Building Automation Startup 75F Ties for First Place in GreenBiz VERGE Accelerate

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“BURNSVILLE, Minn., Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — After a video submission, crowd-sourced voting and a judge review process, 75F was chosen as one of 14 finalists to take the stage in the Accelerate Pitch at the GreenBiz VERGE Conference in Silicon Valley. The attendees and live-streaming global audience voted for 75F to take first place (in a tie) at the Accelerate pitch event on Sept. 20th. View the 75F Accelerate presentation.”

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IoT Startup Veriaware Partners With St. Paul Police Department On Vitals App

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“The St. Paul Police Department has scheduled a Thursday afternoon news conference to kick off a new partnership with Vitals – a cutting edge resource created to help law enforcement officers and first responders save lives.

Vitals is a new technology, a platform with two apps, designed to create safer interactions between law enforcement and people with behavioral, mental health and developmental disorders. A first of its kind, the Vitals first responder App, is a non-intrusive, real-time resource developed as a way to enhance policing, give families of vulnerable individuals more peace of mind and improve the quality of life for people living with “invisible” disabilities.”

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Minneapolis IoT Firm Logic PD Secures $9m Debt Funding

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“MINNEAPOLIS (August 15, 2017) – Logic PD, an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Product Development solutions company for the connected digital world, announced it has reached an agreement on a new $9 million senior credit facility with MB Business Capital, a division of MB Financial Bank, N.A. MB Business Capital’s credit facility will be used to fund Logic PD’s working capital needs.”

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Minnesota Startup KnectIQ Partners With The University of Illinois On IoT Security

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“University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and KnectIQ entered into an agreement to bring enhanced cyber security solutions to the marketplace, including leveraging KnectIQ’s novel authentication technology and the University’s Coordinated Science Laboratory’s (CSL) intrusion detection and intrusion protection systems (IDS/IPS) technology.”

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AT&T Investing Up To $200m Into Minneapolis VC Coral Group

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“DALLAS, July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* has committed to investing up to $200 million in a venture capital fund [Coral Group] as part of its ongoing effort to develop solutions to the toughest technology challenges. AT&T will work with Coral’s Communications Industry Platform (CIP) team to identify and invest in start-up companies focused on connected services and platforms. “

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Beta.MN / Byte: ControlBright

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Beta.MN/ Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions and published in collaboration with Beta.MN for the early-stage founders between idea and execution.

 
What is the name of the company and/or product?

ControlBright

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

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Eden Prairie’s Parallel Technologies Buys Omaha Automation Firm BSS

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“MINNEAPOLIS – June 19, 2017 – Parallel Technologies, an industry-leading reliable data center and intelligent building solutions company, today announced the acquisition of Omaha, Nebraska-based Building Systems Solutions (BSS). The privately-held company specializing in Building Automation Controls & Energy Management solutions was purchased for an undisclosed amount. The company’s 11 employees will continue to work out of an office in Omaha.”

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St. Paul-Based Lab651 & Keystone Automation Form Joint IoT Venture

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Two St. Paul firms, Lab651 and Keystone  Automation, have joined forces on the co-creation of a new industrial internet of things (IIoT) signaling device for small and midsize facilities to measure change.

Called Praeco, it provides ongoing monitoring and real-time updates for various types of machinery and equipment sensors within the environment, configured to generate a simple text message or email alert whenever a certain state or threshold changes.

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Beta.MN / Byte: Chicken Scoop

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Our product is called the Chicken Scoop.

What distinct problem does this solve for who and how does this create value for them?

We connect people to chicken coops and backyards through an innovative (and hilarious) chicken leaderboard with monitoring and alerting. The Chicken Scoop brings the joys of chicken ownership to you while helping you manage your flock, identify high/low performers and isolate specific behaviors by bird. As we grow, we will provide concrete metrics on chicken and flock productivity by region, species and age while keeping it fun and engaging.

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