You Gotta Believe: Lunar Startups’ Danielle Steer on the Importance of Community Support, Cohort 3

by Valerie Lockhart

Lunar Startups - Cohort 3Applications are currently being accepted for Lunar Startups’ Cohort 3. There are roughly 50 applications already submitted, another 20 in the process, and the accelerator is looking for even more. The organization’s goal is to choose 15 of at least 100 applications to move forward into the official cohort. Once accepted, the startups will begin to receive a number of benefits, including funding, training, access to experts and mentors, and regular boosts to their organizational confidence. We touched base with Danielle Steer, managing director, for a little insight into what makes a great Cohort 3 candidate and why supporting early-stage ideas in the community is so important.

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Launch Minnesota: Cultivating Capital, Talent, and Culture in 2020

by Valerie Lockhart

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Launch Minnesota Coffee and Conversation event December 2019

This week, Launch Minnesota hosted a “Coffee and Conversation” event at its new space in Osborn370 in downtown St. Paul. We caught up with Neela Mollgaard, executive director, for an update on how the first quarter has gone and what’s coming up for Launch Minnesota in 2020.

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2019 Pioneer Women in Tech Awards Recap

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2019 Pioneer Women in Tech

Last week, Minnesota Women in Tech (MNWiT) celebrated three Pioneer Women in Tech during an event at Code42. These pioneers are all working diligently in their day-to-day to ensure that women from all backgrounds and abilities are able to find their way in the Minnesota tech landscape. Here’s a brief look at what makes them exceptional members of our community.

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Weekly Events Roundup – December 15

by Valerie Lockhart

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TECHdotMN EventsMonday is almost here, and it’s time to check the events calendar for what’s happening this week in MN Tech!

Tuesday, December 17th, the morning begins with Coffee and Conversation – Launch Minnesota. Get to know a little more about the program, the available funding, and the new Directors.

Later in the day, check out a great panel discussion with Founder Friendly Ways to Get Started. Featuring Rob Walling of TinySeed and host of the “Startups for the Rest of Us” podcast, as well as a crew of panelists with incredible backgrounds from across the MN Founder scene. It’s sure to be an enlightening discussion.

Wednesday, December 18th, the ladies from The Coven bring you Make it Werk: The Coven, which will highlight their journey to incredible success, just days before the opening of their new St. Paul location!

Thursday, December 19th, Prime Academy hosts a discussion with Thomas Kline. He will cover “How to Design, Develop, and Implement Solutions” in order to have better outcomes and relationships with your customers.

If you know of any events that just should not be missed, please take a moment to add them to our weekly calendar.

Have a magnificent week!

MN App Aims to Freshen Up Date Night With Curated Experiences

by Valerie Lockhart

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A little over two years ago, Austin Bohlig was looking for someone to go golfing with. He wasn’t necessarily looking for a date, just to connect with a like-minded person who wanted to go out and do the same kinds of things that he enjoyed. All of the dating apps he tried weren’t giving him the outcomes that he wanted, so he did what any other tech-focused, entrepreneurial-minded individual would do — he decided to create his own. “Let’s Go: Find New Experiences” launched in April of 2018 and is now available for both Android and iOS.

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Weekly Events Roundup – December 2

by Valerie Lockhart

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TECHdotMN EventsAnother week is upon us, and that means there are new tech events to attend!
Looking at the calendar this week, we found a few you should know about…

Thursday, December 5th, Cloud Native and Kubernetes Minneapolis is hosting the KubeCon 2019 review and happy hour at the Microsoft offices in Edina. KubeCon 2019 just wrapped up in San Diego, so the crew invites you to spend the evening reviewing significant announcements and trends emerging from the event.

That same evening, General Assembly, a newcomer to the North Loop of Minneapolis, is hosting “Hustle + Hang.” Side hustling is all about the hustle, and you shouldn’t have to do that alone. If you have a question, problem, or hiccup, someone else probably has too! Join us to connect with folks hustling just like you are.

Saturday, December 7th, there’s an event for the youngsters in your life. CoderDojo Twin Cities is hosting an event at Minneapolis College from 1:30-3:30pm. This event welcomes all interested kids ages 8 to 17 and will work proactively to eliminate gender and socioeconomic barriers to computer science by providing a no-cost way for young people to experience programming early—and have fun doing it!

Next Monday, December 9th, MinneAnalytics will host FastCon: The Food, Ag, + Supply Chain in Tech Conference. This free, all day event will explore the lastest topics in these industries with over 40 speakers, and will be held at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Registration is open now.

If you know of any events that just should not be missed, please take a moment to add them to our weekly calendar.

Have a great week!

It is Time to Celebrate MN Women in Tech

by Valerie Lockhart

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Pioneer Women in Tech Awards2019 is drawing to a close, and it is time to reflect on the last twelve months (and decade, for that matter) to remember what we are thankful for, what we need to focus on in the coming new year, and to spend some quality time with our beloved friends and family. And for the community group Minnesota Women in Tech, it is also time to put the finishing touches on plans for the third annual MN Pioneer Women in Tech Awards.
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