Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021

Workshop

Saturday, September 18, 2021

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Code Switch: Reimagine 911 on the National Day of Civic Hacking

Code Switch is a civic hackathon in which community members work on data and technology projects to create positive change.

Techies AND non-techies are welcome — entrepreneurs, artists, educators, developers, business professionals, and concerned residents. Projects can use coding, data, storytelling, and more! Ideas and solutions can be proposed by anybody (yes, anybody). You don’t need a detailed plan, only a desire for change.

This year’s theme is Reimagining 911, from Code for America’s National Day of Civic Hacking.

More details and free registration can be found at: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/code-switch-2021-national-day-of-civic-hacking-virtual-hackathon-kickoff-registration-165174931667

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.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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What’s Changed? Adjusting to Customer Needs in the New Normal
Jim Handy
Jim Handy
Minneapolis Business Mentors, Mentor, trainer, peer roundtables

As we fully enter post COVID, will there be new normal changes in your customers’ buying expectations? Changes in what they buy, how they buy it, how they prepare to use it, use and finish using your product, how they feel about your product/brand?

Using the Lean Canvas Value Proposition model and reviewing emerging consumer trends, participants will examine their business Value Proposition (customer promise) to learn and address post COVID changes in customer solution needs. Which elements remain valuable, which should be adjust and which should be added to provide maximum customer satisfaction and a competitive edge?

- 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.

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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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PLAY Your Way to a Profitable Holiday Pre-Sale Campaign
Bob Sparkins
Bob Sparkins
Leadpages, Sales Marketing Manager
Jeanette Dorazio
Jeanette Dorazio
Leadpages, CEO
Madeline Blasberg
Madeline Blasberg
Leadpages, Director of Marketing

This session is for you if: you are considering a pivot in your current business, you're thinking about developing a software product or service offering, or you're driven to help people but don't know what to focus on first.

Here's the scoop.

Before you take the leap in creating your MVP (minimum viable product) in isolation, focus instead on developing your MVA (Minimum Viable Audience). Discover the specific steps you can take to validate your business idea by working with people willing to pay for your future product and provide their feedback.

Join Bob Sparkins (Sales Marketing Manager), along with Jeanette Dorazio (CEO) and Madeline Blasberg (Director of Marketing) for this presentation and workshop from Leadpages.

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Grow your Business by Creating a Marketing Machine
Ali Moledina
Ali Moledina
Kaizen Consulting Group, Partner, Business & Leadership Coach

Every business needs a constant flow of new customers to ensure that it thrives in the long term. This workshop will explore 3 guiding principles to create a marketing machine so that your business has consistent quality leads. Attend this workshop if you would like help on making marketing theory relevant to your business. This is an interactive session and you will leave this workshop with the following:

1. Powerful insights and 'aha' moments for your business 2. A focused action plan to implement in your business 3. A free 1:1 follow-up strategy session with a Business Coach to plan your business growth

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

- CDT
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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Strengthen Your Mental Fitness
Chelsey Paulson
Chelsey Paulson
Keystone Group International, COO

Are you at times, or often, self-critical or blame others for things that don’t go the way you want them to? Do you find it difficult to see challenges as opportunities? Do you ever feel you are in a rut and don’t know how to get out? If so, this workshop was designed for you. Positive Intelligence is a measure of your Mental Fitness, called PQ (Positive Intelligence Quotient). If you’re mentally fit, you can handle life’s great challenges without mental stress or other negative emotions. You’ll be happier and perform better.

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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]

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Overcoming Burnout with Mindful Productivity for Entrepreneurs
Rahul Bhojwani
Rahul Bhojwani
Turia.ai, Inc., Co-founder, CEO
Tamara K. Torres, ND
Tamara K. Torres, ND
Optima Results Coaching, Founder/Coach

To be most effective as entrepreneurs, we need something better than the currently broken systems of productivity. The Mindful Productivity paradigm is the answer to achieve a state of flow, greater focus, and clarity throughout the day.

Research also demonstrates that burnout and work-related stress have increased during the pandemic and meditation has been the most fruitful solution (Microsoft - Sept 2020 *).

In this hands-on workshop, you will take away tangible hacks designed to help you implement a Mindful Productivity routine for yourself and your team.

*https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/09/22/pulse-employees-wellbeing-six-months-pandemic/

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Great Leadership Without the Scars - Avoiding Mistakes as a Manager
Scott Jacobs
Scott Jacobs
Groveland Leadership, Co-Founder
Rick RIttmaster
Rick RIttmaster
Groveland Leadership, Co-Founder

As businesses grow, leadership at all levels becomes critical for success. Early leaders frequently miss out on scarce training resources, opening up the company to risks and missed opportunities.

Whether you lead a team of two or two hundred, leadership is a critical skillset and essential for a successful business. During this session, we will identify the leadership skills vital for success of a new manager, and learn strategies to build those skills today so you are ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.

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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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Your Strategic Playbook for Growth & Execution
Chelsey Paulson
Chelsey Paulson
Keystone Group International, COO

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

Vision tells everyone where you are going, strategy tells everyone how you will get there. An excellent business growth strategy outlines a unique path that provides its customers truly differentiated value. This is what increases a company's value. The execution is sometimes underestimate and execution is what clears the way and puts structures, processes and capabilities in place to make strategy effective. This workshop style session will provide guidance and tools to creating strategic initiatives to get strategic execution and results.

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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Your Body's Energies: A Missing Piece in Your Wellness Toolkit? (and why it's not all "woo-woo")
Therese Naber
Therese Naber
All Being Energy LLC, Founder

Today's world can feel stressful and challenging, and many of us are looking for ways to feel more resilient in the face of it all. I believe working with your body’s energies can be a very helpful tool to add to your wellness toolkit. Many people don't know what the body's energies are and/or they think it's all too "woo-woo" to consider, which is completely understandable. In the workshop, I’ll explain what I mean by the body's energies and consider different ways to work with them. We’ll also discuss some of the science that supports these ideas. I'll show some quick and easy techniques to support your body's energies (which are great adjuncts to other wellness practices). You'll leave with a better understanding of your body's energies, as well as with some practical techniques that you can use on a daily basis.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

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Best Practices for Leveraging Emotional Intelligence to Foster a more Human-Centered Leadership
Luis Moreno
Luis Moreno
TCBPN, Co-Founder

Join us in an interactive conversation to discuss how we can leverage elements of Emotional Intelligence to foster a more Human-Centered Leadership. This training will help you promote workplaces that are more engaging, healthier and happier.

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Marketing Basics….for the Non-Marketer
Ben Marcovitch
Ben Marcovitch
Minneapolis Business Mentors, Coach & Mentor - Volunteer

Every small business needs a solid foundation. This event is valuable to new and existing businesses that have not established “core” marketing competencies that are necessary to be successful. The 4Ps (Price, Product, Promotion, Place) and Brand Positioning will be reviewed. Real life examples will be used to communicate the thought process, and templates will be included to facilitate engagement during and after the event.

Minneapolis Business Mentors is a premier source of small business advice for entrepreneurs and established businesses. We were founded and are staffed by experienced executives and business owners. We are a volunteer, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the success of entrepreneurs and small businesses in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.

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Why Visual Planning for Your Instagram Feed Matters
Erica Thompson
Erica Thompson
soona, director of creative
DK Tong
DK Tong
soona, Associate Director of Creative

In the virtual world social media is the new store front. This resource is the new way of creating foot traffic towards converting sales on your product, service, or experience. This means your visuals & content matter. Join the soona crew as we spill the deets on how to level up your social media content strategy.

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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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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Leverage Your Success with the Four Tendencies
Tamara K. Torres, ND
Tamara K. Torres, ND
Optima Results Coaching, Founder/Coach

Discover strategies to create SMARTER goals and leverage self-knowledge in order to follow-through and achieve your objectives. This interactive workshop will give you tools to clarify your priorities, harness your change tendencies, and improve focus to be more effective personally and professionally. Learn more about the Four Tendencies by taking the free quiz in advance of the workshop: https://quiz.gretchenrubin.com/

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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.

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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.