Mysterious MN Tech Startup Solarte Health Raising $6.5m

logo_blackA mysterious Minnesota health tech startup called Solarte Health is raising $6,500,000 with $40,000 committed, according to this SEC disclosure.

Solarte Health was founded in 2013 by Merlin Brown and Arturo Solarte, also named on a pair of patent applications [1][2] concerning “health care account processing”.  The company’s corpspeak says:

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Virtual Reality Startup Visual Raises $50k & Heads To LAUNCH Festival


VisualVRMinneapolis-based virtual reality startup Visual has received $50k in seed-stage capital from angel investors that include MakerBot cofounder Bre Pettis and videoblogging pioneer Steve Garfield.

Visual was cofounded by Chuck Olsen and Taylor Carik in response to constraints of the real world.  Together with CTO Chris Johnson from Dual Reality Games, their vision is to create the first “social media viewer” application.

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U of M Spinout Flipgrid Raises $17m Series A For Vidku


Edit 2/25 @11:00am: Flipgrid remains the name of the product, Vidku is the new parent company. Also, Brightstone Venture Capital came out as another investor.

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 6.35.18 PMFlipgrid, a social video service designed for the education field, just announced at Mobilize MN the completion of a $17m series A funding round and new parent company Vidku  (video + haiku).

Flipgrid started inside the University of Minnesota’s Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML), moved into the Institute for Design and Innovation, and now lives as an indepedent venture.  Design Professor and Co founder Charles Miller says that the product has facilitated some 2 million+ video shares since inception and will broaden its scope as short form video collaboration platform moving forward:

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Former Apple Engineers Launch Astropad For Digital Creatives


AstropadMatt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli met years ago at Apple and have been collaborating together ever since.

Now, the duo has decided to take consulting business Astro HQ to the next level with their inagural product release of Astropad — turning the iPad into a full fledged graphics tablet.

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St. Paul startup fetches $500k investment for mobile thermometer app

KelvinSenseUniversity of Minnesota Computer Science Grad Ben Jordan has raised $500k to fund his temperature sensing mobile application.

Kelvin Sense for Android, a free product of St. Paul-based Sense AI, allows the user to measure surrounding temperature without additional hardware. It also includes SDK for developers seeking temperature integration with their own products and services.

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Zahnk heads to Kickstarter for cash

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 10.11.29 AMMinnesota tech startup Zahnk has turned to Kickstarter for cash, marketing, and product validation .

They’ve raised $1,800 from 24 backers so far — actually exceeding their goal.

“We picked a number that we knew would be achievable and practical to the first step in our business plan,” Zahnk co-founder and CEO Matt Leirdahl explains.

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