Edutech Startup URTURN Is Raising $750k To Help Students Graduate

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Eductech startup UR TURN is raising $750k in debt financing with $50k received, per SEC disclosure.

Formed in 2016 by Dr. Angie Eilers based on 25+ years of research, UR TURN provides technology tools that turn the grade book into an automated advisor for students, families and educators navigating middle and high school years:

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Techstars New Farm to Fork Accelerator Is Launching In MSP With Cargill & Ecolab

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Techstars is launching another accelerator in Minnesota next year focused on the tech side of food and agriculture.

Together with two global powerhouses — Cargill and Ecolab — the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator will be formally announced later today by all.

It’s a big win for everyone involved and more fuel for the momentum of Minnesota’s tech community.

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PE Backed HealthTech Firm ABILITY Network Secures $545m Debt Round

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 14, 2017  — ABILITY Network (ABILITY), a leading healthcare information technology company, today announced that it has closed a debt issuance totaling $545 million.

Proceeds will be used to replace existing debt at lower rates and extended maturities, fund cash to the balance sheet for growth and pay a dividend to shareholders. The new debt financing, along with ABILITY’s strong performance, returns leverage ratios to the same level as when Summit Partners and Bain Capital Ventures invested in ABILITY in 2014.”

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Silicon North Stars Launches Crowdfunder To Send TC Students On A Silicon Valley Field Trip

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By Anna Hensel, Venture Beat

“Five years ago, husband and wife Steve and Mary Grove, directors of Google News Lab and Google for Entrepreneurs, respectively, wanted to find a way to use their connections in the tech industry to give back to Steve’s home state of Minnesota.

The pair launched Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit organization that aims to introduce tech to Minnesota high school students — primarily those from minority and underrepresented backgrounds. In concert with Giving Tuesday, the pair has launched a $10,000 crowdfunding campaign to help cover some of the costs of their annual program.”

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TreeHouse Health Backs Another HealthTech Startup: PharmID

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TreeHouse Health, an innovation center designed to invest in emerging healthcare companies and help accelerate their growth, announces an investment in PharmID, Inc., a drug verification solution that effectively and efficiently improves the medication preparation process in hospitals and clinics.”

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A Minneapolis HealthTech Startup With Ties To U of M & Mayo Is Raising $500k

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Minneapolis healthtech startup ProValens is raising $500k of equity investment with $250k of that amount already secured per this SEC disclosure.

The company has licensed IP from the University of Minnesota that is focused on helping patients, providers and care givers find health information and local services. The Mayo Clinic is also tied into things:

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