MESA Rolls Out ‘Seed’ For Mentorship of Early Stage Tech Startups

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MESAMinnesota Emerging Software Advisory — aka MESA –is rolling out ‘Seed’ to augment their C-level mentorship model with a new pathway for local tech startups seeking guidance from others who may have been there before.

As formed in 2009, MESA’s missions is to “make Minnesota’s software community among the most vibrant by providing C-level mentoring for CEOs of emerging software companies.”

Since then, MESA has grown to 21 mentors, engaged with over unique 30 companies and graduated 13 to date.

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32 High School Women Honored For Annual Aspirations in Computing Awards

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Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 1.10.06 PM“SAINT PAUL (February 2017) – Advance IT Minnesota, the high-tech Center of Excellence in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, today announced the names of 32 high school students selected as winners and honorable mentions in the fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (AiC). The awards program honors young women in grades 9-12 for their computing-related achievements and interests in technology, and was started to support and encourage young women to pursue careers in technology.”

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Minnesota’s ‘Right To Repair’ Bill Would Upend Tech Giants’ Monopoly

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monopoly-man-eric-garland-lZoh03-clipartBy Taylor Danz, CityPages

“If Amanda LaGrange’s Toyota 4Runner needs service, she can take it down the street to an independent repair shop at a fraction of the cost of going to a dealership.

The same isn’t true for an iPhone. Or a PC. Or an old television. For LaGrange, the CEO of Tech Dump, a nonprofit that repairs and recycles old electronics, this is a problem.”

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Macalester Receives $50k Grant For Student Startup Internship

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“St. Paul, Minn. – Macalester has received a grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to support summer internship opportunities for students interested in early stage startups in the Twin Cities.

The project, entitled “Into Action: Entrepreneurship at Macalester College,” will be overseen by Kate Ryan Reiling ’00, Entrepreneur in Residence, and Michael Porter, Director of the Internship Program.”

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Minnesota Elementary School Program Introduces Girls to Coding

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By Gretchen Zampogna, Plymouth Magazine

Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 6.24.49 PM“The share of women in the United States computing industry is less than 25 percent and shrinking. But Plymouth resident Kris Haagenson, a technology integration specialist for Robbinsdale Area Schools, is doing her part to counteract that trend.

Last year, Haagenson attended a Code.org training focused on getting girls into computer science. The training got her excited about introducing girls to coding — but “time is your enemy” in schools, Haagenson says. So she had a brainstorm: use recess time.”

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GeekSquad Academy Seeks Tech Camp Partners In Minnesota

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Geek Squad Academy, a Best Buy signature community outreach program, is now accepting applications from nonprofits, schools, libraries and other community groups to host free two-day tech camps for youth this year.  Together, we’ll teach thousands of additional kids across the country the tech skills they need to inspire future education and career choices.”

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CaringBridge Founder Sona Mehring Will Retire This Year

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By Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune

Sona-Mehring-PhotoSona Mehring, founder of CaringBridge, will retire from the social network she created that hundreds of thousands of people have used to convey their journeys through health troubles and triumphs.

Mehring started the Eagan-based nonprofit organization 20 years ago to help friends share information about a premature baby. Predating Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, CaringBridge is now widely seen as a positive space online for people to gather, communicate and coordinate the care of people they love.”

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Nominations Open For 2017 Dot.Org Awards

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screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-11-03-22-am“ST. PAUL, MINN – The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Dot.Org Awards in the areas of Creative Campaign, Program Delivery and Website Redesign. The awards, presented since 2007, recognize Minnesota nonprofit organizations that are utilizing technology in innovative, inspiring ways to advance their missions and connect with the communities they serve.”

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How MinneAnalytics Reinvests Into The Local Tech Community

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MinneAnalytics is proud to to announce the recipients of two scholarships created for Minnesota’s next generation of data scientists and analytics professionals. The 2016 Scholars for Big Data, Analytics and Data Science are Bailey Perry of University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Daniel Peters of University of Minnesota, Duluth.”

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Best Buy Doubles Down On Community Reinvestment

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“MINNEAPOLIS — More of the nation’s underserved teens will have access to free technology tools and training as Best Buy today announces plans to add nine new Best Buy Teen Tech Centers to its year-round support network in 2017. The announcement was made just as the company officially opens its newest Teen Tech Center in Denver, Colorado today.”

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