Twin Cities’ Mayors Ask Stratasys & Proto Labs To Prohibit Gun Printing

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“Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter joined 29 other mayors from cities nationwide in signing a letter Wednesday urging 3D printer manufacturers to prevent their products from making homemade guns. The letter was addressed to leaders of five companies, including two that are headquartered in Minnesota: Maple Plain-based Protolabs and Eden Prairie-based Stratasys.”

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Electronics Recycler Tech Dump Doubles Footprint With New 90k Sq. Ft. Building In St. Paul

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Tech Dump, a Twin Cities based electronics recycler and social enterprise that has been steadily in growth mode since its inception in 2011, has signed a purchase agreement for a 90,000 square foot building at 860 Vandalia Street in St. Paul. This more than doubles their existing square footage and capacity to recycle and refurbish old tech items while providing jobs training.”

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LEGO, Black & Decker Invest $19m Into Minnetonka Plastics Printer

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Evolve Additive Solutions, Inc., whose proprietary Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology will radically improve manufacturing while creating disruptive new business models, today announced the completion of an equity investment of $19M led by the LEGO Brand Group with participation from Stanley Black and Decker Investments and a third undisclosed investor.”

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Starkey Is Bringing AI, Health Tracking, And Translation To Hearing Aids

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Via Twin Cities Business

Starkey Hearing Technologies is set to make noise in the industry with its latest development: a first-of-its-kind hearing aid dubbed Livio AI which features integrated sensors and artificial intelligence. The new device can also track physical activity and cognitive health while the aid is in use.”

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Football Tech Startup GoRout Catches $1M in Seed Financing

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GoRout LLC, a buzzworthy Rochester-based football technology startup that began as a tenant in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, has raised $1 million in a seed financing round and is growing quickly, according to city leaders.

GoRout was founded in 2013 in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator by CEO Mike Rolih. Its communications technology for football teams is like a wearable smartphone: During practices, players sport a shockproof digital display on their forearms, enabling coaches to eliminate huddles and thus maximize their practice time, reduce mistakes and improve communication.”

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Skywater Hopes To Spark Resurgence In U.S. Chipmaking

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Via Axios

“In 2017, with funding from a Minnesota private equity firm, a small startup called SkyWater Technology bought a chip foundry from Cypress Semiconductor in hopes of sparking a resurgence in U.S. chipmaking. Now, with the government pining for more homegrown tech manufacturing, that bet is starting to pay off.”

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Q&A With Minnesota’s Biggest Pre-Revenue Tech Startup, Atavium

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While A is for Atavium, it also stands for ambition.

 
This nascent Minneapolis company is the rare combination of past success meets present vision with cash the barrel; Atavium appears to be Minnesota’s largest pre-revenue tech startup right now in terms of capitalization and headcount.

We connected with technical cofounder and CEO Ed Fiore to hear about their big swing:

A year ago, you announced a big first round of funding, where is the venture at here and now?

From a company perspective, we did our proof of concept and several beta tests — so we have a good idea of where our gaps are and hiring the right people to fill them.

Who are the founders and what’s your current headcount?

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