Updated: Launch.MN Event Postponed in Anticipation of ‘Bigger Announcements’

LAUNCHdotMNAs I’ve said before, Minnesota is behind in early stage technology adoption,” reiterates Project Skyway mastermind Cem Erdem in a recent interview.

Thus the impetus for Launch.MN, a newly formed nonprofit spearheaded by Erdem and led by John Montague and Jeffrey Miller that will commence April 2nd at the IMS Building — where it’s anticipated that 300-500 people will conjugate for an all day Minnesota tech extravaganza.

“The goal is to increase tech entrepreneurship in our region through unity and collaboration,” he says.

The April 2 kickoff event is more of a coming out party, whereas the bigger vision for Launch.MN includes a large physical space in Minneapolis, as well as the intention of collecting money from foundations, grants, private enterprise and local investors — which in turn — can be disseminated to those groups in the community which are actively supporting tech entrepreneurs, according to Erdem.

“Launch.MN will support key stakeholders in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem with a large physical space in the Twin Cities that serves as a hub and platform for education, collaboration, and effective distribution of resources,” Montague added.

The agenda is still “high level”, since the exact programming experience is still coming together.  Erdem predicts keynote’s, breakout sessions/panels, and a unique highlight of various grassroots organizations.

Originally published on 3/3

3/23 Update:

We received this note last night from Launch.MN coordinator Jeffrey Miller:

Due to some exciting developments, the Launch event has been postponed until May in order to make some big announcements.  Please sign-up on http://Launch.MN to stay informed.”


  • http://www.youbrandinc.com scottscanlon

    This is awesome to hear.