At least 24 Minnesota tech ventures raised in excess of $28 million dollars in the first quarter of 2013, according to information collected and analyzed from Jan 1 through March 31, 2013.
The data includes on the record activity compiled from multiple sources and actual numbers are estimated to be 20%+ higher according to investors who are not inclined to disclose their investment activity publicly. While imperfect, it’s a solid proxy of current local funding activity and trends — considered a worse case scenario.
As a comparison — in Q1 2012, 24 companies raised $58.6m, heavily skewed by one anomalous $52.5m deal; a more balanced comparison would be that 23 companies raised $6.1m in Q1 2013. The largest deal of Q1 was UpdateLogic ($10.9m), followed by Cachet ($7.9m) and Conservis ($1.46m).