Organized by the Holmes Center and led by a committed group of women entrepreneurs and investors, WE* is focused on supporting scalable, women-led startups in Minnesota through a series of conferences and events.

WE* has developed annual conferences targeting startups and corporate/academic innovators, in addition to informal events throughout the year that highlight leading women entrepreneurs and bring the community together.  We are seeking to highlight resources to support scalable women-led startups in Minnesota, with a goal of encouraging more women to develop big ideas, gain access to the incredible resources right here in Minnesota, and ultimately raise capital to grow their businesses.

WE* 2020

Women in Entrepreneurship Conference

February-March 2021

Annual spring event designed to inspire and educate a broad range of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, while encouraging women-led participation in MN Cup


Women Innovators Conference

Women Innovators Conference

Held November 16, 2020

Annual fall conference to inspire, inform, and connect leading STEM researchers in industry and academia, seeking to engage them with University and professional community


WE* Talks

WE* Talks

Upcoming 2021

Quarterly meetups featuring talks by inspiring entrepreneurs that connect undergraduate students, MBA students, and recent graduates with leading women entrepreneurs


Alyssa Ravasio

Online Speaker Alyssa Ravasio

January 20, 2021

Founder & CEO, Hipcamp

Stephanie Lampkin

Online Speaker Stephanie Lampkin

February 3, 2021

Founder & CEO, Blendoor

Katrina Lake

Online Speaker Katrina Lake

February 24, 2021

Founder & CEO, Stitch Fix

Aicha Evans

Online Speaker Aicha Evans

March 3, 2021

CEO, Zoox






MN Cup participants with woman cofounder