COCO Pitch Night

Tuesday, January 23, 7:00pm—9:00pm

Minneapolis - Downtown

Join us for COCO Pitch Night, in which 5 startups will pitch – and 2 will win a shot at going to Google Demo Day in Silicon Valley. One winner will be chosen by our live audience. The other winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, which includes:

  • Anna Mason, Partner – Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
  • Rob Weber, Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Great North Labs

Past MN participants have included:

  • Kidizen
  • Docalytics
  • Players Health – who won Google Demo Day in 2016!

About Google Demo Day
Now entering its 5th year, Google Demo Day brings top startups from around the world to Silicon Valley, where they can showcase their technology and meet top investors and mentors. This event features startups nominated Google Tech Hubs from throughout the world.

As a member of that network, COCO has sent startups from their community to pitch at Demo Day. This year, we’re shaking things up a bit. We’ll be hosting our own Pitch Night to select the startups that we pass along for Google Demo Day Selection.

Grab a ticket to be part of the audience!

Are you a startup? We are looking for pitch candidates that meet the following criteria:

  • You have raised at least $100,000 from any source.
  • You are seeking to actively raise $1-$5MM by September 2018.
  • You’ve demonstrated traction through funding raised, revenue, customer growth, etc.
  • At least one of your founders are able to be in San Francisco from March 26-29 to participate in Google Demo Day.
  • You are legally incorporated and headquartered in North America or South America.

If you meet these criteria and want a shot at pitching at Google Demo Day, apply here.

Learn with Apple: Creating Brag-worthy Visual Content

Friday, January 26, 9:00am—11:00am

Minneapolis - Northeast

We’re teaming up with Apple to host a COCO member crash course on improving your photo and video skills.

How To Edit Video on Your Mac
Explore the fundamentals of movie editing with iMovie. We’ll explore how to think about where your story starts and ends and share our best tips for browsing and arranging your clips. Discover how to fine-tune your story with editing tools, themes and trailers, and audio and music. Then find out how to share your movie masterpiece with the world—or even just a friend or two.

How To Shoot Better Photos on Your iPhone
Explore how to take stunning photos with the already amazing camera on your iPhone. Bring your iPhone and we’ll show you how to compose and capture a truly great shot. We’ll share ideas and techniques for taking photos in any environment—indoors or out. Then, we’ll show you how to share your photos whenever and wherever.

Not a COCO member, but still want to attend? Email for a one-time event pass.

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Weekly Resources at COCO

WordPress Wednesday

WordPress Wednesdays is a group of WordPress designers, developers, and users that work collectively at COCO. The group rotates to a different COCO location to work, network, socialize and ask questions. Pull up a chair and join them! Keep up with their weekly location here.

One-on-one  Business Advising

We are partnering with SCORE Minneapolis to bring business advising to COCO. Every Tuesday at COCO Downtown, we’ll have 50-minute COCO member slots available at 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm. Experienced business mentors provide advice on every aspect of business and can help you sort through your business challenges so that you can make a well thought through business decision. Reserve an appointment here.

Blockchain Thursdays

Blockchain Thursdays is a weekly workgroup that congregates at COCO Downtown every Thursday. Anyone currently working on or interested in blockchain is welcome and encouraged to join! Meet others at COCO working on blockchain and cryptocurrency and have a network to bounce questions and ideas off of. Email the organizer.