Main Stage

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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KICK OFF
Casey Shultz
Casey Shultz
Beta.MN, Executive Director
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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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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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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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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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The Art of Tech: Unlocking Creative Possibilities
Rukia Sheikh-Mohamed
Rukia Sheikh-Mohamed
Soona, Full Stack Software Engineer
James Tucker
James Tucker
soona, Full Stack Developer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

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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 Current State of Medtech and Healthcare: A Fireside Chat with JPMorgan Chase and Medical Alley
Michael Gietl
Michael Gietl
J.P. Morgan’s Life Sciences banking team, Executive Director
Shaye Mandle
Shaye Mandle
The Medical Alley Association, President & CEO

Join Michael Gietl, Industry Executive - Healthcare, J.P. Morgan Securities and Shaye Mandle, President and CEO of Medical Alley, as they discuss trends in medtech and healthcare — plus, how to fundraise during COVID-19.

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

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Disrupting the Medical Supply Industry: A Fireside Chat with Medinas Health and Precursor Ventures
Charles Hudson
Charles Hudson
Precurser Ventures, Managing Partner
Chloe Alpert
Chloe Alpert
Medinas, Founder & CEO

A chance visit to a relative in the hospital left Chloe Alpert fascinated by the amount of medical supplies wasted. At this session, join Chloe, Founder of Medinas Health, and Charles Hudson, Managing Partner of Precursor Ventures as they discuss how she used her skills as a serial entrepreneur to launch Medinas Health and disrupt the $250B medical supply industry.

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

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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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Forget the "New Normal": Design Something Different
Matt Baird
Matt Baird
Worrell, VP Service + Experience Design

We live in a rapidly changing world and cannot rely on things being the same tomorrow as they were yesterday. We have our tools ready to aid us. However, unfamiliar situations will come up, and to survive we will need to drop our familiar tools.

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

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FemTech, Female Founders, and the Future
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Arfa Rehman
Chorus Health, CEO
Amy Beckley
Amy Beckley
MFB Fertility Inc, CEO & Owner
Anne Kitchen
Anne Kitchen
Target, Sr. Accelerator Program Manager

This conversation will focus on the founder experience, trends in FemTech, funding challenges and the future of this space. Interested in launching a FemTech startup? Get advice!

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a Happy HALF Hour of Q&A.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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A Primer on the Three Pillars: What does Sustainability Mean?
Ted Carling
Ted Carling
Ecotone Analytics, Co-Founder & COO
Ashleyn Przedwiecki
Ashleyn Przedwiecki
Social Enterprise - MSP, Community Manager

People! Place! Profile! Let's kick off the day with a primer on the three essential pillars of Sustainability!

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

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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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Powering through a Pivot: How Sustainable Food Company, SOULMUCH, navigated uncertainty and stayed true to their mission
Courtney Ready
Courtney Ready
Target, Incubator Program Manager
Reyanne Mustafa
Reyanne Mustafa
SOULMUCH, Co-Founder
Kristian Krugman
Kristian Krugman
SOULMUCH, Co-Founder

Here how these recent Target Incubator alumni have navigated uncertainty and stayed true to their mission.

SOULMUCH is a social startup venture that has found a solution to the logistics of rescuing food waste and upcycling into delicious snacks that are good for you and the health of the planet.

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

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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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Sustainable Development: Is There Such A Thing?
Sam Ruben
Sam Ruben
Mighty Buildings, Co-Founder / Chief Sustainability Officer
Julia Eagles
Julia Eagles
Institute for Market Transformation, Associate Director of Utility and Regulatory Strategy
Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
Move Minnesota, Executive Director
Nina Axelson
Nina Axelson
Ever-Green Energy, Vice President of Sustainability and Outreach
McKenzie Erickson
McKenzie Erickson
BETA (Contractor), TCSW Track Lead

This conversation focuses on environmental sustainability. We touch on policies, funding, building codes and why action is needed now.

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

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ImpactSKU Preview Showcase
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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
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John Waller
Humble Nut Butter, Co-Founder
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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.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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A Fireside Chat with the Founders of H2Ok Innovations
Eric Flanagan
Eric Flanagan
Cargill, Accelerator Programs Lead
Annie Lu
Annie Lu
H20k Innovations, Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer
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David Lu
H20k Innovations, Co-founder, President, Chief Technology Officer

Hear from Annie Lu & David Lu the co-founders of H2Ok Innovations and recent alumnus of Farm to Fork.

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

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Innovative Solutions Across the Impact Venture Sector: A Conversation with the Founders
Lee Wallace
Lee Wallace
Peace Coffee, CEO & Owner
Bella Lam
Bella Lam
Coconut Whisk, Founder/CEO
Tom Thompson
Tom Thompson
Revol Greens, Market Strategy
Sarah Pritzker
Sarah Pritzker
Pritzker Strategy Group & Atlas Provisions, CEO
Sue Marshall
Sue Marshall
NETZRO, SBC, Founder & CEO

Social impact ventures can take many forms and tackle a variety of problems – from supply chain resiliency, sustainable farming, homelessness and hunger, and others. Listen in as these founders discuss how they have found innovative ways to solve these problems, the challenges they face scaling their business while also scaling impact, and why consumers and Big Food should take note.

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

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Food Justice: Playing for Plants w/ Youth Farm
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks
NCXT, CEO / Co-Founder

Lean about the impactful work Marcus Kar is leading in North Minneapolis and then join a discussion with Jonathan Banks in the Community Lounge.

What is Food Justice? What is a Food Desert? What are the calls to act?

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From Concept To Company in Food and Agriculture
Sam Eder
Sam Eder
Big Wheelbarrow, CEO & Co-founder
Sue Marshall
Sue Marshall
NETZRO, SBC, Founder & CEO
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Stephanie Rich
Bread and Butter Ventures, Head of Platform

It's easy to come up with an idea for a startup, but actually making it a reality can be a complex and intimidating process. Founders from Otrafy, Canomiks, Netzro and Big Wheelbarrow share with us how they went from having a concept to having paying customers.

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

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Working with Corporates: What Startups Should Know
Brett Brohl
Brett Brohl
Bread and Butter Ventures, Managing Partner

Working with Corporates: What Startups Should Know when Engaging with MN's Food and Ag Leaders. A panel discussion about how large corporations think about interacting with startups in the food and ag industries. 

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

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🔥🔥25 Digital leaders interviewed in 25 minutes🔥🔥
Mike Bollinger
Mike Bollinger
Livefront, CEO and Founder
Nels Pederson
Nels Pederson
Livefront, Partnerships

In the crazy world that is 2020, we thought it would be fun to take a new spin on the traditional digital/tech interview and instead focus more on the human side of digital/tech leaders.

In this fast paced event, we will chat with 25 tech leaders that are leading teams of all different shapes and sizes.

Some questions will be about tech. Some will not . . . Tune in to this event to learn about what drives local tech leaders, what makes them tick, and what they love.

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Minnesota Startup Awards
Jac Stark
Jac Stark
tech.mn, Community Manager

This year, tech.mn and Twin Cities Startup Week are proud to co-host the annual Minnesota Startup Awards. We are looking for the makers, inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs that make the Minnesota startup ecosystem thrive.

Nominations are in! Public voting is now open! Join us for a virtual celebration of Minnesota startups on September 24th to see who takes home the coveted awards.