Ecosystem: Twin Cities MN

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Ecosystem: Twin Cities MN
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Project Information
Has title Ecosystem: Twin Cities MN
Has owner Vineet Anne
Has start date 2019/03/12
Has deadline date 2019/03/28
Has project status Active
Subsumed by: Incubators in Five Ecosystems
Has sponsor Kauffman Incubator Project
Has project output Content
Copyright © 2019 All Rights Reserved.

Brief Background on Project

Unconventional ecosystems are increasingly becoming a major part of the incubator discussion. With the ease of access to information through the internet, small businesses are able to run their business in smaller cities that are more financially sustainable for their business operations. Smaller cities have cheaper rent, typically lower turnover, and lifestyle may be better.

Minnesota as a state

Currently, according to Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship Index, Minnesota is on par with the national average in terms of percent of population that starts new businesses at 30%. Additionally, of those startups, approximately 84% are expected to keep surviving after one year. Additionally, from 2005-2015, Minneapolis has moved up in rankings in terms of top U.S. cities by venture capital invested.

Here are resources for people looking to get hired into a startup:

IoT Weekly : These are hand picked articles by Justin Grammens, an innovator in the Twin Cities area, on the Internet of Things. Published and delivered to inbox every Wednesday.

Startup Digest StartupDigest provides a calendar along with a weekly newsletter about events occurring regarding entrepreneurship and tech startups in the area.

Minnesota Headhunter Blog: MN IT and recruiter jobs, links to Minnesota business news and promotion of the local tech community.

TECHdotMN: This website provides a comprehensive insight into all things tech/startup in the Minneapolis/St.Paul ecosystem. This includes news, jobs, company database etc.

Startup Hire Online portal displaying thousands of jobs at startups. Website is currently down however.

Venture Lake: This is a online hub for Minnesota’s innovation and startup community. Regional entrepreneur resource; helps link entrepreneurs to the resources they need to succeed as a startup.

Additionally, there are numerous meetups and social events for the entrepreneurial community.

HealthCare MN: is Minnesota’s community for healthcare innovation and startups. If you are working on a healthcare venture, or want to connect with others doing amazing things in healthcare, this is your crowd.

Women Who Code TC: is a professional community for women in tech dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology.

GDG Twin Cities: Learn more about Google’s developer technology; everything from the Android, Chrome, Drive, and Google Cloud platforms, to product APIs like the Cast API, Maps API, and YouTube API. St. Paul Entrepreneurs & Creative Professionals: is a group for existing and aspiring local business owners, interested in taking advantage of the Saint Paul Public Library’s resources — including space, research materials, and programs.

Graveti: is a social venture that helps increase diversity and inclusion in Minnesota tech startup community.

Minnesota Entrepreneurs: is a dynamic network of business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, mentors, & investors in Minnesota brought together to collaborate and develop as business leaders.

DiyBio: is a community of do it yourself biotech innovators, tinkerers and scientifically-minded citizens, or even small organizations who generate and act on ideas that solve real world problems in the life sciences.

Mobilize MN: is a meetup in Minnesota focused on education, leadership and startups around mobile technology.

Social Marketing & Networking: We are looking to help Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. We will teach you more effective ways to grow your business and use social marketing and media to brand yourself and your business online.

BootStrappers Breakfast: is for founders of early stage technology startups. It is a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. These breakfasts were designed for entrepreneurs to share ideas and leverage thoughts with other folks who are serious about growing their business.

Club E: is a community of business professionals who meet on the first Thursday of each month at the Minneapolis Club for networking, idea sharing and presentations from some of the Twin Cities’ most respected innovators, catalysts and thought leaders.

IOT Fuse: unites accomplished doers, makers and hackers with the brightest executives, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators focused on the Internet of Things space.

Innovators & Entrepreneurs of MSP: A free informal weekly gathering for discussion and networking of business leaders, professionals, students, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. 1,900 members and about twenty attend a typical meeting.

JavaScript MN: is a group of Minnesotans getting together to discuss programming JavaScript in the browser, on the server, on mobile devices, and everything in between.

Lean Startup Twin Cities: is about starting or joining technology companies that are following the Lean Startup process. We will focus on workshops and other “Lean Startup Machine” activities.

PyLadies: We are an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community.

TwinCities Iphone Developers: is a group for Twin Cities mobile developers to meet and discuss hot technology and trends in iOS.

Mobile Twin Cities: We are a group of enthusiasts, located in the Twin Cities area meeting to discuss trends and software on all mobile platforms

Gener8tor Minnesota: Interested in learning more about startups? Looking for team members, a team to join, or just a chance to network with other entrepreneurs?

Minnesota Tech Startups & Entrepreneurs: is a group for entrepreneurs and business owners with an emphasis on internet, software, SaaS, computers, and similar tech startups.

PyMNtos: is a Twin Cities group of Python enthusiasts. Some of us use Python every day in our work. Some of us are just hobbyists. Others are just learning. Whoever you are and whatever your skill level is, we would love for you to join us.

Startup Grind Minneapolis: startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. events are open to anyone interested or involved in startups and there are no annual or membership fees.

DevOps: is a group targeted to engineers (both dev and ops), tech professionals, managers, leads, architects and entrepreneurs coming together to learn about and share information on DevOps processes, tools, practices and benefits.

Innovators and Entrepreneurs of MSP: An informal gathering for discussion and networking of inventors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, professionals, students, scientists, and investors.

NodeMN: A group for anyone interested in Node.js regardless of skill level or experience. Join us in discussing the latest frameworks, projects, conferences and hacks using anything node.

Mn Investors Traders & Moneymakers: a group of active investors, traders, and individuals interested in the markets. We meet frequently to talk shop, network, and learn.

Enterprise MN: is an organization for entrepreneurs and enterprise technology professionals. Our meetup series features local business leaders, entrepreneurs with successful enterprise-focused startups, and subject matter experts on topics of interest, both business and technical.

Skyway Software Symposium: We are a group of software engineers that meet monthly (or so) to discuss new software platforms, trends and lessons learned in our respective professional settings.

Groovy Users of Mn: we are interested in learning more about Groovy and related topics, such as the framework: Grails. We want to get together and share our experiences, techniques, and knowledge to strengthen the rapid software development crowd here in Minnesota.

React Minneapolis: We gather to share experiences, questions and things we’ve learned. We do tutorials, lightning talks, presentations, workshops, and socialize.

In addition to these great resources, the incubators and accelerators in the twin cities is numerous and their resources are vast. They have nationally ranked accelerators and each incubator has a unique and tailored solution for the small busiensses.


Currently doing research on incubators and accelerators in the twin cities. This data is recorded on the google doc. Programs are large and have customized solutions for all start-ups.