Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021

Fireside Chat

Monday, September 20, 2021

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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.

- CDT
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.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

- CDT
Coffee & Closers: How to Land your Next 3 Customers
Mickeli Bedore
Mickeli Bedore
Closers Media, Chief Revenue Officer
Tim Bornholdt
Tim Bornholdt
The Jed Mahonis Group, Partner
Dick Polipnick
Dick Polipnick
Online Growth Systems, Chief Growth Officer

As a founder, whether you are funded or self-funded, the pressure to bring in new customers consistently can cause a ton of stress. And as an investor, to see a return, your portfolio has to have companies that excel at selling.

We'll cover ways to create consistent sales opportunities that not only make your investors happy but also give you the confidence and capital needed to build your vision.

Featuring perspectives from Founders, Investors, & Closer's Sales Guru Mickeli Bedore, you will walk away with tangible knowledge you can put to work immediately.

See you there!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

- CDT
Lessons from Black Tech Leaders
Eri O'Diah
Eri O'Diah
SIID Technologies LLC, Founder
Dr. Chris Brooks
Dr. Chris Brooks
Brown Venture Group, Co-Founder + Managing Partner
Qiana Hicks
Qiana Hicks
Rise Against the Odds, Author, Speaker, IT Leader & Founder
Marlaina Love
Marlaina Love
Pipe Dream Academy, CEO & Founder
Cordell Hardy
Cordell Hardy
3M, SVP, Corporate R&D Operations

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

Join us for a powerful and insightful session as Black leaders in the Minnesota tech community share their journey to success. Our panel of technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors will share their experiences in tech and insights on how to break into and thrive in the space. We'll also hear thoughts directly from leading venture capitalists on how the increase of BIPOC VCs can impact the growth and successes of diverse-led startups.

This session is for all aspiring BIPOC professionals that want to learn lessons, resources, and insights to making an impact in tech.

Attend this event in person or participate from the comfort of your home or office through Hopin.

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
Lessons from a Failed Pitch: A Public Post-Mortem
Reed Robinson
Reed Robinson
Groove Capital, Founder & Partner
Kris Eul
Kris Eul
Kinetic, Co-Founder & CEO

It's late March 2021 and Kinetic Co-Founder Kris Eul is preparing to pitch to Groove Capital's Founder and Partner, Reed Robinson. Faulty internet and a dropped call would be the least of his concerns once the pitch was over.

Join them for a candid (and entertaining) conversation as they provide a rare perspective from both sides of the fundraising table. They'll also share key lessons learned that would guide Kinetic to successfully closing their first round and Groove evolving into a preferred early-stage fund within Minnesota.

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If You Build It Will They Come? How To Hire and Retain Your First Employees
Matt Meents
Matt Meents
Yardstik, CEO and Founder
Courtney Howard, CBPA
Courtney Howard, CBPA
Insperity, Certified Business Performance Advisor

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

Building a successful business requires bravery, tenacity, and a commitment to crafting a top-flight workplace that doesn’t let your imagination get stifled. It also hinges on getting the foundational stuff right – things like payroll, policies and procedures, employee benefits and employer-related compliance.  The best way to attract investors to your startup is to demonstrate operational credibility to prove that your company is ready to maximize their investment dollars. 

Start-up superstar Matt Meents joins Human Capital advisor Courtney Howard for a fireside chat to discuss the 10 foundational principles of building a well-established HR infrastructure to make sure you hire the right talent in the right way.

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
AI in Healthcare
Lucian Moldovan
Lucian Moldovan
Cardamons, CEO
Madhulika Srikanth
Madhulika Srikanth
TE Connectivity, R&D Manager

The main focus for AI applications in healthcare has been towards Diagnostic & Treatment, or Patient care. Ai is making a real impact in other areas of healthcare with a huge impact on the bottom line for companies that think outside the box. We will look at the medical device Manufacturers - how can Ai make their manufacturing data Readable, Searchable and Analyze-able? An educational panel showcasing the power of Ai in the medical manufacturing field

Thursday, September 23, 2021

- CDT
How To Ask People For Money
Reed Robinson
Reed Robinson
Groove Capital, Founder & Partner
Matt Rowe
Matt Rowe
Rowe Community Consulting, Business Consultant
Shonnah Hughes
Shonnah Hughes
Teen Tech Titans, Founder
Tabitha Montgomery
Tabitha Montgomery
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Executive Director

Everyone has done it, and very few people are comfortable with it. Asking people for money is a skill that can be developed. It's also a skill that is relevant to just about everyone—founders, non-profit leaders, employees, and more.

In this conversation we'll talk openly about our experiences with "the ask," and leave you all with some tips for building confidence ahead of your next money-seeking conversation.

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Unveil the Right Relationship with the Right Person
Russ Haywood
Russ Haywood
Unveil Social, SBC, Co-Founder

Let’s explore the social tools to answer: “What relationships can we really have?"

Relationships mean different things to different people! And even the same relationship can mean different things, to the same people. CanWe.app introduces new relationship guidance theories and several social tools to quickly define and navigate our honest social potential with other people.

Friday, September 24, 2021

- CDT
Fireside Chat: Food Tech Conversations with Fried Chicken
Cihan Behlivan
Cihan Behlivan
Beta, Entrepreneur in Residence
Parag Shah
Parag Shah
Vemos, Founder
Jared Brewington
Jared Brewington
Official Fried Chicken, Partner

We will talk about changing technology landscape in restaurant and hospitality businesses post-covid era. We will share our journey of opening a tech-driven fried chicken delivery platform and we will let you test our delicious fried chicken. Join us for a cool tech conversation and eat good food.