Code Ninjas Opens In Eagan Today

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Code Ninjas, the fastest growing franchise in the United States, is opening in Eagan on July 9, 2018, with additional locations soon to follow in Woodbury and Apple Valley.

Using an engaging game-based curriculum that emphasizes teamwork, logic, math and problem solving, Code Ninjas teaches kids ages 7 to 14 to code (also known as computer programming).”

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10 Questions With Flipgrid CEO Jim Leslie On The Microsoft Acquisition

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Microsoft’s education division announced yesterday the acquisition of Minneapolis’ own edutech startup Flipgrid.

Charles Miller created Flipgrid with the help of Bradford Hosack inside the University of Minnesota’s Learning Technologies Media Lab in 2012.

In 2015, Miller united with CEO Jim Leslie and director Phil Soran to spin Flipgrid out of the University (originally called Vidku).  Together, they achieved an unusually large and fast fundraise to the tune of “$17 million in 17 days,” as the story goes.

After some time in market, Flipgrid made a deliberate decision that would yield the type of traction necessary to reach meaningful scale: pulling out of the enterprise video market and returning to its classroom collaboration roots.

In the 12-24 months that followed, the fledgling venture matured from some 30k users to 20 million Pre-K – PhD educators, students and families spanning 180 countries around the world.  We asked Leslie 10 relevant questions regarding the Microsoft milestone:

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Edutech Collaborative TIES Is Winding Down Operations

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By Frederick Melo, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“A 50-year-old technology collaborative that trains K-12 teachers and school staff is selling its two buildings at the corner of Snelling and Larpenteur avenues in Falcon Heights, near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

More than 45 member school districts associated with Technology and Information Education Services, or TIES, voted in January to end their ownership of the organization, citing competitive pressure from other education-technology groups.”

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Local Startup Kaleidoscope Creates Scholarship Platform For Students And Brands

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By Anne Field , Forbes Contributor

“Struggling to make ends meet after his father was diagnosed with ALS, Greg Dehn’s family couldn’t afford to pay for his college tuition. So he applied to over 100 scholarship programs, eventually landing eight different ones that allowed him to attend and graduate from Colorado College in 1998. He later got an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Last year, Dehn started a company to return the favor. Called Kaleidoscope Group, the Minneapolis-based startup has a platform on which students can find and apply for private scholarships offered by companies and other organizations.”

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A Deep Dive With Reflecton Sciences New CEO Shelstad

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Last month, University of Minnesota tech transfer startup Reflection Sciences officially named Jeff Shelstad as the company’s CEO.

With approximately ~$700k in funding and paying clients, this edutech venture is just getting up and running; we connected with him to hear more from the source:

When and how did you come across Reflection Sciences?

I moved back to my native Minnesota from New Jersey in 2014 to take a job with Capella University.

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Code Ninjas Is Opening In Minnesota To Teach Kids Coding And Robotics

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By Dan DeBaun, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

Code Ninjas, a franchise that teaches youth coding and robotics, is starting to open locations in the Twin Cities. The first Minnesota Code Ninjas will open in Edina on Saturday at 3016 W. 66th St. (a former Subway restaurant), said Jon Blood, a local Code Ninjas franchisee.”

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Edutech Startup Reflection Sciences Names Former Capella Exec Jeff Shelstad CEO

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“MINNEAPOLIS – April 18, 2018 – PRLog — Reflection Sciences Inc. announced today that it has appointed Jeff Shelstad as the company’s chief executive officer, succeeding co-founder Stephanie Carlson, who will move into the chief science officer role for the company. Shelstad was most recently vice president and general manager at Capella University.”

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