One year ago this month, Allianz Life tipped us to a venture arm forming in Minneapolis after posting two local positions: one for an Investment Director and another role for a Venture Analyst.
A pair of Minneapolis motor enthusiasts have become tech entrepreneurs since closing on $140k in backing from some 1,463 supporters on Kickstarter who want in on the action.
By Don Jacobson, Twin Cities Business
“The Mayo Clinic has increased its venture investment stake in a Silicon Valley digital health startup touting a smartphone-based system that taps Mayo’s know-how in machine learning to detect and predict abnormal heart rhythms and the risk for stroke.
AliveCor of Mountain View, California, announced last week it has completed a Series D funding round of $30 million, led by Omron Healthcare, with participation from Mayo and its other existing inside investors. The goal is to boost the fortunes of the new Kardia Pro software platform, which is aimed at doctors.”
“Are you covered by your health insurance policy when you leave the country?” posits entrepreneur and international traveler Ryan Skoog.
“We found that about 80% of policies don’t provide coverage outside the US while about 80% of people think theirs does. This paradox presents a big problem.”
Together with Terry Boynton, the two were traveling in Nepal on a mission trip when they realized just how fortunate their lives are. Travel is essential to understanding more than just a geography — but to mankind as a whole.
Via News Release
“MINNEAPOLIS — MARCH 20, 2017—Wondering if you have what it takes to create the next game-changing business venture in Minnesota? Drop by the MN Cup launch party March 20 in Saint Anthony Main’s Minneapolis Event Center to ask questions, meet past winners, and get a better feel for how MN Cup could help launch your dream — with $450,000 in total prizes!”
We’re changing up the Midwest Capital Call this year in the essence of evolution.
As we enter iteration number four, the purpose remains the same: bring tech entrepreneurs and investors together in person for candid and enlightening conversations.
To connect, to learn, and to grow the fruits of labor.
Introducing new technologies to age-old industries that are set in their ways can be like pulling teeth.
Fortunately, that happens to be Dr. Bryan Laskin‘s specialty.
About seven years ago, the longtime dentist decided to grow from his successful solo operation in Wayzata and open another practice. But while he was shopping for communication systems to equip the new location, he grew frustrated with the antiquated and overpriced options available.
“I tried a bunch,” he says. “They all sucked, frankly.”
Via News Release
“MINNEAPOLIS & AUSTIN, Texas — The team of entrepreneurs including co-founders of the Dell acquisition Enstratius announced today at SXSW in Austin the public availability of their new online streaming platform, Seeka TV. Seeka TV is the first of a new generation of online platforms that serve both content creators and viewers.”
Via News Release
“MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Realvision today announced the completion of a $1.3 million round of seed funding to aggressively accelerate product development for the company’s Realvision Tours.
Realvision Tours provide real estate professionals with a comprehensive content marketing package containing three of the most effective tools for selling properties online, including: a VR-ready, interactive 3D tour, an auto-generated floor plan drafted in architectural style, and unlimited high-quality still photographs of the listed property.”