Optum’s SnapVet venture brings online diagnosis to pets

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“Telemedicine is going to the dogs — and cats — thanks to a veterinary-care venture launched this month by UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s Optum unit.

The business, called SnapVet, lets consumers seek a diagnosis for a pet’s health problems online. Users report the animal’s symptoms to their vet from a computer or mobile device. They can also upload videos or photos.”

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Mindset launches its first product to marry SAP with Google

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CloudShuttleMinneapolis SAP specialist Mindset Consulting has launched their first official product to ‘manage data on any device, anywhere, anytime.’

Released during the TechEd && d-code conference in Las Vegas last week, CloudShuttle is targeted towards companies seeking to use SAP with Google for Enterprise simultaneously.

“Our business is about constantly making SAP more user-friendly and accessible,” says Mindset founder Gavin Quinn describing the background behind CloudShuttle.

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Stratays and Worrell team up on 3D printed injection molding

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Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced its collaboration with design and product development company, Worrell, to accelerate medical device development through the use of 3D printed injection molding (which Worrell refers to as “3D IM”).”

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75F wins regional entrepreneurial competition

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“A Mankato company, 75F, which has developed sensors and cloud-based software that computes the forecast nightly and saves energy for small commercial buildings, has won a regional entrepreneurial competition.

75F also was one of three finalists selected at the several-state Midwest Cleantech Open in Minneapolis this week to compete for $200,000 in investment and in-kind services at the Global Cleantech Forum in November in San Francisco.”

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U of M sensor + app combo a finalist in XPRIZE challenge

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A University of Minnesota-based team has been selected as one of 11 finalists in the $2.25 million Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to develop breakthrough medical sensing technologies that will ultimately enable faster diagnoses and easier personal health monitoring.”

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Local fintech startup SpiderSuite partners with $9b CRE lender

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“MINNEAPOLIS — Oct. 29, 2014 — SpiderSuite, L.L.C., a leading provider of cloud and mobile inspection management solutions for the commercial real estate industry, today announced its partnership with Oak Grove Capital, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based leading national commercial lender. Specializing in affordable, market rate and seniors housing, Oak Grove Capital now manages all property inspections of its nationwide portfolio on the SpiderSuite platform.”

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Eight mobile startups pitching at MobDemo next month

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The mobile app startup track for MobCon 2014 announced eight finalists competing for $50k in cash, prizes and recognition in Minneapolis this November.

The first place winner will receive $5k cash + $20k dev credit from MentorMate; second place $15k dev credit and $10k dev credit for third place.  Held three years running, previous MobDemo winners include DoDrinks and At-Scene.

Event attendees will judge the following mobile startups on their technical merit, innovation and potential profitability:

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North Dakota investors back Edina marketing-tech startup Buzz360

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“Edina startup Buzz360 has closed on $385,000 in financing with backing from North Dakota investors, including a student-run venture fund. The marketing-technology company will put the capital toward ramping up sales and marketing of its software.”

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