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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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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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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.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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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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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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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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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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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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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!

- CDT
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

- CDT
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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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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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.

- CDT
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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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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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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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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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Startup Grind - launching a sustainable business venture online.

Join this exciting round table event showcasing local & international startup founders that have launched a sustainable business online! Kim Lehult (Saucilicious, UK), Gregory Binsfeld (Blinng, USA), Sam Harper (Hippy Feet, USA)

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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

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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

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