Can Oregon Trail Creators Do It Again?

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By Greta Kaul, MinnPost

“Conceived for a class at a public school in Minneapolis, “Oregon Trail,” is among the most popular educational computer games of all time. It loaded students in virtual covered wagons and sent them from Missouri to Oregon in a simulation of 19th-century westward expansion, contending with broken wagon axles, cholera, snake bites and river crossings along the way.”

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gener8tor Opens Applications For Summer Accelerator In Minneapolis

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gener8torTech accelerator gener8tor has opened the application window for founders considering an immersive 12 week startup experience this summer.

Operated from CoCo Uptown by new Managing Director of Minnesota, Eric Martell, the program begins in July and lasts through October with a tentative demo day during Twin Cities Startup Week.

They offer accepted startups 90k upfront for 6% equity with an additional convertible note in exchange for hands on guidance in preparation for follow-on funding.

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Q1 2017 Capital Review: 22 Ventures Raised ~$51 Million

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dundee research underwriterAt least 22 different Minnesota tech ventures received a combined $51m of investment capital during the first quarter of 2017 according to information collected and analyzed from January 1 – March 31, 2017.

This research underwritten by Dundee Venture Capital provides our readers with unparalleled transparency into the funding facts of Minnesota’s tech industry.

It’s compiled from multiple sources as proxy of local market activity: crowdfunding, incubators/accelerators, angel investments, venture capital, corporate arm and private equity. Consider it a worse case scenario as there are always undisclosed transactions not included; therefore the actual figures are higher, although unknown.

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Sansoro Health Banks $5.2 A Round Led By Bain For EMR Tech

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Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 7.33.59 AMSansoro Health, an award-winning pioneer in data integration for health care, today announced that it has closed $5.2 million in Series A funding led by Bain Capital Ventures. Sansoro Health makes it easy to exchange real-time health care data between digital health applications and electronic medical records (EMRs).

The new funding will be used to expand sales, marketing and operations to accelerate Sansoro Health’s vision of transforming health care IT ecosystems through real-time digital health interoperability.”

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Spark DJ App Adds A Professional Spin To Mixes

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By Jackie Renzetti, Star Tribune

James Jones had the problem that every college student wants: too many paid gigs.  While studying engineering and economics at the University of Notre Dame, he DJed three to four parties each weekend, and picked up opening slots for big-name acts like Big Sean. But he started stretching himself too thin, so he built a program that mixed music and took requests. He offered it to customers at a discounted price.”

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