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Four Minnesota Businesses Make Startup of the Year’s Top 100

What to know about the Startup Of The Year Summit and its Top 100 Startups:

Startup Of The Year Summit 2020

  • The Startup Of The Year Summit is a free, virtual event running from November 16-18
  • Programming includes conversations with prominent founders, VC professionals, pitch events, and more
  • You can register for the event here

Top 100 Startups

  • Four Minnesota startups — Fulcrum, Otrafy, RadWave, and Vonzella — are in the running
  • The competition is broken up into four categories: Fintech & Security, Health, Wellness, Medtech & Biotech, Platform Technology, AR/VR, AI & Robotics, Social Impact, Lifestyle & Culture, EdTech, Smart Cities
  • Each of the 100 companies will pitch over the course of the summit, eventually leading to the Top 5 Finalist pitch event on November 18
  • Mary Grove, Managing Partner of Bread & Butter Ventures, is a Top 5 judge for the competition
  • All Top 100 Startup participants are eligible for a $20,000 investment from Established Ventures

Learn more about the four Minnesota companies competing in the Top 100 Startups event (descriptions from Startup Of The Year Summit):


What would manufacturing look like if it was networked like servers are? It would need a platform not built on paper processes, implementation friction, and hyper-niche design. FulcrumHQ is that platform.

Read more about Fulcrum’s $3.1 million seed round.


Otrafy is an AI-powered supplier management software that manages and optimizes supplier quality assurance, helping food manufacturers by providing actionable insights to mitigate vendor associated supply chain risks.


A customizable electromagnetic tracking platform that is accurate, modular, and works in any setting. Supplying key components for the Image-Guided & Robotic Surgery Market.


Vonzella aims to help low-income people who’ve been arrested, but can’t afford to pay bail, through a cost-sharing system, something that’s sort of like, but also is different, from insurance.

Alex Skjong
Alex oversees the content produced for BETA, Twin Cities Startup Week, and When he’s not writing or editing, there’s a good chance he’s enjoying a refreshing brew and explaining the merits of heavy metal (of which there are many).