Events include Beta.MN, which is a showcase of local startups identified by the Beta.MN team. There are no formal pitches at Beta.MN, just startups exhibiting their products and services, kind of like the exhibitors at the State Fair. At the end of the evening, the audience votes on their favorite startup, and the winner receives the famed “Golden Ipod.” This event is being held from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday night of Startup Week (the 8th) at Target Commons on Nicollet Mall.
The MN Cup final awards reception is being held on Wednesday night (the 9th) at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. We’ve posted about MN Cup many times on this blog (including, most recently, here), so not much else needs to be said. However, if you haven’t attended the final awards reception before, it’s a great event for Minnesota entrepreneurs and supporters of the entrepreneurial community. The event is well-attended and is a good opportunity to meet and network with leaders of the entrepreneurial community and learn about some exciting new companies.
MinneDemo, which is a demonstration showcase for seven companies, is on Thursday night (the 10th). Each of the seven companies will have seven minutes to show their work. These are real demos, not powerpoint presentations.
The week’s events culminate in Startup Weekend, which begins Friday night (the 11th) and continues through Sunday afternoon (the 13th). On Friday night, any participant can pitch their idea for a startup. Teams then organically form around the ideas they find most interesting. The teams then spend the rest of the weekend creating a business plan and developing a product. On Sunday evening, the teams give demos and pitches to a live audience. Real companies have come out of Startup Weekend, including hidrate and QONQR.
It will be a great week for the entrepreneurial community in Minnesota. I hope to see you at some of these events.