BETA Startup Showcase: Mortarr

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BETA Startup: Mortarr 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: Mortarr

Mortarr is an imagery-driven and search-based website and app that serves the commercial construction and design industry as the new source for project inspiration, products, and pros.
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Artist-in-residence Program Launches at REM5 VR Lab

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Girl on VR at REM5REM5 VR Lab is a relatively new entertainment destination in St. Louis Park. But its aim is to provide much more to the community than just virtual gaming. Their mission is to bring high-end, virtual reality technology to the local community. Housed in over 6,000 square feet of amazing industrial modern space, REM5 offers a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience for all ages, experience levels, and interests. The REM5 approach makes premium VR accessible, comfortable, and social. 

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Duffy Ignite Offers App Design Services For An Equity Stake

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By Liz Fedor, Twin Cities Business

“Martin Davis envisions a “less cheesy” version of Shark Tank unfolding soon within the downtown Minneapolis walls of Duffy, the legendary design and branding firm.

Duffy’s CEO uses the Shark Tank analogy to describe a new incubator program called Duffy Ignite. Entrepreneurs will pitch Duffy to secure the company’s services in exchange for equity stakes in their startups.”

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Stratasys 3d Printers Ramp Up Healthcare Applications

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By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

“When twins Lincoln and Nolan Potts were born in November, their heads were perfectly shaped.

By April, it was clear that weeks of lying in cribs and strollers had caused a condition known as flat head syndrome. They’d each require a specially fitted helmet to reshape their skulls over a critical 14-week growth period.”

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Stratasys Spins-Off Bold Machines, A New Product Design Workshop

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“MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced that following the successful incubation, it has spun off its “Bold Machines” unit. The new-product incubation company is run by MakerBot founder, Bre Pettis.”

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Stratasys & Makerbot Eye The Sky With The CubeSat Challenge

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Via Disruptive

“3D printing has been increasingly expanding into the aerospace industry, changing the ways in which products are prototyped and manufactured.

Accordingly, Stratasys along with its subsidiary MakerBot, has just announced the CubeSat Challenge on GrabCAD, which supports the world’s “largest” community of mechanical engineers. The CubeSat Challenge is a chance for the GrabCAD community to leverage 3D printing in ways that will add innovative dimension to the CubeSat, which is a “standard” small research satellite built by universities, aerospace startups and independent makers globally.”

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Minneapolis mom launches DIY website for handmade kids clothing

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“A Twin Cities startup is launching a website that lets consumers create handmade clothes for their kids without sewing a stitch.

Amber Gunn Thomas started Minneapolis-based The Patchery after leaving a marketing career to pursue independent consulting work and spend more time raising her children.”

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