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.

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-6-38-33-amInspectorio, a resource for quality inspections operated by brothers Fernando, Luis, and Carlos, Moncayo Castillo intends to make Minnesota their US headquarters outside of two locations already established in China and Vietnam.  Two founders have already moved their families to Minnesota and they envision an established office and a team of ten here by some time next year.

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-6-43-34-amBranch Messenger, a communication platform for shift workers, will maintain Los Angeles headquarters with a sister office in Minneapolis going forward.  CEO Atif Siddiqi says they “fell in love” with Minneapolis, “the talent here is amazing,” and it was a decision that “just makes sense.” The four person team will be splitting time between locations and has yet to determine where to settle, also with plans of hiring locally.


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