Allina featured at Twin Cities Startup Week

[Star Tribune, October 13, 2018] In its fifth and biggest year yet, Twin Cities Startup Week attracted one group like never before: the largest companies in town.

From the first Startup Week in 2014, Minnesota’s big companies have sent their technologists, developers and engineers to attend the various technical panels and networking events put together by startup firms and related organizations.

But this past week, managers at firms like U.S. Bank, Securian Financial, Allina Health Systems and Best Buy played much bigger roles in Twin Cities Startup Week and three other innovation conferences that were cross-promoted and attended by thousands of people.

“I had heard of Twin Cities Startup Week but never participated,” said DuFresne, who worked at Target before joining Allina. “We have appreciated our work with small organizations and startups. They bring a lot of innovation into health care, especially from the consumer perspective.”

He agreed to create a 90-minute presentation of how Allina worked with small firms in the website transformation and asked executives from two Minneapolis-based firms, Matt Johnson of GoKart Labs and Ethan Otterlei of Zipnosis, to join. Read the full story at

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