Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021

Creative Economy

Saturday, September 18, 2021

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VIP Walk and Talk
Tim Bornholdt
Tim Bornholdt
The Jed Mahonis Group, Partner

Start your morning taking in the beauty of Lake Harriet while getting to know your peers. We'll meet at the Lake Harriet Bandshell for a casual stroll around the lake. Let's get to know one another while getting our steps in.

Event will be limited to the first 20 people who register.

*VIP ticket required to attend this event*

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“Hack Your City” - Creatives in Tech
Colten Zacharias
Colten Zacharias
Brand Director at Framework
Amir Berenjian
Amir Berenjian
REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory, CEO

From music, to art, to marketing, technology is transforming the way we work and create. The intersection of technology and art play a crucial role in creating new possibilities for diverse communities. On this panel, creative professionals from multiple industries will be discussing how they use technology in their work, and how they envision creative technology contributing to a more inclusive and abundant future.

Immediately following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to experience immersive media first hand, with the VR social justice exhibit “One City, Two Realities,” put on by Rem5 VR Lab.

During the event, Smart North will be announcing the launch of a design contest entitled “Hack Your City.” We are calling upon MN based artists, designers, developers, and creatives to craft submissions that envision an abundant future for the Twin Cities, or one of its diverse communities. Further details on the contest will be revealed during the announcement.

Monday, September 20, 2021

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Transforming Livability and Equity Through Technology
Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher
University Of Minnesota, Director of the Minnesota Design Center
Sabina Saksena
Sabina Saksena
Founding Member of Smart North and CEO of Cytilife
Will Preble
Will Preble
Aeterna, CEO
Tayo Daniel
Tayo Daniel
Aeterna, President/ Co-Founder
Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace
Minify Energy, Co-founder
PJ Hill
PJ Hill
Wells Fargo Advisors, Financial Advisor
Bernadine Joselyn
Bernadine Joselyn
Bladin Foundation, Director of Public Policy & Engagement
Diane Rucker
Diane Rucker
University Enterprise Labs, Executive Director

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

Join Smart North for a conversation on why these Entrepreneurs, Academics, Community Leaders believe this is an imperative.

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How To Turn Your Side Hustle Into A Start-Up
Rick Ellis
Rick Ellis
AllYourScreens.com, Founder

Tips on building your side hustle into a full-time business, from someone who has done it successfully.

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Bookkeeping Basics
Rebecca Foley
Rebecca Foley
Phoenix Growth Systems, Owner/Operator

This presentation is designed to help founders better understand the bookkeeping process and basic concepts. Good bookkeeping practices are an integral part of building a healthy business.

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Emergent Africa Forum (EAF)
Uzoma Ekwebelem
Uzoma Ekwebelem
Oracle, Technology Public Sector Director
Kelly Kingsley
Kelly Kingsley
Prima Microfinance Bank PLC, Chairman
Melissa Slaymaker
Melissa Slaymaker
Women In Tech, Country Director, South Africa
José Fernández
José Fernández
Bankuish, CEO and Founder
Yannick Ebibie
Yannick Ebibie
Société d'Innovation Numérique du Gabon, CEO
Ken Morris
Ken Morris
KnectIQ Inc.
Jeremy Faber
Jeremy Faber
Prosper Africa
Salisu Uba
Salisu Uba
NatQuest
Anne Gaitha
Anne Gaitha
Regal Africa Group
Armand Ngueti
Armand Ngueti
UBTS International Corp.
Aisha Kwaku
Aisha Kwaku
Aisha and Kwaku Associates
Bez Idakula
Bez Idakula
Music and Tech Space (MATS)

The EMERGENT AFRICA FORUM (EAF) is the signature event of the Africa Chamber of Digital Commerce (ACOFDC Inc.), a non-profit organization headquartered in Minnesota; a gateway to the community (Diaspora) and the continent (Africa).The EAF is a Digital confluence of elevated ideas and mindset; a solution focused event that seeks to accelerate tech Investments in Africa and Diaspora community in strategic and impactful ways. The EAF seeks to bring together professionals, founders, investors and the public sector from Africa and the diaspora nations to showcase innovations, celebrate accomplishments, seal deals and foster a private-public partnership ecosystem.

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Futureproof and Thrive
Kevin Roose
Kevin Roose
New York Times, Tech Columnist

New York Times technology journalist and bestselling author, Kevin Roose, will discuss the age of automation in a conversation with leadership from local venture studio DNT BLNK. They will explore how we, as humans, can be happy and successful in a world built by and for machines. Kevin’s most recent book, “Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation'' addresses the pervasive impact of artificial intelligence on our lives and jobs. In a discussion with attendees, Kevin will examine the uniquely human skills - creative, inspiring, and meaningful things - that differentiate people from machines.

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Shark Tank Reverse Pitch
Neela Mollgaard
Neela Mollgaard
Launch Minnesota, Executive Director
Tammy Meehan Russell
Tammy Meehan Russell
The Plum Catalyst, Founder/ Chief Catalyst
Tara Olds
Tara Olds
MnDOT, Deputy Director
Sabina Saksena
Sabina Saksena
Founding Member of Smart North and CEO of Cytilife
Tim Sexton
Tim Sexton
Minnesota Department of Transportation, Assistant Commissioner
Danielle Elkins
Danielle Elkins
City of Minneapolis, Mobility Manager
Ryan Broshar
Ryan Broshar
Matchstick Ventures, Partner
Diane Rucker
Diane Rucker
University Enterprise Labs, Executive Director

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

The Future Cities Shark Tank Pitch is a catalyst that connects government, start-up funders, talent and others in the innovation and technology markets to find ways to use automation, connectivity and other tech solutions to advance livability, safety, mobility, access, equity and sustainability.

https://www.theplumcatalyst.com/sharktank 

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An Entrepreneurs Roundtable: We need more Startups That Improve Our Cities and Communities
Yingling Fan
Yingling Fan
Daynamica, Inc, Co-founder/ CEO
Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace
Minify Energy, Co-founder
Justin Grammens
Justin Grammens
Lab651, Founder/ CEO
Marlaina Love
Marlaina Love
Pipe Dream Academy, CEO & Founder

The vision of building a community within the confines of a city is a large task. While there's a lot of interest in the specific technologies being deployed to make cities "smart", there's a need for entrepreneurs to lead the way and take risks to both explore and show what's possible through their solutions. 

Join us for this collaborative conversation to learn how all these entrepreneurs started with an idea and how we need more startups to help our cities and communities succeed.

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The Re-emergence of Place-based Entrepreneurship
Dan Collision
Dan Collision
Minneapolis Downtown Council, Director of Downtown Partnerships
Jackson Schwartz
Jackson Schwartz
Hennepin Made, Co-founder/ Director
Paul Bauknight
Paul Bauknight
The urban design lab, Owner
George Shannon
George Shannon
The black market, Founder
Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher
University Of Minnesota, Director of the Minnesota Design Center

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

Tom Fisher in conversation with local entrepreneurs, educators and designers - Reimagining the future of the Root District and the Upper Harbor around the emerging notion of place-based entrepreneurship.

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Bringing the Future Forward, Fast!
Mayor Jacob Frey
Mayor Jacob Frey
City of Minneapolis, Mayor
Mayor Melvin Carter
Mayor Melvin Carter
City of Saint Paul, Mayor
Sabina Saksena
Sabina Saksena
Founding Member of Smart North and CEO of Cytilife

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

A fireside chat with Mayor Frey of Minneapolis and Mayor Carter of St Paul, on how they are reimagining and reshaping the Twin Cities to be future-ready, as the world watches.

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Discussion on the Future of Work in a Hybrid Model
Jenn Bonine
Jenn Bonine
RedRex, CEO and Founder
Sonya Wentz
Sonya Wentz
RedRex, SVP of Customer Experience
Katy Burke
Katy Burke
Team Women, Executive Director

Join us for a panel discussion and networking event with Venture Capitalists, Business Leaders, and Startup Founders around how the Future of work will look including how benefits and incentives are provided to employees in companies.  This will be an opportunity to see what other companies are looking at for strategies around work to attract and retain talent in their organizations.  Food and beverages will be provided at the event that will take place in the West End at the TeaWomen/Twin Cities Film Fest new offices.  Free parking is available in the West End.  Please join us for this event on Monday of Startup Week!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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Draw: Community Color Therapy

Learn how we can grow our communities and promote mental health through a powerful story and color therapy. Coloring supplies will be provided- coloring is optional but encouraged!

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Get More Clients with Sales Funnel Automation
Dianne Shelton
Dianne Shelton
Passion Breakthrough, Founder & Business Coach

During this bore-free training, I will share everything you need to know on how to get more clients with ease even if sales is your kryptonite. **In less than 30 minutes, you'll: ** (1) Learn about what a sales funnel is & why it's important in your business (it’s so much simpler than you think & yet not a lot of people are doing this right) (2) Get a step-by-step process you can follow to get your offer in the hands of more clients ASAP. These are the Critical Success Factors you need to focus on instead of fumbling around like some entrepreneurs wind up doing (3) Walk away from the training equipped with a list of tools you can leverage for your business so you can wake up to a list of new clients waiting to work with you every single day!

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PLAY Your Way to a Profitable Holiday Pre-Sale Campaign
Bob Sparkins
Bob Sparkins
Leadpages, Sales Marketing Manager
Jeanette Dorazio
Jeanette Dorazio
Leadpages, CEO
Madeline Blasberg
Madeline Blasberg
Leadpages, Director of Marketing

This session is for you if: you are considering a pivot in your current business, you're thinking about developing a software product or service offering, or you're driven to help people but don't know what to focus on first.

Here's the scoop.

Before you take the leap in creating your MVP (minimum viable product) in isolation, focus instead on developing your MVA (Minimum Viable Audience). Discover the specific steps you can take to validate your business idea by working with people willing to pay for your future product and provide their feedback.

Join Bob Sparkins (Sales Marketing Manager), along with Jeanette Dorazio (CEO) and Madeline Blasberg (Director of Marketing) for this presentation and workshop from Leadpages.

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Happy Hour Discussion: Privacy & Marketing - Why privacy changes everything and how you can adapt
Nicolas Wegener
Nicolas Wegener
SendSquared, CEO

Join us for a relaxed, happy hour discussion about a serious topic, privacy. It may not be flashy, but it's critical to your business and the success of your marketing plans. 

April 2021, Apple introduced App Tracking Transparency, upending modern digital marketing and forcing marketers to adapt. ATT wasn't the first significant change to privacy in recent years (👋 GDPR), and it won't be the last. 

This fall, with the release of iOS 15, Apple will release Mail Privacy Protection which will dramatically impact how you measure the success of your email marketing campaigns. Open rates for email will essentially become a meaningless and unreliable measurement. 

Government regulations, device maker policies, and consumer awareness about privacy are changing rapidly, and the impact is not limited to just tech companies. For example, if you're a coffee shop with an Instagram and an email list, you need to consider consumer privacy as part of your overall marketing strategy. 

In this session, we'll discuss the current state of privacy, what has changed in recent years, and how you can adapt to the changing world and ensure your marketing dollars are still generating a return.

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Meda Million Dollar Challenge – After Party
Alfredo Martel
Alfredo Martel
Meda, President & CEO

Meda and its partners are hosting the fourth Meda Million Dollar Challenge – an exciting business-plan competition modeled on the television show Shark Tank. During Twin Cities Startup Week, BIPOC-owned businesses will make their best case to a panel of judges regarding why their companies are poised for growth. Finalists from around the country will travel to Minnesota for the final pitching event, which will award at least $1 million in financing. Be our guest at this party as we celebrate the finalists and announce the winners at 6:15 PM.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Emergent Africa Forum (EAF)
Yannick Ebibie
Yannick Ebibie
Société d'Innovation Numérique du Gabon, CEO
Kelly Kingsley
Kelly Kingsley
Prima Microfinance Bank PLC, Chairman
Norbert Gehrke
Norbert Gehrke
TOKYO FINTECH, Founder and Representative Director
Ken Morris
Ken Morris
KnectIQ Inc.
Jeremy Faber
Jeremy Faber
Prosper Africa
Salisu Uba
Salisu Uba
NatQuest
Anne Gaitha
Anne Gaitha
Regal Africa Group
Armand Ngueti
Armand Ngueti
UBTS International Corp.
Aisha Kwaku
Aisha Kwaku
Aisha and Kwaku Associates
Bez Idakula
Bez Idakula
Music and Tech Space (MATS)

Theme: Illuminating Africa And The Diaspora.

The EMERGENT AFRICA FORUM is the signature event of the Africa Chamber of Digital Commerce (ACOFDC Inc.). A non-profit organization headquartered in Minnesota and serves as a gateway to the Africans in diaspora community and the continent of Africa. The EAF is a Digital confluence of elevated ideas and mindset. A solution focused event that seeks to illuminate and accelerate tech Investments in Africa and Diaspora community in strategic and impactful ways. The EAF seeks to bring together professionals, founders, investors and the public sector from Africa and the diaspora nations to showcase innovations, celebrate accomplishments, seal deals and foster a private-public partnership ecosystem.

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The Crucial Capability Every Entrepreneur Must Develop
Dennis Stauffer
Dennis Stauffer
Innovator Mindset, Founder and CEO

When launching a new venture, personal development is probably not at the top of your to-do list. Yet your greatest asset is yourself, and research has found that the strongest predictor of your startup success is your capacity to innovate. Innovativeness is essential to launching any new business venture, and that capability is determined by your mindset. But mindset is one of the most neglected capabilities by entrepreneurs. One that if addressed will dramatically shift your probability of success and the value you create.

In this session, you will discover a simple intuitive framework you can use to develop your innovativeness, and learn about tools you can use to gain high value feedback and measure your progress. Invest your time and resources where they will have the most impact on your venture—on yourself.

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Detour From The Default Path
Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown
GatherWell, PLLC, Founder

Together will think differently about the well-intended default path of our healthcare system by exploring several case studies and showcasing the successful start-up story of GatherWell. Sarah Brown, Founder of GatherWell, will challenge our natural instinct for convenient thinking to uncover gaps and identify value-add opportunities for some of the greatest health system challenges. This interactive session will inspire and engage healthcare entrepreneurship.

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Overcoming Burnout with Mindful Productivity for Entrepreneurs
Rahul Bhojwani
Rahul Bhojwani
Turia.ai, Inc., Co-founder, CEO
Tamara K. Torres, ND
Tamara K. Torres, ND
Optima Results Coaching, Founder/Coach

To be most effective as entrepreneurs, we need something better than the currently broken systems of productivity. The Mindful Productivity paradigm is the answer to achieve a state of flow, greater focus, and clarity throughout the day.

Research also demonstrates that burnout and work-related stress have increased during the pandemic and meditation has been the most fruitful solution (Microsoft - Sept 2020 *).

In this hands-on workshop, you will take away tangible hacks designed to help you implement a Mindful Productivity routine for yourself and your team.

*https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/09/22/pulse-employees-wellbeing-six-months-pandemic/

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You’re Necessary and Next: How a Brief History of Everything Will Inspire You to Think Big and Take Action
Tim Schuster
Tim Schuster
Popup Think Tank, Founder

One of the most exciting discoveries of the last 100 years is the emerging, data-driven research on how people grow and adapt to changing conditions. We are in the midst of massive, economic and cultural changes unlike anything we've seen before. This session is for Founders - and their advisors, teams, consultants, and investors. From marketing and innovation to strategic leadership and decision-making, without these paradigms and frameworks, we are at risk of creating things built for yesterday, not tomorrow. Join us to learn why all of this is good news for your startup, career, community, family, and life. We'll build and “unfold” the model in the room, discuss it, and then integrate everything with what we already know, exploring the multitude of ways that we can apply it to our contexts. Along the way, expect to contribute and discover new ideas, as well as meet the kind of people who come to workshops like this. Tim Schuster is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is Co-Founder of LegalQ and Founder of Popup Think Tank.

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Platform Cooperatives

Can startups foster a more equitable gig economy? Platform cooperatives are collectively-owned, democratically managed alternatives to tech companies like Uber or Airbnb. In New York City, the Drivers Co-op is on track to double their driver's take home income. Given the potential to provide a sustainable path toward economic equality for the growing, diverse gig-worker community, what can be done to foster the development of platform cooperatives in Greater MSP?

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Understanding Your Startup Non-dilutive Funding Options
Patrick Judge
Patrick Judge
Camber Road, Managing Partner
Sanjeev Shah
Sanjeev Shah
JPMorgan Chase, Vice President - Technology & Disruptive Commerce, Commercial Banking
Jimmy Stephens
Jimmy Stephens
Brex, Director, Channel Sales

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

Early Stage Founders must be diligent about financing growth and need to be aware of all funding options. Founders are looking for ways to finance their growth with non-dilutive capital options and extend runway for equity raise. This helps founders retain control, align their business growth to their core values, preserve equity and raise future equity at higher valuations.

PARKING / ENTRANCE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Parking options: Gopher or Maroon Lots.
  • The entry point for the event is the Premium Entrance which is located under the Benton County sign.
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XR Happy Hour
Nick Roseth
Nick Roseth
VRARA - Minneapolis, Chapter President

Join us for a happy hour dedicated to celebrating and connecting the MN XR Industry. Connect with others in AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual Reality), MR (Mixed Reality) over drinks and food to catch up, network, and learn what others are doing in the space. This event is for anyone in or interested in XR - developers, product, designers, enthusiasts, business folks, students - anyone.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

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REM5 Immersive Education Showcase
Gweir Glewwe
Gweir Glewwe
REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory, VR Concierge
Angela Fransen
Angela Fransen
St. Louis Park Schools, System Support Specialist

Immersive technology is enabling new tools to educators and REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory is at the forefront of bringing those tools to life in and out of the classroom. Our education offering started with field trips but now includes camps, VR/AR content distribution, and specialized field trips that have served over 3,000 students. Join us to experience some of the content and services we offer and discuss where REM5 and the industry is going in the future.

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Three Strategies for Building a Consultancy That Matters
Suzi Hunn
Suzi Hunn
Teach Your Thing, Learning Strategist

In today’s disrupted economy, self-employment is a powerful tool for building something that matters, while reclaiming flexibility and creative freedom. If you’ve been dreaming of turning your knowledge into a consultancy that empowers individuals and community, this session is for you.

In this interactive session, you’ll be asked to consider who you can serve, uniquely. You’ll ponder the values you’re called to take a stand for. You’ll consider the superpowers you can bring to your audience. And you’ll ponder how to shape your first offering in a way that engages these actual people, rather than getting lost in your head.

Launching a consulting business in our marketplace isn’t just about making money. Today’s creative thinkers must solve problems that challenge tired narratives about who’s worthy of opportunity and imagine new ways for purpose to influence profit. In this interactive webinar, you'll explore how to:

*Map your market sweet spot *Conduct a field study of what's out there, so you can stand out *Create a pilot for your first offering, so you can validate your idea

It’s designed for:

*Purpose-driven professionals pondering a side-gig or business idea *Freelancers in their first year of building a purpose-driven brand *Employees who know the pain of living one foot in and one foot out, at a job they once enjoyed but now holds them back *Individuals who’ve been laid off and now have an inkling that self-employment could become a viable path instead *Those who care about about social, economic, on environmental justice and want to use their talents to make a difference

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Technovation[MN] Inspiring Young Women for a Future Role in Your Business
Kate Indrelie
Kate Indrelie
Sourcewell Technology, Advantage Implementation Specialist
Kirthi Manivannan
Kirthi Manivannan
Technovation [MN], Global and Student Ambassador
Payton Maas
Payton Maas
Technovation, Technovation Alumni Member
Lisa Schlosser
Lisa Schlosser
Technovation[MN], Executive Director
Abigail Irving
Abigail Irving
createMPLS, Communications Specialist
Ruth Mesfin
Ruth Mesfin
Technovation[MN], Alumna

Since its creation, Technovation[MN] has inspired over 1300 girls in Minnesota to develop technology and entrepreneur skills. In 2020, we hired our first two alumnae interns (one high school and one college level) and it was a huge success. The pandemic has showed us that technology is more critical than ever to our communities. In this session, you will hear directly from participating girls about their experience and skill development. You will hear from a supporting business about how they have engaged with Technovation[MN] to grow this diverse talent. You will hear from mentors on how they have provided guidance and support in building out this future tech workforce pipeline in Minnesota. We also want to hear from you! Your next intern or employee could come from Technovation[MN] and we would love to hear about your technology and entrepreneur needs.

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2021 Chroma Zone Exhibit and Artist Talks

Creative Enterprise Zone invites TCSW attendees to experience the annnual 2021 CHROMA ZONE MURAL & ART FESTIVAL. From 5:00-7:30 guests will be able to grab a drink and explore the exhibit featuring top local artists. 

Produced by NewStudio Architecture & Gallery, this exhibit will feature 10+ Chroma Zone artists and alumni in the beautifully renovated Building C (former King Koil factory) at Vandalia Tower. Featuring pre-event guided bus tours of the murals, an opening reception, and artist talk with Forecast Public Art. 

At 7:30, attendees are welcomed to join us for a conversation about murals, process, identity and more with our all-local line-up of 2021 Chroma Zone muralists in conversation with Forecast Public Art, a national arts leader and founding creative partner of the Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival.

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Founders Live Minneapolis - Pitch event
Jenn Bonine
Jenn Bonine
RedRex, CEO and Founder
Sonya Wentz
Sonya Wentz
RedRex, SVP of Customer Experience

REGISTER HERE FOR THE EVENT. 

The Ultimate Entrepreneurial Experience and Pitch Competition Show.

Showcasing Founders of: Cherry Hoggs, Company of Women Travel, ZeSa Fitness, CoyaBlu, InControl Health

Friday, September 24, 2021

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9 Ways to Fail as an Entrepreneur: How to Avoid Going to Court (Private Session)
Inti Martínez-Alemán
Inti Martínez-Alemán
Ceiba Fôrte Law Firm, Attorney

Few startups budget for attorneys. Most entrepreneurs prefer to rely on their own common sense, research, and creativity to avoid legal problems. Small business owners tend to wait for problems to escalate before getting legal help.

We get it. A combination of limited budget and ignorance-is-bliss leads most of us to want to stay away from those pesky lawyers. Until we have to. Self-help will take you so far and that's OK.

We find that many businesses shutdown unnecessarily in large part because entrepreneurs underestimate the intricacies of the law. After all, it only takes one slip to get into hot water.

We are here to help you! We want you to thrive.

Come learn 9 common mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting and running their business!

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Food Upcycling: Eating Our Way Out of Climate Change
Sue Marshall
Sue Marshall
NETZRO, SBC, Founder & CEO

Come hear, see and taste how food that would otherwise be wasted can be upcycled in to new food ingredients that can feed more people better and eliminate food waste. Learn about the innovative ag & food technologies that are behind this new industry of food upcycling.