Community Corner: AMA With The Leaders of MN's Accelerators & Incubators

by Maria Ploessl, Danielle Steer, and Elizabeth Caven | at Minnebar 15 | Sat, Oct 17 • 11:00 – 11:25 in Phalen Track | View Schedule

With lots of great local opportunities for startup founders, where do you start? Don't you wish you could ask questions and hear directly from leaders of these programs?

Now is your chance. Talk to and learn from these great folks in a fun and casual environment:

  • Danielle Steer - Lunar Startups
  • Jessica Berg - Minnesota Cup
  • Diane Rucker - University Enterprise Laboratories
  • Elizabeth Caven - Gener8tor
  • Casey Schultz - BETA
  • Katrina Becker - Finnovation Lab
  • Jess Stalbaum - Techstars
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Maria Ploessl

Maria Ploessl serves as the first Executive Director of Minnestar, a nonprofit organization committed to building, nurturing and engaging those interested in technology through meaningful connection. In her role, she works to promote the strategic vision and growth of the organization, while developing events and experiences that bring the MN tech community together.

She is the Operations Chair for the TechnovationMN board of directors, supporting the great work in inspiring girls and nonbinary youth to make an impact in their community using technology. She also serves as a member of the Tech Steering Committee for Make. It. MSP, working on attraction and retention of tech talent to the region, and served as the Interim Board Co-Chair for Forge North, a coalition dedicated to making MN the problem-solving capital of the new economy.

She has over 10 years of program management, administration, and community engagement experience in the nonprofit and education sector. She is a former educator with Minneapolis Public Schools, and was selected as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Bragança, Brazil where she developed university-level educational programming and events.

Danielle Steer

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Elizabeth Caven

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