[Updated] Which Minnesota Corporate VCs Are Making Tech Investments And Where?

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In this running column, we are tracking which Minnesota corporations are making strategic investments into tech companies near and far. In 2017, we saw 24 unique disclosed deals (10 of which came from the Target + Techstars retail accelerator class).   So far in 2018, there’s three.  Updated as of 2/16/2018 & leave a comment if we’ve missed anything…

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Crowdsourced 3M Art + Tech Award Grants $50k For Mia Mobile App

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screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-12-13-06-pm“MINNEAPOLIS—February 7, 2017— The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 3M Art and Technology Award: “Riddle Mia This,” a mobile app proposed by technology architect Colin McFadden and digital preservation specialist Samantha Porter of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. McFadden and Porter will receive $50,000 toward the development of the project, which is an app that turns the museum into a puzzle room, providing a new, interactive way to deepen visitor engagement with Mia’s collection.”

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Uponor Puts Another $10 Million Behind Phyn

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“APPLE VALLEY, Minn., Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Uponor Corporation (Uponor) today announced that it will invest an additional USD $10 million in Phyn, a joint venture between Uponor and Belkin International, bringing its total investment in the company to USD $25 million. With this second round of funding, Uponor establishes a 50 percent ownership in Phyn, with the other 50 percent owned by Belkin International.”

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Sportsdigita CEO Angelina Lawton On The PEAK 6 Fundraise

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In another nod to Minnesota’s burgeoning sportstech scene, Minneapolis-headquartered Sportsdigita received an undisclosed multi-million dollar investment last month from Chicago investor PEAK 6 Sports.  We connected with the founder and CEO of Sportsdigita, Angelina Lawton, to learn more about the deal and where her firm is headed from here:

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Who Are Minnesota’s Private Equity-Backed Tech Companies?

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Similar to our regular running columns Who’s coming to and moving around Minnesota? + Which Out of State Tech Companies Have a Presence Here?

…Who are Minnesota’s Private Equity-Backed Tech Firms? is introduced to thoroughly understand and track another important element of Minnesota’s ever changing tech story.

Thanks to Minnesota tech M&A specialists Franklin Partners for underwriting this research.

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Toro Stakes Into Boston’s Greensight Agronomics

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“BLOOMINGTON, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) today announced a strategic minority equity investment in GreenSight Agronomics, a Boston-based provider of automated, agronomic intelligence technologies for turfgrass and agricultural markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”

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Cargill Backs Irish AgTech Startup Cainthus

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“(MINNEAPOLIS)  January 31, 2018 — Cargill and Cainthus, a Dublin-based machine vision company, are reshaping how animal producers make decisions for their livestock through a strategic partnership that will bring facial recognition technology to dairy farms across the world. The deal includes a minority equity investment from Cargill. Terms were not disclosed.”

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