Take your place in building the future.
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 through great startups.
1. Insight: Leading/bleeding-edge tech from startups around the world
- 3D Printing
- AI / Machine Learning
- Computer Vision
- Computer-Aided Design
- Electric Vehicles
- Printed Electronics
- Reuse / Recycle
- Secondary and Post Secondary Hosts
- Synthetic Biology
- Tier 1 Sponsor
- Tier 2 Sponsor
- TT2020s Panel Member
- VR / AR
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?
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
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
5. Action: Meetups, Bootcamps, Competitions, and Accelerators
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 HQ – 305 5th Ave. S., Suite 150 St. Cloud, MN 56301 United States
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
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
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
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
Contestants begin building their crowd by inviting family, friends and fans to visit thebigidea.com 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
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
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
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