Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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Transforming Livability and Equity Through Technology


Tom Fisher
University Of Minnesota, Director of the Minnesota Design Center

Tom Fisher is the Director of the Minnesota Design Center at the College of Design and a professor in the School of Architecture.

Sabina Saksena
Founding Member of Smart North and CEO of Cytilife

Founder/ Owner of Cytilife

Will Preble
Aeterna, CEO

Will Preble is an entrepreneur and Minneapolis native who has established himself at the intersection of media, technology, and social impact. Currently he is the CEO of Aeterna Media, a socially conscious creative agency that leverages emerging media, technology, and cause marketing to help brands connect to diverse communities. He is also the co-founder of Smart North, a non-profit coalition of smart cities professionals leveraging smart technology and design to uplift underserved communities in MSP and Greater Minnesota.

Tayo Daniel
Aeterna, President/ Co-Founder

Tayo Daniel helps brands speak authentically to their communities

Ben Wallace
Minify Energy, Co-founder

Ben Wallace is a Building Solutions Entrepreneur

PJ Hill
Wells Fargo Advisors, Financial Advisor

P.J. Hill was born and raised in Minneapolis, graduating from North Community High School in 2006. He played basketball for Ohio State University and continued to play professionally for close to a decade afterward. 

Today P.J. works as a financial advisor, owns a real-estate company, and coaches basketball. He is committed to dismantling racism in his community and recently helped organize the “Take the Knee” rally and the “10K March.” P.J. serves on the Juxtaposition Arts board of directors as their treasurer and as a finance committee member.

Bernadine Joselyn
Bladin Foundation, Director of Public Policy & Engagement

Bernadine Joselyn is a Director of Public Policy & Engagement at Bladin Foundation

Diane Rucker
University Enterprise Labs, Executive Director

Diane Rucker is the Executive Director of University Enterprise Labs (UEL), an incubator for startups in biotech, medtech, and life sciences.  She is the Board Chair for the Towerside Innovation District, and serves on several other boards including the Ramsey County Workforce Innovation Board (Tech Committee), and the St. Paul Full Stack Innovation.  Diane has a passion for helping small, local entrepreneurs to succeed, honed by her work in the MIT/Boston, London, and Paris ecosystems during her Executive MBA at MIT Sloan.


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