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Monday, October 9


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.

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


Aaron Leventhal

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

Kristin Shane

Founder & Former Target VP of Beauty

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


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.


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 organization... Read More →

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


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. 


Reve Academy


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


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!


Carol Schuler

Schuler Publicity

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


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


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

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


Brett Brohl

Brett Brohl is the founder and Managing Director of The Syndicate Fund. He is an entrepreneur first. With multiple exits and at least one failure under his belt, he understands how hard it is to build a company. He is the entrepreneur in residence at the Techstars Retail Accelerator... Read More →

David Dalvey

David Dalvey is Managing General Partner of Brightstone Venture Capital. He 25 years of venture capital fund management experience and corporate finance advisory experience with two venture capital firms and two national investment banks, completing over 150 transactions with over... Read More →

Jeremy Edes Pierotti

Jeremy Edes Pierotti is the Chief Executive Officer of Sansoro Health, LLC. He brings a track record of creative thinking and disciplined execution to solve complex healthcare problems. Before co-founding Sansoro Health, Jeremy served as CIO for Leidos Health, one of the country's... Read More →

Kevin Spreng

Lawyer, Fredrikson
Kevin Spreng is a Shareholder with Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., whose practice focuses on helping investors and entrepreneurs build technology-based businesses by providing experienced, practical legal counsel in the areas of venture capital, corporate finance, general corporate mat... Read More →

David Winkler

Attorney, Fredrikson & Byron
David E. Winkler is a Senior Associate with Fredrikson & Byron P.A. David represents venture capital funds, angel investors, and emerging growth companies in convertible note, SAFE, Series Seed, Series A and late stage financing transactions. David also acts as outside general counsel... Read More →

Tuesday, October 10


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.


Kimmy Scotti

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


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


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


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.


Jeff Nelson

Manager, DEED
Jeff is an innovator and a seasoned entrepreneur, having founded three startups during his career. He is currently executive director at Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media, a startup accelerator focused on media/tech companies. Jeff was the recipient of the 2010 Catalytic... Read More →

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


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.


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 weather... Read More →

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 International... Read More →

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 management... Read More →

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 incredible... Read More →

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


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!


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 preserve... Read More →

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


Pitch Competition - 3 Companies / Winner Gets $5,000

Question: Will it be fun? Answer: You bet.
Question: Are these companies legit? Answer: Heck yea, all are post seed with significant revenue and dozens of employees. These aren't just great ideas -- these folks are executing and at a high level.
Question: Is there real money on the line? Answer: ...is there any other way of doing it?
Question: Do you have beer Answer: Come on -- of course we do.

Pitch Competition: A showcase competition where entrepreneurs compete for the top title and winner take all prize money of $5,000. All 3 companies have expereinced tremendous growth and success since inception and are actively raising post-seed or Series A rounds. Come cheer them on and be a part of the excitment.

Three companies will be pitching their already succesful ventures during this event.
  • Alchemy - Bridging the fitness gap with the most effective forms of yoga, strength, and cardiovascular training. Pursue your legend with our community. (From Minneapolis)
  • Fronana - Banana Ice Cream Alternative made from Whole Fruits and Natural Foods (From Dayton)
  • Kaizen Health - Kaizen Health strives to constantly improve access to healthcare through dependable non-emergency medical transportation (From Chicago)

*If you already registered for the Muster (https://minneapolismuster.eventbrite.com/) you don't need to register for a second time. This is only for people that will just be attending the pitch competition.


2:30: Registration
3:00: Pitch Competition (3 Companies / 8-10 min picthes)
3:45: Announcement of Winner ($5,000 cash prize)
4:00: Happy Hour

About Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs is a national network of entrepreneurs founded by military veterans to help other veterans start and grow businesses. The Muster Across America Tour 2017 will travel to 14 cities across the country to showcase veteran entrepreneurs, empower local entrepreneurial ecosystems with large-scale events, and serve as the launching point for Bunker Labs Minneapolis chapter activities.

Tuesday October 10, 2017 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Minneapolis Event Center 212 2nd St SE Minneapolis MN 55415


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


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)


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... Read More →

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


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. 


Terry C. Sandvold

Founder and CEO of Sandvold Financial Group 


Panel: Craft Beer, Restaurant, and Other Start-Up Challenges
Join Flagship Bank for a beer and networking. Panel will discuss their experiences with their own start as well as tips on funding your own start-up. Snacks to be provided. 


Amy Miller


Royee Vlodaver

Vlodaver Law Offices, LLC

Brian Wagner

Flagship Bank

Jeremy Woerner

Blue Door Pub Restaurant

Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Headflyer Brewing 861 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414


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.


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


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!


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)

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


Raising Everyone’s Game & Tour of Armory
5:30 pm - doors open, happy hour social, heavy appetizers6 - 7 pm - Keynote: Kevin Warren, COO MN Vikings

Kevin WarrenKevin Warren, COO of the MN Vikings will share his life story and lessons learn over the past decades working within the NFL. Warren was an integral part of the Rams organization that won the Super Bowl in 2000. He will be sharing lessons learned and what it take to Win Big. How to build a championship team: from hiring, developing, coaching, aligning, and smaller details that makes big difference. Kevin is now applying the same winning formula to Viking. He will share insights on how the Vikings have directed their focus on hiring right, developing, and coaching.

7:15 pm - Charter bus to The Armory for tour led by Ned Abdul (EO members must register by 9/18 to attend the tour)8:15 pm - Charter bus returns to Mansion (event ends)

Ned AbdulIn a business where many commercial properties are owned by large, far-flung funds or real estate investment trusts, Abdul is something of a one-man band, working out of his Swervo Development Corp. office in the Minneapolis Warehouse District, with support from a small staff. Last May he sold a portfolio of three downtown Minneapolis buildings—including the rehabbed 510 Marquette, 300 First Ave. N. and 123 Third St. N. —for $87.5 million to San Francisco-based Spear Street Capital. The sale reportedly represented just 10 percent of Abdul’s property portfolio. In the wake of that sale, he rolled up his sleeves for his latest round of real estate turnarounds and developing the armory. The Armory will host the hottest concerts in the days leading up the Super Bowl. The Armory will host Nomadic Live events on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Super Bowl week.https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2017/07/27/minneapolis-armory-will-be-the-a-list-concert.html


Tuesday October 10, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Mansion 901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408


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 - 11:30pm
Minneapolis Event Centers 212 2nd St SE #212, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Wednesday, October 11


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.


James Beal

For over 20 years, James has focused on using technology to meet business needs: product development, marketing, sales, service and operations. An experienced web developer and technologist.  He is a "full stack" IT generalist who helps unify and lead technical and business activities... Read More →

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... Read More →

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 heart... Read More →

Paul Taylor

Taylor is in the eighth year of his fourth career - Volunteering.   His first three careers included senior management Sales, Marketing and General Management positions with a Minneapolis, MN Fortune 500 company, three Twin Cities based start-ups and successful experience with a... Read More →

Bob Thorbus

Bob Thorbus is cofounder and CEO of Arc Suppression Technologies.  A company that has designed, engineered and patented protected a line of contact current arc suppressors, which extend the operational lifetime of electromechanical switches by 10 times or more.  He has a B.S... Read More →

Jim Zitek

Jim Zitek is the Founder of Harbor Capital Group.  Harbor Capital focuses on helping disruptive and innovative technology start-ups with evidence based business models to grow and succeed.  Jim Zitek has significant management experience in marketing, communications, advertising... Read More →

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


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


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 ;)  

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Gregory Binsfeld

CEO/Founder of Brakfast.com & Chapter Director at Startup Grind (Google for Entrepreneurs) St. Paul.
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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!

Dan Linstroth

Founder, People at Work
CEO Kindly Coffee

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


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


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


How the Cool Kids are Building Significant Companies Outside of Silicon Valley
CEO and co-founder of Kipsu, Chris Smith, along with speakers Brett Brohl (The Syndicate Fund) 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.


Maria Ploessl

Managing Director of Minnestar


Brett Brohl

Brett Brohl is the founder and Managing Director of The Syndicate Fund. He is an entrepreneur first. With multiple exits and at least one failure under his belt, he understands how hard it is to build a company. He is the entrepreneur in residence at the Techstars Retail Accelerator... Read More →

Atif Siddiqi

Branch Messenger

Chris Smith

CEO Kipsu


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!


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 →
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Davis Senseman

Business and Non-Profit Attorney and Consultant, Davis Law Office
Davis Senseman founded Davis Law Office in 2010 with a three-fold mission: provide top-notch legal work, charge fair prices for it, and never stop evolving to meet the changing needs of clients. Over eight years and more than 800 clients later, Davis continues to believe that business... Read More →

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


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

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.


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.

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 exoskeletons... Read More →

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


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.

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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


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
MentorMate 3036 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Thursday, October 12



(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!

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.



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


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


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


Jeffrey C. Robbins

Attorney, Messerli | Kramer
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.


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.


Amin Aaser

CEO, Noor Kids
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 belongingAmin began his career in business management, working with Fortune 500 companies such as Target... Read More →

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


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


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


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!

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Mickeli Bedore

Founder and Sales, Coffee & Closers + NetSuite
Mickeli is a sales entrepreneur who has spent the past decade ranked in the top 1-3% as a top performing sales star for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. In tandem he has launched 4 companies, his most recent, a media company that hosts Coffee&Closers which to date... Read More →

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


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


Open Office Hours with Techstars (Boulder) Managing Director Natty Zola
Come meet Techstars Boulder Managing Director Natty Zola to get help with challenges facing your startup and/or to learn more about Techstars. Natty has invested in 34 companies in the past three years and as a former founder, turned investor, he can share some thoughts and advice to help you on your entrepreneurial journey. 


Natty Zola

Natty Zola is a Managing Director for Techstars Boulder. Previously Natty was Head of Consumer Products for MapQuest, where he helped MapQuest return to profitability and year-over-year growth for the first time since 2007. Before MapQuest, he was a founder of Everlater.com, a travel... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 1:00pm - 3:45pm
WeWork 225 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402


Saint Paul Start-Up Crawl

Full Stack Saint Paul is hosting its first-ever Saint Paul Startup Crawl on Thursday, October 12. Downtown startups will be rolling out the red carpet for locals and visitors who are interested in learning more about the Saint Paul startup scene. You will have the opportunity to visit businesses like Primordial Soup, Creed Interactive and Osborn370 – all in the same day!


To learn more about the saint Paul Startup Crawl and register for the event, please click here.

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


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


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.


Clarence Bethea

Founder Upsie

Ryan Broshar

Managing Director - Techstars Retail, Matchstick Ventures

Sharon Kennedy Vickers

Co-Founder of Blacks in Tech

Anton Vincent

Managing Partner, Moxie Capital

Natty Zola

Natty Zola is a Managing Director for Techstars Boulder. Previously Natty was Head of Consumer Products for MapQuest, where he helped MapQuest return to profitability and year-over-year growth for the first time since 2007. Before MapQuest, he was a founder of Everlater.com, a travel... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Target Plaza Commons 1001 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Friday, October 13


Executive Coffee with Great Lakes Northern Outfitters
Join YPM for an Executive Coffee with Great Lakes Northern Outfitters' co-founders, David Burke and Spencer Barrett, onOctober 13th, 7-8AM, at Turtle Bread Company. You know and love Great Lakes' apparel for its Minnesota centric product and affinity for the lake life. Make sure to reserve your spot ASAP to not miss out on this opportunity to hear David and Spencer talk about their experience of founding a successful company in their early 20's!

Friday October 13, 2017 6:30am - 8:30am
Turtle Bread Company 4762 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA


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.


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... Read More →

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


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.


Eric Hoffman

CTO and Co-founder, Thrivors

Timo Jarvinen

CEO and Founder, NayaDaya

Esra Kucukciftc

CEO and Founder, Pricing Innovations

Cathy Skinner

CEO and Founder, Thrivors

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


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


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.

The Entrance – Brick x Mortar has a secret back door entrance. We have attached a map for a visual. When you're close you can call/text me at: 515-720-9682(I will come to the back door and let you in!


David Goebel

CEO, entrepreneur, all to familiar with disappointment

Katharine Grayson

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

Todd Taylor

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


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