Minnesotans Leap Into Metaverse | VeeCon Minnesota 2022 Showcase Startups
SMACKIN' Sunflower Seeds is excited to be sampling and showcased in this years VeeCon event. Minneapolis will play host this weekend to VeeCon, a first-of-its-kind NFT conference focused on Web3 and produced by serial entrepreneur and master marketer Gary Vanynerchuk, who is best known to his millions of social media followers as GaryVee. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people are expected to attend the three-day conference at U.S. Bank Stadium. Tickets come in the form of an NFT, and like all things NFT, prices have fluctuated dramatically in recent weeks. VeeCon 2022 NFT tickets are now selling on Open Sea for the cryptocurrency equivalent of around $240.
Fhima’s will host a VeeCon press preview on Thursday. “We seized the opportunity to expand our deep cultured art collection with the first in-restaurant NFT gallery in the city,” said Eli Fhima, general manager and son of founder/chef David Fhima. The restaurant is also hosting a private five-course fixed price dinner on Thursday as dozens of celebrities, influencers and entrepreneurs pour into town for the conference. VeeCon’s 100-plus speakers range from entertainers-turned-entrepreneurs Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Eva Longoria, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg and Steve Aoki to Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin, CMOs of big brands like Pepsi, and dozens of digital artists and founders of NFT projects.
VeeCon will open Thursday evening with an invitation-only welcome event outside of U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota startups will be well represented, as VeeCon organizers worked with Launch Minnesota to showcase local talent. More than 25,000 votes were cast online in late April to select the nine Minnesota startups that will get the chance to make their pitch at the Thursday welcome party. They are:
BetterYou: A software platform that serves as a “healthy habits” companion
Buncha: A platform that connects merchants with local neighborhoods
Bus Stop Mamas: A jobs marketplace that gives employers access to “an untapped, underutilized and critical labor force: Moms”
HabitAware: Wearable devices to break the cycle of unhealthy compulsive behaviors
Players Health: A technology platform that looks out for the health and wellness of athletes
SitEat: A mobile ordering app for in-venue/concession stand
SoleSafe: An end-to-end asset management platform for sneakerheads (currently featured on TCB’s Tech 20)
TurnSignl: A first-of-its-kind tele-legal platform connecting drivers to attorneys in real-time
WeSparkle: A conversational AI assistant for small appointment-based service businesses
Food startups will also be represented at the welcome party, serving up samples and selling their products. Participating Minnesota brands are Boozy Jerky, Gustola Granola, Humble Nut Butter, JonnyPops, Lovejoy’s Bloody Mary Mix, Muddle & Mint, Panache, Smackin’ Sunflower Seeds, Step One Foods and TC Chocolate.