Taps Into Crowdfunding For Real Estate


SaundersDaileyMarshall Saunders has been around the block before.

After selling homes for 12 years, he acquired and grew RE/MAX Results into the single largest global RE/MAX franchise with 900+ agents across 32 offices.

Then, last fall, he decided to move out of his old business and into a new domain.

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MN Startup Camp Native Wants To Be Your Gateway To The Outdoors


Camp NativeWhen serial entrepreneur David Woodbury was seeking a more scalable business than his previous endeavor, he combined his passion with problem and landed on Camp Native.

The emerging Minnesota startup is out to become the de facto destination for campers around the world.

Conceived in January, the venture has already seasoned two accelerators — Elmspring in Chicago + 9Mile Labs in Seattle — and was most recently selected as a Minnesota Cup semifinalist in the High Tech division.

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On The Record With Minnesota’s Department of Commerce Concerning MNvest


MNVestThe attorneys received their recognition and politicians their credit; the agency got your tax money.  And the entrepreneurs? They can just wait until it’s convenient.

That’s the conclusion reached after email exchange with Minnesota’s Department of Commerce, the chief regulator of new intrastate equity crowdfunding law MNvest.

A final version was included within a jobs bill passed during special session, after which one legacy media reporter had the courage to call out the catch: there’s no actual requirement to act.

As a follow-up, here’s the Department’s own Ross Corson on the record, on some uncertain terms:

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St. Thomas Grads Team Up On SportsTech Startup Preptree


It was during college at the University of St. Thomas in 1997 where Chris Scotch and Blane Tetreault first met one another as students and athletes.

When Tetreault returned to UST as a football coach from 2005-2012, he became challenged and frustrated with the archaic process of recruiting — so he teamed up with Scotch once again.

Together, they conspired a new way of collecting thorough and accurate information on high school athletes called Preptree.

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Inaugural Startup Weekend Youth Twin Cities A Solid Start For Minnesota

Categories inaugural Startup Weekend Youth Twin Cities successfully launched last week at Minnetonka Public Schools, providing local junior and senior high students with a crash course in startups.

The event was organized by Kristin Daniels, Seijen Takamura, Nicolas Styles and Steve Wellvang—as well as Eric Schneider, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Minnetonka Public Schools.

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Minneapolis Healthcare SaaS Startup CareQuo Seeks $400k health IT startup CareQuo is raising a $400k financing round with $80k committed, according to this SEC disclosure.

Founded by entrepreneur Michelle Chaffee, CareQuo’s Alska software provides family caregivers with the ability to store, manage and share key information while maintaining critical communications with stakeholders.

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SWTC5 Winner Kid Around Town Launches App for Kids & Parents


Kid Around TownA mobile app for kids and their parents that won first place at Startup Weekend Twin Cities 5 is finally becoming a reality.

Kid Around Town (Formerly Kid Around Travel) received Apple’s blessing this week and is officially coming out next weekend during Kidfest at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.

Co founder and CEO Aneela Kumar describes it as a “kid friendly travel guide” that helps families create memories while on vacation, or while exploring their own neighborhood.

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Angels Drive $250k Into Mobile Adtech Startup Viewswagen adtech startup Viewsagen has momentum.

On Monday they were selected as one of ten Minnesota Cup semifinalists and today announce $250k in seed funding.

Co founder & CSO James Bellefeuille says the money comes from a group of angel investors including: David Schottenstein (founder of Viewabill and Astor & Black), Zalmi Duchman (founder of The Fresh Diet) and Ben Nash (founder of PCS Wireless).

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