Allison Barmann

BETA Board Member

Board Chair

Allison is a Philanthropy Executive and Cross-Sector Leader. Most recently, she served as the Strategy and Learning Vice President at the Bush Foundation. Previously, Allison was a strategy consultant with McKinsey and Company and directed the Itasca Project, an alliance of CEO’s and civic leaders addressing economic competitiveness in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. She also worked at a technology start-up in San Francisco and as a Plant Engineer at 3M. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where she was an all-American gymnast.

Allison was a Presidio Institute Cross-sector Leadership Fellow, a "40 Under 40" leader named by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal in 2013 and a Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow. She currently serves on Emerging Prairie and BETA Boards of Directors and on the Her Next Play Advisory Council. Allison is a devoted member of two book clubs. She has also participated in seven WorldLoppet cross country ski events and has ridden her bike across several states.



BETA.MN Original Founders

Our History

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.

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