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
– 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!)

MN Entrepreneur Kickoff Co-hosts:

Emerging Tech North, AURI, Hill Capital, Launch MN, University of St. Thomas-Schulz School of Entrepreneurship, Impact Hub, Greater MSP, WomenVenture, Gopher Angels, ILT Studios, Women’s Business Alliance, MN State SBDC, Entrepreneur Fund (EFund), MN Innovates, Brimacomb & Associates, 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


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

11:35 – 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

*Navigating the Challenges of Operating for Growth and/or Sale
*Identifying MN Opportunities through 4.0 Technology Integration and Convergence
*Exploring how Entrepreneurs, Accelerators and Community Leaders are Fostering Economic Growth
*Meeting the Cybersecurity Threat – Benefiting from Military Expertise and Fostering & Supporting Veteran Entrepreneurs Across Industries
*Building your Marketing Processes and Tools, as you Grow from Startup to Scale and Is my story being heard?

2:25 – Breakout Session – #2

*Navigating Global 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