WE* was founded in 2015 by a group of dedicated and passionate women entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders who have come together to support women developing scalable ideas and startups in Minnesota. We are developing unique events and centralizing resources for women entrepreneurs, and are housed in the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship.

Founding Organizations


MN Cup is a startup competition and hub to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We support emerging entrepreneurs through events, educational programming and an annual startup competition that provides them with tools, resources and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures. Our aim is to create jobs and grow our state’s innovation footprint. MN Cup has an ongoing women's initiative to acknowledge and address the specific challenges and opportunities women encounter each day as entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors.

mncup.org | @MinnesotaCup

Cairn Ventures

Cairn Ventures invests predominately in early stage, high-growth potential companies in the Midwest.

Hack the Gap

Hack the Gap is an organization that is hacking the diversity gap, one hackathon at a time. Their mission is to amplify the voices, and cultivate talents of underserved people in the community by giving the them a safe space to hack, and a stage to show what they have built.

www.hackthegap.com | @HackTheGap

Sofia Fund

Sofia Fund understands the exceptional innovation and value that women entrepreneurs bring to technology ventures. The Fund seeks early stage, growth oriented, gender diverse entrepreneurial companies that have women leaders on the management team and who own equity in the business. Companies in the information technology, business products and services, health and wellness, clean technology or other technology areas that have demonstrated a value proposition with their business model and are looking for capital are of interest. The Sofia leadership team members have been successful angel investors for more than 20 years, and recognize that opportunities are being overlooked in women-led companies operating in technology-based business categories.



COCO is the upper Midwest’s leading provider of coworking and collaborative workspaces for individuals, teams, entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. COCO offers memberships that provide access to an open network of beautifully designed coworking environments, meeting venues and educational and social events throughout the Twin Cities. Locations include Minneapolis (Downtown, Uptown and Northeast), St. Paul (Lowertown) and Chicago (West Loop). COCO is one of ten Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs in North America, bringing the best of Google’s global resources to its members.

www.explorecoco.com | @exploreCOCO

StarTec Investments, LLC

StarTec Investments, LLC is a private venture capital firm founded in 1998.  They invest $50,000 to $500,000 in early stage technology companies based in Minnesota.   StarTec looks to invest in experienced, passionate entrepreneurs with innovative technology and a strong value proposition solving the needs of large, growing market.


612 Software Foundry

612 Software Foundry helps startups and established companies with technical strategy and implementation – everything from whether to hire, outsource, or buy, guiding technology choices, building web and mobile apps, and preparing your team to succeed.

www.612softwarefoundry.com | @612swfoundry

Capita3 is a growth financing company focused on scalable companies led by women.

www.capita3.com | pyork@capita3.com

Good Food BOOM! is an in-development resource for food entrepreneurs nationwide. Whether you're just starting a food business or trying to scale a successful concept, Good Food BOOM! is here to help your food business explode ... in a good way. We help food entrepreneurs overcome challenging business obstacles by providing affordable, results-focused education and practical tools to help start and grow your food business. Launching in 2017.

www.goodfoodboom.com | @goodfoodboom