Twin Cities Startup Week 2018

Twin Cities Startup Week is officially over! Here’s a recap of speakers and events that we hosted this year. Looking forward to seeing you at next year’s Twin Cities Startup Week!

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Blockchain Isn’t Just For Finance

Currently, blockchain is primarily used in the finance industry. However, blockchain is beginning to show signs of life in other industries such as healthcare and legal. Our featured speaker, David Berger, is a seasoned technologist with years of experience developing in the blockchain space. He currently works for a legal tech blockchain company. David covered blockchain at a high level and talked about real use cases for blockchain outside of just finance.

Keynote Speaker: David Berger | CTO of Integra Ledger

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What’s Best For YOU? Startups, Corporate, or Both?

What is Entrepreneurship featured panel of speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds, working through different mediums (e.g. corporate, startups) to leverage their abilities to create an impact. This event focused on giving students a better view of what paths they can take, and if entrepreneurship is an ideal one for them.


Gina Blayney | President & CEO of Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Phil Xiao | CEO of Homi

Carly Gloge | Robotics Product Manager at Google X

John Stavig | Director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship

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Startups 101

Startups 101 is a beginner’s guide to the world of entrepreneurship. With a hands-on workshop, anyone can learn the basics of what it takes to run a successful company! Learn from one of the Twin Cities’ own entrepreneurs as he shows you how to begin identifying a pain-point, iterating, and eventually executing their business. We welcome anyone who’s interested in startups whether you’re in high school, college, or beyond.

Keynote Speaker: Tyler Ebert | CEO of Adrenacard


How Students Built This

This event showcased some of MN’s greatest young entrepreneurs! Hear from Caroline and Isabel, teenage sisterpreneurs (ages 16 and 17), and their journey in building Da Bomb Bath Fizzers. Meghan Sharkus (20), who founded ExpressionMed and is a current Thiel Fellow also shared her story in building her company.

Keynote Speakers:

Caroline and Isabel Bercaw | Co-Founders of Da Bomb Bath Fizzers

Meghan Sharkus | Founder & CEO of ExpressionMed

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