First Annual

Minnesota Cleantech Innovation Day

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

June 7, 2023

Hosted by 3M


Join industry experts, startups, and partners for this groundbreaking event.

Cleantech represents the next wave of opportunity and impact for Minnesota. To leverage the moment and mobilize our regional efforts, we are bringing together partners from across multiple sectors – energy and cleantech, utilities, building design and efficiency, transportation, agriculture, and higher education. Over 50 businesses and organizations are already registered to attend.

The event features presentations from 12 startups, keynote speaker Taj Ahmad Eldridge, and panels discussing Minnesota’s emerging technology opportunities and investor perspectives. 

We have added two events for the week. Register for all events here. Or if you won’t be joining us on the 7th, visit the reception and career event pages to register separately.  

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Your ticket fee provides access to the day's events, a light breakfast, and lunch. Funds raised through ticket fees help us offset speaker costs and focus our resources on other programming.
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Event Agenda

8:00am – 9:00am – Networking & Innovation Center Tours 

9:00am – 9:15am – Welcome 

9:15am – 10:15am – Opening Panel Discussion – Emerging Cleantech Trends and Opportunities

10:15am – 10:45amKeynote: Taj Ahmad Eldridge 

10:45am – 11:00am – Break

11:00am – 12:00pmPowerNorth Incubator Pitch Sessions 

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch & Innovation Center Tours

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Panel Discussion – Investor Perspectives

2:00pm – 3:30pm – Grid Catalyst Demonstration Cohort Presentations 

3:30pm – 4:00pm – Closing Remarks

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Closing Reception & Innovation Center Tours

About Our Keynote Speaker

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Taj Ahmad Eldridge

Include Ventures Managing Partner
Taj Ahmad Eldridge is a 25+ year investment professional whose career has included high level executive roles in banking, asset management, alternative investments, and entrepreneurship. Taj serves as Managing Director of Climate Innovations at Jobs for the Future, leading the work around climate and the future of work.

In addition, as General Partner of Include Venture Partners and former Senior Director of Investments at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Eldridge has built a longstanding career with expertise in the fields of fintech, media, energy, transportation, and the circular economy. Eldridge is is also one of the 70 Black Investors in - a $325 million virtual conference platform as noted in AfroTech.

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