Starting Up in Saint Paul: Tips for Founders & Innovators

by Mary Rick, Evva Kraikul, and Jai Winston | at MinneBar 14 | 3:45 – 4:30 in Texas | View Schedule

Saint Paul's tech and innovation scene has been growing by leaps and bounds. Get advice from a Saint Paul-based entrepreneur, foundation leader, and city representative about tapping into the community and network of resources.

Hosted by Glitch's Evva Kraikul, Knight Foundation's Jai Winston, and City of Saint Paul/Full Stack's Mary Rick.

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Mary Rick

Mary Rick works for the City of Saint Paul’s Economic Development team and runs their tech and innovation program, Full Stack Saint Paul. Full Stack is a public/private partnership with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and numerous private sector tech and innovation leaders.

Rick has extensive history with social enterprise and impact investing networks, including past roles with Global Exchange, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Investors’ Circle, and Peace Coffee. She has worked with tech start-ups, including BackpackEMR, Arrayent, and the Hoop Fund. Rick also served as a co-founder and inaugural CEO of the Impact Hub MSP – designing their new 13,000 sq ft facility, recruiting core office partners, developing the FINNovation Lab’s fellowship programming, and co-launching the Twin Cities Impact Investing Ecosystem Project.

Evva Kraikul

Evva Kraikul (she/her/hers) is a systems designer, gameUX champion, and founder of GLITCH. GLITCH is an independent video game publishing label home to bold new voices and big ideas. With 10+ years of experience, Evva has worked alongside over 50 major technology and gaming industry partners such as Microsoft, Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, and PBS to develop games, design programming, and launch international initiatives.

Recent Releases
Optica, a mind-bending puzzle game of logic and illusion | Available on the Apple App Store & Google Play

Riddle Mia This, an award-winning augmented reality puzzle room experience at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts | Free download on Apple & Google Stores


Jai Winston

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