Contributed Content

Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader

Starting Up North is giving startup founders and employees, corporate innovators, and members of the startup ecosphere in Minnesota the opportunity to make their voices heard on subjects they’re experts in. We want your contributed content that inspires, informs, or engages professionals in MN. This is a purposefully broad net, but your content should be focused. Choose a topic that you know about, whether it’s the specific industry you work in, the professional role you hold, or an idea from your personal experiences. More details below.

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Guidelines for Contributed Articles

Contributed articles should fit into one of three areas of coverage:


Articles that share what it’s like to work at a startup or a job with a focus on innovation; may include sharing experiences, lifting up the curtain, insight on decision-making or collaboration.

Ex: “Fundraiser, Product Manager and Accountant:  my day-to-day job as CEO of X”; “8 Things I’ve Learned in My First Year at a Startup”


The “how-to” section; essays, lists, and other creative formats that serve to inform the professional community in Minnesota and especially MSP.

Ex: “7 Minneapolis Restaurants to Close a Deal”; “How to Tackle On-boarding Multiple Employees on a Small Team”


Articles that cover trends, issues, industry changes that affect multiple companies and/or people; an opportunity to share expertise in a specific area.

Ex: “What Questions to Ask Before Joining an Accelerator”; “The Top 5 Electronics Trends You’ll See This Fall”

Not sure if your idea is good or fits with Starting Up North? Send it to us! We can tell you if it’s a fit, suggest a different angle, or encourage format choices.

More specifics:

  • Final pieces should be approx. 800 words and submitted in Word
  • Please provide an image and usage rights, or suggested graphic
  • Pitches and final content should be submitted via
  • All content submitted should be first run and exclusive to Starting Up North for three months

 What we don’t want:

  • Promotional posts
  • Funding news
  • Interviews or Profiles (but feel free to pitch our team)
  • Plagiarism. Absolutely none.