Tech Trendlines into the 2020s (#TT2020s)

At the 8th annual MN Entrepreneur Kickoff on March 7th, 2018.  #MadeInMN

Take your place in building the future.

TT2020s Q&A Livecast at Entrepreneur Kickoff

9 panelists for the TT2020s Q&A for 30 minutes at Entrepreneur Kickoff on March 7th, 2018. (skip to about 3:25)Left to RightModerator: Eric Nelson, Founder & CEO at AugmentSteve Ekker, Principal at Forge Biotechnology & CEO at LIFEngineCora Leibig, Founder & CEO at Chromatic 3DJosh Cutler, Co-Founder & CTO at AftercodeReid Plumbo, Director of Product Management at SenteraHamse Warfa, Co-Founder & EVP at BanQuRyan Weber, Co-Founder & MP at Great North LabsLars Oddsson, Co-Founder & CTO at Rx Function, maker of WalkasinsScott Schwalbe, Founder & CEO at NimbeLinkChuck Olsen, Co-Founder & CEO at VisualWatch the panelist intro videos on Flipgrid: thanks to Mark Ross of Launch5 Media who recorded the livecast

Posted by Minnesota Entrepreneur Network - MNEN on Friday, March 9, 2018

In 2009, US smartphone penetration was 17%.   By 2016, 80%.

Entirely new economies spawned in its wake.


41k apps on the App Store.
Uber is founded.


 Nearly 3 Million apps on the App Store.
Uber does 2 Billion rides in 1 year.

TT2020s is about understanding the technologies that will spawn the economies of tomorrow.

And then building a good future by building great startups.

1. Insight: Leading/bleeding-edge tech from startups around the world

Invisawear: IoT Women’s Jewelry for Personal Security

SafeChain: Identity Verification for Wire Transfer via Blockchain

Nano Dimension: 3D Printed Electronics on Demand

Relativity Space: 3D Printing for Rockets

Volocopter: Self-Flying, Electric Sky Taxis, Already Cert. for Manned Flight

Skydio: Self-Flying Camera

Unlimited Tomorrow: AI-Powered Prosthetic Hands for $5k

Mighty AI: Autonomous Vehicle ML Training-Data-as-a-Service

Cardiogram Deepheart: AI to Detect Disease from Consumer Heart Rate Monitor Data

MediChain: Anonymized EMR via Blockchain for Healthcare & Big Data Mining

Teslasuit: Full-Body Haptic / Thermal Feedback + Motion-Sensing Suit for VR

Asimov: CAD for Programming Biological Cells

Kindred Sort: Batch Sorting Robots Trained by Human Pilots

SignAll: AI & Computer Vision for Sign Language Translation

Nebula Genomics: DNA Sequencing & Genomic Marketplace via Blockchain

Cup Club: IoT for Reusable To-Go Containers

2. Ideation: #3MinStartupChallenge

Challenge: Grab a friend and come up with a new tech product startup in 3min or less.

How might you apply AI, Blockchain, Genomics, 3D Printing, Drones, VR/AR, etc. to transform an existing process?

Complete the Challenge!

An example from Kevin G and Alisa N

No ideas?  Try a random match-up.




An example from Jeff B and Thor J

Another Example: Applying Blockchain to Claims Management

3. Discussion: 30min Rapid-Fire Q&A Panel

Grill top MN technology visionaries for 30 minutes on high heat.

4-4:30PM on March 7, 2018 at MN Entrepreneur Kickoff (Register)

Will also livestream on fb live.

Panel Members

Reid Plumbo – Director of Product Mgmt, Sentera

Drones / UAV for Ag, Aerial Inspection

Josh Cutler – Co-Founder & CTO, AfterCode

AI for phone calls - Insights and Action Items

Lars Oddsson, PhD – Co-Founder & CTO, RxFunction

Wearable Sensory Prosthesis for walking / balance

Steve Ekker, PhD – Co-founder & CFO, Lifengine Technologies

Gene-Editing Kits & Tooling

Scott Schwalbe – Co-Founder & CEO, NimbeLink

Cellular IoT

Hamse Warfa – Co-founder & EVP, BanQu

Economic ID for Unbanked People via Blockchain

Cora Leibig – Founder & CEO, Chromatic 3D

Materials to Scale 3D Printing for Mfg

Chuck Olsen – Founder & CEO, Visual

VR experiences for Business/Sport/Education

Ryan Weber – Co-Founder & MP, Great North Labs

Exponential Tech, Singularity University Exec Program

Eric Nelson – Founder & CEO, Augment

TT2020s Panel Moderator

Panelist Intros

See all (<5min/ea) here: All Panelist Intros

4. Design: Tech-working Roundtables & Hydra FPV Drone Race

Let’s sit down together and design a good future.
And watch flying robots compete for our affection.

~7-8PM after the main Kickoff programming.

All registered attendees welcome.  Tables will be marked with particular tech interest area.
Some of the tech leaders from the 30min Q&A will stick around to talk.  Maybe a few angels too.

Non-alcoholic beverages provided by

(thank you!)

5. Action: Meetups, Bootcamps, Competitions, and Accelerators

Spring 2018

March 8 – Exponential Technology & Leadership Bootcamp

There are now many exponential trends that are expected to disrupt us as much as the internet and mobile did over the past 20 years. World Bank reports 41% of jobs in Minnesota will not exist in a few decades. However, the countries that have embraced technology best also have the lowest unemployment rates.

This bootcamp aims to provide a short overview of a few of these technology trends, an introduction to exponential thinking and leadership, and practical skills to utilize in your organization/life to be better equipped as parents, employees, and community leaders.

Date: March 8, 8AM – 5PM
Location: Great North Labs HQ305 5th Ave. S., Suite 150 St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States

March 8 – Bunker Brews + Blockchain Technology Meetup

Networking & Blockchain Technology Discussion: “Where Are We Going?”

Guest Speaker: Christopher Swanson
Date: March 8, 2018 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST
Location: North 401 Studios – 401 North 1st Street Minneapolis, MN 55401

March 23-25 – Techstars Startup Weekend Twin Cities 10


All Tickets FREE — This event is fully sponsored by Grow With Google, through a Techstars Startup Weekend Scholarship.

Date: Friday, March 23 @5:30PM to Sunday, March 25 @10PM CST
Location: WeWork Minneapolis 225 South 6th St Minneapolis, MN 55402

April 8 – Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator

Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator is our first program focused on the tech/digital side of food and agriculture. Partnered with Cargill and Ecolab, the program is looking for the best entrepreneurs across the entire food value chain, from AgTech, manufacturing and supply chains, to food safety, waste reduction and traceability.

Deadline: April 8, 2018
Location: Minneapolis, MN

April 8 – Techstars Retail Accelerator

Techstars Retail, in partnership with Target is a three-month intensive startup accelerator focused on bringing new technology, experiences, products, and solutions to retail. Ten companies will be selected and work with mentors from the Techstars network and within Target. If you want to experience the proven methodology of Techstars and disrupt retail with Target as it embarks on a new phase on innovation in its stores and online, this is the program for you.

Deadline: April 8, 2018
Location: Minneapolis, MN

April 15 – Gener8tor Minnesota Accelerator

gener8tor is a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups. Three times a year we invest up to $140K in each of five startups who receive a concierge experience during our 12-week accelerator program. gener8tor supports the growth of these startups through our network of experienced mentors, technologists, corporate partners, angel investors and venture capitalists.

Deadline: April 15, 2018 11:59pm CDT
Location: 1621 Hennepin Ave, #100, Minneapolis, MN 55403

April 20 – The Big Idea Business Plan Competition

Contestants begin building their crowd by inviting family, friends and fans to visit to vote on their Big Ideas in order to compete for the chance to raise up to $1M using regulation crowdfunding on Silicon Prairie Portal & Exchange state based portals (MN, WI, IA coming February) or on Silicon Prairie Online a soon to be approved REG-CF federal funding portal.

Deadline: April 20, 2018

April 27 – Walleye Tank Start-up Business Pitch Competition

Teams of entrepreneurs from around Minnesota come together to pitch their start-ups to a panel of experienced investors and business owners.

Date/Time: Fri, April 27, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT
Location: University of Minnesota Mayo Building, 420 Delaware St. SE Room C231 Minneapolis, MN 55455

April 27 – Minnesota Cup Business Plan Competition

Startups compete in one of the following divisions:
Energy/ Clean Tech/ Water, Food/ Ag/ Beverage, General, High Tech, Life Science/ Health IT, Impact Ventures, Student (current undergrad and graduate students), and Youth (18 and younger)…

For MN Cup competition benefits like:
$450,000+ in available seed money, Mentorship opportunities with industry leaders, Exclusive event access, Business plan feedback, Networking opportunities with potential investors, and Media exposure

Deadline: April 27, 2018 11:59PM CDT

May 1 – CleanTech Open Midwest Accelerator

Accepted applicants to the program work with mentors, access a valuable network of professionals, and attend business clinics and webinars that provide them with the skills they need to take their business forward. In the fall, teams present their ideas for regional-level judging and are awarded prizes on the regional level. Finalist teams from regions across the country move on to be showcased in our annual Global Forum. The Global Forum showcase also features a competition among the regional winners where national prizes are awarded. If you are interested in applying to the accelerator program, please get started here.

Deadline: May 1, 2018