Graveti: Being an Entrepreneur of Color in the Twin Cities

by Alex Rodriguez | at MinneBar 11 | 9:00 – 9:50 in Nokomis | View Schedule

Mini Panel - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of being a minority entrepreneur in the Twin Cities. Founders, will discuss their successes, struggles and where they see the Twin Cities heading and how we can make this a land of opportunity for entrepreneurs of colors and professionals.

Moderating the panel will be: Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez - Code2040 Entrepreneur in Residence at COCO and Founder of WorkMand and Graveti.

Clarence Bethea: is the Founder and CEO of Upsie. Upsie, is a mobile warranty app, that is disrupting the 40 billion dollar warranty industry. Clarence, has raised a 1.3 million angel round. Prior to Upsie, he founded 2nd chance staffing and is also an active mentor for young people in entrepreneurship and business.

Caroline Karanja: is a maker and creator, a curious soul with a need to code. She recently launched, 26 letters. 26 letters is an e-learning saas solution for companies who want to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. She's consulted and worked with fortune 500 companies and startups.

Thompson Aderinkomi: Thompson is currently the founder and CEO of RetraceHealth a new model for primary care medicine. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Thompson to MNsure, the MN Health Insurance Exchange Board of Directors in April 2013. He also co-founded Healthcare.MN

A few minutes will be left for Q&A from the audience but if you specific questions you'd like to have asked, be sure to email us and we'll try and get it in during the panel. Email:

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Alex Rodriguez

**Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez, is the Founder of Electrician Path. Electrician Path is the network for Millennial and Generation-Z Electrician Talent to find opportunities in the industry. The startup was built with no-code.

He's the founder of Graveti. A community focused on building businesses, creating wealth and developing the Tech ecosystem for people of color in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area.

Alex, was a Minneapolis Code2040 Entrepreneur in Residence at Fueled Collective (COCO), powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Alex, was Minnesota Tech Hustler of the Year for 2015.