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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, as well as informal events 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 the 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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WE* Mentorship Program

Our goal is to empower female-identifying students in entrepreneurship. Through mentorship and a supportive community, we nurture skills, confidence, and networks for success. Our commitment: diversity, innovation, and your entrepreneurial journey.


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

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WE Disrupt Conference

February 9th, 2024

The WE* (Women Entrepreneurs) Disrupt Conference is an annual event focused on supporting Minnesota’s emerging entrepreneurs. The conference is open to all but will be centered around the unique experience of female founders. 


Fall 2023 WE* Mentee Testimony

"I’m grateful for the empowering experience with the WE* mentorship program. My biggest takeaway? The genuine support from my mentor, Kristi Piehl, and the realization that people genuinely want to see you succeed. I’m ready for the workforce with newfound confidence!" - Maggie McLaughlin

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Joy Lindsay Receives Entrepreneur of Year Award

Joy Lindsay received the 2023 University of Minnesota Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Founders Day celebration. She earned her MBA at the Carlson School, co-founded StarTec Investments, one of the first women-led venture capital firms in Minnesota, and has actively contributed to the University and broader community. Lindsay has been a role model, advising the University’s Technology Commercialization group, serving on the Holmes Center advisory board, mentoring students, and participating in entrepreneurial classes and events like MN Cup. Beyond the University, she holds leadership roles in the MN High Tech Association and MN Venture Capital Association. As a Managing Partner in the Sofia Fund, Lindsay invests in high-growth women-led companies and supports regional funds. Her successful track record at StarTec includes investments in notable Minnesota-based companies. Overall, Lindsay is recognized for her commitment, curiosity, and enthusiastic support in the entrepreneurial and venture capital community.

Joy Lindsey

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