Member Login

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

MN Entrepreneur Kick-off – INNOVATION UNLEASHED!

March 14 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Gain tools, tactics, and connections to help you take your startup to the next level

Learn from some of the top entrepreneurs & builders in our ecosystem to take your startup to the next level. Also, hear from leaders and lifters from around the ecosystem as they cover the latest developments and provide guidance around growth, financing, product development & innovation, and more!

You will walk away with insights into:

  • Marketing & Sales approaches to build a scalable revenue machine
  • The latest technology disruptions around cybersecurity, robotics, AI, data, AR/VR
  • Insights around innovation and research in building your product
  • Growth journeys of other companies from across the state & insights from ecosystem builders moving us forward every day

You will meet and learn from more than 20 accomplished Founders (watch this site for additions !):

  • MN Cup -1st Place Division Winner – Deling Chen, Brevity – Kelvin Johnson, Inspire Medical Systems – Tim Herbert, Busy Baby, LLC- Beth Fynbo, LeagueOS – Marty Wetherall, TC Foods – Josh Mohagen, Tierra Encantada – Kristen Denzer, Eva Medtec, Inc. – John Dinusson, Sparrow Charts – Braden Ericson, Moltron Builders – Babette Buckner, Handlender – Schia Hart, Sundberg Brothers – Sam Sundberg, Immune IQ – David Deetz, Kinbee Care – Jenna Claypool, Angio Insight, Inc. – Serafin Samson

Great content, plus amazing mentorship & networking opportunities. It’s a day to get actionable insights, be inspired, and connect with others.

A catered lunch is included.

This is an interactive, full day event. (See the agenda below!)

Register today to lock in your Early Bird ticket! EB ends Feb. 7th!

Have others you want to be there? Please share the opportunity.

We can’t wait to see you there!

MEET the MN Entrepreneur Kickoff Co-hosts:

Emerging Tech North, AURI, Hill Capital, Launch MN, University of St. Thomas-Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, Greater MSP, WomenVenture, Gopher Angels, ILT Studios, Impact Hub, Bread and Butter Ventures, MN State SBDC, MN Innovates, Brimacomb & Associates, MNSBIR, EO Minnesota, U of M – Holmes Entrepreneur Center, BETA.MN, Northwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Mayo Clinic – Office of Entrepreneurship, EdNorth, Crown College, SW MN CEO, Venn Foundation, U of M – Technological Leadership Institute, Southwest Minnesota State University-Center for Entrepreneurship, MOJO, Defense Alliance, St. Mary’s University, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board (IRRB), Initiator’s Fellowship, Initiative Foundation, Southwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Dunwoody College of Technology, WE Forum, Brown Venture Group, Traction Capital, AngelPolleNation, Red Wing Ignite


Huge thank you to our sponsors:

Lathrop GPM * Fidelity Bank MN * Eide Bailly * Infinity Robotics

Schulze School of Entrepreneurship * ProActive Sollutions * Bell Bank


Agenda Outline

12th MN Entrepreneur Kick-off – INNOVATION UNLEASHED!

Experience the MN Entrepreneur Ecosystem

March 14, 2023 – Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, UST

7:45 – Coffee & Juice with the Co-Hosts

8:30 – Welcome – Schulze Auditorium

Sheneeta White, Associate Dean, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

Connecting Founders, Supporters & Funders

*Building Entrepreneurial Mindset Communities

*Growing Businesses through Research, Innovation & Families

*Where do you turn when beginning?

*Startup Insights – One Year in the life of a Founder!

*Celebrating MN Women Founders

*New Developments in the MN Entrepreneur Ecosystem in Funding, Leadership and Accelerating Scaling Up!

*Showcasing Dorm Room Startups & MN Startup Competitions

11:30 – Exhibits, Networking and Lunch – Law School Atrium

Leaders, Lifters & Legacy Leavers

12:30 – Lifter Award & Keynote Address by Lifter Award Recipient! – Schulze Auditorium

Seizing Opportunities & Achieving Growth

12:55 – Technological Disruptions & Opportunities – Today & Over the Horizon – Panel

Connectivity, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Quantum, Robotics, AI, Machine Learning, Diagnostics, Optics, Materials, XR and …

1:30 – Breakout Session – #1

*Current Trends in Startup Funding

*Applying 4.0 Technologies in Manufacturing, Ag, Food & Retail

*Community Leaders and Accelerators – Fostering Entrepreneurship & Economic Growth

*Meeting the Cybersecurity Threat – Benefiting from Military Expertise and Fostering & Supporting Veteran Entrepreneurs Across Industries

*Is my story being heard? – Marketing Processes for Growing from Startup to Scale

2:25 – Breakout Session – #2

*Navigating Operational and Financial Challenges & Looking Forward – Q & A

*Leading a Life Science Startup from Idea or Research Bench to Scale – Opportunities, Guidance & Resources

*Fostering and Locally Funding Technologies that Disrupt and Advance Sectors!

*Growth without Angel & Venture Capital Investment – Bootstrapping / Debt Financing / Silent Partners / Franchising / Acquisition / Support Organizations

*Strategic Marketing Considerations Across Earned Media, Social Media, Broadcast Media, & Video

3:20 – Reconvene – Schulze Auditorium

Minnesota State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Direct Investment and Multi-Fund Venture Capital Programs and Launch MN

4:00 – Networking, Exhibits and Refreshments


March 14
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Event Category:


Minnesota Entrepreneur Network
View Organizer Website


Schulze Hall
46 South 11th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Minneapolis, MN 55403 US
+ Google Map