As COVID-19 continues to disrupt all aspects of our lives, a huge number of local companies are stepping up to help. Here’s a list of Minnesota businesses that are doing their part.
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Automated email and channel marketing software provider AdBase is offering a free text-based service that provides realtime COVID-19 case number updates. To opt in, text your zip code to 218-426-8430.
Ascentis has developed a touch-free time clock with temperature reading capabilities. The device allows employees to clock in with a quick voice command while the clock scans for elevated skin temperatures.
Breathe99 launched a Kickstarter for its new B2 Mask and crushed the $$20,000 goal (the company has raised $92,030 as of this writing). The product, which is not yet approved by the FDA or NIOSH, aims to be a comfortable, stylish, and waste-reducing alternative to other masks. Backers should receive their mask by June, the company says.
BetterYou is helping students who are stuck at home fight cabin fever by organizing various challenges (with gift card awards) including sleep, socialization (while still distancing), and learning.
The Minneapolis-based health insurance company is offering an updated COVID-19 coverage policy that includes, “free diagnostic testing and early prescription refills.”
The consumer healthcare data and reporting company is providing a free “Infection Risk Dashboard” that helps identify who is most likely to have a critical illness after contracting COVID-19.
Clinician Nexus is teaming up with MN COVIDsitters to help frontline healthcare providers manager their home life while assisting in the COVID-19 efforts.
Flywheel and Imbio (under parent company Invenshure) are combining efforts to give researchers the tools to, “aggregate and analyze COVID-19 related data.”
The education analytics company has created a meal finder website to help give students who rely on school lunches access to nutritional food solutions.
Joshin is offering a free 30-day subscription for essential personnel and seniors and 50% off monthly pricing for customers. There’s also a wealth of resources including virtual tool kits and COVID-19 information available on the website.
Jump Technologies is offering its new Allocated Inventory Solution to all hospitals for free during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Love Your Melon is making 50,000 cotton face masks to help protect children battling cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The masks will be distributed directly to hospitals.
Wade Gerten, CEO of On Time Landcare (previously founder and CEO of 8thBridge), rallied a group of local lawn care companies to provide free mowing for medical professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service will start once lawn care companies are deemed “essential businesses.”
Together with the federal and Minnesota state government, the Medical Alley Association has created a form to match individuals who can provide high-need services and products to those who need high-need services and products.
The Fridley-based medical manufacturer is increasing production of ventilators, hoping to double the number of employees working on the project and increasing shifts to enable 24-hour work.
Nerdery is offering free guidance to small businesses affected by COVID-19 on how to best leverage digital to maintain and thrive. Fill out the form and the company will determine how best it can help.
Nology is offering its video conferencing platform, GoMeet, to any business for free until 2021. Sign up here.
Onedesk is providing a social distancing version of its walkthrough through an app as well as a discounted price on cleanings. The Beta.MN Spring 2020 Cohort member is also offering an additional $50 off for anyone who mentions tech.mn while booking.
Running through April 20, Pikup will donate 5% of anything ordered through the platform to a local food bank through Feeding America.
Pollen’s “Are You Ok?” series features stories of community and connection during the COVID-19 pandemic and weekly virtual gatherings.
Mina, Pops’ virtual diabetes coach, is available to everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Queue-it is making its virtual waiting room free to all small online business, NGOs, and non-profits.
SalesReach has announced “SalesReach Hired,” an offer that gives anyone searching for a new job during COVID-19 free access to the service.
No one is going to the orchestra for a while, but you can still virtually experience the musical beauty through SPCO’s online library of concerts.
Stratasys is ramping up 3-D printing for protective shields and supporting the CoVent-19 Challenge, an open effort to create a rapidly deployable mechanical ventilator.
SupDoc is offering free virtual preliminary COVID-19 screenings, discounts on health visits for essential workers, and unlimited access to local doctors through discounted monthly business plans (no insurance required).
The Coven is offering a pay-what-you-can digital membership option that includes access to standard digital programming through April 30. See more details about the plan here.
Vidscrip is providing a free program that allows healthcare providers to record answers to common COVID-19-related questions from patients. Learn more here.
Because of cancelled endometriosis surgeries and appointments during COVID-19, Visana Health is offering its endometriosis care app for free to anyone who needs it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
Vitals™ Aware Services is making its Vitals™ App free for first responders, public health care providers, hospitals, clinics, and individuals and families in need for the next six months. Read more about the app’s new COVID-19 features.
The high-end wood product manufacturer has shifted production to face shields for the medical sector.
To help the struggling hospitality industry, Zipnosis is giving each of its 36 employees $40 every week to spend on takeout or delivery from their favorite Twin Cities restaurants.
While not based in Minnesota, San Francisco’s Personas has developed a tool that gathers deals currently being offered by commonly used services such as Airtable, Dropbox, and Hootsuite. We thought the tool would be useful to our readers.