– 2021 Program Details –

9:00 Convene 

9:10 The State of Emerging Tech     

Cognitive & Quantum Computing – Opportunity Abounds

Presenting:  Matthew Versaggi, Dan Atkins

Artificial Intelligence – Applied

Presenting:  Tyler Nigon, Senthil Kumaran, Yaniv Ben-Ami, Justin Grammens

Sensors, Optics, 5g/6g, HPC, Edge Clouds – Convergence, Security & Quantum 

Presenting:  Daren Klum, Bonnie Holub, Nick Powley, Jeff Tollefson

Blockchain, Finance, Trend Analysis

Presenting:  David Perrill, Patrick Ryan, David Ducinni

Virtual Reality – the Continuum, the Uses and the Future

Presenting:  Thong Nguyen, Amir Berejian, Chuck Olsen, Christopher Carey

9:40 Networking – Meet Presenters & Featured Entrepreneurs

10:00 Navigating Your Startup with MN Entrepreneur Ecosystem Support – Part I

Ag, Food & Beverage Startup Ecosystem 

Education Founders Hub 

Entrepreneurship on Campus 

Research & Healthcare Startup Support 

Innovator and Inventor Guidance 

Financing for Scale – Options & Pathways

Impact Entrepreneurship

10:30 Networking – Meet Presenters & Featured Entrepreneurs

10:50 Navigating Your Startup with MN Entrepreneur Ecosystem Support – Part II

Regional Entrepreneurship Initiatives

Advantages of Associating, Local, State and Federal Business Development

Financing Resources

Coding, App Design, Robotic and Drone Technical Skill Building

Featuring: Code Savvy, Technovation [MN], High Tech Kids, AI Racing League, and Hydra FPV

Startup Accelerators

Competitions & Showcases

Collaboration, Connections, Counsel, Coworking, Conferences and Colleagues 

11:20 Networking – Meet Accelerator & Competition Leaders 

11:40 Embracing an Entrepreneurial Mindset in the Community and the Classroom 

12:00 Special Announcements

Featuring: Silicon Prairie, Venn Foundation, Southwest Minnesota State University, Collider 

12:25 Lifter Award 

12:35 Dorm Room Start-ups Showcase 

1:20 Closing 

1:30 Conclude

– 2019 MN Entrepreneur Kick-off Agenda –

– May 14, 2019 –

The Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off will be held in the NEW Scouting Leadership Center at the Northern Star Base Camp.

Please use the Conference Center Entrance for the Leadership Center

 9:30     Doors Open – Registration and Refreshments

Experience the Leadership Training Tech Portal and tour the Leadership Center

10:00    Welcome and Introductions

10:15     What’s New in Our Entrepreneur Ecosystem – Part I

Featured Co-Hosts: JJ Hill Center, EdNorth, Silicon Prairie Online, Minnesota Innovates
Hill Capital Corporation/One Million Cups, Network Connect, Gener8tor

10:45    Dorm Room Startups Showcase

Featured Student Entrepreneur Programs: University of St. Thomas – VersAttach
Gustavus Adolphus College – Capakñan + 2019 Gustie Cup Winner, St. Mary’s University

11:00    Lifter Award Presentations

Todd Bol, Founder – Little Free Library
Ted Huisinga & Ray Norling – Willmar Poultry Company, the
MN Turkey Industry, Life Science Innovations, Nova-Tech Engineering and additional industry affiliated firms.

11:30  Entrepreneur Resource Bazaar & Lunch

Networking & Connecting | Meet Featured Startups
“Lunch & Learn” Sessions
Experience the Leadership Training Tech Portal
“Starting up Outside the Beltway”

12:15 – 12:40 Lunch & Learn Session – Part I

“Starting from Scratch, Finding your Strength & Sourcing

“Competitions & Accelerators – Choosing When to Apply,
Getting the Most from the Experience and Implications of
Winning or of not Winning

12:30   Entrepreneur Resource Bazaar Concludes

12:45 – 1:10 Lunch & Learn Sessions – Part II

“Student Founder Insights”

“Research Commercialization Opportunities and the Research
to Entrepreneurship Imperative/Conundrum”

“The Dawning of the Hemp Industry – Identifying and
Leveraging its Opportunities

 1:20      What’s New in Our Entrepreneur Ecosystem – Part II

Featured Co-Hosts: Entrepreneurs Organization, Greater MSP,
MOJO, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce/Grow Minnesota,
Techstars United Healthcare & MinneAnalytics, CoCreateX

 1:45      Emergent Technologies Panel – Microfluidics, AI, Data Analytics, Quantum Computing,
                    Cybersecurity, Smart Buildings

Ryan Webber – Singularity University MSP
Justin Grammens – IoT Fuse
David Deetz – Ativa Medical
Dan Atkins – Optum
(Panel Members are Highlighted here – EmTech Panel)

 2:40      Closing and Looking Forward

 2:45       2019 Minnesota Entrepreneur Kick-off concludes

Network & Converse | Experience the Leadership Training Tech Portal

 3:15       Doors Close

[Downloadable PDF available here]

The Base Camp parking lot has been increased in size, considerably. Public parking
spaces around Base Camp remain. On May 14, a program, open to the public, begins
in the original Base Camp Team Building at 4:00 PM. Accordingly, the 3:15 to 3:45 time
will be a parking lot transition time.