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8th Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off

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Boy Scout Base Camp

201 Bloomington Road

Fort Snelling, Minnesota 55111

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The 2018 Kick-off is the 8th Annual statewide gathering of Start-up Founders, Innovators, Investors, Mentors and the Organizations and Community Members who are committed to strengthening our MN Entrepreneur Ecosystem!

Experience the unparalleled start-up Resource Bazaar featuring 20+ MN Entrepreneur Network Co-Hosts, Meet the leadership of New Accelerators and Startup Schools (Gener8tor, Bunker Labs, Techstars Farm to Fork & Great North Labs), as well as, New Competitions & New Funders.

Meet Award Winning Start-ups, get a glimpse into Tech's Crystal Ball during TT2020s, cheer for the Start-up Showcase, benefit from premier Entrepreneur Ecosystem Networking and join in the Post Kick-off Drone Races and Tech Roundtable Extravaganza!

See the MN Entrepreneur Kick-off website - www.mnentrepreneurs.org - for Program and Presenter details.

The 2018 Kick-off Agenda is printed immediately below. Register today for the connecting, the learning and the fun at the Kick-off!

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2:00 Welcome and Afternoon Program Convenes

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

A Moderated Discussion Featuring Entrepreneur Kick-off Hosts

Our Entrepreneur Pipeline! – Student Entrepreneur Presentations:

  • Venture Academy, Minneapolis
  • Kandiyohi CEO, Willmar
  • Studioso - Ocean Salazar, Founder, Edina H.S.

A Start-up’s Story in a New Market Sector – Nimbelink Founder – Scott Schwalbe

The BigIdea.com! Official LAUNCH!! - David Duccini

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

Entrepreneur Bazaar: Co-Hosts, Sponsors, Accelerators, Competitions and Co-Location Facilities

Entrepreneur Bazaar Features also include:

  • “Your Financials Matter” – Financial record keeping for Start-ups (3:35-4:05 – in the presentation classroom)
  • Video Clip Experience – Register to try it
  • Post Secondary Startup Showcase - Winners from MN College Competitions (4:15-4:50 in the presentation classroom)
  • Streaming Video of Co-location Facilities – Meet the directors - see the office settings
  • TT2020s - Tech Trendlines into the 2020s - Leading technologist in multiple technology verticals - Q & A

5:00 Evening Program Convenes

Public Arena Overview & Legislation Update

Announce the 2018 Lifter Award Recipient

Founders Share Insights from their Journeys to Traction

  • T Rex Cookies - Tina Rexing
  • VW Design, Inc. - Marj Weir
  • Chromatic 3D Materials - Cora Leibig

New Accelerators, Startup Schools and Competitions


  • Bunker Labs – Tim O’Neil
  • Gener8tor – Eric Martell
  • Techstars Farm to Fork – Brett Brohl and Jess Stalbaum

Startup School:

  • Great North Labs – Rob Weber

Virtual Accelerators and Competitions - Global and Local:

  • Ideagist – global virtual accelerator
  • Spark Your Start-up & Idea Competition – location incentives to winners
  • Walleye Tank - Life Sciences Competition

New Funding Opportunities:

  • The Syndicate Fund – Brett Brohl
  • Great North Venture Fund – Rob Weber
  • Silicon Prairie Online – David Duccini
  • The Venn Foundation - Jeff Ochs

6:55 Conclusion & Thank You

7:00 Informal Networking, Drone Racing, Blockchain Discussion & Tech Roundtables

8:00 Doors Close


The MNEN hosts of the Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off thank and welcome our 2018 - 8th Annual MN Entrepreneur Kick-off SPONSORS:


To join in supporting the pathway to success for MN entrepreneurs by sponsoring this special 2018 statewide Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off, please contact the event organizer - Thank you!

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