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Sunday, October 8
 

5:00pm

Twin Cities Startup Week Opening Night Party

Join us to kickoff Twin Cities Startup Week!

Sunday October 8, 2017 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Able Seedhouse 1121 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
 
Monday, October 9
 

7:00am

Twin Cities Startup Week Official Fitness Class- Alchemy

Official Twin Cities Startup Week Fitness session. Check out local Fitness Startup Alchemy for a free class!

Monday October 9, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Alchemy North East 120 SE 3rd Ave Minneapolis, MN 55414

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (Down Town)

Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Monday October 9, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (St. Paul)

Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Monday October 9, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo St. Paul 4th Floor, 213 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

8:00am

Free Co-Working at Industrious

Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Monday October 9, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

8:00am

Free Co-Working at The Pitch

Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Monday October 9, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Pitch 1121-1199 NE Jackson St, Minneapolis, MN 55413

8:00am

Free Co-Working at WeWork

Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Monday October 9, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Being an Athlete at Work

Creating a recipe for high performance in your corporate life is significant, especially at a start-up. The same methods that enable world-class athletes to reach IPS (Ideal Performance State) are equally effective for business leaders—and perhaps even more important in our lives. Come hear about the top tips to make 2017 your fittest and most productive year yet. Also, join us for a free TCSW workout in our studio directly after the presentation.

Schedule:
Talk: 9am-9:30am
Workout: 9:30am

Speakers
AL

Aaron Leventhal

Exercise Scientist, Former Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for MN United
KS

Kristin Shane

Founder & Former Target VP of Beauty


Monday October 9, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Fly Feet Running

9:00am

Change[Health] Pitch Competition

Change[Health] Pitch Competition is a live pitch cash prize competition aimed at showcasing products and services that impact local community health. Join Healthcare.mn and Impact Hub MSP, as we showcase notable, up and coming entrepreneurs, and startups ready to pitch their innovative ideas that are challenging and re-imagining the current healthcare system for the better.

The top three pitches, as chosen by you, will walk away with cash in hand to bring their work from idea to action. Deadline to submit an application or nomination to participate is September 7.

Finalists will compete for first, second, and third place prizes of $300, $200, and $100 provided by Healthcare.mn and Allina Health.

Grab a coffee and cheer, as you hear from a selection of the best and brightest ideas reimagining the “care” of health in Minnesota. Be a part of the change and vote to ensure your favorite cause walks away with cash for care.

Light breakfast and coffee will be provided by local MN startup, Eat for Equity, a social enterprise.


Monday October 9, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Impact Hub 250 3rd Ave N #550, Minneapolis, MN 55401

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Impact Hub

Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Monday October 9, 2017 9:00am - 11:30am
Impact Hub MSP 250 3rd Ave N Suite 550 Minneapolis, MN 55401

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Primordial Soup

Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Monday October 9, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Primordial Soup 287 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-Working at UEL

Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Monday October 9, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
UEL 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

10:00am

Angel Investing 101

Speakers
BB

Brett Brohl

Managing Partner at The Syndicate Fund


Monday October 9, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Fredrikson & Byron P.A 200 South Sixth Street, 40th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55402

11:00am

Startup Lab: Start Your Entrepreneur Journey

Startup Lab is for entrepreneurial exploration. The Lab is a confidential learning space where you can explore your idea and begin to see the start of a business plan, consider your likelihood of success, and decide if entrepreneurship is right for you.

Learn, explore, get clarity, and connect with others for feedback and support. You will also get a list of resources and contacts for further support if you choose to move forward.

Speakers
KB

Katie Boone

Katie Boone is a community builder and facilitator whose work includes small business development, convening community stakeholders, and leading groups through creative and strategic processes. She is Learning & Innovation Lead at Connect the Grey, a multidisciplinary organizatio... Read More →


Monday October 9, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
New Rules 2015 Lowry Ave N, Studio 1, Minneapolis, MN 55411

11:30am

Pitch Perfect: Give your Corporate Idea a Chance to Live
TCSW is filled with startups wanting to pitch their ideas, but how do you really know what a good idea is? What are the critical components of a great pitch? How do you apply pitch components internally within your corporation?

This half–day session is an opportunity to both learn and pay it forward. First, you will learn from other corporate innovators how they structure their pitches to gain internal leadership support. Learn what to look and listen for, and critical questions your pitch should answer.

Then, carry the momentum forward and provide your perspective, expertise, and participation with members of Rêve Academy, helping them evolve their business idea and prepare for a 7-minute on-stage pitch that will happen at end of session.
  • Join us for lunch (our treat) and learn from a panel of corporate innovators
  • Participate in a best practice sprint, sharing & learning key approaches, components, and tips to pitching within a corporation
  • Contribute & “learn by doing” in a workshop facilitated by the awesome Reve Academy to help their members evolve and prepare a 7 min pitch
  • Celebrate and partake in a social hour to continue networking, learning, and sharing with your corporate innovation peers
The day will be in two parts in case you want to attend only one portion, notating your intentions when filling out evite.

11:30-2:00 lunch, panel speakers, and sharing best practices

2:00-5:30 workshop with reve academy, pitches, and social hour 2:00-5:30

Private Event: Contact alisa@mulhair.com to request time slot. 

Speakers
RA

Reve Academy

http://reveacademy.org/


Monday October 9, 2017 11:30am - 4:00pm
Reve Academy 807 Broadway St. NE Suite 160 Minneapolis, MN 55413

12:00pm

Are you Ready for Public Relations?

Learn a little bit about what public relations means today and whether or not your startup is ready to dive in. Knowing when your company and your messageing are ready is key to making sure your dollars are well spent. A few questions we'll discuss at this lunch n' learn:
  • When is it time to hire someone to do your PR for you instead of doing it yourself?
  • What can you do to prepare yourself to outsource your PR?
  • How do you spend your dollars wisely?
  • How much time you should plan to spend on PR once you hire a firm?"
Lunch provided!

Speakers
CS

Carol Schuler

Schuler Publicity


Monday October 9, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

12:00pm

JJHill 101
The James J. Hill Center staff will review all the ways we can help you and your business grow. From start up to scale we have the resources, programs and networks to get you started and keep you going. Get the low down and find out which path is best for you.

Monday October 9, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
James J. Hill Center 80 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

12:00pm

DO | GOOD | BETTER: How Your Business Can Create Social Impact

As an innovative entrepreneur or startup in the new economy how do you focus on utilizing your business to create positive impact? Join this lunch discussion, for an introduction to social business and explore the different ways that companies can cultivate positive impact in their work.

The conversation, facilitated by Danielle Steer, Manager of Operations and Member Services at Impact Hub MSP, will share the advantages to social driven business and showcase the community of creative, passionate entrepreneurs who are actively working to make a difference to inspire and encourage the changemaker within.

Meet the growing industry leaders that are utilizing the power of business and collaboration to advance social change. Features will include Software for Good, Peace Coffee, and more--all social enterprises that utilize a variety of ways to achieve social purpose. Bring your lunch and converse with the leading experts on what it takes to build a successful social enterprise. Light appetizers will be provided by Eat for Equity, a social enterprise.


Monday October 9, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Impact Hub 250 3rd Ave N #550, Minneapolis, MN 55401

12:15pm

Emerging Technology and Healthcare: A Fireside Chat

Can Minnesota become an industry leader with emerging technology? 

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality and Autonomous Drones all have tremendous implications for the future of healthcare.Join us at Healthcare.mn for a casual chat with the some of the sharpest Minnesota minds working on these problems. 

We will have drinks and networking before and after this panel discussion. 

 

Panelists

 Gene Munster, Managing Partner

Loup Ventures

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 Josh Cutler, Head of Artificial Intelligence

Aftercode

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 Schedule

12:15 to 1: Networking

1 to 2: Moderated Discussion

2 to 2:30: Networking

 

Presented by the Healthcare.mn, proudly leading this year's Twin Cities Startup Week Healthcare Track

Healthcare.mn is committed to driving healthcare innovation through creating community, building connections, educating, and representing the needs of healthcare startups in Minnesota.

Learn more at: http://healthcare.mn/

 

This year's Healthcare Track is genorously sponsored by Allina Health. 

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. 

 

Hosted by Worrell, Inc.

About Worrell, Inc. Worrell is a global design firm that specializes in healthcare innovation and strategy. Since 1976, Worrell has served medical device and pharmaceutical companies with expertise in ethnographic research, human factors, and design and development programs. Working on the front lines with patients and healthcare professionals, Worrell uncovers unmet needs to bring new drug delivery, medical device, and digital health solutions to the market.

Moderators
avatar for Conner O'Brien

Conner O'Brien

Chief Facilitator, Healthcare.mn
CEO at Healthcare.mn

Speakers
avatar for Josh Cutler

Josh Cutler

Head of Artificial Intelligence, Aftercode
Josh has nearly a decade of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur. He believes the future is AI and that coding, along with many other tasks, will be as arcane as punch cards. 
avatar for Gene Munster

Gene Munster

Managing Partner, Loup Ventures
Gene Munster is a co-founder and managing partner of Loup Ventures, which is an early stage venture capital firm investing in robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality companies. Prior to founding Loup, Munster spent over 20 years as a sell-side research analysts at Piper Jaffray, where he followed mega-cap tech stocks. During his tenure at Piper he built a brand of unique research, as well as ranked near the top of sell-side analysts in terms of picking stocks and trends. | | Loup Ventures | | Loup Ventures is a research-driven, early stage venture capital firm based in Minneapolis and New York... Read More →


Monday October 9, 2017 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Worrell 1414 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

1:00pm

Allianz Life Ventures Innovation Day 2017

Allianz Life Ventures is hosting our first ever Innovation Day as part of Twin Cities Startup Week!

Join us at our Minneapolis headquarters to hear from some of the top entrepreneurs in the industry about how their companies solve for unique challenges faced by consumers and businesses alike.

A cocktail hour will follow. We hope you’ll join us for an afternoon devoted to fostering innovation!

Monday October 9, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Allianz Life HQ 5701 Golden Hills Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55416

1:30pm

Social Enterprise Structuring: Measure your impact with B. Corp Certification

Social Enterprise Structuring: Measure your impact with B. Corp
Deep dive into the in’s and out’s of B. Corp and PBC Law
Hosted at Impact Hub MSP with Avisen Legal, P.A.

Attitudes towards business have changed, with many for-profit companies pursuing objectives beyond just profit growth--looking to communicate their values through the unique B Corp Certification. 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. Join us for Part II of this social business series as Kim Lowe, Shareholder at Avisen Legal, and other experts in the field, dive deeper into the inner workings of B-Corps and Public Benefit Corporations, and the current legal status of PBC law in Minnesota.

Come meet other interested companies and experts in the field, and together we will workshop ideas on how becoming a B-Corp can help advance your business goals, and where to start when you are ready to take the leap into this high profile option of social enterprise. Light snacks will be provided by Eat for Equity, a social enterprise.

Monday October 9, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Impact Hub 250 3rd Ave N #550, Minneapolis, MN 55401

3:00pm

The Future of Nonprofit Fundraising: Developing a Hybrid Business Model

The Future of Nonprofit Fundraising: Developing a Hybrid Business Model
"How nonprofits can diversify their funding sources through business"
Hosted by Impact Hub MSP, Social Enterprise Alliance - TC and Avisen Legal, P.A.

As the trends in philanthropy and grant funding changes for nonprofits, many are asking, "how can we legally generate revenue to support our programming?" Luckily, there are multiple activities nonprofits can leverage to generate revenue. See what income strategies are working among local non-profit scene and what revenue sources are available that align best with your mission.

Whether you are thinking of starting a nonprofit or are looking to develop a new revenue generating income stream, get to know your options and possibilities with guidance from expert, Kim Lowe, Shareholder at Avisen Legal, and other nonprofit experts who have creatively utilized business strategy to elevate their ability to deliver more impact and strengthen mission.


Monday October 9, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Impact Hub 250 3rd Ave N #550, Minneapolis, MN 55401

3:00pm

Financing a Minnesota Startup
A seasoned panel of entrepreneurs, investors and lawyers will discuss the challenges and nuances of raising money for a Minnesota startup.

Whether you’re just starting a business or you’re in the thick of fundraising now, this discussion will answer your questions:
  • Who should you talk to about investing – family, angels, VCs? 
  • Should you hire a broker? 
  • Should you prepare a private placement memorandum? 
  • Should I present investors with a term sheet? 
  • What the heck is a SAFE? 
  • Should I sell convertible promissory notes?

Panelists include:
  • Kevin Spreng, Fredrikson & Byron P.A. 
  • David Winkler, Fredrikson & Byron P.A. 
  • Additional panelists to be announced

Schedule:
  • 3:00 p.m. Registration 
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. Program and Q&A

Speakers
KS

Kevin Spreng

Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron
DW

David Winkler

Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron


Monday October 9, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Fredrikson & Byron P.A 200 South Sixth Street, 40th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55402

3:30pm

Healthcare.mn 5-Year Anniversary Party and Happy Hour

Healthcare.mn wants to celebrate the community that makes it great. Join us for food, drinks and networking with some of the best and brightest around the Twin Cities. We also be making some big announcement for the year ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Conner O'Brien

Conner O'Brien

Chief Facilitator, Healthcare.mn
CEO at Healthcare.mn


Monday October 9, 2017 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Worrell 1414 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

4:00pm

MN Cup Final Awards Event

Join us to celebrate hundreds of Minnesota entrepreneurs who participated in a transformational journey that started in March including over 1300 entrepreneurs, three rounds of judging, numerous events and thousands of volunteer hours. The last 7 months have been an exciting ride and with great enthusiasm, we’re ready to recognize Minnesota's outstanding entrepreneurs.

Moderators
D

Dessa

Dessa is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist with the Doomtree collective–the ascendant Minneapolis hip-hop crew. She’s landed on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (Parts of Speech) and as a Doomtree member (All Hands), and has made a career out of bucking tradition... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 4:00pm - 7:00pm
McNamara Alumni Center 200 Southeast Oak Street Minneapolis, MN 55455

5:00pm

@Minnstameets x @tcstartupweek at WeWork Minneapolis

Minnstameets plans and hosts gatherings — called “Instameets” — where Minnesota Instagrammers can meet each other in person and take photos. Founded by Jill Emmer (@shineonyoucraydiamond) and Rita Farmer (@mamacita.rita), Minnstameets and their band of influential photographers shine a giant social media light wherever they point their phones, creating a modern mass awareness moment every time they get together.

To help promote the start of this year’s Twin Cities Startup Week, we’re having a Minnstameet-up at the just-opened WeWork Minneapolis space in Capella Tower, full of gorgeous views all around the 40th floor and fresh angles of Minnesota’s newest coworking attraction.

And WeWork is giving away a free three-month Hot Desk membership valued at $900 to whoever posts the best photo (as judged by an expert panel) during the event using hashtag #minstameets_tcsw. That’s full 24/7 access to WeWork’s digital network, events, community space, etc. for three full months!

Schedule:

5:00-5:30 PM - Meet at we.co/Minneapolis where our newly opened hosts will give us a tour
5:30-5:45 PM - Group shot will be taken immediately following tour
5:45-7:00 PM - Minnstameet! Wander and gather amazing photos
7:00-8:00 PM - Return to main lobby for social hour and contest winner selection

Any and all are welcome to come and explore on Monday night, October 9. Please RSVP and we’ll see you there!



Moderators
RF

Rita Farmer

Co-Founder, Minnstameets

Monday October 9, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

5:00pm

Night at the Mall

Night at the Mall is a kickoff event to get the participants together and introduce startup weekend. It will consist of ice breakers, networking, and an opportunity to meet the mentors for the week.

  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM | CHECK-IN
    Arrive at venue and get checked in

  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM | WELCOME & SPEAKER
    Bharat will introduce the week and talk about startup week

  • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM | ICE BREAKERS
    Games and activities to get people comfortable with one another

  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | FOOD & NETWORKING
    Networking with fellow participants, go on rides, eat food (chipotle)

  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | MENTORS
Mentors arrive, introduce themselves and network with participants

Monday October 9, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Mall of America 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

6:00pm

Live Drone Racing + Giveaway @ Bauhaus Brew Labs

If you haven’t seen first-person-view (FPV) drone racing in action, here’s your chance to tip a few back at the Twin Cities’ hottest tap room and behold the sport of the future.

We’ll start with an FPV freestyle demo outside in the Bauhaus courtyard (drones showing off) before moving inside, meeting a few of the area’s top pilots (listed below), and then showcasing some action-packed micro-FPV drone racing through the Bauhaus tap room (may the fastest pilot win).

And since FPV flying is made possible by small onboard video cameras with real-time transmitters, you’ll be able to ride along for every zoom, swoop, dive, roll and crash as Twin Cities startup Hydra FPV streams those camera feeds live to the giant Bauhaus projection screen.  

Presented by:

AirVūz - The world’s leading platform for discovering, watching, and sharing drone videos is based right here in Minneapolis, and they’ll be live-streaming the demo, interviews, and the race from this event AND giving away three (3) Horizon Hobby Ready-to-Fly Inductrix micro-FPV drone+goggle sets to a few lucky attendees/future pilots.

Minnesota Autonomous Vehicle (MAV) Meetup - Known for attracting the coolest collection of drone pilots in town to monthly meetups, they’ll be setting up their FPV flight simulator for anyone to try.

Hydra FPV - A new drone racing entertainment engine that enables dynamic live streaming of FPV flying action to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and more, turning today’s pilots into tomorrow’s sports stars.    

Hosted by:

Bauhaus Brew Labs - A family of musicians, scientists, artists and – above all – beer lovers, aiming to reinvigorate the spirit of the family brewery. Bauhaus takes a unique look at classic German-inspired beer styles, skewed slightly by a sense of play and adventure.

Schedule:

6:00-7:00 PM - FPV Freestyle Demo (courtyard)

7:00-7:30 PM - Pilot Interviews and Presentation (stage)

7:30-8:45 PM - Micro-FPV Drone Racing Exhibition (taproom)

8:45-9:00 PM - Inductrix Micro-FPV Drone Giveaway (taproom)

Come fly with us.  


Moderators
avatar for Megan Gaffney

Megan Gaffney

VP of Marketing, AirVūz
Megan joined AirVūz during the fall of 2016 as the Vice President of Marketing. Megan is a metric-based omni-channel marketer with 10+ years experience leading marketing teams in various industries including retail, transportation, and hospitality with notable positions at The Tile Shop... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Sykes

Aaron Sykes

Organizer, MAV Meetup
avatar for Marty Wetherall

Marty Wetherall

Co-Founder and CEO, Hydra FPV

Speakers
avatar for Simon Cheng

Simon Cheng

FPV Drone Pilot
aka @MartyFlyzzzFPV
avatar for Conrad Miller

Conrad Miller

FPV Drone Pilot
aka @_furadi_
avatar for Megan Proulx

Megan Proulx

FPV Drone Pilot
aka @DroneDoll


Monday October 9, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Bauhaus Brewery 1315 Tyler St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

7:00pm

Women's Pitch Fest

Women Entrepreneur Pitch Fest

Female founders and women startup leaders will pitch their companies to Midwest investors and community supporters. Applications are now being taken.

Entrepreneurs apply here: application


Speakers

Monday October 9, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
McNamara Alumni Center 200 Southeast Oak Street Minneapolis, MN 55455
 
Tuesday, October 10
 

7:30am

Twin Cities Startup Week Official Fitness Class- Fly Fleet

Official Twin Cities Startup Week Fitness session. Check out local Fitness Startup Fly Feet for a free class!

Tuesday October 10, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Fly Feet 15 S 5th St #100, Minneapolis, MN 55402

7:30am

Luminaries Speaker Series - Investing in Disruptive Innovation

Kimmy Scotti shares her insights as an entrepreneur and investor in health, wellness and fashion technology startups. Currently with 8VC, she seeks to invest in a wave of creative destruction that will promote greater innovation and global prosperity.

Speakers
KS

Kimmy Scotti

Founding partner at 8VC and co-founder of the women’s health and wellness company Monthly Gift.


Tuesday October 10, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Carlson School of Management Room 2-260T 321 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (Down Town)
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Tuesday October 10, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (St. Paul)
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Tuesday October 10, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo St. Paul 4th Floor, 213 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

8:00am

Free Co-Working at Industrious
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Tuesday October 10, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

8:00am

Free Co-Working at The Pitch
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Tuesday October 10, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Pitch 1121-1199 NE Jackson St, Minneapolis, MN 55413

8:00am

Free Co-Working at WeWork
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Tuesday October 10, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

8:30am

Meeting at the Table: Food as a Tool for Social Justice

Hungry for change? Start the morning meeting and hearing from organizations in the Twin Cities building businesses in the food industry to drive social change and job creation. Discover the deep rooted inequalities found in our current food system and meet the local startups who are committed to using food as a vehicle for social change.

This panel and discussion will be moderated by Jeff Dykstra, Co-Founder/CEO Partners in Food Solutions, and feature Michelle Horovitz, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Appetite for Change, Marcus Owens, CEO/President of NEON, Tricia Nelson, Sales Development and Community Relations, FINNEGANS SBC, and Patsy Noble, Senior Program Director, of Urban Roots coming together to discuss the role of food and business in cultivating social justice. Together they will share the impact of their work, discuss the issues happening within our own community, and showcase how startups can play a critical role in continuing to drive this change.

Find your place at the community table, as we come together to ask questions and bring about new ideas to solve one of the most important social justice issues of our time. 
 
Breakfast will provided by Breaking Bread cafe, a social enterprise, as well as feature products from each of the programs highlighted.

Moderators
JD

Jeff Dykstra

Co-Founder and CEO, Partners in Food Solutions

Speakers
MH

Michelle Horovitz

Executive Director Appetite for Change
MO

Marcus Owens

Executive Director and President of NEON


Tuesday October 10, 2017 8:30am - 10:15am
Impact Hub 250 3rd Ave N #550, Minneapolis, MN 55401

9:00am

Coffee & Closers: Learn from Local Sales Leaders

If learning how to make more money is a skill you’ve been looking to acquire, please join us at 9 a.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at COCO Downtown Minneapolis. 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 took companies like When I Work, Fision, and Infor from good to great.

Our desire is not only to create an inspired networking environment but also provide tangible knowledge that can be applied the second you walk out the door. This series for entrepreneurs, small businesses, intraprenuers, solopreneurs, nerds, creators, inventors & everyone in between!


Tuesday October 10, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

9:00am

Finding Funding
Attendees will learn how to use the James J. Hill Center databases to research private companies and nonprofits and to build tailored lists of grants and private market investors.

Take a new approach to finding funding for your startup! If you’re looking for funding or information about specific private or nonprofit businesses, join us to learn how to utilize these library resources.

Tuesday October 10, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
James J. Hill Center 80 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Primordial Soup
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Tuesday October 10, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Primordial Soup 287 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-Working at UEL
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Tuesday October 10, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
UEL 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Impact Hub
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Tuesday October 10, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Impact Hub MSP 250 3rd Ave N Suite 550 Minneapolis, MN 55401

10:00am

DEED's Programs to Assist Start-Ups

The Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED) offers start-up businesses assistance ranging from technical support to financing programs. Meet at an open house with representatives from the Offices of Small Business Assistance, Job Skills Partnership, Business Finance, Business Development, Small Business Development Centers, and the Minnesota Trade Office to learn about the many programs DEED offers that may help you with your business.

Moderators
JN

Jeff Nelson

Manager, Tax Benefits Unit, MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development

Tuesday October 10, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm
First National Bank Bldg 332 Minnesota Street, St Paul, MN 55101

10:00am

Muster Across America Tour Presented by JPMorgan | Minneapolis Muster

The Inaugural Minneapolis Muster invites business leaders, innovators and military veterans to bring their best ideas and develop new connections and insights during this Twin Cities Startup Week Event. Bunker Labs is a national network of entrepreneurs founded by military veterans to help others start and grow businesses.

The Muster Across America Tour 2017 will travel to 14 cities across the country to showcase entrepreneurs, empower local entrepreneurial ecosystems 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. Either way we'd love for you to join us.

Speakers
PD

Paul Douglas

Paul's Bio: Paul Douglas is a nationally respected broadcaster and meteorologist, with 34 years of broadcast television and 36 years of radio experience. Paul is well known to Minnesota residents as the head meteorologist for KARE-TV and WCCO-TV. He also launched the national w... Read More →
ME

Marjorie Eastman

Marjorie was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. As an undergraduate, she was competitively selected as a White House Intern. She attended the Josef Korbel School of Internation... Read More →
CE

Carol Eggert

Carol's Bio: Carol brings more than 30 years of military and civilian experience to Comcast. In her civilian role, she assisted various organizations in the private, government and non-profit sectors with their initiatives in knowledge management, strategic planning and project m... Read More →
EM

Eric McElvenny

Eric's Bio: Eric is an endurance athlete living in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy while preparing for his service as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer. Eric deployed three times as a Marine and on his final tour, an in... Read More →
RW

Rob Webb

Rob's Bio: Rob is currently the president of UnitedHealth Group Ventures, leading investment strategies to advance innovative business models that improve the quality and affordability of health care. Previously, Rob was the chief executive officer for OptumHealth Care Solutions... Read More →


Tuesday October 10, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Minneapolis Event Center 212 2nd St SE Minneapolis MN 55415

11:00am

Lunch and Learn: Innovators and Entrepreneurs Solving the Problem of Food Waste

America loses up to 40% of its food as it travels from farm to fork to landfill and entrepreneurs and innovators are tackling this problem from all angles. Come for lunch, discussion and a startup showcase highlighting three key themes of food waste: reduce, recover and reharvest.

This discussion, facilitated by JoAnne Berkenkamp, Senior Advocate for NRDC will dive into how solving the problem of global food waste starts with local communities and involves integrated solutions throughout the entire supply chain. Startups and organizations participating include Reinvia, Sofi Taste Kineto, the Cleantech Open’s recently launched Food and Ag vertical, as well as the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute (AURI).

Come hungry, as lunch will be made by local chefs, creating something delicious utilizing products normally thought of as food waste inspired by Dan Barber’s WastED. Intrigued? We know this lunch and conversation will spark possibilities, introduce you to new startups as well as change your perspective on 'waste' today.

The Food and Ag track is led by Grow North, a resource and connection hub for food and agriculture entrepreneurs and the ecosystem. Grow North would like to thank the volunteers and organizations who helped make the entire track possible.  


Tuesday October 10, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
The Good Acre 1790 Larpenteur Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

12:00pm

Adding Value to Your Startup with Intellectual Property

Studies show that 70-80% of the market value of technology oriented businesses is in their intangible assets, which includes the 4 pillars of intellectual property (IP):
  1. Patents
  2. Trademarks
  3. Copyrights
  4. Trade secrets 
This presentation will help startups and entrepreneurs understand IP assets as well as provide practical ways of thinking about, containing, and protecting their value, leveraging both self-help and professional services.

Three key concepts underlying the presentation are:
  1. Advisors are only as smart as their clients; 
  2. IP protection is a continual collaborative process 
  3. 20% of your IP accounts for 80% of the total value of your IP. 
Join us for a fast paced, enthusiastic lunch and learn. 

Lunch provided!

Speakers
ED

Eduardo Drake

, Fantastic IP Consulting Fantastic IP Consulting was founded in 2011 by Eduardo Drake, with the sole focus of adding value to business ventures, by not only designing and building strategic patents and other legal instruments that seek to capture competitive advantage and preser... Read More →


Tuesday October 10, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

1:00pm

How to Use the Pricing Canvas ™ to Price Your New Product or Service?

Info:

Pricing is one of the most powerful levers to transform good product into good business. A key set of metrics such as profitability, average revenue per customer, customer acquisition, customer lifetime value, and customer retention are all driven by your pricing strategy, structure, and model. By the end of this two-hour workshop you will:

1. Get familiarized with the four core structures of a new offering

2. Understand the principles of value-based pricing

3. Learn how to use the Pricing Canvas ™ for pricing new products, services, & technology

4. Draft a Pricing Canvas™ for your offering(s)



Speakers
EK

Esra Kucukciftci

Founder, Pricing Innovations
Esra is the Founder of Pricing Innovations where she focuses on translating product success into business success through innovative pricing and monetization. Esra’s experience has spanned everything product – product development, product management, product launches, and product marketing. Informed by all four of those disciplines, she found monetization to be most fascinating and overlooked area of it all. Before founding Pricing Innovations Esra has worked for Facebook, Amazon, and... Read More →


Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Northeast Library 2200 Central Ave. N.E. Minneapolis, MN 55418

1:30pm

Maker to Market Demo Day: A New Food Accelerator Developed by Lakewinds Co-Op and The Good Acre.

People today are looking for innovative food products that are organic, local, sustainable and made with authenticity. Yet bringing this to life can be a real struggle for food entrepreneurs as they build their supply chain as well as identify retail partners that will take a chance on them. 

A first of its kind Food Accelerator program launched in the Twin Cities, Maker to Market was created to address these challenges head on. This innovative program did not just offer personalized food business consult, from container shape to culinary support, but also elevated the commercialization process by pairing selected startups with local, small and disadvantaged farmers, subsidized their shared commercial kitchen production time, and guaranteed six months on shelf at Lakewinds Food Co-op's three Twin Cities area stores.

Meet and hear from the leaders behind the Maker to Market Food Accelerator Program as well as the food startups that participated. This event will include a discussion on how the partnership came together, insights and lessons learned from their first cohort as well as a demo and product showcase from the food startups that participated. Program partners will also release details on the 2018 cohort including application release date and some new program offerings!


Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
The Good Acre 1790 Larpenteur Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

2:00pm

How to Succeed in Business: What I've Learned from 30 Years of Running my Own Company

Terry C. Sandvold, Founder and CEO of Sandvold Financial Group will share the successes and failures he's endured throughout 30 years of running his own business. He will also offer tips to entrepreneurs looking to build their financial portfolios. 

Speakers
TC

Terry C. Sandvold

Founder and CEO of Sandvold Financial Group 


Tuesday October 10, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
University of St. Thomas - Minneapolis campus Opus Hall (#202) 1000 LaSalle Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

3:30pm

5 Things to Consider When Scaling your Digital Health Startup

Too often, when developing a software product, startups are focused on the “champagne problem” at the end of the road. What entrepreneurs don’t think about are the roadblocks or diversions your team will encounter along the way. We will share five situations and five solutions that’ll help ensure there’s not one, but many, bubbly drinks in the future of your software.

Talk is geared towards healthcare startups but all are welcome to attend!

Speakers
BS

Bjorn Stansvik

As founder and CEO of global software development firm MentorMate, Björn Stansvik has steered the company’s vision from inception to over 400 full-time employees, accelerating digital ideas with end-to-end technology services since 2001. | Under Björn's leadership, MentorMate has grown its technical capabilities across industries. MentorMate was named a 2016 Top ICT Employer in Bulgaria, and in 2017 the Star Tribune included the company on its Top 150 Workplaces list. The newest of its seven offices opened in... Read More →


Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
MentorMate 3036 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

3:45pm

Dynamic Duos: Corporations Investing in Food Startups featuring General Mills' 301 Inc, Schwans and Land O' Lakes

As attitudes towards food and food production have changed dramatically over the last several years, the world has seen an explosion of innovators and entrepreneurs starting new food and agriculture businesses. Corporations have taken notice and developed internal teams and departments focused on investing in and partnering with startups at ever earlier stages. What does a partnership like this actually look like? How do the two companies work together? What does a large corporation look for in a startup and vice versa?

Hear both sides of the story at this unique panel bringing together leaders from corporate venture groups and the startups they invested in. Speakers include leadership from General Mills’ 301 inc, Land O’Lakes and Philia Foods (recently acquired by Land O' Lakes), and Schwans.

This panel discussion will kick off the Food and Agriculture Track's 'Crash the Food and Ag Networks' networking Happy Hour.


The Food and Ag track is led by Grow North, a resource and connection hub for food and agriculture entrepreneurs and the ecosystem. Grow North would like to thank the volunteers and organizations who helped make the entire track possible.  


Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

4:00pm

How to Finance Your Startup

Gopher Angels have invited experts from various financing options to share their knowledge with entrepreneurs about how to finance their companies.

The panel will include Jeff Robbins, attorney with Messerli & Kramer, sharing his knowledge about crowdfunding; Chris Styring from Venture Bank, covering the banks role in financing; Pat Dillon with SBIR on non-dilutive grant opportunities; Sara Russick with Capita3 on Venture Capital, and Dave Russick with Gopher Angels on angel funding. 

Speakers
PD

Pat Dillon

 Supporting Startups & Small Businesses Win SBIR Non-Dilutive Federal Funding
JC

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Founder, AngelPolleNation, LLC
Attorney Messerli Kramer, startup attorney, Founder of AngelPolleNation, CrowdFunding Expert, Advisory Board of Gopher Angels
SR

Sara Russick

Managing Director, Gopher Angels, Founder and Partner CAPITA3, entrepreneur
DR

David Russick

Managing Director, Gopher Angels. Entrepreneur and angel investor.
CS

Chris Styring

Vice President at Venture Bank


Tuesday October 10, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

4:00pm

How to Create Engaging Social Media Content (Even If You're Not a Hipster Millennial)

The Social Lights invite you to join them at their HQ in Northeast Minneapolis for a night of networking, thought leadership, and problem solving. The event will highlight the agency’s top practices for social media success, hold roundtable discussions to answer questions on key industry topics, and educate attendees on how to leverage Instagram stories to grow their brand. Beer and snacks will be provided.

Speakers

Tuesday October 10, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Social Lights 610 SE 9th St #101, Minneapolis, MN 55414

4:00pm

Speed Friending for Artists

Are you a Writer, Painter, Performer, Musician, Designer, or all-around CREATIVE? Come and meet other artists & creatives in a fun, low-pressure environment. 

The goal of this event is to help artists of all varieties make connections so that they can collaborate, make friends, and inspire each other. We encourage those that come to bring their work if possible. 

Art promoters and investors get in FREE with proof of their background. Reserve your spot in advance and get a ticket for $5.99. $12 at the door! FORMAT of the event: Get 5 minutes of one-on-one time with an amazing person! When the bell rings, you rotate to the next table and meet your new friend. 

By the end of the night, you will have met 25+ potential new artist friends and professional connections. Win, win, win!

Speakers
ME

Misha Estrin

2nd place in Mall of America 2017 Funniest Person With a Day Job Contest. 4th place in 2013' s Funniest Person In the Twin Cities (Contest of 300+) President of University of MN Comedy Club (2013-15)
SS

Symone Smash It

As the Twin Cities dance pop fix, she calls herself a "space siren" and follows through with futuristic lyrics and aesthetics. | She is a member of UAC (United Artist Collaborative) and credits them for where she is today.


Tuesday October 10, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Btye 319 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

5:00pm

Live Podcast Recording - Borrowed Interest (FREE)

Join us at Fifth Element for a live recording of the Borrowed Interest Podcast hosted by three ad-women of color. They breach a range of topics, from finding a mentor to pro-bono with an irreverent, fresh approach. They're asking all the hard questions, like why do white people still touch their hair?

Interview subject: Mondo Davidson, aka The Black Tech Guy 

Website: borrowedinterestpodcast.com
Twitter: @brwd_intrst
Facebook: facebook.com/borrowedinterest
Instagram: @borrowed_interest 

Moderators
avatar for Shareina Chandler

Shareina Chandler

Host, Borrowed Interest Podcast
Shareina is always writing something. Sometimes catchy headlines, occasionally she writes amusing emails, but she’s often writing about brunch (or thinking about it). When not writing, Shareina can be found contemplating the deeper meaning of thug life.
avatar for Leeya Jackson

Leeya Jackson

Host, Borrowed Interest Podcast
Leeya’s career started where many careers begin: a Google search. A humble Google search led Leeya from artist to art director and to Minneapolis from her native Detroit. She’s also a faithful member of the Beyhive and an expert desk dancer.
avatar for Amalia Nicholson

Amalia Nicholson

Host, Borrowed Interest Podcast
Amalia likes making things happen; either cool ads or kicking podcasts, Amalia has the spreadsheet to make it happen. She’s also been critically discussing the creative and cultural contribution of the movie White Chicks since 2004.

Speakers
avatar for Mondo Davison

Mondo Davison

@TheBlackTechGuy
I think like a VC but move like a founder. Startups and Entrepreneurship is my drug of choice.


Tuesday October 10, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Fifth Element 2411 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

5:00pm

'Crash the Food and Ag Networks' Happy Hour and Networking Event

Are you a food entrepreneur, brewer, distiller, or next gen farmer? Do you work in CPG or ag? Do you work with, support, invest in the food and ag community? Then come on out and meet and mingle with your community! Minnesota is home to some incredible people working working in food, agriculture and beverage today and we want to bring these groups together to meet, network and connect with one another.

Raise a glass, reconnect, discover a new resource, and meet someone new. 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 Phillips Distilling
with additional support from Compeer Financial, Westrock, Midwest Pantry and more to be announced



The Food and Ag track is led 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 the entire track possible.  

Tuesday October 10, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
TBA

5:30pm

EdTech Founders' Forum--Stories and Lessons Learned

Hear directly from a variety of edtech founders (academic researchers, policy experts, and former teachers) about some high points (and low points) of their “entrepreneurial journey”:

  • What problem is their startup trying to solve?
  • Why did they form a startup? What made them want to do it?
  • What advice do they have about recruiting a co-founder and key team members?
  • Where did they get funding and what advice do they have?
  • How did they develop customers and sustaining revenue?
  • What are a few “lessons learned” they would offer aspiring edtech entrepreneurs?

Agenda:

5:30-6 pm--Arrival, food and networking

6-6:15 pm--Sponsor welcome

6:15-7:30 pm--Panel presentations

7:30-8 pm--Q&A and wrap-up

THIS EVENT IS KINDLY AND GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY ECMC GROUP


TCSW's EdTech & Training Track is powered by Educelerate North


Speakers
AE

Angie Eilers

Founder & CEO-- UR TURN SBC
AF

Andy Frost

Ed Tech Executive
MH

Matt Hardy

Founder & CEO Kidblog
EN

Eric Nelson

Founder & CEO--FANSchool


Tuesday October 10, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
ECMC Group 111 Wash. Ave.

5:30pm

Beta.MN / Showcase ( Celebrating Minnesota's Top Startups )
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 10, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Target Plaza Commons 1001 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

6:00pm

Mpls Jr Devs #5: Meet your local junior developers!

This event is for aspiring and junior software engineers to meet, learn from, and share experiences with one another.

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

Who this event is for

  • Aspiring software engineers - folks who want to get into software engineering
  • Less experienced software engineers - folks who are on the journey
  • More experienced software engineers - folks who want to mentor and/or help in other ways

 

What to expect

 Expect to meet other like-minded developers.

When you arrive, you'll be asked to put your name & how you learned to code on your name tag.

There will be ample time to get to know each other, both before and after presentations.

 

What's the schedule?

  • 6:00 - 6:45pm: Unstructured time
  • 6:45 - 7:00pm Welcome & small group introductions
  • 7:00 - 7:30pm: Presentations
  • 7:30 - 7:45pm: Wrap up and thank yous
  • 7:45 - 8:30pm: Unstructured time

 

Introductions

 Introductions will be done in a small group format. Each person will be asked to briefly introduce themselves and share an experience with something that's currently challenging them.

After 10 minutes, we'll break from our groups and move on to presentations.

 

Presentations

We'll do something special for startup week.

Getting there

Prime Digital Academy is located at the corner of 4th Ave South and 3rd St South, in the north building of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange. The doors lock at 6pm, so either get there early, or look for a person or sign on the door with instructions on who to call to get let in.

We recommend public transit or biking - Prime is located a few blocks from the light rail, many bus stops, and a couple bike-friendly roads. If you're driving, you can either park on the street, or in the Gateway or Haaf ramps.

 

FAQ

I'm a senior developer. Can I come and mentor?

Yes, definitely! Our members would love your mentorship, advice, and guidance.

 

Will there be food?

Yes, Make it. MSP has kindly sponsored food for this event!

 

Where can I get more information?

Lots of ways! We've got a slack group, are building a website, and will be sending out emails to announce future events. But for now, just shoot us an email and we'll point you in the right direction.

 


Tuesday October 10, 2017 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Prime Digital Academy 301 4TH AVE S., SUITE 577 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55415

8:30pm

Gener8tor Minnesota 2017 Premiere Night

Premiere Night is a celebration of gener8tor's latest class of innovative startups and entrepreneurship.

For the three months leading up to Premiere Night, gener8tor's group of entrepreneurs have been validating their business models, attracting customers and preparing their pitches. Premiere Night offers an amazing opportunity for gener8tor companies, entrepreneurs and investors to commingle.

 Each of gener8tor's Minnesota 2017 companies will give a five-minute pitch in front of a captive audience of investors, entrepreneurs and community members.


Tuesday October 10, 2017 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Minneapolis Event Centers 212 2nd St SE #212, Minneapolis, MN 55414
 
Wednesday, October 11
 

7:30am

MN Innovates Mentor Morning

Mentor Morning is a successful four year old Twin Cities based program that brings together early stage entrepreneurs and experienced business mentors in an informal setting to provide an opportunity for start-ups to share experiences and seek guidance.  Mentor Morning delivers "sound advice" and multiple network connections to early stage entrepreneurs."Mentors present, for consultation on the 11th, have national and international sector experience and carry expertise in:
  • Software architecture and development
  • Food manufacturing, distribution and marketing 
  • Technical product design, development and marketing 
  • Large retail sector sales
  • Veteran entrepreneur experience, finance, government contracting 
  • Business competition participation 
  • Team development
  • Corporate partnering and relations development
  • Cleantech 
  • Medical device development and accompanying regulatory environment and multi-sector resource connections.

Speakers
JB

James Beal

Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange
LO

Lars Oddsson

Lars Oddsson is an experienced biomedical scientist, an inventor, a visionary leader and an entrepreneur. He is President and Co-founder of RxFunction Inc., a medical device start-up company based on Dr. Oddsson’s invention that commercializes Walkasins™, an external lower leg prosthesis that replaces lost sensory information from the feet due to neuropathy to help patients improve balance function and mobility. Dr. Oddsson currently serves on the Board of Directors of LifeScience Alley, the Alley Institute and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce. He has a broad background in neurophysiology, engineering, rehabilitation sciences and technology development, has served as principal investigator on federal as well as private foundations grants and he has authored numerous research articles in the areas of biomedical engineering, neuromotor control and rehabilitation science. He is a Senior Fellow of the IEEE and he holds several patents. Dr. Oddsson has previously held academic appointments at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, Boston University, MIT and Harvard Medical... Read More →
HS

Hassan Syed

Hassan Syed is the CEO of Bir Ventures and a board member at TechCast Global. He advises many technology startups - bringing to them his forte as a technologist, full spectrum business manager and trend forecaster, as well as, a significant global network. A technologist at he... Read More →
BT

Bob Thorbus

Arc Suppression Technologies
JZ

Jim Zitek

Harbor Capital Group


Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Venture Bank 6210 Wayzata Blvd. Golden Valley, MN 55416

7:30am

Twin Cities Startup Week Official Fitness Class- ALTR

Official Twin Cities Startup Week Fitness session. Check out local Fitness Startup ALTR for a free class!


Anyone interested can access the session via the below link provided.


Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
ALTR 121 N Washington Ave #200, Minneapolis, MN 55401

7:30am

Protecting your tech-startup's most valuable assets--I.P.

Do you know what intellectual property you have in your startup?

Do you know why it is important to protect it?

Join us for a breakfast conversation (delicious buffet included!) to learn how to protect your startups' I.P. Hear from our panel of experienced I.P. and startup lawyers from Fox Rothschild LLP.

Topics:
• Patents--Do you need a patent and what does it protect?

• Trade Secrets--How do trade secrets work and why are they important?

• Trademarks--Do you need to register your trademark to be protected?

• Copyrights-- What type of assets do copyrights protect?

• Confidentiality & Work-for-Hire Agreements--Why are they important?

Bring your questions!

Agenda:
7:30-8 a.m.--arrival, buffet breakfast and networking

8-9 a.m.--presentations and Q&A

THIS EVENT IS KINDLY SPONSORED BY FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP

TCSW's EdTech & Training Track is powered by Educelerate North

Speakers
avatar for Barb Grahn

Barb Grahn

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP | Trademark attorney | http://www.foxrothschild.com/barbara-j-grahn/
avatar for Patrice Kloss

Patrice Kloss

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP | Venture and emerging company attorney | http://www.foxrothschild.com/patrice-h-kloss/
avatar for Steve Wellvang

Steve Wellvang

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
EdTech attorney | http://www.foxrothschild.com/steven-a-wellvang/
avatar for Barbara Wrigley

Barbara Wrigley

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP | Patent attorney | http://www.foxrothschild.com/barbara-a-wrigley/


Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Fox Rothschild 222 South 9th St.

8:00am

From Bootstrap to Big League: Brand Lessons From Tech Startups, For All Startups

Tech: It’s where we hear stories of unprecedented growth, driven by bold strategies, fearless execution, dizzying transformation, and enviable investment momentum. But what’s really behind these stories? And what can we learn from this industry’s mastery of speed and spin?

Join us for a panel discussion on the trials and triumphs of startup branding as we hear from visionary founders and leaders of some of Minnesota’s top tech companies. Learn how they’ve grown their business and brand story at every stage, be inspired by their scrappy and creative growth-hacks, and come away with actionable ideas to infuse your go-to-market programs.

Our panelists include:

  • Clay Collins, Co-Founder and Board Chairman, Leadpages
  • Carson Kipfer, Co-Founder and Principal Designer, SportsEngine
  • Phil Soran, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Flipgrid

Moderator: Jennifer Zick, Founder and Owner, Authentic Brand

Presented in partnership with the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA) and their annual MIMA Summit (happening the following day on Thursday, October 12), we’ll be diving deep with these tech leaders on topics including:

  • Launching a new brand or product to the market

  • The role of culture in shaping your brand story

  • Building a raving fan base, and the value of influence

  • Raising capital and attracting investors

  • Storytelling for mergers, acquisitions, and exits

  • Failure as a success metric

  • And more.

See you there!


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Zick

Jennifer Zick

Founder, Authentic Brand
As founder of Authentic Brand, I am passionate about helping growth companies get marketing traction through authentic strategy and intelligent execution.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Collins

Clay Collins

Co-Founder and Board Chairman, Leadpages
avatar for Carson Kipfer

Carson Kipfer

Co-Founder and Principal Designer, SportsEngine
Carson Kipfer is Principal Designer at SportsEngine, which he co-founded in 2008. Carson leads the product design vision and inspires holistic design alignment across the organization. He is a passionate advocate of user-centered design. He evangelizes the SportsEngine cause and... Read More →
avatar for Chip Pearson

Chip Pearson

Managing Partner, Jamf Software
avatar for Phil Soran

Phil Soran

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Flipgrid
Phil Soran is a serial technology entrepreneur who was inducted into the 2016 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. Phil cofounded Flipgrid in 2015, and serves as the Executive Chairman. Flipgrid is an educational technology company that was spun out of the University of Minnesota. Pr... Read More →
avatar for Peter Zaballos

Peter Zaballos

CMO, SPS Commerce
As chief marketing officer, Peter Zaballos oversees all aspects of the SPS Commerce’'s marketing and product management, and is responsible for creating business value from the company's market leadership and innovative technology. Previously, Peter held executive leadership posi... Read More →


Wednesday October 11, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (Down Town)
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Wednesday October 11, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (St. Paul)
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Wednesday October 11, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo St. Paul 4th Floor, 213 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

8:00am

Free Co-Working at Industrious
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Wednesday October 11, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

8:00am

Free Co-Working at The Pitch
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Wednesday October 11, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Pitch 1121-1199 NE Jackson St, Minneapolis, MN 55413

8:00am

Free Co-Working at WeWork
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Wednesday October 11, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

1 Million Cups St. Paul

1 Million Cups is a free, nationwide program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. Founded on the notion that entrepreneurs can discover solutions and thrive when they collaborate with their peer network. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is a community of innovators and entrepreneurship enthusiasts who connect and support our local startups.

Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
James J. Hill Center 80 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

9:00am

Beta Breakfast

Meet the founders from Brakfast.com, Gustola Granola, and Kindly Coffee who are changing the Food & Beverage landscape helping you to eat healthier, be more productive, and learn the ins and outs of what it takes to launch your own food company!

Did we mention breakfast is on us ;)  

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Binsfeld

Gregory Binsfeld

CEO/Founder, BRAKFAST
CEO/Founder of Brakfast.com & Chapter Director at Startup Grind (Google for Entrepreneurs) St. Paul.
avatar for Angie Gustafson

Angie Gustafson

Go-To Gal, Gustola Granola
Thrilled to be a part of Twin Cities Startup Week, honored to share an event with Brakfast and Kindly coffee, happy to share some adventures in launching a food business, and excited to spread some Gustola Gustola love at breakfast! See you October 11!
DL

Dan Linstroth

Founder, Kindly Coffee
CEO Kindly Coffee


Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
2525 Wabash Avenue, St. Paul MN 55114

9:00am

Hooked on 'Ponics: Indoor Agriculture and the Changing World of Food Production

The challenge of feeding the world in new ways is an area of huge growth and opportunity within agriculture. How do we rethink using the land and utilize nature's resources in new and provocative ways? Minnesota's entrepreneurs are tackling these ideas head-on and exploring ways to extend the growing season, increase yields and drive sustainability.  

Join us for an inspiring panel featuring leaders in aqua and aeroponics as they talk about the changing world of agriculture, consumer preferences and the strategic partnerships that are enabling them to scale faster. Panelists include leadership from Urban Organics, Dave Augustine, CEO, Living Greens Farms, and Michael Ziebell, General Manager, trū Shrimp Systems.

This event is sponsored by Avisen Legal PA

The Food and Ag track is led by Grow North, a resource and connection hub for food and agriculture entrepreneurs and the ecosystem. Grow North would like to thank the volunteers and organizations who helped make the entire track possible.  



Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
TBA

9:00am

Office Hours with Sofia Fund

1:1 Meetings

Speakers

Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
StarTech Offices

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Impact Hub
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:00am - 11:30am
Impact Hub MSP 250 3rd Ave N Suite 550 Minneapolis, MN 55401

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Primordial Soup
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Primordial Soup 287 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-Working at UEL
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
UEL 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

9:15am

Sprint Before You Hack: A Story Sprint Workshop to Prepare You For Successful Growth Hacking

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 reoccurring 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 everyday 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

Co-founder, Story Sprints


Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

10:15am

Meet the Expert: Startup Toolbox
Join us at the Hill as we partner with members of SCORE, SBA, LegalCORPS and other specials guests for the opportunity to spend 10 minutes in a private one-on-one session with experts from the field.
Come with questions and get answers. Our experts on the Hill will point you in the right direction, give you realistic advice and help you take your business to the next level. This is great opportunity for anyone and everyone thinking of or starting a business.

Tips and feedback will include such important business topics as how to launch and grow your business, protect your assets, pitch your product or finance your next big idea.

Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am
James J. Hill Center 80 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

10:45am

Investing in a Connected / IoT Product or Device is Different. Learn Why!
Limited Capacity filling up


Please register directly through Eventbrite. Capacity is limited in Sched. 

As companies create new products and serivces in this ever changing and connected world of "things", investors are a key pat of thie equation. However, what has worked in the past is not the model that will work in the futur when it comet building products that requires hardware, software and physical product design.

 As an investor, there's a different mindset that needs to be applied when working with startups in the this space. Come learn from local investor and entrepreneur, Kevin Nieuwsma who is CEO at GPSip Corporation & Independent Executive Advisor and has been working in this space on how to understand the phases of development, when investing makes (and doesn't make sense) and how gettingto a proof of concept is just a small step in taking a product like this to market!

This event is for anyone in the public, but geared for investors, strartups or anyone at a company looking make their products or services more intelligent and connected. Drinks and light snacks provided courtesy of Lab 651 who connects the pyhsical world to the digital universe by making your products and devices smarter.


Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lab651 550 Vandalia St #224, St Paul, MN 55114

11:00am

Mac Startups Demo Day 2017

Demo Day 2017

This summer, 16 Macalester students took part in Mac Startups, a student-run entrepreneurship incubator. After identifying problems in the Twin Cities community (and beyond) they developed creative products to solve these problems. Their projects range from a Chinese character learning app, to an art incubator. On October 11th at 11:00am, the teams will be showcasing their work at a "Demo Day" event on Macalester's campus. Demo Day will feature short pitches from each of the Mac Startups teams, as well as a light lunch and networking.

Food will be provided! Make sure to register so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone!

About the Program

Mac Startups is Macalester College's startup incubator. It was founded in May 2014 by Macalester '14 alum Petar Petrovic. The 2017 cohort includes 16 participants working together on 7 different ideas through an immersive 10-week summer program.

2017 Teams

CupBap (Bo Kim, Eun Shin and Hans Han) aims to provide an affordable fast-casual dining chain with a Korean street food called “cupbap”, literally translated as “cup of rice”. Cupbap is designed for the grab-and-go convenience and is easily customizable, catering to the customers’ dietary preferences.

FUNL (Clinton Kunhardt, Garrett Goodstein) is a social media hookup app designed to interact with a users night life while offering and implementing safety features.

JustConnect (Ben Lewis, Rachel Stromsta) is a platform that connects criminal record holders to employment opportunities and provide educational referrals and hiring opportunities for local businesses.

Multimedia Art Collective (Juliette Myers, Zeam Porter) is a platform that connects Twin Cities artists to local communities and organizations through initiating collaborative and public art projects, workshops, and events. The goal is to create more opportunities for art and community involvement with an emphasis on social justice, artivism, and healing.

Schedule Management (Hosea Ogeleka, Anzhe Cui) is an app that facilitates event organization and scheduling, capturing necessary information from a source (texts, image) to put into a calendar and support in-app messaging system.

Tales of Characters (Eric Mok, Matthew Nguyen) is a learning app which breaks down Chinese characters into smaller components and re-unifies the components by both the historical meaning and the mnemonic stories. The character list includes the vocabularies from the HSK exam, the only standardized Chinese language exam in China, in order to provide HSK students a meaningful and interactive way in memorizing the Chinese characters.

QuickCare (Daniel Neff, Isaac Siegel, Jake Hill) is a service that delivers all the necessary amenities and love to ensure a speedy recovery when you’re under the weather.

This summer, 16 Macalester students took part in Mac Startups, a student-run entrepreneurship incubator. After identifying problems in the Twin Cities community (and beyond) they developed creative products to solve these problems. Their projects range from a Chinese character learning app, to an art incubator. On October 11th at 11:00am, the teams will be showcasing their work at a "Demo Day" event on Macalester's campus. Demo Day will feature short pitches from each of the Mac Startups teams, as well as a light lunch and networking.

Food will be provided! Make sure to register so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone! 


Wednesday October 11, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Macalester Campus Center 3 Snelling Ave S Saint Paul, MN 55105

12:00pm

How the Cool Kids are Building Significant Companies Outside of Silicon Valley

CEO and co-founder of Kipsu, Chris Smith, along with speakers Jeff Hinck (Rally Ventures) and Atif Siddiqi (CEO, Branch Messenger) will discuss the competitive advantages to building a tech company outside of Silicon Valley.

The conversation will highlight how Kipsu, Branch Messenger, (and other local companies) have great success by taking a non-traditional, "anti-Silicon Valley" approach to scaling a SaaS business in the Twin Cities.

Speakers
JH

Jeff Hinck

Rally Ventures
AS

Atif Siddiqi

Branch Messenger
CS

Chris Smith

CEO Kipsu


Wednesday October 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kipsu world HQ Highlight Center - 807 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

12:00pm

So You Want a Business Partner? Things to Know, Do and Not Do

This presentation will list the most important challenges and tips for successful business partnerships, pulling information from both successful and not failed relationships we have witnessed and been through. Suitable for folks who have partners, are seeking partners or who are just thinking about partners, we'll also touch on how to talk about the difficult things (money, time, etc.) with your partners NOW so you don't have issues LATER.

Lunch provided!

Speakers
EB

Emily Buchholz

When Emily met Davis for coffee in 2013 it was clear that the two shared the same professional core values: thinking outside the box, adding real value to clients’ lives, fee transparency, and holistic advocacy, to name a few. DLO was ready to add on another attorney, Emily was... Read More →
DS

Davis Senseman

Davis founded DLO in 2010 after nearly a decade of practicing in the corporate department of a larger law firm. Armed with this experience and knowledge of legal solutions used by large entities, she set out to bring the same level of service to smaller organizations and individu... Read More →


Wednesday October 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

12:30pm

Food Manufacturing in the Twin Cities: A Guided Bus Tour

Have you ever wondered where all of the food startups are making their products? Where are they sourcing ingredients? What does scaling a food business actually look like?

There is a whole world of manufacturing happening in the Twin Cities built to enable food startups to grow and scale their ideas. We don't just want to tell you - we want to show you what's happening.

Come and experience it first hand on a guided bus tour designed to give you an inside look. Your tour guide will be Jim Costello of Costello Solutions with surprise guests.
Additional stops will also include the Local Food District Commercial Kitchen space in NE MSP and more to be announced.

The Food and Ag track is led by Grow North, a resource and connection hub for food and agriculture entrepreneurs and the ecosystem. Grow North would like to thank the volunteers and organizations who helped make the entire track possible.  

Wednesday October 11, 2017 12:30pm - 4:30pm
The Good Acre 1790 Larpenteur Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

3:00pm

Nobody Cares About you, your Company, or your Story. Here's what to do: Video and Visual Storytelling for Startups.

Problem:
Not enough people know about your and your company. And they’re too busy to find out on their own. If more people knew about you and your business, you would have an easier time solving problems and making life better for everyone.

You need to tell your story in a way that resonates, so that your audience understands and cares about what you do.

Solution:
We’re here to help with this seminar on Video and Visual Storytelling for Startups. The purpose of the event is to provide inspiration and instruction for using video and powerful visuals to tell your story. People move off of story. People remember stories. Everything you present is telling a story. You’ve got to shape your story to sell your company and your product. We’ll provide practical steps for anyone with any budget to tell a great story.

Speakers
BE

Bryn Erickson

Bryn Erickson is CEO of Realvision, a Minneapolis Tech Startup that uses the power of technology and visual storytelling to help realtors, builders and developers sell real estate. Realvision is funded and profitable.
EJ

Eric Jenson

Eric Jenson is President at Jenson Studios, a Creative Video Agency that creates product videos, case studies and more for companies large and small. Eric worked with Nick Roseth on DocuMNtary, the story of tech in MN. Eric also founded a nonprofit that provides 3D printed exos... Read More →


Wednesday October 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
600 N Washington Ave Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55401

3:30pm

Solving Business Problems with Bleeding Edge Technology

Interested in learning how to leverage different technologies to support and grow your company’s business idea?  We’ll focus on how 3 Minnesota startups, Field Nation, Total Expert, and Agosto, have leveraged bleeding edge technologies to solve a meaningful business need. Join us as we discuss the new technologies these startups chose, how they overcame obstacles or blockers along the way, and how the technology helped them solve their unique business problem.

Agosto - Paul Lundberg, CTO at Agosto, will share how his team developed a proof of concept for a transit safety customer to solve a key scaling issue with their product offering by combining Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Agosto is an authorized Google Apps reseller, a Google Enterprise Solutions Provider, and a Google Premier Partner.

Field Nation - Travis Emslander, CTO at Field Nation, will discuss why geolocation/mapping is a vital capability for Field Nation’s business, how his team leveraged an open source solution to meet that challenge, and the significant savings gained in lieu of leveraging Google Maps. Field Nation’s platform offers a web-based marketplace solution to connect businesses directly with contingent workers.

Total Expert - Brian Walerius, CTO at Total Expert, will share how his team chose a front-end framework to match their business need. He will also discuss their considerations for using PHP, jQuery, and VueJS. Total Expert is a centralized platform to align your marketing, sales and compliance teams in one simple solution.

 


Speakers
PL

Paul Lundberg

CTO Agosto
JS

Jack Spirou

Technical Product Owner at Field Nation
BW

Brian Walerius

CTO at Total Expert


Wednesday October 11, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Baker Center 733 Marquette Ave S., Floor 13 Minneapolis, MN 55402

5:00pm

Using Customer Research to Build Amazing Products and Features

Learn how to focus your time building the right products and features. We know how important talking to our customers is but sometimes we don’t know what to ask or how to do the user research. Collecting customer feedback means we have a ton of data all over the place that we don’t know what to do with. Even then, we still need to figure out how to use it to build the right products and features. Join us to discuss how to ask the right questions in your customer research, how to make sense of what you learn and use it to build amazing products and features that solve the right problems for your company and your customers.

Speakers
avatar for Zack Naylor

Zack Naylor

co-founder, CEO, Aurelius


Wednesday October 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Prime Digital Academy 301 4TH AVE S., SUITE 577 MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55415

5:00pm

How to work with Influencers

How to Leverage Influencers to Build Your Brand

Looking to generate buzz for your brand? Influencer endorsements are a great way to expand your reach and help you achieve marketing goals effectively and affordably. This panel will teach you everything you need to know about working with the Twin Cities’ most influential influencers. 
Moderated by Keegan Shoutz of Lola Red PR, this panel will cover: 
  • Why influencer marketing is increasing in popularity
  • How to connect with the right influencers for your brand
  • What influencers look for in a brand partnership
  • How brand influencers can help boost SEO 

Influencers are invited to attend to connect with Twin Cities startups and learn about potential partnerships.

Speakers
KS

Keegan Shoutz

Experienced Vice President Creative Services with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry. Skilled in Media Relations, Brand Management, Fundraising, Leadership, Executive Thought Leadership, and Influencer Marketing.


Wednesday October 11, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
TBD

5:00pm

Meet the Founders

Meet the Founders is an event for successful startups to share their stories. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM CHECK-IN
Arrive at venue and get checked in

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM DINNER & NETWORKING
Fuel up with food and get comfortable with participants

5:30 PM - 6:00PM WELCOME +  Love Your Melon CEO (Zachary Quinn)
Keynote + discussion

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM SPEAKER 2 Bizzy Coffee (Andrew Healy) ?
Keynote + discussion

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM SPEAKER 3
Keynote + discussion

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM CLOSING
Closing notes

Speakers
AF

Alex French

Bizzy Coffee
JL

Jeff & Laura

Izzy’s Ice-Cream
avatar for Marty Wetherall

Marty Wetherall

Co-Founder and CEO, Hydra FPV


Wednesday October 11, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
James J. Hill Center 80 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

5:30pm

How to become a TechnovationMN Mentor (Happy Hour)
Are you interested in impacting future female Technovators?

Technovation is an international competition that enables middle school and high school (female) students to develop a business that leverages mobile applications to solve the problems they face in their communities. Throughout the process, the girls build many key skills including technical and business concepts, research, communication, leadership, presentation, etc.

Mentors are a key component of the process, and can be of diverse backgrounds. Mentorship has proven to be a great growth opportunity for mentors, as well. Come mingle with previous mentors to learn first-hand what this experience is all about!

Wednesday October 11, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
TBD

5:30pm

Demo Night: Teams from Startup Weekend Education and Other EdTech Startups

Return to St. Kates--the scene of 2017 Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education and see the progress made by several of the teams. Also invited are teams from prior SWEDU events--plus other local edech startups. Reconnect with team members, mentors and judges!

Format: Each team/startup will have 7 minutes to pitch and demo their app or product. The judges and audience will provide 5 minutes of feedback.

Agenda:

5:30--6:00 PM--Arrival and networking

6:00--7:30 PM--Demos and feedback

7:30- 8:00 PM--Wrap-up and networking

Light food and beverages provided.

Moderators
SA

Siri Anderson

St. Kate's
SW

Steve Wellvang

Educelerate North

Wednesday October 11, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
St. Kate's 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

6:00pm

Techstars Retail Demo Day

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 11, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
First Avenue 701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
 
Thursday, October 12
 

7:00am

Panel of Minnesota's Largest Mobile Apps

We are proud to bring the members of Mobilize MN and attendees of Twin Cities Startup Week an incredible panel of mobile leaders representing some of the highest profile, largest mobile apps from companies in Minnesota.

Thursday October 12, 2017 7:00am - 9:00am
TBA

7:30am

Twin Cities Startup Week Official Fitness Class- Minnesota Power Yoga

Official Twin Cities Startup Week Fitness session. Check out local Fitness Startup MInnesota Power Yoga for a free class!

Thursday October 12, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Minnesota Power Yoga 2905 Garfield Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (Down Town)
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Thursday October 12, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (St. Paul)
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Thursday October 12, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo St. Paul 4th Floor, 213 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

8:00am

Free Co-Working at Industrious
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Thursday October 12, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

8:00am

Free Co-Working at The Pitch
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Thursday October 12, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Pitch 1121-1199 NE Jackson St, Minneapolis, MN 55413

8:00am

Free Co-Working at WeWork
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Thursday October 12, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Office Hours with gener8tor

1:1 Meetings. 15 minute slots. 

Speakers

Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Gener8tor 1010 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

9:00am

Office Hours with Sofia Fund

1:1 Meetings. 15 minute slots.

Speakers

Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
StarTech Offices

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Impact Hub
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 11:30am
Impact Hub MSP 250 3rd Ave N Suite 550 Minneapolis, MN 55401

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Primordial Soup
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Primordial Soup 287 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-Working at UEL
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
UEL 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

9:00am

2017 BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP MINNEAPOLIS

(Click the link to get your paid ticket)

This isn’t your average conference!

MNovation gathers some of the most innovative minds from across our state for an all day party designed to help you:

  • Open your mind through exposure to smart cookies from a wide variety of industries and companies.
  • Bust out of your comfort zone with hands-on exercises.
  • Learn and network with panelists and other innovators that are getting it done every day!
 ROCKSTAR PANELISTS

Learn from the best – this diverse group of innovators can teach you how to get your mind right, stay the course, and change the world.

Our panelists play in large corporate environments, small companies, social enterprises, academia, government, non-profits, media and arts organizations.

Confirmed innovation wizards are below and we are adding more every day. View a list of past panelists.

 

Agenda:

8:30 AM – 9 AM Registration and light breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Keynote and Warm Up: John Sweeney and Elena Imaretska on the Mindset of Discovery

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Panel 1: Ready(your surroundings)

Communities need innovation and innovation needs communities – but how do you line the two up to help and idea become a reality? This panel features women who are doing just that by inspiring and igniting their communities to get up and get moving, change attitudes on mental health, get their finances in order by using technology and supporting education in a whole new way.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Panel 2: Set(the tone)

Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum – you need a culture to support the mission, and this panel examines how to create a culture of innovation. From smaller school districts to hospitals to massive scientific conglomerates, these panelists have shifted mindsets to create amazing results.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Innovation Fitness Sessions: Big Five Workout Breakouts facilitated by BNW Master Facilitators: Bobby Gardner, Caleb McEwen, Jenni Lilledahl, Lauren Anderson, Margi Simmons

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Panel 3: Go!

You have the idea, you have community, you have the attitude, now get started! This panel will help you get started, from learning how to get funding to branding your idea to building up your project, business, or goals to maintain and sustain. Learn, grow, and then get out there and do!

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM Personal Innovation Activation Plan and Discussion

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Wrap up

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Happy Hour Squared (HH2)
Attendees are invited to take part in fun and relaxing happy hour after a full day of learning! This happy hour will be like no other as we’ll be making sandwiches to be distributed to the hungry by Mr. Law’s MRD 363 Days Food Program.


Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 6:00pm
Brave New Workshop Theatre and Event Center 824 Hennepin Avenue

9:30am

Entrepreneur Expo

Build your small business skills and find support and inspiration with expert speakers, panels and workshops, exhibitors and more! Before you register, please complete the workshop interest form. Free event. Light lunch will be served.

9-9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30-10:30 a.m. Welcome:
  • Karen Francois, Assistant Commissioner for Economic Equity & Opportunity, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Denise E. Williams, Metropolitan State University 
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Choose from four panel discussions
• Creative Capital
• Taking Your Idea from Patent to Production
• Alternative Structures: Nonprofits, Social Enterprise, Cooperatives
• Minimize Risk and Set Up Your Business for Success

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Lunch
• Visit exhibitors
• Open computer lab staffed with volunteers to help you establish your businesses social media presence
• Professional photographer who will take headshots free of charge

1-2 p.m.
Choose from three workshops
• Everything You Need to Know about Importing and Exporting
• Fill in the Blanks of Your Business Plan: Getting Started with Research
• Basics of Digital Marketing: Getting Started and Creating Content

2-3 p.m.
• Visit exhibitors
• Open computer lab staffed with volunteers to help you establish your businesses social media presence
• Professional photographer who will take headshots free of charge

Thursday October 12, 2017 9:30am - 5:00pm
Minneapolis Central Library 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

10:00am

Preparing Your Startup For Investment

Come visit the Minneapolis office of Messerli & Kramer P.A. (located off the light rail stop at Nicollet & 5th Street and a 5 minute walk from CoCo Downtown Minneapolis) and learn from other startups and attorneys about the tasks you need to accomplish as you raise money for your startup.

Attorneys Jeff Robbins, Draeke Weseman, Pam Curran, Dan Lowin, and Andy Tataryn will present and host a roundtable Q&A about preparing your startup for investment.

Our goal with this Startup Week event is twofold: First, we want to create an opportunity for startups to meet other startups and discuss common issues and share experiences, and second, we want to provide general information from our experience serving startups that should help you save time, reduce stress, improve your likelihood of success, and reduce your costs when you raise money for your startup.

Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. Some topics that will be covered:

Common Legal Issues for Startups Types and Tools of Investment The Due Diligence Process and How to be Ready

Speakers
JC

Jeffrey C. Robbins

Founder, AngelPolleNation, LLC
Attorney Messerli Kramer, startup attorney, Founder of AngelPolleNation, CrowdFunding Expert, Advisory Board of Gopher Angels
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Draeke Weseman

Attorney, Messerl & Kramer P.A.


Thursday October 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Messerli & Kramer P.A. 100 S. Fifth St., Suite 1400, Minneapolis, MN 55402

10:00am

Technical Architecture: Building and Scaling

Whether you are looking to start coding an application, building onto it, or scaling, technology is always changing. What works best for building something quick? What work best for scaling?. What languages work best for rapid prototyping, and what does scalable infrastructure look like these days? What technology do you use at different stages of building a company (10 users, 100 users, 10,000 users)? Open Source or Microsoft? Build on IAAS or PAAS?

Join us for a panel of folks who have built applications on a range of technologies at different stages of growth.

Moderators
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Nick Roseth

Nick Roseth is Chief Operations Officer of SWAT Solutions, a solutions group focused on helping clients evolve their technology and quality ecosystems. Nick works best at the intersections of creative, technology, and business. As an evangelist for Minnesota, Nick is passionate about the MN Tech Community... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Brandes

Eric Brandes

TrackJS
He is an enterprise software consultant working on large scale web applications and specializing in Elasticsearch, advanced front end development, and data analysis.  Eric is also co-founder of TrackJS, a JavaScript error monitoring service (http://trackjs.com). TrackJS monitors... Read More →
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Eric Martell

Managing Director, gener8tor Minneapolis
Eric manages gener8tor in the Twin Cities. gener8tor is a nationally ranked accelerator, with 49 investments to date. | | Before gener8tor, Eric co-founded EatStreet, a startup that powers the online ordering for 15,000 restaurants nationwide and feeds millions of hungry people... Read More →
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Dan Olfelt

Wheniwork
Dan is Cofounder and Chief Architect at Wheniwork. Specialties and favorite tools include HTML, CSS, Sass, JS, PHP, SQL, Go, Unix, Nginx, Node.js, Mithril.JS, React.js, and Equip PHP. Dan is responsible for building and iterating on the platform that more than 300,000 employees n... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

12:00pm

Growth is for Losers: Testing Our Way to Big Wins at When I Work

All businesses are unique, but everyone faces similar growth challenges.  The difference between those who succeed and those who fail is how they approach those challenges.


Join us for this lunch and learn to:

  • Learn how When I Work’s Growth Team uncovers big wins

  • See real-world examples from When I Work

  • Discuss how you and your team can get started


Joe Stanton is the Director of Growth @ When I Work. Prior to When I Work he co-founded Elevate and held product leadership roles at Questar and OptumHealth.


Thursday October 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

12:00pm

Gone in 60 Seconds: Crafting Videos that get Shared

Do you want to create an online video that gets shared? Join us as we provide a step-by-step guide on how our team has created three videos over the last year that have each been organically viewed over 100,000 times.

In this event, we will discuss (a) how to go about hiring and managing videographer, (b) critical success factors related to telling your story, (c) how to develop a script for your story, and (d) best practices to launch the video.

Speakers
AG

Amin G. Aaser

Amin G. Aaser is Co-founder & Director of Noor Kids, a Harvard-supported children's educational technology firm that publishes children’s books to help children develop a sense of belonging | | Amin began his career in business management, working with Fortune 500 companies su... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Studio Co-Work 919 Lilac Dr N, Golden Valley, MN 55422 (FREE Parking)

12:00pm

SBA Session on Steps for Starting a Small Business
Are you thinking of starting a small business but do not know where to start? Do you have an idea, but need a few pointers on where the best resources are? If you answered yes to these questions or just want to learn more about getting a business off the ground in Minnesota, then this is the class for you.

Thursday October 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
James J. Hill Center 80 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102

12:00pm

Startup Growth: Outsourcing the Basics

Did you know that by hiring outsourced experts to handle the 4 pillars of starting out (sales/marketing, HR, Finance & IT services) drops your risk of starting significantly?

In the beginning, cash is king & our panel of experts is ready to answer your questions on how to limit risk by hiring the right services first. Please join us for an hour of content rich discussion on when and how to outsource, followed up by an authentic networking experience thanks to downtown Minne’s startup headquarters, COCO Downtown.

Lunch provided!

Speakers
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Mickeli Bedore

Founder, Bedore Business Group
Founder of BeBG (Bedore Business Group) & Co-Founder of Otium Outdoors. Passionate connector, tech fan, adventure junkie, socialite, aviator, traveler & Minnesotan. Talk to me about MN, your favorite old fashioned spot, tech, aviation, or travel/outdoor adventure & we will be... Read More →


Thursday October 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

12:00pm

Invest-able? An Investors Discussion on Startups from Twin Cities Startup Week

Brett Brohl of The Syndicate Fund will lead a discussion with the audience and a panel of investors to discuss the investibility of companies presenting at Twin Cities Startup Week events. Companies discussed with be companies from the Beta.MN showcase, Minnesota Cup, Techstars Retail, and Gener8tor. We welcome audience participation or just come to hear the thoughts of our panelists to learn a bit more about how VC funds think about startups. Panelists include:

Ryan Broshar, Matchstick Ventures

Andrew Murphy, Loup Ventures

Greg Beaufait, Dundee VC

Andy Christensen, Arthur Ventures

Lunch will be catered by Techstars Retail company Local Crate


Speakers
BB

Brett Brohl

Managing Partner at The Syndicate Fund


Thursday October 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Techstars Retail Space at Target 33 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

12:00pm

How Drones Fit in Your Company

Learn the basis of Unmanned Aircraft technology and how they relate to commercial operations. We will discuss capabilities and limitations, legal climate, and what to consider from a business standpoint when considtering UAS integration into an existing business model. A demonstration of various sUAS will be part of the event.

Speakers
AS

Adam Shaw

Maverick Drone Systems CEO


Thursday October 12, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Brit's Pub 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

12:30pm

MedCity Invest Twin Cities
MedCity INVEST Twin Cities was created as a satellite event to MedCity INVEST (held in Chicago), as an additional opportunity for healthcare investors and startups to network and connect throughout the year.

At MedCity INVEST Twin Cities, you’ll hear from innovative investors, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups that are offering innovative approaches or trying to solve some of healthcare’s greatest challenges.

Thursday October 12, 2017 12:30pm - 7:30pm
Le Méridien Chambers 901 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

1:00pm

Saint Paul Start-Up Crawl

Creativity works in mysterious ways. See where people make and create on a day-to-day basis. Whether it's brick-and-timber warmth to steam punk buzz, Saint Paul continues to drive innovation. 

Checking out startups in the Gilbert Building, Osborn370, and Allen Building.

Thursday October 12, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Clothing for a Cause

Meet the founders of several Twin Cities businesses who are making a positive impact through sales of apparel products. These entrepreneurs will share their tips for how best to weave a philanthropic mission into a brand in an authentic way.

Speakers
LL

Lea Leopold

Founder of Zuma Blu
MM

Michael Mader

Founder of Hippy Feet
LM

Lori Myren-Manbec

Founder of Inclusivi-tee


Thursday October 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Textile Center 3000 University Ave SE #100, Minneapolis, MN 55414

2:00pm

Life in an Innovation Zone: a inside look at the Lowertown Booya (part of the St. Paul Startup Crawl)

The Lowertown Booya is a St. Paul innovation zone - where new products are conceived, developed and protected and startups launch. MOJO Minnesota invites you to learn what daily life is like in the Booya from PSoup, Caztek, Grumbles Law, Nirin, and other local hosts. We are excited to participate in the St. Paul Startup Crawl. Creativity lives here daily. Check it out (and enjoy some refreshments and snacks).

Thursday October 12, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lowertown Booya 287 6th St. E, Suite 140, Saint Paul

3:00pm

It's Your Party (And You'll Play if You Want To)

Kidizen is hosting a gaming happy hour where you can learn a new game that you can take back to your team, and at the same time help out kids in need by raising money for the awesome charity Simon Says Give.

See, at Kidizen we love to gather around the lunch table and play games! These aren’t your grandma’s games, and there’s no waiting for others’ to take their turn. These are collaborative games, where everyone is playing at the same time.

So bring a dollar or two, we’ll provide snacks and brew, and you’ll leave with new found knowledge and the good feeling of helping someone else have a party too.

Thursday October 12, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kidizen 807 Broadway St NE Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

3:00pm

Co-Packers are from Mars and Food Entrepreneurs are from Venus

Costello Operations Solutions is pleased to host a forum supporting Food Entrepreneurs who are on the Co-Packing Journey. The discussion is especially suited for entrepreneurs looking to grow their company by hiring a co-packer.

We are excited to share our over 40 years of operations experiences with you on topics to include:
  • Should you go to a co-packer? 
  • How do you find a co-packer? 
  • What is a co-packer thinking when they are sitting across the table from you? 
  • How do you know what kind of care they are going to give your dream? 
  • Building and Maintaining a Relationship (counseling). 
  • What to include in an Agreement? 

We will present numerous case studies and best practices. This will be followed up by an extensive question and answer session. Please be prepared to ask a lot of questions!

Thursday October 12, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Everyday Office 2303 Kennedy St NE #201, Minneapolis, MN 55413

4:00pm

Minimum Viable Marketing: Actionable Advice from those Who've Lived It

Marketing is one thing almost every start-up struggles with - how much do you need to do, what talent do you need to do it right, and what sort of resources should you be spending? 
We'll tackle those questions and more in this panel and q&a session. 

Our event will kick-off with a roundtable discussion with experts in the start-up marketing world. We'll talk about some big topics including the idea of minimum viable marketing and what role marketing (and marketing team members) play at different points in start-up growth. 

The second half of the event will feature our experts answering live questions from the audience. Come ready with marketing challenges and roadblocks you're currently facing, live answers will be provided by our panel and even some audience members.

Moderators
JR

Jaylon Rosenblum

Owner at Goby Partners, former Marketing Executive at Pepsi

Speakers
BB

Brett Brohl

Managing Partner at The Syndicate Fund
DG

Dori Graff

Co-Founder & CMO at Kidizen
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Stephanie Rich

Partner, Goby Partners
Owner at Goby Partners, former VP of Marketing at Particle


Thursday October 12, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Buzzfeed 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

4:00pm

Hardware is Hard

Hardware is Hard. No Really. It Is."

Building a product that involves both the physicality of a finished product which includes both hardware and software is an order of magnitude more difficult of one that is pure software only. The barrier is coming down as certain supply and manufacturing channels are beginning to be figured out by startups, but it's not without and lot of trial and error. Lucky for us in the Twin Cities, we have a number of companies pioneering their physical products that involve hardware and embedded software and are willing to share their experience.

Mohit Bhoite - Particle - http://particle.io Josh Becerra -

Josh Becerra- Fluid Water Meter - http://fluidwatermeter.com

John Pritchard - HabitAware - http://habitaware.com

Come join us as these individuals share their experiences in building products that involve working with suppliers, manufacturers and assembly processes that are halfway around the world.

Speakers
JB

Josh Becerra

Fluid Water Meter
JP

John Pritchard

HabitAware


Thursday October 12, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Real World One

4:00pm

Health Care SaaSy hour

Interested in networking and talking about all things health care B2B SaaS? Founders from Perk Health, Chanl Health and ClinicianNexus will be available to talk and make connections to heat up the health care B2B SaaS discussion.


Thursday October 12, 2017 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Assemble Shared Office Space 15 S 5th St #500, Minneapolis, MN 55402

4:30pm

Techquity, hosted by Blacks in Tech - Twin Cities

Techquity is a convening that provides a unique platform for tech innovators and leaders to engage in dialogue and knowledge-building for the advancement of racial and gender equity in Minnesota’s tech sector. The events provides visibility for entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds and united action toward growing the tech sector and the economy in an inclusive and sustainable way for future generations to come.

This events leverages the interest and momentum from stakeholders surrounding diversity in the tech sector to build a holistic ecosystem based on a strong foundation of values, people, and investments. Techquity includes regional CEOs, VCs, executives, HR managers and senior leaders of tech companies, industry associations, along with government, educators, consultants and thought leaders committed to advancing this important conversation.

We Meticulously Curated a Powerful Conversations and Connections. We provide Space for Networking and Mingling in a Fun and Radically Inclusive manner.

Event Flow:

Showcase of Startups led by Individual from Diverse and Underrepresented Background

Quick Panel Discussion with:
  • Upsie Founder Clarence Bethea / Techstars - Target
  • VC and Techstars Managing Director, Retail - Ryan Broshar
  • Boulder Techstars Managing Director - Natty Zola
  • Managing Partner, Moxie Capital - Anton Vincent 

PitchFest - three participating companies from the Showcase will have three minutes to present, then three minutes to answer questions from the judges.

Speakers
CB

Clarence Bethea

Founder Upsie
RB

Ryan Broshar

Managing Director - Techstars Retail, Matchstick Ventures
SK

Sharon Kennedy Vickers

Co-Founder of Blacks in Tech
AV

Anton Vincent

Managing Partner, Moxie Capital
NZ

Natty Zola

Managing Director - Techstars Boulder


Thursday October 12, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Target Plaza Commons 1001 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

4:30pm

How to Crowdfund and Not Fall Flat on Your Face: Best Practices for Investment Crowdfunding Offerings and the Data to Prove It
We will be analyzing data from over 400 federal crowdfunding offerings in order to reduce the numbers into best practices.  Come and join us at the Howe, just a couple blocks away and mere hours before MinneDemo!

Speakers

Thursday October 12, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
The Howe 3675 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

5:30pm

Sensory Tasting Panel with AURI

Offering a unique way for food entrepreneurs to gain expert critique and connect with others, the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute (AURI) will hold a Sensory Tasting Event for Food entrepreneurs. This event will bring together a diverse group of professionals to evaluate various characteristics of food and beverage products to help entrepreneurs take their recipes to the next level.

This event is hosted by the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute (AURI) and The Food District NE 

Thursday October 12, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Food District NE

6:00pm

How Do I Get My EdTech Startup Funded?

Join us as 4 founders/CEOs of edtech startups will share their experiences with a variety of funding sources, including: angel investors, SBIR grants, corporate partners and bootstrapping.
Be sure to bring your questions!

Agenda:

6-6:30 pm--arrival, food and networking

6:30-7:30 pm--presentations

7:30-8 pm--Q&A and wrap-up


Moderators
SD

Seann Dikkers

Chair, Bethel Univ. School of Education

Speakers
PB

Peter Bohacek

Co-Founder & CEO--Pivot Interactives SBC
AG

Adam Gordon

President--Andamio Games
MN

Matt Nupen

Co-Founder & CEO--Insert Learning
PX

Phil Xiao

Founder & CEO--Homi


Thursday October 12, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bethel University 3900 Bethel Drive,St. Paul, MN 55112

6:00pm

Entrepreneurship 101

Entrepreneurship 101 is an event designed to prepare participants for the weekend ahead. The 2 hour event will provide a brief yet robust introduction to the entrepreneurial process. Topics covered will including: brainstorming, marketing, business model development, and more. The event will begin with Isabel and Caroline Bercaw, local teen entrepreneurs, followed by an activity in which groups of participants will quickly develop the backbone of a simulated company.


5:45 PM - CHECK-IN
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 PM - INSPIRATION
Hear from Isabel and Caroline Bercaw, teen owners of Da Bomb Bath Fizzlers

6:30 PM - ENTREPRENEURSHIP EXPERIENCE
Form teams and try your hand at entrepreneurship

7:30 PM - PRESENT
Share what your team created. Learn from others’ success.

Thursday October 12, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

6:00pm

Minnedemo27
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

For registration, see minnestar.org. Tickets will be scheduled in 3 releases. You need a ticket to get in!

Minnedemo is a showcase for working technology products made in Minnesota. Demos are 7 minutes long and slides are 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.

Thursday October 12, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Riverview Theater 3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406)
 
Friday, October 13
 

TBA

Minnesota Start-Up Darwin Lessons

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
DG

David Goebel

CEO, entrepreneur, all to familiar with disappointment
KG

Katharine Grayson

Reporter Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. Curious about what makes Minnesota business tick.
TT

Todd Taylor

Entrepreneurial Lawyer for Entrepreneurs. Lover of good beer, not a fan of olives...


Friday October 13, 2017 TBA
TBA

7:30am

Twin Cities Startup Week Official Fitness Class- Twin Town Fitness

Official Twin Cities Startup Week Fitness session. Check out local Fitness Startup Twin Town Fitness for a free class!

Friday October 13, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Twin Town Fitness 723 W 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55405

8:00am

Hack For Change

Join us on October 13th for Startup Week's Hackathon, presented by Nexosis. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small teams to ideate, design and present projects centered on creating solutions that provide positive social impact using the Nexosis API.

The Winning team will receive $1000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Friday October 13, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Impact Hub MSP 250 3rd Ave N Suite 550 Minneapolis, MN 55401

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (Down Town)
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Friday October 13, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

8:00am

Free Co-Working at CoCo (St. Paul)
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Friday October 13, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
CoCo St. Paul 4th Floor, 213 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

8:00am

Free Co-Working at Industrious
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Friday October 13, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
Industrious 60 South 6th St #2800, Minneapolis, MN 55402

8:00am

Free Co-Working at The Pitch
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Friday October 13, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
The Pitch 1121-1199 NE Jackson St, Minneapolis, MN 55413

8:00am

Free Co-Working at WeWork
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Friday October 13, 2017 8:00am - 5:00pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

9:00am

Pricing Your Innovations and Innovations in Pricing

In this session, we'll discuss fundamentals of value-based pricing to inform your pricing strategy and plan. We'll also introduce The Pricing Canvas (TM) - a useful pricing tool that can help align your product, offer, pricing, and cost structures.

Speakers
EK

Esra Kucukciftci

Founder, Pricing Innovations
Esra is the Founder of Pricing Innovations where she focuses on translating product success into business success through innovative pricing and monetization. Esra’s experience has spanned everything product – product development, product management, product launches, and product marketing. Informed by all four of those disciplines, she found monetization to be most fascinating and overlooked area of it all. Before founding Pricing Innovations Esra has worked for Facebook, Amazon, and... Read More →


Friday October 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Vidscript 323 N Washington Ave, Suite 300

9:00am

Financial Innovation and Technology (Investments)

Panel Discussion

Moderators
PD

Patrick Donohue

CEO at Hill Capital Corporation

Friday October 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
TBA

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Impact Hub

Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Friday October 13, 2017 9:00am - 11:30am
Impact Hub MSP 250 3rd Ave N Suite 550 Minneapolis, MN 55401

9:00am

Free Co-Working at Primordial Soup
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Friday October 13, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Primordial Soup 287 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101

9:00am

Free Co-Working at UEL
Do you have an hour to kill between Startup Week events?

Need a change of pace for the day, and want to work from somewhere new?

Come snag a coffee or Redbull, and knock out some emails at one of our Free Co-Working locations!


 




Friday October 13, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
UEL 1000 Westgate Dr, St Paul, MN 55114

9:30am

End The Stigma: Mental Healthiness for Startup/Tech Culture

No one ever talks about it: the stress involved in starting/running a company or working in the tech industry. In this event, 3-4 founders will share their personal struggles with mental health. We will share tools & strategies to overcome specific mental health issues (depression, ocd, anxiety, bfrbs & more). We will also answer audience questions. The goal is to break down the stigma & help others on their journey to better manage mental health. Ticket pricing (TBD) will be donated to BFRB.org.

Friday October 13, 2017 9:30am - 11:30am
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402

10:00am

Go Further Together: Launching Healthcare Technologies with Partners

Learn how a telehealth collaboration between two Minnesota companies and a company from Finland provide a digital mind-body-emotion solution for cancer survivors and predictive data analytics for healthcare organizations. We will share how to find and collaborate with partners to expand the reach of all involved and improve health outcomes for your end users.

Speakers
EH

Eric Hoffman

CTO and Co-founder, Thrivors
TJ

Timo Jarvinen

CEO and Founder, NayaDaya
EK

Esra Kucukciftc

CEO and Founder, Pricing Innovations
CS

Cathy Skinner

CEO and Founder, Thrivors


Friday October 13, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Vidscript 323 N Washington Ave, Suite 300

12:00pm

How to Become a Fundable Founder

Often, founders just start businesses and get stuck in the weeds, they go off doing irrelevant things and come back to ask for funding with no real reasonable reason to give them funding. This talk will focus on the tactics a founder needs to adopt in order to be taken seriously within the startup world. People will take away at least 10 tactics they can employ from day one.

Lunch provided!

Friday October 13, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
CoCo Downtown 400 S 4th St #401, Minneapolis, MN 55415

12:00pm

Startup Career Panel
Panel session featuring leaders from a range of local startups, offering advice on how to get connected with the right opportunity and what to expect about working for an early-stage company. Targeting students and individuals exploring career changes.

Friday October 13, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Carlson School of Management 321 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

1:00pm

Startup Job Market

Join us at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School to engage with over 40 starts ups of varying size to learn about potential opportunities within each organization.  We will open the event with a panel of start-up leaders to talk about their organizations and what it is like to work inside a fast-growing organization which takes place from 12-1pm.  Networking/career fair will be from 1-3pm

The event will be open to students and job seekers throughout the Twin Cities. 

Attendees can register for free here: https://z.umn.edu/TCSW17JobMarket.  If you are a company interested in attending please reach out to Patrick Smith at pgsmith@umn.edu.


Friday October 13, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Carlson School of Management 321 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

4:00pm

Official Twin Cities Startup Week Awards Ceremony and Closing Party

Join us as week close out Twin Cities Startup Week with the biggest party of the week. 

We will be holding our first annual Startup Awards ceremony alongside GoKart Labs.

We want to hear from you! Nominate your favorite Startups Today!

Friday October 13, 2017 4:00pm - 10:30pm
TBA

6:00pm

Twin Cities Startup Weekend Youth

The Startup Weekend Twin Cities Student Event is one of the highlights of Startup Week Youth. Participants will make teams around innovative ideas and build their entrepreneurial acumen through experienced mentors, pitch decks, inspiring speakers, and product development during the weekend.


FRIDAY SCHEDULE: 5:30pm - 10:00pm


5:30 PM - REGISTRATION
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 PM - SNAX & NETWORKING (Possible Qdoba/Noodles)
Eat food (Provided by SW Team), share ideas, practice pitches, get comfortable with fellow participants that you’ve met Monday and have known through the week.
This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC

6:20 PM - Introduce SLACK & Download
Show the participants the communication tool we will be using throughout the weekend: Slack

6:25 PM - WELCOME & SPEAKERS
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders. This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC

6:45 PM - PITCHES START:
Pitches on Friday night will be in a "pitch-fire" format, which means you will have just 60 seconds to get the audience interested in your idea. You will have no slides or props -just your voice. You won't have time to go over features, so just focus on the core of the idea and make your enthusiasm contagious. Here is the format for
pitches that we recommend: Who are you and what is your background?

- (5-10 Seconds)
What is the problem that your product is solving? Or, begin with a story- (10-20 Seconds)
Explain the product and how it solves the problem
- (10-20 seconds)
Who do you need on your team (a developer, marketing, designer?)
- (5-10 seconds)
Finally, make up (yes you can just make it up) a name for your startup

8:00 PM - DISCUSSION AND VOTING
After pitches, you will have more time to mingle. If you pitched an idea, this is your time to start recruiting others that may be interested in your idea. If you did not pitch, or if you are having trouble finding others to join your team, use this time to seek out those that pitched other ideas that you found interesting.
Next, the crowd votes on their favorite pitches. This is simply a way to encourage quick team forming.
From there we will form teams and these are the startup ideas that will be worked on over the weekend.

8:15 PM - FORM TEAMS
Teams form and start discussing a plan of action.

9:00 PM - BEGIN WORK
Start to finalize teams and take an inventory of the available skill sets. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend and make a plan.
Teams should begin discussing everyone’s roles within the unit, and how everyone

10:00 PM - WRAP-UP
Finished for the day. Go home and get some rest!


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SATURDAY SCHEDULE: 9:30am - 10:00pm

9:00 AM - BUILDING OPENS AM - CHECK-IN AND BREAKFAST

Arrive, bagels, fruit & coffee This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC


9:30 MORNING CHECK-IN  (SPEAKER)

A time to make announcements and an opportunity to share your team's progress and to call for help if you need it! Listen to a presentation about customer development and using the business model canvas. This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC


10:15 AM - WORK TIME

Develop your MVP!!!

This is a good time to be focusing on customer research and business model development.


1:00 PM - LUNCH

Provide by Chipotle Mexican Grill This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC


2:00 PM - AFTERNOON CHECK-IN

After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC


2:10 PM - MENTORS ARRIVE

Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


2:20 pm - WORK TIME

This is a good time to be focusing on market research and hitting the streets.


6:30 PM - DINNER

Provide by Papa John's Pizza  This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC


7:30 PM - EVENING CHECK-IN

After-dinner check-in, status reports and calls for help. This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC


10:00 PM - WRAP-UP

Finished for the day. Go home and get some rest! This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC


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SUNDAY SCHEDULE: 9:30am - 10:00pm


9:30 AM - CHECK IN AND BREAKFAST
Arrive, Check-in and eat breakfast (bagels, coffee and fruit) before getting to work.
            This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC

10:00 AM - MORNING GROUP CHECK-IN
Review plan of action for the day and any announcements from the group.
This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC

10:30 AM - WORK TIME
Start finalizing your ideas and integrating them into your pitch.

12:00 PM - LUNCH
Provide by Jimmy John's
This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC

1:00 PM - WORK TIME
Start finalizing your ideas and integrating them into your pitch.

1:30 PM - MENTORS ARRIVE
Mentors Arrive

3:00 PM - PRESENTATION PREP & TECH CHECK
Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 PM - DINNER
Provide by Pizza Luce
This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC

5:00 PM - FINAL PRESENTATIONS
Time to Pitch!


7:30 PM - JUDGING & AWARDS
This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC


8:30 PM - FINAL THOUGHTS AND NETWORKING
Wrapping up the event
This is done in coordination with the adult SWTC

Friday October 13, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hanson Hall Carlson School of Management

6:00pm

Techstars Startup Weekend Twin Cities

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour experience, providing entrepreneurs a unique experience to create a company, product or service over the weekend.

Individuals will pitch their ideas Friday night and form teams with other attendees. Wrapping up on Sunday, they’ll pitch their prototype app, website, product or service to a panel of startup judges.

Startup Weekend Twin Cities was first held in 2010. Alumni who got their start at SWTC have generated millions in revenue, reached customers in every country in the world, raised millions of investor funding, surpassed Kickstarter goals, and have even been acquired. Those who attend should come with an idea, nothing more.

Do not bring your existing startup to the event. Don’t have an idea for a new business? No problem! Come to join another team and experience the thrill of launching an idea into a real business. At the end of the weekend, some teams will continue and create a profitable business. Others will disband and walk away with tremendous learning. All should expect to make valuable connections with other entrepreneurs, experts and mentors who can help them in their future careers.

Come prepared to write code, prototype product, design logos, develop a brand, prepare marketing, and plan revenue.

This year, SWTC will be a combined event with two tracks, adult professionals and students. Check out the youth event here.

Speakers
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Scott Davis

Organizer, Scott is the CEO and lead cloud + mobile developer for QONQR, a mobile gaming company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. QONQR (pronounced Conquer) is the GeoSocial game of World Domination. Players battle to capture and control their home towns and surrounding cities. Today Q... Read More →


Friday October 13, 2017 6:00pm - 11:30pm
University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management - Hanson Hall 1925 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55455
 


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