Minne Inno Approved is a curated calendar that tracks the best tech and startup events happening in the Twin Cities each month. Like what you see? Great. We update this calendar every week as additional events pop up on our radar. Are we missing something? Reach out if there’s a certain event you want to see on this calendar.

 

WEEK 3: April 16–20

Monday, April 16
Event: Capita3 Self-Launch Workshop for Women Startups

  • Location: Fueled Collective Downtown Minneapolis, 400 S. 4th St., Suite 401, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Monday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
  • Event type: Workshop
  • Price: Free

“In this 60-minute session, CAPITA3 will introduce you to SELF LAUNCH, our 21-day cohort specifically designed for women, and delivered in four 3-hour sessions. Our methods unleash your potential to drive your company to the next level, personalized to meet your next big business milestone.”

Tuesday, April 17
Event: Medtech OpenBETA

  • Location: Gener8tor Minneapolis, 1621 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 100, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, April 17, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking
  • Price: Free

gBETA Medtech director Adam Choe will host a meetup discussing what medical startups should know about their market and competition.

Wednesday, April 18
Event: Minnesota Artificial Intelligence Meetup

  • Location: Gener8tor Minneapolis, 1621 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 100, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking/presentation
  • Price: Free

This group provides members with opportunities to network and collaborate with others interested in the development of artificial intelligence in various industries. Members are encouraged to give presentations about particular topics that interest them.

Event: Enterprise Rising Conference

  • Location: U.S. Bank, 70 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Wednesday, April 18 – Thursday, April 19
  • Event type: Conference
  • Price: $160–$700

“Pure enterprise SaaS. Pure startups. Pure Midwest. If you are a B2B tech startup founder come to the only event that has a 1/6 VC/founder ratio. If you are a investor come meet startups that are fast growing with revenue. Prices will rise. Be wise, buy now, you can always cancel for 100% refund.”

Thursday, April 19
Event: Fueled Collective Launch Party

  • Location: Fueled Collective Downtown Minneapolis, 400 S. 4th St., Suite 401, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Thursday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking
  • Price: Free

“The time has come for us to gather and celebrate the official launch of Fueled Collective. We’ll take a night to ring in the new era of Fueled Collective and commemorate the days of COCO. Whether you are a past member, current member, or long-time supporter, this night is dedicated to you and the community you helped build.”


PAST:

WEEK 1: April 2–7

Tuesday, April 3
Event: Hackers & Founders Minneapolis 

  • Location: Utepils Brewing, 225 Thomas Ave. N., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking
  • Price: Free

“Hackers meet hackers. Hackers meet founders. Founders meet co-founders. Talk startups and tech and help each other out. No speaker, no BS, just interesting people working on interesting things catalyzing the local tech startup scene.”

Event: Medtech OpenBETA: Market Size, Competition and Comparables

  • Location: Gener8tor Minneapolis, 1621 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 100, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, April 3, 5:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Information session
  • Price: Free

Learn more about gener8tor‘s new gBETA Medtech accelerator. Program director Adam Choe will discuss the what early-stage medical-technology startups need to know about market size, comparables and competition.

Thursday, April 5
Event: Girl Develop It Monthly meetup

  • Location: Buzzfeed, 945 Broadway Ave. NE, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking
  • Price: Free

“Join Girl Develop It Minneapolis for our monthly meetup! In the spirit of a traditional tech meetup format, we’ll have an opportunity for food and networking in addition to a few lightning talks and a main presentation.”

Saturday, April 7
Event: Homi Hacks

  • Location: Homi HQ, 1200 S. Washington Ave., Suite 270, Miinneapolis
  • Date/time: Saturday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. – Sunday, April 8
  • Event type: Hackathon
  • Price: Free

HomiHacks is a hackathon designed to give intellectually curious students an opportunity to build a product that impacts the lives of others. For 24 hours, Homi will be hosting some of the brightest young minds from top colleges across the region. Participants work in teams to build a product with the theme of ‘Building Better Relationships.’”

WEEK 2: April 9–14

Tuesday, April 10
Event: Minnesota High Tech Association’s Spring Conference

  • Location: Marriot Northwest, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park
  • Date/time: Tuesday, April 10, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Conference
  • Price: $210 for MHTA members, $275 for nonmembers

The Minnesota High Tech Association’s (MHTA) annual spring conference brings together the state’s leaders and innovators in tech. The event will have 16 workshops, including a discussions with 3M and Thompson Reuters on artificial intelligence, and Blockchain with Microsoft. Keynotes from Gartner and Microsoft.

Event: Great North Labs Lean Startup Bootcamp

  • Location: Great North Labs HQ, 305 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud
  • Date/time: Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • Event type: Class
  • Price: $25 – $100

In this workshop, Great North Labs co-founder Ryan Weber will instruct entrepreneurs on how to cultivate and develop lean startups.

Event: Raising Capital for Emerging Education Businesses

  • Location: ECMC Group
  • Date/time: Tuesday, April 10, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking
  • Price: Free

Hosted by the Minnesota Cup, ECMC and Educelerate, this event will serve as the kickoff for its new education and training division. This will be an information session for education entrepreneurs to learn more about raising capital.

Wednesday, April 11
Event: Beta.MN Spring Showcase

  • Location: Machine Shop, 300 2nd St. SE., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Event: Pitch competition/conference
  • Price: $10

“Showcase is like a science fair for startups, with beer and music. There are no formal presentations, just local entrepreneurs demonstrating their products and services in an approachable, one-to-one setting. Attendees include founders, future employees, superfans, investors, friends, family members and anyone wanting to discover and celebrate local innovation.”

Event: Bunker Labs Pressure Test Pitch Night

  • Location: Machine Shop, 300 2nd St. SE., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Wednesday, April 11, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Event: Pitch competition
  • Price: Free

Bunker Labs Minneapolis has completed their spring 12-week instructional program called Launch Lab Cohort (formerly, EPIC) where a cohort of veteran led companies participated in a series of in person classes meant to pressure test entrepreneur’s new ideas and assumptions.”

Saturday, April 14
Event: Minnebar 2018

  • Location: Best Buy HQ, 7601 Penn Ave., Richfield
  • Date/time: Saturday, April 14, 8:00 a.m.
  • Event: Conference
  • Price: Free; The next ticket release is Monday, April 9.

Minnebar is an annual technology and software conference held in the Twin Cities. Like other BarCamps, Minnebar is a user-generated conference that is participant-led. There are no keynote speakers or formal workshops, and all sessions are led by people from the tech and business communities.”