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About Us

Minnestar 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 foster an environment to connect software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and investors.

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CONTRIBUTING TO THE TECH COMMUNITY SINCE 2006

We’re helping ensure Minnesota continues to be a great place to develop the state’s technology community.

Board Members Media Kit

WE WANT TO MAKE OUR EVENTS THE PLACE WHERE YOU...

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LEARN

Stay informed about what’s going on in the Minnesota technology community. See the latest technology being developed at Minnedemo. Come learn from other community members at Minnebar.

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NETWORK

Meet and get to know your fellow technologists! Whether you need help with a project, investment opportunities, or you’re looking for a new career, Minnestar provides the setting!

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GROW

Our technology community is only as strong as the number of members it holds! Bring a friend, make new connections, and increase your reach.

HISTORY

In early 2006, Ben Edwards organized the first Minnesota BarCamp 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. Minnestar (pronounced “minny star”) was founded in 2009 to bring a series of events and programs under one organization.

Minnestar has organized dozens of 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, Minnestar 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!

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