Our vision is that the Twin Cities region will become a national leader in providing innovative solutions for the education and training sectors. We will do this by regularly bringing together educators, academics, entrepreneurs, investors, and education industry enthusiasts in order to create a collaborative, connected and vibrant ecosystem where people across education and training disciplines can work together to discuss challenges, explore innovative strategies and implement creative and effective solutions for global opportunities in education and training.
We are a Minnesota non-profit organization which supports entrepreneurship and innovation in the education and training sectors. Building on our region’s rich legacy of innovation in education, we focus on supporting education entrepreneurs by providing regular networking, collaboration and learning opportunities, as well as helping strengthen our local educational entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting it with our broader business, investment and academic communities.
Startup accelerators and competitions can provide critical support to early-stage companies in the form of business mentorship and financing. The process can be intense, compressing several years' worth of learning-by-doing into just a few months, and thereby accelerating a young company early in its life cycle.
Our eminent panel of experts and entrepreneurs will share their experience and help us explore the suitability of accelerators for ed-tech startups, answering questions like:
Is an accelerator program the right fit for my new venture?
Will it speed the process of gaining customer traction?
Will it help my young company attract investment capital?
Are competitions and accelerators worth the time and energy invested?
Bring your questions, and your appetite!
Jessica Berg (Executive Director, MNCup)
Nhi Le (Managing Director, gener8tor)
DeLonn Crosby (Founder, SayKid; 2018 MNCup Semi-Finalist; Fall 2018 BetaMN Cohort)
Ben Silberglitt (Founder, Cedar Labs; 2018 MNCup Finalist)
Adam Gordon (President, Andamio Games; 2018 MNCup Semi-Finalist)
Check-in, Eat (catered by D'Amico), Network: 6:00 pm
Panel Discussion and Questions: 6:30-7:30 pm
Follow-up, More Networking, Dessert: 7:30-8:00 pm