Lab Notes

A Guide to Twin Cities Startup Culture

Where’s the Culture?

The startup community is a vital hub for the most forward-thinking minds in any city. The Twin Cities are no exception. Are you looking to connect with the startup community in Minneapolis? Start here:

Tech.MN

Tech.MN is the heartbeat of the Minnesota startup scene. Run by  Jeff Pesek and Mike Bollinger, Tech.MN covers everything in the Minnesota startup tech world, from funding news to med tech and even IoT. Created to be a resource for founders and followers of Minnesota companies, Tech.MN has become the center for all events and news. The site also boasts one of the most extensive startup databases in the nation. HERE you can find their directory of all things Minnesota.

Beta.MN

To gain traction, most companies need a strong community that will help spread the word. Beta.MN is an organization committed to supporting Minneapolis startups by holding regular events that bring startups together and elevate their visibility to the larger community. Beta.MN events are the perfect place to learn about the latest companies being built. You can see their alumni HERE. Startups looking to present at the next event can fill out the Beta.MN startup application and pitch their company others in the community. 

CoCo 

Coco is Minneapolis’ central co-working community. The company supplies memberships to startups, small businesses, and freelancers with access to space and community. For Minneapolis, the CoCo community represents the forward-thinking and camaraderie not often found in the Midwest. One of CoCo’s greatest perks is the multiple locations which can be accessed by any member of the organization. CoCo currently has co-working spaces in Uptown, Northeast, Downtown, and St. Paul. You can find more about their events HERE.

MinneDemo

Even If you are new to the Minneapolis startup community, chances are you’ve heard of Minnedemo. Since 2006, Minnedemo has been a jumping off point for many of the Twin Cities greatest companies. It is a quarterly event where makers show off the best new software products they’ve built. Billed as an event for working technology products made in Minnesota, both demos and presenters are strictly limited to seven minute presentations each. To encourage real functioning products, the event coordinators outlaw any use of PowerPoint presentations. The event typically features local food trucks and breweries, and sells out in minutes. Make sure to add this to your calendar.

 

Did our overview miss any key parts of the Minnesota startup scene? Let us know your ideas in the comments. Submit another organization or event, and we will update.

  1. One of the challenges to the MSP startup scene is that it’s so broad. Traditional tech startups have a solid presence here, but med tech holds a larger share, and my sense is that we have more physical goods startups than other spots like Detroit, STL, and other similarly sized startup spots. While that becomes a challenge for sharing best practices and ideas, since we’ll all face different hurdles, I think it speaks well to both the suitability of the business climate here and the available talent. Whatever you want to make can be made here.