Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.

 
 
 
 

Danielle Steer is dedicated to helping problem solvers achieve their dreams and is intensely passionate about making the world a more equitable place for everyone to thrive. Leveraging her origins as an over-scheduled student-athlete, she brings an intense amount of energy, a team first mentality,  and broad range of program design experience to Lunar Startups.

Prior to Lunar Startups, Danielle served as the founding staff of Impact Hub Minneapolis St. Paul for three years, building a community of social entrepreneurs and changemakers. In her role, she also worked with a coalition of programs, organizations, and individuals to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in MSP.

As a generalist, her experience and expertise span a wide range of specialties including human-centered design, evaluation, facilitation, program design, community building, marketing, partnership development, and digital media design, all driven by a bias towards collaboration. In her role as Managing Director at Lunar Startups, Danielle is leading a human-centered design approach, putting diverse entrepreneurs at the center of the program.

Danielle Steer

Managing Director

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Amanda Heyman

Director of Lunar Services

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Amanda Heyman is the Founding Director of Lunar Services, a business and legal technical assistance program of Lunar Startups designed to supercharge early-stage startup companies. Amanda is also Co-Founder and General Counsel of Starting 11, a global daily fantasy soccer startup that won the MN Cup High Tech Division in 2017. 

During Amanda’s decade-long legal career, she has practiced on the cutting edge of innovation on behalf of businesses ranging from tech startups to organic farms to large global institutions. In 2013, she co-founded a boutique law firm focused on natural food startup companies and has served as an international legal consultant on organic agriculture for the United Nations in the African island nation of Mauritius. In 2015, Amanda was named a Women in Business award winner by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Previously, Amanda was a staff attorney for the national non-profit law firm Farmers' Legal Action Group and clerked for two federal judges. She has also handled FEMA appeals for Hurricane Katrina survivors, worked at a Boston tech startup focused on marketing and digital publishing, and won awards for her newspaper reporting in Wisconsin and New Mexico. Amanda holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 
 
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Lunar Startups is supported by an expert staff of professionals dedicated to co-creating a community of innovators at the Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media. Meet the Glen Nelson Center team behind Lunar Startups.

Jeff is an innovator and a seasoned entrepreneur, having founded three startups during his career. Most recently, Jeff launched the sustainable toy brand YOXO out of a 200-square-foot office in St. Paul and grew it into a multi-million dollar company with distribution at major retailers throughout North America. In 2017, Jeff rejoined the American Public Media Group as general partner and head of corporate development at the Glen Nelson Center, a startup accelerator.

Jeff was the recipient of the 2010 Catalytic Leader Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, is a former fellow of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the German Marshall Fund and received a prestigious Leadership Fellowship from the Bush Foundation. Jeff was named one of the Twin Cities’ most successful young professionals by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. He holds a bachelor's degree from Hamline University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

He is also a part-time carpenter, designer, electrician, musician, sculptor, painter, and restorer of old barns and a full-time husband and a father to two amazing kids.

 

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General Partner

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Rose Martin

Business Office Manager

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Rose Martin is a seasoned event producer and project management professional, with a passion for radical hospitality, strategic planning, and innovative operations management.

She has a background in experiential marketing, producing activations around the country for national brands, such as Columbia Sportswear, Target, and Del Monte Fruits — a brand for which she fished a DJ booth out of the ocean at 3 a.m. Long story.

Most recently, Rose supported production of live events for Minnesota Public Radio, including Talking Volumes with Kerri Miller, Rock the Garden, and MPRs presence at the MN State Fair. She’s thrilled to further the mission of such an iconic Non-Profit institution through the work of Lunar Startups and the Glen Nelson Center.

When not dreaming up efficient ways to tackle business problems, Rose can be found jogging around Lake Como with her husband and daughter, researching the nagging question, Which pasta is best? (answer:  all of them), and working on her side hustle “Pun Intended”, a brand naming business based purely on word play.

 

Theon Masters is committed to growing innovation and building an inclusive community for entrepreneurs. A Jamaican native, Theon brings a hustler’s mentality and strategic vision that he infuses into every project he touches. Theon joined Glen Nelson center as an Entrepreneurship Fellow, supporting the business operations of the Glen Nelson Center.  

Prior to joining the Glen Nelson Center, Theon worked as an associate at gener8tor, a nationally ranked startup accelerator. He has experience in business development, most notably for Player’s Health in Minneapolis. He served on the board of the Entrepreneurship Club at Macalester for 3 years, using his networking and communication skills to help engage students with successful members of the entrepreneurial community in the Twin Cities.

Theon has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Macalester College. He hopes to advance his passion for entrepreneurship and innovation by helping to grow the businesses in the Glen Nelson Center portfolio.

Theon Masters

Community Coordinator

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