Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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TCSW 2021 Opening Party presented by 3M

Casey Shultz
BETA, Executive Director
Ben Wright
3M, VP of 3M Ventures
Chris Iles
Minnesota Twins, LLC, Senior Director, Brand Experience and Innovation

Chris Iles is the Senior Director of Brand Experience and Innovation for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club. In this role he melds technology, human insights and brand strategy to invent remarkable experiences; building lifelong fan affinity for the Minnesota Twins.

With more than a decade of experience spanning all disciplines of marketing and communications, he seeks to tell relevant stories that engage key audiences, driving them to take actions that have significant business impact.

He previously worked in corporate communications at HealthPartners, a Bloomington, Minn.-based nonprofit HMO and at Padilla CRT (formerly Padilla Speer Beardsley), a mid-size public relations firm based in Minneapolis.

Alfredo Martel
Meda, President & CEO

Alfredo is an impactful and engaging leader with deep experience in brand and business reinvention. He thrives on complex challenges, by being grounded in data yet driven to action, and he has significant expertise in Marketing & Business Leadership, Strategy Planning, Retail, Consumer Products, Integrated Marketing, Customer Value Proposition, Product Design & Deployment, Business Development, Operations and P&L Management. He is establishing a proud legacy of diversity advocacy, non-profit work and building high performing teams that elevate each other.

Allison Kaplan
Twin Cities Business, Editor in Chief

Ali is vice president of content for MSP Communications’ Owned Media division, which includes Twin Cities Business magazine, where she also serves as editor in chief. In this dual role, Ali oversees digital content for both TCB and sister publication MplsSt.Paul Magazine, contributes to overall strategy and new initiatives for the magazines, leads the Twin Cities Business editorial team, including print and events, and hosts the By All Means Podcast.

Jaki is a rising singer/songwriter whose creativity and passion for music have taken her all over the US recording and performing. With a modern sound that blends genres such as contemporary rnb, and jazz she plans on releasing her highly anticipated first single this upcoming fall.   

Being an adopted child, JAKI grew up hiding her creativity from her peers as she searched for her identity and purpose. Three years ago she met her biological mother and found out she has been doing jazz circuits in New Orleans. Ever since she’s been on a tear, and there is nothing she loves more than sharing her talent to the world. She hopes her music will help others find their true self and find happiness. 

Come see why she’s grabbing the attention of many record execs across the nation. With  a unique voice that sounds like none other, she’ll be pouring her heart out  in her performance for the opening of  Twin Cities Startup week!

Kick off TCSW 2021 with us! Grab a drink, network with the community, and enjoy the views of the skyline from the Budweiser Deck at Target Field.

There will be music, local entertainment, food, and more. We'll also be celebrating our addition of to the BETA family — don't miss out!


The entry point for the event is the Minnesota Twins Executive Offices Entrance, located at 353 5th Street North, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Parking is available on the street and in the ramps surrounding the ballpark. Recommended parking:

  • Target Field Station Parking Ramp at 335 5th Street North, Minneapolis, MN 55403 
  • Ramp B at 516 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403