Startup. Technology. Innovation. Three pillars that consistently show the best of what Minnesota entrepreneurship has to offer. BETA State of the State will showcase these areas through discussions with the people directly involved in each: founders, champions of Minnesota innovation, and cutting-edge technologists.

Join BETA and the Minnesota startup and tech community for a look back at how the ecosystem fared in 2023 and what the new year has in store.



4:30 to 5:30 PM — Cocktail Hour

5:30 to 6:40 PM — State of the State Addresses

6:40 to 6:55 PM — Break

7:00 to 8:10 PM — State of the State Addresses

8:10 to 8:30 PM — Closing Reception/Networking


Opening Remarks and State of BETA:

Cihan Behlivan | Executive Director, BETA


State of the State:

Rob Cimperman | Executive Director, Launch Minnesota
State of the Industries:

Education — Nick Tietz | Founder + CEO, ILT Academy

Banking — Meghan Kober | Vice President – FinTech Partnerships & Investments, U.S. Bank

VC — Reed Robinson | Founder + Partner, Groove Capital

Enterprise — Michael Arulfo | GenAI Principal Enterprise Architect Strategist, Boston Scientific


State of Founders:

Kelsey Joson | Founder, InControl

Abdi Mohamed | Producer, Out of the Shadows

Pam Lanhart | Executive Director, Thrive Family Resources

Jen Gilhoi | Director of Outreach, Lion House Brownstone


Women at the Helm: A Discussion with Female Founders

Kelsey Joson | Founder, InControl

Clare Richards | CEO + Co-Founder, Impacks

Rachel Frosch | Founder, Mom Badge

Tatiana Freeman | CEO + Founder, Nosh Posh


Midwest Mojo: Building a Startup the Heartland Way

Aneela Adnani | Co-Founder, HabitAware


Closing Remarks:

Cihan Behlivan | Executive Director, BETA


Snacks (provided by Nosh Posh) and a cash bar will be available.


BETA is registered 501(c)(3) working to accelerate the success of Minnesota-based technology startups. Your donation helps us cover costs for this event. Thank you for your support.