28th Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference
October 1:  Minnesota's Premier Event for Entrepreneurs & Investors
7:15 am- 5:20 pm

Fueling, Convening and Celebrating Minnesota’s Innovation Economy: The Twenty-Eighth Year. 
Since 1987, the Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference has focused on one goal — bringing together investors and entrepreneurs to discuss, learn and network in order to nurture Minnesota’s innovation economy. The 28th Annual Conference is co-hosted by the Minnesota High Tech Association and the Minnesota Venture Capital Association.

Onsite Information

Online registration for the 28th Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference is closed.
You may still register for the conference onsite. Registration is required for admittance to any and all portions of the conference.

Onsite fees (per person)
MHTA Member | $445
Non-MHTA Member| $645 

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center 
Room 200 (top of the escalator in the newer wing; the 3rd Avenue entrance is closest to our area)

To reach us onsite, call 612-747-3432.


Companies & Investing
• Network – Network and learn from others who are involved in building companies — this is the place for growth company financing.
• Presenting Companies – Hear presentations from 18 of Minnesota’s most promising companies.
• Entrepreneurial Showcase – An additional 30+ companies will give one-minute introductions – and will have tables and profiles. 
• Luncheon and Reception – Great networking with companies and attendees.
Click here for the full agenda. 

Great Speakers, Great Topics
• David Dobson, Digital River  

• Vicki Holt, Proto Labs 
• Dave St. Peter, Minnesota Twins 
• Jeff Bolton, Mayo Clinic
• Katie Clark Sieben, Minnesota DEED
• Michael Gorman, Split Rock Partners
And Many More!

These outstanding speakers will delve into a variety of topics, including:
• The Future of Innovation in Health • Enterprise/Tech • Manufacturing • Food/Agriculture • Device
• Innovation Finance in 2014: VC, PE, Angels, Kickstarter & More
• Plus select from five workshop topics
Click here for the full agenda. 

The Minnesota Finance Conference with Proven Success
Real Deals • Real Investors • Unbeatable Content & Networking


  • 400+ entrepreneurs, investors and executives attend each year.
  • More than $3.9 billion in capital has been raised by past conference presenters.
  • Over half of the $5.9 billion of venture capital invested in Minnesota firms in the last 17 years has gone to companies that have presented at the conference.
  • More than 70% of venture capital raised by Minnesota companies in the last 10 quarters went to past conference presenting companies.
  • Prominent speakers have included Governors; Senators; CEOs of Compellent, Proto Labs, Delta Airlines, 3M, Medtronic, UnitedHealth, St. Jude Medical, and NVCA; and dozens of other investors, entrepreneurs and corporate executives.
  • Panels with Minnesota's most active CEOs, investors and corporate executives highlighting innovation and economic trends.
  • Workshops on a variety of financing topics for growing companies.
  • This proven Minnesota showcase also features the strongest up and comers from our robust and diverse entrepreneurial climate, including top medical and biotech emerging companies, our strongest software and technology firms, and new consumer and manufacturing companies.
  • 40+ companies participate in the Entrepreneurial Showcase each year. Click here to learn more about participating in 2014.

Comments from Past Conference Participants:

"For a lot of companies, this is as good as it gets. In a few minutes you can get as much exposure as you can get in months on your own. And it really lends to your credibility."
Phil Soran, Founder, Compellent Technologies; XIOtech

"The Conference is an exceptional opportunity for both entrepreneurs and investors. Not only do you have the presenters, but the numerous companies represented in the Entrepreneurial Showcase and in the conference materials create a chance to see new deals and potential deals that I might have overlooked when the business plan crossed my desk." 
Dave Stassen, Managing Director, Split Rock Partners

"The conference has been very good to us over the years. In 2008, we met out first angel investors after our 60 second speech and in 2009, after our 7 minute presentation, we closed a formal round with those same investors and a local group of angels. In 2011 we closed our B round, with El Dorado Ventures, who I also met at our first Venture & Finance Conference." 
— Justin Kaufenberg, CEO, Sport Ngin

“The Conference was a great event and ranks up there with any venture event in the country in terms of quality, planning and management.“ 
Mark Shavlik, Founder, Shavlik Technologies (sold to VMware in May 2011)

2014 Conference Hosts

The Minnesota Venture Capital Association (MVCA) is a not-for-profit group comprised of persons whose primary activity is the management of venture capital funds and private equity investments. The MVCA was founded to promote collegiality and information sharing among Minnesota venture capitalists. The MVCA also endeavors to promote Minnesota venture capital activity generally through monthly meetings, the Annual Entrepreneur and Investor Luncheon and the Annual Venture & Finance Conference.

The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) is a non-profit association of more than 300 technology companies and organizations. Together, we fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology. United behind a common vision to make Minnesota one of the country’s top five technology states, members of MHTA include some of the world’s leading corporations, mid-sized companies and startups. Our members represent science and technology companies across industry sectors - including  IT, bio-sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean, green and edtech. Once a company or organization joins MHTA, all of its employees become members.

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