Twin Cities Startup Resources
Minneapolis St. Paul has a growing list of resources, opportunities, and programs dedicated to supporting a more thriving business and startup community. In the words of #ForgeNorth, making our region the problem solving capital of the new economy. Below is a sample of the resources available.
Capital and Funding
Capita3 - an early stage venture capital group focused on companies founded or led by women.
Gopher Angels - a network of accredited investors seeking to invest capital and expertise in early stage Minnesota businesses.
Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE): The Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE) program provides interest-free loans to early stage businesses developing or producing high-tech products or services in Minnesota. This program is an initiative of the Minnesota Investment Fund.
Pipeline Angels - is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs.
Rise of the Rest - seed capital fund investing in the most promising seed stage companies located outside of Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston.
The Syndicate Fund - Providing exceptional early stage startups the capital and network needed to build great businesses.
Programs (some offer funding)
Bunker Labs - Launch Lab Program: 12 week course for veteran entrepreneurs
Co-starters - a 9-week program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action.
FINNOVATION Lab - a social business incubator and accelerator offering a robust set of venture service programs designed to achieve and launch high impact businesses. They offer a $50,000 stipend for the 9 month program. Application deadline is July 15th and webinar for more info on July 2nd from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Sign up by emailing email@example.com with the subject line "Invite me to the webinar" and you'll be sent you a calendar invite with more details.
Gener8tor - a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups. Three times a year they invest $90K in each of five startups.
Techstars - a worldwide network of accelerators helping entrepreneurs succeed.
Showcases and Pitch Opportunities
1 Million Cups- pitch practices with feedback for startups
Beta.mn provides showcase opportunities to connect with the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. Now also offering free space to select startups at WeWork MSP. Let us know if you want a warm intro.
Minnedemo - a showcase for working technology products made in Minnesota. Demos are 7 minutes long and PowerPoint IS NOT ALLOWED.
Minnesota Cup - the largest statewide business competition in the country.
Muster by Bunker Labs - Pitch competition, showcase, and networking for veteran owned startups
Other Resources & Events
Blacks in Tech Twin Cities - started to share experiences and support each other in professional growth and development. Their events range from social to educational.
Forge North - a movement of entrepreneurs, investors, collaborators, and allies from all industries and sectors working together to grow Minnesota's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Full Stack - a public/private sector collaboration, co-led by the City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, that provides a full range of services to help tech and innovation sector businesses start up and scale up in Saint Paul.
Hack the Gap - Minnesota's all-women hackathon. They are hacking the diversity gap, one hackathon at a time.
James J Hill - offers research, programs, and networking for each stage of business development.
Legal Corps - provides free non-litigation legal assistance to small nonprofits and businesses.
Prime digital academy - a digital boot-camp offering probono development services to startups and nonprofits.
Twin Cities Startup Week - a week long celebration of the local startup community, October 8th - 12th, 2018.
Economic Development Organizations
African Development Center (ADC) champions African immigrants and refugees, helping them overcome barriers to financial security and success.
- African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) - builds wealth within African immigrant communities through economic development activities
Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA)- created to expand opportunities for economic success for low-income Asian Americans in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul.
Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) - helping minority entrepreneurs succeed through business coaching, financial solutions, and market opportunities.
Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) - economic development opportunities and build wealth for low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in north Minneapolis and surrounding communities.
Neighborhood Development Center- building neighborhood economies from within.
This is a sample of the resources in our community. Want to add something? Fill out the form below.