A whole week showcasing the Twin Cities'
startup community
September 8-13, 2015


September 9

  • Beta.MN 1.5

    Beta.MN 1.5 is designed to bring attention to the area’s undiscovered up-and-comers. Bucking formal presentations, Beta.MN start-ups demo their ideas in an accessible, one-to-one format, a lot like a science fair, but with more booze. The events are also a place for entrepreneurs, hackers, artists, investors, teachers and students to get to know each other in a comfortable, agenda-less setting.

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  • Sport Ngin Beta.MN 1.5 Afterparty
    Sport Ngin

    Head over to Sport Ngin after Beta.MN 1.5 to keep the party rolling into the night. Spend the evening connecting with friends in the lounge or on the rooftop deck; participate in a ping-pong or foosball tournament; enjoy local craft beer and some late night eats as we kick-off the first night of Twin Cities Startup Week!

September 10

  • MN Cup Final Awards Reception
    McNamara Alumni Center

    The Minnesota Cup encourages and supports Minnesota's most innovative business ideas through the largest annual statewide new venture competition and related programming to assist Minnesota entrepreneurs. The 2014 Minnesota Cup contest will culminate with this awards ceremony where startups will compete for a share of $300,000 in cash prizes, as well as the opportunity to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

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  • U of M Entrepreneur/Start-Up Alumni Network Kickoff

    Join fellow University of Minnesota alumni for the launch of the University of Minnesota Entrepreneur/Start-Up Alumni Network featuring a panel of Twin Cities top entrepreneurs. The Entre/Start-Up Alumni Network helps University of Minnesota alumni build connections and share ideas around entrepreneurial endeavors. The Network builds pride for both the entrepreneurial community in Minnesota and the University. A light breakfast will be served.

  • Founding a Startup: What Health Entrepreneurs Need to Know
    Hamline University

    Attorney, educator, and author Terri Krivosha shares insights and observations from thirty years of providing strategic and business advice to early stage companies. Joining Terri is internationally profiled technology and business executive entrepreneur Julie Gilbert Newrai, whose most recent start-up PreciouStatus offers a real-life case for putting Terri's advice to work. Attendees will receive a copy of Terri's newly released book, Founding A Startup. Registration begins at 7:30a.

  • Tech Cocktail Minneapolis
    Maker's Cafe

    Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup Showcase - Work might be from 9-5, but power business breakfasts happen before 9:00. Tech Cocktail Mixers are like networking events except fun, like a party, except business-oriented, and like a startup pitch series, except informal and face-paced. The result is a one-of-a-kind experience that makes for the perfect evening for entrepreneurs, investors, tech enthusiasts, and fun seekers alike.

  • 1 Million Cups St. Paul
    James J. Hill Center

    1 Million Cups is a program started by the Kauffman Foundation to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs. The Hill is part of 45 other cities across the country who host a weekly gathering that is building startup communities over cups of coffee and conversation. Each Wednesday morning, two early-stage startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for 6 minutes and fields audience questions for another 20 minutes. And of course plenty of free coffee.

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  • Startup Weekend Twin Cities 6 Bootcamp
    CoCo MPLS Downtown

    Startup Weekend Twin Cities 6 Bootcamp is prepratory event for Startup Weekend Twin Cities 6 attendees (Sept 12,13,14). This event will be led by Dale Lotts (Lean Startup Twin Cities organizer) and Scott Davis (Startup Weekend Twin Cities 1 winner). Participants can expect to significantly increase their chances of success going into the event. The topics covered include: Initial pitch, team formation, strategies and tactics, lean Startup/MVP, final pitch prep, post event execution The bootcamp is free with a valid Startup Weekend Ticket, or $25 without. Lunch is included.

  • Rejection Therapy
    Location TBD

    Participants will take on the task of making bold requests of people with the intention of getting rejected. This helps people get over the fear of rejection by seeing it from a different perspective. Surprisingly, sometimes people even say yes and let you carry them down the street or drive their cars.

  • Drone Startups and Research in Minnesota
    Akerman Hall, U of M - East Bank

    Join us for a discussion of Minnesota startups and research in the Unmanned Systems industry during Twin Cities Startup Week! We will meet in Akerman Hall at the University of Minnesota's East Bank campus, home of the U of M's UAV Research Group where a growing group of faculty and staff do cutting edge research and educate students in this industry. This event will run about 45 minutes, leaving time for everyone to walk over to the Minnesota Cup finals being held two blocks away at the McNamara Alumni Center.

September 11

  • Bootstrappers Breakfast
    Carlson School, 3M Auditorium

    Join Other Entrepreneurs Who Eat Problems For Breakfast. These breakfasts were designed for entrepreneurs to share ideas and leverage thoughts with other folks who are serious about growing their business.

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  • Local Resources for Startups
    CoCo MSP

    Starting a business can be challenging, and especially so for those in the high tech space. Join CoCo Minneapolis and MHTA for a panel discussion to learn more about local resources available for Minnesota startups – from financing to intellectual property. Panelists include:
    -Dan Grigsby, partner at Drivetrain, and co-founder of MinneDemo and MinneBar; -Sam Walling, principal at Robins, Kapaln, Miller and Ciresi; and -Ryan Broshar, managing partner at Confluence Capital and co-founder of Twin Cities Startup Week.

    Space is limited, so please RSVP. Questions? Call John Dukich at 952.230.4535

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  • What Real Investors Really Want
    Carlson School of Mgmt Room 2-213

    In this presentation, experienced Early Stage investor John Lilly will provide entrepreneurs with his Top Ten Insights on what investors are really looking for. Through his Lateral Capital funds, John has invested in 30 different Early Stage companies across the US.

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  • MinneDemo18
    RiverView Theater

    MinneDemo is for real, working technology products made in Minnesota. Demos are 7 minutes long and PowerPoint is not allowed. Some have described it as geek show and tell. We like to think that geeks and those interested in what they are doing (i.e., investors, media organizations, etc) will enjoy an event centered on seeing what the local scene is up to and networking before, during, and afterward with food and drinks. It’s an energizing and informative evening.

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  • Twin Cities Startup Crawl
    CoCo MPLS Downtown

    Join Confluence Capital as we tour multiple startup headquarters and get to hear from actual entrepreneurs! Startups will vary from well-established, fully-funded companies to fledgling ideas in the basement. We'll start and end at CoCo MPLS downtown in the lobby.

  • Pre-MinneDemo Bash & Office Warming Party
    MPLS Grain Exchange Bldg - Suite 365 N

    The Twin Cities tech scene has a lot to celebrate since Mobile Realty Apps debuted at MinneDemo 8 in Feb. 2010... CoCo in 3 locations; the rise of minne*; TECHdotMN's awesome coverage; Beta.MN's launch; a growing number of fantastic startups raising funding; great startups getting acquired; and countless other signs of progress! Come check out our brand new office space in the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, share a brew, and celebrate momentum in our tech community together.

September 12

  • Startup Weekend
    9/12 - 9/14

    Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The weekend is a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

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  • Startup Weekend 6 Demo Night
    9/14 Networking: 5:00p-6:00p Demos: 6:00p-8:00p
    Carlson School of Mgmt

    Check out the fresh startups formed during Startup Weekend Twin Cities 6 and network with others while fundraising for charitable organization BRIDGEdotMN (http://bridge.mn).

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  • TCSW Bike Tour
    Dunn Bros. Coffee

    Let's get the day started off right and enjoy some of the Twin Cities coveted bike trail system. The ride will be at a conversation pace and we'll make our way from downtown MPLS to the Uptown/Lakes area...with a few stops along the way. Any bike is OK – including those from a nearby NiceRide kiosk. We'll begin and end at the Dunn Bros Freight House Coffee Shop.

  • Women in Entrepreneurship
    U of M – Carlson School of Management

    Please join the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management for an event during Twin Cities Startup Week focusing on women in entrepreneurship. The event, targeting young women professionals and students, will feature three successful women who represent multiple areas of entrepreneurship - from developing new ideas within large companies to starting their own businesses. This incredible list of female speakers will inspire and challenge you to think bigger. Speakers for the event include: Angie Bastian, Angie's Kettle Corn Kristyn Cook-Turner, State Farm Julie Gilbert Newrai, PreciouStatus

  • Recruiting for Minnesota Startups
    CoCo Minneapolis

    If you already know how to find a co founder, recruit a CTO and build a team of 20+... this is not for you. If you are like most groups and having some difficulty sourcing, recruiting and closing candidates... this conversation is for you. NOTE: this is about creating a recruiting strategy that works for tech, marketing or any kind of company or firm. What is the agenda? One part presentation and one part discussion. I’m going to cover a lot of ground including:
    -Career page content
    -Writing better job ads
    -Twitter and Facebook
    -Creating talent pools
    -Employer branding

    While I have a bunch of information I know most startups need… your questions, stories and thoughts are requested.

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  • Financing Your Start Up
    Coco Downtown

    Join the Twin Cities Geekettes and AVL Growth Partners while we talk about how to finance your startup. Peter Birkeland and Stacey Voves of AVL Growth Partners as well as two others TBD will sit on a panel and answer your questions. Time will be available after for networking.

  • WebDev Happy Hour

    TrackJS, Frontend Masters, and Westwerk invite you to a Web developer happy hour! Come mingle with the Minnesota web developer community and learn of the latest happenings in startup web development.



To support the startup community during Twin Cities Startup Week, CoCo is offering free coworking from 8:00a–5:00p each day to startups, wannabe startups and investors (sorry freelancers!). Please RSVP beforehand.


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