It is Time to Celebrate MN Women in Tech

by Valerie Lockhart

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Pioneer Women in Tech Awards2019 is drawing to a close, and it is time to reflect on the last twelve months (and decade, for that matter) to remember what we are thankful for, what we need to focus on in the coming new year, and to spend some quality time with our beloved friends and family. And for the community group Minnesota Women in Tech, it is also time to put the finishing touches on plans for the third annual MN Pioneer Women in Tech Awards.
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New Forge North Council Brings Together Local Leaders to Fuel Growth

by The TECHdotMN Team

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Forge North Leadership Council

Forge North, a strategic initiative of the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region’s economic development partnership, has announced the formation of a new leadership council to help accomplish their ambitious 2030 goal of making the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region the best place for people from every background to start and scale ventures that build wealth by solving global challenges.

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MN Aspirations in Computing Empowers Girls in Tech

by Valerie Lockhart

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MNAiC empowers girls in techEmpowerment is often defined as, “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.” For young girls in our culture, it is sometimes difficult to find the empowerment to embrace their more technical side. But it is getting easier, and this is in big part to the work done by Minnesota Aspirations in Computing (MNAiC).

Organized in 2013, and run through the MN State IT Center of Excellence, MNAiC and its adjacent programs have empowered hundreds of young ladies to embrace their love of tech and pursue schooling and employment in our state’s growing tech industry. They do this through the teaching of in-demand tech skills, providing mentorship and peer support, and connecting students to internship and job-shadow opportunities.
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BETA Seeks New Leadership as Executive Director Reed Robinson Steps Down

by Valerie Lockhart

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Reed Robinson of BETA

With drive and determination, you can accomplish a whole lot in five years. Since the first Twin Cities Startup Week (TCSW) in 2014, BETA has accomplished some incredible feats. Helping over 100 startups come to life through their incubator program, and accelerating TCSW to become the 2nd largest startup week in the world are just two vectors. One of the secrets to BETA’s overall success is co-founder and current Executive Director, Reed Robinson. He has been a major force for good for founders throughout Minnesota, and has worked diligently for the last year and a half, readying BETA to a stable state where it can be passed on to a new leader who can take it and grow even further; And that time is now.

Robinson will be voluntarily stepping back into a Board of Directors position, and BETA will be hiring their next Executive Director to take things to a new level. This will most likely be a lengthy process, and Robinson knows that going in. He will continue to fulfill the ED duties until the right person is found for the position, ensuring that no gaps in services or programming occur.

BETA is just coming off of an incredibly successful startup week, and Robinson hopes to be able to leverage that energy to really identify the people who are passionate about the startup community. “The next Executive Director is going to be someone who is passionate about the startup space, obviously, but they also need to uphold the values of the people we serve — the founders.” Robinson explained that having a deep understanding of the needs and issues that founders face is critical in making sure the programming at BETA is fulfilling and meaningful to the future founders who will come to their programs for assistance. Robinson is confident that the organization is in a good position to be handed off, and that this is a great opportunity for the right person to come in and accept the challenge.

The BETA Board of Directors is considering both internal and external candidates for this role, and are seeking an individual who can double the number of startups served, as well as identify new sources of funding over the next 3-5 years, all while growing and managing a staff to facilitate that growth. Robinson is confident that they will be able to find the right person, and that BETA will continue to successfully serve new founders and the startup community into the future. Anyone interested should read through their job posting, and follow the specific instructions to apply.

The final numbers and metrics from this year’s TCSW are now coming together, and TECHdotMN will be highlighting some of the major takeaways in weeks to come. We want to thank Reed Robinson for his incredible contributions as Executive Director, wish BETA much continued growth and prosperity, and look forward to our continued partnership in community-building.

BETA Startup Showcase: ZenLord Pro

by Valerie Lockhart

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BETA Startup: ZenLord Pro 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 final company in our BETA Startup Showcase series is: ZenLord Pro

ZenLord Pro is a territory based rental management software that provides all the tools a landlord needs to run their rental business in one platform, from marketing vacant units, delegation of showings to local agents, collecting rent, and providing local vendors to schedule maintenance tasks.
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BETA Startup Showcase: Enlight

by Valerie Lockhart

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BETA Startup: Enlight 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: Enlight

Enlight helps teachers better understand their students, so they can provide better differentiated instructions.
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Blacks in Technology Conference (BITcon) Kicks Off Today

by Valerie Lockhart

BITcon Speaker: Steve BuchananToday is the kickoff of the 2nd Annual Blacks in Technology (BIT) Conference, the mission of which is, “setting the standard of cultivating world class technical excellence” and “stomping the divide.” This 4-day, multi-location event is comprised of workshops, panel discussions, lightning talks, startup pitch events, and exhibitor booths, all focused on building up businesses, resources, and networking opportunities for the black community.
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BETA Startup Showcase: 26 Letters

by Valerie Lockhart

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The 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, hard work, and dedication held within each of these startups.

The first startup to be featured is: 26 LettersStartup: 26 Letters Logo

26 Letters uses data and action to leverage diversity and inclusion to increase employee retention, organization outcomes and market awareness. Read More »

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