Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021

FinTech

Saturday, September 18, 2021

- CDT
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*

Monday, September 20, 2021

- CDT
MENTOR MORNING by Minnesota Innovates
Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson
Bravo Tech Inc, Co-Founder
Scott Schwalbe
Scott Schwalbe
NimbeLink, Vice President
Rick Brimacomb
Rick Brimacomb
Brimacomb Capital, Founder
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Paul Taylor
Serial Mentors Ltd., Founder
Braden Ericson
Braden Ericson
Sparrow Charts, Founder & CEO
Greg Pomerantz
Greg Pomerantz
Pomerantz & Associates, Principal
Craig Espelien
Craig Espelien
1201 Investment Partners, President

Minnesota Innovates invites Founders, whose problem solution has a technology component, to participate in a special offering of its signature Mentor Mornings. At TCSW, Founders will meet in small groups to share their concerns with mentors who have experience in various fields of technology, as well as, legal, financing, starting and scaling, marketing, sales, data analysis, customer validation and strategic development experience. The casual and welcoming setting provides opportunities to glean helpful insight and fosters enhanced access to people and resources that can support a Founder’s startup journey.

- CDT
Winthrop Accelerator - Office Hours
Evan Sheets
Evan Sheets
Winthrop & Weinstine, Attorney/Shareholder
Christopher Hussey
Christopher Hussey
Winthrop & Weinstine, Attorney/Shareholder

REGISTER HERE TO RESERVE AN APPOINTMENT

We will provide Startup Week participants with an opportunity to meet with attorneys from the firm’s “Winthrop Accelerate” program, which is specifically designed to counsel Founders on issues commonly encountered by growth-stage companies.  Each meeting will be 30 minutes and will take the format best suited to the needs of the particular participant (e.g., discussion of questions or issues facing a particular company, initial review company organizational documents, address options for capital and governance structures and/or other topics necessary to provide a solid foundation to successfully operate and raise capital). After the meeting, Founders will also have access to our suite of complimentary agreements specifically tailored for Founders and their growth-stage ventures, including non-disclosure agreements; sample employment, independent contractor and advisor agreements; and/or confidential information and inventions assignment agreements.  

- CDT
Non-Dilutive Federal Funding for Novel Early Stage R&D Projects
Pat Dillon
Pat Dillon
Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator, Founder and Director

The annual $4 billion in federal, non-dilutive funding offered through the SBIR/STTR programs is often a critical milestone in moving an entrepreneur’s research idea from concept to commercial product/services. Small business (startups and existing) across the country engage with the programs to de-risk their innovations toward new products, services and/or processes. The Small Business Administration and the 11 federal agencies are committed to making sure innovators – particularly women and minorities are aware of the SBIR and STTR programs and gain a higher percentage of that funding moving forward.

The Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator™ facilitates the commercialization of deep tech ideas, concepts and projects by leveraging federal research and development funding to small business in collaboration with government, industry, and academia.

SBIR/STTR funding is all about commercializing a novel product, service or process for domestic and international markets. There is no limit to the amount of funding or awards a small business can be awarded. The funding is awarded via a federal grant or contract, based on the agency.

Get started today to learn if your novel idea or project is a good fit with the programs. These programs are HIGHLY COMPETITIVE. Forming a research collaboration with other entities (academic, medical, federal laboratories, etc.) are highly encouraged.

- CDT
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.

- CDT
Tech Job & Opportunities Fair
Maria Ploessl
Maria Ploessl
Minnestar, Executive Director

REGISTRATION REQUIRED, please RSVP here.

Looking for a new gig or way to plug into the MN tech ecosystem? Join us at the Job & Opportunities Fair during Twin Cities Startup Week!

With 55% of people currently considering looking for a new job, it's time to connect community members and job seekers with some fabulous companies and organizations. During Twin Cities Startup Week we are putting on our first ever Job and Opportunities Fair - enjoy free food & drinks, get plugged into your community and learn about job opportunities at some of the best companies around.

Participating Companies

  • Livefront
  • SPS Commerce
  • Total Expert
  • OST (Open Systems Technologies)
  • Kipsu
  • SportsEngine
  • Buzzfeed
  • Granicus
  • Soona
  • Wagento
  • SDG (Solution Design Group)
  • Lone Wolf Technologies

COVID Guidelines

This will be hosted at Malcolm Yards - in a private space room with ample air flow (garage doors open to outside). In accordance with Twin Cities Startup Week guidelines we are requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for all attendees, and will ask folks to mask up while indoors (and not eating/drinking).


Looking forward to seeing you at this awesome event!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

- CDT
Winthrop Accelerator - Office Hours
Evan Sheets
Evan Sheets
Winthrop & Weinstine, Attorney/Shareholder
Christopher Hussey
Christopher Hussey
Winthrop & Weinstine, Attorney/Shareholder

REGISTER HERE TO RESERVE AN APPOINTMENT

We will provide Startup Week participants with an opportunity to meet with attorneys from the firm’s “Winthrop Accelerate” program, which is specifically designed to counsel Founders on issues commonly encountered by growth-stage companies.  Each meeting will be 30 minutes and will take the format best suited to the needs of the particular participant (e.g., discussion of questions or issues facing a particular company, initial review company organizational documents, address options for capital and governance structures and/or other topics necessary to provide a solid foundation to successfully operate and raise capital). After the meeting, Founders will also have access to our suite of complimentary agreements specifically tailored for Founders and their growth-stage ventures, including non-disclosure agreements; sample employment, independent contractor and advisor agreements; and/or confidential information and inventions assignment agreements.  

- CDT
Creative Video to Tell and Sell Your Story
Gabe Skelly
Gabe Skelly
Skelly Video Productions, Owner and Creator
Angela Skelly
Angela Skelly
Skelly Video Productions, Co-Owner

We will share some tools and tips on how to easily create video that stands out. These will include lighting, audio, 360 video, live video and drones. This is an active sessions and questions are a big part.

- CDT
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

- CDT
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.

- CDT
Preparing Your Startup for Investment
Jeff Robbins
Jeff Robbins
Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney
Larry Fox
Larry Fox
Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney
Bill Egan
Bill Egan
Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney/COO
David Peteler
David Peteler
Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney
Abigail Pettit
Abigail Pettit
Avisen Legal, PA, Attorney

Topics will include: Selecting the type of business entity and forming your company, Protecting your intellectual property, Employment matters including classification as independent contractors and non-compete agreements, How to use equity to attract, retain and motivate team members, Rules of Fundraising, including private placements, federal and state crowdfunding and networking events. With time to answer your questions!

- CDT
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.
- CDT
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

- CDT
Growing your startup with Open Scout and AWS University Scout Program
Jagmehr Madan
Jagmehr Madan
Atland Ventures, Managing Partner
JJ Foster
JJ Foster
Atland Ventures, Director
Gabriel Marte
Gabriel Marte
OpenScout & AWS, AWS Scout Lead
Brihu Sundararaman
Brihu Sundararaman
AWS, University Scout

The OpenScout and AWS University Scout Program is a university program that helps student entrepreneurs scale their ideas with resources from AWS and other providers. The program recently added University of Minnesota to their network and are excited to help student entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities. Come tune in as we have student scouts from the University of Minnesota, Drexel University, and Yale University talk about student entrepreneurship and the AWS Scout Program on their respective campuses.

Friday, September 24, 2021

- CDT
How the State Supports Startups
Jeff Nelson
Jeff Nelson
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, Executive Director (interim)
Nila Gouldin, MPH
Nila Gouldin, MPH
MN DEED, Launch Minnesota Grant Administrator
Sarah M Miller
Sarah M Miller
MN DEED, Business Community Development Representative
Neela Mollgaard
Neela Mollgaard
Launch Minnesota, Executive Director
Drew Lindorfer
Drew Lindorfer
MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Senior Loan Officer
Chinwe Ngwu
Chinwe Ngwu
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, Senior Loan Officer

Attendees can learn about the many resources DEED offers startups and entrepreneurs.