Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021

Food & Ag

Friday, September 17, 2021

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ImpactSKU '21 Showcase

Check out these purpose-driven consumer brands from across the country! These start-ups recently completed the ImpactSKU accelerator and are ready to change the food and beverage world for the better. ImpactSKU is a unique collaborative program between Minneapolis-based FINNOVATION Lab and Austin-based SKU. Hear from local company, Maazah as well as Oklahoma City-based KiZE Concepts, and two innovative companies from Los Angeles: Ancient Provisions and Chiki Chiki Boom Boom.

This two-part event starts with an in-person networking breakfast at FINNOVATION Lab at 9:00 AM. At 10:00 AM, we'll join the Hopin platform to stream the premiere of the Showcase video (also streamed live at FINN Lab).

Sunday, September 19, 2021

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Shop Local Market and Fashion Show

Aeterna, in partnership with Coimatan and True North Collaborative, is excited to bring the first Local Vendor Market and Fashion Show to Twin Cities Startup Week 2021! During the opening weekend of TCSW, as part of the Arts and Culture Track, we will be hosting a pop up where local entrepreneurs can come and showcase their products and services.

Entertainment during the pop up will include a fashion show featuring local clothing brands and designers, as well as performances by local musicians. We will especially be focusing on highlighting Bipoc and Women owned businesses.

Monday, September 20, 2021

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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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Skills-based Volunteers Get Real Jobs at Saint Paul Restaurants
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks
NCXT, President and Founding Partner

Our communities need a different type of volunteerism during a global pandemic, recession, and uprising. Attend this session to hear how volunteers from Land o'Lakes engaged directly with Saint Paul restaurants to build resilience.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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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.  

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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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!

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Crowdfunding: What You Should Know Before You Start
Connie Rutledge
Connie Rutledge
FINNOVATION Lab, CEO
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Jeremy Kalin
Avisen Legal, Imapct Counsel, Attorney
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Matthew Messerli
University of Minnesota Law School, JD Candidate, 2022

In-person Location: FINNOVATION Lab: 817 Fifth Ave S UNIT 400, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Crowdfunding may seem simple, but a successful campaign requires building a crowd, and a smart funding strategy: which platform is right for you, what you’re giving in exchange for money, and how these choices can help you identify your strongest target audiences. Whether you are a social impact company looking to mobilize your community, or an innovative start-up willing to experiment with equity crowdfunding, we've got you covered. We will share the legal basics and business best practices for improving your chances to successfully crowdfund your company.

A collaborative project from FINNOVATION Lab, Avisen Legal and the University of Minnesota Law School.

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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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Pivot or Perish
Adam G. Southam
Adam G. Southam
MyFormulary LLC, Chairman
Rick Brimacomb
Rick Brimacomb
Brimacomb Capital, Founder
John Arms
John Arms
Voyageur University, CoFounder Voyageur University

The session explores the power of the pivot, in business and in life. Panelists will tell their stories of successful pivots and failures where pivots were required. Moderated by Club Entrepreneur chief Rick Brimacomb, this session features three business leaders who have been involved in numerous pivots. They will teach how early to look, when to keep going on the existing road and when to jump off it. The art and science of maneuvering with limited resources. Being disciplined about “failing fast” but not throwing out the baby in the bathwater.

LinkedIN Event Page https://www.linkedin.com/events/6842559799880663040/

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

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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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Reimagining Supplier Diversity - Invite Only Breakfast presented by Ecolab
Char Dobbs
Char Dobbs
The Activate Network and Certified Access, COO of The Activate Network and Co Founder of Certified Access
Mercedes Jaime
Mercedes Jaime
ENTER~ENTRA LLC, Founder & CEO

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

The procurement process can be complex without the proper guidance and resources in place. Hear from the BIPOC-owned startups, businesses, and supplier diversity professionals about challenges and new resolutions to payment structures, certifications, responding to RFPs, and outreach to diverse suppliers.

The purpose of the event is for Supplier Diversity Executives to connect, share best practices, and discuss how to improve the process to attract more diverse suppliers. Char Dobbs and Mercedes E. Jaime from the Activate Network will share knowledge on navigating the procurement process with large corporations and present lessons learned from helping hundreds navigate supplier diversity programs. 

We're excited to bring supplier diversity leaders together and help lay the foundation to create more effective supplier diversity programs.

PARKING INSRUCTIONS

Science Museum of Minnesota - Parking Map & Instructions.pdf - Parking in the museum lot is $5. 

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Food & Agriculture Track
Casey Shultz
Casey Shultz
BETA, Executive Director
Taranvir Johal
Taranvir Johal
Tavolo, CEO
Laurie Kleinbaum Fink, Ph.D.
Laurie Kleinbaum Fink, Ph.D.
Science Museum of Minnesota, Chair of Science at Science Museum of Minnesota
Barry Gisser
Barry Gisser
The Science Museum of Minnesota, Chief Financial Officer

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


TCSW is proud to present the Twin Cities Startup Week Food & Agriculture Track. Prepare to be inspired as we discuss the future of Food & Ag and all the opportunities that exist for disruptors in the space.

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

SCHEDULE

8:00 AM - Reimagining Supplier Diversity - Invite Only Breakfast

10:00 AM - Opening Remarks 

10:10 AM - How to Build a CPG Brand

12:30 PM - Customer Obsession Creates Restaurant Resiliency

1:45 PM - State of Startup + Enterprise Partnerships in MSP

2:40 PM - To fund or not to fund…the founder’s dilemma from an investor perspective

3:40 PM - The Real Pitch MN

PARKING INSRUCTIONS

Science Museum of Minnesota - Parking Map & Instructions.pdf - Parking in the museum lot is $5. 

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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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How to Build a CPG Brand
Kate LaBrosse
Kate LaBrosse
Kate LaBrosse Consulting, CEO/Founder

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

Learn what it takes to launch and build a successful CPG brand from an industry insider and someone who has both called on many of the biggest accounts in the country and helped manage some of the most successful brands in natural retail.

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Restaurant Tech For The Win and For The Future
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks
NCXT, President and Founding Partner

Restaurant Operators were relentless and fierce, battling through the pandemic to keep all of us fed. Learn about the technology they used to keep the tacos hot and the ice cream cold all while being delivered to your doorstep.

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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.

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Customer Obsession Creates Restaurant Resiliency
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks
NCXT, President and Founding Partner

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

The pandemic drove a wedge between restaurants and their customers causing many losses and even more heartbreak. In this talk, we'll take a look at 3 Minnesota restaurants that were customer-obsessed and thrived because of it. Create a bond with your customer that no pandemic, restriction, or shut down can stand between - here's how.

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State of Startup + Enterprise Partnerships in MSP
Matt Lewis
Matt Lewis
Greater MSP, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Stephanie Rich
Stephanie Rich
Bread and Butter Ventures, Head of Platform
Dominic Iannazzo
Dominic Iannazzo
EY, Partner, Strategy & Transactions
Al Cornish
Al Cornish
Gener8tor, General Partner
Brittany Clements
Brittany Clements
Allianz Life Ventures, Managing Director

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

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is a “headquarters economy,” home to the highest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters in the country. That can be a huge asset for local startups when corporations act as customers, investors, and partners, as well as support programs like local accelerators or events like Twin Cities Startup Week. Partners across the Forge North coalition, including the Carlson School of Management, Target, Medical Alley Association, EY, and others, worked together to interview dozens of the region’s largest corporations and learn all the ways they’re engaging startups today and what more could be possible in the years to come. Join us to unpack the results.

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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.