Minneapolis-Based Digital Product Studio, GoKart Labs, Acquired by West Monroe Partners

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Image result for Gokart labs logoGoKart Labs has served hundreds of clients in the healthcare, financial services, and education industries since it was founded in 2009 by Don Smithmier and A.J. Meyer. Its rapid growth earned the company places on the Inc. 5000 list, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Fast 50, and Minne Inno 50 on Fire. Today it was announced that they would be joining West Monroe Partners. With the acquisition, West Monroe will double their presence in Minneapolis, where the firm has operated since 2013.

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Arcline Investment Management Acquires Specialty Packaging Tooling Manufacturer Pride Engineering

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MINNEAPOLISAug. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Arcline Investment Management (“Arcline”), a growth-oriented private equity firm with $1.5 billion of capital under management, today announced that it has acquired Pride Engineering, LLC (“Pride” or “the Company”) from May River Capital.  Pride is anticipated to be the first of several acquisitions as Arcline builds a specialty tooling platform across numerous industries.

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Jamf Acquires Digita Security to Gain Native Mac Security

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Image result for Jamf logoJamf has been widely known as an enterprise Mac deployment and management tool company, but it has been looking for ways to expand beyond those core capabilities. One thing it heard from customers was that there was a dearth of native Mac security tools. It checked that box today, announcing it has acquired Digita Security, a startup with a native Mac security suite. The two companies did not reveal the purchase price.”

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Agiliti Acquires Zetta Medical Technologies

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Agiliti, Inc. (“Agiliti”), a leading, nationwide provider of healthcare technology management and service solutions, today announced it has acquired Zetta Medical Technologies, LLC (“Zetta”), a provider of medical imaging equipment services and parts, based in Lake Zurich, Ill.”

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Sansoro Health and Datica Announce Merger

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Image result for datica logo“Minneapolis, MN – June 26, 2019 – Sansoro Health, Inc. and Datica Health, LLC. announced today they have merged, offering a self-service platform for securing cloud-based applications and integrating patient data from multiple sources. The combined entity retains the Datica name and is headquartered in Minneapolis. Jeremy E. Pierotti, previous CEO and co-founder of Sansoro Health, will assume the role of CEO. Travis Good, MD, previous Datica CEO and co-founder, will serve as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).”

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UnitedHealth Group acquires PatientsLikeMe

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UnitedHealth Group has acquired online patient community portal PatientsLikeMe as of June 19, according to an announcement sent out via email to members of the latter’s DigitalMe study this afternoon. The announcement explains that as part of the acquisition, the startup will now become part of UnitedHealth Group’s research arm that focuses on healthcare improvements and innovation.”

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Minnesota Edutech Startup Fastbridge Learning Bought By Illuminate Education

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Illuminate Education, the leading K-12 student performance system, has acquired FastBridge Learning, a research-driven assessment platform that transforms the way teachers measure and monitor student progress. Together, the companies comprise educator-driven Illuminate Education. The company provides effective formative assessments and assessment platforms, data that informs instruction, and the ability for educators to build strong systems of support within their districts.”

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UnitedHealth To Buy Healthcare Payments Firm Equian For ~$3.2b

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“UnitedHealth has agreed to buy health-care payments firm Equian from its private-equity owner New Mountain Capital for about $3.2 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The sale to the U.S. health insurer is the culmination of a months-long auction process, WSJ said.”

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26 Letters Acquires Hack The Gap

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“We are excited to announce that 26 Letters has acquired Hack the Gap! We couldn’t be happier about 26 Letters being our new home. One of our main goals in creating Hack the Gap was designing a space for women and non-binary folks to step out of the mainstream tech culture and hack together. We imagined this space to be free of the micro aggressions that women, non-binary, transgender folks, and BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) face in tech everyday. A place to step out and connect with others and realize, “wow, I’m not alone.” An oasis. A reset. A community of people with similar experiences in tech to connect with each other.”

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