Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – 7:15am


Minneapolis Convention Center

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Minnesota Venture Conference / Innovate. Inspire. Invest.

The Minnesota Venture Conference attracts hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and executives to the Minneapolis Convention Center with the goal of connecting Minnesota’s entrepreneurs with capital.

Each year, participants gather for a day of knowledge-sharing, networking, and pitches from some of Minnesota’s most promising privately-held companies.


Tickets / Registration Types + Fees

Registration fee includes admission for one individual to all sessions, lunch and reception.

Member Rate
Early-bird (register by September 27): $295

Regular: $395

On-site: $445

Non Member Rate

Early-bird (register by September 27): $495

Regular: $595

On-site: $645


2017 Agenda / Get a preview of the conference!

Co-Host Welcome

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Minnesota High Tech Association Kirk Nielsen, Minnesota Venture Capital Association

Keynote Speaker – Andrew Downey

Andrew Downey is the Managing Director in PwC's Deals business based in Minneapolis. He advise strategic and financial clients on a wide range of M&A transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, carve-outs, joint ventures and other transformative deals. (more…)

Keynote Speaker – Gene Munster

Hear from Gene Munster, Managing Partner at Loup Ventures at the Minnesota Venture Conference! Gene Munster is a managing partner and co-founder at Loup Ventures. Prior to Loup Ventures, Gene was a managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray where he covered technology companies including Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook. During his 21-year tenure, Gene received many acknowledgements including: Top Stock Picker from Forbes, Best on the Street from The Wall Street Journal, and was widely recognized for his work on Apple. Gene holds a bachelor's degree in finance and entrepreneurship from University of St. Thomas. (more…)


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Sponsors / Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

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2017 Conference Advisory Committee / Thank You to the 2017 Advisors

Kirk Nielsen, Versant Ventures; President, Minnesota Venture Capital Association
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President & CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association
Dan Carr, President, The Collaborative
Lisa Crump, Founder, Cairn Ventures
Tom Erickson, Co-President, First Green Partners
Michael Gorman, Managing Director, Split Rock Partners
Jeff Hinck, General Partner, Rally Ventures
Jodi Hubler, Managing Director, Lemhi Ventures
Joy Lindsay, President & Co-founder, StarTec Investments
Vance Opperman, President & CEO, Key Investment
Ed Spencer, Jr., Founder and Chairman, Affinity Capital Management
Kathy Tune, Partner, Thomas, McNerney & Partners

Entrepreneurs / Showcase Your Startup

Entrepreneurial companies attending the Conference have an additional opportunity to create visibility for their company through the Entrepreneurial Showcase. Only companies seeking outside financing and whose business does not involve providing a product or service to growing companies will be considered for the showcase.

This is the event in Minnesota for companies with ambitious growth plans to:

  • Gain exposure and visibility to local and out-of-state investors
  • Access information regarding raising capital
  • Network with investors and other entrepreneurs


Companies interested in participating in the Entrepreneurial Showcase must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently privately held;
  • Headquartered or committed to develop in Minnesota;
  • Companies whose primary business involves providing a service/product to new and growing companies are not eligible to participate in the Entrepreneurial Showcase.


Showcase participation is free for qualified registered companies and includes a one page profile in the materials book, a one-minute introduction, and information table.

Must purchase a ticket to showcase at the event

Apply for the Showcase

Event Location

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Get In Touch / Send Us a Message

Past Participants / See Who Has Previously Participated

2016 Participating CompaniesPast Participating Investors/Financiers

ACG Minnesota
Activated Research Company
Aspire Beverage Company
B-MoGen Biotechnologies
Corvida Medical
Dr. In The Kitchen
Equals 3
Eva Medtec
Fox Rothschild
General Probiotics

Hema Imaging
IHB Technologies
Lite Run
Living Greens Farm
Medical Alley
MEI Research
Minnepura Technologies

Minnesota Business Magazine
Minnesota Cup
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
OX2 Therapeutics
POPS! Diabetes Care
Portfolio Strategy Solutions
Prevent Biometrics

The Big Know
United Skin Specialists
University of Minnesota – University Economic Development
University of Minnesota Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship
University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization
University of Minnesota Vice President for Research
Vergent Bioscience
Vigilant Diagnostics

AAVIN Venture Capital
Accuitive Medical Ventures
Advantage Capital Partners
Aethlon Capital
AgStar Financial Services
ARCH Development Partners
Atlas Capital Partners
Black River Asset Management
BlueStream Ventures
Boston Financial & Equity
Boston Scientific
Brass Ring Capital
Capital Midwest
Cedar Point Capital
CentreStone Ventures
Ceres Venture Fund
Cherry Tree & Associates
Chrysalis Ventures
Clover Fields Capital
Commerce Street Venture Group
Coral Group
Core Innovation Capital
Core Venture Capital
Creekridge Capital
EDF Ventures

Gabelli Investments
GDN Holdings
GMB Mezzanine Capital
Gopher Angel Fund
Greene, Holcomb & Fisher
Grey Mountain Partners
H.I.G. BioVentures
Healthcare IP Partners
Hilldale Ventures, Inc.
Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin
Icon Venture Partners
J&J Development
Kaiser Permanente Ventures
Key Investment, Inc.
Khosla Ventures
Lemhi Ventures
LFE Capital
Matchstick Ventures
MB Venture Partners
Meakem Becker Venture Capital
Milestone Growth Fund
Mill City Capital
Minnesota Power
Mount Yale Venture Fund

MSP Ventures
Nascent Capital
National Venture Capital Association
North Bridge Growth Equity
Northland Securities
Norwest Equity Partners
Oak Investment Partners
Oak Ridge Financial
OCA Venture Partners
Omphalos Venture Partners, LLC
Open Prairie Ventures
Oxford Finance LLC
Piper Jaffray
PrairieGold Venture Partners
Prescher Capital
QuestStar Medical
RAIN Source Capital
Rational Equity
RiverPoint Investments
Sapient Capital
Seneca Partners
Siemens Venture Capital
Six Points Capital
Sorin Group
Space Center Ventures
Spell Capital Partners

StarTec Investments, LLC
Stellar Ventures
Sunny Hill Investment Co LLC
SWMF Life Science Fund
Technology Venture Partners
TGap Ventures
The Collaborative
Thomas McNerney & Partners
Thomas Weisel Venture Partners
Tonka Bay Equity Partners
Triathlon Medical Ventures
Tricouni Capital Partners
Updata Partners
Vencore Capital
Versant Ventures
Vesbridge Partners
Vilicus Ventures
Watasso Ventures
Waveland Capital Partners
Wells Fargo
WELM Ventures
Western Technology Investment
Whitebox Advisors