||Speakers. Economic growth is the only road to a better future for Minnesota, but no growth can occur without investing today in future profitability. Minnesota lacks access to sufficient investment capital to promote and sustain needed economic growth. Once a national center for venture capital, Minnesota today receives less than 2% of funds invested in the United States. The prosperity odds have shifted against the state, its businesses, and its people. Without investment in growth, jobs will be too few and family incomes too little. Tax revenues for local and state government will fall short of what is needed to provide robust, public services and a high quality of life for Minnesotans.