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InnovateHER -- Minneapolis

InnovateHER provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. to showcase products and services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%), have the potential for commercialization (40%), and fill a need in the marketplace (30%). 

Healthcare.mn is hosting the local InnovateHer competition for Minneapolis. Each host submits one local winner to the SBA, who then identifies 10 Finalists. These finalists will be invited to travel to the Washington D.C. metro area for a live pitch competition and a chance to win up to $70,000 in prize money.


Enter your information here by May 28th to compete!


Agenda:

5:30-5:45 - Food & Networking

5:45-7:30 - Pitches, Q&A, and Feedback

7:30-7:45 - Food & Networking


Judges:

Michelle Tran Maryns

As a master maven-connector, Michelle loves to link up people and ideas. Currently, Michelle is the Chief of Strategic Initiatives at Meda (Metropolitan Economic Development Association), a nonprofit focused on helping minority entrepreneurs succeed. Prior to Meda, she served as Associate Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation at the American Academy of Neurology, Strategy Consultant at Rêve Consulting, Community Relations Specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice, and a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. On the side, she has worked as a Stitch Fix stylist and advised several startups including WORKSHOP, Ova Woman, Boosted Boards, and Zaarly. When not at work, she's cuddling with her corgi puppy named Huggleberry.


Kate McRoberts

Kate McRoberts is Managing Partner and owner of Fathom Consulting. With a background in Organizational Change Leadership, Kate is passionate about helping organizations large and small develop new products and services and drive change in our ever-accelerating world.  At Fathom, Kate leads a team of smart, seasoned Business Consultants, Experience Designers, and Researchers that help clients unravel strategic, customer and user experience and operations challenges.   A member of the Women President’s Organization (WPO) and long-time board member of the Minnesota Children’s Museum, Kate is a fervent supporter of women and families in this community and beyond. 


Shera Maki

Shera Maki is the Brand Communications Director at Harken Health, a new kind of health care company that offers health insurance with relationship-based primary care. Shera has enjoyed working in a startup environment and telling the story of this innovative model of health care. Outside of work she loves to bake and try out new recipes, which is not surprising considering that she once ran the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest.


Cheryl Matter

Cheryl has worked in many biotech start-ups in California and in Minneapolis. She was a VP at Medical Alley and now is the Director of Diversified Health Technologies for Blue Cross Blue Shield. 


Eve Poeschl

Eve’s first computer opened her eyes to the ways technology can connect people. Since those early days, Eve has excelled in many roles — from Solutions Engineer Manager to Business Analyst and Network Technician. At MentorMate, she ensures that project managers, designers, and developers provide pragmatic solutions that meet clients’ unique business needs. She recently helped a local start-up in successfully ideating and developing a Diabetes management iOS application and clinician portal. Eve advocates for women and girls in STEM-related fields as a board member of  Technovation[MN] and is a judge for the MNCup competition.


Katie Miller


Katie Miller is the Chief Innovation Officer at Alia Innovations. She develops courageous partnerships, champions the far-out and far-fetched, and positions the organization to challenge status quo in a creative, connected, and authentic way. Katie is a social worker and entrepreneur, Scorpio, INFP, and use the Ladies be Funny Facebook page she helped create to help shine the spotlight on another thing she loves: ladies being clever, confident, and courageous.


Asya Sturgell

Asya Sturgell is a designer and creative problem-solver driven to make the world a more healthy and connected place. When not designing enterprise software to be easy to use or helping small business owners and nonprofits promote themselves on and offline, she runs a meditation circle, enjoys the outdoors and hangs around budding entrepreneurs, namely her 3 nieces.

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  • Kat J.

    Thanks for coming everyone, it was such a fun event to host. And congrats to all the participants on finding ways to channel their passions into solutions that help others!
    I've uploaded some photos Bret took. Enjoy!

    June 9

  • Glafira M.

    Does anyone have photos from this event? If so can you post them here or email them to [masked]? Thanks!

    June 7

  • Kelly Kellar Sfg I.

    We traveled from Duluth to come down to be a part of this! At first, it seemed crazy travelling 5 hours round trip for a 3 minute pitch however, we knew we'd gain a lot by being a part of this! Great connections and great pitches! Thank you to the judges and to those who put the event together! I do have one question, will we get to see the feedback from the judges? It would be great information to use for us going forward with our program.

    2 · June 1

    • Conner M O.

      Soon! I will be transcribing the feedback over the weekend and we will get it out asap. Thank you for making the trip!

      2 · June 1

  • Genét J.

    It was a great experience and I made a lot of connections. Thank you for putting it on!

    1 · May 31

  • Asya

    Look for the Pixel Farm sign on the building. 4th floor

    May 31

  • Jackie N.

    North 2nd Street - a block off of Washington Ave N. (parallel to Washington) has meters that are free after 5 p.m. I believe.

    May 31

  • ΘИế Ä.

    I only see street parking around Washington Ave. Is it free after 6 PM?

    May 31

    • Kat J.

      I don't believe the meters are free after 6 pm in this area. There are a few surface lots with paid parking on either side of the building. There is also a ramp which can be entered off N 1st St near Hennepin.

      1 · May 31

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