The Beta Group is a 501(c)(3) that develops Minnesota’s next generation of business leaders by inspiring and educating first-time founders. We nurture these scalable small businesses so that they can grow to become our next Fortune 100s.
The organization runs two main programs - Twin Cities Startup Week (TCSW), which inspires would be entrepreneurs to start a business and the BETA Cohort, which trains founders on the topics required to grow a business.
MISSION - Accelerating the success of Minnesota-based technology founders.
Here at BETA, we’re committed to putting Minnesota founders first and doing whatever we can to help them find success in their companies.
We’re open to partnering with anyone who has this same vision and dedication to innovation. If you’d like to partner with us, we’d love to hear from you and discuss ways to work together that benefits the whole community.
Twin Cities Startup Week is the front door to Minnesota’s startup ecosystem. The week includes countless events featuring the area’s brightest innovators and creative hotbeds. What began as intimate gathering of local technologists has ballooned to a regional festival celebrating the leaders who are creating impact within their community, startup, Fortune 100, nonprofit and more.
The week functions as an unconference, where a majority of the content comes from local community and business leaders. The TCSW team includes a full time Director, plus a lean group of part-time contributors who execute the operational and promotional activities of the week, in addition to hosting its own events.
BETA’s Cohort experience is a series of programs where founding teams learn and grow together. Their education is similar to a coding school, but in place of training programmers, we groom the next great non-technical business leaders. Each program is designed to provide founders with resources and relationships to accelerate the growth of their business.
The cohort experience includes access to space, education and events geared toward introducing founders to the people that will positively influence their business.
BETA was founded in 2013 by Reed Robinson, Ryan Broshar, and Justin Cox with a simple vision—to celebrate the efforts of local tech founders. We hosted our first event—the BETA Showcase—in January, 2014. We found a venue, invited the active startups in our network, and convinced 200+ of our closest friends to see what our startup community is all about.
Though the organization has expanded into a variety of offerings, the mission has never changed—BETA brings people together to support and celebrate the efforts of Minnesota-based entrepreneurs. We do that to increase the likelihood of their success, and to inspire others to join in the action.