Updated: Three Minnesota tech startups to compete at midVenturesLAUNCH

by Mike Bollinger


Minnesota-based startups Inveni, Itizen, Workface, and now Qonqr have been announced as participants in the midVenturesLAUNCH conference to happen September 27-28 in Chicago, IL. midVenturesLAUNCH is currently the largest startup conference in the midwest, and it showcases the newest startup companies in web, mobile, cleantech/greentech and consumer products. Many of the companies accepted into the conference were notified yesterday, although participating startups are being announced on a rolling basis.

The midVenturesLAUNCH event attracts over 150 new companies on three tracks:

  • COMPETE: a startup competition with over $100,000 in cash and prizes;
  • mVDEMO: an area for early-stage startups to gain exposure; and
  • LAUNCH: later-stage VC- or angel-backed startups and established brands launching new products and services on the main stage.

Inveni, Itizen and Workface were selected to be a part of the COMPETE program. The startups will be judged during the conference by a panel that includes founders of Groupon, OpenTable, OKCupid, TheNextWeb and prominent venture capitalists. Then, the top 5 startups will be given 3 minutes on stage to pitch their company in front of over 3,000 attendees with a chance to win $100,000 in cash and prizes.