Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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Founder Track presented by Samsung Next

Casey Shultz
BETA, Executive Director
Jeff Aguy
2043 and NCXT, Founder & CEO

Jeff believes the inclusive economy everyone deserves is not only possible but the likely outcome when we work together in sustained partnership. He has over 10 years of experience as founder, supporting founders, and building cross-industry relationships. 

He is the Founder & CEO for 2043 SBC, a private-public-philanthropic partnership approach to inclusive economic growth through entrepreneurship, and a Founding Partner at NCXT, a global transformation technology firm specializing in research, food, and strategy.   

A former Vice President & Economic Development Chair for the Minneapolis NAACP, and current steering committee member of Full Stack Saint Paul, Creative Tech Alliance, and a Community Advisory Council member for TPT PBS and Star Tribune, Jeff is dedicated to a sustainable world that includes everyone.

Tuning in virtually? Watch live on Hopin on the Stage here.

Samsung Next is proud to present the Twin Cities Startup Week Founder Track. Please join us as we explore the entrepreneurial journey from how to start your own startup to funding options to how to grow and scale. We’ll hear from seasoned entrepreneurs, local investors, and other community leaders that want to ensure the next Fortune 500s are started in our own backyard. If you’re a founder or interested in starting a company - this track is for you! Breakfast and lunch provided. 

Attend this track in person or participate from the comfort of your home or office through Hopin.


9:00 AM - Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - Lessons from Black Tech Leaders

10:30 AM - If You Build It Will They Come? How To Hire and Retain Your First Employees

11:25 AM - How is the MN Startup Market Perceived by Out of State VCs?

12:10 PM - Growing Your Business: Do I Raise Money to Fund my Startup? - A Lunch Discussion Presented by Traction Capital

1:15 PM - Come Meditate! A Mindfulness Break.

1:45 PM - Understanding your startup funding options 

2:55 PM - Your Strategic Playbook for Growth & Execution

4:00 PM - Rethinking Best Practices


  • Parking options: Gopher or Maroon Lots.
  • The entry point for the event is the Premium Entrance which is located under the Benton County sign.