Meet The 2015 Minnesota Cup High Tech Semifinalists


Minnesota Cup announced today semifinalists for the 11th annual statewide business plan & venture competition.

Over 1,300 applicants overall have been narrowed down to 70 across six different divisions, advancing in pursuit of a piece of the $327k cumulative cash and cred up for grabs.  Here’s quick shot of the ‘high tech’ division semifinalists:

  • Advos IoT Platform by Opnia – a socially integrated software platform built for enterprise that delivers personalized digital content based on customers interactions & environment.
  • Astro HQ – Turn your iPad into a graphics tablet and get the best of both Mac and iPad; with Astropad you can draw directly into Photoshop right from your iPad.
  • Camp Native – Find, reserve, experience public or private campgrounds based on the type of camping and activities you want to participate in.
  • Dglass3D – Focused on hardware, software, and developing better materials for filament in mechanical & electrical systems, improving the additive manufacturing user experience.
  • Haystaq – One place to gather, find & discover information from every service you use.
  • Hema Imaging – The HemaVision is a thermal imaging camera with computer vision capability built-in.
  • JIT Maintenance – gives you up-to-the-minute information about the condition of your property (hotel, cruiseline, etc.).
  • Kipsu – The Team Managed Guest Engagement Platform that makes it easy and efficient to provide every guest a personalized experience.
  • Viewswagen – We display relevant, real-time ads inside rideshare vehicles that use apps like Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and Flywheel to connect passengers to drivers.

…and Tech semifinalists from across the other divisions include:

Energy/Clean Technology/Water-

Irrigreen – The next generation of lawn irrigation.


The Patchery – Custom made kids clothing designed online.

Upsie – a new mobile technology that reinvents the warranty experience, so you can protect the products you love at prices you can afford.

Life Science/Health IT-

Fortiori Design – Muscle oxygen monitoring device.

Hunhu Healthcare – Using mobile technology to facilitate community relationships for healing, recovery, and vigor.

Learn To Live – online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


LitWeaver – Contemporary literature delivered digitally to young adults.


Qopo – Our BlueBell helps you have a better night of sleep and a better day.

Startup Finder – The easiest way for students to connect with startups.

On Aug. 18, finalists from each division will be announced, and each division winner will receive $30,000 in seed capital. Additionally, one runner up from each division will receive $5,000 in seed capital. On Sept. 9, the grand prizewinner across all divisions will be announced at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center. The winner will receive an additional $50,000 in seed money.


  • James Bellefeuille

    Thanks for the shout out.

    • Jeff Pesek

      you bet James, congratulations to you & the many others who are advancing.