Plugged In: October 2016

Plugged In: October 2016

The best opportunities for networking this month.

Oct. 1 Heartbeat Gala

Join more than 800 community and corporate supporters of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation for the 2016 Heartbeat Gala, with a mission to establish a Valve Science Center. You’ll hear Scott and Mark Kelly discuss their participation in NASA’s Twins Study, as they reveal lessons on teamwork, leadership and adapting to change.

5:30 p.m., tickets start at $500, Hyatt Regency, Mpls., 612-863-3833,


Oct. 4 Investor Connection Event

Business owners and entrepreneurs will gather for the opportunity to privately pitch their company to accredited investors. A simple elevator pitch could help your business find the capital to continue growing. Attendees will also hear briefly from the representatives of the Minnesota tax credit program.

3 p.m., $30, Minneapolis Club, Mpls., 952-212-9731,

Oct. 13 Minnesota Venture Conference

Minnesota High Tech Association and the Minnesota Venture Capital Association will host the 30th annual Minnesota Venture Conference. Investors, entrepreneurs and executives will share knowledge, network and hear from leaders of some of Minnesota’s privately held companies. MVC aims to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurs with capital.

7:15 a.m., $595, Minneapolis Convention Center, Mpls., 952-230-4555,


Oct. 13 Retail Connect

This event, for University of Minnesota students and professionals, features Shari Ballard speaking about her journey to become Best Buy’s U.S. retail president. Attendees can discuss the presentation and reflect on their own experiences.

6:30 p.m., see website for ticket information, McNamara Alumni Center, Mpls., 612-626-9068,

Oct. 18-19 Leadpages’ Converted conference

The second annual Converted conference features experts in digital conversion marketing. Keynoter Marc Maron, comedian and podcaster, will be among 18 speakers discussing ways to grow your business through every conversion point. Breakfast, lunch and a cocktail reception are included.

9 a.m., tickets start at $750, Depot Renaissance Hotel, Mpls., 855-835-3877,

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