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.

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FeMNist Days 2022

Coming in March 2022 - check back for details

Women Innovators Conference

Women Innovators Conference

March TBD, 2022

Fifth 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 Spring 2022

Quarterly meetups featuring talks by inspiring entrepreneurs that connect undergraduate students, MBA students, and recent graduates with leading women entrepreneurs.  In-person events hoping to resume in Spring 2022.


While local in-person events are on hold, we invite you to view nationally prominent women speakers through Stanford's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series:

Michelle Zatlyn

Online Speaker Michelle Zatlyn

April 14, 2021

Co-Founder, President & COO, Cloudflare

Miriam Rivera

Online Speaker Miriam Rivera

April 21, 2021

Managing Director, Ulu Ventures

Maëlle Gavet

Online Speaker Maëlle Gavet

May 5, 2021

CEO, Techstars

Nicole Diaz

Online Speaker Nicole Diaz

May 26, 2021

Global Head Integrity & Compliance Legal, Snap Inc.






MN Cup participants with woman cofounder

Jennifer Melin Miller wins Tony Award for "Hadestown"

Rave Reviews: Jennifer Melin Miller Applied her Carlson MBA to Make Broadway History

Jennifer Melin Miller, ’08 MBA, may not have her name in the bright lights atop a Broadway marquee, but she is a force in the theater business. She has invested in some of the hottest shows on Broadway, including the new musical Hadestown. The show, based on Greek mythology, centers on the myth of Orpheus heading to the underworld to rescue Eurydice.

As a co-producer of Hadestown, Miller became a Tony-Award winner for Best Musical, one of eight awards the production took home this year. Growing up, her mother and grandmother loved the theater and they’d make frequent trips to the Ordway to see the latest productions, but never in her wildest dreams did she think she would win a Tony Award.

“It’s very surreal,” she says. “It takes a huge village of people to make a Broadway production happen, and I’m just happy to be a small part of it.”