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 opportunities to help take your startup to the next level.

LUNAR STARTUPS COHORT 3 | Applications due January 13

Lunar Startups is a year-long incubator program dedicated to helping your business grow faster. This unique experience offers: one-on-one coaching, customized workshops, expert mentorship, cash grants, and a beautiful space at Osborn370. Customized to meet the needs of the participating companies, Lunar offers weekly coaching, workshops, lunch & learn events, and mastermind meetings all geared towards your personal and professional development. Learn more and review the eligibility criteria here.

Target Takeoff Beauty 2020 | Applications due January 13

Part accelerator. Part boot camp. Target Takeoff Beauty is a five-week, consumer product startup accelerator is designed to help you build the knowledge and connections to take your beauty brand to the next level. You’ll learn the ins and outs of mass retail while working with a team of mentors and Target leaders to better position your brand. Learn more and apply here.

OnRamp Insurance Conference | Startup Track applications due February 1

On April 7, insurance industry’s leading corporations, investors and startups will come together in St. Paul, MN. The conference highlights innovations disrupting the insurance industry, the leaders making such innovations possible and how new technologies and business models will reinvent the industry. Startups can apply to receive a free ticket, personal introductions and curated experience as part of the Startup Track. Find out more and apply here.

OnRamp Insurance Accelerator | Applications due March 15

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 today.

Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants | Rolling applications.

Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants are targeted to the most promising innovative scalable technology businesses in Minnesota. Together we’re working to help reduce the risk for Minnesota technology startups and entrepreneurs, who are solving problems and growing our state’s innovation ecosystem. The following Innovation Grants are available. Learn more about eligibility and other requirements here.

  • Business operations: These grants provide up to $35,000 for business operations, including research and development, direct business expenses and technical assistance.
  • Housing or child care: These grants provide up to $7,500 for housing or child care expenses.
  • SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) match: These grants provide up to $50,000 for businesses awarded a first time Phase 2 SBIR or STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) award.

Meda Mini MBA | Rolling applications.

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.

PAST DEADLINES

FUELED COLLECTIVE DIVERSE FOUNDERS FELLOWSHIP | Cohort begins Dec 1, 2019

SEED SPOT 2-DAY LAUNCH CAMP | Cohort begins Dec 1, 2019

TEKNE AWARDS | Aug 9, 2019

WeWork Veterans in Residence Powered by Bunker Labs | Aug 18, 2010

TWIN CITIES STARTUP WEEK | July 19, 2019

ONRAMP INSURANCE ACCELERATOR | April 28, 2019

gener8tor Minnesota 2019 | May 12, 2019

FINNOVATION Fellowship | May 15, 2019

TECHSTARS FARM TO FORK | April 7, 2019

LUNAR STARTUPS COHORT 2 | Dec 31, 2018

MINNEDEMO31 | Dec 31, 2018 

TARGET INCUBATOR | Oct 29, 2018

AG TECH CHALLENGE | Nov 15, 2018

7TH ANNUAL CREATIVE CITY CHALLENGE | Nov 26, 2018