BETA Startup Showcase: Nexyst 360

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BETA Startup: Nexyst 360The TECHdotMN team would like to introduce you to each of the startups featured in the upcoming BETA showcase. Over the next couple of weeks, we will highlight each company, so you can get a better idea of the talent, hardwork, and dedication held within each of these startups.

The next company in our BETA Startup Showcase series is: Nexyst 360

Nexyst 360 is a mobile solution to crop storage and transportation that provides traceability back to the field of origin and guarantees high quality crops and increased farmer profits.
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BETA Startup Showcase: Harvest Nation

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BETA Startup: Harvest Nation LogoThe TECHdotMN team would like to introduce you to each of the startups featured in the upcoming BETA showcase. Over the next couple of weeks, we will highlight each company, so you can get a better idea of the talent, hardwork, and dedication held within each of these startups.

The next company in our BETA Startup Showcase series is: Harvest Nation

Harvest Nation is an indoor vertical aeroponic farm whose revolutionary design makes heathy living a viable option in communities challenged by location, climate, and economic constraint.
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Techstars Farm to Fork to Celebrate Demo Day on October 15

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By guest contributor Stephanie Rich, the founder and editor-in-chief of Starting Up North and Mentor-in-Residence at Techstars Farm to Fork

Farm to Fork LogoThree months in an accelerator can seem like three years to any startup: teams grow, business models change and major deals close. This holds particularly true for the ten teams presenting pitches at the Techstars Farm to Fork Demo Day on October 15. At the event, a founder from each team will spend a short time sharing the story of their company and the value they provide. Tickets for the evening event are now available for free to the public.

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Solar Flare: Minnesota Leads Nation in Solar Mini-gardens

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Exchange Solar Mini GardensVia MPR News

“Richie Porrazzo can’t keep up with the new crop of solar gardens. ‘This is nuts!’ said Porrazzo, wiping sweat from his sun-baked scalp, as his crew scrambled to build an installation in Dakota County. As they labored in the heat, two gardens next to them were already churning out power. Porrazzo said he would have to finish quickly, because more solar orders are waiting in Woodbury and Farmington. Porrazzo is part of the solar flare in Minnesota, the nation’s leader in solar gardens. The number exploded to 208 in 2018 — more than one-third of the total in the U.S.”

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DTN and Esri Strengthen Partnership With Expanded Services

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Image result for DTN logo“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DTN, the leading provider for actionable weather insights, today announces its expanded partnership with Esri, the world leader in location intelligence. This growing partnership builds on the success of a three-year relationship and now offers even more comprehensive, highly accurate weather data to Esri customers.”

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Traive Announces $1.3 Million in Seed Round Funding

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Traieve logoTraive, an ag-fintech that unlocks credit to farmers using a proprietary Machine Learning-based credit risk assessment, announced that it has raised $1.3 million in Seed Round funding.

The new funding comes from The Syndicate Fund (“TSF”) and a mix of investors from the United States, Australia, and Brazil, and will allow Traive to go after the ever growing agricultural lending market. “The wide range of investors and their deep understanding of agriculture and finance symbolizes the need for this type of solution in many different markets.” said CEO and Co-Founder Fabricio Pezente.

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A Minnesota Robotic Dairy Survives Amid Trade War

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Via Star Tribune

“LA CROSSE, Wis. — On a dairy farm in rural Eyota, Minnesota, a day-old calf wobbled up to a robotic feeding stall. An RFID reader scanned the tag clipped to the calf’s ear and measured the amount of milk allotted to the baby as she drank from the feeder. In just a generation or two, farmers have embraced high-tech advances in their fields and barns.”

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