Minnovation Collective is a group of diverse corporate innovators and allies pursuing knowledge, connections, and collaboration. The group assembled this cheat sheet to the 5th annual Twin Cities Startup Week, which sees new additions in 2018 with large-scale events in food and agriculture, health and medical, and technology. This post is re-published from Minnovation Collective.

We are excited to participate in all things innovation this fall and encourages you to get involved October 7-12 to learn, engage, participate and connect with the best and brightest of our startup community.

In its fifth year, Twin Cities Startup Week has exploded into a week of local, regional and national innovators and startup supporters joining forces to raise awareness and celebrate Minnesota’s best and brightest startups. More than ever, corporations are playing a larger role in the week by participating in panels, hosting events, and sponsoring sessions.

During this week, you will find amazing opportunities to engage, learn and network through these organized events.

Twin Cities Startup Week: Powered by BETA, a marathon of events and activities to connect, inform and inspire with tracks such as FinTech, Healthcare, Marketing & Sales, Technology, and Education & Training.
Food, Ag, Ideas Week: Powered by Grow North, FAI is designed to drive visibility, connectivity, and engagement in Minnesota’s entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem
MANOVA: A 4-day summit to highlight Medical Alley, the global epicenter of health innovation and care, and Minnesota’s vibrant health technology on a global stage.
BITCON 2018: Powered by Blacks in Technology, this event for entrepreneurs, investors and community members dedicated to increasing the visibility + representation of black men and women in the tech industry.
Collectively, these events will host over 250 sessions for 15,000+ entrepreneurs, investors, corporate innovators, community leaders + other startup supporters. This is a chance to experience MSP showcasing and celebrating the people powering the future economic vitality of Minnesota. Check out the sessions we recommend below or on Sched.


4:00pm | Official Twin Cities Startup Week Opening Night Party


8:30am | The Time is Now! A conversation with Jeff Harmening, CEO and Chairman, General Mills, and NPR’s Kerri Miller. (Food Ag Ideas Week)

10:30am | Investing in Diversity


8:30am | Design as Disruptor (Food Ag Ideas Week)

1:00pm | P is for Partnership: A Discussion on how Corporations are Partnering with Startups

3:30pm | Minimal Lovable Product

5:30pm | Crash the Networks Happy Hour hosted by Grow North (Food Ag Ideas Week)

5:30pm | Beta Showcase – Featuring the Area’s Top Up-and-Coming Startups


10:30am | Perfect your Pitch: Nail your Story, your Deck, and your Delivery

2:00pm | Accelerator Panel Table Discussion

2:00pm | Digital Innovation at a Health System

3:00pm | Pitchfest in the Midwest

5:00pm | Opening Reception – MedCity INVEST (MANOVA)

5:00pm | Twin Cities Million Dollar Challenge for Minority Entrepreneurs

5:00pm | Techstars Retail Demo Day

6:30pm | gBETA Medtech LiveBETA


9:00am | No Silver Bullet: How A Magical Mix of Design Methods Helps U.S. Bank Create the Future

4:30pm | MH + HR: Guiding Mental Health Conversations at Work

6:00pm | Minnedemo30 + Bonus DocuMNtary Techstars Farm to Fork Film Release


12:00pm | When Worlds Collide: Corporate-Startup Collaboration (Minnovation Collective)

6:00pm | Twin Cities Startup Awards and TCSW Closing Party

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