APM & Knight Foundation Team Up On ‘Lunar Startups’ Incubator At Osborn370 In St. Paul

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“St. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 20, 2018 – This summer, American Public Media (APM) will look to expand the horizon of rising entrepreneurs and contribute to business development in St. Paul with the launch of a new and philanthropy-backed innovation center, The Glen Nelson Center, in addition to a startup incubator supported in part by $1 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.”

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VC Turned Startup CEO Chris Smith: ‘Everyone Is A Business Person’

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By Chris Smith, Kipsu

“As I look back on my career, I am now surprised at how little financial information was shared about the performance of the companies that I worked at before starting Kipsu. I was rarely privy to the revenues of the business and I never knew what the P&L —the balance of the expenses related to the business — looked like.”

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MN Startup BanQu Is Using Blockchain To Help Refugees Reclaim Their Identities

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Via Milwaukee Public Radio

“The refugee crisis is still a huge problem. It affects the developing world as people leave war-torn or famine-stricken countries and resettle in refugee camps, often in other developing nations. And it affects countries like the United States and western European nations as refugees seek to build new lives in places with economic opportunities.”

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Savigent Software Names Dean Truitt CEO

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Savigent Software, Inc., a leading provider of event-driven Smart Manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) workflow automation software, has named Dean Truitt as Chief Executive Officer”

Truitt has an engineering background with 35 years of experience transforming businesses, optimizing manufacturing and supply chain operations and deploying software and technology solutions. He has been a strategic operations advisor to Fortune 500 discrete manufacturing, automotive, food and consumer products companies.

 

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[Updated] Which Minnesota Corporate VCs Are Making Tech Investments And Where?

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In this running column, we are tracking which Minnesota corporations are making strategic investments into tech companies near and far. In 2017, we saw 24 unique disclosed deals (10 of which came from the Target + Techstars retail accelerator class).   So far in 2018, there’s three.  Updated as of 2/16/2018 & leave a comment if we’ve missed anything…

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