Community Calendar

Each month hundreds of events take place in Minnesota to support innovators, makers and entrepreneurs. Find something that looks interesting and mark your calendar!

Application Deadlines

Take a look at these incredible opportunities to get involved with local accelerators, incubators, challenges and other programs to help take your startup to the next level.


Lunar Startups, powered by Knight Foundation and the flagship program of the Glen Nelson Center, is a St. Paul based incubator driven to create equitable opportunities and access for high growth, underestimated entrepreneurs. The Glen Nelson Center is housed in Osborn370, downtown Saint Paul’s new home to business leaders, influencers, risk-takers, and connectors with the highest concentration of innovation business leaders in the East Metro. The program provides several benefits for entrepreneurs including office space, state of the art video and podcast equipment, stewardship and peer mentorship, team development, regular media and visibility, and inclusive community dedicated to seeing you succeed. Learn more and apply.

MINNEDEMO31 | Dec 31, 2018

Got a brilliant side project, after-work-hustle, potential next business venture or budding start-up you want to share with 700 of your closest friends? We’ve got just the venue for some tech show and tell. Minnedemo31 is taking place February 7th 2018 at the Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis. The audience includes thinkers, innovators, potential users, potential investors, and a supportive community. Demos are 7 minutes long. Demos are truly demos: you present your work or work-in-progress to the audience. No Powerpoints, please. Learn more and apply today!

Meda Mini MBA | Rolling. Next cohort starts Jan 2019

The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) brings you the Meda Mini MBA, powered by Interise’s award-winning StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum. This hands-on program provides the knowledge and know-how business owners need to create (and manage) a customized, three-year strategic growth plan. Business owners or CEOs of companies 50% owned by an ethnic minority with $250,000 – $10,000,000 in annual revenues, at least one employee and a minimum of 2 years in business can apply to participate. Must be willing to attend class for 7 months, complete assignments and program evaluations. Learn more and apply.


Each year, the OnRamp Insurance Accelerator, with Allianz Life and Securian Financial, invests in five insurtech startups who participate in a three-month, concierge accelerator program in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Each startup receives a cash investment of $100,000, office space and access to gener8tor’s global network of mentors and investors. Learn more and apply here.


TARGET INCUBATOR | October 29, 2018

Target Incubator is an immersive four-month program focused on the next generation of entrepreneurs with a business that is better for people or the planet.

AG TECH CHALLENGE | Thursday, November 15

US Ignite and the National Science Foundation have partnered with Redwing Ignite and are looking to Minnesota for innovative solutions using hardware and/or data to positively impact and improve agriculture.


The Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program of the City of Minneapolis in collaboration with The Commons, Northern and Northern Spark are proud to host the seventh annual Creative City Challenge based on the theme: “We Are Here.”