Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021

Sustainability

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).

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*

Monday, September 20, 2021

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Future of Our Cities Track
Sabina Saksena
Sabina Saksena
Founding Member of Smart North and CEO of Cytilife
Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher
University Of Minnesota, Director of the Minnesota Design Center
Casey Shultz
Casey Shultz
BETA, Executive Director
Tayo Daniel
Tayo Daniel
Aeterna, President/ Co-Founder

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

The Future of Our Cities Track of Twin Cities Startup Week is being hosted by Smart North and sponsored by MnDOT. Prepare to be inspired as we discuss the future of Livability, Mobility, Sustainability, and Workability and all the opportunities that exist for disruptors in the space. Food and beverage will be provided during the event.

Attend this track in person or participate from the comfort of your home or office through Hopin. IN-PERSON CAPACITY: 35 people. 

SCHEDULE 

7:50 am - Opening Remarks

8 AM - Reimagining Our Cities in the Post-Pandemic World (Hybrid)

9 AM - Transforming Livability and Equity Through Technology (Hybrid)

9 AM - Reimagining Partnerships in Placemaking and Urban Planning (In-person)

10 AM - Digital Equity - The Next Great Equalizer (Hybrid)

11 AM - Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis Through a New Investment Strategy (Hybrid)

11 AM - Future of Mobility Tech & Research Showcase (In-person)

12:30 PM - Shark Tank Reverse Pitch Competition (Hybrid)

2 PM - The Re-emergence of Place-based Entrepreneurship (Hybrid)

2 PM - Entrepreneurial Roundtable (In-person)

3 PM - Investing in Our Collective Futures! (Hybrid)

4 PM - Bringing the Future Forward, Fast! (Hybrid)

4:45 PM - What's your Blueprint for becoming Future Ready? (Hybrid)

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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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Reimagining Partnerships in Placemaking and Urban Planning
Tracy Nordstrom
Tracy Nordstrom
Verve.Place, Principal
Fernando Burga
Fernando Burga
University of Minnesota, Assistant Professor
Richard Gilyard
Richard Gilyard
Towerside, Board member
Cyrus Knutson
Cyrus Knutson
Minnesota Department of Transportation, Director of Center for Community Connections
Colten Zacharias
Colten Zacharias
Brand Director at Framework

Join local design leaders, researchers and directors for a panel discussion on the future of place and partnership in Minnesota and around the world.

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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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Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis Through a New Investment Strategy
Warren Hanson
Warren Hanson
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Minnesota Equity Fund, President and Chief Executive Officer
PJ Hill
PJ Hill
Wells Fargo Advisors, Financial Advisor
Tim Marx
Tim Marx
Catholic Charities, CEO
Sarah Harris
Sarah Harris
Aeon, Executive Vice President
Shannon O'Leary
Shannon O'Leary
St Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Chief Investment Officer

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

Join our panel of developers, investors, and housing experts as they discuss a new investment idea that is fast, cost-effective, sustainable/resilient while offering market returns for investors.

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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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Change Can’t Happen in Isolation: Convergence of the Sustainable Development Goals
Mark Ritchie
Mark Ritchie
Global Minnesota, President
Lori Most
Lori Most
Binary Bridge / BackpackEMR, Founder / CEO
Duza Baba
Duza Baba
Baba Consulting, Principal Consultant
Max Bock-Aronson
Max Bock-Aronson
Breathe99 PBC, CEO

The COVID-19 Pandemic has compromised the world’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for The Sustainable Development Goals. SDG 3 - Good Health & Wellbeing has risen to the top of priority goals for many. However, the interconnectedness of the goals has become even more apparent as we work towards recovery.

The social impact entrepreneurial community is one of the leading producers of bold interventions making an impact on health, economic and social recovery efforts.

In this inspiring panel, we will highlight the innovative startups responding to COVID and the convergence of efforts working towards the broader 2030 goals.

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Circular Economy for Retailers: Now is the Time
Juli Lassow
Juli Lassow
JHL Solutions, LLC, Founder & Principal

Making (and communicating) meaningful progress on strategic sustainability plans is a must for any retailer or brand today. Yet, so many organizations struggle to take the first steps. I believe that the Circular Economy is a straightforward, actionable, and proven framework to effectively jump-starting sustainability efforts. I am excited to share this concept with retailers and their partners in an approachable, informative way.

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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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Reducing Tech’s Digital Carbon Footprint: Do Good for the Earth and Your Bottom Line
Tim Bornholdt
Tim Bornholdt
The Jed Mahonis Group, Partner
Paul Duncan
Paul Duncan
Anuvia Plant Nutrients, Director of Sustainability

As investors actively support companies with climate pledges, reducing your tech’s digital carbon footprint is one way to help your ESG score. But striving for tech that is also sustainable is more than a feel-good goal.

This virtual talk between a tech expert and a sustainability expert will explore the tangible cost-saving benefits to making your tech stack eco-friendly with a Q&A session at the end.

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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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Building Back Local Economies - What Small Means
Hayley Matthews-Jones
Hayley Matthews-Jones
Minneapolis Craft Market, Founder
Zoe Levin
Zoe Levin
Bim Bam Boo, CEO and Founder
Bella (Nhi) Lam
Bella (Nhi) Lam
Coconut Whisk, Founder
Audra Robinson
Audra Robinson
Rocky Robinson, Founder

This session will explore and showcase the local economy while bringing in community leaders to discuss how to strengthen the Minnesota ecosystem of small businesses. At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the significance of small businesses, how some small businesses are doing big things, as well as how we can support startups and small businesses alike at the early stages of their work.

ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86562647359

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A Sustainable Future and Business Impact
Kate Nordstrum
Kate Nordstrum
The Great Northern, Executive and Artistic Director
Gregg Mast
Gregg Mast
Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, Executive Director
Amber Haukedahl
Amber Haukedahl
Tare Market, CEO and Founder
Princess Haley
Princess Haley
Appetite For Change, Co-Founder and Senior Engagement Officer

The only innovative way forward for businesses is to embrace sustainability. What does this mean? How can partnerships across sectors and organizational types accelerate the effort? In this session we will hear from community leaders who are doing their part in the Twin Cities and building a movement to inspire positive change.

ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86562647359

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Accessible Startups: Simple Tips for Digital and Social Inclusion
Lynn Wehrman
Lynn Wehrman
WeCo Accessibility Services, President and Founder

Every startup wants to be diverse and inclusive, but few understand that the digital needs of people with disabilities is part of reaching that goal. Websites, software, social media, videos, presentations, emails and documents that are accessible to people living with cognitive, hearing, mobility and sight-related disabilities is not only possible, it's essential in the current legal landscape, for companies engaged in startup and beyond. This lunch time session will give Startups knowledge, tools and empowered next steps to understand the "why" of digital accessibility AND begin to include clients, employees and the public, who live with disabilities, from the start. Each attendee will receive an "Accessible Startup Tips" digital guide and a free accessibility assessment of their website or mobile application.

This presentation will include live audio description and closed captioning. All materials in this presentation are structured for digital accessibility. Advance copies of the handout materials are available upon request at: [email protected]

ZOOM INFORMATION:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82211331619

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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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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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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.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

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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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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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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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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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The Blue Connection: An Interactive Circular Economy Simulation
Juli Lassow
Juli Lassow
JHL Solutions, LLC, Founder & Principal
Chuck Nemer
Chuck Nemer
The Guru of Biz, Trainer for all things Circular Economy and Supply Chain Management

Retailers and consumer brands today struggle to develop and implement strategic, sustainable frameworks. The Circular Economy provides an impactful way of creating and building a business that is both profitable and sustainable. In our 3-hour simulation workshop, you’ll interact with small groups as we take you through the basics of what the Circular Economy is and what the core business decisions are. Also covered will be key performance metrics used to implement, measure, and communicate progress. This session is an experiential approach to building and executing a profitable, sustainable business model.

You'll need your cell phone for this session, and a laptop would be helpful but is not required.