At Hack the Gap 2017 last weekend, the third annual event, more than 100 women came out for two intense days in Minneapolis to pitch their ideas and work together on bringing them to life. Five finalist teams demoed their work in Target Plaza Commons as we captured below:
MinneAnalytics’ inagural SportCon event last week was a hit and we caught the startup track to hear updates from the following seven Minnesota sports tech ventures and share them with the world:
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What is the name of the company and/or product?
What distinct problem does this solve for who?
Collabatory provides value for entry startups seeking to develop physical prototypes. Our objective is to give them the edge to innovate faster by translating the product needs into and engineering statement for Collabatory to build the prototype. The startup will receive the finished product.
MNstarter has become the third portal opertor approved by the state of Minnesota to host intrastate equity crowdfunding campaigns online.
What makes MNstarter different?
gBETA is a free six-week program where new tech companies can receive a structured startup curriculum, peer networking, and mentorship. It’s designed to be a scaled back version of gener8tor, an accelerator that serves companies ready to head into an investor market.
This was the first gBETA cohort in Minneapolis, said Mark McGuire, managing director of gener8tor Minnesota.
Via News Release
“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.”
After the sale of his saas marketing firm Drip to Leadpages last year, Rob Walling and his family since have relocated from the West Coast to Minneapolis.
We sat down for some more random questions to continue learning about him [PART 1]:
What is something you’ve learned about yourself as an entrepreneur since we last spoke?
I’ve learned that I’m more capable of giving up control over certain aspects of the business than I thought I was.
By Burl Gilyard, Twin Cities Business
“Minneapolis-based medical startup OneOme continues to raise its profile in the emerging pharmacogenomics industry. On Monday, the company announced that it had earned laboratory certification allowing it to start offering its RightMed test in five additional states: California, Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. OneOme is now able to offer its testing technology in every state except New York, where it is seeking to obtain laboratory certification this year.”
The application window is open today through April 9th for the 2017 class of Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target.
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.