In every corner of the Twin Cities Metro Area there is a hacker, maker, artist and entrepreneur whose efforts power the future economic vitality of this great state. During this week, we say thank you in the form of attention, praise and money... if you feel so bold. It's an entire week of startups on display. Welcome to #TCSW.
TCSW is proud to announce that we will be offering a fly-in program for this year's Startup week. If you are looking for potential employment with MN startups and if you are interested in attending Twin Cities Startup Week we want to hear from you.
Nels Pederson is one of the original founders and current director of Twin Cities Startup Week. He has ran and worked with handful of early stage companies and fallen in love with the world of Entrepreneurship. Currently an associate with the Tech Stars Retail program. If he is not working he’s out climbing and exploring the world.
Aaron Sykes is a Minneapolis-based unmanned aviation professional and advocate. Aaron founded Unmanned Standards to help companies leverage drone technology to increase workflow efficiency and accuracy and MAVMeetup to facilitate a collaborative community of 750+ responsible drone enthusiasts in the Twin Cities.
Nick Roseth is Chief Operations Officer of SWAT Solutions, a solutions group focused on helping clients evolve their technology and quality ecosystems. Nick works best at the intersections of creative, technology, and business. As an evangelist for Minnesota, Nick is passionate about the MN Tech Community, is a connector of people and ideas, and is also the producer of DocuMNtary, a film about the story of technology in Minnesota.
Marty Wetherall is the Director of Innovation at Fallon where he works with clients to evolve the ways they engage with consumers. He’s also charged with developing new models and mindsets within the agency, fueled by his experience running multiple startups (including his summer at Y Combinator as co-founder of FanChatter) and exemplified by his creation of Fallon StarterKit (a venture storytelling program for cool crowdfunding projects with no up-front fee). Ask him what he thinks will happen next.
Danielle is the manager of Operations and Member Services at Impact Hub MSP. Impact Hub MSP is part innovation lab, part business Incubator and part social enterprise community center offering purpose driven professionals a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact.
Impact Hub MSP is one of 82 locations supporting a network of over 16,000 change makers around the world who are addressing our communities more critical challenges in health, food solutions, technology, access, equality, and more.
Bharat Pulgam is currently a Freshman at the Carlson School of Management and passionate about connecting students with the incredible entrepreneurial resources available in the Twin cities community. Bharat started his own company during his sophomore year of high school with some help from a few friends Bharat also started a non-profit dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health which he has been working with since his Freshman year of high school. After coordinating Twin Cities Startup Weekend Youth earlier this year, he is excited to be the lead of the youth track for this year's TCSW.
Lauren Mehler Pradhan is the Director and General Manager of Grow North, a resource and connection hub for Minnesota's food and agriculture entrepreneurs and innovators. Lauren spent over 12 years in CPG brand management working on iconic brands and is passionate about changing the way food is grown, made and the impact individuals and start-ups can have in transforming our food system. Grow North is a part of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship.
Conner O'Brien the Lead Organizer of Healthcare.mn – Minneapolis’ home for healthcare innovation where he helps catalyze and support 1, 800+ members of the healthcare innovation community, and connect startups with the resources needed for success such as mentorship, networking, and investment opportunities. He also serves as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Inspiration Medical Technology and as an Ambassador for Hill Capital Corporation.
Steve is the lead organizer of Educelerate North – a non-profit which supports innovation and entrepreneurship in the education sector. Steve has co-organized three Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education events, and also serves as a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP where he focuses his legal practice on emerging businesses in the education & technology sectors.
John Stavig is the Director of the Gary S Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. The Holmes Center develops the next generation of entrepreneurs by teaching experiential courses, organizing MN Cup and connecting entrepreneurs with resources to advance their ideas and create new ventures.
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