Developing the Leaders That Will Drive Minnesota’s Technology Community Forward

The ACE program emphasizes awareness of different leadership styles, expands leaders’ knowledge of the MN tech ecosystem, deepens core leadership competencies, expands participants’ network, and more. Companies demonstrate a clear investment in their employees’ development, while giving emerging leaders the tools they need to produce stronger outcomes and effectively lead within their teams.

Program Highlights:

  • ACE leaders are paired with a mentor, a senior leader in technology, to help guide their leadership journey throughout the 8 month course.
  • Coursework focuses on recognizing one’s leadership style, driving innovation, building a strong leadership brand, public speaking, negotiation, developing tech talent, inclusion in tech, and more.
  • Leaders work on small group strategy based project (supporting local non-profits through their work), which culminates with a presentation to MnTech’s Board of Directors.

Sponsorships available

2020 ACE Cohort Sessions

Beginning each February, the program consists of seven day-long sessions over the course of the year. Senior executives from technology, government and education sectors will share lessons learned in their areas of expertise. Participants will discuss ideas and apply them in their own organizations and collaborate with other next generation leaders.

Session 1 | February 2020 Leading in the New Decade: Tactics, Insights, & core competencies

Session 2 | April 2020 Inspire, Hire, Develop & Retain: Decoding your role as a leader

Session 3 | May 2020 Understanding the MN Tech Landscape: Insights from leaders

Session 4 | June 2020 Building your Brand: How to build and sustain your leadership brand

Session 5 | July 2020 Community Leadership: Leading in the broader technology community

Session 6 | August 2020 Emerging Technology: Driving innovation as a leader

Session 7 | September 2020 Negotiation & Presentation: Negotiation strategies, owning the room & board meeting prep

Graduation | October 2020 Board presentations, graduation, celebration, & recognition


The program is $3,350 for MnTech members*. We accept professionals from non-member companies on a case-by-case basis. Investment includes all meals and one night hotel accommodation for the kickoff session. For the remainder of sessions, it includes breakfast, lunch and one ticket to MnTech’s TechConnect Conference in September.

*Not sure if your company is a member of MnTech? Search our current members list

If you have any question about the program, please contact Jade Denson. Although the 2020 cohort is already in session, you can apply for 2021 session now!

Apply for the 2021 Cohort Here!