Since 2006, minne✱ has been acting as a catalyst for the Minnesota tech startup ecosystem. It started with Minnesota’s first Barcamp and continued with the creation of quarterly demo events where geeks could show off what they were working on. While we are continuing to collectively come together at these events each year, there is even more on the horizon.
We’re helping ensure Minnesota continues to be a great place to start and grow tech-based businesses. We do this by helping create and perpetuate a community of designers, developers, investors, and business folks.
minne✱ exists to bring together Minnesota’s technology community. Our goal is to promote connections that help our community learn from each other, build their businesses, and start new entrepreneurial ventures. We aim to bridge the gap between software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and investors.
We want to make our events the place where you…
- learn about a hot new technology
- meet like-minded nerds
- get a great job
- find your next superstar employee
- meet your first angel investor
- announce your $20M acquisition by Google
In early 2006, Ben Edwards organized the first Minnesota BarCamp (un)conference, which he dubbed MinneBar. The first event attracted about 100 people to the Warehouse District in Minneapolis. Luke Francl, who volunteered at that first event, went on to start the first MinneDemo event—a geek “show-n-tell” for Minnesota-made technology—in the fall of 2006. minne✱ (pronounced “minne-star”) was founded 2009 to bring a series of events and programs under one organization.
minne✱ has organized dozens events that have attracted thousands of people. Hundreds of presenters have shared their knowledge at MinneBar, and dozens of projects—from weekend hacks to funded startups—have been demonstrated at MinneDemo.
In 2011, minne✱ decided to make it official, and formed a 501(c)3 organization with a Board of Directors and Advisory Board comprised of community leaders. We have exciting plans, and look forward to what the future brings!