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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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Minnesota Digital Health Startup POPS! Diabetes Care Raises $1.2m

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POPS! Diabetes Care—winner of the 2016 American Diabetes Association Venture to Stop Diabetes—has completed a $1.2M Series A capital raise to obtain FDA approval of its new diabetes management system. POPS! Diabetes is creating a new diabetes care model through a digital health system to empower people with diabetes to achieve improved outcomes at home.”

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Techstars + Target Retail Accelerator Opens Application Window For 2017

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Target - Techstars AcceleratorThe application window is open today through April 9th for the 2017 class of Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target.

Now entering year two of three, the program kicked-off in 2016 with 11 chosen ones who were in Minneapolis over the summer, from July – October.

Managing Director Ryan Broshar says this year will be run similar to last, with interests ranging from enterprise software, IoT, and supply chain, to the consumer Internet.

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Q&A With New Seed Stage VC Loup Ventures

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Loup Ventures is a new local seed stage technology investment fund led by longtime Apple analyst from Piper Jaffray, Gene Munster. Together with partners Andrew Murphy and Douglas Clinton, the trio has recently left the safety of their previous posts for the bold business of venture capital.

Despite not having a full $20m fund in hand, Loup has began to invest what money they do have, notably into Boston VR/BCI startup Neurable in late December. We connected to learn more about what’s in store:

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Target Leads $3.7m Round In Retail Tech Startup Inspectorio

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By Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-2-38-21-pm“Target Corp. has invested in one of the startups that took part in its Techstars retail accelerator last summer and that has since moved its headquarters to Minneapolis.

Inspectorio, a firm that focuses on helping retailers keep closer tabs on factories through inspections and data analysis, has raised $3.7 million. The seed round of funding, which closed in recent weeks, was led by Target with smaller contributions from Matchstick Ventures, a Minneapolis-based venture capital firm, and Techstars Ventures.”

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Outside In With Jeff Maters, Network Ventures

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Outside In: Q&A with tech investors from outside Minnesota

 
What is your name, title, and firm/fund?

Jeff Maters, Managing Director, Network Ventures

What is the firm/fund located and what is the summarized founding history?

Network Ventures is based in Chicago but invests across the Midwest. I founded the firm in 2016 after spending several years at Pritzker Group Venture Capital. PGVC has a nationwide focus so I saw the emergence of the New York and Los Angeles tech ecosystems and the rise of seed funds there.

The Midwest is a few years behind those markets but there are some great companies getting built here – capital has not kept up though as there are few true seed stage funds here. My goal is to bring the coastal seed fund model to the Midwest and help companies get ready for the Series A and beyond.

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Gene Munster Explains Why He’s Becoming a VC

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screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-10-27-21-amBy Katie Roof, TechCrunch

“Known for his bullish calls on Apple, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster surprised everybody last month when he revealed that he was leaving the analyst world to become a VC.  Now Munster is launching his seed stage fund, Loup Ventures, and he’s ready to discuss what kind of investments he’ll be making.

He told TechCrunch that his team, which includes former colleagues Doug Clinton and Andrew Murphy, will be focused on four categories: virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and robotics.”

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