Graveti’s Inaugural Summit Is Going Down In Minneapolis Next Week

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Grassroots tech group Graveti is hosting their inaugural summit next Thursday at CoCo in Uptown Minneapolis to focus on increasing tech entrepreneurship among underrepresented demographics. 

“We’re doing this to provide a platform for practicing and emerging entrepreneurs to learn strategic ways to start, grow and manage their business and navigate the tech industry,” explains Graveti cofounder Alex Rodriguez.

Attendees can expect a diverse and qualified lineup of speakers, some local, others national:

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Best Buy Adds 4 Teen Tech Centers in Minnesota

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Best Buy is growing its network of after-school tech programs for teens by adding four new locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. That makes for 15 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the United States. The free centers are open year-round and give underserved teens hands-on access to the latest technology.”

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The 4th Annual Appapalooza Features Young Women In Tech

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“On May 7, 250 middle school and high school girls will converge at the Minneapolis Convention Center to compete at the 4th annual Appapalooza. Appapalooza is Technovation[MN]’s Regional Pitch Event of Technovation, a global technical entrepreneurship program. The event is free and open to the public, claim your tickets here; in total, 63 teams will pitch their apps at Appapalooza.”

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How TheDataBank Avoided A Race To The Bottom

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Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 9.21.24 AMBy Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

“CEO Chris Hanson and Mark Paquette, the chief technology officer of TheDataBank, never planned to get rich when they formed a software firm 20 years ago that would link nonprofits and progressive political causes with ­supporters over the then-emerging internet.

Hanson, 59, a veteran marketer, and Paquette, 60, an electrical engineer and technologist, raised $250,000 from several minority owners. They built a company that has posted subscription-based revenue of up to $1.5 million
annually and a good living for up to 15 employees.”

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Reve Academy Promotes Amanda Janssen To Executive Director

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Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 8.27.06 AMMarch 7, 2017 – Rêve Academy, a nonprofit based in Minneapolis, announced today that Amanda Janssen has been promoted to the role of Executive Director.

“Amanda embodies the values of Reve Academy. She believes our students can lead a digital revolution in this country. Her passion for transforming student experiences, as well as her expertise in the educational sector, make her a perfect fit,” said Brad von Bank, who served as the volunteer executive director from 2010 to 2016.

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MESA Rolls Out ‘Seed’ For Mentorship of Early Stage Tech Startups

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MESAMinnesota Emerging Software Advisory — aka MESA –is rolling out ‘Seed’ to augment their C-level mentorship model with a new pathway for local tech startups seeking guidance from others who may have been there before.

As formed in 2009, MESA’s missions is to “make Minnesota’s software community among the most vibrant by providing C-level mentoring for CEOs of emerging software companies.”

Since then, MESA has grown to 21 mentors, engaged with over unique 30 companies and graduated 13 to date.

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