As Proto Labs Gives Back, An Opportunity To Expand On Entrepreneurial Impact

Proto Labs Cool Idea The Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award is an international competition created to assist emerging inventors with turning their concepts into reality.

It started back in 2011 as an experiment and has since reached over $850k in prizes over the last four years of operation.

No actual money is exchanged, rather services and publicity are the gain for winners of this award contest. A most recent example is Hush Technology who picked up production services from Proto valued between
$12k-$15k for their new wireless smart earphones.

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Face Time: Vidku Chief Design Officer Charles Miller

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

University of Minnesota Learning Technologies Professor Charles Miller invented a video-sharing tool called Flipgrid to engage students in his classroom. Today the product is the foundation for Vidku, a startup that recently raised $17 million in 17 days.”

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Wisconsin Wireless IoT Firm LSR Enters the Minnesota Market

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“CEDARBURG, Wis., April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — LSR, a leading provider of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules and wireless product development, including RF design, embedded software and mobile app development, and EMC testing, is excited to announce the relocation of its Hudson, WI, office to a new design center located in Eagan, MN.”

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Minnesota Equity Crowdfunding Bill Heads to Governor’s Office for Signature

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By JD Alois, Crowdfund Insider

The Minnesota bill that will legalize equity crowdfunding in the state has made its way through both the House and Senate. It is now on track to be signed into law by Governor Dayton .

The legislative push received the backing of MNVest, a coordinated group advocating for the ability of Minnesotans to make investments in local opportunities without onerous regulatory requirements.”

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JAMF Intros Relo App For Android to Apple Data Migration

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“MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – Apr 22, 2015) – JAMF NATION “ICE-OUT” – JAMF Software, the leader in Apple device management, today announced Relo, a free app that makes it easy to safely move important data from an Android phone or tablet to a new iPhone or iPad — enabling people to switch to the platform that more and more users prefer.”

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Minnesota DPA Workshop Pursues Greater Gov Data Transparency

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Minnesota DPA WorkshopTECHdotMN is teaming up with Open Twin Cities and The Minnesota Coalition on Government Information (MNCOGI) to pursue greater government transparency in Minnesota through data.

Together — on Monday, May 11 from 6:30 – 8:00pm at CoCo downtown, we’re hosting a ‘DPA Workshop’ event.

The Government Data Practices Act (DPA), Minnesota Statutes, chapter 13, creates a presumption that state and local government records are accessible to the public, unless a statute or rule provides otherwise.

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Beta Byte: Crowdshoppe

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crowdshoppeBeta Byte is a series underwritten by Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction.

What is the name of the company and where is it found online?

crowdshoppe

What problem does this solve?

There is a lot information on internet, it makes it very tedious(we are getting better) to just get “one” specific job done and it’s need a lot of “Google” time, “Yelp” time, “reviews reading” time etc.(e.g Fix me up with best photographer in town for my Baby shower Tues 5-8p).

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Ask An Indie: Lisa Walkosz-Migliacio, Intropy Games

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Lisa-Walkosz-MigliacioAsk an Indie: Lisa Walkosz-Migliacio, Co-President & Lead Developer at Intropy Games

What inspired you to start making games?

Believe it or not, I’ve been making video games for almost 20 years. Other than a fun, interactive historical game starring Joan of Arc that I created for a high school project, most of my early games have never been shown to the public.

Games are a unique medium in that they bring together visuals, audio, and tactile feedback, and it’s actually quite an undertaking to put all the pieces together in a cohesive way. I dabble in art and music, and my training as a software engineer made the transition to making games professionally a natural fit.

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Q1 2015 Quarterly Capital: 28 MN Tech Ventures Saw $49M Combined

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Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 9.26.08 AMAt least 28 different Minnesota tech ventures received ~$49m of investment capital during the first quarter of the year according to information collected and analyzed from January 1 through March 31, 2015.

This dataset represents the most comprehensive ongoing tally of Minnesota’s tech sector funding quarter to quarter, year over year.

It’s compiled from multiple sources as proxy of market activity, including: crowdfunding, incubators, angel investing, venture capital, corporate arm and private equity.

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