Education & Training

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Prep the Brand, Prep the Person: the 1-2 Punch of Successful Marketing
Maria Hileman
Maria Hileman
Media Bridge Advertising, Creative Director
Giselle Ugarte
Giselle Ugarte
Media Bridge Advertising, Director of Marketing
Nancy Korsah
Nancy Korsah
Black Business Enterprises, CEO & Founder

Whether you’re starting up or scaling up, a strong personal and professional brand is critical for success. This seminar is aimed at providing business owners with insights to help define, develop, market and manage both themselves and their brand.


Please use this link to submit any follow-up questions or comments.

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Minnestar Presents: Lightning Talks
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson
Left Blank Co., Owner/Creative Technologist
Daniel Feldman
Daniel Feldman
HPE, Software engineer

Since the beginning, Minnebar (the nation's largest and longest running tech unconference) has included a rapid-fire Lightning Talks session where local technologists can take the mic for just a few minutes to hype their projects or share quick stories. This year, it will be an online event as part of Twin Cities Startup Week!

Hosted by Brandon Johnson and Daniel Feldman, we'll feature 8-12 short, spontaneous, unscripted presentations. Previous topics have included zany Twitter bots, a machine learning model that makes your voice sound like a celebrity's, and vegan cooking. If you're interested in doing a lightning talk, please email Daniel Feldman at [email protected]

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Design your network. Build your scrum
Cathy Paper
Cathy Paper
RockPaperStar, President
Lori Spiess
Lori Spiess
OffiCenters, CEO
Ben Theis
Ben Theis
Skol Marketing, President & Founder

Your network makes you and your business successful. Networking is a skill and finding the best people to grow your business requires a strategy and tactics to make the most of your time and the people you want to network with. Build your Top25 and your Impact100 relationships.

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How as a Founder to get your first customers
Walter Pape
Walter Pape
Go To Market Podcast, Host

Join us as we walk through a start to finish revenue model on how Founders can find, land, and expand on their first customers. 

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Generating Sales Via Your Website: A Beautiful Website Is Not Enough
Kitty Hart
Kitty Hart
Denamico, VP of Client Engagement
Ava McFarlane
Ava McFarlane
Denamico, Digital Marketing Consultant

Is your website increasing your close rate or is it just a fancy brochure?
A website is arguably your most important sales and marketing asset. It works around the clock—nights, weekends, and holidays. But many websites don't pull their weight in the sales process. From lead generation to conversion, learn how your website can be your most powerful sales enablement tool. When built with revenue-generation as the primary goal, you won’t need to hire a huge sales team right away—you can let your website do the heavy lifting. Join 25-year industry veteran, Kitty Hart, for fresh takes on how to build a powerful, sales-focused website that drives growth for your business.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Launch Marketing for Purpose-Driven Founders: How to Build the MVP of your Marketing Plan
Lindsay LaShell
Lindsay LaShell
Diamond + Branch, Founder + CEO

The long term success of purpose-driven organizations hinges on their ability to efficiently grow their audience, but they are also the least likely to have access to the expert marketing support that can make that happen. 

We’ll talk through the MVPs of your essential marketing assets to get started and how to use them to create something actionable. 

- Building your marketing personas 

- Mapping your buyers journey 

- Identifying your key messages 

- Planning actual campaigns and content 

This workshop teaches a new approach to marketing that will leave you feeling confident in your strategy and ready to dive in and execute!

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Social Enterprise Showcase: Panel + Marketplace
Grant Henry
Grant Henry
Brio Marketing, Co-founder
Connie Rutledge
Connie Rutledge
FINNOVATION Lab, CEO
Stephanie Malon-Rufi
Stephanie Malon-Rufi
Genuine Impact, Owner and CEO
Ashleyn Przedwiecki
Ashleyn Przedwiecki
Social Enterprise - MSP, Community Manager
Jaime Chismar
Jaime Chismar
All Are Welcome Here, Founder
Katie Kalkman
Katie Kalkman
Impact Hub MSP, Executive Director
Junita Flowers
Junita Flowers
Junita's Jar, Founder/Owner
Hayley Matthews-Jones
Hayley Matthews-Jones
Minneapolis Craft Market, Founder
Michelle Maryns
Michelle Maryns
We Sparkle Co., Founder & CEO
Timothy Roman
Timothy Roman
Ecotone Analytics GBC, CEO & Co-Founder

Are you trying to grow a social enterprise, or thinking about launching a new venture? Hear from leaders in the Twin Cities ecosystem of mission-driven businesses, discussing strategies for success. Also, meet social entrepreneurs and shop with purpose at the virtual Social Enterprise Showcase marketplace, featuring dozens of local vendors and changemakers.

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Intro to Growth Hacking: The Idea Pipeline & ICE metrics
Brian Krohn
Brian Krohn
Modern Logic, Entrepreneur in Residence

You are an entrepreneur, CEO, CTO, solo dev, maker, shaker, or doer. You have 1,000 things you should be doing this very moment, but what is the right thing to focus on? That is the fundamental question behind growth hacking. Growth hacking is all about prioritizing your activities, measuring results, and taking effective action, which is much easier said than done. 

In this fast-paced participatory session, we will cover two critical tools to increase the growth of your business, the Idea Pipeline and ICE metrics. Originally developed by Sean Elis to bring explosive growth to Dropbox, LogMeIn, and many others, the Idea Pipeline and ICE metrics are simple but powerful tools to get your business focused and growing fast. Our speaker Brian Krohn, has implemented these methods for startups, corporations, non-profits, as well as his own businesses and personal projects.

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You Will Probably Survive This
Patrick Swinnea
Patrick Swinnea
PuzzleFox Interactive, Owner & Lead Designer

Join us for a humor-filled chat about hopes, dreams and sunk costs in an age of crushing dystopia — and learn how our VR dev shop shifted focus to stay focused. After we've bashed on 2020 for a bit, we'll wax poetic on the wonderful future that awaits — and share a few strategies for getting there.

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The Art of Tech: Unlocking Creative Possibilities
Rukia Sheikh-Mohamed
Rukia Sheikh-Mohamed
Soona, Full Stack Software Engineer
James Tucker
James Tucker
soona, Full Stack Developer

We’re often lumped into two categories: creative or technical. But we’re here to prove that wrong. With the combination of art and tech, new categories are possible! From making high-quality media accessible to all to helping creatives focus on the essential parts of their roles, we’ll use real examples of how creativity + tech play together at soona. We’ll walk through what’s possible with the combination of these two arts and give you tips on how to incorporate them into your work.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Closers Media presents :: Cocktails&Closers
Garrio Harrison
Garrio Harrison
Closers Media + Curious, Partner
Jennifer Zick
Jennifer Zick
Authentic Brand, Founder and CEO
Mickeli Bedore
Mickeli Bedore
Closers Media, Chief Revenue Officer // Host :: Coffee&Closers

Twin Cities Startup Week is thrilled to invite last year's Twin Cities Startup Week Impact Award winner back to headline this year’s Sales + Marketing track day.

From the team that brought you Coffee&Closers, comes the debut of their brand new show Cocktails&Closers ::

A [live], libations fueled, happy hour conversation between a few of today’s top Sales + Marketing minds as they tackle the challenge of how to successfully work collaboratively to drive revenue.

Expect to learn in between laughs how these related, yet often disparate groups can achieve greatness when their superpowers align.

Founders, solo ‘treps, sales/marketing leaders, and more… this show is for you, join us.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 30 minute Q&A.

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Happy Half Hour
Garrio Harrison
Garrio Harrison
Closers Media + Curious, Partner
Jennifer Zick
Jennifer Zick
Authentic Brand, Founder and CEO
Mickeli Bedore
Mickeli Bedore
Closers Media, Chief Revenue Officer // Host :: Coffee&Closers

Mix up your favorite cocktail and join the speakers of Closers Media presents :: Cocktails&Closers for Q&A!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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Experience Money Differently.
Jeff Aguy
Jeff Aguy
NCXT, Co-Founder
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks
NCXT, CEO / Co-Founder
Micheala Newman
Micheala Newman
MoneyVerbs, Marketing Manager
Isaiah Goodman
Isaiah Goodman
MoneyVerbs, CEO

"Experience Money Differently." will be a founder presentation followed by a panel event featuring four diverse individuals from our company. This event will focus on storytelling and sharing experiences around money. Money is generally seen as taboo — we don’t talk about it at all, and are never taught about money management in school. This leaves us feeling like other people don’t go through the same things we do when it comes to money, when in reality we as a community share a lot of similarities when it comes to our experiences with money. We’ll talk about these experiences, as well as ways we can all go about practicing getting rich. Changing our financial situations comes form relating to one another and practicing for the real world, not just “learning” financial literacy.

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5 Things About 5 Things That Every Startup Should Know
Aleida Conners
Aleida Conners
Fredrikson & Byron, Attorney
Noah Huisman
Noah Huisman
Fredrikson & Byron, Attorney
Courtney Thompson
Courtney Thompson
Fredrikson & Byron
David Winkler
David Winkler
Fredrikson & Byron, Partner

Join us for a fast-paced overview of the necessary legal steps startups should take in order to be successful. Panelists from Fredrikson & Byron will cover the basics, providing attendees with answers to key questions they face when running a startup and answer questions like: 

•    Does entity choice matter, and why?

•    When raising money, what do you need to do to ensure you comply with securities laws??

•    What kinds of rights should I give investors? 

•    How do I decide who will be an employee and who will be a contractor?

 •    Why do I need to get IP assignments, and when?

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Scaling Within: Expand Your Internal Capacity to Endure Change in the Midst of Uncertainty
Meredith Neumann
Meredith Neumann
Scaling Within, founder

During these rapidly changing times, as much as ever we need tangible, proven practices to help us operate from an optimal brain state. In this workshop, you will learn a simple but cutting-edge framework from the field of neurobiology that will help you thrive in the midst of uncertainty. Join this session to learn how to expand your capacity to:

- Act from intention rather than reaction with increased self-awareness.

- Maintain a growth mindset to remain both aware & agile in the midst of change.

- Make clear and rational decisions without feeling overwhelmed or withdrawn.

- Effectively communicate with colleagues and clients in the midst of crucial conversations, maintaining both honesty and respect.

- Identify and being to overcome internal barriers and limiting mindsets.

This is truly a transformative framework that will positively impact every area of your life even beyond succeeding at work.

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Why Every Startup Needs To Think Like A Lobbyist - Even Yours
Shawntera Hardy
Shawntera Hardy
Civic Eagle, Cofounder + Chief Strategy Officer

From startups to Fortune 500 companies --  every business needs to build a leadership team that is public policy literate for both compliance and delivering on their growth strategy. Join Shawntera M. Hardy, Cofounder + Chief Strategy Officer at Civic Eagle, in a discussion about the core principles to building a public policy engagement strategy that empowers businesses to track, analyze and influence the policies that matter most to their bottom line. No matter if it’s people, profit and/or planet.

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No-Code Rodeo presented by Graveti and Cloudburst, SBC
Zack Steven
Zack Steven
Cloudburst, SBC, Co-Founder | CEO

The rise of no-code tools like Airtable, Zapier, Webflow, Bubble, Glide and Adalo has made it easier than ever to launch your startup and start generating revenue. This session will feature an overview of the no-code landscape and a behind the scenes look at apps built by presenters Alex Rodriguez (Electrician Path) and Zack Steven (George Floyd Mural Map app). There will also be time for Q&A.

Brought to you by Graveti, a community focused on building businesses, creating wealth and developing the Tech ecosystem for people of color in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area, and Cloudburst, SBC a Minneapolis based Startup Studio.

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Supporting Founder Wellness and Mental Health

Jen Labanowski, LMFT and Shelly Smith, LMFT are the co-founders of United Counseling and Wellness (ucwtherapy.com). As licensed systemic therapists, Jen and Shelly have an extensive background in helping individuals and systems increase their emotional and relational health. As co-founders themselves, Jen and Shelly know firsthand that "achieving wellness" is easier said than done when you're also trying to navigate the countless demands and stressors of scaling a business and leading a team. Jen and Shelly know that the health of a company is a direct reflection of the health of the founder and they are passionate about helping their fellow founders find increased balance and calm. This presentation will help founders learn strategies to improve communication, avoid burnout and lead from a place of emotional health.

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Paving a Strategic ROADMAP: An effective business strategy
Andy Shafer
Andy Shafer
Shafer's Innovation and Business Building Services (SIBBS), Founder, Strategist, Business Builder and Author

Paving a Strategic ROADMAP™ to Success: The challenge of developing a simple, clear and effective business strategy. There is always more than one way to a destination.  Choosing the right strategic path for your business is a challenge. Strategic ROADMAP addresses the seven critical questions your strategies need to answer – in a simple, logical and memorable structure. The questions apply at the company, business unit or project level.  Equally they can be framed for core or disruptive business growth. This talk will explain developing your strategy using the Strategic ROADMAP.  It will discuss each of the 7 critical questions and provide a clear example using one of the most well-known, and maybe the only, success stories in the U.S. commercial airline business – Southwest Airlines.

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Unleashing The Power of YOUR Idea
Anna Stoll
Anna Stoll
ILT Academy
Nick Tietz
Nick Tietz
ILT Academy, Co-Founder & CEO

The ILT Academy delivers extensive educational experiences to cultivate problem solvers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We empower problem solvers and innovators to rethink and redesign problems, solutions, customers, and context. We equip entrepreneurs with the skills needed to commercialize ideas, develop successful ventures, and create high-growth businesses.

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Uplifting Founders: Delegate to Elevate
Ethan Bull
Ethan Bull
ProAssisting, Co-founder
Stephanie Bull
Stephanie Bull
ProAssisting, CEO

Learn how career, top-level executive assistants integrate into their principal's lives to free up their time and increase their productivity.

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Founders Live Minneapolis

Founders Live is an unforgettable happy hour competition where up to five companies pitch their business, but YOU decide who wins. 

Five handpicked companies take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd votes on a winner who will not only receive an award but recognition from the crowd and the opportunity to talk more about their product or service. It's like Shark Tank, but you decide who wins it all! 

What's in it for you? Bring your friends, co-workers, grab some food and drinks, get to know your local entrepreneurs, and vote for who you think will be the next big thing in Minneapolis! 

What's in it for the companies? We at the Founders Live Minneapolis team are excited to announce ALL presenting companies who are chosen to give their 99-second pitch at a Founders Live event receive $5,000 credit towards their web hosting on Amazon. "Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. AWS Activate is a program designed to provide startups with resources they need to get started on AWS." The winner gets an extra $5,000 credits, bringing their total to $10,000! 

Pitch Applicants: We are currently accepting innovative pitch applications! 

This is an opportunity for your startup to gain more recognition in the Minneapolis startup community. Tell us your story--who you are and what you do. We'll send you more details and you may become one of the finalists who pitch.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

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Code Switch

Have you ever had an idea to strengthen your community? Do you have a desire to use your skills or knowledge to solve critical social problems? Code Switch is for you. We are looking for techies AND non-techies — from developers to entrepreneurs, artists, educators, business professionals, concerned citizens, everyday people and more!  We believe everyone has a role to play in improving our communities, and Code Switch provides that opportunity. Join us and leverage your knowledge and skills to reduce the gaps that exist in Minnesota. 

Code Switch is in its fifth year as a civic hackathon where community members connect to co-create solutions that disrupt inequity. This year, our virtual hackathon will kick off on September 12, the National Day of Civic Hacking. Participants will then have one month to work on projects in teams before our final celebration and sharing of projects in late October.

Register Here!

Monday, September 14, 2020

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REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory VIP Event

Please join us for a social and informative event in a cutting edge virtual platform presented by REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory. During this event, you will experience first hand how REM5 is leveraging WebXR to revolutionize how organizations can socialize and deliver content in the challenging environment of a pandemic. 

 

The events will include social time, a short presentation by REM5 about how the pandemic is accelerating the adoption of immersive technology, and tours of two of REM5’s virtual spaces currently being deployed; the REM5 classroom for k-12 schools and a virtual exhibition space highlighting racial inequalities through images, video, and data visualization. 

 

This session may be accessed from anywhere only requiring a computer and good internet connection. That said, there will be limited spots available on-site at REM5 to join the session from a VR headset for those that feel comfortable doing so. While it is our goal to make this as accessible as possible, users are required to have some basic comfort in navigating a new computer platform.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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THE “MN AFTERSCHOOL ADVANCE” STORY: COLLABORATE TO INNOVATE
Marcus Pope
Marcus Pope
Youthprise, Vice President
Matt Norris
Matt Norris
Youthprise, Policy Director & Dir. of MN Afterschool Advance
Jeff Ochs
Jeff Ochs
Venn Foundation, CEO

Out-of-school time programming has been consistently underfunded in Minnesota, and disparities in access to these activities is one of the leading drivers of the achievement gap. Learn how Youthprise and Venn Foundation, two local nonprofits, combined their expertise to leverage two underutilized tools—program-related investments (PRIs) and the K-12 Education Tax Credit—to pilot and implement an innovative financing model to help low-income families pay for afterschool and summer activities. But the innovation didn’t stop there. Hear how the organizations pivoted in the midst of a global pandemic to use their model to rapidly respond to the distance learning needs of low-income students as well.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Visual Storytelling: The Hero’s Journey

Practice your presentation skills by applying them to the Hero’s Journey. Leverage basic design principles of hierarchy, contrast, and rhythm to communicate the key components of this common narrative framework (Star Wars anyone?) to your audience. Create and share your digital storyboard to see how you and others tackle the same problem in different ways!

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Equity, Distribution, and Access for All Learners in a COVID-19 Landscape
Julie Carter
Julie Carter
GreyED Solutions, Co-Founder & CEO
Penny Pease
Penny Pease
Mounds View Public Schools, Director of Technology
Cory Klinge
Cory Klinge
Richfield Public Schools, Director of Technology
Lisa deRoy
Lisa deRoy
GreyEd Solutions, Chief Learning Officer
Anthony Padrnos
Anthony Padrnos
Osseo Area Schools (ISD279), Executive Director of Technology

Understand the challenges facing local school districts and the various strategies that have been used to continue teaching and learning in these unprecedented times. Learn how a panel of district tech leaders have focused on equity and access and how technology needs fluctuate between remote to hybrid instruction. What are districts’ greatest priorities for the upcoming school year, and how can solution providers ease the burden to better ensure equity and access for all families? Listen to their shared advice for vendor partners and solution providers. Ask questions to better grasp the complexities in K12 during these COVID-19 times.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Find Your (Business') Story
Amber Ross
Amber Ross
Freelance Writer and Editor

What’s your business’ story? Who is your story for? Why do you need a story? Having worked in children’s publishing for almost fifteen years, I understand the importance of a good story, and the ways in which a story can connect with its audience. I also know the many ways a story can stray from its purpose and lose a reader. In this session we'll explore why it’s important for your business to have a coherent story, and set you on your path to find your story.

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VR and Immersive Technology in Education
Travis Hoium
Travis Hoium
REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory, Co-Founder

Learn about how virtual reality and immersive technology is being used in education today and where the industry is headed in the future. REM5 is enabling thousands of local students to experience VR for the first time and the pandemic has been an opportunity to help educators explore new ways to accelerate their move the virtual learning.

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Mentor Morning: Financing Scaling from Traction to IPO!
Dave Neville
Dave Neville
Infinity Robotics, President
Charlie Youakim
Charlie Youakim
Sezzle Inc., CEO
Tyrre Burks
Tyrre Burks
Player's Health, CEO
Lois Josefson
Lois Josefson
Greater Minnesota Development Services, LLC, Principal
Liz Giorgi
Liz Giorgi
soona, CEO

Minnesota Innovates welcomes the Founders of five companies as they share insights and their experiences funding the growth of nationally and internationally successful companies.

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Developing Culturally Relevant Content to Improve Student Engagement
Mondo Davison
Mondo Davison
Schoolz, Co-Founder
Dario Otero
Dario Otero
Youth Lens 360 / Undemo/ Schoolz, CEO/Co-Founder
Mychal Batson
Mychal Batson
Schoolz, Co-Founder and Creative Director

Hear from the founders of education startup Schoolz as they merge tech, art, and media to bring culture to Google Classroom, in an effort to drive student engagement and support teachers

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Scaling Through User Voice: Evaluating Your Attention to Educator Voices
Elizabeth Orme
Elizabeth Orme
Creatively Focused, Founder and CEO
Becky Vavrichek
Becky Vavrichek
Creatively Focused, Project Manager
Daryl Vavrichek
Daryl Vavrichek
Edmentum, Education Programs Consultant
Sabina Saksena
Sabina Saksena
Cytilife, Founder/CEO
Nathan Strenge
Nathan Strenge
Fielding International, Senior Learning Designer

User voice is imperative in all businesses. In education, it is critical for companies to understand the impact their product or service will have on all stakeholders - students, parents, teachers, and administrators. What does listening to the user voice in education really look like? How can our strategies impact our ability to scale? Through a combination of panel discussions and small group activities, participants will have the opportunity to hear from companies focused on building directly off of student/teacher/administrator voice, evaluate their own company's practices in listening to user voices, and finally, identify a concrete next step to increasing their company's listening skills.

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Success Stories: How Interest in Workforce Equity & Record Unemployment Can Narrow the Tech Skills Gap
Jade Denson
Jade Denson
Minnesota Technology Association, Director of Community Engagement
Shafie Abshir
Shafie Abshir
SUCCESS Computer Consulting, Remote Support Triage Tech
Kate Kirschner
Kate Kirschner
CompTIA Tech Career Academy, Midwest Regional Manager, Career Services
Jillayne Berg
Jillayne Berg
Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Director, Operations Support - IT
MI
Muhamed Ibrahim
Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), Enterprise Support Specialist
Tom Hawj
Tom Hawj
Tech Guru, IT Systems Administrator
Angela Curtis
Angela Curtis
Medtronic, Technical User Support Analyst

As the economy works to recover from pandemic conditions and our country reckons with systemic inequality, addressing the tech skills gap especially among unemployed and underemployed Americans is more important than ever. Hear success stories from graduates of technical job training programs created to address these issues head on.

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Immersive Technology 101
Amir Berenjian
Amir Berenjian
REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory, CEO
Meg Noakes
Meg Noakes
REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory, Manager/Education Products Team Lead

Here at REM5, we are big believers in immersive technology as the next computing platform - like its predecessors PC and mobile - it will change the way we work, play, learn and socialize. And COVID-19 has only accelerated the need and adoption of immersive tech across industries. In this session, we will cover the basic technologies including virtual reality, augmented reality and WebXR, and hopefully make sense of all those confusing XR acronyms. From there we will take a deeper dive into real world case studies for these platforms ranging from k-12 education, social engagement and cultural competence training. Post session, we will offer a social hour in a REM5 virtual space that can be accessed through PC - No VR or experience required.

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Personal & Authentic Cultures of Innovation
Thomas C. Murray
Thomas C. Murray
Thomas C. Murray, LLC, Author & Speaker

Join Thomas C. Murray, as he shares how to create personal and authentic cultures of innovation in our organizations, where people are valued and trust is built so that productivity can thrive. Innovation is about people, so we must keep our people at the heart of all processes and decision-making.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Fireside Chats with African-American Educators
Kwame Sarfo-Mensah
Kwame Sarfo-Mensah
Identity Talk Consulting, LLC., Founder
Jonathan C. W. Jones
Jonathan C. W. Jones
Ideation4, Founder & CEO

Learn how educators, specifically African-American male educators are experiencing distance learning with their students and families, what tools they are using, and what their thoughts are on the sustainability.

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Stories from EdTech Founders
Vikas Mehrotra
Vikas Mehrotra
Virtue Analytics, Founder & CEO
Elizabeth Orme
Elizabeth Orme
Creatively Focused, Founder and CEO
Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson
Fanschool, Founder
Sabina Saksena
Sabina Saksena
Cytilife, Founder/CEO

Each founder will have a few minutes to showcase their education startup and tell us about their personal background and entrepreneurial journey. Then, we'll talk about adjustments and pivots we've been making in light of COVID-19.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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UnPub – Re-imagining Education and Collaboration with a Purpose
Samuel Hoyt
Samuel Hoyt
Aquarian Knowledge, Partnership & Engagement Director
Maceo Dunn
Maceo Dunn
Aquarian Knowledge, Systems & Process Engineer – System Analytics Lead

Hear two recent college grads share their experience starting a for-profit, collaborative based, eLearning company. And how their passions for social justice inspired a new form of business accountability and structure.

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Become a Technovation[MN] Mentor
Christina Llamas
Christina Llamas
Technovation[MN], Board Member & Regional Ambassador
Tea Dejanovic
Tea Dejanovic
Perficient, Scrum Master

Each year, Technovation Girls challenges teams of girls to identify a community problem, build a mobile app, develop a business plan, and pitch it to local experts. We’re looking for 200 mentors who can commit to 12 weekly sessions with a team -- a relatively small commitment for a HUGE impact for bringing more girls into STEM fields. Join us during this presentation to meet past mentors and learn more about the program.

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The AI-First Mindset: How to Add, Leverage & Optimize AI

Panel on getting started with AI for your organizations and ways to learn what you need to know about AI.  How Can AI be your virtual research assistant and help get more accomplished in your team and organization.  Learn the differences between humanized and replacement AI.  Learn about ML and AI and some of the commonly used "buzz" words that float around.  Ask questions of AI/ML engineers that you always wanted answered.

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GETTING YOUR STARTUP READY FOR FUNDRAISING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Patrice Kloss
Patrice Kloss
Fox Rothschild LLP, Partner
Kathryn Dehn
Kathryn Dehn
Fox Rothschild LLP, Attorney
Lisa Crump
Lisa Crump
Cairn Ventures/Sofia Fund, CEO/Managing Partner

What is a “cap table”? What agreements should be in place with your co-founders, employees and independent contractors? How do you prepare a slide deck?  What does a typical financing term sheet look like? Hear from a panel of experienced lawyers, as well as a veteran angel investor, about what you need to do to prepare your startup for fundraising.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Successful Foundation Building For Your Accounting, Operations, and IT.
Kevin Friend
Kevin Friend
FAW Analysis Business Consulting, Consultant

In this presentation we will be discussing pillars of building a successful foundation in your Operation Departments. We will dive into Accounting, Operations, and IT processes with a focus on Lean Thinking.

Accounting
-Do you know your Unit Cost?

Operations
-How long does it take to produce your product?

IT
-Are you using software that integrates with your core business and gives you the data you need?

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Social Justice in a Digital World
Amir Berenjian
Amir Berenjian
REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory, CEO
Tim Harris
Tim Harris
RFTP, Managing Director, Founder

COVID-19 has accelerated the evolution of human interaction and information consumption towards digital platforms. From social media, to video chats, to virtual reality, these digital platforms are now clearly front and center. Now add a global social justice movement. Are digital platforms good for social justice? Are they bad? What challenges do they create? And what opportunities? 

Both RFTP and REM5 are rooted in leveraging technology and data to reimagine cultural competence education in the fight for social justice. In this session, we will cover how RFTP is innovating their powerful model to go virtual, how REM5 is using high-end virtual reality to democratize learning experiences, and how the two organizations are collaborating to create cutting-edge, digital learning experiences. Post session, we will offer a social hour in a virtual exhibition space that can be accessed through PC - No VR or experience required.  

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Managing Global Tech Teams During a Pandemic
Jamie Thingelstad
Jamie Thingelstad
SPS Commerce, Chief Technology Officer
Shivani Stumpf
Shivani Stumpf
Hoonuit, Chief Technology Officer
Amy Patton
Amy Patton
SPS Commerce, Vice President, Technology
Teddy Bekele
Teddy Bekele
Land O'Lakes, Chief Technology Officer
Jadee Hanson
Jadee Hanson
Code42, Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Information Officer

Today’s technology teams thrive on collaboration and agile processes to deliver innovative solutions. Managing a mix of on-site and remote professionals was easy, but what happened when everyone suddenly was remote. How did management change? What was easier? And harder? Hear from local technology executives about their highs, lows and learnings during this time and what changes they predict are here to stay. They’ll address how they hired, onboarded, trained, and promoted individuals, as well as how their solutions stayed on course and how they spurred innovation.

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What to Expect from a Development Team
Andrew Rahn
Andrew Rahn
Modern Logic, Principal Developer

As a founder your business will require new technology. Needs range from simple, such as web sites, to complex things like mobile apps, or even new kinds of hardware devices. Staffing a full time engineering organization is expensive. Individual contractors are more affordable. And consulting teams offer a wide range of supporting services. We discuss what to expect from those kinds of relationships. How do you go about communicating what needs to be built? What is “lean methodology” and is it right for your business? How often will you be updated on progress? Who is responsible for making sure the deliverables are met? How are inevitable setbacks communicated and resolved? How long does it take to build various kinds of new technologies? What is the final outcome, and how can you have confidence that the technology will live on and power your business instead of immediately becoming a liability? How does hiring a contract development agency compare with hiring an individual contract developer? What about versus hiring a full-time engineering team?

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OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator: Big Plans and Big Expectations
Troy Vosseller
Troy Vosseller
gener8tor, Co-Founder
Josh Slayton
Josh Slayton
ECMC Group, SVP, Business Development

Learn about the new OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation presented by ECMC Group and gener8tor

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Scaling Customer Success Through Growth
Karin Lucas
Karin Lucas
SPS Commerece, SVP, Chief Customer Success Officer
Justin Porter
Justin Porter
Kipsu, Vice President, Operations
Noah Dominik
Noah Dominik
SPS Commerce, Sr. Director, CS Chief of Staff
Andis Kancans
Andis Kancans
Sezzle, Director of Merchant Success
Sue Woodard
Sue Woodard
Total Expert, Chief Customer Officer

When companies are small, customers often receive personal attention support. But what happens as a company grows? How can a business continue to serve and support their customers in a personal, but scalable, manner? Hear from some of today’s leading customer success executives on how their businesses are serving thousands of customers using data analytics, segmentation and specialists to deliver customer value.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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Using Cloud Providers to Achieve HIPAA Compliance
Jacob Beasley
Jacob Beasley
Intelletive Consulting, CEO
Jason Woodman
Jason Woodman
Intelletive Consulting, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant
Rebecca Saunders
Rebecca Saunders
Intelletive Consulting, Software Engineer

Learn how to Achieve HIPAA Compliance for your Software Company Using Tools Provided by Major Cloud Platforms like AWS, Azure and GCP. We will briefly define the challenges you face to be HIPAA Compliant as well as the tools made available by common cloud providers. This is also relevant if you have other forms of compliance requirements, such as PCI or SOC 2.

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Executive Compensation for Start-ups
Clayton Morris
Clayton Morris
J.P. Morgan, Client Advisor
Kaylin Klinger
Kaylin Klinger
J.P. Morgan, Executive Compensation Specialist

We will cover important topics such as entity structure, options and equity compensation, pre-transaction (acquisition or IPO) planning, and more! Whether you are just starting to form your company, looking to optimize equity awards, attract and retain talent, or have your eye on a potential exit, this session is for you!

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Kendall Qualls: From Harlem to Healthcare
Kendall Qualls
Kendall Qualls
PotentiaMetrics, Chief Commercial officer and EVP

Kendall Qualls will discuss his early life in poverty and a broken home, career in the healthcare industry, and experience launching a data analytics and artificial intelligence startup to help cancer patients. Kendall will also discuss how we can promote entrepreneurship through our regulatory environment, cultural values, and education system. 

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Non-Dilutive Federal Research Funding for Technology Commercialization

Taxpayer investments (non-dilutive funding) is critical to startups in the technology commercialization arena!  In this two hour session, you will learn the basics of the annual federal $3.7B Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs; two sources of non-dilutive funding to move from the lab to the marketplace.  This is an ideal session for scientists, engineers, innovators with novel ideas, concepts, and projects that possess strong commercial or societal potential, domestically, and internationally. 

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All Day Happy Hour: Is our health and productivity at risk?
Laurie Healy
Laurie Healy
Laurie Healy Consulting, Owner
Chris Aburime
Chris Aburime
Sober Theory, President / Co-founder
Jeffrey Sawyer
Jeffrey Sawyer
The Remedy, CEO

We all need to escape, let off stream, reset. Coping strategies vary widely, but data shows that during this pandemic, we are turning to alcohol in large numbers to alleviate our stress. In fact, over 1 in 3 individuals say they are likely to drink more alcohol in isolation, compared to their typical workspace. We’ll take a closer look at the why behind this behavior, and how it may be putting the health, innovation and productivity of ourselves and our organizations at risk. Questioning your own use or that of others around you? Looking for more insight or resources on this topic? This is a safe space for discussion and a forum for people to bring their questions to the virtual table.

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The Art of Holding People Accountable
Ellen Stoehr
Ellen Stoehr
Ellen Melon, Educator and Speaker

Accountability is WORK. As leaders and visionaries, it’s our job hold people accountable, including ourselves. Accountability is different than shaming and blaming. Shame is a tool of oppression — It's "you're a bad person” vs. "you're not doing your job.”  When leaders shame themselves or their teammates, they kill empathy — the foundation of love and justice. When we are fully immersed in empathy, we are focused and invested on understanding the other person’s experience. In a time of blaming and shaming, Ellen Melon is going to teach leaders the art of holding yourself and others accountable.

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How To Create Breakthrough Connections for Breakthrough Team Performance

Can your startup make it with 20% worker disengagement?  The global average is 65% according to a 2019 Gallup report.  You're way ahead of the curve at only 20%.. What would it take to get to 100%. Can you scale that?

Join us for an exhilarating session of actionable insights and rejuvenating encounters of the human kind. In only 30 minutes, you'll take away a treasure trove of transformative ideas about the central role of human connection in personal wellness, employee engagement, and team performance.

The research is in: Books like Social Physics, and The Trust Factor, and The Happiness Advantage, and Team of teams are chock full of scientific evidence of what makes great teams great. It's not top talent: Top pro sports teams and mediocre ones all have million-dollar talent. It's not rocket science either: Almost any 5th grader can see the difference between top teams and the ones that envy them. A common vision or sense of purpose and human connection.
We're excited to help startup leaders level up their understanding of how greater human connection is the key to greater employee engagement and wellness, superior business results, and a better world, not just for your team, but for everyone your team knows, and for everyone who knows someone who knows your team. That may sound crazy, but we all know how hard it can be your best, when you've had a bad day at work..

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Addressing Microaggression in the Workplace
Mala Thao
Mala Thao
Wiser Paths, Consultant
Mark Hiemenz
Mark Hiemenz
Wiser Paths, Principal

Want a work place more inclusive and open to all communities of color, gender, ability, and sexual orientation? Come learn what is microaggression, how to identify it, why microaggression hurts your bottom line and how to address it.


Join Zoom Meeting

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Passcode: 616086

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AI & The Black Experience
Alton Glass
Alton Glass
GRX Immersive, CEO
Elizabeth M. Adams
Elizabeth M. Adams
Stanford University, Race & Tech Fellow

Rapidly advancing technologies, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and algorithmic decision-making have proven to be a force for good. These technologies can also amplify forms of inequality, discrimination, and bias.  

This conversation will focus on opportunities for more digital inclusion through Data Policy and opportunities via immersive Virtual Reality experiences.

We will discuss creating a more inclusive narrative that addresses racial and social inequalities which bends into the metaverse thus improving AI & The Black Experience.

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.

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Turning Passion into Purpose: Becoming Social Entrepreneurs
Joe Baz
Joe Baz
gener8tor, Director, gBETA Social Impact Madison
Lauren Usher
Lauren Usher
gener8tor, Managing Director, gBETA Social Impact
Mfoniso Ekong
Mfoniso Ekong
gener8tor, Director, gBETA Social Impact Milwaukee

In this interactive seminar, we will dive into a few myths around what a social enterprise is and empower anyone who’s been considering launching a social enterprise to get started! We’ll talk about measuring social impact and why return on community is important. We’ll also identify some of the hurdles to starting a social enterprise and offer guidance on how to strategically navigate them. Participants will leave with a roadmap to success.

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Founders Panel: Lessons Learned in Growing Your Social Enterprise
Isaiah Goodman
Isaiah Goodman
MoneyVerbs, CEO
Emily Hunt Turner
Emily Hunt Turner
All Square, Founder & CEO
Lori Most
Lori Most
Binary Bridge / BackpackEMR, Founder / CEO
Timothy Roman
Timothy Roman
Ecotone Analytics GBC, CEO & Co-Founder

Join us for a panel discussion to listen and learn from three social enterprise founders their lessons on bruising shins, empathy and humility, and harnessing the power of outcomes and impact and the value it provides in ops, strategy, and marketing & communications.

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Disrupting the Status Quo in Your Organization and Community
Dave Mathias
Dave Mathias
Beyond the Data, Founder
Sarita Parikh
Sarita Parikh
Jomanity, Cofounder

Are you trying to move your organization, or even your community, out of the status quo? Are you looking for effective ways to disrupt while keeping your credibility and social capital? If yes, join us for practical strategies on how to successfully move toward more innovation and more modernization. That is, how to disrupt without being disruptive.

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Building a B Corp: A Panel Discussion
Sarita Parikh
Sarita Parikh
Jomanity, Cofounder
Christopher Marquis
Christopher Marquis
Cornell University, SC Johnson Professor in Sustainable Global Enterprise
Alejandro Fenn
Alejandro Fenn
Jukko, Global Gaming Initiative, COO, Head of Partnerships
Lee Wallace
Lee Wallace
Peace Coffee, CEO & Owner

Are you building a business as a force for good? One that balances purpose and profit? B Corps are driving a global movement of business as a force for good. Join us for a panel discussion with three Minnesota B Corp founders and hear about their journeys becoming B Corps, benefits and challenges, and their recommendations for businesses considering B Corp certification.

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MN Cup Final Award Ceremony

Join the Minnesota startup community as we present live pitches from 18 of the top businesses that emerged from the 2020 MN Cup competition season. They're vying for a share of $500,000 in prize money that will be awarded live during the event. You won't want to miss this!

MN Cup is a startup competition for early-stage companies hailing from anywhere in Minnesota. Thanks to an incredible group of sponsors and the time and talents of our volunteer mentors and judges, we are able to offer all programming and prize money completely free for participants. We take no equity in exchange for the seed capital we award, and are here to connect Minnesota founders to the education, resources and capital they need to build and scale successful companies.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-16th-mn-cup-final-award-ceremony-tickets-117138096199?aff=TCSW

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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Smart City - Smart North. Session 1: Getting Back To Better
Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher
College of Design, University of MN, Professor
Virajita Singh
Virajita Singh
Unversity of Minnesota, Associate Vice Provost/Senior Research Fellow
Mary Rick
Mary Rick
City of St. Paul, Director of Business Development, Planning & Economic Development
Jason Barnett
Jason Barnett
Flarean, Founder/CEO

During this pandemic, we hear the refrain over and over “I can’t wait to get back to normal.”  There is an honest and earnest feeling behind that sentiment, however, we have been asking ourselves - is “normal” what we want to get back to? In many ways our past “normal” was not nearly good enough and even exasperated many of the problems we are facing during this pandemic.  In this session we’ll outline some of those not-so-good “normals,” how they put us in a worse situation relative to an international crisis and how we have the opportunity to “get back to better” through acknowledging the bad, identify technology and non-technological solutions to address a better tomorrow by making our cities smarter and more responsive to our communities. “Smart North” is a collaboration of people working in and around smart city development thinking deeply around how our cities and communities can better work together and more efficient in building a better normal.

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Smart City - Smart North. Session 2: Can 5G Enable Equitable Digital Access for All?
Sabina Saksena
Sabina Saksena
Cytilife, Founder/CEO
Timothy Johnson
Timothy Johnson
T-Mobile, Director, IoT Sales Public Sector
Stuart Benington
Stuart Benington
Cloud & Infrastructure M&A, Senior Manager, Cloud & Infrastructure M&A
Morne Erasmus
Morne Erasmus
Commscope, Director, Smart Spaces
John Unger
John Unger
Vaultas Data Centers, President

COVID 19 has further exposed the catastrophic
gaps in equity to digital access that in
turn impact access to healthcare, education,
employment among-st many others. In this session
we will explore the role of 5G in making this a reality.

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Smart City - Smart North. Session 3: Building Smarter Sustainable Communities and Cities
Tracy Nordstrom
Tracy Nordstrom
Towerside Innovation District, President
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Russ Stark
City of Saint Paul, Chief Resilience Officer
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Kim Havey
City of Minneapolis, Director of Sustainability
Nina Axelson
Nina Axelson
Ever-Green Energy, Vice President of Sustainability and Outreach
Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace
Minify Energy, Co-founder & Building Solutions Consultant

The Twin Cities have come together to build smart and sustainable collaboration centers to foster entrepreneurial-ism and innovation around energy solutions that deliver resiliency, minimize climate impact and assure healthy sustainable working environments. Join entrepreneurs and sustainability leaders from the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul as they share how their city plans, development and implementation have leveraged smart, sustainable technologies for climate and human livelihood.

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Smart City - Smart North. Session 4: Building Smarter Resilient Community in the Midway Corridor
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Catherine Day
Storyslices LLC
Chad Kulas
Chad Kulas
Midway Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director
James Garrett Jr, AIA
James Garrett Jr, AIA
4RM+ULA, managing partner + architect
Justin Borrell
Justin Borrell
Minnesota United FC, General Manager, Allianz Field
Ling Becker
Ling Becker
Ramsey County, Director Of Workforce Solutions

The Midway area of St. Paul has a rich history, combined with the diverse surrounding communities, aging infrastructure, and the busiest intersection in the state (at Snelling & University). Many stakeholders have been working to create a more resilient and vibrant community in Midtown, in addition to heightened near-term demand from 2020 COVID-19 and social justice unrest along University Avenue. Minnesota entrepreneurs bring a wealth of offerings to the equation, leveraging connected technology and data to help (re)build a better community.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Funding Your Start-Up: Beyond VCs, Angels, and Accelerators
Sheryl Carlson
Sheryl Carlson
Village Bank, VP, Cash Management
Michael Berling
Michael Berling
Village Bank, VP, Commercial Banker
Megan Effertz
Megan Effertz
Village Bank, Chief Experience Officer

Join Village Bank’s panel of financial industry experts as they dispel common business banking myths, discuss common financing options, and provide valuable financial tips for entrepreneurs just like you! Panelists will be diving deep into discussion topics including: 

-What role does a community bank have in your entrepreneurial path, and how they can be a gift to entrepreneurs and the community as a whole 

-Demystifying SBA lending; misconceptions will be addressed, benefits will be highlighted, and tips will be shared to determine whether this option would benefit you 

-Pitfalls to avoid as you balance the management of your personal finances alongside your business finances 

Whether you’re just starting up or gearing up for growth, this panel conversation is for you.

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Diversity in Venture Capital & Entrepreneurship
Josh Schaub
Josh Schaub
Gutwein Law, Attorney
Mike Asem
Mike Asem
M25, Katie Birge, Associate, Head of Platform
Kelli Jones
Kelli Jones
Sixty8 Capital, Partner
Meghan Sharkus
Meghan Sharkus
ExpressionMed, Founder and CEO

It's no secret companies with more diversity are more successful. So why are the venture capital and tech startup sectors lagging behind in funding and hiring? In this panel discussion, we discuss the importance of equal access and the best ways entrepreneurs and VC's can promote diversity.

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Legal FAQ for Start-ups
Jamie Hurewitz
Jamie Hurewitz
GitLab, Former VP of Legal

Come learn about some of the top legal and compliance concerns facing early stage start-ups. Find out when is the right time to bring on the first in house legal hire. Ask a start-up attorney some of those questions you have been wanting to ask but perhaps don't quite have the extra funds yet to invest.

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Answers to 10 of the Biggest Employment Law Questions Facing Startups and Emerging Companies
Emily McNee
Emily McNee
Littler, Attorney

A complex patchwork of federal, state and even local employment laws applies to startups and emerging companies. While early stage companies are focused on growing revenue and visibility, increasing headcounts, and securing funding and new investors, they are not immune from these laws. In fact, non-compliance exposes even the smallest employers to serious consequences such as audits, litigation, and investor trepidation, and can delay or derail acquisitions or other critical transactions.