Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021

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Friday, September 17, 2021

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TCSW 2021 Opening Party - VIP
Casey Shultz
Casey Shultz
BETA, Executive Director
Ben Wright
Ben Wright
3M, VP of 3M Ventures
Chris Iles
Chris Iles
Minnesota Twins, LLC, Senior Director, Brand Experience and Innovation

The TCSW team invites you to meet and mingle with distinguished guests, community ambassadors, thought leaders, executives and others from the Twin Cities community prior to the TCSW 2021 Opening Party!

We'll have food and drink, live entertainment, and you might even get to go on an exclusive tour of the Twins Stadium! Plus, you can pick up your TCSW VIP hoodie.

This event will lead right into the Opening Party at 7pm — stick around and kick off the week with founders, corporate leaders, and members of the community.

PARKING / ENTRANCE INSTRUCTIONS

The entry point for the event is the Minnesota Twins Executive Offices Entrance, located at 353 5th Street North, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Parking is available on the street and in the ramps surrounding the ballpark. Recommended parking: 

  • Target Field Station Parking Ramp at 335 5th Street North, Minneapolis, MN 55403 
  • Ramp B at 516 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Monday, September 20, 2021

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Preparing For a Capital Event
Joel Ribnick
Joel Ribnick
EY, Senior Manager, Strategy and Transactions
Dominic Iannazzo
Dominic Iannazzo
EY, Partner, Strategy & Transactions
Aaron Shilts
Aaron Shilts
NetSPI, President and CEO
Jamie Candee
Jamie Candee
Edmentum, CEO
Ravi Norman
Ravi Norman
JLT Energy Services, CEO

Whether you are seeking to raise debt, secure equity financing, sell your business or partner with a strategic investor, you will need to be prepared. Hear from four successful entrepreneurs on their experiences raising capital and the keys to being adequately prepared.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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VC 101: A Roundtable Discussion

Interested in learning more about venture capital? Or maybe you just want to brush up on the topic. Either way, this event is for you. Join us for a panel discussion where we'll discuss FAQs surrounding venture capital with experts on all sides of the table, including representatives from venture capital firms, startups, and a business law firm. Did we mention there's going to be free breakfast?

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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.

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Fundraising AMA w/ VC
Ryan Broshar
Ryan Broshar
Matchstick Ventures, Partner
Natty Zola
Natty Zola
Matchstick Ventures, Partner

Ryan Broshar & Natty Zola - Partners at Matchstick Ventures - will open the mic and answer any and all questions founders have about pre-seed and seed stage fundraising for startups in this "ask me anything" format. Come with questions and look forward to a lively dialogue amongst the partners and participants.

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Pitching Yourself and Your Company For Success
Alexis Walsko
Alexis Walsko
Lola Red, Founder & CEO

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

From pitching your business, raising money, recruiting talent and leading your teams, effectively channeling your own personal brand and networks can have a tremendous impact on your success.  

Learn tips and tricks behind successful PR strategies and fundraising campaigns.  
Alexis Walsko brings 22 years of experience as founder, marketer and leader to a conversation about how best to present yourself and your company to support your growing business.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Founder Track presented by Samsung Next
Casey Shultz
Casey Shultz
BETA, Executive Director
Jeff Aguy
Jeff Aguy
2043 and NCXT, Founder & CEO

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

Samsung Next is proud to present the Twin Cities Startup Week Founder Track. Please join us as we explore the entrepreneurial journey from how to start your own startup to funding options to how to grow and scale. We’ll hear from seasoned entrepreneurs, local investors, and other community leaders that want to ensure the next Fortune 500s are started in our own backyard. If you’re a founder or interested in starting a company - this track is for you! Breakfast and lunch provided. 

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

SCHEDULE 

9:00 AM - Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - Lessons from Black Tech Leaders

10:30 AM - If You Build It Will They Come? How To Hire and Retain Your First Employees

11:25 AM - How is the MN Startup Market Perceived by Out of State VCs?

12:10 PM - Growing Your Business: Do I Raise Money to Fund my Startup? - A Lunch Discussion Presented by Traction Capital

1:15 PM - Come Meditate! A Mindfulness Break.

1:45 PM - Understanding your startup funding options 

2:55 PM - Your Strategic Playbook for Growth & Execution

4:00 PM - Rethinking Best Practices

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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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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Building an Advisory Business to Grow Your Network
Cathy Paper
Cathy Paper
RockPaperStar, President

Building a network is a shortcut for growth. Whether you are creating a board of advisors or looking for funding or employees you want to have a strategy for who to reach and how to build relationships. Start identifying who you want to meet and where you would find them. As well you can learn specific tips and blueprints for how to grow your network with confidence.

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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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How is the MN Startup Market Perceived by Out of State VCs?
Ryan Broshar
Ryan Broshar
Matchstick Ventures, Partner
Daniel Heck
Daniel Heck
OpenView, Partner
Graham Ober
Graham Ober
Revolution Ventures, Investor
Masha Khusid
Masha Khusid
Drive Capital, Partner

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

Ever wonder how out-of-market investors perceive the Twin Cities startup community? How do we stack up to other markets they regularly spend time in? What makes us unique? We'll have a panel of out-of-market VCs and take questions from the audience.

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Negotiating Collaboration Agreements with Large Companies: What to Expect
Ann Ladd
Ann Ladd
Fredrikson, Shareholder
Rhona Schwaid
Rhona Schwaid
Medtronic, Strategic Legal Counsel
Jeffrey Steinle
Jeffrey Steinle
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Attorney
Aleida Conners
Aleida Conners
Medtronic, Senior Counsel

This presentation will discuss five different types of collaborative arrangements commonly used by large strategic life sciences companies to collaborate with start-up companies, either as part of strategic transactions, venture capital investments or joint ventures. The discussion will address issues and strategies for product development, patent and technology licenses, data sharing arrangements, distribution agreements and joint steering committee agreements.

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Growing Your Business: Do I Raise Money to Fund my Startup? - A Lunch Discussion Presented by Traction Capital
Shane Erickson
Shane Erickson
Traction Capital, Managing Partner
Barb Stinnett
Barb Stinnett
Timmaron Group, CEO
Matt Meents
Matt Meents
Yardstik, CEO and Founder

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

Are you considering whether or not to raise funding to grow your business? If so, you won’t want to miss this lunch discussion featuring four accomplished Minnesota investors and entrepreneurs: Andrew Duneman, Barb Stinnett, Matt Meents, and Shane Erickson. This panel of Traction Capital investors possess the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the often-tricky process of raising capital to grow your business (and whether you should). Mark your calendars for this insightful lunchtime conversation!

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.
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Health Law 101: Key Legal Issues for Health Care Startups and Investors
Marguerite Ahmann
Marguerite Ahmann
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Attorney
Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Shareholder

This presentation will discuss the key legal issues for health care startup companies and investors, including IP and data rights, privacy and security, reimbursement, FDA, fraud and abuse, corporate practice of medicine, and other corporate law matters. Attendees will learn how to protect their assets, design a legal/compliance strategy, and avoid making costly legal/regulatory mistakes.

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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.

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Challenges of Building a Developer Tools Startup
Marc Grabanski
Marc Grabanski
Frontend Masters, CEO
Mark Gritter
Mark Gritter
Akita Software, Founding Engineer
Todd Gardner
Todd Gardner
TrackJS, President
Pejman Ghorbanzade
Pejman Ghorbanzade
Touca, Founder, CEO
Donnie Berkholz
Donnie Berkholz
Percona, SVP, Product Management

Join us for an interactive panel discussion with experienced founders and founding engineers of successful Developer Tools startups like TrackJS, Frontend Masters, Akita Software, and Touca. We will speak about common challenges of building products for software developers, ranging from marketing and sales to product development. We will share our experiences and offer our vision for the future of software development.

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Rethinking “Best Practices”
Dr. Chris Brooks
Dr. Chris Brooks
Brown Venture Group, Co-Founder + Managing Partner

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

The short phrase “best practices” has become a defining factor within the private equity industry, from due diligence processes for potential investments to vetting fund managers. In this session, Dr. Chris Brooks will explore how this single phrase has led to billions of dollars of missed opportunity, and he will propose steps to think differently moving forward.

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.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

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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.

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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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Future of Venture with Atland Ventures
Jagmehr Madan
Jagmehr Madan
Atland Ventures, Managing Partner
JJ Foster
JJ Foster
Atland Ventures, Director
Kiley Giebel
Kiley Giebel
Atland Ventures, VP of Platform
Sasidhar Vankina
Sasidhar Vankina
Anthos Capital, Investor
Aneesh Dhawan
Aneesh Dhawan
Knit, CEO

Atland Ventures is a student run Venture Capital firm based at the University of Minnesota that focuses on investing in early stage startups innovating within the Gen Z space. Come hear from a panel of current Atland Ventures partners, recent alum, and portfolio company CEO on emerging trends in the Gen Z space.

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Preparing Your Startup For Fundraising
Patrice Kloss
Patrice Kloss
Fox Rothschild LLP, Partner
Pam York
Pam York
Capita3, Managing Partner
Kathryn Dehn
Kathryn Dehn
Fox Rothschild LLP, Attorney-at-law
Josh Slayton
Josh Slayton
ECMC Group, SVP, Corp Dev & Impact Investing

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

What should a startup do to prepare for raising capital?
What does the fund-raising process look like?
What is “due diligence” and how should a startup prepare for it?
What do angel investors typically look for in a seed or early round financing?

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

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS

There is a large paid parking lot right next to the T3 building (323 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401). 

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Launch Minnesota: "Ask the Board Anything"
Rick Huebsch
Rick Huebsch
University of MN's Technology Commercialization, Executive Director
Aneela Idnani
Aneela Idnani
HabitAware, CoFounder
Adam Choe
Adam Choe
Yonder, CEO
Lindsey Hillesheim
Lindsey Hillesheim
ATP - Bio I Skylark Science, Director of Strategic Partners & Innovation at ATP-Bio | Principal at Skylark Science
Dave Hengel
Dave Hengel
Greater Bemidji, Executive Director
Christine Beech
Christine Beech
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Executive Director of the Kabara Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies
Xavier Frigola
Xavier Frigola
Mayo Clinic, Corporate Venture Capital
Neela Mollgaard
Neela Mollgaard
Launch Minnesota, Executive Director
Ashley Lowes
Ashley Lowes
Target, Communications Lead
Jodi Hubler
Jodi Hubler
Advisory Board Member, Board Chair Launch MN

Launch Minnesota is proud to present "Ask the Board Anything" with the Launch Minnesota Advisory Board members.

Launch Minnesota empowers and elevates Minnesota’s innovation ecosystem. We connect, convene, and catalyze efforts to support entrepreneurs statewide by bringing together public and private organizations from diverse sectors and industries. Join this session to learn the insight and perspective from our board members who represent founders, investors, higher education, corporate and entrepreneurial support organizations.

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Investor Cocktail Network Event
David Russick
David Russick
Gopher Angels, Managing Director
Jeff Nelson
Jeff Nelson
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, Executive Director (interim)
Jeff Robbins
Jeff Robbins
Avisen Legal, P.A., Attorney

An opportunity to network with investors over cocktails and hors d'oeuvers. All accredited investors are invited to attend. There will be an open bar from 4:30 to 6:30.

Friday, September 24, 2021

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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.

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The Real Pitch MN
Brett Brohl
Brett Brohl
Bread and Butter Ventures, Managing Partner
Mary Grove
Mary Grove
Bread and Butter Ventures, Managing Partner
Stephanie Rich
Stephanie Rich
Bread and Butter Ventures, Head of Platform

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

What are investors really thinking when they hear a startup pitch? See 5 MN-based startups pitch experienced investors Brett Brohl and Mary Grove from Bread and Butter Ventures. Brett and Mary will give live feedback and provide insight into the investor thought process, giving you an inside peek at what investors think about pitch decks, round sizes, competition slides and more!

Startups can apply to pitch here.