Minne Inno Approved is a curated calendar that tracks the best events happening in the Twin Cities each month. Like what you see? Great. We update this calendar every week, and 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 1: Dec. 4-8

Monday, Dec. 4
Event: Cybersecurity Threats & Trends: Best Practices for Small Businesses

  • Location: St. Cloud State University Welcome Center, 355 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud
  • Date/time: Monday, Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Event type: Seminar
  • Price: $31 (includes admission, breakfast, lunch and parking)

“Learn more about protecting your business from some of today’s most imminent threats. Leading experts from the Department of Homeland Security, Minnesota’s public and private universities and some of the region’s best law firms will speak about the greatest cyber-threats facing small business owners, how they can better protect themselves and their customers from being breached and how to manage the risk of a breach when doing business.”

Event: Technically Speaking – Shaye Mandle, President and CEO of Medical Alley

  • Location: McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Monday, Dec. 4, 5:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Speaker/Fireside chat
  • Price: Free

“The U.S. health care industry has faced its share of challenges in recent years as stakeholders attempt to manage costs and improve outcomes while focusing on the patient experience. As the convener, influencer and information source for Minnesota’s renowned healthcare industry, Medical Alley has faced these challenges as well. Shaye Mandle, CEO of Medical Alley joins the University of Minnesota to discuss these issues.”

Tuesday, Dec. 5
Event: How to Launch a Podcast

  • Location: Studio Cowork, 919 Lilac Dr. N., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Tutorial, Demo
  • Price: Free

Studio Cowork will host a two-hour session on how to launch a successful podcast. There will be a “how-to” presentation that will include a step-by-step lesson for how to create and publish podcasts.

Event: Technical Founders: You Can Do Sales Too!

  • Location: Northeast Bank, 77 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking, Speaker
  • Price: Free

Technical founder and CTO of MatterFab, Dave Warren, will discuss how he landed $3.2 million in letters of intent for his company.

Wednesday, Dec. 6
Event: Cybersecurity Threats & Trends: Best Practices for Small Businesses

  • Location: University of St. Thomas 46 S. 11th St., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Event type: Seminar
  • Price: $25. Free for St. Thomas students if registered in advance.

“Learn more about protecting your business from some of today’s most imminent threats. Leading experts from the Department of Homeland Security, Minnesota’s public and private universities and some of the region’s best law firms will speak about the greatest cyber-threats facing small business owners, how they can better protect themselves and their customers from being breached and how to manage the risk of a breach when doing business.”

Event: Canadian Food Labeling & Market Access

  • Location: Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 50 S. 6th St., Suite 1500, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking, Speaker
  • Price: $50

Many Minnesota food startups export their products to Canada – come learn about this opportunity to expand your business. Hear from a Canadian regulatory affairs specialist and others who will help you navigate the regulatory hurdles required to gain market access.

Thursday, Dec. 7
Event: Bootstrappers Breakfast

  • Location: Wilde Roast Cafe, 65 SE Main St., Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
  • Event type: Breakfast, Networking
  • Price: $5

“Bootstrappers Breakfast Minneapolis is moderated by Kevin Spreng who has a law practice focused on helping entrepreneurs and investors build technology-based businesses by providing experienced, practical and tech savvy counsel in the areas of corporate finance, general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, strategic intellectual property monetization, and technology transactions. Grab a cup of coffee and join us for great conversation.”

WEEK 2: Dec. 11-15

Tuesday, Dec. 12
Event: MPLS Junior Devs Monthly Meetup

  • Location: Prime Digital Academy, 301 S. 4th St., Suite #557, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • Event type: Networking
  • Price: Free

“This event is for aspiring and less experienced software engineers to meet, learn from and share experiences with one another. There will be a presentation on coding exercises, followed by a live demo.”

Wednesday, Dec. 13
Event: Meet With Startup Experts at JJ Hill Center in St. Paul

  • Location: JJ Hill Center, 80 W. 4th St., St. Paul
  • Date/time: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
  • Event type: Networking, professional consultation
  • Price: Free

“Come with questions and get answers. Our experts on the Hill will sit with you one-on-one for 15 minutes and point you in the right direction, give you realistic advice and help you take your business to the next level. This is a free opportunity for anyone thinking of or starting a business.”

Thursday, Dec. 14
Event: Impact Hub’s Good Night Market

  • Location: Impact Hub, 250 3rd Ave. N., Suite #550, Minneapolis
  • Date/time: Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Market
  • Price: Free entry

“The Good Night Market is a pop-up market showcasing local, socially conscious brands, entrepreneurs, and makers. Spend a wintry evening at the Traffic Zone Art Gallery, enjoying food, art, and shopping that supports local and global causes.” Check out event details and a list of vendors here.

Event: Startup Grind St. Paul

  • Location: Creed Interactive, 289 5th St. E., Suite #105, St. Paul
  • Date/time: Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Event type: Fireside chat
  • Price: Free

Join Startup Grind St. Paul for a chat with Rob Weber, co-founder of Great North Labs, an early-stage venture fund for Midwest startups.