[Video] Techstars + Target Retail Accelerator Final Demos



ts_retail_target_fc_rgbHundreds of people came out in Minneapolis on Tuesday to see the culmination of first year efforts between Techstars and Target, aptly called The Techstars Retail Accelerator in partnership with Target.

This verticalized collaboration commenced last fall to “focus on bringing new technology, experiences, products, and solutions to retail,” and is driven by Managing Director Ryan Broshar working with Target’s Entrepreneurs in Residence under Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Casey Carl.

Captured below are final demos from the first class of startups in the retail accelerator. Notably, Branch Messenger and Inspectorio have committed to staying around in Minneapolis after the fact. 

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500 Startups Is Descending Upon Minnesota


screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-11-44-29-am500 Startups, the “badass, global family of startup founders, mentors, and investors,” founded by Dave McClure & Christine Tsai is coming to Minnesota this month to connect with Minnesota tech entrepreneurs.

“We’re an accelerator that actually accelerates,” says 500 Startups EIR/Venture Partner Tristan Pollock, a Minnesota native currently residing in San Francisco.

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Introducing TECHdotMN Video

by The TECHdotMN Team

Regular site visitors are right to notice some changes to our top level navigation, including TALK (which came into the mix last month), and now VIDEO — fitting for the hundreds of Minnesota tech videos we publish every year.

VIDEO will augment our primary host (Vimeo) by serving as an on-site repository specifically for collaborators: those doing awesome work in the Minnesota tech community through their meetups, conferences, and/or partner productions.

Power Moves Twin Cities, Driving Change and Startup Grind Minneapolis are three timely examples and early collaborators teamed with TECHdotMN for the amplification of their video content via TECHdotMN site, email, and social.

Reach out (info [at] tech.mn) if you’d like to discuss sharing your event/video content with a broader audience of Minnesota techies :)

MN Fintech Startup Upsie Sees More Investment


Minnesota fintech startup Upsie has picked up ~$100k between Village Capital and Access Ventures.

Founder Clarence Bethea was chosen as one of two ventures to participate in the fintech cohort of Village Capital’s peer to peer investment model, which comes with a $75k minimum and a summer’s worth of mentorship between New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

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Two Target/Techstars Startups Plan To Stick Around Post Accelerator


Target - Techstars AcceleratorDuring yesterday’s grand finale demo day at Orchestra Hall, Target’s Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer Casey Carl announced they would be extending their accelerator space in Minneapolis to all 10 of the Techstars Retail startups through end of year 2016.

Beyond that, two of ten explicitly stated their intentions of remaining in Minnesota for the long term: Inspectorio and Branch Messenger.

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Q&A With Mitch Coopet On His New AI Startup Aftercode


coopetFor repeat tech entrepreneur Mitch Coopet, Aftercode isn’t just about what comes after Code42, the firm he cofounded with partners Matthew Dornquast and Brian Bispala in 2001.

Its dual meaning is found in a future that comes after the code.

We sat down with Coopet to hear more about what’s in store for the next chapter:

When and why did you leave Code42?

Rewind back to 2015 when I was interim CEO and my job was to find our next leader, which was Joe Payne. At that point, I was contemplating my next role and Payne suggested that I finally take some vacation time that I had accrued over the years.

…That turned into a sabbatical, in retrospect.

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Equity-Crowdfunding Startup StratiFund Joins St. Louis Accelerator



By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-11-18-50-am“A Minneapolis startup that advises novice investors on crowdfunding-for-equity deals has landed a spot in the Capital Innovators accelerator program.

Stratifund Inc. is one of six companies admitted to the St. Louis-based accelerator. Companies participating in the three-month program get $50,000 in exchange for an equity stake of between 5 percent and 10 percent.”

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