Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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Red Bull Basement

Bharat Pulgam
Pikup, CEO

Bharat is currently the CEO of Pikup, an app that connects merchants with local neighborhoods and apartment buildings every week. Bharat started working with startups in high school and continues to be an advocate for young entrepreneurs.

Amy Helgeson
DiaDragons NFT, Co-Founder & Project Manager

Amy Helgeson is a serial entrepreneur and currently is co-founding Diadragons, a health-focused NFT project. Amy loves innovating within the tech and healthcare space and has had numerous experiences with both. She is a senior at the University of St. Thomas and is studying entrepreneurship and marketing. Amy is invested in the Twin Cities Startup Community and is a major advocate for entrepreneurs beginning their journey at a young age.

Red Bull Basement gives wiiings to student innovators in all areas of study to kickstart their ideas using technology to drive positive change. This global program aims to connect students and inspire them to innovate at university today and disrupt the world tomorrow. We will have local innovators speak to share their experiences and how they took their idea to the next level. This will be followed by open conversation, questions, and potential pitch practice for students. The goal is to inspire students to move forward with their own ideas and solutions.


  • Introduction & Welcome 2:00 PM - 2:10 PM
  • Bharat Pulgam - 2:10 PM - 2:40 PM
  • Amy Helgeson - 2:40 PM - 3:10 PM
  • Q&A and Workshop 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM


The Toaster Innovation Hub: Walter Library BO4, University of Minnesota Libraries - 117 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55445