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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to all your TCSW 2021 questions here!

What is Twin Cities Startup Week?

The second-largest startup week in the U.S.,Twin Cities Startup Week (TCSW) inspires, equips, and connects entrepreneurs and potential startup founders to start and grow businesses. Over 17,000 registered attendees participate in 200+ events focused on educating, networking, and inspiring Twin Cities entrepreneurs.

A week of inclusive events designed for teaching, reflecting, networking, and celebrating MN’s diverse innovators, TCSW takes place at various locations across the city to showcase MN as a center of innovation — the Startup Capital of the North. 

Event programming typically consists of workshops, sessions, networking, and opening and closing celebrations with partner organizations including MNCup, the MEDA Challenge, the Minnesota Startup Awards, and more.

What do I get out of it?

TCSW is what you make it! General admission gets you access to all events, including opening and closing celebrations, and you can attend as many or as few as you’d like. Programming covers a variety of industries, including sales & marketing, founder stories, EdTech, fintech, and more.


Whether you’re a tried and true founder, or just curious about entrepreneurship, there’s a session for you. Lots of people come to TCSW primarily for the networking, as attendees range from greater Minnesota to across the country via our Fly-In Program.

I don’t know much about startups. Should I attend? Yes! The purpose of TCSW is not just to provide a space for founders to network and share, but for those who are startup-curious to learn more about starting their own business. Programming is aimed at educating and inspiring entrepreneurs. Plus, you never know who you’ll meet!
I don’t live in the Twin Cities. Should I attend?

Yes! Check out our Fly-In Program application, where we fly in candidates who are interested in learning more about the Twin Cities. We’ll show you that this area is a great spot for you to live, work, and play — so far, 28 participants in the program have agreed and relocated to MN.

We'll also be broadcasting all sessions live on a digital platform for TCSW 2021 so you can tune in from anywhere!

Is TCSW 2021 going to be in-person or virtual?

To stay safe, TCSW 2021 will be taking a hybrid approach. Drawing upon what we learned in 2020 with our first entirely-virtual festival, this year’s TCSW will take place over five days, with a mix of both in-person and virtual events. Main stage track sessions will be live-streamed and broadcasted, and other sessions will take place on our digital platform. 


Attendees will experience five days of content themed around the topics and industries that make MN a unique place to start a company, including healthcare, education technology, food and agriculture, and sustainability. Events will take place on a main stage for keynote speakers and panels, and in breakout rooms for smaller interactive sessions, with opportunities for one-on-one networking and sponsor engagement. Activities and events will include diverse, experienced speakers and community-created content.

What are the COVID protocols?

We are closely monitoring CDC and MN Dept. of Health updates surrounding COVID-19 guidelines, and will take all necessary precautions to keep our TCSW attendees safe.  As of right now, we ask that our attendees get vaccinated if they haven’t already. You can find our current TCSW 2021 COVID-19 policy here.

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