Sales and Marketing

Marty Wetherall • Hydra FPV

As CEO & Co-Founder of drone racing entertainment tech startup Hydra FPV, Marty has found the intersection where all of his paths and passions converge. A lifelong sports fan, innovator, educator, and graduate of USC’s famed Film School, he relishes the disruptive potential of the first sport with video built-in and STEM throughout. Prior to starting Hydra, Marty was Director of Innovation for the acclaimed ad agency Fallon, creator of crowdfunding accelerator Fallon StarterKit, co-founder of FanChatter (Minnedemo 3, Y Combinator S09) and Raisable (Minnedemo 24), co-leader of the MN Bot Makers Meetup, and a Techstars mentor. Nowadays, when he’s not building the #SportoftheFuture, Marty is teaching his two young daughters to fly.


Conner O'Brien • Medical Alley

Conner O'Brien has always been passionate about assisting and developing startups. Conner have been heavily involved in the Minneapolis startup community for several years working within an early stage startup, private equity and leading an early stage startup community organization. Conner is now working towards making Medical Alley the Global Epicenter of Health Innovation and Care.


David Ness • US Bank

David Ness is the VP of Innovation R&D at Us Bank. David is a passionate leader of leaders with a proven track record of innovation, strategy and delivery of results serving in Innovation leadership roles at US Bank, Target, Cargill . When approaching corporate innovation, David focuses on all aspects of a problem, from strategy down to individual coaching and mentoring.

EdTech & Training

Steve Wellvang • Educelerate North

Steve is the lead organizer of Educelerate North – a non-profit which supports innovation and entrepreneurship in the education sector, though networking events, discussion forums and other activities designed to increase collaboration among educators, entrepreneurs, designers/developers, investors and education industry veterans. He has co-organized three Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education events, and also serves as a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP where he focuses his legal practice on emerging businesses in the education & technology sectors.


Britta Cusick • Field Nation

I run Talent Acquisition and am a member of the People Ops team at Field Nation. I thrive on the variety and energy that startups bring and connecting people to opportunities is what I'm all about. I got into the startup world in Boulder, CO a few years ago and I earned my Masters in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of Denver. Here in Minneapolis, I am part of a fundraising team to support a local chapter of Girls Who Code and I co-organize the MicroMN meetup. On a given weekend I am usually on an outdoor patio, trying out a new recipe, or planning my next trip.

Jack Spirou • Field Nation

Jack is a Sr. Technical Product Manager working on structuring and building new Platform capabilities at Field Nation. In a previous life, Jack wrote code on multiple innovation projects at Target such as Cartwheel, Digital Signage, Project Pivot, Store of The Future, and Thanks A Billion. At AT&T Labs, Jack worked on networking tech and blade servers. Jack has experimented and validated a few startup ideas to be non-viable including BeneCompLink, PixelProtection, and S3 Labs, but then Field Nation took him in. Jack is a Golang Gopher and loves co-organizing the Golang and MicroMN Meetups in the Twin Cities.