Is the MN Cup Right for YOU!?

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April 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm




Thinking about submitting an application to the 2018 MN Cup? Have some questions about what it’s like? Have some last minute questions about your application? Need a last push to get your submission in? Or are you just interested in hearing some more about some great local startups and meeting entreprenuers and those that support them?

Meet semi-finalists, finalists and division winners from prior years on Monday April 23rd for an open panel discussion. You will hear about their journey, lessons learned, what they got out of the Cup and how it’s impacted their founder journey’s so far.

Doors Open at 6:00pm. Wine, beer and light appetizers. Panel discussion starts at 6:30pm – and we expect it to last for about 60 minutes. Networking after the discussion. Doors will close at 8pm.


Angie Eilers – Finalist Impact Ventures Division 2017, SemiFinalist General 2016, UR Turn
Megan Sharkus – winner of Youth division 2016, ExpressionMed
Muhammad Abdurrahman – finalist, Student Division 2013, Playtabase (now known as
Ned Zimmerman-Bence – semifinalist Impact Ventures Division 2017, Gogyup
Rob Flessner – winner of High Tech Division 2016, Vugo


Clarence Bethea is Founder and CEO of venture-backed Upsie, a company disrupting the archaic extended warranty industry. He has been featured in publications focused on over-coming obstacles and dreaming bigger then you ever have. Clarence spends his free time with his wife and two kids.

Who else will be there? Many local entrepreners, a number of MN Cup judges, many who are looking to apply to this year’s MN Cup and other influencers who help to support the thriving entreprenuerial community here in the Twin Cities!

Who should come? Anyone thinking about submitting an application to the MN Cup, wanting to learn more about the process or needing that last bit of encouragement prior to their final submission. Anyone who wants to hear more about founder journeys from up-and-coming local startups.

If you have questions you’d like to be asked of the panelists please contact Darrin at

More about the companies the panelists will speak about:

Gogyup @gogyup
GogyUp’s Employee Literacy platform simplifies hiring, on boarding, and training employees to work safely and efficiently – for any job, on any device, and for any reading level.

ExpressionMed @expressionmed
ExpressionMed creates adhesives that simplify and add fun to the use of diabetic devices that are less painful and healthier than traditional blood test and insulin injection methods.

Vugo @govugo
Vugo creates infotainment software for rideshares and autonomous vehicles to power the emerging passenger experience and add additional sources of revenue to transportation networks.

Reemo Health (previously known as Playtabase)
Reemo Health is a remote mobile health platform that connects live personal health data with support networks to improve health and wellness outcomes.


University Enterprise Labratories (for providing the venue and catering)

Lurie LLP (@luriellp) 
Gray Plant Mooty (@GrayPlantMooty)
After Code (
Founder’s Brown Bag (@foundersbbag) – that’s us!

And of course thank you to the MN Cup (@MinnesotaCup) for putting on this fabulous event.


Darrin Edelman
Organizer of Is the MN Cup Right for YOU!?

Darrin is one of the Founder’s at Token of Trust which has given him the opportunity to engage MSPs rich entreprenurial seen. He’s participated in MinneDemo, Beta.MN, BetaBridge, MinneBar and of course Token of Trust was a finalist in the 2016 MN Cup.

Most recently he’s launched “Founder’s Brown Bag” – an organization created for and led by Twin Cities founders to meet, share and help others in their founder’s journey. If you’re a founder looking to find like minded individuals to share your story with – please contact me to join in.


April 23, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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