Minnesota: The State of Tech [Startups]

by Jeff Pesek, Mike Bollinger, Ryan Broshar, Dan Atkins, and Justin Grammens | at MinneBar 11 | 9:00 – 9:50 in Theater | View Schedule

What is happening, where is it happening, why is it happening, who is doing it?

Moderated by Jeff Pesek & Mike Bollinger // TECHdotMN


Glafira Marcon is the Lead Organizer of Healthcare.mn – Minneapolis’ home for healthcare innovation – where she organizes monthly events and strategic initiatives for over 1,100 members. Heatlhcare.mn believes that Minnesota is the best place to launch a healthcare start up. Working off of the foundation built by Healthcare.mn’s founders, she aims to catalyze and support the healthcare innovation community, and connect start ups with the resources needed for success such as mentorship, networking, and investment opportunities.

Ryan Broshar is the Managing Director of Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target and the Founder and Managing Director of Matchstick Ventures, an early-stage tech VC based in Minneapolis.

Dan Atkins is cofounder of MinneAnalytics, a MN nonprofit that is the nation's largest local Big Data, Analytics, & Data Science community with over 7100 participants. Industry & topical specific data science conferences draw near 1000. The organization deliberately blends the Domain professionals with the Technology folks -AND- the Decision Sciences professionals. By day Dan is a VP at Optum doing predictive analytics in medication adherence.

Justin Grammens co-founded IoTFuse, a non-profit to ignite the community on the Internet of Things. He co-founded Arduino.MN around open hardware and the Maker community and co-launched the first IoTHackday where teams compete to build IoT products in 12 hours. Justin helps kids bridge software and hardware at CoderDojoTC, is an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Thomas teaching a graduate level class on the Internet of Things, publishes IoT Weekly News and founded Recursive Awesome as a consultancy to help companies gain insights by building smart, connected devices.

Kevin Spanbauer possesses a track record of providing resources to technology companies with core competencies in business development and talent acquisition, but also acting as a business catalyst to connect clients to investor communities, customers, partners, and other technical resources. He acts as a “Trusted Adviser” to software companies at various stages of growth. Kevin has built some of the strongest relationships as anyone in Minnesota's software industry. This history led him to join forces with other leaders to form the Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory or MESA whose mission is to reinvigorate Minnesota's software community and elevate it to one of the top software corridors in the nation.

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Jeff Pesek

cofounder, TECHdotMN

Mike Bollinger

Explorer and entrepreneur. Founder & CEO at Livefront.

Ryan Broshar

Ryan serves as Managing Partner for Confluence Capital and is one of the co-founders of Beta.MN. Founding Confluence in 2013, Ryan created a vehicle to support and interact with fellow entrepreneurs by providing early stage venture capital finance. In addition to his work at Confluence, Broshar is Founder and CEO of BoomBoomPrints.com – a social commerce platform for graphic design artists to sell their artwork on products to families. Ryan is a previous MN Cup student division winner with University Guide, LLC – a university-based publication business – that was eventually sold in 2008. Ryan received his BSB from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and his MBA from University of Colorado-Boulder.

Dan Atkins

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Justin Grammens

I live at the intersection of startups, education and leading communities on Applied AI and the Internet of Things.

I am the co-founder of Lab651 where I help companies use mobile apps, data and IoT devices. I am the owner and founder of Recursive Awesome, a data analytics company to help companies understand their customers through connected products us Artificial Intelligence and IoT Weekly, a free curated newsletter with industry expert perspectives on the Internet of Things. I am a co-founder of Arduino.MN and Code42, co-launched the first Internet of Things Hack Day in Minnesota @IoTHackday and a non-profit and 1,000+ person conference to promote the Internet of Things called IoTFuse.

I'm an adjunct professor at the University of Saint Thomas teaching a graduate-level course on the Internet of Things and an Industry Analyst at RT Insights on IoT Data Analytics.

You can see my full portfolio for more information.