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One of these Local Tech Startups Is Going to Google for Demo Day

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Google-For-Entrepreneurs1CoCo is sending a Minnesota tech startup to Google’s annual ‘Demo Day’ in April.

Before that happens though, there’s a pitch competition on Thursday night, at which point two finalists will be chosen based on popular vote. Ultimately, one of these two will be selected by Google to represent Minnesota in Mountain View.

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Minneapolis Analytics SaaS Venture Optimine is Raising More Cash

OptimineMinneapolis analytics startup Optimine Software has picked up another $2.2m, according to disclosure filed earlier this month.

Optimine has raised approximately ~$20m since 2008 inception through a series of rounds from backers like Hummer Winblad Venture Partners + Zetta Venture Partners in San Francisco and Calumet Venture Fund of Madison.  Early known Minneota angel investors include Ryan Weber and Mark Marlow.

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Class is in session at Concordia’s Coding Bootcamp

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 8.19.24 AMA ‘Coding Bootcamp’ for aspiring software developers in Minnesota officially commenced this week at Concordia University in St. Paul.

Conceived to meet the ongoing demand for skilled technologists, the immersive educational experience intends to qualify grads to work as entry-level software developers within industry.

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A new cooperative coworking space for techies opens in Minneapolis

MakeCoopA new spot for entrepreneurs, freelancers and digital creatives seeking haven has opened in Minneapolis at 2524 Nicollet Ave, aka ‘Eat Street’.

Touted as Minneapolis’ first cooperatively owned coworking, Make Cooperative was founded by Minnesota transplant Andrew Murray of OpenSnow, Mike Linton from tech startup SpiderSuite and Irina Vishnevskaya.

“There was no buy-in to be found eslewhere,” Murray says. “There are other coworking spaces in the cities, but we never felt any of them truly focused on community and openness in a way that shared ownership does.”

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FanMaker and the Minnesota Wild are putting iBeacons into Xcel Energy Center

Minneapolis sports loyalty software firm FanMaker is rolling out a new feature to their enterprise SaaS suite called ‘Fanmaker beacons’ to provide customers with a plethora of new marketing advantages.

Using Apple’s iBeacon technology — a small piece of geofencing hardware capable of pairing with the iPhone device — the Minnesota Wild want to make deeper connections with their favorite fans.

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