Earlier this month, I attended Beta.MN hosted by one of our co-investors, Ryan Broshar of Confluence Capital in Minneapolis. This science fair-like event for startups was a fantastic opportunity for the more than one dozen companies to present and pitch themselves to crowds of potential talent, investors, media and other influencers.
This event was done right and had all of the mechanisms of a great startup event – it bought together founders, service providers, advisors, talent, investors, and educators in a relaxed setting where it was easy to meet people and learn as much as you want about each company in an efficient manner.
I commend Ryan for his efforts of bridging together the community of not only Minneapolis but the region with Chicago, Omaha, Boulder, KC, and beyond. The more events and collisions of capital, density, and talent that occur in our region, the more successful startup ecosystems we will see arise across the Midwest.
Later this week, Dusty Reynolds, David Arnold, Shane Reiser and Jeff Slobotski are leading a community initiative that allows all of the various startups to gain funding for their events. This first-ever Omaha Event Draft has the potential to be a springboard for more collaboration and cooperation in the future. I encourage you all to attend. Read more in this Silicon Prairie News write up. http://spne.ws/i1N