To Showcase a Booming Technology Sector to Top Talent, Minneapolis-Saint Paul Offers Complimentary Flights to Celebrate Twin Cities Startup Week

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Twin Cities Startup Week is sponsoring free flights to the startup capital of the North for its third annual event from September 19-25. This is a partnership with globally recognized companies to help top talent discover the Minneapolis Saint Paul region.

To showcase one of the nation’s fastest-growing communities for startups and technology to job seekers nationally, Twin Cities Startup Week is teaming up with globally recognized companies and GREATER MSP (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership) to sponsor free flights to the startup capital of the North for its third annual event from September 19-25.

Job seekers interested in joining thousands of participants at more than 50 unique events have the opportunity to apply today to the Twin Cities Startup Week fly-in program supported by companies such as Target, partnering with Techstars during Startup Week on its very first Demo Day at the new Minneapolis Retail Accelerator.

Anchored by 16 Fortune 500 companies with a history of global innovation and 41 tech firms on the Inc. 5000 list, the region is the hub of what Forbes named the country’s fastest growing state for tech jobs. The unique collaboration across those companies is on full display during the Startup Week.

At Minnesota Cup, the nation’s largest statewide startup competition, Fortune 500 companies like General Mills and UnitedHealth Group work along with the University of Minnesota to build the next generation of companies. At Minne*, a catalyst for the area’s tech startup ecosystem, Inc. 5000 firms such as Leadpages and Code 42 fuel a community-led effort to showcase the area’s leading tech talent and projects.

Along with a booming technology job market and community that features nearly 200 user groups at anchors like COCO, one of nine American members in the Google for Entrepreneurs network, MSP is widely recognized for its world-class quality of life. With more than 50,000 available jobs at MakeItMSP.org and housing costs 171% lower than San Francisco, Bloomberg recently named MSP as one of the few places “where you can get a job and afford a house.”

A nation-leading region in both volunteerism and civic engagement, Twin Cities Startup Week will feature many of the region’s leading civic technologists. With the #1 and #2 ranked parks systems in the country and recent accolades as a top region for everything from biking to the arts, the week will show why MSP is tops among the nation’s top metros at retaining professional workers.

Largely open-sourced and driven by volunteers, the Startup Week will feature over 50 events consisting of collaborative discussions, startup demos, happy hours, workshops and a documentary screening on Minnesota’s technology history and future sponsored by major area employers. To learn more, please visit http://www.twincitiesstartupweek.com or click here to apply for a free flight.

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Twin Cities Startup Week
Twin Cities Startup Week is a volunteer-lead event to showcase the best of the Twin Cities startup community. Led by the area's top startup organizations and supported by the region's globally recognized companies, Startup Week is taking place September 19-25 with thousands of participants convening for over 50 events in seven days across the region. Learn more at http://www.twincitiesstartupweek.com

Beta.MN – a gathering of friends & founders in support of Minnesota’s startup community. By throwing meaningful events, in casual settings, for the area’s brightest innovators we ensure that the next big thing happens in our own backyard. Learn more at http://www.beta.mn

The Minnesota Cup – to encourage and support Minnesota’s most innovative business ideas through the largest annual statewide new venture competition and related programming to assist Minnesota entrepreneurs. Learn more at http://www.mncup.org

minne* – a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting the Minnesota technology community and promoting high tech entrepreneurship. Learn more at http://www.minnestar.org

TECHdotMN – Minnesota’s tech news creator and curator with an emphasis on the startup culture; Startup Weekend 8 is a 54 hour hackathon held Friday-Sunday during Startup Week. Learn more at http://www.tech.mn

COCO – a community of entrepreneurs and independents, who come together to work, share ideas and encourage each other’s success. Learn more at http://www.explorecoco.com

The Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership
GREATER MSP is a private-public partnership with the mission to accelerate job growth and capital investment in the Greater MSP Region. It partners with economic development organizations throughout the region to develop strategy, brand and market the region, and serve as a one-stop shop for business retention, expansion, and recruitment projects. Learn more at http://www.greatermsp.org

Startup Week Contact:
Nels Pederson
612-532-4019
nels.pederson(at)gmail.com

GREATER MSP Contact:
Gita Sitaramiah
Director of Communications
651-287-1348
gita.sitaramiah(at)greatermsp.org

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