully scale your venture, you must first learn to scale within. That is, you must expand your internal capacity to lead yourself and others well as your company develops over time. It's one thing to have a great idea; it's another thing entirely to grow a business, build a functional team, manage client drama, and troubleshoot any number of unexpected challenges that arise along the way. As your business grows, you must make updates to your own inner operating system in order to grow with it.

In this session, I will teach a simple but cutting-edge framework from the field of neurobiology that will expand your capacity to:

-Act from intention rather than reaction with increased self-awareness
-Identify and begin to overcome internal barriers and limiting mindsets
-Make clear and rational decisions without feeling overwhelmed or withdrawn, and
-Effectively communicate with colleagues and clients in the midst of crucial conversations, maintaining both honesty and respect

Whether you are currently scaling your business, are in the initial brainstorming stages of a great idea, part of a team, or anywhere in between, this is a life-challenging tool that will positively impact every area of your life even beyond succeeding in business.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Kathleen Neumann

Meredith Kathleen Neumann

Founder, Scaling Within
Company culture flows from the top down.  Research shows that the most successful business leaders invest in their own growth as well as their teams, developing their people into assets and improving company culture.  Drawing from her 10 years of experience as a Psychotherapist... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Honest Studios (right next to Spyhouse North Loop) 905 Washington Ave N. Minneapolis MN

10:00am

Identifying Growth in Education Thru "Jobs to be Done"
Limited Capacity filling up

The "Jobs to be Done" framework, developed by famed Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen (The Innovators Dilemma), has been used by countless organizations - including GoKart Labs - to identify disruptive growth opportunities in a variety of industries. It is an especially powerful tool for winning in the very challenging educational technology market.

In this facilitated Q&A, we'll briefly introduce the Jobs To Be Done framework and spend the bulk of the time discussing best practices that Don Smithmier and Matt Johnson (GoKart Labs) have used to it help education organizations tap unmet potential. DeLonn Crosby (EduCharacter) - who has spent years applying the JTBD framework across a variety of industries - will guide the conversation with input from the audience.

Speakers
avatar for DeLonn Crosby

DeLonn Crosby

SayKid
DeLonn Crosby is CEO of SayKid, a voice technology company that has developed the world's 1st screenless, play-based learning platform. SayKid creates conversational software and delivers it through the form of a plush robot to help kids learn in a safe, natural, and engaging way... Read More →
avatar for Matt Johson

Matt Johson

Partner, VP of Strategy, GoKart Labs
avatar for Don Smithmier

Don Smithmier

CEO, GoKart Labs
Don Smithmier is Co-founder and CEO of GoKart Labs, where his team works with companies of all sizes to help them crack their digital problems and reach their growth goals. He has founded and/or led several early-stage ventures in education such as Sophia Learning and Capella Education... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
GoKart Labs 110 NORTH 5TH STREET SUITE 520 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55403

10:30am

Panel: The Future of Marketing in the Age of Machine Learning
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence have increasingly enabled brands to offer consumers and businesses more personalized and relevant experiences. Leading organizations are already using these innovations to power their strategies and technology, but that's just the beginning!

We've invited a panel of experts to share everything we need to know about how AI and Machine Learning will affect marketing & consumer engagement in the not-so-distant future. Join the discussion to examine how rapid developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics is shaping marketing decisions, driving growth and improving customer experiences. This panel will review some of the recent advances in machine learning, explore where this technology is going, and discuss key issues that arise as it plays a larger role in our lives.

The goal of this panel is to inspire the next generation of innovative technology start-ups to apply new applications of these technologies to solve real-world business challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Andersen

Phillip Andersen

CEO, Cludo
Philip Andersen is a Danish technology executive with a track record of developing innovative and widely adopted software platforms. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Cludo, an intelligent site search and insights SaaS platform used by organizations worldwide. Philip... Read More →
avatar for Corey Christensen

Corey Christensen

Data Scientist, Cludo
Corey Christensen has a breadth of experience in the Data Science and Analytics industry, with companies ranging from Tech Startups to Retail Fortune 100s.  Currently, Corey works for Cludo where he runs the Data Science group, developing Machine Learning and Deep Learning-based... Read More →
avatar for Brianna Noland

Brianna Noland

Senior Data Scientist, General Mills
Brianna Noland is a Senior Data Scientist on the Enterprise Data Capabilities team at General Mills.
avatar for Dr. Manjeet Rege

Dr. Manjeet Rege

Big Data Analytics Researcher, Educator & Consultant, The University of St. Thomas
Manjeet Rege is an Associate Professor of Graduate Programs in Software at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Rege is an author, mentor, thought leader, and a frequent public speaker on Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence technologies. He is also the co-host of... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Versaggi

Matthew Versaggi

Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Optum Technologies (ATC) / United Health Group
Matthew Versaggi is currently the Senior Director of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Optum Technology (UHG) in the Advanced Technology Division.  Previously he was an Artificial Intelligence Engineer for a military contractor, a CEO of his own company for nearly... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
100 Washington Square, Suite 510 100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 510, Minneapolis, MN 55401

10:30am

By, For, With: Investing in Diversity
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear from a panel of accelerators, advocates, and investors active in the Twin Cities and beyond, fostering and funding startups that are run by, provide services to, and/or led by women and people of color.  Hear their stories of navigating the marketplace, details of their investment criteria, and the services they and others provide to support diverse founders and companies serving diverse consumers in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Whether you are a woman or person of color entrepreneur, investor, or work to support them, you will walk away... 
  • Inspired by the strength and dedication of these trailblazing leaders
  • Equipped with an understanding of the resources available in our region to support them
  • Encouraged to engage and support the expansion of existing and creation of new resources to drive equitable investment in diverse founders and companies serving diverse consumers


Speakers
avatar for Kenya McKnight Ahad

Kenya McKnight Ahad

CEO and President, Black Women’s Wealth Alliance
Kenya is an experienced executive recognized for innovation in community wealth building strategies, social impact and organizational effectiveness. She brings over 17 years of experience as a community economic development practitioner in the areas of micro business education and... Read More →
avatar for Susan Hammel

Susan Hammel

President, Cogent Consulting, Inc.
Ever since being told that girls aren’t supposed to be good at math, Susan has been passionate about empowering women through financial acumen. Starting her career working for nonprofit MassPIRG, Susan quickly realized that to change the world she needed to convince those with capital... Read More →
avatar for Julie Lein

Julie Lein

Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund
Julie Lein, Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund Julie is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban... Read More →
avatar for Sara M. Russick

Sara M. Russick

Sara Russick is General Partner of Capita3, which she cofounded with the mission of creating many more successful women entrepreneurs and investors. The core belief that investing in the growth of the leader alongside the growth of the company to achieve greater results is delivered... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Steer

Danielle Steer

Senior Program Manager, Lunar Startups
Danielle Steer is dedicated to helping problem solvers achieve their dreams and is acutely passionate about making the world a more equitable place to thrive, for all. Leveraging her origins as an overscheduled student-athlete, she brings an intense amount of energy, a team first... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
The fourth floor of Finnegan's new brew house 817 5th Ave S. 4th Floor , Minneapolis, MN 55404

12:30pm

Maker to Market Demo Day hosted by the Good Acre and Lakewinds Coop - Food Ag Ideas Week *External Registration Required
Limited Capacity seats available

Maker to Market is a first-of-its-kind food accelerator program for entrepreneurs ready to turn delicious ideas into market-ready products. With a unique partnership between Lakewinds Food Co-Op and The Good Acre, this program gives growing food businesses access to the network and expertise needed to source quality ingredients and produce, scale production and marketing, and get their product into the hands of people who will love it.

Meet the latest class of entrepreneurs, listen in as they pitch their brands to a panel of judges, and taste the next wave of delicious products coming out of Minnesota.

Makers: Jen's Jars (Jennifer Alexander), Lost Capital Foods (DJ and Anastasia Bocchetti), 3 Bear Oats (Therese Moore), ProCured (Jessica Olson)

Agenda:
  • 12:30 - 1 pm: Registration and Networking 
  • 1:00 - 1:50 pm: Pitches and Program
  • 1:50 - 2:15: Sampling and Networking

This is a featured event of Food | Ag | Ideas Week happening October 8 - 12th -- 5 days of speakers, events, demo showcases and more focused on Minnesota's entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem for food and agriculture.


Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Minnesota History Center 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102

12:30pm

Thrivent Social Reverse Pitch Challenge *External Ticket Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Thrivent Financial, Project for Pride in Living (PPL), and Gener8tor have teamed up to challenge startups and innovative thinkers from around the country to present solutions that drive impact the way young adults change their financial habits.

The Thrivent Social Reverse Pitch Challenge is looking for innovative thinkers to present solutions that impact the way young adults change their financial habits. Up to five applicants will be chosen to participate. The live event will feature a panel of judges and a chance to win $25,000 in prize money and a $50,000 contract with Project for Pride and Living.

Following the Live Pitch Event attendees will be invited to attend a post-event Happy House across the street from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Finnegans (817 S 5th Ave).

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Thrivent Financial Headquarters 625 Fourth Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55415

1:00pm

Blockchain Isn’t Just For Finance *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity filling up

This event will cover what exactly blockchain technology is at a high level. Currently, blockchain is primarily used in the finance industry. However, blockchain is beginning to show signs of life in other industries such as healthcare and legal. The speaker, David Berger, is a seasoned technologist with years of experience developing in the blockchain space. He currently works for a legal tech blockchain company. David will provide real use cases for blockchain outside of just finance.

Note: Register on Eventbrite through this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-isnt-just-for-finance-tickets-50009990227


Speakers
avatar for Generation.MN (Host)

Generation.MN (Host)

We are organizing Startup Weekend and leading student-focused events for TCSW!We engage and inspire the next generation of innovators, disruptors, and entrepreneurs to develop and create a better future for all. We provide a platform for students to build their ideas. We offer a range... Read More →
avatar for David Berger

David Berger

CTO, Integra Ledger
David Berger is a computer technologist with extensive experience focusing on Mobile/Social content delivery. He has worked with numerous large and small clients including Sun, Oracle, IDG books, Pogo and NBC. David previously founded Scientia, acquired by the Princeton Review, and... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Industrious Minneapolis North Loop 323 North Washington Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55401

1:00pm

Tech Start-Ups: Getting the Legal Part Right
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This event is intended to give an overview of important legal issues and documents for companies in the start-up and early stages.   We will cover the main points on entity formation, founder stock and founder agreements, employment and consulting agreements, tax issues, IP issues, shareholder agreements, and outside financing.  This discussion is to be informative, inspiring, and perhaps even entertaining.   We would rather have an interactive session than a lecture, so we welcome your questions.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Fox

Larry Fox

Attorney, Avisen Legal, P.A.
Larry Fox is an accomplished business lawyer with over 20 years of experience putting together deals and acting as a trusted adviser to his clients. He has represented a broad range of companies from startups to Fortune 500’s. Larry works on a wide variety of matters including complex... Read More →
avatar for David Peteler

David Peteler

Of Counsel, Avisen Legal, P.A.
For over 30 years, David Peteler has helped a wide range of clients achieve their business goals. David has worked with companies ranging from Silicon Valley tech start-ups to local Minnesota businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Through his expertise in corporate financing, gained... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Impact Hub MSP -FINNOVATION Lab Collaboration, FINNEGANS House 817 5th Ave. S. 4th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55404

1:00pm

Optimizing Product / Service Configuration with Systematic Innovation
Limited Capacity filling up

At early stage, discovering product / market fit is essential. Systematic design and innovation can amplify and accelerate that process. Most entrepreneurial teams are passionate about their product or service – so passionate that they may not be thinking systematically about it. Systematic innovation can help entrepreneurial teams to refine their product / service configurations and connect their product or service to real-world customer needs.

Systematic innovation explores and optimizes multiple attributes for an ideal or un-discovered product / service configuration. Systematic innovation is an art and a science. The "science" is generation of various combinations of attributes and identification of feasible / relevant configurations. The "art" is identification of relevant attributes as the basis for combinations. Every solution space is unique. A more robust approach can integrate product attributes and customer attributes.

This session will combine presentation format and workshop format. In the presentation portion, we will provide an overview of the principles. In the workshop portion, we will explore an example or two in the participant context. We will solicit examples from participants in advance. Participants who submit their examples will have a chance to refine their product / service configuration with our approach.

Participants will gain access to a more robust and repeatable approach to product / service innovation and an innovation practice that integrates more effectively across the team. This session is relevant for early-stage teams that are forming their product / service offerings; it is also relevant for entrepreneurial teams that are pivoting to discover product / market fit.

If you would like to submit an example, please contact us with a brief description of your concept.  https://bit.ly/2pkQUkx

Speakers
avatar for Arun Batchu

Arun Batchu

Advisor, Innovation Radiation
I am an experienced software architect. I am currently a vice president of engineering in the Advanced Technology Collaborative at Optum Technology, where I direct the incubation of emerging technologies to solve wicked problems in health care. I was previously the global e-commerce... Read More →
avatar for David Quimby

David Quimby

Principal, Innovation Radiation
I am a mathematical economist and systems analyst. I have rotated through various cycles at the extremes of large enterprise and small enterprise as a technology executive and a software entrepreneur. My expertise includes knowledge management, technological forecasting, and systematic... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Real World/1 475 Cleveland Ave North, Suite 103, Saint Paul MN 55104

1:00pm

Play the Odds: The Future and Impact of Sports Betting
Limited Capacity seats available

This year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) which allows states to legalize sports betting. Americans place $150 billion a year in illegal sports bets, according to the American Gaming Association. How does this decision affect existing DFS companies, and what are the implications of this decision for your sports-based startup? We ask our panel of experts to weigh in.

Following the panel, Hydra FPV will be joining us for some live drone racing! You won't want to miss this.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Charchian

Paul Charchian

President, League Safe
avatar for Daren Cotter

Daren Cotter

Founder and CEO, Inbox Dollars
avatar for Teague Orgeman

Teague Orgeman

Co-Founder and CEO, Starting 11
avatar for Matt Otterstatter

Matt Otterstatter

Co-Founder and CFO, Hydra FPV
avatar for Michael Rand

Michael Rand

Digital Sports Senior Writer, Star Tribune
avatar for Alex Ryan

Alex Ryan

Co-Founder and CTO, Starting 11


Monday October 8, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
MentorMate 3036 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55408

1:30pm

Low-Cost Validation: What We've Learned From Helping 100+ Startups
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If you're serious about your web or mobile app idea, it's critical to prove it's viable before spending the big bucks to develop it. We'll share our proven framework to validate idea stage startups, a list of powerful yet low-cost validation tools you can use, and we'll interview 3 Twin Cities founders to get an inside look at their idea stage tips and tricks.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

CEO and Founder, New Lion
Richard has expertise in senior level full-stack software development, machine learning, gamification, user experience (UX) design, user interface (UI) design, product strategy, business operations and game development. As the CEO at New Lion, he helps people launch and scale digital... Read More →
avatar for Austin Bohlig

Austin Bohlig

Founder and CEO, Let's Go
Prior to founding Let's Go, Austin worked as an analyst in Piper Jaffray’s equity research department, as well as at Loup Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. In both roles, he followed next generation tech industries such as robotics, drones, artificial intelligence and... Read More →
avatar for Will Dahlgren

Will Dahlgren

Founder, Body Knowledge
Will is a former athlete turned sales professional turned entrepreneur. He has a background in medical device sales and software. As the founder of Body Knowledge, he helps fitness and wellness facilities engage their audience, increase retention, prove their programs work, and keep... Read More →
avatar for Sam Heyer

Sam Heyer

Founder, CEO, Engage the Crowd
As a startup founder, investor, and growth advisor, Sam has worked with dozens of companies from conception to execution. His expertise is in finding the most effective strategies for launching and scaling customer acquisition for high growth businesses. Most recently he was part... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Schlichting

Joseph Schlichting

Chief Operating Officer, New Lion
As a CMO, COO, CEO and Consultant, Joseph has worked with more than 100 startups on: finding product-market fit, brand positioning, pricing new products, launch + go-to-market strategies, identifying new marketing channels through rapid channel testing, growth modeling, scaling marketing... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Fueled Collective Fueled Collective, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

1:30pm

Clustering the Twin Cities creative economy and innovation ecosystem along the Green Line
Limited Capacity seats available

Towerside Innovation District and Creative Enterprise Zone are cultivating the Twin Cities entrepreneurship ecosystem by fostering investment, innovation, and creativity along the Green Line LRT - and across the borders of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Stephen Klimek - Towerside Innovation District | towersidemsp.org
Catherine Reid Day - Creative Enterprise Zone | creativeenterprisezone.org

Join us at University Enterprise Labs (UEL), located in the heart of Towerside Innovation District, to learn how this dynamic area is changing to support the most important segment of the region's new economy. Three business leaders will present their stories through creative entrepreneurship:

Rob Clapp - Can Can Wonderland | cancanwonderland.com
Reid Lutter - Podiumwear | podiumwear.com
Tory Christensen - Landbridge Ecological | landbridge.eco

This event will be followed by a happy hour at UEL featuring a selection of beer from Surly Brewing, as well as a guest speaker from Surly - another unique business in Towerside Innovation District.


Monday October 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:30pm
University Enterprise Labs Atrium - West Entrance 1000 Westgate Dr., St. Paul, MN 55114

2:00pm

Diverse Thoughts, Inclusive Action - How to Change the Podcasting Landscape
Limited Capacity seats available

Podcasting is a growing industry, but it is overwhelmingly dominated by white voices. Join in as a panel of diverse individuals share powerful personal insights and anecdotes on the importance of inclusion in the business, production, creation and growth of the podcast community. This will be a panel discussion with specific questions answered and a Q&A



Monday October 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Osborn 370 (5th Floor) Osborn370 Building 370 Wabasha Street North, 5th Floor, St Paul MN 55102

2:00pm

5 THINGS ABOUT 5 THINGS Every Startup Should Know * External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity filling up

Fredrikson & Byron’s Start Up & Rapid Growth Enterprises (SURGE) team wants to provide growing companies with the resources they need, when they need them. That is why we’re presenting “5 Things About 5 Things That Every Startup Should Know,” a presentation focused on the necessary legal steps start ups should take in order to be successful.

If you can’t make it to either of these programs, check out Fredrikson’s Resources for Start Ups, which features presentations and tips on topics like intellectual property, raising capital, basic legal documents and more. Whether starting from scratch or building from $10mm to $20mm in the next 12 months, growing a business enterprise fast is hard. Whatever the challenge, Fredrikson’s SURGE practice group understands what it takes to help start ups succeed and is designed to cost-effectively help companies from formation to exit.

You can also sign up for information on Fredrikson’s upcoming events and seminars here.

Agenda
2:00 p.m. Registration
2:30 -4:00 p.m. Program


Speakers
avatar for David Winkler

David Winkler

Fredrikson and Byron
David Winkler provides clients with strategic advice on business objectives by pairing his finance and tax background with practical, efficient legal solutions to achieve business goals. He is co-chair of Fredrikson & Byron’s Start Up and Rapid Growth Enterprises (SURGE) group focusing... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. 200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000 Minneapolis, MN 55402

2:00pm

New Entrepreneurial Neighborhood - Motley and 2407
Limited Capacity filling up

PLEASE ENTER AT THE BENTON COUNTY DOOR ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STADIUM, NEAR UNIVERSITY AVE.

To support local innovators, build new Twin Cities connections, and improve access to the University of Minnesota, Visus is leading the planning process for Motley (motleympls.com). As with any new project, it is critical to gather input from the community and do hypothesis-testing as we define standards that support equity, sustainability, and innovation.
 
With over 15 acres of land involved in the project, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to plan a district that creates serendipitous collisions between startups, industry, students, researchers, local businesses, and global visitors!
 
Your feedback and insight will help us build a district that supports innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as other Twin Cities residents, for years to come.
 
Come enjoy a spectacular view of the Motley neighborhood from TCF Bank Stadium while sharing your perspectives on startup needs and the best way to grow a new, innovation-driven community!

Walking distance from the MN Cup Final Awards and Showcase, which starts immediately after our event.

Food and drinks will be provided.

2:00-2:15 Networking: Learn more about Motley while connecting to other TCSW attendees.
2:15-2:20 Motley Introduction: Executive Director Brandon Champeau gives an outline of the origin and evolution of Motley.
2:20-3:10 Panel Discussion with Q&A: Make It MSP director Matt Lewis facilitates a panel discussion among local startup experts, touching on opportunities for equity, healthcare, and startups in general within the Motley area, including audience Q&A.
3:10-4:00 Discussion Time: Facilitated table and Post-It discussions about key topics from Motley, from inclusion, to short-term priorities, to arts and culture in the community. One table will focus on the proposed Innovation Hub that will align startup, UMN, and Fortune 500 healthcare innovation in a new building near campus.
 

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Champeau

Brandon Champeau

Executive Director, Visus
avatar for Ben Ihde

Ben Ihde

Innovation Specialist, Visus Group
avatar for Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

Director, Make It. MSP. at GREATER MSP


Monday October 8, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
TCF Stadium Presidential Suite

2:00pm

The Power and Promise of a ReUSE Economy
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will showcase more an array of financially viable reuse enterprises. The session will be held in the partners' work space. A key feature will be a contest to propose a creative line of business using some of the materials on display at the location.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Adams

Thomas Adams

President and CEO, Better Futures MN
avatar for Julie Kearns

Julie Kearns

Founder, Junket: Tossed and Found


Monday October 8, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Better Futures 2620 Minnehaha Ave Mpls MN 55406

3:00pm

How WE Built This- A Team Approach for Wonderly Software Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

Amber Christian, Hillary Feder and Aaron Keller will reveal how a local team built a new brand of software for people. It started by hiring respected people and respecting these people for their competencies. Inspired by a human-centered design philosophy, Amber and team were able to build software you'll need, but likely also desire.

Guests at this Start-up week event will walk away with these three insights.
1. Software can be built locally and with human-centered design principles
2. Defining your brand first impacts everything you do, for the better
3. Entrepreneurship means building something you love while still remaining objective

Speakers
avatar for Amber Christian

Amber Christian

Founder, Wonderly Software Solutions
Amber Christian is the founder and owner of wonderly software solutions, a company using human centered design to create the next generation of software. Their first product, Bella Scena, re-imagines the meetings and work planning process to help you make sure your most important... Read More →
avatar for Hillary Feder

Hillary Feder

President/Founder, Ask Hillary's
For more than 29 years, Hillary has been a leader in strategic plan design, program planning and branded product design to support enterprise engagement (employee, customer, vendor, board, etc) initiatives. Her innovative, analytical, and practical approach shapes company cultures... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Keller

Aaron Keller

Managing Principal, Capsule
Aaron Keller and his Capsule team have worked globally with top brands such as Patagonia, Herman Miller, Target , Mattel, General Mills and Pepsi, as well as a number of start-up ventures. Sharing his experience and insights from over 25 years in the industry, Keller delivers an energetic... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Target Atrium MN Orchestra- 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

3:00pm

Tech in St Paul, the Best Kept Secret in the Twin Cities
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for an early happy hour at Tin Whiskers to learn more about one of the best kept secrets in the Twin Cities: the tech scene in St Paul!

What to expect? Networking and brief introductions to a handful of St Paul-based companies and organizations -- who we are and what we do. We'll have Tin Whiskers to ourselves for an hour, so come thirsty.

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Tin Whiskers Brewery 125 9th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

3:00pm

UEL Happy Hour with Surly Brewing
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us after the Towerside and Creative Enterprise Zone event to enjoy a Surly Furious or Surly Hell - generously donated by Surly Brewing, our event co-sponsor!

Patrick, one of the tour guides from Surly Brewing, will join us at 3 pm to tell Surly's story - why they chose to build in Towerside District and how it's helped them to grow.


Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
University Enterprise Labs Atrium - West Entrance 1000 Westgate Dr., St. Paul, MN 55114

4:00pm

MN Cup Final Awards & Showcase - *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

After seven months and three rounds of competition, we're gathering together to name the Grand Prize Winner of the 2018 Minnesota Cup. We'll hear presentations from our 9 Division Winners, network with our top teams and award special prizes to top entrepreneurs. Join us as we give away $500,000 and network with entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors from Minnesota's biggest industries. You won't want to miss this!

Speakers

Monday October 8, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
McNamara Alumni Center's Great Hall 200 SE Oak St, Minneapolis, MN 55455

4:00pm

Techstars Farm to Fork Demo Day *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see pitches from the 9 companies in Techstars Farm to Fork! They will show how they have been cooking up innovative solutions within the Food Tech and AgTech industry. Executives from Cargill and Ecolab will make an appearance during the pitch event also. Please come to happy hour (4-4:45 pm) to mingle with the founders before they get on stage to pitch. Pitches will be followed by a reception with the chance to meet with the companies 1-on-1 and help them cap-off the end of 3 months of hard work in program!


Monday October 8, 2018 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Minnesota History Center 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102

4:30pm

Building Light Weight Connected Environments – Quick and Easy Ways to Enable Cost-Effective VOC Early for Medical Devices in the Early Stages
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for this happy hour/appetizer event where experts from the connected device world and VOC world explain how to build connected device environments and gather voice of customer data for in a way suitable for the needs of the early feasibility stage of development, where efficiency and cost consciousness are supreme. You will see why this work is important to your effort while enjoying the startup/expert networking in the creative Kablooe environment. For those of you that are in the early feasibility stages of designing a smart connected device, this information is for you.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Kramer

Tom Kramer

President & CEO, Kablooe Design
Tom KraMer has been a product innovator for over 28 years, and holds a Certificate in Master of Product Development at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design at MCAD. He also holds a certificate from Stanford University for the Cardiovascular System... Read More →
avatar for Jodi Plomedahl

Jodi Plomedahl

VP of Client Services, HealthFactors
Jodi serves as vice president of client services at HealthFactors in Minneapolis, MN. In this role, she leads product solutions strategy and technology management for the clients and partners. Jodi has held leadership positions in service link planning, implementation ant IT strategy... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Kablooe Design 8560 Cottonwood St. NW, Coon Rapids, MN, 55433

7:00pm

Minnecade: A GlitchCon Launch Party
From dramatic adventures through ancient caves and challenging geometric puzzles to intense multiplayer battles in space, Minnecade features a refreshing mix of locally-crafted projects from Minnesota-based game makers and artists. Best part: No Coins Necessary.

Full list of playable games coming soon on www.glitchcon.mn.

A cash bar equipped with soda, juice, and alcoholic beverages will be available all evening.

Game players with all levels of experience are encouraged to come out, jump into a game, and chat directly with their creators! Register for a free ticket at www.glitchcon.mn.

Applications will open with exhibitor details on September 11th and close on September 27th.

Minnecade is the official launch party of GlitchCon, an arts and cultural festival that brings together makers, doers, and thinkers in digital games. Embracing the inquisitive and innovative, GlitchCon sparks inspiration through interdisciplinary talks, curious exhibits, and playful spaces.

GlitchCon is organized by GLITCH, an independent game label home to the off-beat, debut, and experimental that empowers game makers through community-driven programs. For more information, visit www.glitch.mn.

Presented by GLITCH and made possible in partnership with Rewire.org, Twin Cities PBS, and the Knight Foundation.


Monday October 8, 2018 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Twin Cities PBS 172 East 4th Street St. Paul, MN 55101
 
Tuesday, October 9
 

8:00am

MANOVA Global Summit on the Future of Health in Medical Alley - Tuesday pass *External Registration Required*
The MANOVA Tuesday Morning Pass explores the future of our health care system through the political powers and innovative technologies that are the driving forces of change

Speakers
avatar for Mary Matalin and James Carville

Mary Matalin and James Carville

James Carville and Mary Matalin give audiences an enlightening and entertaining look at today's most important political issues, the 2016 race for the White House and a behind-the-scenes look at Washington politics.James Carville is the unbowed liberal and Mary Matalin is a celebrated... Read More →
avatar for The Honorable Dr. Bill Frist

The Honorable Dr. Bill Frist

Former US Senate Majority Leader and nationally-acclaimed surgeon
Uniquely qualified to discuss the challenges and solutions in healthcare policy, Senator Bill Frist is consistently recognized among the most influential leaders in American healthcare. He is a nationally acclaimed heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader... Read More →
avatar for Dr. James Mault

Dr. James Mault

Chief Medical Officer, CQuentia, Formerly Qualcomm
James Mault, MD, FACS, is the President and Chief Medical Officer of CQuentia, the leading Genomics/PGx Personalized Medicine solution provider. Prior to joining CQuentia, Dr Mault served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Qualcomm Life for over five years, where... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 8:00am - 11:30am
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

8:30am

Design as Disruptor: Food Ag Ideas Week *External Registration Required*
The competitiveness of the consumer packaged goods space is at an all time high, and with it the bar continues to be raised on quality products, breakthrough design and a clear value proposition. Hear from Eric Ryan, the revolutionary founder of method Cleaning products and OLLY, the brand disrupting vitamins that has gone from $10 to $50M in two years, as he shares the growth story of these two brands, the role of design as differentiator and disruptor and the decisions that made all the difference. 

This is a featured event of Food | Ag | Ideas Week happening October 8 - 12th -- 5 days of speakers, events, demo showcases and more focused on Minnesota's entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem for food and agriculture. For more information on additional events and ticketing visit FoodAgIdeas.com.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Ryan

Eric Ryan

Co-Founder and CEO, OLLY PBC
Eric Ryan and his high school buddy Adam started Method in 2001 and have since built it into a global industry leader for both design and sustainability. Today, Method has over 200 planet-friendly cleaning products in stores across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.  Eric... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Guthrie Theater 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

9:00am

Company Research
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Explore how the James J. Hill Center's databases and resources can support your startup or small business. Join us for this free class and get inside tips from our business librarian on researching companies, pulling lists of competitors, investigating private company financials and more.


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
The James J. Hill Center 80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

FinTech Track Opening Keynote - Community building *External Ticket Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Opening Keynote Speaker to kick off the FinTech events highlighted at TCSW.

Speaker and innovator Elwin Loomis talking on the community in MN and what we can do build a strong, more innovative Minnesota. 



Speakers

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Day Block Event Center 1103 S Washington Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55415

9:00am

Coffee & Closers :: Women in Sales
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In this episode of Coffee & Closers: Women in Sales we will be interviewing two local sales superstars to learn about their successes, failures & how they overcome challenges faced as a woman in sales.

Coffee & Closers is :
If learning how to increase revenue and make more money for your business is a skill you’ve been looking to acquire or fine-tune, please join us for this Q&A series. The goal of this gathering is for attendees to authentically receive process design, tools used, and tips on what works to successfully grow revenue. This is a natural interview style format that will give you a peek into some of the top sales minds that propelled the growth of companies like When I Work, Total Expert, WorkDay, Infor & more.

Speakers
avatar for Mickeli Bedore

Mickeli Bedore

Founder and CEO, Bedore Business Group
Our host Mickeli Bedore has successfully built flourishing profit streams over the last two decades, spending the majority of that time turning underperforming product territories/product lines at some of the biggest sales organizations in the world (IBM, Oracle, Concur, Verizon... Read More →
avatar for Sasha DeMarre

Sasha DeMarre

Sales Engineer, Total Expert
Sasha DeMarre was local tech rocket ship When I Work's first sales hire. She served as SDR, AE, Customer Success specialist & Solutions Engineer simultaneously. She was the force behind their explosive growth & is one of the most respected sales women in the field today. Currently... Read More →
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Wendi Russo

TV Host, Home Shopping Network
Wendi Russo has been a successful sales leader as a  TV Home Shopping Host for 14 years with Evine Live formerly Shop NBC where she learned to sell anything in 4 minutes or less.  As a TV Home Shopping Host, Wendi was able to combine her TV, Film & improv training with her previous... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Impact Measurement: A Primer
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Impact Measurement is widely accepted as a must have for intentionally impactful startups, but where does a person go to learn the basics? Right here! Join Ecotone Analytics for an hour long crash course in global impact measurement best practices. From general concepts to practical takeaways industry experts Tim Roman and Ted Carling will give you what you need
to know and how to use it.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Carling

Ted Carling

Co-Founder & COO, Ecotone Analytics
As General Manager of Chowgirls Killer Catering, Ted grew revenue from $700K/year to $5M/year, using integrated dashboards that predicted sales cycles, pricing strategy, and staffing needs. Ted has an A.S. in Marketing from North Hennepin Community College, and is a leader at the... Read More →
avatar for Tim Roman

Tim Roman

Co-Founder & CEO, Ecotone Analytics
Tim has over ten years of experience in Information Technology, including learning object development for the U of M, interactive product development, usability testing, and enterprise IT integration. Tim has an M.B.A. from Carlson School of Management, where he focused on emerging... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Impact Hub MSP 4th Floor 817 5th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00am

Loans, Financing, Advice & More: DEED's Programs for Entrepreneurs and Startup Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

DEED's Economic Development Division is hosting an open house with staff representatives available to explain and answer questions about our programs and services that assist entrepreneurs and startup businesses. These programs include Minnesota Innovations Loans for Entrepreneurs, the Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Fund, the Angel Loan Fund, the Reservists & Veterans Business Loan Program, the Indian Business Loan Program, the Innovation Voucher Award Program, the Small Business Assistance Office, the Small Business Development Centers, the Minnesota Trade Office, and more.

Parking / Venue Instructions:
This event will take place in the First National Bank Building's conference center, located on street level near the Fifth St & Minnesota St entrance to the building.  The Green Line's Central Station is located directly across Minnesota St.  Numerous parking ramps are nearby, including in the building itself, and nearby metered street parking is often available.  

Call our reception desk at 651-259-1400 if lost. 


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
First National Bank Building 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-working & Team Offices at Spaces
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Spaces and CoWork for the day!

Interested in finding a new home for your team throughout TCSW? Spaces can help you out! Email stephanie.nemchik@spacesworks.com to lock in spot.

Spaces is located on 121 Washington Ave. N  Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401  

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Spaces North Loop 121 Washington Ave. N Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

9:00am

Free Co-working at Fueled Collective ( All Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Fueled Collective and CoWork for the day!

There are 4 amazing Fueled Collective locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Northeast Address: 
1400 Van Buren St NE #200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Uptown Address: 
1010 W Lake St #100, Minneapolis, MN 55408

St. Paul: 
213 4th St. E., 4th Floor, St Paul, MN 55101

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fueled Collective Locations ( See Descriptions for Addresses )

9:00am

Free Co-working at Glen Nelson Center
Glen Nelson Center is a new shared workspace in the Osborn370 building and an initiative of Minnesota Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio that invests in entrepreneurial ventures that serve new and diverse audiences while strengthening public media. One of the first companies to launch at Glen Nelson Center is Lunar Startups, a new venture incubator funded by Knight Foundation.
 
Glen Nelson Center allows APM|MPR staff to engage with the entrepreneurial community in the Twin Cities and to allow entrepreneurs to interact with a large media organization in a highly collaborative environment. We invite to you learn more about Glen Nelson Center and Lunar Startups by coworking out of our space during Startup Week!

When you get to the lobby of Osborn370, sign in to see Theon Masters. Glen Nelson Center is on the 5th floor of Osborn 370

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Glen Nelson Center 370 Wabasha St. N Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

Free Co-working at Impact Hub MSP
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Impact Hub and CoWork for the day!

Impact Hub MSP is located at 817 S 5th Ave #400 ( 4th floor ) Minneapolis, MN 55404

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Impact Hub MSP 817 S 5th Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00am

Free Co-working at Industrious ( Both Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Industrious and CoWork for the day!

There are 2 amazing Industrious locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : RBC Plaza 28th Floor - 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

North Loop Address: 
T3 Building 2nd Floor - 323 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious ( Both Locations )

9:00am

Free Co-working at UEL
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at UEL and CoWork for the day!

UEL is located on 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
UEL - University Enterprise Labs

9:00am

Free Co-working at Wellworth
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Wellworth and CoWork for the day!

Wellworth is located on 428 Minnesota Street, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55101

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wellworth 428 Minnesota St #500, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-working at WeWork
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at WeWork and CoWork for the day! 

WeWork is located on the 39th floor in the Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. 

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:30am

Continued Rise of Small Food Brands - Food Ag Ideas Week *External Registration Required*
The pace of new product and brand introductions continues to increase as more and more innovative entrepreneurs enter the world of consumer packaged goods. As these brands scale,  they are disrupting established categories and influencing the future strategy of major food companies. With more and diverse sources of capital flowing into the sector, both the opportunities and challenges evolve. Hear from brand, investor and business leaders discuss the current and future marketplace and the implications for small (and large) companies as it continues to evolve.

This is a featured event of Food | Ag | Ideas Week happening October 8 - 12th -- 5 days of speakers, events, demo showcases and more focused on Minnesota's entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem for food and agriculture. For more information on additional events and ticketing visit FoodAgIdeas.com.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Bastian

Angie Bastian

Founder, Angie's Boomchickapop
avatar for Steve Young

Steve Young

EVP, Managing Director, Sunrise Strategic Partners


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Guthrie Theater 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

9:30am

Techstars Office Hours with Boulder MD Natty Zola *External Registration Required*
Book a time slot to get 1:1 help on your company and/or discuss if Techstars is a good fit for you!

Speakers
avatar for Natty Zola

Natty Zola

Managing Director, Techstars


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm
Spaces North Loop 121 Washington Ave. N Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

10:30am

Regulatory Climate & Legal Considerations for Growing FinTech Companies: Current State & Future Trends *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel will explore the current regulatory environment facing FinTech's in Minnesota, lessons learned as companies look to develop, acquire, commercialize, license and sell their technology and RegTech trends and ways tech can help companies efficiently address regulatory challenges. Thought leaders will weigh in on things FinTech companies large and small and financial institutions need to be aware of as they scale nationally and look to partner with financial institutions.

The panel will be moderated by Kevin Maler who is a Partner with Dorsey’s Corporate Group here in Minneapolis and feature Maxwell Zappia, Minnesota's FinTech regulator from the Department of Commerce to speak to the state regulatory environment and Vinayak Bhat with Synechron to speak to RegTech trends and solutions. Finally, questions from the floor will be taken for a lively discussion.



Speakers
avatar for Vinayak Bhat

Vinayak Bhat

Associate Director Capital Markets, Synechron
avatar for Joe Lynyak

Joe Lynyak

Partner, Dorsey and Whitney
Joe is a partner in the Firm’s Finance & Restructuring Group and a member of the Banking Industry Group. He practices in both the Firm’s Washington, D.C. and Southern California offices. Joe possesses a broad knowledge base regarding foreign banks and domestic banks, savings associations... Read More →
avatar for Max Zappia

Max Zappia

Deputy Commissioner of Financial Institutions Division, State of Minnesota Department of Commerce


Tuesday October 9, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Day Block Event Center 1103 S Washington Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55415

11:00am

Growing Startup Cultures in Marketing and Sales
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Land O’Lakes marketing leadership and partners from Nina Hale Inc and Colle+McVoy in an intimate, candid discussion of how startup thinking turns from blue-sky theory to pragmatic, proven reality inside ad agencies and in-house marketing teams. This very limited-seating event is designed for agency, sales and marketing leaders challenged with the requirement to innovate and disrupt themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Brunelle

Tim Brunelle

Director, Content & Production, Land O'Lakes
Tim is a creative brand marketing leader who’s been at the forefront of marketing innovation and storytelling since 1992.
avatar for John Doyle

John Doyle

Executive Director of Brand Experience, Colle McVoy
John Doyle thrives on helping brands make the most sense of today’s complex world and use that understanding to develop an advantage over the competition. As executive director of brand experience, Doyle is responsible for the development and creation of cohesive brand experiences... Read More →
avatar for Allison McMenimen

Allison McMenimen

EVP, Client Services, Nina Hale, Inc.
The face of Nina Hale’s client strategy team, Allison McMenimen is a force constantly propelling the agency forward. She is the linchpin of Nina Hale, and her strategic guidance has helped take the agency from a 10-person shop to an 85-person performance digital powerhouse. A 2016... Read More →
avatar for Julie Scheife

Julie Scheife

Digital Marketing Director, Land O'Lakes
Julie oversees digital marketing and is responsible for building digital marketing capabilities to accelerate growth across all businesses for Land O’Lakes, Inc. She joined Land O’Lakes in 2016. Julie’s career has been focused on exploring, innovating and leading within the... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Land O’Lakes Minneapolis Meeting Center, TractorWorks Building (2nd floor) 800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 - Metered parking is available on street, or paid parking is available in the adjacent ramp.

11:00am

The Best Product You've Never Heard of . . . How to get your Story out in the Changing Media Landscape
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this session we will take a deep dive into the changing media and marketing landscape. Technology continues to shape our business as we are sure it does for startups and small businesses.  The goal is to discover the most effective ways to communicate your story to consumers.

Dean Peterson, iHeart's VP of Digital Assets, will kick things off with a synopsis of the tools that our company has to link you to consumers.  We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn what a company rooted in radio is doing to incorporate new and emerging technology to help our clients, of all sizes, find success.

Following Dean, our distinguished panelists will each share their own unique “startup stories”, as well as discuss the challenges they faced in marketing to the Twin Cities and beyond.
Featured Panelists include:

  • Craig Key: Chief Marketing Officer at Bite Squad
  • Mike Jones: Founder and Owner of Alchemy 365 Gyms
  • Stephanie Shimp: Owner of Blue Plate Restaurants

There will also be time for a question and answer session with Dean and our entire Panel at the end of the event.
 
And, because iHeart Media understands that startup and small business owners are always looking for that extra edge in spreading the word about their product, iHeart Media will help one lucky entrepreneur, accelerate and further amplify, their current marketing plan, by

GIVING AWAY A CUSTOM ADVERTISING PACKAGE WORTH $5K!
To register for the $5k advertising package contest, please visit our contest page 


 

Speakers
avatar for Jim Dawson

Jim Dawson

iHeartMedia
avatar for Steve Dubbles

Steve Dubbles

iHeartMedia
avatar for Mike Jones

Mike Jones

CEO, Alchemy
Mike started his professional career as an Infantry Officer with the US Marine Corps, where he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Upon finishing his military service, Mike returned to school and completed a full-time MBA at Georgetown... Read More →
avatar for Craig Key

Craig Key

CMO, Bitesquad
Craig leads Bite Squads marketing efforts, driving growth through acquisition, retention, and loyalty of customers, drivers, and restaurants. Craig has over 14 years experience in digital marketing, and has built a career off of innovation with new ways to connect with audience. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Dean Peterson

Dean Peterson

VP of Digital, iHeartMedia
avatar for Stephanie Shimp

Stephanie Shimp

Co-Owner, Blue Plate Restaurants
Stephanie Shimp is co-owner of Blue Plate Restaurant Company. Blue Plate Restaurant Company was started by David Burley and Shimp in 1993 when they opened their first restaurant, Highland Grill, in the Highland neighborhood in St. Paul. They now employ over 600 people and have 8 brick... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Studio C 1600 Utica Avenue South Suite 500 Minneapolis, MN 55416

11:00am

MNclude Launch Event
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us for the launch of MNclude!

We'll share more about our new nonprofit focused on connecting all the local DE&I groups within the Twin Cities tech community so we can all make a bigger impact.

At this event, we'll also showcase local diversity-related tech organizations via information tables and demonstrations. Join us for lunch while you network, learn, and connect with local resources!


Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Clockwork Annex 1153 16th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

11:00am

The Power of Your Personal Brand - Red Bull Athlete and Artist Workshop & Tell-all
Limited Capacity filling up

Your personal brand is a powerful thing! This workshop will take you through a first- hand look at how Red Bull athletes and artists have developed a unique personal advantage to make revolutionary moves within their field. This interactive session will be part workshop, part Q&A discussion - whether you're first positioning yourself or your startup within the market, or eager to lead your venture in new directions, this session is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Die Yung (Anayancy)

Die Yung (Anayancy)

Die Yung is a proud Chicana artist, utilizing photography to display a magical representation of the feminine experience. Raised in California, her work is inspired by the gore and graininess of old movies she grew up watching with her family. Her work has been published on MILK... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay St. Clair

Lindsay St. Clair

Lindsay St. Clair is a NYC-based designer and art director with experience in interactive, branding, editorial, illustration and conceptual development. Her work is playful and colorful, often using abstract shapes and illustrations to create a feeling or vibe. She often explores... Read More →
avatar for Dizzy Fae

Dizzy Fae

Dizzy Fae is a 19-year old alternative R&B artist based in St. Paul. As a student of dance (TU Dance) and vocal performance (Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts), Dizzy developed an eclectic style that has landed her on stages alongside The Internet, Kehlani, Poliça, Empress... Read More →
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Levi LaVallee

Snowmobile Freestyle
With 11 medals spread across six different snowmobile disciplines, Levi LaVallee is one of the most successful athletes in Winter X Games event history. He's one of only three winter event athletes to have won double-gold twice. Levi LaVallee made history when he became the first... Read More →
avatar for Courtney Phillips

Courtney Phillips

Courtney Phillips is a curator, entrepreneur, and Ford model with diverse professional experience. With eclectic talents and interests, Courtney’s professional portfolio includes a broad range of experiences, from music video production for artists including Frank Ocean to the curation... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Walsko

Alexis Walsko

Alexis Walsko is the founder, Chief Executive Officer & Visionary at Lola Red. She founded the agency at just 22 years old and has since established Lola Red as an award-winning and nationally recognized PR firm. In 2015, she oversaw the addition of Lola Pro, a division of Lola Red... Read More →
avatar for Mallory Weggemann

Mallory Weggemann

Mallory is a Paralympic Gold and Bronze Medalist from the 2012 London Paralympic Games and a two-time Paralympian (London 2012 and Rio 2016) with her sights set on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.Since hearing about the Paralympic movement for the first time in 2008 Weggemann has... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

12:00pm

Scaling Company Culture as you and your Business Grow
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join us for a panel presentation with leading HR pros and company culture advocates about how to take what's working within the dynamic and chemistry of your company and replicate for scale.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Dean

Kristin Dean

VP of People, Arctic Wolf Networks
Kristin Dean is currently the Vice President of People at Arctic Wolf Networks, a Silicon Valley based company with offices in California, Minnesota, Utah and Canada. Arctic Wolf Networks is a cybersecurity company that provides a Security Operation Center (SOC) as a service for midmarket... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Schanen

Victoria Schanen

Vice President of Talent, Kipsu
Victoria manages talent strategy at Kipsu, Inc, drawing on over a dozen years in high-volume, high-impact tech recruiting. From hiring to employee engagement to traditional HR functions, Victoria energetically bolsters startups. Outside of Kipsu, she's been known to blog, podcast... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Schoolcraft

Sarah Schoolcraft

Employee Experience Manager, phData
Sarah is an Employee Experience Manager at phData in Minneapolis. She has worked in people operations roles for over a decade, at non-profit and for-profit organizations, both in the US and abroad. She is committed to creating a continually improving employee experience and believes... Read More →
avatar for Natalia Trent

Natalia Trent

Chief Talent Officer, Right Source Compliance
Natalia is a passionate people operation’s executive with expertise in change management, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness. At RightSource Compliance, Natalia wears many hats as the organization’s Chief Talent Officer and member of the senior leadership team... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fueled Collective Fueled Collective, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

12:00pm

Build your app already!! Why learning to code is *the best* first step to launching your app idea [Panel & Pizza]
Limited Capacity filling up

How learning to code is *the best* first step to launching your next great idea and tech career...from panelists who've been there. 

At this free downtown Minneapolis event, you'll...
  • Hear how learning to code helped launch our panel's startup careers and how it could be your path to entrepreneurship.
  • Learn from an amazing panel of coding bootcamp students turned Web Developers and Designers for local and remote startups.
  • Hear about their personal journeys, how learning to code opened doors for them and the projects they’re working on right now!
  • Learn about their experience learning to code and the path that several Prime Digital Academy students take:
    • Learn to code in 20 weeks
    • Land a job at a startup, learn EVEN MORE, repeat :)
    • Launch your own app or product!
  • Eat free pizza and stay for an optional tour following the panel from ~1-1:30pm.

The Panelists:
Erin Seman - UX Designer at Sports Hub Technologies
Lukas Nord - Software Engineer at Local Crate
Zachary Garman - Software Engineer at Kipsu
Glydewell Burdick - Software Engineer at Lab651
Clare Jacky - formerly at Leadpages 

Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Prime Digital Academy 301 South 4th Avenue Suite 577 Minneapolis, MN 55415

12:00pm

Venture capital 101: Confessions of a VC
Limited Capacity filling up

What does it mean to be a venture capital "fundable" startup? What are the metrics VC's are looking for when making an investment? Learn straight from a VC about the confessions of the industry -- whether a startup should raise VC, how VC's think about return expectations, and whether it's the right choice for your startup

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Felbinger

Andrew Felbinger

Investor, Urban Innovation Fund
Andrew is an Associate at the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies... Read More →
avatar for Julie Lein

Julie Lein

Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund
Julie is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Finnovation Lab 817 S 5th Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55404

12:00pm

Bunker Labs North Muster *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience the Military Entrepreneurial Edge

Bunker Labs is a national network of entrepreneurs founded by military veterans to help other veterans start and grow businesses. The Muster Across America Tour 2018 will travel to 14 cities across the country to showcase veteran entrepreneurs, empower local entrepreneurial ecosystems with large-scale events, and serve as the launching point for Bunker Labs Minneapolis chapter activities.

The Minneapolis Muster is all about connecting you with opportunity. If you are not a veteran you will gain the military entrepreneurial edge. If you are a veteran you will gain the network to quickly grow your venture.

This year marks the inaugural North Region Muster, hosting City Leaders from all over the upper mid-west. These are military veteran entrepreneurs firmly rooted in their local communities. Each leads a successful business and understands first-hand the benefits of the military entrepreneurial edge.

  • Kyle Arneson (Marine, Founder at World Leadership Partners, City Leader Bunker Labs Madison) 
  • Marcus Bolen (Marine pilot, Managing Director at Paveway, City Leader Bunker Labs Minneapolis) 
  • Thomas Typinski, (Army, Founder of The Dominant Approach, City Leader Bunker Labs Detroit) 
  • Justin Walker (Navy SEAL, Owner/Operator of JW Consulting, City Leader Bunker Labs Chicago) 
  • Hark Herold (Air Force Colonel, CEO Design Thinking Denver, Bunker Labs City Leader of upcoming chapter in Denver) 
  • Valerie Rivera (Air Force, Founder of Take Back Work, City Leader of upcoming chapter in Omaha) 
  • STAY TUNED: Special guest speakers will also include local and national leaders. 

The North Region Muster will offer a jam-packed afternoon of events featuring the following elements:
  • Stories and Insight from the Entrepreneurial Front: Experience remarkable first-hand accounts of success stories of military veteran entrepreneurs like this one about Scott Hardesty, Founder, Ranger Nutrition. Hear from our city leaders about what the military entrepreneurial edge is and how it can help you and your business succeed 
  • Pitch Competition: A showcase where veteran entrepreneurs compete for the title of “top-performing veteran-led startup.” 
  • Marketplace – A space for Bunker member companies, other veteran-owned business and businesses that support the veteran community to showcase opportunities, programs, products and services. 
  • Canteen: Coffee, lunch and lots of sidebar conversations throughout the day. Like any good canteen we invite people to come, relax, connect with old friends or make new connections throughout the day’s event. 
  • Networking Opportunities: Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in dialogue about the day’s content and build lasting connections.


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Minneapolis Event Center 212 2nd Street Southeast Minneapolis, MN 55414

12:00pm

GlitchCon | Digital Games Festival *External Registration Required*
GlitchCon is an arts and cultural festival that brings together makers, doers, and thinkers in digital games. Embracing the inquisitive and innovative, GlitchCon sparks inspiration through interdisciplinary talks, curious exhibits, and playful spaces.

Register for a free ticket and find out more about the event at www.glitchcon.mn

Schedule: 
12pm - 1pm | Lunch + Keynote
1pm - 5pm | Breakout Sessions & Panels
1pm - 6pm | Select Screen Exhibit
5pm - 6pm | Happy Hour
6pm - 7pm | Closing Ceremony

Don’t miss Minnecade, the official GlitchCon launch party, on Monday night! Full schedule, including session and speaker lists, coming soon at www.glitchcon.mn.

Who Should Attend: 
Digital games are a multidisciplinary medium that thrive with individuals from all backgrounds. Everyone interested in exploring digital games is encouraged to attend! GlitchCon attendees include:
  • Game designers 
  • Artists 
  • Producers 
  • Musicians 
  • Content Creators 
  • Programmers 
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Creative Technologists +more! 
What to Expect 
Panels & sessions that explore the art, business, design, and technology of digital games Cross-industry speakers with a range of backgrounds and experiences, from independent game studios and freelancers to large consumer and B2B companies Select Screen Exhibit, a curated arcade of games that embody this year’s theme of “Intergalactic” A dedicated quiet space to co-work or recharge Complimentary catered lunch, as well as coffee all day A happy hour with complimentary snacks and a cash bar equipped with soda, juice, and alcoholic beverages Opportunities to connect with a community passionate about games GlitchCon is organized by GLITCH, an independent game label home to the off-beat, debut, and experimental that empowers game makers through community-driven programs. For more information, visit www.glitch.mn.

Presented by GLITCH and made possible in partnership with Rewire.org, Twin Cities PBS, and the Knight Foundation.

Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Twin Cities PBS 172 East 4th Street St. Paul, MN 55101

1:00pm

P is for Partnership: A Discussion on how Corporations are Partnering with Startups *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

The panel discussion will highlight how corporations are partnering with startups in the FinTech/RegTech/InsureTech space. The panel will highlight the pros and cons of corporate partnership and will include panelists from both the corporate and startup perspective.



Speakers

Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm

1:00pm

Unconscious Bias: Nip it in the Bud
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Startups are exciting because of all of the opportunities ahead of you. Don't leave them on the table because of unconscious bias. Learn how to raise awareness of your biases and replace them to act in alignment with your values while you build your business. The session will be interactive, fun, and mind-opening.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hiemenz

Mark Hiemenz

Wiser Wolf
Mark believes that the core strength of an organization lies with motivated people working together smoothly in alignment with a mission-driven strategy.  He gained this insight in more than 25 years working across the philanthropic, corporate and nonprofit sectors. At Wiser Wolf... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Impact Hub MSP 4th Floor 817 5th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

1:00pm

OKR and KPI Workshop / Techstars AMA with Alumni
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the tips and tricks we teach in Techstars to get more done and stay on track with this powerful presentation by Techstars Boulder Managing Director Natty Zola.

Techstars AMA with alumni. Hear first hand what Techstars is like and get your questions answered from alumni who have gone through the Techstars accelerators.

Panelists include Tyrre Burks from Players Health, Clarence Bertha from Upsie, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Clarence Bethea

Clarence Bethea

Founder, Upsie
avatar for Tyrre Burks

Tyrre Burks

Founder and CEO, Player's Health
avatar for Natty Zola

Natty Zola

Managing Director, Techstars


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Spaces North Loop 121 Washington Ave. N Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

1:00pm

Game Changers Track - MANOVA Global Summit on the Future of Health in Medical Alley *External Registration Required*
The MANOVA Tuesday Afternoon Track passes provide a way for audience members to interact with our thought leaders in a more intimate setting with a thematic approach.

Track Four: Game Changers:
Go beyond thinking ‘outside of the box’ and get inside the hearts and heads of the entrepreneurs who are pushing boundaries of traditional health with new solutions, new perspectives and new practices from other industries. Experience how these new players find new ways to tackle the old intractable problems. Be inspired by their personal stories, their grit and their refusal to conform.   

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Dachis

Jeff Dachis

Founder & CEO, One Drop
Jeff is the CEO and Founder of OneDrop, a simple, powerful and convenient mobile platform for managing diabetes, born from his own experience as a newly diagnosed Type 1 LADA (September 2013). His desire to bring the quantified self movement, internet of things, big data and mobile... Read More →
avatar for Vicki Holt

Vicki Holt

President & CEO, Protolabs
Vicki Holt has been President and Chief Executive Officer at Protolabs since February 2014. Prior to joining us, Holt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartech Corporation, a leading producer of plastic sheet, compounds and packaging products, from September 2010... Read More →
avatar for Lee Jones

Lee Jones

Founder President and CEO, Rebiotix
Founder, President and CEO of Rebiotix Inc, has over 30 years of experience in the medical technology industry in large and small companies and academia.  She cofounded Rebiotix in 2011.  Rebiotix is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing a new class of biologic drugs... Read More →
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Tammy Lee

President & CEO, Recombinetics Inc
Tammy Lee has more than 15 years of executive experience and currently serves as President and CEO for Recombinetics, a global leader in gene-edited animals for biomedical research; animal welfare; and safe, healthy food production.   Tammy brings a breadth and depth of business... Read More →
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Dr. Steven Russell

Founder, CEO, Vyriad
Dr. Russell is a Professor of Molecular Medicine, Consultant Hematologist at Mayo Clinic Rochester and serves on the Board of Trustees of Buena Vista University, Iowa. He was formerly the Dean for Discovery and Experimental Research at Mayo Clinic. He obtained his MD from the University... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:45pm
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

1:00pm

Lessons from Global Marketplace Track - MANOVA Global Summit on the Future of Health in Medical Alley *External Registration Required*
The MANOVA Tuesday Afternoon Track passes provide a way for audience members to interact with our thought leaders in a more intimate setting with a thematic approach.

Track Two: Lessons from Global Marketplace:
The world is flat and only a ‘click and send’ away. Join this set of conversations and presentations highlighting the new ideas, initiatives and perspectives percolating from across the globe. Take note of these innovative thoughts for application in markets everywhere. Be smarter, faster and more imaginative by developing your global lens on the future of health.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Naresh Kanumilli

Dr. Naresh Kanumilli

Diabetes and Cardiology, National Institute of Health in Manchester, United Kingdom
Dr Naresh Kanumilli has been a GP in south Manchester for the past 14 years and he has a specialist interest in diabetes and cardiology. He is a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion.He has a very keen focus on management of chronic conditions in the community and hence has been actively... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:45pm
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

1:00pm

The Consumerization of Health Track Session - MANOVA Global Summit on the Future of Health in Medical Alley *External Registration Required*
The MANOVA Tuesday Afternoon Track passes provide a way for audience members to interact with our thought leaders in a more intimate setting with a thematic approach.

Track One: The Consumerization of Health:
Dig deeper below the well-worn consumer buzzwords and find how empowered consumers are changing the traditional health landscape by taking charge of their health and health-related decisions. Whether you’re talking b-to-b, b-to-c, b-to-b-to-c or b-to-p, explore the future tense of consumer value propositions, branding, engagement and the overall marketing of health.  

Speakers
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Adrian Ho

CEO, Zeus Jones
Adrian is CEO and founding partner at Zeus Jones a strategy and design agency headquartered in Minneapolis. Their work is centered around brand, service and product innovation in the areas of food, technology, healthcare, sports, home and office products and fashion.Before Zeus Jones... Read More →
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Eric Ryan

Co-Founder and CEO, OLLY PBC
Eric Ryan and his high school buddy Adam started Method in 2001 and have since built it into a global industry leader for both design and sustainability. Today, Method has over 200 planet-friendly cleaning products in stores across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.  Eric... Read More →
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David and Jonah Stillman

Authors of Gen Z @ Work
David Stillman is not new to the generational conversation. For almost twenty years he has been called on by business executives, politicians and the media to share his expertise on how best to bridge generational gaps. David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show as well as... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:45pm
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

1:00pm

The Disruption of Convergence Track - MANOVA Global Summit on the Future of Health in Medical Alley *External Registration Required*
The MANOVA Tuesday Afternoon Track passes provide a way for audience members to interact with our thought leaders in a more intimate setting with a thematic approach.

Track Three - The Disruption of Convergence: 
We are living in a world of ‘AND’ as in Walmart AND Humana, Walgreens AND United Health, and Apple AND ?  Everything has changed in the mix of business models, technology and partnerships.  What was once unimaginable is now a business plan. Don’t miss this series of conversations from the people who are funding and leading the organizations that are disrupting the future of health.  

Speakers

Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:45pm
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

1:30pm

Serving the Service Industry: How Kipsu Learns Customer Success from the Pros
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Tech events are commonly filled with panels featuring founders and technologists talking about their businesses and products, but rarely are there panels featuring the customers and the end-users of those businesses and products. We want to do that kind of panel.

At Kipsu, one of our core values is “Think Customer First.” This philosophy, which is deeply ingrained in every team member, has given Kipsu two key advantages: first, it allows us to constantly add value to our customers, which should be the end goal of every business. The second, and less obvious advantage, is that because our largest market is hospitality, we’ve learned how to provide top-notch customer service directly from those who deliver top-notch service every day, our customers. Join hospitality thought-leaders from Hilton, Kimpton, and Mall of America for a wide-ranging discussion about how local leaders in the hospitality industry approach customer service and how Kipsu mirrors this approach to fuel their rapidly growing SaaS business

Speakers
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Tina Harpke

General Manager, Home2 Suites by Hilton Roseville/Minneapolis
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Brandon Naylor

Front Office Manager, Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis
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Nate Sandell

Senior Manager of Social Media, Mall of America


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

2:00pm

Unique Challenges and Opportunities of a Healthcare Startup
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Join us a collaboration between healthcare startups and corporate innovation teams from around the Twin Cities area to discuss, in an informal roundtable panel, the unique opportunities and challenges for healthcare startups.  

We will be hosting several individuals from both the healthcare startup sector and the corporate innovation teams including: 
  • Kurt Waltenbaugh from Carrot Health, 
  • Lonny Stormo from Pops! Diabetes Care 
  • Jeremy Pierotti from Sansoro Health
  • Tallis Boyd  from Stella Health
  • Kevin O’Leary from Aliana Health
  • Bryan Clark from Boston Scientific. 
This panel of experts will provide their insights into the startup community and how corporate innovation teams interact with them. There will be time for networking as well. Food and drinks will be provided!


Tuesday October 9, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Suite 200 1635 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

2:30pm

Funding - What do investors looks for? *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Global accelerator and early stage investment company Plug and play will discuss their thesis alongside local late stage firm Hill Capital.



Tuesday October 9, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm

2:30pm

Ag Innovation and Craft Brewing - Food Ag Ideas Week *External Registration Required*
Minnesota is home to not only 140+ craft brewers, but also to some of the most inventive craft brewers in the country who are driving new methods and collaborations across the value chain. Meet and hear from the entrepreneurs behind Lake & Legends, Fair State Brewing, Urban Growler and more in a moderated discussion by Lauren McGinty, Executive Director of the MN Craft Brewers Guild as they share their inspiration, the problems they are working to solve and the new products and methods they are building to get there. 

Then follow the crew down to FINNEGANS Brewery for the 'Crash the Networks' Ecosystem Happy Hour -- where the first drink is on us, but you'll have to earn the second!

This is a featured event of Food | Ag | Ideas Week happening October 8 - 12th -- 5 days of speakers, events, demo showcases and more focused on Minnesota's entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem for food and agriculture. For more information on additional events and ticketing visit FoodAgIdeas.com.



Speakers
avatar for Lauren McGinty

Lauren McGinty

Executive Director, MN Craft Brewers Guild


Tuesday October 9, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Guthrie Theater 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

3:00pm

And you thought only you could be Smart! Smart Cities and Communities are changing the way people will live, work, play and thrive in the coming decades. Its time to ride that wave.
Limited Capacity filling up

Why are Helsinki, London, Oslo, San Francisco, Singapore, Barcelona similar even though they are on different continents? They are the top Smart Cities in the world!

The United Nations and Mckinsey &Co predicts that by 2030 ~60% of the world population will live in cities.  By 2050, about 86 percent of people in developed countries and 64 percent of people in developing countries are expected to live in cities. Just imagine the impact on these cities, their infrastructure, the business ecosystem and current residents with this influx, in a very short time.

In both developed and developing nations, and several cities in the US,  municipal leaders are working to make sure their cities are competitive for attracting talent and businesses, and their urban populations and currrent ecosystems are thriving.  Similarly businesses and other institutions who have thousands of people living, working and playing in these campuses or communities are looking at deploying these technologies to provide better quality of life and/or work.

A big part of this is figuring out how to deploy smart technologies and smart devices  ( IoT, AI, Big Data, mobile devices etc) to redesign the physical infrastructure, improve operational efficiencies and more importantly support 'smarter' decision making.

While large companies have had a head start in helping build Smart cities and communities, there are several examples of startups globally who are revolutionizing the way we will live, better. Whether it is smart street lighting that also addresses safety, smart energy utilities, smart traffic and parking, air quality, digital kiosks, wayfinding in large cities and campuses, social impactand several others.
This is perhaps one of the greatest imperatives and opportunity of our times, as entreprenuers, technologists, designers, strategists, innovators to get involved both at home and in the world.

The panel will share what choices cities and companies are making in technology, applications, partnerships and where it is headed in the near and distant future, and most importantly 'what is the play' for entrepreneurs and start ups in this growing area of Smart Cities, Smart Campuses and Communities.

This will be followed by the audience to ask questions and network with the panel.

Speakers
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Sabina Saksena

Founder, CEO, Cytilife
Founder and CEO, Cytilife a ‘Smart Campus’ company. Sabina working with higher ed, retail and corporate to improve the productivity, health and wellness and overall happiness index of thousands of people who live, work and play within these campuses, leveraging Internet of Things... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Spaces North Loop 121 Washington Ave. N Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

3:30pm

Minimal Lovable Product
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join us in a panel discussion of product experts from different technology industries to find out what it takes not just to create an MVP, but how to build a Minimal Lovable Product.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Grammens

Justin Grammens

Cofounder, Lab 651
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Loukia Jessen

Director of Software Development, Avionté
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Wael Mohammed

Executive Vice President of Product Management, Field Nation
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Teague Orgeman

Co-Founder and CEO, Starting 11
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Ryan Weber

Founding, Managing Partner, Great North Labs


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Baker Center 733 Marquette Ave S, Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

3:30pm

The Hard Road with The Stable and Gen7 Investments
Limited Capacity seats available

Meet, network with, and learn from leaders from every stage of the startup journey. From conception to product ideation to R&D to fundraising to marketing to retail launch, your startup has to run the gauntlet to succeed. The Hard Road with The Stable and Gen7 is going to give you the advice you and your brand needs to succeed every step of the way.

The Hard Road with The Stable and Gen7 will feature a sponsored happy hour and two panels featuring founders, investors, marketers, retail strategists, and creatives. Come out to The Stable and Randle’s Restaurant & Bar on Oct. 9, from 3:30pm-5:30pm, and let's hit the ground running.

Panelists and brands represented to be announced.


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
The Stable + Randle's Rooftop 923 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

4:00pm

What's Best For YOU? Startups, Corporate, or Both? *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity filling up

A panel of speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds, working through different mediums (e.g. corporate, startups) to leverage their abilities to create an impact. Focused on giving students a better view of what paths they can take, and if entrepreneurship is an ideal one for them.

Speakers
avatar for Generation.MN (Host)

Generation.MN (Host)

We are organizing Startup Weekend and leading student-focused events for TCSW!We engage and inspire the next generation of innovators, disruptors, and entrepreneurs to develop and create a better future for all. We provide a platform for students to build their ideas. We offer a range... Read More →
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Carly Gloge

Robotics Product Manager, Google X
Carly was the co-founder and CEo of Ubooly which was acquired in 2014. She graduated from both the TechStars Boulder and Disney Accelerator programs. She has served as a mentor for multiple accelerators including the TechStars Anywhere, RGA, LA Dodgers, and Qualcomm Robotics programs... Read More →
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John Stavig

Current Director of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. Priorto returning to the University of Minnesota to teach and lead the development of the entrepreneurship center, John's professional background was in management consulting and private equity in the communications indu... Read More →
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Phil Xiao

CEO, Homi
Homi is a student-alumni social network that lets companies do university recruiting without ever stepping foot on campus. Alumni refer students directly to HR with the click of a button, opening the doors for students from traditionally non-target schools.


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Coffman Memorial Union Conference Room 324 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

4:00pm

Just Build It
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you waiting for a road map before starting that new venture? Waiting for detailed instructions so you get it just perfect? It’s time to stop waiting because you’ll need to forge your own path.

The start-up journey can feel like a roller-coaster with many ups and downs, twists and turns. Taking the first step and starting on your journey is the most important step.

Attend this session to hear three stories and unique perspective on the start-up journey.

We’ll discuss:

· Charting your path and our strategies for building our organizations

· Establishing your position as a company or organization

· The importance of validating decisions along the way

Speakers
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Amber Christian

Founder, Wonderly Software Solutions
Amber Christian is the founder and owner of wonderly software solutions, a company using human centered design to create the next generation of software. Their first product, Bella Scena, re-imagines the meetings and work planning process to help you make sure your most important... Read More →
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Esra Kucukciftci

Founder, Pricing Innovations
Esra Kucukciftci is the Founder and CEO of Pricing Innovations – a pricing and monetization consultancy focusing on technology products and services. Prior to Pricing Innovations, Esra held product management, product development, and marketing roles in in global businesses ranging... Read More →
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Pamela York

Partner, Capita3
Pamela York is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and inventor with successes in several industries. She is the Founding General Partner of CAPITA3, an early stage venture capital group focused on women-led companies in health sectors.


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Able Seedhouse 1121 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

4:00pm

Raising capital: It can’t be that hard… Right?
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There’s different ways to raise capital for your business, but what is the best approach? How did you start?  What are the challenges you might run into? Come listen to our expert panelist as they tell their experiences of raising money to get their business started and the challenges they have faced.

Speakers
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Rick Brimacomb

CEO, Brimacomb & Associates
Rick has been a venture capitalist, advising and investing in hundreds of emerging companies, for 25+ years. He founded the Brimacomb Capital venture fund and co-founded the Sherpa Partners venture capital fund, both early-stage venture capital firms. His earlier experience includes... Read More →
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Kyle King

Mr. King has over 20 years of financial and management experience across numerous industries. He started his career as a CPA for RSM McGladrey and then moved into industry leading high growth organizations as its CFO, including Cannon Technologies which successfully sold to Cooper... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Eastside Restaurant 305 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

4:00pm

Tap the Power of Communities: Creating & Inventing in Your Neighborhood
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Join CoCreateX and Creators Space for an engaging discussion and fun event, revolving around passionate creators who make things happen with the support of their communities. Park your car at the CoCreateX house, take a tour, and hop on the CoCreateX mobile makerspace for a bus ride like you've never experienced before. The bus will be shuttling back and forth to and from Creators Space and adjacent Creators Cup in Lowertown St. Paul. Creators Space will be giving tours of their 34,000 square foot space, and serving food and beverages out of their coffee shop. In the evening (7pm-10pm), Melissa and Nick, founders of Creators Space and CoCreateX, respectively, will host a presentation and a discussion about their own creative entrepreneurial journeys followed by a musical performance from local artists and friends.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Dessart

Melissa Dessart

Co-Founder, Creators Space
Melissa Dessart is the Co-Founder of Creators Space, a creativity center and coffee house.  Creators Space brings together many creative outlets under one roof. Offering artists, entrepreneurs, and thinkers a place to Think, Explore, and Ultimately Create. A place to Just Begin... Read More →
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Nick Powley

Co-Creator, Catalyst, & CEO, CoCreateX
Nick Powley is Co-Creator, Catalyst and CEO of CoCreateX. Creating his first medical device at age 19 and graduating from MIT with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 2004, Nick has always had a strong sense of possibility. Even greater than his passion for inventing is his passion... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:00pm - 10:00pm
CoCreateX 1137 Burns Ave St. Paul | 218 7th Street E St Paul

4:30pm

Intellectual Property on Tap: Start Up Edition
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Failing to protect your intellectual property (IP) can be a costly mistake for a company of any size.   This is true now more than ever because IP protection is no longer is a distinguishing factor for a startup, but rather an expected asset.  Come join IP attorneys Christopher Hoff and Brianna Chamberlin of Fish & Richardson P.C. for a discussion on how timing and proper selection of the type and scope of your IP can add significant value to your company.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
 
*Going to the beta.mn showcase?  Stop by for a drink and ask for your IP questions beforehand! The venue is located directly across the street from Target Plaza Commons.

Speakers
avatar for Brianna Chamberlin

Brianna Chamberlin

Associate, FIsh & Richardson
Brianna Chamberlin practices intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent litigation. Ms. Chamberlin has represented plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving polymer chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and memory devices.
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Christopher Hoff

Principal, Fish & Richardson
Christopher Hoff is a Principal in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson, and provides IP legal services to a wide variety of clients, ranging from individual inventors and start-ups to large technology companies. His practice focuses on patents, including patent portfolio development... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
The Dakota 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

5:30pm

MicroMN
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us in discussing the story of Kipsu's technical architecture, hows it grown over time, and how microservices have been part of that strategy. 

Speakers

Tuesday October 9, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Baker Center 733 733 Marquette Avenue S Suite #800, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (8th floor)

5:30pm

Edtech Founders' Forum
Limited Capacity filling up

Hear directly from the founders of several local edtech companies about their entrepreneurial journey. What were their mistakes? What have they learned? What advice do they have for other aspiring entrepreneurs?

Speakers
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Greg Dehn

Founder, CEO, Kaleidoscope Group
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Seann Dikkers

Associate Prof. of Education, Bethel University
Teacher, Principal, and Researcher. Experience with curriculum and game design, educational policy, leadership, and interest in interactive media in education. Specialties: Curriculum Design, Interactive Media, Education Leadership, Educational Game Design
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Angie Eilers

Founder, CEO, UR TURN
avatar for Adam Gordon

Adam Gordon

President, Andamio Games
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Adam Lupu

Co-Founder, Limitless Harmony
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Sabina Saksena

Founder, CEO, Cytilife
Founder and CEO, Cytilife a ‘Smart Campus’ company. Sabina working with higher ed, retail and corporate to improve the productivity, health and wellness and overall happiness index of thousands of people who live, work and play within these campuses, leveraging Internet of Things... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bethel University 3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, MN 55112

5:30pm

Crash the Networks Happy Hour hosted by Grow North - Food Ag Ideas Week *External Registration Required*
Join us during Food I Ag I Ideas Week for a happy hour designed for networking, collaboration and connection among the leaders within food and agriculture.

All are welcome to us at the newly opened FINNEGANS House in downtown Minneapolis and 'crash and connect' with some of the most innovative brands, entrepreneurs, business-leaders, craft brewers, farmers and more.  Raise a glass, reconnect, discover a new resource, and meet someone unexpected. Light appetizers will be provided and the first drink is free. You will have to do a little networking to get the second…

This event is hosted by Grow North and FINNEGANS with support from LAZARD.

This event is a celebration of Food Ag Ideas Week powered by Grow North, a resource and connection hub for Minnesota's food and agriculture entrepreneurs and the ecosystem. Grow North would like to thank the volunteers and organizations who helped make this week possible.


Tuesday October 9, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Finnegans Brew Co 817 South 5th Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404

5:30pm

Beta Showcase - Featuring the Area's Top Up-and-Coming Startups *External Registration Required*
Beta.mn’s next Showcase event is gearing up to be the best yet. Come witness a dozen emerging Minnesota startup companies competing for the coveted "Golden iPod” trophy!

Showcase is like a science fair for startups, with beer & music. There are no formal presentations, just local entrepreneurs demonstrating their products and services in an approachable, one-to-one setting.

Attendees include founders, future employees, superfans, investors, friends, family members and anyone wanting to discover and celebrate local innovation. There's no set schedule; attendees are welcome to come and go throughout the evening.

Tuesday October 9, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Target Plaza Commons 1001 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

6:30pm

Startups 101 *External Registration Required*
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Learn what it takes to build a successful startup. Startups 101 will open with a formal talk from our keynote speaker Tyler Ebert followed with informal Q & A for audience members to inquire about anything related to startups.

Note: Register through our Eventbrite link so we have you on our list!

Speakers
avatar for Generation.MN (Host)

Generation.MN (Host)

We are organizing Startup Weekend and leading student-focused events for TCSW!We engage and inspire the next generation of innovators, disruptors, and entrepreneurs to develop and create a better future for all. We provide a platform for students to build their ideas. We offer a range... Read More →
avatar for Tyler Ebert

Tyler Ebert

Founder & CEO, Adrenacard
Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, Tyler moved to Minnesota to attend the Carlson School of Management. Originally working for the University of Minnesota, he held various management positions in a Fortune 200 company and subsequently started several companies in the professional... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Coffman Memorial Union Conference Room 324 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

8:00pm

TECHdotMN /PLAY + VOXEL VIRTUAL REALITY ARCADE *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

A TECHdotMN /PLAY event in collaboration with Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour & Beta.MN: Float in space, deep dive in the sea, paint a masterpeice, or crush some zombies...Voxel's new arcade is a popular social venue that makes virtual reality fun and accessible to all. This interactive group experience offers endless avenues where guests can play or watch as others delve into the bold new world of immersive virtual reality. Admission is $10 in advance or $20 at the door; adult beverages available for the 21+


Speakers

Tuesday October 9, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Voxel Virtual Reality Parlour 550 Vandalia Street #218 Saint Paul, MN 55114
 
Wednesday, October 10
 

7:30am

Keeping the Diverse in IT: A Lesson in Employee Retention *External Ticket Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

While networking with other business leaders over breakfast, learn more about the IT-Ready career program and how it’s diversifying the tech workforce in the Twin Cities, and hear from a panel of HR and technology leaders about the issues minority employees often face in the tech industry.
Panel Includes:
Alicia Sojourner | Panel Moderator |  City of St. Louis Park | Racial Equity Manager
Karl Battle | Panelist | 3M | Software Engineer
Clare Jacky | Panelist | Drip | People Operations Partner
Ty Thomas | Panelist | U.S. Bank  /   Minnesota Youth 7 on 7 Passing League | Sr. Diversity Recruiter   /   Owner
June Yoshinari Davis | Panelist | Cargill | Global Inclusion & Diversity Policies & Practices Leader

Speakers
avatar for Karl Battle

Karl Battle

Software Engineer, 3M
Karl began his career as a paratrooper in the United States Army, serving as an Intelligence Analyst in both the 82nd Airborne Division and European Command. Upon leaving the military Karl continued public service within local government in Minnesota, where he focused on advancing... Read More →
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June Yoshinari Davis

Global Inclusion & Diversity Policies & Practices Leader, Cargill
June Yoshinari Davis is currently the Global Inclusion & Diversity Policies & Practices Leader at Cargill.  In this role, she identifies the best practices, policies, processes and systems needed to embed inclusion and diversity into the organization in sustainable and scalable ways... Read More →
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Clare Jacky

People Operations Partner, Drip
Clare Jacky is the People Operations Partner at the Minneapolis tech company, Drip. She began her journey in the technology space as a software engineer and then transitioned to working in Human Resources; she loves the intersection of building products and developing people. She... Read More →
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Alicia Sojuorner

Racial Equity Manager, City of St. Louis Park
Alicia is a self-proclaimed hip-hop purist and racial equity advocate in that order. Currently, Alicia is the first Racial Equity Manager at the City of St Louis Park. They are driven by supporting opportunities to capitalize on innovative practices within organizations that improve... Read More →
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Ty Thomas

U.S. Bank / Minnesota Youth 7 on 7 Passing League, Sr. Diversity Recruiter / Owner
Ty Thomas is a Sr. Diversity Recruiter for US Bank. In just a few months on the job, he attended multiple diversity recruiting events across the country, and is driving Diversity & Inclusion efforts forward.  When he isn’t helping people find their dream job, he spends time growing... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
HealthPartners 3601 Minnesota Dr., Bloomington, MN

8:00am

Growing Minnesota - We Grow Businesses not Just Crops *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

The Minneapolis-Saint Paul region is home to many of the world's leading financial services companies and organizations, from startups to four Fortune 500 companies, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and much more. Discover how our region has grown more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, why we have one of the most concentrated markets of financial talent in the country, and why your startup is well-positioned for success here. We'll be joined for breakfast by financial services executive from both the startup community and Fortune 500 companies and enjoy breakfast and connections to kick off a day of incredible programming in the FinTech track.


Speakers
avatar for Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

Director, Make It. MSP. at GREATER MSP
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Bill McKinney

Thrivent Financial, Vice President of Strategy & Long Term Development


Wednesday October 10, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Osborne370, Farm to Fork Accerlator 370 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55102

8:00am

Crypto Breakfast
Limited Capacity filling up

Showcasing crypto and blockchain related projects in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for David V. Duccini

David V. Duccini

Founder & CEO, Silicon Prairie Portal & Exchange
David V Duccini is a well-regarded information security expert with real world “wire-to-web” e-commerce experience. In addition to having built an Internet Service Provider from scratch in the 1990’s he has been on a self-described “tour of duty” consulting with Fortune... Read More →
avatar for Zachary J. Robins

Zachary J. Robins

Attorney, Messerli Kramer
Zach Robins is a Securities Attorney in the Business Services group who assists clients with capital raises and related financing work. Zach also specializes in investment crowdfunding and securities tokenization, creating new pathways for company capital raising and liquidity for... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Ivy League Place 475 Cleveland Ave N., #103, St. Paul, MN 55414

8:00am

Good Morning, TCSW18!
Limited Capacity seats available

Hey there, TCSW18 goers! We know 8am is a little early, but Gutwein Law, M25, and Branch Messenger would like to invite you to a morning of networking over breakfast at Industrious. You won't only get to know us, but other startup founders, investors, and influential members of the Twin Cities entrepreneurial community. So be sure to set your alarm on Wednesday, October 10 (you can even wear your pajamas – we won't judge). Did we mention there's going to be free food? 

This event is sponsored by Industrious.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Industrious 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

8:00am

Caffeine and Speed-Networking For Women and Non-Binary People Changing the World
Limited Capacity full
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Start your day with coffee/tea and inspiring networking with other women and non-binary people interested in how startups can change the world. Discussions will be quick and guided by participants, and may include equitable business practices, social entrepreneurship, racial justice in the workplace, mentoring, B Corps, radical self-care, scholarship/grant creation and more. How is your work changing the world?

Hosted by Next Day Animations, a local explainer animation studio that strives to make the world a better place and is currently on the B Corp certification journey.

Host
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Caitlin Rogers

Co-Owner, Productions Director, Next Day Animations

Speakers

Wednesday October 10, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Next Day Animations 615 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55408

8:00am

MANOVA Global Summit on the Future of Health in Medical Alley - Wednesday Pass *External Registration Required*
The MANOVA Wednesday Morning Pass allows audience members to explore and discuss  trending topics in health. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Freddy Abnousi

Dr. Freddy Abnousi

Head of Healthcare Research, Facebook
Dr. Abnousi is the Head of Healthcare – Research Partnerships at Facebook and an Interventional Cardiologist specializing in coronary and structural interventions. He also serves as Innovation Advisor to the American College of Cardiology and Assistant Professor Adjunct at Yale... Read More →
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Dr. Robert Brook

Chair of Healthcare, RAND Corporation
Robert H. Brook holds the Distinguished Chair in Health Care Services at the RAND Corporation, where he previously served for 19 years as vice president and director of RAND Health. He is also a senior principal physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the... Read More →
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Aneesh Chopra

Former Chief Technology Officer of the US
Aneesh Chopra is the president of CareJourney, an open data intelligence service launched by Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” he co-founded to incubate ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets.From 2009 to 2012, Chopra served as the first U.S. Chief Technology... Read More →
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Bernard Marr

Global best-selling author and lead technologist and futurist
Bernard Marr is an internationally best-selling author, popular keynote speaker, futurist, and a strategic business & technology advisor to governments and companies. He helps organisations improve their business performance, use data more intelligently, and understand the implications... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 8:00am - 1:00pm
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

9:00am

1 Million Cups Saint Paul
Limited Capacity seats available

1 Million Cups is a free, national program started by the Kauffman Foundation designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses. Join us for two presentations from local startups and entrepreneurs.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
The James J. Hill Center 80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

How to Finance Your Startup
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A discussion about different methods to fund your company including equity, debt, grants, crowdfunding, and other creative ideas. Panelist include John Fritz from Venture Bank, Sara Russick from Gopher Angels and the Capita 3 Fund, Pat Dillon representing federal grants, Jeff Robbins startup attorney from Messerli Kramer, and David Winkler , finance attorney from Fredrikson Byron.

Speakers
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Pat Dillon

Director, MNSBIR, Minnesota High Tech Association
Pat Dillon has facilitated more than $100M in SBIR/STTR funding since 1994. As the “go-to-person” in Minnesota, Pat is a recognized leader and supporter of innovation and entrepreneurship nationally. She is a 1999 recipient of the prestigious Small Business Administration’s... Read More →
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John Fritz

Senior Vice President, Venture Bank
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Jeff Robbins

Attorney, Messerli Kramer
For over 30 years, Jeff has represented entrepreneurs who start and grow technology-based enterprises and angel and venture investors who target those companies. Clients seek his assistance in strategic business plan development; entity selection and formation; private and public... Read More →
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Sara Russick

Managing Director, Gopher Angels & Capita 3 Fund
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David Winkler

Fredrikson and Byron
David Winkler provides clients with strategic advice on business objectives by pairing his finance and tax background with practical, efficient legal solutions to achieve business goals. He is co-chair of Fredrikson & Byron’s Start Up and Rapid Growth Enterprises (SURGE) group focusing... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Carlson School of Management Room 2-233

9:00am

The Advantages of Being at a Disadvantage: An Inside Look how Small Businesses can Utilize Government Procurement Diversity Opportunities as a Means to Scale.
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you a minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, LGBT-owned, small business or startup? Interested in learning how to expand your business by tapping into government, utility, and corporate procurement diversity programs.

This panel of experts will discuss the following:
Benefits of diversity and small business certifications
Understanding the various certification agencies and types of certifications
What does the application process look like
After you become certified, what's next

Speakers
avatar for Alice Roberts Davis

Alice Roberts Davis

Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Equity & Procurement, State of MN


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Elliot Park Hotel 823 S 5th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00am

How to Land a Big Fish: Pitching to Fortune 500 Financial Services *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s a Minnesota rite of passage to embellish a good fishing story, but some tales are better suited for a bonfire than the boardroom. In this session, a panel of leaders from banking and insurance will offer advice on what to pitch (and what not to pitch) when your startup is looking to land a Fortune 500 client.



Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Osborne370, Farm to Fork Accerlator 370 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

Building Mission Driven Brands - Food Ag Ideas Week *External Registration Required*
Having a clear purpose, mission and point of view, is becoming an essential part of any brand’s identify across food and agriculture. Hear perspectives from the three leading entrepreneurs behind fast growing national brands Farmhouse Culture, Urban Remedy and Purely Elizabeth as they share the stories behind their brands, the growth of their companies and how they hold true to their mission as they scale.

All are welcome to stay for FREE Open Office Hours from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, where experts from 301 Inc. are ready to work with emerging entrepreneurs and startups on developing strategies and resources around topics ranging from marketing, scaling, branding and more...

This is a featured event of Food | Ag | Ideas Week happening October 8 - 12th -- 5 days of speakers, events, demo showcases and more focused on Minnesota's entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem for food and agriculture. For more information on additional events and ticketing visit FoodAgIdeas.com.

Speakers
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Kathryn Lukas

Founder, Farmhouse Culture
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Neka Pasquale

Founder & President, Urban Remedy
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Elizabeth Stein

Founder and CEO, Purely Elizabeth


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Impact Hub MSP | FINNovation Lab 817 South 5th Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00am

Coffee & Closers :: CEOs that Sell
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 In this episode of Coffee & Closers: CEOs that Sell, learn how three of the most recognized startup founders in Minnesota took their concepts (GovDelivery, Code42, Magnet360) from obscurity to $millions by doing the one thing most founders are scared to do... sell.

Coffee & Closers:
If learning how to increase revenue and make more money for your business is a skill you've been looking to acquire or fine-tune, please join us for this Q&A series. The goal of this gathering is for attendees to authentically receive process design, tools used, and tips on what works to successfully grow revenue. This is a natural interview style format that will give you a peek into some of the top sales minds that propelled the growth of companies like When I Work, Total Expert, WorkDay, Infor & more.

Speakers
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Mickeli Bedore

Founder and CEO, Bedore Business Group
Our host Mickeli Bedore has successfully built flourishing profit streams over the last two decades, spending the majority of that time turning underperforming product territories/product lines at some of the biggest sales organizations in the world (IBM, Oracle, Concur, Verizon... Read More →
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Scott Burns

Co-founder and CEO, Structural
As the co-founder and CEO of GovDelivery which he helped grow from a basement to 250 people, Scott ultimately led or assisted in closing annual contracts totally over $30M including a $5M+ annual agreement with a major federal agency. GovDelivery was sold to Vista Equity Partners... Read More →
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Mitch Coopet

CEO, Rambl
Mitch Coopet has achieved sales success on every startup level imaginable.  He has crafted & led pitches that netted both Series A ($52.5M) and Series B ($85M) investments rounds, both record setting rounds for a Minnesota software company.  As a selling CEO/founder he helped take... Read More →
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Scott Litman

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Equals 3
Scott Litman has been labeled the "sales godfather" of our local tech startup community by some wildly respected founders. He has a dangerous skill set that includes being able to sell both tech product AND service equally well while being a leader his teammates respect. He led Magnet360... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Entrepreneur Expo
Limited Capacity seats available

Microentrepreneurs:  This one’s for you!  Our full-day event features facilitated networking, hands-on social media lab, and direct access to consultants, experts, and successful entrepreneurs.  
Shawntera Hardy, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and editor of Fearless Commerce magazine kicks off the event.  Arts, food, retail, and service industry panel discussions follow where you will hear how successful local entrepreneurs got started and meet the people and organizations who made a difference along the way.   

Throughout the afternoon, Sarah White/Fotos for Barcelona will be taking free professional headshots.  Lani Basa from The BWC will lead facilitated networking workshops that will give you strategies for connecting and communicating your brilliance.  Use those skills to network with 30+ nonprofits and government agency exhibitors and with 200+ other microentrepreneurs in attendance.  

Registration opens at 9:00 (with pastries from Samantha’s Panadería y Pastelería).  Free lunch from K’s Revolutionary Catering will be served at 11:45. 

Parking Recommendations:
Parking is available on the street or in the ramp under the library (entrance on 4th Street).  Location is easily accessible by bus or light rail.

Speakers
avatar for Lani Basa

Lani Basa

CEO, Lead Facilitator, The Business Women's Citcle
Lani Basa is the CEO and Lead Facilitator for The Business Women’s Circle®. She helped to co-found the company with Myrna Marofsky in 2009 and became the owner of The BWC® in 2016. Her experience comes from over 22 years at Target Corporation where she was responsible for strategic... Read More →
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Shawntera Hardy

Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Shawntera Hardy was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve as Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) on April 14, 2016. As Commissioner of the state's principal economic development agency, she is focused on creating jobs, promoting business recruitment, expansion... Read More →
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Arts Industry Panel

Springboard for the Arts (Moderator)
The Arts Industry Panel will include the executive director of a leading arts organization, a poet, a muralist, musicians, performance artists, and an arts researcher/consultant.From the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists toolkits and workshops, to career consultations, Springboard... Read More →
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Service Industry Panel

WomenVenture ( Moderator)
Hear the joys (helping people!) and challenges (licensing!) of running a business that offers a service.  Panelists include owners of a childcare center, a music school, a health and beauty salon, and more.  For forty years, WomenVenture has provided women of all ages, cultures... Read More →
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Retail Industry Panel

Neighborhood Development Center ( Moderator )
Midtown Global Market retailers will share their perspectives and experiences.  NDC empowers entrepreneurs and community partners to transform their low-income neighborhood economies from within.  NDC believes “concentrated poverty needs concentrated opportunity.” NDC helps... Read More →
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Food Industry Panel

Appetite for Change & Northside Opportunity Network (NEON) ( Co-Moderators)
Failures in Your Food Hustle: Learning lessons from food startups and how mistakes can make you smarter. This panel features local food entrepreneurs who have been through it and back, making mistakes and picking themselves back up from it and getting better. We think you should work... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 3:30pm
Minneapolis Central Library 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

9:00am

CoCreateX Experience at the Hill
Limited Capacity seats available

The James J. Hill Center in association with CoCreateX welcomes the CCX Makerspace Bus to St. Paul! Stop by all day to explore the collaborative space on wheels, and check out the passion-driven projects they have supported. The fully customized 40-foot motor coach is specially equipped to support and accelerate creations, whatever they may be. Learn more at: ccxbus.com


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
The James J. Hill Center 80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

Free Co-working & Team Offices at Spaces
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Spaces and CoWork for the day!

Interested in finding a new home for your team throughout TCSW? Spaces can help you out! Email stephanie.nemchik@spacesworks.com to lock in spot.

Spaces is located on 121 Washington Ave. N  Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401  

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Spaces North Loop 121 Washington Ave. N Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

9:00am

Free Co-working at Glen Nelson Center
Glen Nelson Center is a new shared workspace in the Osborn370 building and an initiative of Minnesota Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio that invests in entrepreneurial ventures that serve new and diverse audiences while strengthening public media. One of the first companies to launch at Glen Nelson Center is Lunar Startups, a new venture incubator funded by Knight Foundation.
 
Glen Nelson Center allows APM|MPR staff to engage with the entrepreneurial community in the Twin Cities and to allow entrepreneurs to interact with a large media organization in a highly collaborative environment. We invite to you learn more about Glen Nelson Center and Lunar Startups by coworking out of our space during Startup Week!

When you get to the lobby of Osborn370, sign in to see Theon Masters. Glen Nelson Center is on the 5th floor of Osborn 370

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Glen Nelson Center 370 Wabasha St. N Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

Free Co-working at Impact Hub MSP
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Impact Hub and CoWork for the day!

Impact Hub MSP is located at 817 S 5th Ave #400 ( 4th floor ) Minneapolis, MN 55404

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Impact Hub MSP 817 S 5th Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00am

Free Co-working at Industrious ( Both Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Industrious and CoWork for the day!

There are 2 amazing Industrious locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : RBC Plaza 28th Floor - 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

North Loop Address: 
T3 Building 2nd Floor - 323 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious ( Both Locations )

9:00am

Free Co-working at UEL
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at UEL and CoWork for the day!

UEL is located on 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
UEL - University Enterprise Labs

9:00am

Free Co-working at Wellworth
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Wellworth and CoWork for the day!

Wellworth is located on 428 Minnesota Street, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55101



Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wellworth 428 Minnesota St #500, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-working at WeWork
Limited Capacity full
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Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at WeWork and CoWork for the day! 

WeWork is located on the 39th floor in the Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. 

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:30am

Why AI is a Competitive Advantage in a Startup's Tech Stack
Limited Capacity filling up

Come join our discussion on why startups can leverage AI and Machine Learning early on in their product development and go to market strategies. We'll have a delicious spread of breakfast options for you to choose from as you listen to a variety of panelists speak on this topic. Hope to see you there!

Speakers
avatar for Josh Cutler

Josh Cutler

Co-Founder and CTO, Rambl
avatar for Himanshu Misra

Himanshu Misra

Senior Data Scientist, Branch Messenger
avatar for Gene Munster

Gene Munster

Managing Partner, Loup Ventures
avatar for Atif Siddiqi

Atif Siddiqi

Founder, Branch Messenger
Atif Siddiqi is the founder and CEO of Branch Messenger, a labor operations platform for hourly employees.
avatar for Julie Zhu

Julie Zhu

Director of Data Science, Optum Technology, UnitedHealth Group
Hands on Data Science leader in Health Care Analytics with 18+ years experience of Advanced data analytics, machine learning, deep learning and Natural Language Processing , in-depth knowledge of Health Care data, business operations and health care products in vary health care areas... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Branch Messenger, 9th Floor, Suite 960n 301 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415

10:00am

Sharing the Story of Your Business - Is a Podcast the Right Marketing Move for You?
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Looking for a unique way to share your brand's message with new audiences? Podcasting might be for you! Join in as a panel of entrepreneurs and small business owners discuss the benefits and challenges of starting a podcast to grow your business.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Osborn 370 (5th Floor) Osborn370 Building 370 Wabasha Street North, 5th Floor, St Paul MN 55102

10:00am

Work that Matters: Recruiting Healthcare Talent to make a difference
Limited Capacity seats available

Healthcare.mn in collaboration with Twin Cities Startup Week brings a unique recruiting event. This event features speakers from healthcare corporations, startups and hospitals. We will discuss recruiting that covers broad areas of technology, digital health, health IT and physician recruiting. You will learn what these organizations are doing to retain and attract talent in their particular areas. We will also learn about opportunities and obstacles unique to the Minnesota market. Attendees will be of all ages from students to in-transition adults.

Come for a lively panel and stay for networking following the event.

Our Panel includes:  

Eric Murray: Director, Information Technology - Digital Health and Data Services at Boston Scientific

Dr. Salman Mallick:  Hospitalist and Founder - LocumMED

Dan Linstroth: MSP Tech Captain and Steering Committee Chair at Make it. MSP.

Janie Finn: President - Finnesse Partners



Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ewald Conference Center 1000, Westgate Drive, Saint Paul

10:30am

Perfect your Pitch: Nail your Story, your Deck, and your Delivery *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity full
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MNInnovation Collective in partnership with PitchWell will be conducting an interactive workshop to help you perfect your pitch. The workshop will cover everything from storytelling, deck creation, and making sure you know the pitfalls of pitching to help you get your ideas noticed.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kucinski

Julie Kucinski

Pitch Consultant, Pitchwell
Pitching is an art, a skill and a drug. I've led and closely consulted on pitches that have helped land millions in funding, new sale channels, major client accounts, project greenlights and corporate acquisitions. Clients have landed immediate 8-figure contracts, quickly signed strategic... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Osborne370, Farm to Fork Accerlator 370 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55102

11:15am

Technology Transfer: Tech’s Best Kept Secret (Lightning Talk)
Take your company to the next level with the help of federal Labs like NASA, NSA, DOD, etc. Technology Transfer gives you access to technologies, facilities, and subject matter experts to give you the competitive advantage you’ve been looking for. Listen as we reveal the secret’s you don’t want to miss with the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Executive Board Member Janeya Griffin, who specializes in Technology Transfer at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center



Wednesday October 10, 2018 11:15am - 11:45am
Elliot Park Hotel 823 S 5th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

12:00pm

Extraordinary Service as a Competitive Advantage
Limited Capacity full
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In today's business climate, meeting the basic expectations of your customers is simply not enough. Learn how to identify key opportunities to delight your customers and deliver truly extraordinary experiences that yield unwavering loyalty and maximize long-term profits.

Speakers
avatar for Uli Martinez

Uli Martinez

Founder, The Common Good Cleaning Company


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fueled Collective Fueled Collective, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

12:00pm

Smart Strategies to Start a Product-Focused Business
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Have you ever dreamt up an idea for a product? Maybe you saw a problem you experience in your daily life, then a lightbulb went off, and suddenly you had the perfect solution! You have the idea, now it’s time to make it into a business.

We have a star-filled panel with a product development focused physicist, two entrepreneurs that, combined, raised over 1.7 million dollars using crowdfunding platforms, and a robotic entrepreneur who has made a living designing and selling bomb-defusing robots. These entrepreneurs know first-hand what it takes to go from an idea to a viable business. During the panel we will be discussing the key steps in the product development journey that are important milestones for creating a viable business and getting your idea off the ground. Specifically, we will cover product ideation, intellectual property, prototyping/engineering, investment, manufacturing, marketing, and more.

Product development is a tricky space to navigate. Filled with many challenges, a product-focused business is a different challenge than service-based businesses. Each of our panelists has successfully navigated this space and have incredible insight into how to go from nothing to something.

The event will last one hour, with a 10-15 min period at the end for questions that you may have for our panel of experts. Please join us, for an awesome event

Panelists:
Scott Nelson - CPO and VP of Product at Digi International
Ed Cannon - CEO of Zivix
Josh Becerra - Co-Founder of Fluid Inc.
Adam Gettings - CEO of Rover Robotics

Specific topics:
Product Ideation/early stage product development
Prototyping
Engineering of product
Intellectual Property and competitive advantage
Marketing
Fundraising
Sales
Manufacturing

Speakers
avatar for Josh Becerra

Josh Becerra

Co-Founder, Fluid
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Ed Cannon

CEO, Zivix
Ed Cannon, was CEO and the Founder of Smart Grid company: Cannon Technologies, sold in 2008. Cannon Tech is now the cornerstone of the Energy Automation Division of Eaton Corp. An EE grad from SDSU, where he was honored as Distinguished Engineer of 2007, Ed is presently the lead investor... Read More →
avatar for Adam Gettings

Adam Gettings

CEO, Rover Robotics
Adam Gettings has spent 13 years working with technology startups as an employee, founder and advisor.  Adam began his career by joining ProVation Medical, a Minnesota software startup that was acquired by Wolters Kluwer in 2006.  Adam then moved to Silicon Valley and founded RoboteX... Read More →
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Scott Nelson

CPO and VP of Product, Digi International
Scott Nelson, CPO and VP of Product at Digi International. Mr. Nelson is responsible for directing the company’s vision, strategy, and product roadmaps in collaboration with Research and Development, Sales, and Operations. Mr. Nelson was most recently Chief Technical Officer (CTO... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Reiter

Andrew Reiter

CEO, Core Technologies
Andrew Reiter is the Co-Founder of Core Technologies. Andrew is an entrepreneur, product manager, and dreamer. He uses his passion for product development to ideate, develop, and run product-focused businesses.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Spaces North Loop 121 Washington Ave. N Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

12:00pm

Luminaries Speaker Series: How a Teenager Lifted a Million People from Poverty *External Registration Required*
The Augeo Luminaries Speaker Series showcases prominent global leaders at the forefront of disruptive innovation in a broad range of industry, nonprofit and public sector fields. Distinguished authors, executives, entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers share their experiences from leading disruptive change – and their lessons for creatively driving innovation in any organization. Jointly developed by Augeo and the Carlson School, these events are designed to inspire and engage insightful debate among students, faculty and alumni of the University of Minnesota.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger

Founder, WE
Humanitarian, activist and social entrepreneur, Craig Kielburger inspires young people around the world to take action and drive social change. Craig is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Carlson School - 3M Auditorium 321 19th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

12:00pm

When Agile Methods Stop Working
Limited Capacity filling up

Struggling with scrum? Can't handle Kanban? Join us for an interactive presentation on how to overcome the reasons Agile methods falter in a startup.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Kiuru-Ribar

Daniel Kiuru-Ribar

Sr. Scrum Master, Field Nation
Daniel is an agile evangelist and management professional with a passion to help people realize their potential.He has coached and enabled global teams to develop high-quality software in an agile development lifecycle for HRIS, Payroll, health metrics, identity management, fleet... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Baker Building - Room: Geneva 733 Marquette Avenue S, #800 Minneapolis, MN 55402

12:00pm

Protecting Your IP and Preparing for Financing
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for lunch and learn from our expert panel about how to protect your startups' patents, trademarks and trade secrets as you prepare for financing.

Speakers
avatar for Barb Grahn

Barb Grahn

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Barb assists companies in securing and enforcing trademark rights both in the U.S. and internationally.
avatar for Patrice Kloss

Patrice Kloss

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Patrice advises emerging businesses and venture capital investors in a broad range of capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and securities compliance.
avatar for Jon Stechmann

Jon Stechmann

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Jon represents both emerging and established businesses--particularly technology companies--in financing, technology-related transactions and corporate governance matters.
avatar for Barbara Wrigley

Barbara Wrigley

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Barbara is an IP attorney with more than 25 years of experience counseling clients in intellectual capital management and strategy.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Campbell Mithum Tower Fox Rothschild- 222 South 9th St, 20th floor, Minneapolis MN 55402

12:00pm

Minnesota Start-Up Darwin Lessons Part 2
Limited Capacity full
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We learn best by doing, but we can also learn from the mistakes of others. Taking a somewhat lighthearted look at some past mistakes by Minnesota companies, the presenters will talk about what happened and why and offer some tips on how your company can avoid the same fate. Everyone fails, it is how we react and start again that makes us great.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Holter Ankel

Lisa Holter Ankel

Attorney, Avisen Legal, P.A.
With over 20 years of experience as a business and transaction lawyer, Lisa serves as outside general counsel to a diverse base of private companies and as a lead dual counsel on private equity and other financing and M&A transactions. She partners with business owners, management... Read More →
avatar for Larry Fox

Larry Fox

Attorney, Avisen Legal, P.A.
Larry Fox is an accomplished business lawyer with over 20 years of experience putting together deals and acting as a trusted adviser to his clients. He has represented a broad range of companies from startups to Fortune 500’s. Larry works on a wide variety of matters including complex... Read More →
avatar for David Peteler

David Peteler

Of Counsel, Avisen Legal, P.A.
For over 30 years, David Peteler has helped a wide range of clients achieve their business goals. David has worked with companies ranging from Silicon Valley tech start-ups to local Minnesota businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Through his expertise in corporate financing, gained... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Impact Hub + FINNEGANS House, 4th Floor 817 S. 5th Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404

1:00pm

Digital Transformation: Fireside chat Bremer Bank and GoKart Labs *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

An intimate chat on Digital Transformation join Bremer Banks CEO and Founder and CEO of GoKart Labs and “listen in” on their conversation as they talk about what they have seen, are seeing and thinking about all things digital transformation.


Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Craig

Jeanne Craig

CEO, Bremer Bank
avatar for Don Smithmier

Don Smithmier

Co-Founder, CEO, Gokart Labs


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Osborne370, Farm to Fork Accerlator 370 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55102

1:00pm

Start Up Your App
Limited Capacity full
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Have an idea for a world-changing app, but need help making it a reality? Start strategizing with this hands-on workshop from Software for Good. You’ll brainstorm app features, think about your users’ needs, and start sketching what the software will look and feel like. After two hours, you’ll have a brighter vision to share with developers and investors who can help build your dream app.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Tupper

Liz Tupper

Director of Strategy & Account Management, Software for Good
A self-proclaimed geek with almost two decades of technology experience, Liz Tupper is known for her leadership in the Minneapolis tech community—particularly when it comes to increasing opportunities for women in tech. Since beginning her career as a front-end developer, she has... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Impact Hub MSP 4th Floor 817 5th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

1:00pm

Sprint Before You Hack: A Story Sprint Workshop to Prepare You For Successful Growth Hacking
Limited Capacity full
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Back by popular demand, one of the most talked-about workshops from last year returns to WeWork!

It doesn't take you long in the startup community to find yourself in a conversation about it. That's right, growth hacking.

"What are you testing to lower your CAC (customer acquisition cost)?"

"What have you found that's worked for you to grow your ARR month-over-month (annual recurring revenue)?"

"Oh you've got to try this thing we just did that got us a ton of new app downloads!"

But there's one thing you need to make sure you have before you start working on any type of growth for your startup. Before you scaffold up a bunch of growth hacking tactics, you need the foundation for them to stand on.

And that is a clear and compelling story.

Without a clear and compelling story, odds are very good that any efforts to grow your startup will not succeed. The world gets noisier every day and there is only so much attention that can be won by startups that already face an uphill battle when it comes to awareness and credibility.

Join us for this workshop as Patrick Hodgdon, Minnesota native and co-founder of Story Sprints, will walk you through an exercise to tell your story in a powerful way: by only using 9 words.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Hodgdon

Patrick Hodgdon

Founder, Story Sprints
Patrick is the Co-founder and Chief Storyteller at Story Sprints helping founders tell a compelling story that converts their customers.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
We Work Minneapolis 225 S 6th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402

1:00pm

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Regional Finals
Limited Capacity seats available

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals.

EO GSEA supports student entrepreneurs who require much needed mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success. Undergraduate and graduate college/university students who own and operate a business for at least six months are eligible to compete.

The competition is open to the public for those who want to hear the students present and learn about their businesses. If you are a student interested in apply, please visit GSEA.org.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Schulze Hall Auditorium @ the University of St. Thomas in Downtown Minneapolis 46 S 11th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403

2:00pm

From Crowdfunding to ICOs: Tips for Creatively (and Legally) Financing Your Business Using the Internet
Limited Capacity full
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This presentation will be conducted jointly by Brian Edstrom, attorney at Avisen Legal, and David Duccini, owner of Silicon Prairie Portal & Exchange (a registered securities crowdfunding portal based in Minnesota). Brian will draw on his former experience as a securities regulator, and David on his expertise in blockchain technology, to offer tips on the “dos” and “do nots” of utilizing crowdfunding, initial coin offerings (“ICOs”) and other innovative strategies to raise money for your business. The presentation will touch on legal requirements, technological innovations, and best practices to help Internet-savvy entrepreneurs raise money the right way.

Speakers
avatar for David V. Duccini

David V. Duccini

Founder & CEO, Silicon Prairie Portal & Exchange
David V Duccini is a well-regarded information security expert with real world “wire-to-web” e-commerce experience. In addition to having built an Internet Service Provider from scratch in the 1990’s he has been on a self-described “tour of duty” consulting with Fortune... Read More →
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Brian Edstrom

Attorney, Avisen Legal, P.A.
I am an attorney and founding shareholder of Avisen Legal, P.A., an entrepreneurial business law firm. I build upon my own experience as an entrepreneur (Avisen is just entering its second year of existence), as well as my prior experience working with the U.S. Department of Justice... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
RealWorld/1 475 Cleveland Avenue North Suite 103 Saint Paul, MN 55104 * Suite 103 is at the West end of the front parking lot facing I-94

2:00pm

The Best from the Midwest - Discussion between Accelerator Leaders *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Representatives from various accelerators around the country will discuss the impacts and trends to FinTech/RegTech/InsureTech that they see in their space. We will have representatives from Farm to Fork, Plug and Play, and Gener8tor.




Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Osborne370, Farm to Fork Accerlator 370 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55102

2:00pm

Digital Innovation at a Health System
Limited Capacity seats available

Balancing “Outside In” and “Inside Out” between Large and Small Organizations

In this Session Chris DuFresne will chat through Allina's relationship with GoKart Labs and Zipnosis, and how the three organizations have come together to help build out Allina's Everday Online Experience.

For small companies, there are nuances of working with large companies, and for large companies, there are nuances of working with small companies :)

We'll dig into what those nuances are, and the ways in how different sized businesses are able to work together successfully. 

Speakers
avatar for Chris DuFresne

Chris DuFresne

Director Information Services, Digital Consumer and Employee Experience, Allina
Results driven senior IT leader who mobilizes teams to move from ambiguity to clarity through strategy development, technology implementation, and process creation. Passionate data strategist who understands how to harness the power of technology to propel companies in today’s digital... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Worrell 1414 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

3:00pm

Initial Crowd Offering (ICO) : Going Public Using Investment Crowdfunding
Limited Capacity seats available

From Inspiration to Initial Crowd Offering the blockchain world is a buzz with companies raising money using crowdfunding! In this session local crowdfunding and blockchain experts will walk the crowd through the legal path to raise seed financing to bridge that certain valley of death between bank loans and angel funding!

Speakers
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Jade Barker

Business Development, Silicon Prairie Portal & Exchange
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David V. Duccini

Founder & CEO, Silicon Prairie Portal & Exchange
David V Duccini is a well-regarded information security expert with real world “wire-to-web” e-commerce experience. In addition to having built an Internet Service Provider from scratch in the 1990’s he has been on a self-described “tour of duty” consulting with Fortune... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
RealWorld/1 475 Cleveland Avenue North Suite 103 Saint Paul, MN 55104 * Suite 103 is at the West end of the front parking lot facing I-94

3:00pm

When to Hire a CFO for your Fast-Growth Business
Limited Capacity seats available

Is your company growing quickly? It might be time to hire a CFO.

As their business was expanding, Izzy's Ice Cream did just this through the help of a Salo CFO consultant. Come listen to Izzy's Co-Founder Jeff Sommers and two Salo CFO consultants discuss how building the right financial teams can further business growth. RSVP today to hear from this exciting panel, moderated by Salo's Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Brezonik, and network with like-minded individuals.

Agenda:
3:00-3:30 p.m. - Networking, food and drinks
3:30-4:30 p.m. - Panel discussion
4:30-5:00 p.m. - Networking, food, drinks and Izzy's ice cream

About Salo: Salo is the leader in driving business outcomes in finance, accounting and human resources by strategically placing senior-level professionals on a project or interim basis, as well as finance and accounting search services. Founded in 2002, our award-winning firm has offices in the Greater Chicago and Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul regions.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Brezonik

Lisa Brezonik

Chief Operating Officer, Salo LLC
Lisa Brezonik is the Chief Operating Officer at Salo, LLC, a leader in driving business outcomes in finance, accounting and human resources by placing professionals on a project or interim basis, as well as finance accounting search services. Prior to Salo, Lisa owned her own executive... Read More →
AM

Alexander Monroe

CFO Consultant
Alexander has nearly two decades of corporate finance, investment banking and entrepreneurship experience. He founded, funded and eventually sold a global consumer products nutrition company. Additionally, Alexander has led the corporate development divisions for 2 Fortune 500 companies... Read More →
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Salo

Salo
avatar for Jeff Sommers

Jeff Sommers

Co-Owner and Co-Founder, Izzy's Ice Cream
Jeff Sommers is co-founder and co-owner of Izzy’s Ice Cream, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Izzy’s Ice Cream, founded in 2000, manufactures ice cream for wholesale and retail distribution, and for its two company owned scoop shops in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Izzy’s... Read More →
avatar for Ivan Winship

Ivan Winship

CFO/COO, Salo, LLC
Ivan Winship is a Salo CFO/COO Consultant with over 10 years of project and interim roles.  Ivan has served in a variety of executive roles centered on driving strategic focus, financial improvement, operational efficiency and business expansion. These roles have involved businesses... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Salo LLC 20 S 13th Street #200 Minneapolis, MN 55403

3:00pm

Pitchfest in the Midwest *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear pitches from top startups in the FinTech space as they share what they're building and how it's changing the game for the financial services industry. Vote for your favorite company to be awarded the prestigious title of Midwest Pitchfest Gold Medalist. Schedule 1:1 meetings with the founders after the pitches, followed by a networking reception where you can mingle with startups, investors, and corporate executives from leading financial services companies.




Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Osborne370, Farm to Fork Accerlator 370 Wabasha St N, St Paul, MN 55102

3:00pm

Pricing Canvas Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Pricing Canvas™ is the best exercise to begin your pricing innovation. It consists of ten sections each representing a structural component of your business, product, and market. Each section will help you to design your pricing and monetization plans using the principles of value-based pricing. The questions on the Pricing Canvas™ will provide you with a pricing process based on the outcomes, benefits, and economic impact of your offering.

Speakers
avatar for Esra Kucukciftci

Esra Kucukciftci

Founder, Pricing Innovations
Esra Kucukciftci is the Founder and CEO of Pricing Innovations – a pricing and monetization consultancy focusing on technology products and services. Prior to Pricing Innovations, Esra held product management, product development, and marketing roles in in global businesses ranging... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower - 39th Floor 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

3:00pm

How to Measure Customer Success at Your Startup [Panel Discussion]
Limited Capacity filling up

The term Customer Success is evolving every single day, and while there's still debate about how best to measure this success, it's safe to say that adopting customer-centric approaches early on in your business is key to setting the right foundation for long-term growth. Join us for a panel discussion where we'll talk about the different ways local startups have defined, measured and set goals for their customer's success with their products and services.

After the panel discussion, stay for additional networking happy hour. Drinks (wine, beer and soda) and appetizers will be provided. 

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Christianson

Evelyn Christianson

Head of Customer Success, HomeSpotter
Evelyn leads HomeSpotter’s Customer Success efforts touching everything from support, implementation, on-boarding, training, and account management.
avatar for Nate Kadlac

Nate Kadlac

Creative Director, Homespotter
Nate Kadlac is the Creative Director for HomeSpotter, helping guide the brand and product design experience for its real estate based tools. He brings over 15 years of experience building and designing SaaS based products that scale.
avatar for Charlie Lehmann

Charlie Lehmann

Director of Customer Engagement, Kipsu
Charlie Lehmann is the Director of Customer Engagement for Kipsu where he manages a team obsessed with adding value to customers. Before Kipsu, Charlie was the first employee at a local SaaS company that builds customer experience software for SMB's. Charlie lives in Minneapolis with... Read More →
avatar for Ken McGinley

Ken McGinley

VP, Customer Success, SportsEngine
Ken has been with SportsEngine since 2007. He originally led and grew the sales team before helping to establish and lead the customer success function in 2014. He is currently leading a team of 100 between account management and support. The team’s objectives are to maximize the... Read More →
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Ike Nelson

Vice President of Customer Success, Drip
Ike Nelson is the VP of Customer Success at Drip, a fast-growing Ecommerce Customer Relationship Management platform (ECRM). He brings his passion to all things post-sale for thousands of Drip customers, including Support, Customer Success Management, Services, Documentation, and... Read More →
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Derek Wohlers

Director Customer Success, TotalExpert
Derek is a Director of Customer Success with Total Expert, the fastest growing tech companies in Minnesota.  Total Expert is a SaaS (Software as a Service) company that created the first enterprise-grade Marketing Operating System specifically for the financial services industry... Read More →


4:00pm

Startup Week Happy Hour
Limited Capacity filling up

Head to the James J. Hill Center for a mid-week Startup celebration! Try local brews, network, and learn more about the resources in our Saint Paul community.

Beer sponsored by: Schell's, Tin Whiskers, and Urban Growler
Wine sponsored by: GEMM International Inc.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The James J. Hill Center 80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

4:30pm

Non-Dilutive Funding for Commercialization
Limited Capacity full
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America’s Seed Fund is the federal ~$2.5B Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs that have helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services for economic and social gain for nearly four decades.

Speakers
avatar for Pat Dillon

Pat Dillon

Director, MNSBIR, Minnesota High Tech Association
Pat Dillon has facilitated more than $100M in SBIR/STTR funding since 1994. As the “go-to-person” in Minnesota, Pat is a recognized leader and supporter of innovation and entrepreneurship nationally. She is a 1999 recipient of the prestigious Small Business Administration’s... Read More →



Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
The Parlour Room 401 South 4th St., Fueled Collective, Minneapolis

4:30pm

Million Dollar Challenge for Minority Entrepreneurs
Limited Capacity seats available

If you're a fan of ABC's Shark Tank, then this is the event for you! Up to 20 ethnic minority-owned businesses will be invited to make their best case in five minutes to a panel of judges regarding why their businesses are poised for growth.

In addition to food, drink and networking, this high-profile event will offer attendees a sneak peek at future vendors and companies to potentially invest in or even acquire while at the same time educating and lifting up minority businesses. Melvin Carter, the first African American mayor of Minnesota's capitol city, will be a presenter at this event along with Gary Cunningham who is CEO of Meda, a nonprofit that provides business consulting, access to capital, and market opportunities for minority entrepreneurs. Other partners include gener8tor, the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity.

Jump into our shark tank and see if you can swim!

Speakers
avatar for Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter

Mayor, City of Saint Paul
Melvin Carter is a fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Saint Paul public school graduate, former Saint Paul City Councilmember, father, and Saint Paul’s Mayor.Carter grew up in the Rondo neighborhood as the son of one of Saint Paul’s first black police officers, and a teacher... Read More →
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Gary Cunningham

President and CEO, Meda
Gary joined Meda as President and CEO in August 2014. Meda’s proven market-based solutions address racial economic inequities by fostering minority business development. For the past two years, Meda has been recognized as the top performing Minority Business Development Center in... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Travelers - Jackson Room 385 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

5:00pm

$10 Million of Tax-Free Small Biz Income & Other Things You Should Know
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s all about getting more money from your hard work or investing decisions, and we’re going to tell you about things you can do to consistently and substantially get more.

Systematically get a higher return on your small business or small business investment.

You heard about the tax exemption for angel investors and small business owners, haven’t you?
Most don’t even know about most of these benefits, and each year that passes is a year that you are probably paying too much tax and reducing your business or investment’s return.

We’ll also talk about a unique perspective on some other laws that will give business owners control over the timing of income!
There are also uncommon financing resources that can help finance a business, and we’ll give these some time, too.

Justin Sundberg is an innovative consultant who serves small and medium businesses. He started his firm because he believed most accounting firms were dated and not utilizing the latest rules to the fullest of their advantage.

Justin’s background includes Big Four consulting firms, a Master’s Degree in Business Taxation from the Carlson School of Management, and enough varied experiences to give him a unique perspective in his 12 years of practice. He is currently in his 9th year of heading his own firm.

After being engaged by venture capitalists nationwide to advise on taxes, after consulting with cross-border companies and new Incubator Funds, Justin thought it was time to focus his energies on his local business community.

Come to a brand new office in the Twin Cities to enjoy after-work drinks, network with like-minded professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors, and learn about awesome benefits and capital sources that are perfect for innovative, scalable, and high-growth companies.

This event is perfect for current owners or investors of any company that is capital-intense, has high-growth potential, is scalable, or will change the world.

If you’ve never been to a presentation by Justin Sundberg, expect a fun, high-energy, fast-paced, and mind-blowing presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Sundberg

Justin Sundberg

Consultant, Sundberg Tax & Consulting
Justin Sundberg is an innovative consultant who serves small and medium businesses. He started his firm because he believed most accounting firms were dated and not utilizing the latest rules to the fullest of their advantage.Justin’s background includes Big Four consulting firms... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Spaces - Minneapolis, North Loop 121 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

5:00pm

Pitch, Please- The Ultimate Idea Competition!
Limited Capacity seats available

Hello and welcome to Fountane's first ever Pitch Please competition!  We are excited to bring together a diverse group of passionate entrepreneurs, community leaders, domain experts, and curious learners to share their amazing stories.  


Come in with an open mind!


There will be appetizers, beer on tap, networking opportunity, and of course the pitch competition.  We are hosting in the world infamous The Bridges Apartments Skylounge, be prepared for photo opportunities and some instagramable views (weather permitting ).


The winner of the Pitch Competition will receive Full MVP Consulting!  It's highly informal and an excellent space to practice your elevator pitches.


Thank you Twin Cities community for supporting the startups and  businesses that want to make a positive change in Minnesota and beyond.

#startupcapitalofthenorth #boldnorth #forgenorth #DSLR

Speakers
avatar for Aditya Siripragada

Aditya Siripragada

CEO, Fountane, LLC
Aditya is a junior studying Marketing and Data Analytics at the Carlson School of Management. He is the founder and CEO of Fountane, LLC which he started his sophomore year of college.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Bridges - Skylounge 930 University Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414

5:00pm

Opening Reception - MedCity INVEST Twin Cities
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us for the Opening Reception to MedCity's INVEST Twin Cities Conference!
In conjunction with the 2nd Annual MedCity INVEST Twin Cities conference taking place on October 11th, 2018, TreeHouse Health welcomes conference attendees to learn more about the local healthcare ecosystem and network with corporate innovation and digital health startup executives, investors, health systems, payers and thought leaders in this opening reception.

Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Loring Social Loring Social 1629 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

5:00pm

Techstars Retail Demo Day *External Registration Required*
Join us for Techstars Retail in Partnership with Target Demo Day in Minneapolis as our companies take the stage at First Avenue to present their businesses!


Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:00pm - 10:30pm
First Avenue Theater 701 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403

5:30pm

Minnesota Made Products and Brands
Limited Capacity seats available

Highlighting some of the makers of Minnesota-made brands and products, this event will allow you to see and learn from some of the rising brands built here in the Twin Cities. Some of the brands you see will be Woodchuck USA, Bizzy Coffee, Hippy Feet, Urban Undercover, North Mallow, and Voyager Campervans. The first 50 people to show their Twin Cities Startup Week ticket will get $2 off their first Sociable Cider.

Speakers
avatar for Grady Linder

Grady Linder

Founder, Voyager Campervans
Grady Linder is founder of Voyager Campervans. After spending a summer living out of van in a cross-country, grass-roots sales effort, he saw the opportunity to rent out small recreation vehicles in Minneapolis and other unserved markets in the US. 


Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Sociable Cider Werks 1500 Fillmore St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

6:00pm

Social Entrepreneur Live!
Limited Capacity seats available

Four world-changing entrepreneurs.
Interviewed live in front an audience.
And answering your questions.

Social Entrepreneur is the weekly premier podcast at the intersection of profit and purpose. We tell positive stories from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions. We’re switching it up a bit for Twin Cities Startup Week. We’re going live! You’ll hear the stories of four changemakers.

They will talk about their successes, their failures, and what they've learned along the way. At the end of the night, we’ll reassemble all four entrepreneurs for a 15-minute Q&A. 

Speakers
avatar for Precious Drew

Precious Drew

Co-Founder, PERK: The Natural Beauty Lab
If Precious Drew’s name is familiar, it may be because she was recently named a FINNOVATION Fellow, Precious is a co-founder of PERK: The Natural Beauty Lab. PERK is committed to sustainability by upcycling fair-trade coffee grounds from local coffee shops to create natural skincare... Read More →
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Aneela Idnani

Co-founder & President/CMO, HabitAware
Aneela Idnani is Co-founder & President/CMO of HabitAware. HabitAware uses patented wearable technology to help people “Retrain the Brain” from detrimental behaviors to positive ones and on becoming the standard of care for debilitating mental health conditions. HabitAware is... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Karanja

Caroline Karanja

Founder, 26 Letters
Caroline Karanja is a designer, developer, and cultural architect. She is the founder of 26 Letters, a SaaS e-learning solution that helps companies understand and incorporate, diversity and inclusion. 26 Letters is in the first cohort of Lunar Startups, the incubator housed in the... Read More →
avatar for Tony Loyd

Tony Loyd

Executive Producer, Social Entrepreneur Podcast
I'm interested in positive stories from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions.
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Danielle Wojdyla

Señoras de Salsa
Danielle Wojdyla, with Señoras de Salsa, began her professional food career at General Mills where she developed and improved products like cereals, snacks, and baked goods. From this technical background, she transitioned to community-based “social enterprise” at a local non-profit... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
West Bank Auditorium in Wiley Hall, Room 20 225 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN, 55455

6:00pm

The Future of Immersive Experiences - Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Where are immersive experiences headed, and how will this change how we work, play and learn in the future? Join us for lively and diverse panel discussion on the future of virtual, augmented, mixed and real reality, with local leaders from across technology, entertainment, education and other verticals.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Ames

Matt Ames

CEO, BARNCO
Matt Ames is a successful entrepreneur from Lakeville, MN who believes in living with intent. Matt  is on a mission to create a million memories by 2020 and he wants to change how you treat your free time. Matt currently owns and operates a portfolio of experiences driven to get... Read More →
avatar for Amir Berenjian

Amir Berenjian

Co-Founder, REM5 VR Lab
Amir is the Co-Founder of REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory, a location-based VR experience business based in St. Louis Park, MN. By thoughtfully combining the world's best VR technology and content in a very approachable and social environment, REM5 allows everyone the opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Corrado

Anthony Corrado

Chief Technology Officer, SpectAR
Anthony Corrado is the Chief Technology Officer at SpectAR, where he leads a team focused on building augmented reality solutions for enterprise customers in the construction industry. These solutions are being developed and tested in job sites across Los Angeles, including the Oceanwide... Read More →
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Hilary Dixon

Experience Designer, The Nerdery
Hilary Dixon is a designer, researcher, and applied anthropologist investigating the cultural impact of emerging technologies. She graduated from Beloit College with a degree in anthropology and cognitive science.She works as an Experience Designer at The Nerdery where she founded... Read More →
avatar for Thong Nguyen

Thong Nguyen

Founder, Roomera Inc.
Thong Nguyen is the founder of Roomera, Inc. where he uses virtual reality to help companies experience, test and learn from the future. He works with innovative business leaders to apply VR within the enterprise to accelerate prototyping and research, enhance learning, and aid in... Read More →
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Samantha Porter

Digital Preservation Specialist, University of Minnesota
Samantha Thi Porter is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology and a Digital Preservation Specialist at the University of Minnesota. An archaeologist by training, she has helped develop new methodologies for creating and disseminating 3D models of artifacts and archaeological sites. Her... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highlight Center 807 Broadway St NE, Suite 40, Minneapolis MN 55413

6:00pm

Power of 100 MSP Pitchfest *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

EVENT DETAILS:
  • It's fun. Meet 100 community-minded women + non-binary friends from across lifestyle + industry. Oh and wine! and light apps!
  • It's simple. Hear three powerful community organizations pitch their mission + work, then you + 99 others vote for your favorite.
  • It's impactful. *Drum roll* we announce the winning nonprofit + combine powers to award them with $10k. You will be asked to donate $100 directly to the winner the night of the event.
*Pitchfest is for members only because we want to build something awesome together. By registering and participating in Pitchfest you agree to join Power of 100 MSP, a social impact collective for awesome women & non-binary friends in Minneapolis/St. Paul. More at: https://www.powerof100msp.com/join/

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: CO-FOUNDERS OF THE COVEN MINNEAPOLIS ERINN FARRELL & BETHANY IVERSON

Speakers
avatar for Erinn Farrell

Erinn Farrell

Co-Founder, The Coven
Erinn is an Operations maven with a deep passion for architecture and design. Erinn is responsible for ensuring day to day operations benefit all our members, staff and partners.In her past life, Erinn was an Advertising Executive focused on transforming teams most recently as the... Read More →
avatar for Bethany Iverson

Bethany Iverson

Co-Founder, The Coven
Bethany is fiercely passionate about creating a more just, equitable world. She agitates with love, hopes radically, and advocates fearlessly to create a world she wants to live in. Last fall Bethany abandoned her cushy career as an advertising executive to pursue the dream of The... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
514 Studios 514 N 3rd St #101, Minneapolis, MN 55401

6:00pm

Technovation[MN] Mentor Happy Hour *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking for a way to give back and support girls in your community? 

Then you won’t want to miss our Mentor Happy Hour! Join us for this annual event and learn what Technovation[MN] is all about.

Whether you're a seasoned mentor, judge or volunteer, or are interested in learning more about how to get involved, this is a great opportunity to mingle and talk with others who are passionate about the same things you are.

We will also have a small panel of past Technovation[MN] participants talk about their experience in the program and the important role their mentors played.

More about Technovation[MN] 
Technovation[MN] was formed to bring the global Technovation Challenge to Minnesota. Technovation[MN] enables Minnesota teens to dream up, design, code, and pitch mobile phone apps by providing information, resources and encouragement for Minnesota Technovation Challenge teams. Mentors support and assist teams of students (who identify as female) with the 12-week Technovation Challenge curriculum, which teaches skills in coding, entrepreneurship, leadership, communication, marketing and more. The Challenge culminates at Appapalooza, where teams pitch their mobile app ideas and business plans to a panel of judges.

Learn more about the event on our website!

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Stavseth

Shawn Stavseth

CoFounder / Digital Learning Experience Lead, Technovation[MN] / Cargill


Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
MentorMate 3036 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55408

6:30pm

gBETA Medtech LiveBETA *External Ticket Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

At the end of each gBETA program, we celebrate those startups at LiveBETA. At LiveBETA, each of the current gBETA companies give a five-minute pitch in front of a captive audience of potential investors, experienced entrepreneurs, family and friends. LiveBETA offers an amazing opportunity for gBETA companies, entrepreneurs, investors and community members to commingle. This LiveBETA will feature startups in medical technology.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Loring Social Loring Social 1629 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403
 
Thursday, October 11
 

7:30am

Mentor Morning
Limited Capacity seats available

Mentor Morning is a periodic event that hosts its signature event during Twin Cities Start Up Week. Mentor Morning brings together early stage entrepreneurs in an informal setting with experienced business professionals representing diverse expertise and experiences who share their advice and access to networks to help develop the start-up businesses.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Albrecht

Christine Albrecht

Senior Vice President / Director of SBA Lending, Sunrise Banks
As a community banker for the past 20+ years, I have had the pleasure of working with many types of businesses and borrowers across a broad range of industries.My role simply put has been to help small businesses gain access to capital. My current position is Director of SBA lending... Read More →
avatar for Tyler Ebert

Tyler Ebert

Founder & CEO, Adrenacard
Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, Tyler moved to Minnesota to attend the Carlson School of Management. Originally working for the University of Minnesota, he held various management positions in a Fortune 200 company and subsequently started several companies in the professional... Read More →
avatar for David Peteler

David Peteler

Of Counsel, Avisen Legal, P.A.
For over 30 years, David Peteler has helped a wide range of clients achieve their business goals. David has worked with companies ranging from Silicon Valley tech start-ups to local Minnesota businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Through his expertise in corporate financing, gained... Read More →
avatar for Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Founder, Serial Mentors Ltd.
Paul Taylor is inn the tenth year of his fourth career.  Taylor is active as a mentor with the MN Cup,  Clean Tech Open,  Techstars Farm to Fork and Gener8tor.  Taylor describes himself as a Serial Mentor with the "Rolodex of Kings".
avatar for Matt Timm

Matt Timm

Owner/President, Magnetic North
avatar for Jim Zitek

Jim Zitek

Founder/CEO, Harbor Capital Group


Thursday October 11, 2018 7:30am - 9:00am
Sunrise Banks Headquarters Office 2515 Wabash Ave. St. Paul, MN 55114

7:30am

Venture-Scale Apps: A Panel of MN's Funded Mobile-Centric Startups
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We are excited to bring the members of Mobilize MN and attendees of Twin Cities Startup Week an incredible panel of product leaders who represent Minnesota's venture-scale mobile-centric startups!

Join us for a lively panel discussion moderated by Josiah Gulden (Product Designer at Livefront).

- Cameron Carter - Product Manager @ Bright Health
- Amanda Heyman - Co-Founder @ Starting11
- Clarence Bethea - Founder @ Upsie
- Mary Fallon - Co-Founder @ Kidizen
- Atif Siddiqi - Founder @ Branch Messenger

Speakers
avatar for Clarence Bethea

Clarence Bethea

Founder, Upsie
avatar for Cameron Carter

Cameron Carter

Product Manager, Bright Health
avatar for Mary Fallon

Mary Fallon

Co-Founder & CCO, Kidizen
avatar for Josiah Gulden

Josiah Gulden

Product Designer, Livefront
avatar for Amanda Heyman

Amanda Heyman

Co-Founder, Starting11
avatar for Atif Siddiqi

Atif Siddiqi

Founder, Branch Messenger
Atif Siddiqi is the founder and CEO of Branch Messenger, a labor operations platform for hourly employees.


Thursday October 11, 2018 7:30am - 9:30am
WeWork Capella Tower - 39th Floor 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

7:30am

You Are What You Eat: The Nexus of Food & Health - Morning Session *External Ticket Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

The Nexus of Food and Health sessions focus on how nutrition plays a role in achieving optimal health through disease prevention and treatment. This event brings together experts from multiple industries to share insights and personal stories on the space shared by food and health. In addition, this event showcases local Executive Chefs to demonstrate the preparation of nutritious and delicious foods for a tasting lunch followed by a keynote on how to bring Functional Foods into our daily lives. Later, a moderated panel session brings together food scientists, physicians, and founders of local food companies utilizing Functional Foods to discuss the obstacles and opportunities they’ve faced. In the afternoon, hear from health insurance executives about the future of food as medicine. Attendees will leave with an in-depth understanding of what Functional Foods are, as well as how individuals can leverage food in their restaurants, businesses, and daily lives to promote health.

Tickets are required to attend:

  • Morning session only - $45.00 
  • Afternoon session only - $45.00 
  • All day Tickets - $75


Morning Session Agenda  

 

 

  • 9:45-10:45 - Disease Management Through Food: How the Prevention and Treatment Landscape is Being Reshaped. "Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food" -Hippocrates Diet has re-entered the consumer consciousness as a viable, and perhaps preferable, disease management therapy. Jen Wagner-LahrAURI, moderates an expert panel with Ed RogersBonomuseDr. Elizabeth KlodasStep One Foods, Gail Dennison, Hormel Institute and Dr. Sonja NodlandWellmune

 

 

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Jen Wagner-Lahr (Moderator)

Jen Wagner-Lahr (Moderator)

Senior Director of Innovation & Commercialization, AURI
As Senior Director of Innovation & Commercialization, Jennifer Wagner-Lahr oversees projects in partnership with Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) staff members, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and other collaborators and stakeholders that fulfill the... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Baechler

Andrew Baechler

Founder/CEO, Eniva
Andrew Baechler is co-owner of Eniva Corporation and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Baechler is personally responsible for determining and overseeing strategic initiatives. He directs Eniva's "values-based" charitable activities - where significant impact has... Read More →
avatar for Brian Beutner

Brian Beutner

General Counsel, Bright Health
Brian K. Beutner, JD, is General Counsel of Bright Health, an innovative connected healthcare experience. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MNSure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Breen

Jennifer Breen

Culinary Nutritionist, The Earl Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
Jennifer Breen is a culinary nutritionist. She uses cooking education to address the issues of sustainability, justice, well being, and public and personal health. Breen is both a professional chef with over 20 years in the food industry and a Public Health nutrition educator (MPH... Read More →
avatar for Rick Brimacomb

Rick Brimacomb

CEO, Brimacomb & Associates
Rick has been a venture capitalist, advising and investing in hundreds of emerging companies, for 25+ years. He founded the Brimacomb Capital venture fund and co-founded the Sherpa Partners venture capital fund, both early-stage venture capital firms. His earlier experience includes... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kate Shafto, MD, CTropMed

Dr. Kate Shafto, MD, CTropMed

Integrative Medicine Fellow, University of Minnesota
Dr. Kate Shafto is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is currently pursuing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Class of 2017). She has various roles in Undergraduate Medical Education and Global Health Education at... Read More →
avatar for Alex Danzberger

Alex Danzberger

President, MyFormulary
Alex Danzberger brings over 30 years of leadership success across a variety of industries as well as international assignments in Asia Pacific with a focus on finance, business operations, strategy, and business development. He has a proven history of thriving in an environment of... Read More →
avatar for Damon Johnson

Damon Johnson

Board Member, CocoKefir LLC
Damon Johnson serves as the vice president of Enterprise Strategic Growth within Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) for Cox Automotive. Before joining Cox Automotive, Johnson started a digital agency in 1994 called DeemJay Consulting and in 2001, Johnson co-founded CDM data and CDM... Read More →
avatar for Mark Kaster

Mark Kaster

Partner, Dorsey and Whitney LLP
Mark Kaster is a nationally recognized lawyer with over 25 years of experience helping clients resolve regulatory compliance matters. Mark’s practice emphasizes complex matters involving federal, state, and local regulatory agencies. The increasing body of rules and regulations... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Elizabeth Klodas

Dr. Elizabeth Klodas

Founder/CEO, Step One Foods
Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC is founder and chief medical officer of Step One Foods LLC, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Step One Foods develops, manufactures and markets practical food products designed specifically to help patients reduce their reliance on prescription medications... Read More →
avatar for Dave Lenzmeier

Dave Lenzmeier

CEO, Milk Specialties
As the CEO of Milk Specialties Global (MSG), David Lenzmeier is primarily focused on expanding the Company’s capabilities within the Human Nutrition market. Lenzmeier also currently serves as a board member at the Hendrickson Foundation, working to sponsor individuals with physical/mental... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sonja Nodland

Dr. Sonja Nodland

Senior Scientist, Wellmune
Sonja Nodland received her Masters degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and her Doctorate in Immunology and Cancer Biology from the University of Minnesota. After completing a post doctoral fellowship in human developmental immunology in... Read More →
avatar for Mike Rakun

Mike Rakun

Executive Chef, Mercy Hospitality
Executive Chef Michael Rakun believes that good food begins at the farm. His signature style eschews fat in favor of herbs, broths and food’s natural flavors, using inspiration, technique and a love of natural foods to create mouth-watering, farm-to-table, healthy dishes. Executive... Read More →
avatar for Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson

Project Development Director-Food, AURI
In his role as a Project Development Director for the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, Jason Robinson works with food clients to develop their businesses to further the value-added development of Minnesota’s agricultural products. Prior to joining AURI, Jason spent 19... Read More →
avatar for Ed Rogers

Ed Rogers

Founder and CEO, Bonomuse
Mr. Rogers has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial business experience as a founder, investor, adviser and lawyer. Before co-founding Bonumose, he practiced law for 11 years, co-founded an animal food technology company based on university technology, and designed/implemented a... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Schlecht

Shannon Schlecht

Executive Director, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)
Shannon M. Schlecht, Executive Director of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) is responsible for the overall strategic and operational oversight for the organization’s staff, programs and execution of its mission. AURI provides technical services to businesses... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kate Venable Shafto

Dr. Kate Venable Shafto

Integrative Medicine Fellow, University of Minnesota
Dr. Kate Shafto is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is currently pursuing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Class of 2017). She has various roles in Undergraduate Medical Education and Global Health Education at... Read More →
avatar for Rohit Shukla

Rohit Shukla

Founder and CEO, Larta Institute
He founded the Larta Institute in 1993 and incorporated it as an independent non-profit organization in 1997. It is a mission based organization, focused on the transformation of ideas into enterprises working to feed the world, fuel the world and heal the world. Larta designs and... Read More →
avatar for Adam Southam

Adam Southam

Chairman, MyFormulary LLC
Adam Southam is a broad-based strategic thinker with more than 25 years of leadership, innovation, strategy, invention, business start-up, branding and marketing excellence. He has conceived several patented and patent-pending inventions related to health, fitness, functional and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kevin Steele

Dr. Kevin Steele

President, PTA Global & PTontheNet
Dr. Kevin Steele is the President of PTA Global & PTontheNet, providing high quality online education for the health and fitness industry worldwide. He began his career with a private personal training business for celebrities and athletes while a faculty member at Pepperdine University... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jaeyun Sung

Dr. Jaeyun Sung

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic Ventures Microbiome Project
Jaeyun Sung, Ph.D., develops computational analytical approaches to understand the intricate relationship between commensal microbial organisms and human health. Of particular interest to Dr. Sung is characterizing the global interconnectivity within our body's microbial community... Read More →
avatar for Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson

Chief Food Law Counsel, General Mills
Greg Thompson is the Chief Food Law Counsel at General Mills where he leads the Food Law Center of Excellence and is responsible for advising the business on a wide variety of food law issues. Previously, he served as Associate Chief Counsel for Foods at the US Food & Drug Administration... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Tomas Valdivia

Dr. Tomas Valdivia

Chief Health Officer, Bright Health
Dr. Valdivia is a health care executive with more than 20 years of experience founding, building, and selling companies in the health care technology, provider accountable care services, and health consumer sectors. Having been both a primary care physician and a leader in a large... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 7:30am - 12:00pm
Mercy, LeMeridian Chambers Hotel 901 Hennipin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

8:00am

Leading With Purpose: Exploring Business Structures for Mission-Driven Companies
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Attitudes towards business have changed, with many for-profit companies and startups pursuing objectives beyond just profit growth--looking to integrate their values directly into their business model. B Corps and Public Benefit Corporations are those inspiring companies raising the bar for a new standard of purpose-driven business.

If you’ve explored this option you know that this assessment sets a very high bar for companies and highlights the best of the best when it comes to social, environmental and economic impact. How do you know if this is the right path for your business?

Join the conversation with social enterprise companies, with leaders who have gone through the process of becoming a Benefit Corporation and B Corp. Together we will workshop ideas on how becoming a social enterprise can help advance your business goals, and show you where to start when you are ready to take the leap into this gold standard for good business.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Helbing

Casey Helbing

Founder, Software for Good
Casey Helbling is a software entrepreneur with full-lifecycle experience in design, development, and implementation of web and mobile software systems. He is a team builder and leader. He's passionate about culture. He strives to make the world a better place through entrepreneurial... Read More →
avatar for Evva Kraikul

Evva Kraikul

CEO and Co-Founder, GLITCH
Evva Kraikul is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of GLITCH. With 6+ years of experience, Evva has worked alongside over 50 major technology and gaming industry partners such as Microsoft, Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games, ASUS, Valve & 3M to develop games, design programming... Read More →
avatar for Amanda LaGrange

Amanda LaGrange

CEO | 2018 Bush Fellow, Tech Dump/Tech Discounts
Amanda LaGrange is the CEO of Tech Dump and Tech Discounts, the linked e-waste recycling, refurbishing, and retail social enterprise that creates jobs for people with barriers to employment. Amanda helped to found Tech Dump as a board member in 2010 while she worked at General Mills... Read More →
avatar for Kim Lowe

Kim Lowe

Shareholder and CFO, Avisen Legal
Kim Lowe - Shareholder at Avisen Legal, P.AFor over 19 years Kim has lawyered from the trenches. She works with enterprises at all levels strategically moving goals and objectives to accomplishments. She provides strategic, legal and business advice at all levels of an organization... Read More →
avatar for Dalton Outlaw

Dalton Outlaw

Founder and CEO, Element Gym
Founded in 2011, following the closure of the last standing boxing gym in Saint Paul, Dalton Outlaw created Element Boxing. Sacrificing his professional boxing career to give youth a chance or opportunity to achieve greatness through their own boxing. His mission is to build equality... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Pennington

Jennifer Pennington

Co-Founder, CEO, Firecrack & Ringleader, Can Can Wonderland


Thursday October 11, 2018 8:00am - 10:30am
Impact Hub MSP, 4th Floor, Training Room 817 5th Ave S Minneapolis 55409 #400

8:30am

Beta /Backers - (Invite Only) Curated Meetings Between Early Stage Investors & Emerging Minnesota-based Startups
***This is an invite-only event***

Beta's /Backers event is a private event between national Seed and Series A Stage investors and Minnesota's top up-and-coming startups. The event will feature pitches from the startups, immediately followed by one-to-one meetings between the companies and interested investors. Please email hello@beta.mn for any inquiries regarding this event.

Thursday October 11, 2018 8:30am - 1:00pm

9:00am

No Silver Bullet: How A Magical Mix of Design Methods Helps U.S. Bank Create the Future
Limited Capacity filling up

Yesterday it was design thinking. Today it's lean startup. Tomorrow it's agile.

We are all infected with methodology madness, latching on to the latest method-du-jour and trying to ride it into the perfect sunset of fame, fortune, and glory.

Spoiler alert: That perfect sunset doesn't exist and rarely are the conditions so pure that any project can truly realize an emerging methodology in its truest form.

But that's life. And that's OK. And actually, an impure mix of methods can turn out to be magical. Join the U.S. Bank Innovation Team for a case study in how it uses a magical mix of design and innovation methods to help it create the future of financial services.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Hammes-Betti

Stephanie Hammes-Betti

SVP, Innovation Design, US Bank
Stephanie Hammes-Betti is Senior Vice President of Innovation Design for the U.S. Bank Innovation Team. Her team of Innovation practitioners play a lead role in exploring the "fuzzy front-end" of Innovation, providing thought leadership on emerging trends, managing the U.S. Bank Innovation... Read More →
avatar for Seijen Takamura

Seijen Takamura

Design Lead, US Bank
Seijen loves helping humans and believes the needs of people lie at the core of every truly innovative idea. He revels in the opportunity to uncover those human needs and steward them towards the creation of products, services, and stories. Currently he is a Design Lead at U.S. Bank... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Azul 7 (Suite #102) 1310 Quincy St NE, Suite #102, Minneapolis, MN 55403

9:00am

Meet the MN Fintechs
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Sezzle, Apruve and Live Give Save founders will discuss #fintechlife in Minnesota. Everything from what their companies do, to growing and funding a business in our state.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Langer

Susan Langer

CEO, Live Give Save
Susan’s 30+ year career spans corporate, entrepreneurial and nonprofit sectors within financial services, marketing and international development. Corporate alliances include: General Mills, Cargill, Buhler, DSM, USAID, World Vision, US Bank, H&R Block, Periscope, and Campbell Mithun... Read More →
avatar for Michael Noble

Michael Noble

CEO, Apruve
Before founding Apruve, Michael was a part of P2P file sharing network Limewire and IOT company Xanboo (sold to AT&T). Apruve is a B2B credit network. We connect suppliers, business buyers and 3rd party banks to automate and finance the way our customers extend payment terms to their... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Youakim

Charlie Youakim

CEO, Sezzle
Charlie Youakim is a serial tech entrepreneur who has founded two payments companies.His first company, Passport, was founded in Minneapolis in 2010 and later moved to Charlotte in 2011. Passport built mobile payment solutions for parking and transit systems. Passport is the software... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Qumu 510 1st Ave N, Ste 305, Minnepolis, MN 55403

9:00am

Coffee & Closers :: Sales Challenges Solved LIVE
Limited Capacity seats available

For this episode of Coffee & Closers: Bring your sales challenges, stalled deals or unique situation & our panel of sales experts will work with you to solve the problem LIVE on stage.

Coffee & Closers is:
If learning how to increase revenue and make more money for your business is a skill you've been looking to acquire or fine-tune, please join us for this Q&A series. The goal of this gathering is for attendees to authentically receive process design, tools used, and tips on what works to successfully grow revenue. This is a natural interview style format that will give you a peek into some of the top sales minds that propelled the growth of companies like When I Work, Total Expert, WorkDay, Infor & more.

Speakers
avatar for Mickeli Bedore

Mickeli Bedore

Founder and CEO, Bedore Business Group
Our host Mickeli Bedore has successfully built flourishing profit streams over the last two decades, spending the majority of that time turning underperforming product territories/product lines at some of the biggest sales organizations in the world (IBM, Oracle, Concur, Verizon... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Eggert

Aaron Eggert

Founder, Backforty
Aaron became the youngest VP of Sales in S+T history after destroying quota year after year in every sales role the company would put him in. He then went to iSpace & as a selling President grew revenue to 270%. Currently Aaron is the Founder of Backforty, a botique sales strategy... Read More →
avatar for Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins

Manager, TechStars
Sean is a top funnel sales EXPERT. He proved this as co-founder of ilos, a video platform that lets you record videos and instantly share them on the cloud, where he led the team from 0 to over $1 Million in annual recurring subscription revenue. His expertise has been featured by... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Office Hours with Sofia Fund *External Registration Required*
Opportunity to have a 15 minute consult with a Sofia Fund Managing Partner regarding entrepreneurial activities or financing. The sessions are open to all entrepreneurs who might have questions about their business.

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Connett

Cathy Connett

Managing Partner, Sofia Fund
CorConnections helps businesses:Identify value adding opportunities,Launch new businesses,Develop succession plans,Facilitate ownership transitions,Negotiate alliances,Raise capital,andImplement focused business processes.Utilizing in-depth assessments of the business and the market... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Crump

Lisa Crump

Managing Partner, Sofia Fund
avatar for Joy Lindsay

Joy Lindsay

Managing Partner, Sofia Fund
avatar for Dee Thibodeau

Dee Thibodeau

Managing Partner, Sofia Fund


Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
StarTec Investments 333 S Seventh Street, Suite 1110, Minneapolis, MN

9:00am

The Patient Journey
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a panel discussion featuring patient, physician, healthcare startup and corporate to discuss the patient journey. By intersecting narratives and viewpoints of multiple stakeholders, we hope the audience will gain a better understanding of the patient experience through the healthcare system including the emergence of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and payment as well as learn more about the challenges with the current system and opportunities to improve the process for patients, physicians and relevant stakeholders

Panelists:
Emily Herman: Boston Scientific DR ICD Patient
Julie Lindmark: Senior Product Manager - Boston Scientific
Scott Brown: Chief Technology & Product Officer - Zipnosis
Dr. David Ingham: Internal Medicine Physician - Allina
Charles Schaller: Director of Advanced Technology Collaborative - Optum
Miranda Wilson: Senior Program Manager - Blue Cross Blue Shield

There will be time for networking and light refreshments will be served.


Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. 200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000 Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Free Co-working and team Offices at Spaces
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Spaces and CoWork for the day!

Interested in finding a new home for your team throughout TCSW? Spaces can help you out! Email stephanie.nemchik@spacesworks.com to lock in spot.

Spaces is located on 121 Washington Ave. N  Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401  

Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Spaces North Loop 121 Washington Ave. N Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

9:00am

Free Co-working at Fueled Collective ( All Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Fueled Collective and CoWork for the day!

There are 4 amazing Fueled Collective locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Northeast Address: 
1400 Van Buren St NE #200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Uptown Address: 
1010 W Lake St #100, Minneapolis, MN 55408

St. Paul: 
213 4th St. E., 4th Floor, St Paul, MN 55101

Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fueled Collective Locations ( See Descriptions for Addresses )

9:00am

Free Co-working at Fueled Collective ( All Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Fueled Collective and CoWork for the day!

There are 4 amazing Fueled Collective locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Northeast Address: 
1400 Van Buren St NE #200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Uptown Address: 
1010 W Lake St #100, Minneapolis, MN 55408

St. Paul: 
213 4th St. E., 4th Floor, St Paul, MN 55101

Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fueled Collective Locations ( See Descriptions for Addresses )

9:00am

Free Co-working at Glen Nelson Center
Glen Nelson Center is a new shared workspace in the Osborn370 building and an initiative of Minnesota Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio that invests in entrepreneurial ventures that serve new and diverse audiences while strengthening public media. One of the first companies to launch at Glen Nelson Center is Lunar Startups, a new venture incubator funded by Knight Foundation.
 
Glen Nelson Center allows APM|MPR staff to engage with the entrepreneurial community in the Twin Cities and to allow entrepreneurs to interact with a large media organization in a highly collaborative environment. We invite to you learn more about Glen Nelson Center and Lunar Startups by coworking out of our space during Startup Week!

When you get to the lobby of Osborn370, sign in to see Theon Masters. Glen Nelson Center is on the 5th floor of Osborn 370

Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Glen Nelson Center 370 Wabasha St. N Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

Free Co-working at Impact Hub MSP
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Impact Hub and CoWork for the day!

Impact Hub MSP is located at 817 S 5th Ave #400 ( 4th floor ) Minneapolis, MN 55404

Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Impact Hub MSP 817 S 5th Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00am

Free Co-working at Industrious ( Both Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Industrious and CoWork for the day!

There are 2 amazing Industrious locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : RBC Plaza 28th Floor - 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

North Loop Address: 
T3 Building 2nd Floor - 323 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious ( Both Locations )

9:00am

Free Co-working at UEL
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at UEL and CoWork for the day!

UEL is located on 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
UEL - University Enterprise Labs

9:00am

Free Co-working at Wellworth
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Wellworth and CoWork for the day!

Wellworth is located on 428 Minnesota Street, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55101

Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wellworth 428 Minnesota St #500, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-working at WeWork
Limited Capacity full
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Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at WeWork and CoWork for the day! 

WeWork is located on the 39th floor in the Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. 

Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

10:00am

Preparing Your Startup For Investment
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Topics will include: - Selecting the type of business entity and forming your company - Protecting your intellectual property - Employment matters, including classification as independent contractors and non-competition agreements - How to use equity to attract, retain and motivate team members - Rules of fundraising, including private placements, federal and state crowdfunding and networking events With time to ask your questions!

Speakers
avatar for Stephen P. Charbonnet

Stephen P. Charbonnet

Attorney, Messerli Kramer
Stephen Charbonnet practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, finance, securities, venture capital, private equity, intellectual property and general business counsel. Stephen represents clients of all sizes in a wide variety of transactional matters, including technology... Read More →
avatar for Pamela A. Curran

Pamela A. Curran

Attorney, Messerli Kramer
Pamela Curran is a member of Messerli Kramer’s Business Services group and focuses her practice on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property & technology. With over 20 years of experience, Pam has the background needed to guide companies through major transactions... Read More →
avatar for Daniel L. Lowin

Daniel L. Lowin

Attorney, Messerli Kramer
Daniel Lowin represents businesses in commercial and employment litigation and counsels them on complex employment law matters, joining legal expertise and analytical acuity with extensive business experience. Daniel works with companies of all sizes across industries including software... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Robbins

Jeff Robbins

Attorney, Messerli Kramer
For over 30 years, Jeff has represented entrepreneurs who start and grow technology-based enterprises and angel and venture investors who target those companies. Clients seek his assistance in strategic business plan development; entity selection and formation; private and public... Read More →
avatar for Zachary J. Robins

Zachary J. Robins

Attorney, Messerli Kramer
Zach Robins is a Securities Attorney in the Business Services group who assists clients with capital raises and related financing work. Zach also specializes in investment crowdfunding and securities tokenization, creating new pathways for company capital raising and liquidity for... Read More →
avatar for Andrew M. Tataryn

Andrew M. Tataryn

Attorney, Messerli Kramer
Andy Tataryn has extensive experience in a wide range of corporate and securities law matters, including angel and venture capital financings; public offerings; mergers and acquisitions; corporate governance; public company reporting and disclosure; securities law compliance, equity-based... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Fifth Street Towers 100 S 5th St., Ste. 1400, Minneapolis, MN 55402

12:00pm

Steps to Starting a Business
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Do you have an idea, but need a few pointers on where the best resources are? The James J. Hill Center in partnership with Minnesota's Small Business Administration will help you accelerate your small business dreams! In this intro class, you'll review the basics of starting, like writing a business plan, the five C’s of credit, financing options, and more.


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The James J. Hill Center 80 West 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

12:00pm

Female Founders: Confidence is your Game Changer
Limited Capacity full
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Women startup CEO's: join us to learn how to grow your confidence and awareness, and how to rocket yourself to success.

Higher levels of confidence and awareness in the startup CEO are highly correlated with success in raising financing and other key business milestones. Conversely, low confidence and awareness ensures the startup will struggle.

Capita3 serial entrepreneurs and investors Pam York & Sara Russick are on a mission to make women startup founders and CEO’s the best business leaders they can be. Hear about their evidence-based process for growing confidence, and how their process has carried them to success in their own ventures.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela York

Pamela York

Partner, Capita3
Pamela York is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and inventor with successes in several industries. She is the Founding General Partner of CAPITA3, an early stage venture capital group focused on women-led companies in health sectors.


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fueled Collective Fueled Collective, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

12:00pm

Minimum Believable (AI) Products: Creating Value With AI Products at Field Nation
Limited Capacity full
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The challenge of deploying AI-enabled products shouldn't prevent young companies from realizing their tremendous business value. With a little care, lean start-up methods can be used in the development of machine learning products. Field Nation is the leading marketplace for B2B, on-site, on-demand contract work, and the trust leader in this sector of the gig economy. To build that trust, we need to create products that make accurate predictions in a marketplace that has humans on one side and organizations of humans on the other. I will share some lessons we have learned in the development of Field Nation's first AI-enabled product, our Provider Matching Recommendation system.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Smith, PhD

Alex Smith, PhD

Senior Data Scientist, Field Nation
After getting his PhD in physics, Alex was a researcher in experimental high-energy physics for almost two decades before a career change to data science.  



Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Baker Center 733 Marquette Ave S, Suite 800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

12:00pm

What You Need for a BioTech or Medical Startup
Limited Capacity seats available

Startups in biotech or medical health need time and money to develop an idea into a product. But what else do they need? Join some of our resident companies at UEL for a panel discussion to talk about how they started, what you need, and where to find the support to grow.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Rucker

Diane Rucker

Executive Director, University Enterprise Labs
Diane Rucker is the Executive Director for University Enterprise Labs (UEL), a non-profit incubator dedicated to supporting early-stage life science and technology ventures. She works with resident companies on growth, strategy, and day-to-day operations, and on helping teams to get... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
University Enterprise Labs Atrium - West Entrance 1000 Westgate Dr., St. Paul, MN 55114

12:00pm

TCSW + Two Or More: A special non-profit service event benefiting Free Bikes 4 Kidz * External registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

This unique opportunity combines networking and giving back to the community. We are partnering with Bikes 4 Kidz. Join us and use your skills and talents to help get clean, safe bikes to kids in need. Our goal is to gather as many people as we can to clean, tune, and set up bikes for their bike collection week where they anticipate collecting 10,000 bikes! We can't do it without you.

*Please note: this is an EXTERNAL registration event. Registration can be found at: twoormore-fb4k-tcsw18.eventbrite.com.


12:00pm

You Are What You Eat: The Nexus of Food & Health - Afternoon Session *External Ticket Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

The Nexus of Food and Health sessions focus on how nutrition plays a role in achieving optimal health through disease prevention and treatment. This event brings together experts from multiple industries to share insights and personal stories on the space shared by food and health. In addition, this event showcases local Executive Chefs to demonstrate the preparation of nutritious and delicious foods for a tasting lunch followed by a keynote on how to bring Functional Foods into our daily lives. Later, a moderated panel session brings together food scientists, physicians, and founders of local food companies utilizing Functional Foods to discuss the obstacles and opportunities they’ve faced. In the afternoon, hear from health insurance executives about the future of food as medicine. Attendees will leave with an in-depth understanding of what Functional Foods are, as well as how individuals can leverage food in their restaurants, businesses, and daily lives to promote health.

Tickets are required to attend:
  • Morning session only - $45.00 
  • Afternoon session only - $45.00 
  • All day Tickets - $75

Afternoon Session Agenda

  • 1:45-2:30 - Preventative Medicine: The Exponential Effect of Functional Food & ExerciseDr. Steele talks on the exponential physiological, psychological and intellectual health benefits and medicinal effects that can be achieved through the combined use of Functional Foods and Exercise.


  • 3:00-3:40 This Little Piggy Went to Market; This Hornless Cow Made Milk: Gene-Editing Solutions for Healthy Animals Recombinetics will outline the benefits of precision-breeding for animals, producers, consumers and the planet; provide an overview of the current global landscape for gene-edited food products, and more. Tammy Lee, Recombinetics


  • 4:30-4:45 Closing Remarks. Shannon SchlechtAURI, Rohit ShuklaLarta Institute and Adam Southam, MyFormulary will spend a few minutes recapping the day and discussing what the future holds. Please plan on participating in a two minute poll and sign up for copies of all session recordings and notes.

  • 4:45-6:00 Cocktail Reception. Delicious Nutritious Appetizers. Cash Bar. Stay for dinner at Mercy. Reservations Here

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Baechler

Andrew Baechler

Founder/CEO, Eniva
Andrew Baechler is co-owner of Eniva Corporation and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Baechler is personally responsible for determining and overseeing strategic initiatives. He directs Eniva's "values-based" charitable activities - where significant impact has... Read More →
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Brian Beutner

General Counsel, Bright Health
Brian K. Beutner, JD, is General Counsel of Bright Health, an innovative connected healthcare experience. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MNSure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Breen

Jennifer Breen

Culinary Nutritionist, The Earl Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
Jennifer Breen is a culinary nutritionist. She uses cooking education to address the issues of sustainability, justice, well being, and public and personal health. Breen is both a professional chef with over 20 years in the food industry and a Public Health nutrition educator (MPH... Read More →
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Dr. Kate Shafto, MD, CTropMed

Integrative Medicine Fellow, University of Minnesota
Dr. Kate Shafto is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is currently pursuing a fellowship in Integrative Medicine (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Class of 2017). She has various roles in Undergraduate Medical Education and Global Health Education at... Read More →
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Alex Danzberger

President, MyFormulary
Alex Danzberger brings over 30 years of leadership success across a variety of industries as well as international assignments in Asia Pacific with a focus on finance, business operations, strategy, and business development. He has a proven history of thriving in an environment of... Read More →
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Damon Johnson

Board Member, CocoKefir LLC
Damon Johnson serves as the vice president of Enterprise Strategic Growth within Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) for Cox Automotive. Before joining Cox Automotive, Johnson started a digital agency in 1994 called DeemJay Consulting and in 2001, Johnson co-founded CDM data and CDM... Read More →
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Dr. Elizabeth Klodas

Founder/CEO, Step One Foods
Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC is founder and chief medical officer of Step One Foods LLC, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Step One Foods develops, manufactures and markets practical food products designed specifically to help patients reduce their reliance on prescription medications... Read More →
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Dave Lenzmeier

CEO, Milk Specialties
As the CEO of Milk Specialties Global (MSG), David Lenzmeier is primarily focused on expanding the Company’s capabilities within the Human Nutrition market. Lenzmeier also currently serves as a board member at the Hendrickson Foundation, working to sponsor individuals with physical/mental... Read More →
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Brian Loeb

CGC Ventures
Brian co-leads CGC Ventures, making balance sheet investments into early stage food and ag tech companies. CGC Ventures is part of Continental Grain Company (CGC), a privately held holding company with over two hundred years of experience throughout food and agribusiness, including... Read More →
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Mike Rakun

Executive Chef, Mercy Hospitality
Executive Chef Michael Rakun believes that good food begins at the farm. His signature style eschews fat in favor of herbs, broths and food’s natural flavors, using inspiration, technique and a love of natural foods to create mouth-watering, farm-to-table, healthy dishes. Executive... Read More →
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Adam Southam

Chairman, MyFormulary LLC
Adam Southam is a broad-based strategic thinker with more than 25 years of leadership, innovation, strategy, invention, business start-up, branding and marketing excellence. He has conceived several patented and patent-pending inventions related to health, fitness, functional and... Read More →
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Dr. Kevin Steele

President, PTA Global & PTontheNet
Dr. Kevin Steele is the President of PTA Global & PTontheNet, providing high quality online education for the health and fitness industry worldwide. He began his career with a private personal training business for celebrities and athletes while a faculty member at Pepperdine University... Read More →
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Dr. Tomas Valdivia

Chief Health Officer, Bright Health
Dr. Valdivia is a health care executive with more than 20 years of experience founding, building, and selling companies in the health care technology, provider accountable care services, and health consumer sectors. Having been both a primary care physician and a leader in a large... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Mercy, LeMeridian Chambers Hotel 901 Hennipin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

12:00pm

Day One - BITCON2018 *External Registration Required*
The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…

Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Target Plaza Commons 1001 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

1:00pm

9 Ways to Fail as an Entrepreneur: How to Avoid Going to Court
Limited Capacity full
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Few startups budget for attorneys. Most entrepreneurs prefer to rely on their own common sense and creativity to avoid legal problems. Small business owners tend to wait for problems to escalate before getting legal help.

We get it. A combination of limited budget and ignorance-is-bliss leads most of us to want to stay away from those pesky lawyers. Until we have to. Self-help will take you so far and that's OK.

We posit that the oft-cited "85% of businesses shutter within 2 years of opening" is caused, in large part, by entrepreneurs who underestimated the intricacies of the law. After all, it only takes one slip to get into hot water.

We are here to help you! We want you to thrive.

Come learn 9 common mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting and running their business!


Speakers
avatar for Inti Martínez-Alemán

Inti Martínez-Alemán

Attorney, Ceiba Fôrte Law Firm
Inti represents clients in civil, business, and employment litigation matters, ranging from contract disputes or employment issues to business litigation or landlord-tenant matters.



Thursday October 11, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Central Midway Building - 4th Floor Conference Room 393 N. Dunlap St., St. Paul, MN 55104

1:30pm

Why Your Intellectual Property (IP) is Your Most Valuable Asset
Limited Capacity filling up

Please join leading attorneys from Patterson Thuente to learn why protecting your IP is so important - and how you can use it as your most valuable asset in a technology, life sciences, or healthcare startup. This event will be followed by the UEL Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Social.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Bruzzone

Dan Bruzzone

Patent Attorney, Patterson Thuente IP
Dan Bruzzone became a patent attorney after working for several years in research and development at 3M where he helped develop polymers used in adhesives and solar encapsulants. Dan’s background as a physicist allows him to work with a variety of technologies in his practice. He... Read More →
avatar for Jumi Kassim

Jumi Kassim

Patent Attorney, Patterson Thuente IP
Jumi Kassim is a software engineer and patent attorney. She works with start-ups as well as some of the firm’s large corporate clients, helping them navigate the challenges of patenting software-related inventions and finding strategic ways to protect their intellectual property... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 1:30pm - 3:30pm
University Enterprise Labs Atrium - West Entrance 1000 Westgate Dr., St. Paul, MN 55114

2:30pm

Lola Red Presents How Media is Changing
Limited Capacity full
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The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years and the way consumers find and digest news continues to evolve. Most startups know great press can go a long way, but what is the best way to reach the media and consumers in this new landscape?

This event will convene a media members from a variety of different verticals to share their perspective on what moves the needle as well as the best ways to engage the media in our hyper-connected ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Horgen

Tom Horgen

Digital Features Editor, Star Tribune
avatar for Allison Kaplan

Allison Kaplan

Editor, Twin Cities Business
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Rick Kupchella

Founder & CEO, i.e.network


Thursday October 11, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Spaces, Ramp C 121 N Washington Ave, Suite 400

2:30pm

10 Lessons from Launching a SaaS Product
Limited Capacity filling up

Paul Lundberg is the CTO of Agosto, a Google Premier Partner based in Minneapolis.  Agosto incubated and launched Skykit, a SaaS digital signage platform, in 2016.

Join us to hear key lessons learned from a CTO's perspective about building and launching Skykit.

This presentation is for you if you're contemplating a SaaS startup, involved in SaaS Product Management, or interested in understanding how building a SaaS business is drastically different from building a consulting business.

Thursday October 11, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Agosto 420 N 5th Street, Suite 400

3:00pm

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Social at UEL!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join UEL and Nitro Ice Cream as we make Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream - and serve it to you during our TCSW Ice Cream Social!  The perfect event (and location) to enjoy ice cream before heading over to MinneDemo.  

Speakers

Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
University Enterprise Labs Atrium - West Entrance 1000 Westgate Dr., St. Paul, MN 55114

3:00pm

Engagement Marketing: What can we Learn from Pavlov, Maslow and Zuckerberg?
Limited Capacity filling up

If you’re building a start up or starting something new,  you’ll likely need two essential ingredients: employees and customers. For two decades, Augeo has helped companies acquire, engage and retain both! Hear about practical, proven strategies to solving foundational challenges of engaging people in your emerging business. You will learn:
  • The essential elements of engagement 
  • How to attract customers and find “right fit” employees - How to establish trust, build loyalty and foster advocacy 
  • When and where engagement tools have the greatest impact 
Join us in a facilitated interactive workshop where all participants learn from and share with each other. It’s likely to be a meaningful, engaging experience.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Greer

Ken Greer

Chief Marketing Officer, Augeo Marketing
Ken Greer is a change agent, trend visionary, technology geek and creative spark. As Chief Marketing Officer of Augeo, he’s known as the “go to guy” for big ideas. Ken's one-of-a-kind combination of creative and strategic marketing skills has been the driving force behind the... Read More →
avatar for Katie Kelley

Katie Kelley

Director, Client Services, Augeo Marketing
Katie Kelley works with Augeo clients in various industries to solve marketing problems with creativity and strategic insight. She provides brand, product and marketing strategy support to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging start-ups while leading a team of brand... Read More →
avatar for Amy Murphy

Amy Murphy

President, Augeo Digital, Augeo Marketing
Amy has been part of the Augeo team since 2001. With over 20 years in both B2B and B2C product and service marketing, she brings broad experience and creativity to Augeo’s clients, communications, products and programs. Focusing on innovative and market-specific engagement platforms... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dual Citizen Brewing's Tap Room 725 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55114

3:00pm

Vis-a-Vis Data Viz!
Limited Capacity seats available

The Twin Cities Data Visualization Group focuses on creating a community around visually telling stories through data and technology mediums. We welcome everyone; those whom likely work with visualization technologies, interact closely with people who do, support individuals who do and are interested in getting started on their own data visualization journey.

Speakers
PW

Paul Wickman (Host)

Director of Technology, RESPEC
avatar for Matt Dubay

Matt Dubay

Analytics Consultant, Slalom Consulting
Passionately leading innovation and change, using design-driven, operationalized BI solutions to support decision making and improve customer outcomes. My development is focused on leadership, strategy and change management. By modeling and teaching best practices and fostering the... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Slalom Consulting, IDC Center 80 South 8th Street, Suite 3906, Minneapolis, MN 55402

4:00pm

Great North Labs Startup Ecosystem Talk and Pre-TedX Happy Hour
Limited Capacity filling up

A MN ecosystem talk and open house networking event for entrepreneurs and investors who are interested in learning about and growing the startup community in Greater MN. This happy hour event will be held at Great North Labs's HQ before TedX St. Cloud 2018: Cultivating, held separately at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Oct. 11.

Ryan Weber will also be on hand both as a Great North Labs managing partner, and as a representative of Singularity University in Minneapolis-St. Paul, to talk about exponential technology, disruptive technology, and the future of the region!

This event is in St. Cloud!

Speakers
avatar for Josef Siebert

Josef Siebert

Marketing Manager/Leadership Team, Great North Labs/SingularityU Minneapolis-St. Paul
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Rob Weber

Managing Partner, Great North Labs
Rob Weber was the CEO and Co-founder of NativeX, a mobile ad-tech company he founded as a student at St. Cloud State with his twin brother Ryan. Rob has served on various startup boards, as well as the board of Minnestar. He is an active angel investor through his family office, 32... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Next to the SCSU Welcome Center #150, 305 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN 56301

4:00pm

The Story of Chuck & Don’s: How “Man’s Best Friend” Turned Friends into Entrepreneurs and a Thriving Retail Chain
Limited Capacity seats available

Pets have a way of bringing people together and that’s exactly how Chuck Anderson and Don Tauer met. Their involvement in owning, training and showing German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Schipperkes, Border Collies and mixed breeds is how Chuck and Don met and became friends. But how did they turn that friendship into a successful pet supply retailer, in one of the most competitive industries? Join us for an informative panel discussion to hear and learn from their story. Following their vision, today Chuck & Don’s, a Minnesota-based company, has stores in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
 
This special panel, as part of Twin Cities Start Up Week, will share insights and inspirations from four members of the Chuck & Don’s team.
 
Panel:
1) Carol Moline, Manager Store Design
2) Christine Schraml, Marketing Lead
3) Megan Hulse, Buyer
4) David Zimmerman, District Operations Manager
 
Moderated by the event host, STAR, the panel will cover a range of topics including:
 
1) Turning a vision into a viable business
2) Differentiation in a competitive market
2) Connecting digital with the retail environment
3) How the Chuck & Don’s physical environment plays a role in telling the story of their brand.
4) and more….
 
Everyone at Chuck & Don’s is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which they operate. Their participation in TCSW is just another way they give back. Come with your own questions. This is a great opportunity to learn from a local, innovative, and leading retailer.

Speakers
avatar for Kitty Hart

Kitty Hart

Director of Brand Strategy, Star
Kitty has spent the past 23 years creating successful brand relationships within advertising, multi-media, and experience design. Kitty excels at consulting with her clients and helping them understand and develop the fundamentals of strong brand design practices including strategy... Read More →
avatar for Megan Hulse

Megan Hulse

Buyer, Chuck & Don's
Megan Hulse has worked with Chuck & Don’s since March 2017 as the role of a Buyer. Prior to working for Chuck & Don’s, she worked in various Product Development and Management roles. She attended Wisconsin Stout and has a BA in Retail Merchandising and Business Management. Hulse... Read More →
avatar for Carol Moline

Carol Moline

Manager, Store Design, Chuck & Don's
Carol and her husband are Minnesota natives, have two grown daughters, and as of August, two grandchildren. With a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota Carol began working in retail design for Target Corporation where she gained experience in a design... Read More →
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Christine Schraml

Marketing Lead, Chuck & Don's
Christine grew up in Mankato, Minn and after graduating from Loyola High School, went to Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. to experience a “bigger city.” She received her degree in Journalism/Public Relations with an emphasis on Political Science and went to work for the Omaha... Read More →
avatar for David Zimmerman

David Zimmerman

District Operations Manager, Chuck & Don's
David is a graduate of North Dakota State University in Fargo.  He started his career in retail while in college and has worked as a manager for Target, Pamida, and Party City.  David started with Chuck & Don’s Pet Food and Supplies in 2011, and currently works as a District Operations... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
STAR 6688 93rd Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

4:00pm

The Social Lights presents Social Media Trends on Tap
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Co-Founders of The Social Lights, Martha McCarthy Krueger and Emily Pritchard, and TSL’s Strategy Team as we reveal the latest issue of Trend Tap, which will explore culture as it relates to social media. 

In each issue of Trend Tap, we break down a topic of debate in the world of social media, share our point of view, showcase best-in-class brand examples, and explain untapped opportunities for brands. During this event, you will be able to hear directly from our strategists as they present The Culture Issue and ask more specific questions during the interactive breakout sessions. 

  • 4-4:15 - Arrive + Get Settled
  • 4:15-5 - Presentation of latest issue of Trend Tap: The Culture Issue
  • 5-5:30 - Break Out Sessions
  • 5:30-6 - Networking + Mingling

Speakers
avatar for Martha McCarthy Krueger

Martha McCarthy Krueger

Co-Founder + CEO, The Social Lights
Martha McCarthy Krueger is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Social Lights®, a women-owned marketing agency that specializes in social media strategy, training, and community management. Human connections inspire Martha and the work she does. She and her team revolutionize the way clients... Read More →
avatar for Emily Pritchard

Emily Pritchard

Co-Founder + Visionary, The Social Lights
Emily is an innovator with a passion for building relationships and strategic partnerships. She is an ideas person who can roll up her sleeves and get things done.Emily loves experimenting with new technologies and taking calculated risks to boost a brand’s social presence and grow... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Impact Hub + FINNEGANS House, 4th Floor 817 S. 5th Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404

4:30pm

How to Avoid the Five Disastrous Startup Leadership Models (and Be a Strong and Effective Leader)
Starting a company is hard enough as it is, but what gets lost too quickly in the “noise” is the importance of strong and effective leadership. Too many startups decide to put off addressing this topic until it’s almost too late, or in many cases, is too late. MOJO Agitators Marti Nyman and Jeff O'Dell will share some real world wisdom on the common traps that startup leaders fall into, including the five disastrous leadership models:
  • The Heart of Gold leader
  • The One Trick Pony
  • The Mad Martigan
  • The "I Got This, Follow Me” leader
  • The What Do They Know? Leader
(Hint: Don’t be one of these. Learn more at the session)

BEER AND OTHER REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED

Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
bswing 700 North Washington Avenue #102 Minneapolis, MN 55401

4:30pm

MH + HR: Guiding mental health conversations at work
Managing a mental health condition is a full time job, on top of your full time job. In this discussion we'll talk about how employers can help create an inclusive, equitable environment/culture and how employees can broach "the elephant in the room.”

We’ll discuss:

  • How employers can approach HR situations when an employee discloses they have a mental health condition

  • Strategies/approaches for employees when advocating for support/awareness of mental health conditions in the workplace

  • How to start building an inclusive and healthy workplace culture that recognizes and supports mental health wellness

  • Ideas around resources and tools you can turn to for more information on this topic

We will leave plenty of time for Q&A from attendees.



Speakers
avatar for Kate Bischoff

Kate Bischoff

Employment Attorney, Speaker & HR Consultant, tHRive Law & Consulting LLC
Kate Bischoff is an overly enthusiastic, sarcastic, and opinionated management-side employment attorney and SHRM-SCP-certified HR pro.  She works closely with management and HR folk to improve organizations and make it easier to recruit and retain talent through having easy-to-understand... Read More →
avatar for Dustin Bruzenak

Dustin Bruzenak

CEO, Modern Logic
Dustin Bruzenak is CEO of Modern Logic, a digital innovation agency. In past lives he's been a lead developer at Adobe and founded several software businesses.
avatar for Laurie Healy

Laurie Healy

Head of Group Sales & Membership, Fueled Collective
Passionate about making sure workplaces are healthy places. Jumped into the MSP tech startup scene in 2000 and was instantly hooked. A certified fitness instructor, introduced wellness classes into the startups I worked for to help employees+founders deal with the stress that comes... Read More →
avatar for Aneela Idnani

Aneela Idnani

Co-Founder, Habitaware
Aneela Idnani (Kumar) is Cofounder & President/CMO of HabitAware. HabitAware uses patented wearable technology to help people “Retrain The Brain” from detrimental behaviors to positive ones and on becoming the standard of care for debilitating mental health conditions. Aneela... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Parker

Patrick Parker

Therapist, Native American Community Clinic
Patrick is a licensed psychotherapist and has been working with individuals using Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques to solve struggles and find strength and answers within themselves. Patrick works with individuals focusing on looking ahead and solving problems... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Zipnosis 323 Washington Avenue N, Suite 300 / Minneapolis, MN 55401

5:00pm

MacGo Night
Limited Capacity seats available

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at Macalester.  MacGo Night features pitches from Macalester students and alums who participated in MacStartups, our 10 week accelerator summer program. With ideas ranging from indoor games to mental health care apps, to writing help forums to poetry as social engagement; six teams spent their summer immersing themselves in their ideas and the Entrepreneurship community in the Twin Cities.

Come hear the pitches, grab a free appetizer and a drink, and network with some of the rising stars in Entrepreneurship! It’s an eclectic mix of ideas and people and we want you to be a part of it!

We are only four miles from MinneDemo at the Riverview Theater! Stop by for a drink on your way!


Speakers
avatar for Aluminate

Aluminate

We are building an online community where prospective students of colleges and grad schools can engage with current students from those schools through Q&A and live-streaming. Aluminate offers a new way of doing school research during the application process. For prospective students... Read More →
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Cura

Cura aims to help universities and their students foster strong relationships with mental health care providers in their area. A web service where people can filter through our database of providers based on filters that they choose (i.e. insurance, gender of professional, specialization... Read More →
avatar for Jot

Jot

Jot is an online social network made for writers centered around submitting and reviewing writing. Focused on snippet style submissions in online writing circles, Jot allows writers regularly to submit a few sentences to a paragraph for critique from a global online circle or within... Read More →
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Putt Masters

Putt Masters is a simple putting golf game that people of all ages and abilities can safely play indoor. Two ‘backboards’ are provided to place on any indoor ground surface. Players must putt from a specified distance and get the golf ball in a certain mouse-hole like spot on... Read More →
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Stay Woke Poetry

Stay Woke Poetry believes that poetry can change the world. Our program teaches students how to communicate about controversial topics using poetry as the medium. We also help students develop their writing skills and provide them with a platform to share their stories with the world... Read More →
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Tournament Time

Diesel Applications’ first venture “Tournament Time” allows users to train their brain with the quintessential quick-hit mobile game that pays you to win. Tournament Time offers head to head, competitive gameplay in a tournament structure, at fixed play times. Users have the... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Macalester College Leonard Center, Schall Family Atrium 125 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105

5:30pm

What's Happening with Recent Edtech Exits?
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn about recent edtech mergers & acquisition activity from a national expert, as well hearing exit stories from a couple local edtech executives.

Speakers
avatar for Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson

Managing Director, Cherry Tree & Associates
Chad Johnson is a Managing Director in Cherry Tree & Associates’ investment banking practice. Chad has a long and successful track record advising entrepreneurs in the sale of their businesses, and advising numerous public and private companies in the acquisition of complementary... Read More →
avatar for Steve Polacek

Steve Polacek

Former CFO, Capella ( Now Strategic Education, Inc. )
avatar for Josh Susser

Josh Susser

Partner, Cascadily LLC (formerly VP Strategy Corp. Dev. at ECMC Group)
Josh has invested in several of the most successful education companies, including SoFi and Meritize. He now focuses on sourcing acquisitions and investments for investors and entrepreneurs in the education industry.


Thursday October 11, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hanson Hall Room 1-108 UMN--Carlson School of Management 1925 South 4th St. Minneapolis, MN 55455

5:30pm

Collaborative VR - Making VR Less Lonely
Limited Capacity seats available

VR + MOBILE + BEER - Design Center is experimenting with virtual reality in a new way. By combining users in a virtual space with users on mobile devices, collaborative VR creates an integrated experience that is more inclusive than traditional VR. The connected approach allows for real-time collaboration through shared goals, complimentary skills and tandem exercises that are more engaging and more impactful. Join us for a presentation about how we arrived at this approach to VR and a discussion about how this format could be applied to a variety of business challenges. Local beer and appetizers will be served.

AGENDA:

5:30 - 6:30
Arrive, grab a beer and some food, mingle

6:30 - 7:00
Presentation - Collaborative VR; Making VR Less Lonely

7:00 - 8:30
VR & Mobile App Demos, VR-cade, More Beer & Food, Networking

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cornejo

Chris Cornejo

Marketing Director, Design Center, Inc.
Chris Cornejo has been working in design and mobile application development for nearly twenty years at Design Center, Inc. His current role as Marketing Director, allows him to promote all of the great work being done in this small St. Paul software shop. In the past two years he... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Bad Weather Brewing Company's Event Space 414 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

6:00pm

How Students Built This *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

This event will showcase a pair of some young, successful entrepreneurs! You'll be able to learn about their businesses "Da Bomb Bath Fizzers" started by a pair sisters - teenage sisterpreneurs (ages 16 and 17) and "Expression Med" founded by college entrepreneur (age 20) Meghan Sharkus on how they began, grew, and where they are now. it's an opportunity for those in the community to engage with those who have already started the journey of entrepreneurship and want to learn how to learn from the challenges and grow.

Note: Register through our Eventbrite link so we have you on our list!

Speakers
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Generation.MN (Host)

We are organizing Startup Weekend and leading student-focused events for TCSW!We engage and inspire the next generation of innovators, disruptors, and entrepreneurs to develop and create a better future for all. We provide a platform for students to build their ideas. We offer a range... Read More →
CA

Caroline and Isabel Bercaw

Founders, DaBomb Fizzers
When Isabel and Caroline Bercaw (ages 17 and 16) started making bath bombs in their basement a few years ago, little did they know their hobby would turn into a booming business. Guided by the belief that everyone loves surprises, they created a line of bath fizzers that each have... Read More →
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Meghan Sharkus

Founder and CEO, ExpressionMed
Meghan is the Founder and CEO of ExpressionMed, a company that makes designed medical adhesives to help make devices in chronic care stay on longer and more comfortably while providing an element of choice in design. She attended the University of St.Thomas for 2 years before being... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Coffman Memorial Union Conference Room 324 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

6:00pm

MN Start Up Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Prime Digital Academy will feature start ups and professionals to share in the event


Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

Minnedemo30 + Bonus DocuMNtary Techstars Farm to Fork Film Release *External Registration Required*
Minnedemo is the premiere showcase for working technology products made in Minnesota. Demos are 7 minutes long and PowerPoint IS NOT ALLOWED. We like to think of it as Geek Show and Tell! It’s an energizing and informative evening for innovators, investors, and technologists of all kinds. Come see what the local scene is up to, with networking before, during, and afterward.

Also stick around after the show for the DocuMNtary Techstars Farm to Fork Film Release!  

Join us for a glimpse into the entrepreneurial journey.

Techstars, the global network of accelerators and community has chosen Minnesota for not 1, but 2 accelerator programs. DocuMNtary Techstars Farm to Fork follows the startups as they enter the program, move through it, and accelerate.

The release pulls together the first two episodes with the final, unreleased episode 3 to cover the full story of these startups as they go through a globally recognized accelerator program.

A Minnedemo Ticket is required to attend the Film Release!

Ticket Release Schedule :
In order to attend you will need an external ticket! Below is the ticket release schedule.  Make sure you are by your computer because tickets go FAST!

First Batch - 9/20 at 2pm
Second Batch - 9/27 at 7pm

Speakers

Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Riverview Theater 3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
 
Friday, October 12
 

7:45am

Day Two - BITCON2018 *External Registration Required*
The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…

Friday October 12, 2018 7:45am - 9:00am

8:00am

You Better Have A Trademark
Limited Capacity full
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So, you finally settled on that perfect name for your startup. Next up: a never-ending cycle of branding, marketing, and advertising that never comes cheap. But how would you like to be a couple years in, with everything finally running smooth, only to receive a cease-and-desist letter that outlines all the ways you are illegally infringing on another business’s registered trademark? Trust us, it’s an awful situation to find yourself in. Best case scenario: you spend a ton of money and find a way to keep using the name. Worst case: you spend a ton of money and you’re forced to completely rebrand your company.
This event will focus on introducing startups to the importance of a federal trademark, and how it must be one of the first steps in any new product or service being brought to market. From how to place a hold on a trademark that isn’t yet officially ready for use, to the intricacies of choosing which of the 45 federal class(es) best fit your business, we will touch on every aspect of trademark registration, maintenance, and enforcement. And we’ll probably throw in a good word for our firm, Mighty Marks.
To top things off, we’ll end our event with a complimentary breakfast provided by our awesome host Nolo’s Kitchen & Bar.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Kulseth

Matt Kulseth

Founder/Attorney, Mighty Marks
Matt is the founder of Mighty Marks, a trademark-focused law firm that has been providing startups the legal expertise they need to successfully bring their products and services to market. He is a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law where he focused on intellectual property... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Nolo’s 515 Washington Avenue North Minneapolis MN 55401

8:00am

5 Common Pitch Mistakes - And What to Do Instead
Limited Capacity full
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Speakers
avatar for Julie Kucinski

Julie Kucinski

Pitch Consultant, Pitchwell
Pitching is an art, a skill and a drug. I've led and closely consulted on pitches that have helped land millions in funding, new sale channels, major client accounts, project greenlights and corporate acquisitions. Clients have landed immediate 8-figure contracts, quickly signed strategic... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am
Intelligent Nutrients 983 East Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

9:00am

Beta Breakfast II: Revolutionary Food Innovations of 2018
Limited Capacity filling up

Discover innovative food companies & technologies that have paved the way in 2018.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Binsfeld

Gregory Binsfeld

CEO, BRAKFAST.COM
Gregory Binsfeld is founder of Minneapolis startup BRAKFAST. BRAKFAST is the first ever voice activated breakfast meal plan & delivery service for the workplace. Gregory recently worked as President for DCMN, Inc., a TV & digital marketing agency ranked by Inc. and Financial Times... Read More →
avatar for Ranelle Kirchner

Ranelle Kirchner

Ranelle a Licensed Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetic Educator, and Le Cordon Bleu culinary graduate with a passion for health and wellness, and a desire to help you understand yours.


Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Spaces North Loop 121 Washington Ave. N Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

9:00am

Program-Related Investments for Early-Stage Social Businesses
Are you an entrepreneur intentionally creating a social or environmental impact with your new business venture?  Are you a philanthropist or investor interested in providing capital to early-stage businesses that commit to advancing impacts aligned with your values?  Come to this session and learn about tax-advantaged, below-market Program-Related Investments (PRIs) and Venn Foundation's powerful new model for PRI syndication.  We will also make a big announcement about an exciting new initiative that will help activate PRI seed capital for early-stage social businesses in our region over the next year.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Ochs

Jeff Ochs

President and CEO, Venn Foundation
Jeff is a successful cross-sector entrepreneur.  He first founded and directed Breakthrough Twin Cities, a nonprofit college access and teacher training program. He then invented and commercialized Snake Oil, a hit party game that won the prestigious Mensa Select award and was licensed... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Impact Hub MSP 817 S 5th Ave #400, Minneapolis, MN 55404

9:00am

You're Necessary and Next: How a Brief History of Everything Will Inspire You to Think Big
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

One of the most exciting discoveries of the last 100 years is the emerging, data-driven research on how people grow and adapt to changing conditions. We are in the midst of massive, economic and cultural changes unlike anything we've seen before.

From marketing and messaging to leading and decision-making, without paradigms and frameworks for human behavior and growth, we are at risk of creating things built for yesterday, not tomorrow.

Join us at this workshop and conversation to learn why all of this is good news for your startup, career, community, family, and life. We'll unpack a new paradigm, integrate it with what we already know, and explore the multitude of ways that we can apply it to our contexts. Along the way, expect to contribute and discover new ideas, as well as meet the kind of people who come to things like this.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Schuster

Tim Schuster

Founder, Popup Think Tank
Tim Schuster is the Founder of Popup Think Tank, a network of facilitators who help social entrepreneurs and non-profit founders by hosting and facilitating experiences that build communities of brand ambassadors. Tim also works on teams at Thrivent Financial where they launch new... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Open Book 1011 S Washington Ave, Room 203, Minneapolis, MN 55415

9:00am

The importance of non-technical talent at a startup / How to Make an Impact as a Non-Founder and Non-Coder
Limited Capacity filling up

If you don’t code and aren’t yet a founder, it can be daunting and difficult to make a splash in the startup scene. The competition is fierce with thousands of people vying for just a few non-technical roles at viable startups. If you do land the job, it can be easy to pigeon-hole yourself into one area, but it’s the scrappiest, passionate person who is  willing to take on anything that gets ahead. In this talk, Larissa can speak to how the role of the non-technical manager has brought her from customer experience to sales to recruiting to business development and back again and how others can find a way to get noticed by and make an impact at their startups. Larissa can also speak to what in her experience makes a good non-technical hire and how to identify them.

Speakers
avatar for Larissa Maranhao

Larissa Maranhao

Customer Experience Manager, Brex
Larissa Maranhao was the first employee at Brex — the first of its kind credit card for startups. She was deeply involved in the early iterations of the company, working on everything from recruiting an international workforce to developing sales strategies, helping customers along... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
WeWork Capella Tower - 39th Floor 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Free Co-working & Team Offices at Spaces
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Spaces and CoWork for the day!

Interested in finding a new home for your team throughout TCSW? Spaces can help you out! Email stephanie.nemchik@spacesworks.com to lock in spot.

Spaces is located on 121 Washington Ave. N  Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401  

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Free Co-working at Fueled Collective ( All Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Fueled Collective and CoWork for the day!

There are 4 amazing Fueled Collective locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Northeast Address: 
1400 Van Buren St NE #200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Uptown Address: 
1010 W Lake St #100, Minneapolis, MN 55408

St. Paul: 
213 4th St. E., 4th Floor, St Paul, MN 55101

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fueled Collective Locations ( See Descriptions for Addresses )

9:00am

Free Co-working at Glen Nelson Center
Glen Nelson Center is a new shared workspace in the Osborn370 building and an initiative of Minnesota Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio that invests in entrepreneurial ventures that serve new and diverse audiences while strengthening public media. One of the first companies to launch at Glen Nelson Center is Lunar Startups, a new venture incubator funded by Knight Foundation.
 
Glen Nelson Center allows APM|MPR staff to engage with the entrepreneurial community in the Twin Cities and to allow entrepreneurs to interact with a large media organization in a highly collaborative environment. We invite to you learn more about Glen Nelson Center and Lunar Startups by coworking out of our space during Startup Week!

When you get to the lobby of Osborn370, sign in to see Theon Masters. Glen Nelson Center is on the 5th floor of Osborn 370

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Glen Nelson Center 370 Wabasha St. N Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

Free Co-working at Impact Hub MSP
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Impact Hub and CoWork for the day!

Impact Hub MSP is located at 817 S 5th Ave #400 ( 4th floor ) Minneapolis, MN 55404

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Free Co-working at Industrious ( Both Locations Open During TCSW )
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Industrious and CoWork for the day!

There are 2 amazing Industrious locations available for Co-Working:

Downtown address : RBC Plaza 28th Floor - 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

North Loop Address: 
T3 Building 2nd Floor - 323 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious ( Both Locations )

9:00am

Free Co-working at UEL
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at UEL and CoWork for the day!

UEL is located on 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
UEL - University Enterprise Labs

9:00am

Free Co-working at Wellworth
Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at Wellworth and CoWork for the day!

Wellworth is located on 428 Minnesota Street, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55101

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wellworth 428 Minnesota St #500, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-working at WeWork
Limited Capacity full
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Need to knock out some emails in between events? Come hang out at WeWork and CoWork for the day! 

WeWork is located on the 39th floor in the Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. 

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower WeWork Capella tower :: 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

10:30am

Leveraging Google Analytics For Your Business
Limited Capacity filling up

Whether you are new to data analytics, new to using Google Analytics, or need to learn more about leveraging your current Google Analytics account, this event is for you!
This high impact session is designed to give you an understanding of how you can report on site performance by looking at website traffic, content, users, and conversions.
Learn about the basics of data collection and verify that your website is collecting data correctly. Time to start looking at your business with data and analytics!

Speakers
avatar for Zack Olson

Zack Olson

Founder, The Marketing Ref
Zack Olson is The Marketing Ref. He is an expert digital marketing veteran, agency owner, and marketing coach. Zack is a certified Google Partner and Trainer. A data-first marketer and believer in analytic-based decisions in today’s connected economy. Oh, and he's nice.At Forward... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Venue: Google Analytics 428 Minnesota Street, Suite 500 St. Paul, MN 55101

11:00am

BIT Tech Fest: Exhibit & Career Fair
Blacks in Tech will be host a tech exhibit and career fair at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Paul, MN. We have partnered with over 50 companies and organizations that are looking to recruit amazing talent. Be sure to bring your resume. Recruiters will also host key workshops and panels to help navigate your career in tech.

Sessions include:
  • Technology Trends You Should Know
  • Crushing A Technical Interview
  • Reaching Destination Success in Your Career
  • Teach the Geek to Speak
  • Build Your Career Brand

As October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, BIT also invites you to learn more about cybersecurity opportunities and meet with cybersecurity executives, influencers, and subject matter experts.

Sessions Include:
  • The Current State of Cybersecurity
  • Building A Cybersecurity Strategy for your business
  • Building Secure-by-Default NodeJS Applications
  • A Matter of National Cybersecurity

Featured Companies:
  • Best Buy
  • Amazon
  • Express Scripts
  • Scribd
  • Target
  • CompTIA
  • Thrivent
  • Minnesota Public Radio
  • State of MN , Dept of Employment & Economic Development
  • Google
  • YouTube
  • Granicus
  • Nerdery
  • Sparkbox
  • YouthLens360
  • TEKSystems
  • Symantec
  • Hennepin County
  • Elastic
  • Puppet
  • Data Recognition Corporation
  • RSM US, LLP
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Kylar.io
  • Buzzfeed
  • General Mills
  • Entrust Datacard
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Make It MSP
  • Meda
  • When I Work
  • Xcel Energy
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Atomic Data
  • Jet Fuel Tech
  • Health Partners

Friday October 12, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm
Intercontinental Hotel 11 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101 4.5

12:00pm

Poetry for Startups (Or, How to Pitch)
Limited Capacity full
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Do you struggle with your pitch? Innovators often do. You have exotic talents: big ideas, huge ambition, new ways of seeing the world. But those very talents can make it difficult to communicate with other kinds of people — people like investors, collaborators or potential customers. In today's session, a communications strategist who started out as an English professor will teach you some simple, powerful linguistic techniques to talk about your ideas in ways that make deep human sense. In other words: we'll make your pitch into poetry.


Speakers
avatar for Neil Chudgar

Neil Chudgar

Communications Strategist, CHUDGAR
I'm a consultant. I help people talk about their biggest ideas. My work has brought big ideas to life everywhere from local nonprofits to the Fortune 100. Before this gig, I taught English literature at the University of Chicago and Macalester College. Minneapolis is home.


Friday October 12, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fueled Collective Fueled Collective, Minneapolis Grain Exchange, 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

12:00pm

When Worlds Collide: Corporate-Startup Collaboration
Limited Capacity full
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For both startups and corporations, innovation is a key component of success. When the corporate and startup worlds collide, collaborations can be a powerful tool to conquer new markets, explore new tech, drive innovation and help both sides scale rapidly. Corporations benefit from fresh ideas, external input and agile methods; whereas startups gain access to established sales networks, unique infrastructure and the support/knowledge of industry experts.

Join Minnovation Collective, a group of local corporate innovators, to hear the stories of corporations and startups in Minnesota who have worked together through accelerators, incubators and other programs.  Some have seen great success, others have struggled along the way. In either instance, this event will allow you to look behind the curtain of what really happens when startups and corporations collide.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Breen

Jason Breen

Target, Director of Accelerators
avatar for Melissa Carmichael

Melissa Carmichael

Strategic Innovation Manager, Bremer Bank
avatar for Frank Jackman

Frank Jackman

CEO, Local Crate
avatar for Michael Noble

Michael Noble

CEO, Apruve
avatar for Chad Senger

Chad Senger

Product Development Manager, Daikin Applied


Friday October 12, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Uppercut Boxing Gym 1324 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

1:00pm

Twin Cities Startup Week Job Market *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Connect with startup and early-stage companies seeking talent to grow their businesses. Informal gathering of Twin Cities startup companies looking to hire students and job seekers. Make connections, get career advice and learn about the needs, opportunities and recruiting practices of leading Minnesota startups.

Attending Companies include:
  • Kipsu
  • Sunrise Banks
  • Reve Consulting
  • Code42
  • GoKart Labs
  • Sezzle
  • 2nd Swing
  • 75F
  • Fastbridge
  • Field Nation
  • Fitness Formulary
  • Home Spotter
  • Homi
  • Live Spark
  • Magjul Global
  • Mighty Spark Food
  • Sports Growth Partners
  • Supedit
  • The Nerdery
  • Volacious Brands
  • Worrell



Friday October 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Carlson School of Management - Atrium 321 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

1:30pm

How to Capitalize on Missed Opportunities: Lessons from a Company Evaluated at $1B
Limited Capacity seats available

Hiring the best and the brightest is the top priority for any scaling company, but so many miss out on one key concept - if everyone is the best and the brightest of one specific opinion, the product you build will never solve the problems of all customers. 
In this talk, Larissa can discuss how she helped recruit Brex’s 65% international team and the impact the varying world perceptions have had on the company culture,  product development and marketing strategy, driving Brex to star status in Silicon Valley with a $1B+ evaluation.


Speakers
avatar for Larissa Maranhao

Larissa Maranhao

Customer Experience Manager, Brex
Larissa Maranhao was the first employee at Brex — the first of its kind credit card for startups. She was deeply involved in the early iterations of the company, working on everything from recruiting an international workforce to developing sales strategies, helping customers along... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
WeWork Capella Tower - 39th Floor 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

3:00pm

How to Build a "Lean" Mobile App
Limited Capacity full
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You have a great app idea (web, mobile, or cloud) and you want to get it off the ground as efficiently as possible. That's where Lean Startup methodologies and rapid prototyping can help. “Lean” is a philosophy of rapidly and efficiently testing new business ideas, while reducing risks and costs. This fun and interactive workshop will introduce you to Lean principles and guide you through the first practical steps in building your app-based business.

This is a fun, high energy, participatory workshop, so come with an idea and be ready to get down to work. We will start by articulating your value proposition. A value proposition is a simple statement that explains how your solution provides value to others. Then we will take your value proposition and start building your app using rapid prototyping techniques. The fastest way to start building your app is with simple paper and pen. Sketching out your ideas quickly allows you to rapidly get to the core features that matter to your value proposition. You can also get feedback from others very quickly and inexpensively. Having a sketch of your whole app and being able to explain it to others will save you lots of time and money down the road when you are building the real deal.

This workshop is led by Brian Krohn from Modern Logic, a serial entrepreneur who has used Lean Startup techniques to create a host of products ranging from neurosurgical devices to apps that help you sleep better. The workshop is hosted by Modern Logic, a digital product development company that specializes in building apps that build businesses at any scale.

Speakers
avatar for Dustin Bruzenak

Dustin Bruzenak

CEO, Modern Logic
Dustin Bruzenak is CEO of Modern Logic, a digital innovation agency. In past lives he's been a lead developer at Adobe and founded several software businesses.


Friday October 12, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Fueled Collective Downtown. Parking vouchers may be available. We will be in "The Classroom" 401 400 S 4th St, 1411, Minneapolis, MN 55415

3:00pm

Begin with the End in Mind: This Endeavor is a Smashing Success...Now What?
Limited Capacity filling up

Entrepreneurs begin their endeavors for a variety of reasons. Primary among them is to make a dent in the universe and growth in their bank accounts. Hear from mavens of the Twin Cities startup eco-system about the intentional things one can do (perhaps because they didn’t) at the outset that will make a difference in your successful venture.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Carlisle

Chris Carlisle

Partner, Gray Plant Mooty
Chair of the M&A, Venture Capital and Emerging Company Teams. Helping Entrepreneurs in Business and Life.
avatar for Bruce Langer

Bruce Langer

Managing Partner, EPIQ Partners, LLC
Collaborator with successful entrepreneurs seeking EPIQ investment results
avatar for Scott Litman

Scott Litman

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Equals 3
Scott Litman has been labeled the "sales godfather" of our local tech startup community by some wildly respected founders. He has a dangerous skill set that includes being able to sell both tech product AND service equally well while being a leader his teammates respect. He led Magnet360... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
EPIQ Partners 2919 Knox Ave S #200 Minneapolis, MN 55408

4:00pm

Why Disrupting Education is So Hard
Limited Capacity full
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There is no shortage of problems to solve in education. So, why is disrupting education so hard?

Join Curt Johnson - who literally wrote the book on disruption in education - and DeLonn Crosby, who is trying to write the next chapter for a candid discussion on:
- The current state of US education
- What disruption is (and isn't) and a summary of obstacles preventing innovation
- Potential solutions / implications for education start-up founders

Schedule
- 4:00 Register, eat, and meet
- 4:30 Discussion begins
- 5:30 Discussion ends

About the speakers
- Curtis Johnson is the Chairman of Education Evolving and co-authored, "Disrupting Class" with Harvard Business School Professor, Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn. For nearly 30 years, he has contributed to the advancement of major policy innovations in education.
- DeLonn is the CEO of EduCharacter, a voice-interactive learning platform to help kids build character skills. Earlier in his career, he led strategy for a team that invested $1 billion in education. He credits Clayton Christensen for everything he knows about innovation.

Speakers
avatar for DeLonn Crosby

DeLonn Crosby

SayKid
DeLonn Crosby is CEO of SayKid, a voice technology company that has developed the world's 1st screenless, play-based learning platform. SayKid creates conversational software and delivers it through the form of a plush robot to help kids learn in a safe, natural, and engaging way... Read More →
avatar for Curtis Johnson

Curtis Johnson

Chairman, Education Evolving
Curtis Johnson is the Chairman of Education Evolving and co-authored, "Disrupting Class" with Harvard Business School Professor, Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn. For nearly 30 years, he has contributed to the advancement of major policy innovations in education. Curtis has a... Read More →


Friday October 12, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
WeWork Capella Tower - 39th Floor 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

6:00pm

Twin Cities Startup Awards and Twin Cities Startup Week Closing Party - *External Registration Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

Our great state of Minnesota is home to hundreds of great inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Isn't it time we get to know and celebrate these fearless explorers? GoKart Labs has partnered with Twin Cities Startup Week to host an event to honor these individuals.

We want to recognize and celebrate all they do for their community and business, but we need your help! Nominate here: https://labnotes.gokartlabs.com/tc-startup-awards/ Join us for the Twin Cities Startup Awards.

Cheer on the award winners, congratulate the nominees and mingle with Twin Cities startups, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate and community supporters while enjoying local beer, snacks, and great conversations.


Friday October 12, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Uppercut Boxing Gym 1324 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

9:00pm

Startup Awards After Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Every good awards show needs an Afterparty! Come hang out at Able Brewery to Celebrate and amazing Twin Cities Startup Week!


Friday October 12, 2018 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Able Seedhouse 1121 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
 
Saturday, October 13
 

7:45am

Day Three - BITCON2018 *External Registration Required*
The Inaugural Blacks in Technology Conference, instantly tagged as BITCON2018, is a 3-day interactive platform for professionals, entrepreneurs, influencers, subject matter experts, students, and thought leaders who share a common goal... increasing the visibility and representation of black men and women in the tech industry.  As we seek to further our mission of establishing a practice of world class excellence, BIT has crafted a stimulating and engaging program that intertwines and encompasses the Twin Cities educational, business, political and tech communities. Utilizing forums such as tech exhibits, career fairs, pitch competitions, networking parties, city innovation tours, lightning talks, and panel discussions, BIT invites you to redefine your career in tech…

Saturday October 13, 2018 7:45am - 5:00pm

1:00pm

Design It!: A Hack-a-thon for Kids and Families *External Ticket Required*
Limited Capacity seats available

The Works Museum and Shattuck St. Mary's School are hosting TCSW's first ever kid-parent event! Get the family together and join us for an action-packed afternoon of sketching, building, rebuilding, and collaborative engineering -- plus pizza and a little yoga to keep the creative juices flowing.

All participating teams will be given the engineering challenge during the start of the event and will have 2.5 hours to create a prototype to solve the challenge. Teams will use the tools and materials provided to build their prototype, and can provide their sketches to help describe the design process. Engineering mentors will be around to help advise teams on good design strategies. Please arrive at 1 p.m. for kickoff. At the end, we'll share our prototypes with one another and celebrate with pizza!

Teams limited to 5 members, and requiring at least one adult. Best for kids ages 9-14 and their adult teammates.

Purchase tickets here: https://theworks.org/family-hack-a-thon-challenge/

Questions? Please reach out to sam@theworks.org


Saturday October 13, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Works Museum 9740 Grand Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420

5:00pm

Bar + Arcade @ BITCON
Remember the friendship ending joy you felt of launching a blue shell?  Remember finally fireballing M. Bison to death?  Dust off that controller and flex your video game prowess at the BiT Barcade at Finnegans!  Show off your speed in Mario Kart, your moves in Super Smash Bros, combos in Street Fighter and building skills in Fortnite. It's all the fun you remember as a child, plus beer!  DJ Mickey Breeze spins old school tracks for you to dominate the competition.

Saturday October 13, 2018 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Impact Hub & Finnovation Lab 250 3rd Ave N Ste 550, Minneapolis, MN 55401