Entrepreneurship

Monday, September 7, 2020

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TCSW Virtual Career Fair
Philip Xiao
Philip Xiao
Homi, CEO
Monique Covington
Monique Covington
Homi, VP Operations

Homi will be pre-loaded with jobs and mobile career videos from employees explaining why they work at their awesome company. We’ll kick it off the Virtual Career Fair with a one hour workshop on how to use the platform as a candidate and as an employer. During that time we’ll be emphasizing the importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the hiring process, explaining how to be inclusive in the hiring process. We’ll be partnering with professional diversity and economic development organizations to create a non binary talent pool. The platform will be available the entire duration of TCSW.

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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Keeping Sales Connected, Motivated and Closing in Interesting Times
Chrissy Mathison
Chrissy Mathison
SPS Commerce, VP Supplier Sales & Business Development
Dan Juckniess
Dan Juckniess
SPS Commerce, SVP, Chief Sales Officer
Lisa Jilek
Lisa Jilek
Open Systems Technologies, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Dave Sandhoefner
Dave Sandhoefner
Delaget, Chief Revenue Officer
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John Koski
Thomson Reuters, Vice President of Sales and Client Management

Culture is the key to building and maintaining a winning sales team whose passion is unfazed by today’s uncertainty times. Hear from a panel of diverse sales leaders on how they are using collaboration, training and development programs, advancement opportunities and more to inspire their sales teams in 2020. You’ll receive proven advice and unconventional tips that companies of any size can use.

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Trust Equity: Harnessing the Power of Trust to Fuel Early-Stage Growth
Jennifer Zick
Jennifer Zick
Authentic Brand, Founder and CEO

Brands are built, scaled, and sustained based on buyer trust. The value of trust in fueling growth cannot be underestimated. For startups and early-stage businesses (whose brands are essentially unknown), trust-building must be a top priority, cultivated proactively, and re-invested with purpose.

Hear from Jennifer Zick, CEO of Authentic Brand, as she shares a formulaic approach to trust-building; drawing upon her own entrepreneurial and startup growth experiences, and supported by Authentic Brand’s Fractional CMO work with growing companies across the country and around the world.

Attendees to this session will learn:
* The power of personal brand to fuel corporate brand engagement and trust;
* How and why to cultivate a trusted, multi-dimensional, authentic personal brand;
* A formula for transfer of trust from a founder’s network to a broader ecosystem;
* Understanding trust equity and investment: the multiplier effect of influence.

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

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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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12 Crucial Do's and Don'ts for B2B Influencer Marketing
Tom Pick
Tom Pick
Webbiquity LLC, Senior Digital Marketing Consultant

Influencer marketing can be a powerful and cost-effective strategy for startups to get the word out. However, it's often misunderstood. And done wrong, it can produce disappointing results or even damage the brand. This session will explain six ways to succeed with influencer marketing, as well as six pitfalls to avoid.

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Ready, Set, Go-to-market: Launch strategies for startup founders
George Hadjiyanis
George Hadjiyanis
Launch Avenue, Founder and Principal Consultant

You are confident you have a great market opportunity.  You developed or built the prototype. You vetted it with people that are really smart.  You have a potential customer. Now what. The key to success in early days of launching a business is target, reach, and pivot. Target who you are solving a problem for, reach as many people as you can, and pivot as you learn the reality of their world and needs. In this session, you will learn proven ways that you can go-to-market as a founder with limited time and budget. Learn the power of your network, marketing tools, social networks, A/B testing and your own selling abilities.

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Breaking Through in 2020: Using Growth for a Brand Boost
Kelsey Quickstad
Kelsey Quickstad
Hotwire, Senior Director
Aneela Idnani
Aneela Idnani
HabitAware, CoFounder
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Stephanie Rich
Bread and Butter Ventures, Head of Platform
Christine Hall
Christine Hall
Crunchbase News, Contributing Writer
Maddy Kennedy
Maddy Kennedy
Twin Cities Journalist

A fundraising round is a pivotal news moment for most startups, and making the most of one requires a thoughtful, strategic communications process that helps boost your profile on a more public stage. This year, the communications pros from Hotwire Global Communications are back with a cohort of founders, investors and media to discuss how to make the most of a new funding round – how fundraising has changed in 2020, getting investor attention amidst economic uncertainty, a pandemic and social unrest, and how to make sure your company’s narrative authentically ties into these broad societal issues.

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

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Harness the Power of AI: Improving Business Outcomes
Gary Stockert
Gary Stockert
Toovio, President
YiDing Yu
YiDing Yu
Verata Health, Chief Medical Officer
Mike Lewis
Mike Lewis
Click360, CoFounder
Brian Bradley Johnson
Brian Bradley Johnson
Ambient Intelligence, CEO
Michael Weber
Michael Weber
Click360 Inc., Founder

Artificial intelligence has become a buzz term shrouded in mystery and mystique behind what it's actually being used for. From how it can be helpful to where it can not only improve business outcomes but work alongside job functions and departments. We're taking a peek behind the curtain on where AI is already being implemented and how it can create value within your business.

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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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Supercharge Your Growth with a Scalable All-On-One Sales & Marketing System
Jeff Metz
Jeff Metz
Denamico, Functional Lead
Alise Riedel
Alise Riedel
Denamico, Strategist

You’re ready to grow. What’s holding you back? With the right data, tech, and processes delivered by an all-on-one sales & marketing system, you can supercharge your growth. Make the right investment the first time and rest assured that you won’t have to scrap and rebuild your systems as you reach maturity.

In this session, Denamico will show you how you can build a website, marketing, sales, and customer service system that scales alongside your business.

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The Future of SEO and How to Win
Kelsey Gernert
Kelsey Gernert
HubSpot for Startups, Head of Partnerships

HubSpot will share its insights on the future of SEO and how to win. In this discussion, we will cover SEO fundamentals such as:
· How search engines work.
· Discovery vs relevancy vs authority (how to rank)
· Cutting Through Bad (and expensive) SEO Advice
· Choosing the right SEO strategy for your business size and customer
· Scaling SEO as an Entrepreneur
· Tactics to Build Authority in the Search Engines
· How to boost your SEO

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

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Video Craft for Tech - Investing, Sales, Support and Marketing 360 +
Gabe Skelly
Gabe Skelly
Skelly Video

Talk about video and technology. Learn about some video platforms and how to use them for sales, marketing, support and telling your story. I will also go over some tool I suggest like cameras, lights and audio setup. Will cover 360 video for deep creative storytelling.

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The Power of Storytelling through Video
Eric Jenson
Eric Jenson
Jenson Studios, President

We'll demystify the overarching video strategy for your startup and then give key insights into effective video storytelling for sales and marketing.

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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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Using Data Visualization Tell Your Story and Grow Your Business
Arlene Birt
Arlene Birt
Background Stories, Founder & Chief Visual Storyteller
Ted Carling
Ted Carling
Ecotone Analytics, Co-Founder & COO

65% of people are visual learners, and only 17% are data literate. Because graphics are an important method of showing complex systems - visuals (including data visualization, infographics, and visual storytelling) can be a useful tool to help audiences relate to and connect with ever-growing mountains of data. 

This presentation will walk participants through a case study showing how better data visualization of complex value chains can help an organization connect with customers, partners, and funders. When everyone can see the benefits of your product, service, or partnership, selling it is as easy as a pie chart.

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Grow Better: Aligning Data, Tech, and Processes to Drive Digital Transformation
Emily Hulstein
Emily Hulstein
Denamico, Director of Implementations
Ava McFarlane
Ava McFarlane
Denamico, Digital Marketing Consultant

As a business leader, your job is to make tough decisions quickly and accurately. How can you make better, faster, more informed decisions to stay ahead of the competition? By aligning real-time data, scalable technology, and efficient processes.

In this session, we'll discuss the importance of investing in better technology, faster digital alignment, and more informed processes so that you can stay one step ahead of your competitors.

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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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B2B Sales Workshop/Happy Hour
Matt Green
Matt Green
Sales Assembly, CRO
Jonathan Ellis
Jonathan Ellis
Sandalphon Capital, Managing Director
Todd Caponi
Todd Caponi
Sales Melon LLC, Founder & CEO

Please register in advance for this meeting: Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Come wrap up the TCSW sales track and Day 1 of midwest.tech/connect with Sales Assembly, VentureSCALE, Sandalphon Capital and midwest.tech! Whether you're a founder learning sales for the first time or an experienced sales leader in B2B tech, join us for an hour and a half of a workshop-based happy hour where you can connect with fellow sales-focused professionals and participate in any of the following discussions:

  • When and Who to Hire - The Sales Organization Structure
  • Outbound Sales Strategies
  • Modern Sales Leadership & Building a Culture
  • General Networking
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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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Creating a Diverse Culture on Day One
Tonya Jackman Hampton
Tonya Jackman Hampton
Sequel Consulting Group, Founder and Chief Adviser
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Mary MacCarthy
University of MN - Technology Commercialization, Venture Center Program Manager

On research and best practices for instilling diversity in startups

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

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DIY Office Space: How to Find It and Negotiate Like a Pro
Chris Rohrer
Chris Rohrer
Rokos Advisors, Co-Founder, Commercial Real Estate Advisor
Liz Rahn
Liz Rahn
Rokos Advisors, Director of Client Operations
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Pete Kostroski
Rokos Advisors, Co-Founder

Finding an office is a huge step for a startup. We’ll provide you with a road map and necessary tools to make finding your startup’s dedicated office space an easy and informed process. In our session, we’ll show you the best ways to calculate how much space you actually need, finding space through online tools, what to look for when touring spaces, negotiating lease terms, and ultimately moving into your new space. And, at the end of our session, you’ll walk away with all of these tools at your fingertips so that you can manage the process with confidence.

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I failed... what now?
Cihan Behlivan
Cihan Behlivan
Beta, Entrepreneur in Residence
Chris Aburime
Chris Aburime
Sober Theory, President / Co-founder
Colin Hirdman
Colin Hirdman
Augurian, President

Join us to have an engaging, fun and frank conversation that pushes beyond the platitudes and cliched catchphrases and dares to take a look at the honest role that failure plays in our personal and professional growth and development.

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The tech.mn Live Podcast Booth
Jac Stark
Jac Stark
tech.mn, Community Manager
Alex Skjong
Alex Skjong
tech.mn, Moderator

Join us in the tech.mn Live Podcast Booth channel to see some of Minnesota's best podcasters interviewing each other. Moderator, Alex Skjong, will be matching up show hosts to talk all things Minnesota, podcasting, business, and more.

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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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Equity Investing
Clarence Bethea
Clarence Bethea
Upsie, Founder & CEO
Frank Medrano
Frank Medrano
JP Morgan, Managing Director

Following this session join a 15min discussion in the Community Lounge.

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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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7 Principles for Startup Success
Ryan Broshar
Ryan Broshar
Matchstick Ventures, Founder & Partner

After investing in 100 companies, these are the 7 most important things you can do to increase your odds of success.

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How to build a great team that doesn't think like you do
Sean Higgins
Sean Higgins
BetterYou, CEO

Sean Higgins, CEO of BetterYou, will talk about what goes into building a successful team, and why it's crucial to hire people who don't think like you do.

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The Startup Game Show
Sean Higgins
Sean Higgins
BetterYou, CEO
Nels Pederson
Nels Pederson
Livefront, Partnerships

An interactive jeopardy-style game show hosted by Nels Pederson, featuring Sean Higgins, CEO of BetterYou. Players will be challenged on their knowledge MN startup trivia for a chance to win some fabulous MN themed prizes!

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MN-DEED Supports Startups: Funding, Programs, and Resources
Neela Mollgaard
Neela Mollgaard
Launch Minneosta - MN DEED, Executive Director
Jeff Nelson
Jeff Nelson
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, Economic Development Manager
Drew Lindorfer
Drew Lindorfer
MN DEED, Senior Loan Officer
Laurence Reszetar
Laurence Reszetar
DEED/MTO, Director, International Business Strategy
Nila Gouldin
Nila Gouldin
MN DEED, Launch Minnesota Grant Manager
Bruce Strong
Bruce Strong
Minnesota SBDC, State Director
Chinwe Ngwu
Chinwe Ngwu
DEED, Senior Loan Officer
John Shoffner
John Shoffner
State of Minnesota DEED, Regional Business Development Manager & Foreign-Trade Zone Director
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Charles Schaffer
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, Small Business Assistance Office, Director

MN-DEED Supports Startups: Funding, Programs, and Resources

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

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Productivity with Heart: Aligning your values with your schedule
Tamara K Torres ND
Tamara K Torres ND
Optima Results Coaching, Founder & Coach

As busy entrepreneurs, our health or relationships can take a backseat to our business. This interactive workshop will help you clarify your values and priorities to create purposeful productivity and meaningful time.

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Scaling Your MVP: What should your tech look like?
Tim Bornholdt
Tim Bornholdt
The Jed Mahonis Group, Co-Founder
David Dalvey
David Dalvey
Brightstone Venture Capital, Managing General Partner
Kate Evinger
Kate Evinger
gener8tor, Program Manager
Eric Martell
Eric Martell
Pear Commerce, Co-Founder

So you have a solid MVP. Your customers are thrilled, and you're ready to move to the next level. Now what? While everyone talks about the importance of an MVP, there's not a lot of talk about preparing for the next step. Does your product need a redesign to support more users? What might VCs be looking for beyond your MVP? This talk will help you identify potential bottlenecks from a technical standpoint in preparing to scale your MVP.

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Benefits Of Certification
Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander
Target Corporation, Supplier Diversity Business Lead
Karen Goldner
Karen Goldner
Women's Business Development Center, Managing Director, Established Business Services
Karen Tobler
Karen Tobler
TARGET, Supplier Diversity
Heather Olson
Heather Olson
North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC), President & CEO

Join members of Target's Supplier Diversity team as they provide details of their team’s mission at Target and share an overview of what certification is and why it is important for diverse-owned companies to consider investing in. Following their can't-miss presentation, Karen Goldner, Managing Director at Women's Business Development Center, and Heather Olson, President & CEO at North Central Minority Supplier Development Council will join in on the conversation to offer expert perspective and additional guidance for founders.

Following this session join a 15min discussion in the Community Lounge.

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From Start Up to Still Standing- Building a Dream and Surviving a Crisis
John Sturgess
John Sturgess
ADOGO Pet Hotels, Founder
Mollie Windmiller
Mollie Windmiller
LAB MPLS, Owner & Creative Director
Josh Fedie
Josh Fedie
salesreach.io, Founder & CEO
Gabriella Grant
Gabriella Grant
Bebe Zito Ice Cream, Owners
Ben Spangler
Ben Spangler
Bebe Zito Ice Cream, Owners

Learn how some of the most successful and creative Twin Cities businesses got their start and what they did to survive 2020.

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From Surviving to Thriving: Erasing the Female Entrepreneur Wage Gap through Value-Based Pricing
Susan Heinlein
Susan Heinlein
Illume Decision Hub, Co-Founder
Jenny Niemela
Jenny Niemela
Illume Decision Hub, Co-Founder

Woman-owned businesses generate 34 percent less revenues on average than male-owned businesses. Value-based pricing helps women founders set profitable pricing while developing the value-driven messaging to confidently ask for and get that price. Value-based pricing can help woman-owned businesses capture up to half that revenue discrepancy, or up to 17 percent.

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Fundraising best practices
Jonathan Ellis
Jonathan Ellis
Sandalphon Capital, Managing Director

Please register in advance for this meeting: Register here

Join us to hear fundraising best practices for early stage startups from an experienced VC sharing some tips and tricks. How to prepare and run your fundraising process? What's the best way to approach investors? How do you secure investment from out-of-town investors? Bring your questions!

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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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The Real Pitch MN
Brett Brohl
Brett Brohl
Bread and Butter Ventures, Managing Partner
Mary Grove
Mary Grove
Bread and Butter Ventures, Managing Partner

Real companies. Real investors. Real feedback. Minnesota founders will pitch their startups for experienced investors, including Brett Brohl and Mary Grove, from Bread and Butter Ventures. The investors will give feedback and provide insight into what investors are thinking when listening to a pitch.

Join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge at 4:30 for a 30 minute Q&A.

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Creating Small Teams that Kick A$$ and Take Names
Chip Pedersen
Chip Pedersen
Modern Logic, Director of Client Services

Tired of working at a big company? Looking to create your own startup? Managing smaller teams, budgets and timelines are much different than when you had levels of management or a large company behind you. You will need to take a completely different approach when creating your own team.

 - Seal Team 6 vs the Fab 5 

- Right people, Right role 

- Who’s in charge? 

- Who is your cheerleader?

- We don’t need a stinking Project Manager  (Yes you do) 

- Communication is even more important for a smaller team 

- You will need a better firing policy than hiring policy

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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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Scalable Operations: How structure can drive growth
Kelly Schaefbauer
Kelly Schaefbauer
Trellis Tools, Integrator

As a startup founder, a large portion of your success depends on your ability to move quickly, wear many hats, and be nimble. But being nimble doesn’t have to mean disorganized. In this session, we will show how taking a structured approach to the day-to-day operations of your business can minimize growing pains, improve efficiency, and lead to sustainable growth. We will cover the key principles of structured operations, why they are important, and what structured operations looks like for different business sizes and stages of growth.

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Fundraising During COVID-19
Ryan Broshar
Ryan Broshar
Matchstick Ventures, Founder & Partner
Rob Weber
Rob Weber
Great North Labs, Managing Partner
Mary Grove
Mary Grove
Bread and Butter Ventures, Managing Partner
Andrew Felbinger
Andrew Felbinger
Urban Innovation Fund, Senior Associate

An inside scoop from VCs on what's changed, and how to stand out

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

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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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Happy Half Hour
Brett Brohl
Brett Brohl
Bread and Butter Ventures, Managing Partner
Mary Grove
Mary Grove
Bread and Butter Ventures, Managing Partner
Rob Weber
Rob Weber
Great North Labs, Managing Partner
Ryan Broshar
Ryan Broshar
Matchstick Ventures, Founder & Partner
Andrew Felbinger
Andrew Felbinger
Urban Innovation Fund, Senior Associate

Mix up your favorite cocktail and join the speakers of The Real Pitch MN and Fundraising During COVID-19 for Q&A!

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gBETA St. Thomas Virtual Pitch Night
Jake Smith
Jake Smith
gener8tor, Director, gBETA St. Thomas

Join us as we take our Pitch Night virtual! The Summer gBETA St. Thomas companies will each present a five-minute pitch followed by Q&A. Come prepared to learn all about these companies' innovative ideas and enter to win a variety of prizes!

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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.

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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The Launch MN Network
Stacy Nimmo
Stacy Nimmo
Red Wing Ignite, Executive Director
Larry Hosch
Larry Hosch
Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, Business Development Director
Neela Mollgaard
Neela Mollgaard
Launch Minneosta - MN DEED, Executive Director
DH
Dave Hengel
Greater Bemidji, Executive Director
JS
John Stavig
University of Minnesota, Director - Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship
Meg Steuer
Meg Steuer
GREATER MSP, Forge North Manager

The Launch MN Network is working together to help startups save time accessing needed talent and resources. The goal is to improve coordination and capacity across the state’s innovation ecosystem.

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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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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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Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness for Personal and Professional Relationships
Luis Moreno
Luis Moreno
TCBPN, Co-Founder
Tamara K Torres ND
Tamara K Torres ND
Optima Results Coaching, Founder & Coach
Sylwia Borowy
Sylwia Borowy
NeWoman, Life Coach

Join us to learn about Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, and Relationship-building with interactive discussions and practical tips for how you can leverage these fields to improve your results in your professional and personal life.


Zoom Registration Link

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The Empathy Challenge: Practice Identifying your Blindspot
Liz Tupper
Liz Tupper
Software for Good, Director of Product Strategy

Your goal is to provide value for the people who use your product or service. But it can be hard to recognize our own biases about who users are and what they want — not to mention people indirectly affected by your business. Learn how empathy-driven research and design can help you see past biased thinking, understand diverse viewpoints, and create successful products with a positive impact.

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Scale Smart: Where to Start
Jenny Erickson
Jenny Erickson
ACThoughtful Consulting, Owner & Idea Activator
Amy Bogott
Amy Bogott
Amy Lynne Coaching, Owner

Are you thinking about scaling, but not sure what scale looks like to you or where to start? 

We bring two business advisors together with a twist --- one with a specialty in helping solopreneurs accomplish more and another with a specialty in scaling micro-businesses so you can decide for yourself... 

What does scale look like to your business? 

What are the first things you need to do to make it happen? 

What is the closest path to your customers? 

It's time to scale smart!

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The Power and Potential of Intergenerational Leadership Teams
Will Kitchen
Will Kitchen
Winona State University, Director - StartUp Winona State
N'Dri Diby
N'Dri Diby
Live Give Save, Data Analyst Engineer
Megan Geelan
Megan Geelan
Live.Give.Save. with Spave, Business/Financial Analyst Intern
Tom Gabriel
Tom Gabriel
LiveGiveSave, Chief Brand Officer
Stephany Beck
Stephany Beck
Live.Give.Save, Marketing Lead Intern
Susan Langer
Susan Langer
Live.Gives.Save., Inc., Founder & CEO
Margaret Bransford
Margaret Bransford
St. Olaf College, Associate Director, Entrepreneurship & Outreach
Christine Beech
Christine Beech
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Ex Dir of the Kabara Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies

To get the best thinking while relaunching our product with limited resources, we engaged The E1 Collaborative in Southeast MN to attract superstar interns from renown higher-ed institutions. COVID-19 caused corporate internship programs to tank, leaving top talent in the lurch to seek alternative opportunities. We engaged entrepreneurship programs at St. Olaf, St. Mary’s and Winona State to identify students who aligned with our needs. We then linked each intern with a seasoned leader on our team as a mentor, but also to gather valuable knowledge about our target market, audience and product roadmap. Our aim was to marry the wisdom of seasoned leaders with the fresh ideas and insights from emerging leaders, who also represent a segment of our target audience. Our session would include a virtual panel comprised of school representatives, interns and LGS leaders. The goal would be to share the experience of this intergenerational leadership model.

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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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Fix It Fireside: Scaling Your Company and Thinking Big with Lunar Startups and The Coven
Alex West Steinman
Alex West Steinman
The Coven, Co-Founder and CEO
Danielle Steer
Danielle Steer
Lunar Startups, Managing Director
Elizabeth Orme
Elizabeth Orme
Creatively Focused, Founder and CEO
Mondo Davison
Mondo Davison
Schoolz, Co-Founder
Bella Lam
Bella Lam
Coconut Whisk, Founder/CEO

Congrats - your business has traction and customers are paying you. Now what? How do you build the operational efficiency to match your ambition? Join us for a conversation with startup founders who are disrupting the status quo and thinking big in the Midwest. 

This is an event for for entrepreneurs, changemakers, and leaders to get help with a burning question or to listen in to learn from peers. Our panel of experts will share their perspectives on scaling their business, and then we'll take questions from the audience.

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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.

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DRONE RACING & THE UNSTOPPABLE NEW STEM SPORTS
Marty Wetherall
Marty Wetherall
Youth Drone Sports Championships, Co-founder

An Immersive STEM program that wildly engages students, adapts to our COVID-19 world, and re-imagines what learning can be today. Featuring a live online demonstration of drone racing and a conversation about the future of competitive STEM.

Marty Wetherall with Anne Dougherty, Dr. Michael Wulf, Dan Atkins, Jen Nowlin, and David Roberts.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

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BETA Fall Showcase powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Casey Shultz
Casey Shultz
Beta.MN, Executive Director
Cihan Behlivan
Cihan Behlivan
Beta, Entrepreneur in Residence

Showcase is one of Minnesota's most beloved startup events. The event runs a bit like a science fair, but for startups, where reporters, potential employees, investors, tech enthusiasts, and customers discover and celebrate Minnesota-made innovation.

The purpose of the event is to provide founders of emerging companies with a launching point to introduce themselves to the people that can positively impact their business.

Register here

PARTNER BREWERIES: 

Minneapolis Cider Company - Visit Minneapolis Cider Company anytime on 9/16 and mention BETA Showcase. BETA will receive a $1 donation from each purchase by a BETA customer. [In-store order and pickup - 701 SE 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414]

BevSource’s THE LAB - Visit THE LAB’s website here and use promo code “BETA” from 9/16-9/22 to receive one free Crowler. [Online order and in-store pickup - 767 N Eustis St. #115St. Paul, MN 55114]

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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CEO Next Business Institute Information Session

CEO Next Business Institute is a FREE resource for second stage businesses (those businesses that have between 10 and 99 employees and have between $1 million and $50 million in revenue) through scholarships from Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Scott, and Carver Counties. This program is designed to address the specific needs of high growth second stage businesses as they scale into national and international markets.

CEO Next Business Institute provides:

  • Advanced technical research from private sector providers through System for Integrated Growth
  • Facilitated peer learning through CEO Roundtables
  • CEO Forum featuring speakers that have grown their business beyond second stage
  • CEOs set aside one day per month for nine months to focus on how to manage business growth in national markets. Depending on individual needs, this could include:
    • Putting systems in place that allow for scaling
    • Organizing your company and understanding your company’s various activities
    • Identifying which internal functions need strengthening and how to accomplish it
    • Strategic approaches to revenue growth and financing growth
    • Finding your next customer
    • Identifying top products and strategies for marketing to your customers
    • Innovating to stay ahead of competition

More information about this program is available here.

Register here

Zoom Info:

Join URL
Password: 923765
Phone #: (312) 626-6799

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Development Stage Strategic Investments with Acquisition Rights
Aleida Conners
Aleida Conners
Fredrikson & Byron, Attorney
Jeff Steinle
Jeff Steinle
Fredrikson & Byron, Attorney

While early stage healthcare companies may seek resources from established healthcare companies, they often want to remain independent while they pursue their healthcare-related vision and build value. 

Established healthcare companies expand and enhance existing product portfolios by acquiring early-stage technologies. They also want certainty that, if they help nurture an early-stage company, they will be able to acquire it once it is ready to exit without risk of being outbid by a competitor. 

To balance these issues, companies often use a structured acquisition, in which the established healthcare company invests in the early-stage company, often obtains some degree of commercial rights and negotiates an option to acquire the company at a pre-agreed price. Join attorneys from Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. as they explain the rationale for, structure of, and pros and cons of a structured acquisition.

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Keeping the Fire Alive: Finding Balance and Preventing Burnout
Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson
Proactivism, Founder

80 hour work weeks. Double-booked meetings. Late night phone calls. More than ever, it seems like the norm is to be working out of a space of busyness and overwhelm. Being under constant stress not only makes us less productive, effective and creative, but it can also lead to burnout. In this workshop, you'll learn about what burnout is and what causes it. More importantly, you'll walk away knowing that you don't need to sacrifice your health and run yourself ragged in order to achieve professional success. It's not only possible to integrate your work with self-care, but it's essential in order to be at your best every day.

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How Youth Entrepreneurs are Building the Hospitals of the Future
Mark Ritchie
Mark Ritchie
Global Minnesota, President
Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson
A Scientist, Scientist, Writer, & Educator

Join us for this panel discussion with youth CEO's that are building the future of hospitals, Government and non-profit leadership building the world's fair for 2027 around health, Mayo Hospitals, and AI tech entrepreneur's.  They will each share their experiences with how the future of our hospitals and health care systems will be changed through the innovations they are helping bring to the world.  Understand through this how youth are engaged to solve problems in new and innovative ways and leveraging design thinking.

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

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The tech.mn Live Podcast Booth
Jac Stark
Jac Stark
tech.mn, Community Manager
Alex Skjong
Alex Skjong
tech.mn, Moderator

Join us in the tech.mn Live Podcast Booth channel to see some of Minnesota's best podcasters interviewing each other. Moderator, Alex Skjong, will be matching up show hosts to talk all things Minnesota, podcasting, business, and more.

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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 How and Why of Designing Connectivity into Your Start-up
William Betten
William Betten
S3 Connected Health, Director of Solutions - MedTech

Designing  your new medical device or system is challenging all by itself. In today's rapidly changing world, connecting that device to the larger medical infrastructure may be a critical part of your success. We will discuss the importance of developing and implementing an integrated connectivity strategy as part of your start-up plan.

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Founder Friendly Ways to GET STARTED and Get Funded
Zack Steven
Zack Steven
Cloudburst, SBC, Co-Founder | CEO

For many entrepreneurs, independence is more valuable than anything. There are new models emerging that enable founders to get started more efficiently than ever and get funded while preserving options and control. This session will be an overview of some of the new models (indie.vc, Earnest Capital, Tiny Seed), tools (Zapier, Airtable, Glide) and examples of entrepreneurs who are charting a different path.

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Yes, It's Possible To Make Money With Original Content
Rick Ellis
Rick Ellis
AllYourScreens.com, Founder

Making money with a content-driven site is possible. Here's how I did it.

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Bringing Healthcare Home through Connectivity
Lonny Stormo
Lonny Stormo
Pops, CEO
Anna Christenson
Anna Christenson
Nextern, Strategic Marketing Manager
Kathleen Tune
Kathleen Tune
Odonata Health, Inc., CFO/COO/BOD
Lydia Zeller
Lydia Zeller
Kiio, CEO
Maryam Ziaei
Maryam Ziaei
iSono Health, CEO

Digital health solutions enable physicians to monitor chronic conditions remotely, increase patient compliance, and enable us to move healthcare out of the clinic and into the home. A panel of digital health investors and entrepreneurs will gather to discuss the challenges and the opportunities with digital health and what is next for healthcare. Hosted by Nextern.

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Food Fights: entrepreneurs fighting COVID with science & nutrition.
Dr. Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC
Dr. Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC
Step One Foods, Founder & CEO
Adam G. Southam
Adam G. Southam
MyFormulary LLC, Chairman
Marshall O'Brien
Marshall O'Brien
Chef Marshall O'Brien Group, Founder & CEO
Martha (Muffy) MacMillan
Martha (Muffy) MacMillan
Cargill Inc., Board Member

While COVID is a biggest issue of today, its death toll pales by comparison to Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer and countless diseases caused by food. The entrepreneurs in this session tell the tale of two battles: just being entrepreneurs and fighting the unpopular fight of nutrition in a world with adverse interests to health. Over $3 trillion is spend in “sick care”, caused by unhealthy food. Imagine what we could do with that money and how the affected people would thrive in absence of those diseases. We’ll explore the issues, uncover the dichotomies, tell of trials, tribulations and triumphs, and pose solutions to the gargantuan problems of wellness and wellcare.

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How Healthcare is Using Impact Measurement to Promote Equity
Callie Chamberlain
Callie Chamberlain
optum, social responsibility
Joan Pennington
Joan Pennington
M Health Fairview, Senior Director, Community Benefit & Measurement
Timothy Roman
Timothy Roman
Ecotone Analytics GBC, CEO & Co-Founder
Jokho Farah
Jokho Farah
Peoples Center Clinics & Services, Chief Information Officer & Chief Quality Officer

The microscope on the structural and systemic issues that have been laid bare and/or exacerbated by the realities of COVID and racial inequity have never been more important in our communities or in our healthcare system. Join us for a panel discussion to hear about strategies, challenges and innovations from policy, payor, provider, and community perspectives. Opportunities for entrepreneurs exist as vendors and service providers, changemakers, and community supporters. Connecting entrepreneurs to the accelerator and investment community will be critical to driving change, increasing equity and expanding opportunity along the way.

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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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Values, Culture, and Work Ethic: The Journey to Today's Best Buy
Dick Schulze
Dick Schulze
Best Buy Co., Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Grace Northamer
Grace Northamer
BETA, Operations Intern

Join Dick Schulze, Founder of Best Buy, and Grace Northamer, University of St. Thomas Schulze Innovation Scholar, for a conversation about Dick Schulze's journey in building today's Best Buy.

Following this session join a 15min discussion in the Community Lounge.

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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..

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How to turn all that screen time into time well spent
Sean Higgins
Sean Higgins
BetterYou, CEO
Hayley Kraft
Hayley Kraft
BetterYou, Marketing Associate

BetterYou's Hayley Kraft will interview CEO Sean Higgins about where our time has been going the past few months, and what that data means for our overall health. Sean will also cover ways to make your screen time work for you.

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Building a Company from the Inside Out - How to Authentically Lead an Organization and Its People to Be Their Best
Ryan Broshar
Ryan Broshar
Matchstick Ventures, Founder & Partner

Being a leader is hard and even harder when you don't feel like you can be yourself. Learn how to lean into your own style so the best leader can come through. 

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Making the First Hire and Creating a Hiring Process
Megan Singamsetty
Megan Singamsetty
99Yellow, Founder

Are you an early stage startup? Have you started the hiring process but feel like you're going in circles and not attracting the right type of person? Or maybe you know you'll need an additional employee or contractor soon and are looking for how to streamline the hiring process. Then this is the event for you! We will discuss how to create a job description to attract the best candidates, where and how to find candidates, what types of interview questions to ask, and making an offer. After the presentation, we'll open it up to questions and brainstorm together how to apply the techniques to our own businesses.  

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IP Secrets to Supercharge Your Startup

Victor Hugo, the renowned French writer, famously said: "There Is one thing stronger than all the armies In the world, and that Is an Idea whose time has come.”  

This is a rapid fire, engaging session to bring intellectual property (IP) principles out of the legal stratosphere down to the level of the fired up entrepreneur looking to blaze a trail into the future.

We'll explore at least 5 insider secrets about IP law that can fuel greater enthusiasm of your investors, team members, and customers as you build lasting businesses with greater differentiation, profit margins, and exit potential.

Learn how patents actually do encourage innovation from you and your team.

Learn how the classic boy-meets-girl romance can improve your understanding of patent law.

Learn how to go from patent filing to patenthood in 6 months or less.

These and other insights will leave you with a new sense of possibility for leveraging IP to supercharge your business results.

Monday, September 21, 2020

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Want to angel invest? Here’s how to write your first check
Reed Robinson
Reed Robinson
Groove Capital, Founder & Partner
Sara Russick
Sara Russick
Gopher Angels, Founder and Managing Director

Minnesota has a burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem complete with a healthy pipeline of emerging startups from a variety of industries, mentor networks, accelerators, competitions, and more. The State of Minnesota is also home to tens of thousands of professionals who meet the Fed's description of an accredited investor.

In this session leaders from Gopher Angels & Groove Capital will be focusing on how to connect angel investors with investment opportunities in the area's top early stage startups.

If you've ever thought about angel investing, but have not yet taken the leap, this session is for you. The session will cover high level topics like qualifications for investing, reasons to include venture in your investment portfolio, how to assess an early stage investment opportunity, best practices for writing your first check, and options for investing alongside other angels.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Program-Related Investments: A Capital Tool for Social Enterprises
Jann Eichlersmith
Jann Eichlersmith
Venn Foundation, Director of Social Enterprise Division
Jamie Glover
Jamie Glover
ASIYA LLC, President & COO, Co-Founder
Fatimah Hussein
Fatimah Hussein
ASIYA LLC, CEO, Co-Founder

Learn about Program-Related Investments (PRIs), what they are, how they fit with your fundraising plans, and what to expect when pursuing PRI capital.  Hear first-hand from a social enterprise about its experiences with PRIs and how it effectively uses them.

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Unlocking New Revenue for Social Innovation
Sara Gibson
Sara Gibson
20 Degrees, Co-Founder & CEO
Tom Bartlett
Tom Bartlett
20 Degrees, Co-Founder & CEO

Whether targeting impact investments or growing new revenue streams, organizations need to think differently about partnerships, finances, and change. It can be difficult for mission-driven leaders to know where to start. 

Join this workshop as experts from 20 Degrees, provide a systematized approach to growing revenue and acquiring new impact capital. The team from 20 Degrees helps nonprofits and social enterprises add complementary revenue streams to their existing income, enabling organizations to test holistic revenue models and bring more predictability to income. 

Together we will walk through the key steps to unlocking how an organization can blend charitable and non-charitable dollars into one cohesive approach. Walk away with tangible ideas that can ensure that your mission is driving the budget, not the other way around.

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BETA's & Matchstick's Commitment to Diversity
Clarence Bethea
Clarence Bethea
Upsie, Founder & CEO
Ryan Broshar
Ryan Broshar
Matchstick Ventures, Founder & Partner
Reed Robinson
Reed Robinson
Groove Capital, Founder & Partner

BETA and Matchstick Ventures both recently made public, measurable pledges to support Black founders. During this sessions we'll discuss how we decided on these actions, how we're doing so far and how you and your organization can follow suit. 

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Unconscious Bias: Nip It in the Bud
Mala Thao
Mala Thao
Wiser Paths, Consultant
Mark Hiemenz
Mark Hiemenz
Wiser Paths, Principal

As a startup business owner, you don't want to leave anything on the table. Did you know that 99.999996% of what our brains process every moment is unconscious? Learn how to raise awareness of your biases and replace them to act in alignment with your mission and values while you build your business. 

This session provides a definition of unconscious bias, a quick dive into how to understand it, a framework for how to address it, and tools to help you move forward with actions and activities to be more successful. 

This session will help open your eyes and open your mind.

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The Future of Solar Energy and Battery Storage
Eric Pasi
Eric Pasi
Impact Power Solutions, Chief Development Officer
Sohan Das
Sohan Das
EVS, VP of Renewable Energy
Adam Iliff
Adam Iliff
Vessyll & Tesla, Founder & Senior Project Manager
Julian Ryba White
Julian Ryba White
Partner, Nokomis Energy
Casey Shultz
Casey Shultz
Beta.MN, Executive Director

We'll touch on the current state of solar and battery storage, trends that we're seeing in the industry, and how these together are instrumental in creating a more sustainable energy grid. 

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

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Building a Social Impact Business: Lessons Learned from 4 Early-stage Founders
Katrina Becker
Katrina Becker
FINNOVATION Lab, Fellowship Manager
Judd Grutman
Judd Grutman
Vonzella, Founder
Junita Flowers
Junita Flowers
Junita's Jar, Founder/Owner
Michelle Maryns
Michelle Maryns
We Sparkle Co., Founder & CEO

Join us for a moderated panel of four early-stage social entrepreneurs (all alumni FINNOVATION Fellows) as they share their lessons learned from building a social impact business in Minnesota.

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FROM FOUNDER TO FOUNDER: SEED SPOT SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Meet Minnesota based Sheletta Brundidge, the founder of the SHElettaMakesMeLaugh.com online podcasting platform. Sheletta is an Emmy award-winning comedian, radio host, television anchor and newspaper columnist. She is the co-host and executive producer of the Two Haute Mamas podcast on Radio.com. She also hosts Laughing With Letta which you can find right here on SHElettaMakesMeLaugh.com. With her new show, Taking Authority Over Autism, Sheletta hopes to educate and inspire parents who have special needs children. Three of Sheletta’s four children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

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Values-based Entrepreneurship
Ruth Hamberg
Ruth Hamberg
Squaretree LLC, Founder

Values aren't an add-on. Rather, they're core to everything your business does. Make sure your company represents what you want it to. Start with a strategic approach, understanding to elevate values in every part of a company. We'll look at how this framework applies for early stage ventures, and dig into visuals and worksheets to help you apply the takeaways for companies of any size.

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How Your Startup Can Be Anti-Racist: A Leader's Framework for Racial Justice
Donte Curtis
Donte Curtis
Catch Your Dream Consulting, CEO, Founder

Join Donte Curtis of Catch Your Dream Consulting for a short overview session that invites business and startup leaders to explore the ways that racism is playing out in business culture. This session will give participants the opportunity to reflect on how the dominant culture shows up in our work and will explore some tools and strategies to start your anti-racist journey as a founder or leader. 

After Donte's session, you'll have the opportunity to join a circle group discussion on how his presentation applies specifically to startups, businesses, and social enterprises; giving space for individuals to openly discuss and connect on ideas, reflections, and next steps.

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How to Profit from a Sustainable, Circular Economy
Natasha Gaffer
Natasha Gaffer
Forever Ware, CEO & Co-founder

An inspiring look at 20 companies in 20 minutes that are making a profit in the circular economy. Learn about business model trends that are not only planet-friendly but enhancing the customer experience and increasing Return on Investment.

There will be time at the end for Q&A and discussion with Natasha Gaffer, co-founder of Forever Ware, a Minneapolis tech startup that strives to partner with food vendors around the world to replace single-use food packaging with superior borrow-and-return alternatives that won’t end up in landfill. More information at https://foreverware.app 

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#CovidComeback - Business Accelerator for Digital Success
Michael Sophia
Michael Sophia
Prosper and Purpose, Founder CEO | Chief Marketing Strategist

Power-up company growth with key insights for digital transformation. Engage the value of brand storytelling, content strategy and marketing, with tactics to expand digital presence. Live assessment during the session! 

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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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A Gay Jew, A Black Man & A White Mom Walk into a Boardroom
Judd Grutman
Judd Grutman
Vonzella, Founder
Julie Kucinski
Julie Kucinski
Pitchwell, Founder & Coach

Openness. Support. Collaboration. Diversity. We're going to have a frank conversation about the acceptance of others and a sense of duty to support the startup community here in the Twin Cities & beyond.

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Crash Course on Hiring Developers
Matt Decuir
Matt Decuir
The Invisible Network, Founder

You need technical help and don't know where to start. What are your options? What's the market like right now? Is it a buyers or sellers market? What salary ranges should you target? Where do you find candidates? What are experienced/junior devs looking for? Why would you hire a dev shop over an individual developer? What's changed due to COVID? We'll answer all of these questions, and more, in this session.

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How to Incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into Your Startup: Hosted by Impact Hub MSP
Mark Ritchie
Mark Ritchie
Global Minnesota, President
Nikki Love
Nikki Love
NDN Collective, NDN Fund Managing Director
Silvia Ontaneda
Silvia Ontaneda
Trade Center of the Americas, CEO
Miki Huntington
Miki Huntington
Miki Huntington Coaching & Consulting, Founder/Life Coach/Educator
Terri Barreiro
Terri Barreiro
Impact Hub Mpls-St.Paul & Cogent Consulting PBC, Board member, Emeritus

The world needs more purpose-driven leaders. But how do we know we are making an impact? The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) offer a framework against which your startup can align, measure and explain its actions to operate more responsibly and deliver positive social, environmental and economic impacts. 

Hear from a panel of local social entrepreneurs and changemakers who are putting impact at the center of their business and learn how the SDGs can help you: 

- Define your aspirational purpose in a way that is relevant and inspiring to stakeholders 

- Allow purpose to become the foundation for your business strategy 

- Ignite long-lasting positive change

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Climate Tech Meet & Greet & Show & Tell

An opportunity for anybody interested in climate technology solutions to meet each other, chat about what we're working on, and get help moving forward with their startup. 

We’ll start with a round of introductions, potentially in breakout rooms depending on attendance. Next, we will have a (yet-to-be-named) investor discuss what they are looking for specifically when it comes to funding startups focused on climate tech. We’ll wrap it up with an opportunity for anybody that wants to hold the floor for 3 minutes - to get feedback on their elevator pitch, bring up a specific discussion topic for the group, or anything else constructive. 

Let’s start building the Minnesota climate tech community!

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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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ImpactSKU Preview Showcase
KR
Kirstin Ross
SKU, Managing Director
Connie Rutledge
Connie Rutledge
FINNOVATION Lab, CEO
Bella Lam
Bella Lam
Coconut Whisk, Founder/CEO
Gina Davis
Gina Davis
Dog Threads, Co-Owner
JW
John Waller
Humble Nut Butter, Co-Founder
JW
Jessica Waller
Humble Nut Butter, Co-Founder
Jillian McGary
Jillian McGary
Mostly Made, Head of Hotdish
Umar Ahmed
Umar Ahmed
Twiggy Fresh, CEO & Co-Founder

Hear from 9 purpose-driven consumer brands that participated in the first every ImpactSKU accelerator! ImpactSKU is a collaboration between Minnesota's FINNOVATION Lab and SKU from Austin, TX, and is supported by CPG greats, 301 INC and The Stable. This year's Preview cohort went through six weeks of CPG-specific curriculum, tapped into a great mentor network, and wants to share their visions for high-growth, impactful brands in food, personal care, and apparel.

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

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Innovation to Execution: Turning your ideas into a plan that gets done!
Lynn Hargreaves
Lynn Hargreaves
Hargreaves Consulting, LLC, CEO & Founder

Come with a goal in mind! We'll spend a couple minutes at the start talking about how to structure your goal for success then dive into the planning process. At the end of the session, attendees will understand how to draft a basic execution plan and have the tools to bring the process back to their teams. No project management experience or software is required!

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Kickstart your service-based business that makes a difference
Stephanie Malon-Rufi
Stephanie Malon-Rufi
Genuine Impact, Owner and CEO
Traci Warnberg-Lemm
Traci Warnberg-Lemm
Social Motion, Owner / CEO

This interactive event is geared for participants who have a skill set that they want to monetize while building a business that has a social impact. A workbook will be available for participants attending this workshop.  This session will help you: 

*Clarify what skill set to offer and monetize 

*Identify and build a social impact component into your business concept 

Create a preliminary action plan that helps you quickly start earning revenue and making a difference

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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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Fuckup Nights Twin Cities (FUN)
Sarah McNally
Sarah McNally
The People Brand Company, CEO
Heather Manley
Heather Manley
On-Demand Group/Crooked Water Spirits, Founder
Nancy Lyons
Nancy Lyons
Clockwork, CEO
Thompson Aderinkomi
Thompson Aderinkomi
Nice Healthcare LLC, CEO
Alexis Walsko
Alexis Walsko
Lola Red PR, Owner

FuckUp Nights Twin Cities - Twin Cities Startup Week Edition is presented by tech.mn. Glad we got your attention, but we want you to know that we're not just about bad words - we're all about sharing lessons from professional and personal failure. 

FuckUp Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to share public business failure stories with hundreds of people attending each event around the world. Every few months speakers will be invited to talk about their FuckUp stories; we’ll learn about their biggest mistakes, what they learned, how they moved on- all whilst sharing invaluable advice along the way. 

We’re here to break down stigmas, and amplify the message that failure is healthy and essential to learning and growing. Fuckup Nights Twin Cities events feature a safe space, captivating speakers, and a community of people open to embracing failure and the balance it brings to Minnesota. We will have four speakers joining us virtually to share their fuckup stories. *Note: This is not a kid friendly event, headphones are encouraged!

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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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