Schedule:

2:00 Program Convenes – Welcome

2:10 Your Start-up Idea Burns Brightly – What’s Next? Where to turn for Help?

A Moderated Discussion Featuring Entrepreneur Kick-off Hosts

2:55 Our Entrepreneur Pipeline! – Student Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship Programs

Introduction, WorkUp

  • Venture Academy, Minneapolis
  • Kandiyohi CEO, Willmar

3:05 New Sector Innovation – A Start-up’s Story – Nimbelink Founder – Scott Schwalbe

Launch of New Business Competition – TheBigIdea.com!David Duccini

Entrepreneurship Announcement – Metropolitan Economic Development Association

How MN could lead the charge for diverse entrepreneurs. – Clarence Bethea, Founder & CEO, Upsie

3:25 Introduction of The Entrepreneur Bazaar  – Venture Bank, sponsor

3:30 Entrepreneur Bazaar, Networking, Special Programming and Supper

Entrepreneur Bazaar featuring the Host Organizations, Accelerators, Competitions and Sponsors

Entrepreneur Bazaar Features also include:

5:00 The Entrepreneur Bazaar Closes  

Supper is served from 4:45 – 5:00 – supper and evening program= “Dinner Theater Style!”

5:00 Reconvene – Welcome

State Programs & Legislation Update –  MOJODEED/SBDC 

Announce the Lifter Award Recipient – AngelPolleNation & 2017 Award Winner

5:20 An Award Winner’s Journey and Life After Traction – Minnesota Business Magazine, sponsor

  • T Rex Cookies Tina Rexing, Owner– Social Media, TODAY Show and More!
  • VW Design, Inc. – Marj Weir, Founder/Inventor – Invention, Design and Marketing
  • Chromatic 3D Materials – Cora Leibig, Founder & CEO – SBIR, other Funding sources, and More!

5:40 New Accelerators, StartUp School and Competitions

Accelerators and Start-up School:  Introduction – Gopher Angels

Virtual Accelerators and Competitions: Introduction – NWMF

 Competitions and Virtual Accelerators:

  • Ideagist – a global virtual accelerator – Hassan Syed, CEO
  • Walleye Tank – a MN Life Sciences Competition – Steve Ekker, PhD, Walleye Tank Director, Research Scientist and CEO/Founder
  • COCO Pitch Night  – (invited)

6:35 Introduction of new Funding Opportunities

  • The Venn Foundation – Jeff Ochs, Founding CEO
  • Great North Venture Fund – Rob Weber,  Co-Founder and Managing Partner
  • Silicon Prairie Online – David Duccini, Founder & CEO

6:55 Conclusion and Acknowledgements

7:00 Informal Networking, Tech Roundtables, and Drone Racing

8:00 Doors Close

Please advise all those in your network as you do strong outreach this next week to bring their earbuds.