See Final Demos From Hack The Gap 2017

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hackthegapBy Tyler Gieseke

Hack The Gap continues to grow under the leadership of founders Kristen Womack and Jenna Pederson.

At Hack the Gap 2017 last weekend, the third annual event, more than 100 women came out for two intense days in Minneapolis to pitch their ideas and work together on bringing them to life.   Five finalist teams demoed their work in Target Plaza Commons as we captured below:

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GeekSquad Academy Seeks Tech Camp Partners In Minnesota

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Geek Squad Academy, a Best Buy signature community outreach program, is now accepting applications from nonprofits, schools, libraries and other community groups to host free two-day tech camps for youth this year.  Together, we’ll teach thousands of additional kids across the country the tech skills they need to inspire future education and career choices.”

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HealthIT Firm Spok Signals Hiring Spree In MSP

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spok-logo-us“SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Spok, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spok Holdings, Inc. and the leader in healthcare communications and collaboration, today announced the company’s expansion of its Minneapolis/St. Paul presence by approximately 45 percent, with the addition of more than 60 employees over the next two years, the majority of which will be added in 2017.”

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CaringBridge Founder Sona Mehring Will Retire This Year

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By Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune

Sona-Mehring-PhotoSona Mehring, founder of CaringBridge, will retire from the social network she created that hundreds of thousands of people have used to convey their journeys through health troubles and triumphs.

Mehring started the Eagan-based nonprofit organization 20 years ago to help friends share information about a premature baby. Predating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, CaringBridge is now widely seen as a positive space online for people to gather, communicate and coordinate the care of people they love.”

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Augeo Acquires Edo Interactive

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Augeo_Logo“ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 18, 2017 — Augeo, a leader in consumer and employee engagement and incentive programs across all industries, today announced the acquisition of Edo Interactive, a leader in the card-linked offer industry.”

Based in Nashville, Edo Interactive is the pioneer in card-linked offers, providing a premier software platform connecting targeted merchant offers to credit and debit cardholders in both the US and Europe.”

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Beta.MN / Byte: Collabatory

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Beta.MN/ Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions and published in collaboration with Beta.MN for the early-stage founders between idea and execution.

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Collabatory

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Collabatory provides value for entry startups seeking to develop physical prototypes. Our objective is to give them the edge to innovate faster by translating the product needs into and engineering statement for Collabatory to build the prototype. The startup will receive the finished product.

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MNStarter Is The Newest Equity Crowdfunding Portal In Minnesota

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MNstarter has become the third portal opertor approved by the state of Minnesota to host intrastate equity crowdfunding campaigns online.

VentureNear was the first to be approved by the state back in November, followed by Silicon Prairie just last month.

What makes MNstarter different?

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Three Tech Startups Graduate From gBeta Minneapolis

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screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-12-04-15-pmBy Tyler Gieseke

TeamGenius, Pianu and The Patchery are three Twin Cities tech startups that just completed the gBETA accelerator, with two reporting an increase in revenue growth.

gBETA is a free six-week program where new tech companies can receive a structured startup curriculum, peer networking, and mentorship.  It’s designed to be a scaled back version of gener8tor, an accelerator that serves companies ready to head into an investor market.

This was the first gBETA cohort in Minneapolis, said Mark McGuire, managing director of gener8tor Minnesota.

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When I Work Pulls Two New Execs From Silicon Valley To Minneapolis

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“MINNEAPOLIS, MN — When I Work, the easiest way to schedule, track time and communicate with hourly employees, has announced the addition of two new members of its management team, with a goal of enhancing its customer acquisition care and product capabilities.

Ramping for growth after a $15 million round raise last spring, these new executives mark the latest best-in-class talent When I Work has recruited from New York’s “Silicon Alley” and California’s “Silicon Valley” tech hub regions in recent months.”

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