This session is designed to be a conversation/Q&A between our panel of serial entrepreneurs & an audience interested in potentially launching an idea but for whatever reason, haven't yet.
Confirmed Panel ::
Melissa Kjolsing [Recovree, Lunar Startups, MN Cup]
Mickeli Bedore [Closers Media/Coffee&Closers, Otium Outdoors, BeBG]
Nick Rosenth [DocuMNtary, Hout Digital, Spectar]
Whether you are at a job you hate with an amazing idea, dig your job but want to launch a passion/side hustle or are ready to go all-in and just don't know where to start.... this session is for you.
Our panelists have been right where you are now.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from our mistakes and lessons learned.
Our collective goal is to educate and inspire those who are ready to take the plunge but are looking for that one final push.
Mickeli's devotion to the art & science of startup sales has gained national (Men's Journal, Touch of Modern, Uncrate, etc.) & local (WCCO, Pioneer Press, Finance & Commerce, Twin Cities Business Journal) exposure.
Mickeli's involvement in our Startup Community::
Nick is a passionate technology leader that works at the intersection of business, creative, and technology. Over the course of a 20 year career in digital, he has touched design, development, management, leadership, and a host of other disciplines. He works with forward thinking companies to reveal strategic business objectives, develop a digital strategy, build the team, and execute.
Driven by lifelong learning, Nick is involved in the community on a variety of fronts. From the www.documntary.com project to personal education to educating others through advisory boards, speaking engagements, and mentoring, he continuously seeks to broaden his skills and grow himself and the community.
Melissa Kjolsing (coal-sing) is the cofounder and CEO of Recovree, a technology company dedicated to helping more people find recovery from substance use concerns through peer relationships. Working with employers, Recovree provides peer recovery coaching services to engage and support employees that want to reduce alcohol and drug use.
Prior to launching Recovree, Melissa was the founding managing director of Lunar Startups, an incubator for underestimated entrepreneurs powered by the Knight Foundation and American Public Media. She also led the MN Cup for five years, the largest statewide startup competition in the country. She is responsible for scaling the program and positioning it as one of the pillars in Minnesota's startup ecosystem. Other organizations that she has helped to create include Grow North, WE*, Twin Cities Startup Week and Forge North.
Melissa has a background in business development and marketing having worked for The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the biosciences in Minnesota. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.