The search is over — Casey Shultz is officially the new Executive Director for BETA. Shultz is the first woman to lead the organization.
“I’m thrilled to continue working with the broader entrepreneurial community to inspire the next generation of Minnesota-based entrepreneurs and carry on BETA’s ‘founders-first’ values,” Shultz said.
Shultz takes the reins from Reed Robinson, who announced plans to step back into a Board of Directors position late last year, and should be a familiar name for anyone tapped into the Minnesota tech scene. She previously served as the director of Twin Cities Startup Week, successfully boosting the event’s diversity by working with organizations including 26 Letters, Lunar Startups, and the Glen Nelson Center. That effort to increase inclusion in the community will continue to be a focus.
“80 percent of founders in our most recent cohort are women or people of color,” she said. “I plan to continue building strong relationships with leaders in our community who can share BETA as a resource to underestimated founders who may not otherwise know that we’re a valuable (and free) resource for them.”
We caught up with Casey Schultz and Reed Robinson last fall to talk all things BETA and Twin Cities Startup Week. Take a listen, and be sure to subscribe for future episodes.