Discussion: The Role of Startup Companies in Minnesota
More than 50,000 new businesses were registered with the state last year, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. That’s the third largest number of new businesses ever recorded. It’s what Ritchie calls part of Minnesota’s healthy entrepreneurial spirit.
It’s that spirit that brings together aspiring business owners for the first Twin Cities Startup Week. Organizers are inviting budding entrepreneurs and innovators seeking strategic advice, resources and networking opportunities to join in a series of 20 events across the metro.
What is the role startup companies play, and can play, in Minnesota’s economic development?
Joining us today to talk about the role these startups play in our state economy, and their potential for economic development is Justin M.C. Porter of the University of Minnesota Venture Center.
Sidenote: The Startup Week kicks off this evening with a Beta.MN 1.5 gathering which describes its events as “place for entrepreneurs, hackers, artists, investors, teachers and students to get to know each other in a comfortable, agenda-less setting.”
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