Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

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Code Switch

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

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

Register Here!

Monday, September 14, 2020

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REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory VIP Event

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

 

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

 

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

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Immigrating Founders - Fly-in VIP Meetup with Jess Girardi
Jess Girardi
Jess Girardi
Uproer, Strategist

How do you build a brand from the ground up after just moving to Minneapolis? I'll cover the vital connections I made and am still making to ensure my business has a strong support system despite being so new to the area.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Breaking Techs-pectations
Haley Vien
Haley Vien
SayKid, UX Designer

Breaking into the tech field can feel like trying every single 4-digit combination you can think of until magically, the large heavy gates suddenly swing open. As a first-generation student of color, it feels more like you entering two-digit combinations until someone finally tells you that it’s actually four. How does a daughter of Vietnamese immigrants break the code and find herself at one of the most innovative startups in Minnesota of all places? With some resilience, an ongoing journey of self-worth, and the magic of vulnerability, anyone can do it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Non-Dilutive Federal Research Funding for Technology Commercialization

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

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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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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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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.

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Happy Half Hour

Mix up your favorite cocktail and join the speakers of the FemTech Panel for Q&A!

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Let's get active with Cardio Active
Eric Dorphy
Eric Dorphy
Twin Cities App Dev LLC, Founder

Learn about Cardio Active and why we are the new way to work out.

Cardio Active is private, by design. That means no online account creation, none of your workout or fitness data floating around in the cloud, and you're fully in control of your data. In this digital age, we believe everyone should be able to work out with technology without sacrificing their data or privacy. That's why we made Cardio Active.
Check us out on the App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cardio-active/id1488124050
Join the conversation on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-NnliccQn/

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Growing Engineering: From Startup to Market Leader
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Scott Josephson
FMG Suite, Director of Product Engineering

In order to get your company off the ground, you have to be agile and make sacrifices. But once you make it to product/market fit and beyond, how do you scale your engineering, product, platform? I've been on this journey and want to share what has worked for us.
- How to scale the team

- How to scale the product
- How to scale the platform
- How to get your tech ready for the next level

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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The Power of Rural Innovation through Collaboration
Stacy Nimmo
Stacy Nimmo
Red Wing Ignite, Executive Director
Shannan Harris
Shannan Harris
Red Wing Ignite, Program Coordinator
Pam Bishop
Pam Bishop
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Vice President of Economic Development
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Sam Ziegler
GreenSeam, President & Director
Jack Kilian
Jack Kilian
Poultry Patrol, Co-Founder / CEO
Chris Lukenbill
Chris Lukenbill
Shrpa, Co-founder
Jamie Sundsbak
Jamie Sundsbak
Collider, Director of Operations

How can collaboration strengthen the potential for impact in our communities?  The E1 of SE Minnesota is a collaboration made possible by a LaunchMN DEED grant.  We are elevating entrepreneurs by leveraging the strengths of our 14 partner organizations.  Be part of the discussion on how we are making this happen!

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Spilling the early-VC tea: the secret to getting your first check
Liz Giorgi
Liz Giorgi
soona, CEO
Adam Burrows
Adam Burrows
Range Ventures, Co-founder and Managing Partner

Ever wonder how to get funding for your startup before you have launched a product? While crowd-funding works for some businesses, it’s not a one-size-fits all solution. If you have a software product or you are building a platform business, you will likely need to access capital before you launch. In this session, you’ll learn how to put together a plan and a pitch to attract early capital.

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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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Too Good To Waste
Sue Marshall
Sue Marshall
NETZRO, SBC, Founder & CEO
Garrick Villaume
Garrick Villaume
NETZRO SBC, Co-founder, Chief Science and Technology Officer

Have your beer and eat it too. Find out about food upcycling and how it helps food & beverage manufacturers can eliminate food waste and feed the world.

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Bitcoin, not Blockchain
Brandon Quittem
Brandon Quittem
Swan Bitcoin, Director of Marketing

Understanding Bitcoin, debunking "blockchain" hype, and exploring the separation of money and state. No technical experience required.

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

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

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How Students Add Value to Venture Capital: Atland Ventures
Patrick Zhao
Patrick Zhao
Atland Ventures, General Partner
Hunter Babcock
Hunter Babcock
Atland Ventures, Managing Partner
Jagmehr Madan
Jagmehr Madan
Atland Ventures, General Partner

Learn about how we leverage our positions as students to make investment decisions and add value for our portfolio companies, as well as how we navigate the modern VC world.

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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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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.