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Greater MN Startup School

Startup Course 01 | Customer-Driven Innovation (Red Wing Virtual Edition) 

Sat, June 6, 2020

Two Sessions

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Course Description

Learn and practice the processes and techniques to define and refine an idea’s core problem and solution

Virtual Pitch Event

AgTech and CleanTech

The State of Minnesota and SelectUSA Present:

AgTech and CleanTech
June 30, 2020 

Foreign companies with innovative technology incorporating AI into solutions for real-world problems are invited to apply to compete in the first of a series of virtual pitch events this summer hosted by the State of Minnesota in partnership with SelectUSA. 

International companies in agricultural technology (AgTech) and clean technology (CleanTech or ImpactTech) are encouraged to apply for the first event, including companies in the following subsectors:

AgTech subsectors include:

  • Animal health
  • Autonomous technology
  • Crop production
  • Food safety
  • Processing and manufacturing
  • Supply chain and logistics
CleanTech subsectors include:
  • Big data applications
  • Energy storage
  • Microgrid
  • Smart metering
  • Smart water

Up to seven finalists from across the two sectors will have five minutes to pitch their technology and their company to Minnesota-related judges and then take five minutes of questions from the judges. The judges  will include representatives from industry, finance, academia, accelerators and incubators, and government.

Minnesota is the home of globally-successful, technology-oriented companies in the agricultural, energy, environmental, and water industries – including Cargill, 3M, Ecolab and Pentair. Minnesota's innovation ecosystem helps businesses of all sizes launch and grow.

Prizes are designed to introduce companies to Minnesota and its ecosystem and will be awarded for first, second, and third place. To submit an application, please visit our Virtual Pitch Submission Form. Applications are due by June 10, 2020. Finalists will be notified by email on June 18, 2020. Find out why Minnesota is a great place to be at and


Value Proposition Design Online

Launch Minnesota and Carlson School - Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship are pleased to announce a lean startup course for technology entrepreneurs.

A structured, hands-on program to quickly assess and refine business concepts, thus avoiding costly mistakes and accelerating your progress to market launch.

  • Lean Startup Intro
  • Product-Market Fit
  • Customer Discovery
  • Pathway to Commercialization
  • Market Assessment

This course begins July 1.

Register today!


Early Stage Startup Funding Webinar

Startup fundraising is a challenge in the best of times - during the COVID-19 crisis, the options may shift or be delayed. This panel session will revolve around some of the key tactics and resources concerning startup funding. Based on your product and business model, various funding options may be appropriate, including SBIR/STTR and other grants, bootstrapping, angel investors, loans, and (occasionally) venture capital. A recording of the event is located here.

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