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Resource Library 

Meet the people that are a part of the MNstarter Resource Library. 

MNstarter Team

Get to know the team at MNstarter. 

Patrick Saxton

Patrick has over ten years of time spent with various Federal agencies. He spent time with The Department of Veterans Affairs, first as a business analyst in the benefits division reviewing operations planning and overseeing enhancement training for two national technology programs, then as the primary Information Security and FISMA policy writer for 23 Regional Offices. He spent his remaining time in government working at the Small Business Administration helping entrepreneurs start and grow their small businesses and working to expand SBA’s reach in the Minnesota Community. He is now working as a software engineer in North St Paul and completing his degree in Computer Application Development at Metropolitan State University. His goal is to make MNStarter a community of people invested in entrepreneurs for more than just money.

Joel Stewart

Joel stewart 

Joel has been a Principal and Lead Engineer in the mobile and game industries for over ten years. He started in a game studio working on a AAA FPS title for consoles and PCs, moved through MMO middleware supporting the industry’s largest publishers, started a development studio for contracted iOS applications, led the full product development team as V.P. of Engineering at Canopy in Minneapolis, and is now working on a few undisclosed projects in the mobile space. After hours, Joel likes to explore new ways to approach and interact with digital mediums. Pushing bits and bytes around is his specialty. He is now a serial entrepreneur and loves collaborating with talented individuals to bring visions to life.

Ally Miettunen

ally miettunen

Ally has been working with Twin Cities mobile and software startups since 2012. She returned to her MN roots after six years of building hospitality brands in South Florida to co-found mobile startup and ultimately, create a startup consultancy. Her specialty is creating partner relationships and spaces for communities to interact and grow. Ally’s dedication to supporting the Twin Cities small business community can be seen by her passion for connecting at events and making introductions to help entrepreneurs realize their goals.

Bre Fisher

Breanna fisher

Bre has been an entrepreneur since she started selling her grandmother’s garden vegetables at age seven. Her first company, RedBullnet, was created while serving in Iraq. After her time in the service, she attended business school at the University of St. Thomas where a new mobile venture earned her the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Global Student Entrepreneurship Award. Bre volunteered as a US Delegate for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance. She has worked in sales leadership for venture backed startups is the automotive industry since 2013. She believes that leadership is about integrity, transparency and accountability.



Judy has been a finance leader in the technology industry for over 10 years from managing company books, auditing, tax, capital raise, M&A transaction, and others. She has been continuously supporting and helping start-up companies manage finance related activities whenever possible.  Judy is currently an active CPA in MN, and a member of MN society of CPAs. She holds Business Administration Master degrees in both Finance and Accounting. Judy grew up from a business family and deeply understands what it takes for entrepreneurs to be successful in business. She is very passionate to work with the MNstarter to create easy and useful access for bringing entrepreneurs and investors together, and making their dreams come true.

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