November 7, 2018


Radisson Blu, Minneapolis

Hosted By

Minnesota High Tech Assoc

Minnesota Venture Conference / Innovate. Inspire. Invest.

The Minnesota Venture Conference attracts hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and executives to the event with the goal of connecting entrepreneurs from the Midwest with capital. Each year, participants gather for a day of knowledge-sharing, networking, and pitches from some of the Midwest’s most promising entrepreneurial companies.

Gain visibility: SPONSOR Minnesota Venture Conference.


The MN Venture Conference is presented by
Minnesota High Tech Association

Tickets / Registration Types + Fees

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

2018 Registration Types

Standard: Conference Fee
Start Up: Subsidized Fee for entrepreneurs with less than $5M in revenue and less than 25 employees.
Investor: Discounted Rate for active investors
MHTA Member: Discounted Rate for MN High Tech Association members.


Standard: $395
Start Up: $195
Investor: $295
MHTA Members: $295

Day-of Registration

Standard: $495
Start Up: $295
Investor: $395
MHTA Members: $395


Agenda / 2018 Conference Schedule

Six great reasons to attend the Minnesota Venture Conference

1.) Learn more about technologies that are driving disruption today: Artificial intelligence/data analytics, Blockchain and Cybersecurity, with insights from national experts and pitches from startups

2.) Meet up with investors, entrepreneurs and other executives from across the upper Midwest in the Minnesota Venture Conference Meetup Lounge throughout the event.

3.) Gain investor perspectives across a continuum of resources in this field: angel investors, VCs, corporate ventures, federal funds.

4.) Share the spotlight on tech hub industries for the upper Midwest, with founders of companies in healthcare, financial, agriculture, logistics and more.

5.) Gain visibility for your startup by posting your company profile in the Minnesota Venture Conference App.

6.) Set appointments with key contacts while at the conference via the Minnesota Venture Conference App.

Opening Session

Margaret Anderson Kelliher – President and CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association
Commissioner Shawntera Hardy – Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, State of Minnesota


Closing Remarks

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association


Join us for a reception to conclude the day with networking, held onsite at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown.

Sponsors /

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2018 Conference Advisory Committee / Thank You to the 2018 Advisors

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President & CEO, MN High Tech Association
Greg Beaufait, Partner, Dundee Venture Capital
Brett Brohl, Founder & Managing Director, Syndicate Fund
Mary Grove, Partner, Revolution LLC
Jodi Hubler, Managing Director, Lemhi Ventures
Joy Lindsay, President & CEO, StarTec Investments
Steven London, Co-Founder, Six Points Capital
Kirk Nielsen, Managing Director, Versant Ventures
Sara Russick, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Gopher Ventures
Russ Straate, Associate Director – Venture Center, Office for Technology Commercialization
Rob Weber, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Great North Labs

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 event book, a one-minute introduction, and information table.

Must purchase a ticket to showcase at the event

Showcase applications are now closed.

2017 Showcase Companies (as of 10/24/17)

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ArboryWay Labs
AcuMedical, Inc.
Aker Technologies
DaVinci Industries
Distant Calling Pictures
Extempore, The Speaking Practice App
Industrial Smart (Design Ready Controls)
[/su_column][su_column size=”1/2″] Leverage Robotics, Inc.
MEI Research
Natural Process Design
Peacebunny Island
SRS Web Solutions Inc
Starting 11
UnderRecruited Preps
UR Turn

Event Location

Radisson Blu
35 South Seventh St.
Minneapolis, MN

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Get In Touch / Send Us a Message

Past Participants / See Who Has Previously Participated

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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 [/su_column][su_column size=”1/4″]
Hema Imaging
IHB Technologies
Lite Run
Living Greens Farm
Medical Alley
MEI Research
Minnepura Technologies [/su_column][su_column size=”1/4″]
Minnesota Business Magazine
Minnesota Cup
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
OX2 Therapeutics
POPS! Diabetes Care
Portfolio Strategy Solutions
Prevent Biometrics
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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
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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[/su_column][su_column size=”1/4″]
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[/su_column][su_column size=”1/4″]
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[/su_column][su_column size=”1/4″]
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[/su_column][/su_row][/su_tab][/su_tabs]