Things I’m Excited About During Twin Cities Startup Week

Buckle up, Twin Cities! Startup Week is barreling in this week (September 8-13, 2015) and we can’t wait to see what’s behind the curtain.


Led by a team of volunteer organizers, more than 50 events have been curated spanning an entire week–all in celebration of entrepreneurship. Here are a few events that caught our eye:


  • Practice Your Pitch on Wednesday and learn the elements of a effective one. Bring your own idea if you have one (or we’ll give you one for practice).
  • On Wednesday night, celebrate six months of work that encompassed nearly 1,300 entrepreneurs, three rounds of judging, numerous events, and hundreds of volunteer hours to recognize Minnesota’s outstanding entrepreneurs at the MN Cup Final Awards Event.


  • Listen guys, Don’t F**k up Your Startup, ok? This session aims to clue you in to easy ways to avoid the most common things startups do wrong in the legal space, and to present some ways to prevent them from hopefully ever happening. Learn from someone else’s headache and avoid your own!
  • Where’s the beef? On Thursday, John Leschke, PhD, Lean Startup consultant and accelerator will give a brief overview of the Lean Startup process and philosophy, its history, its strengths and its weaknesses, while discussing how to combat these criticisms using “Business Model Mapping.”


  • If you’re not owning or working for a startup just yet, definitely check out the Startup Week Career Fair on Friday. Make connections, get career advice and learn about the needs, opportunities and recruiting practices of leading Minnesota startups.
  • Support the ladies and check out Pitch Fest for women led startups. During Pitch Fest you’ll see an inspiring group of regional startups led by women, and be an active participant via live Q&A and audience electronic participation.


  • Finally, wrap up the week with Startup Weekend, a 54-hour weekend hackathon designed to provide hands on education and action for emerging technology entrepreneurs. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, to learn about startups, find a co-founder, acquire new skills, or collaborate with the like-minded – Startup Weekend is the perfect environment to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Whew. What a week! Check out the full schedule here, and don’t forget to register for events you’re planning on attending.