Tuesday, February 24, 2015

You're Invited: 5th Annual Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-Off!

Hosted by 22 Network Partners, the Minnesota Entrepreneur Network (MNEN) invites you to the 5th Annual Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-Off. Entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, mentors, economic developers, business owners, policy makers, and business volunteers alike are invited for an opportunity to hear from resource providers, investors and funders, and past winners of competitions like the Minnesota Cup, Midwest Cleantech Open, and Inspire 2015 Invention Expo. Join for an exciting evening engaging with Minnesota's entrepreneurship ecosystem!

The 5th Annual
Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-Off

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Boy Scout Base Camp
Fort Snelling, MN 55111
4:00 – 9:00 PM


3:45 PM


4:00 PM

“Entrepreneur Ecosystem Experiences & Benefits”:

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Brad Thompson -“Choosing the Right Dream Machine for You: 7 Clarifying Questions”?
Wendy Weiner Runge – You Genuine Heroes and Your “E” Guides!
Microsoft/American Family IoT: Muhammad Abdurrahman – Founder of Playtabase
Midwest Cleantech Open: Paul Koenig – Founder of Viroment
Minnesota Cup: Joe Stanton – Founder of Elevate Research

Entrepreneur Bazaar:

5:00 – 6:30 PM
  • Meet regional competition & accelerator coordinators and winning participants
  • Connect with MNEN partners and learn of their support resources
  • Network and enjoy a lasagna supper!

Welcome & Acknowledgements:

6:30 PM
“New Developments in the Entrepreneur Ecosystem”:
6:40 PM
2015 Proposed Startup Influencing Legislation – AngelPolleNation
Venture Lake – Tom Keiffer
Non-Dilutive Research Funding Sources – Pat Dillon
Keynote – “MN as Seen from Silicon Valley” – Barb Stinnett, MESA
“Creating our Future” – An Audience and Panel Discussion
David Russick, Gopher Angels;
Patrick Meenan, Arthur Ventures;
Rod Larkins, AURI;
Joseph Barisonzi, Community Leader;
Hassan Syed, Ideagist;
Dan Hobbs, Divvy


8:25 PM


8:30 – 9:00 PM

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