One minute you’re browsing the web in search of new homegrown tech and the next thing you find yourself in a Kickstarter rabbit hole. From widgets to wearables, it turns out there’s at least seven Minnesota tech projects live on Kickstarter’s crowdfunding platform right now. Here they are:
Location: CoCo – Downtown Minneapolis
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“Minneapolis, MN, November 09, 2017 –(PR.com)– RxFunction announces it has appointed Thomas Morizio as Chief Executive Officer of RxFunction, Inc., manufacturer of walkasins® – the first Wearable Sensory Prosthesis (WSP™) to help improve balance in patients who experience gait and balance problems due to peripheral neuropathy.”
By Richard Chin, Star Tribune
“St. Paul inventor Brian Krohn has developed brain surgery tools, pioneered biodiesel innovations and briefed members of Congress on how to turn waste oils into energy. But the young serial entrepreneur with some impressive academic credentials also does lots of not-so-serious stuff, like an analysis of the safest place to survive a zombie apocalypse (answer: Borneo).”
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“St. Paul, Minn. – 110 Macalester students making up 21 teams will work more than 24 hours non-stop during Macalester’s sixth Macathon, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 10, and ending at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 11. Macalester students will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity for feedback from successful alumni entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors. No preparation work is allowed. Everything for the competition must be produced within the 24-hour period.”
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“QFO Labs, a drone technology licensing firm, announced today it is seeking an injunction in Federal Court (Minnesota District) to protect its patents for handheld “tilt-to-fly” control technology it began developing in Minnesota more than 15 years ago. It seeks to stop the sale of consumer drone products manufactured by France-based Parrot SA at three major retailers that have a presence in Minnesota: Best Buy, Target, and Amazon.”
By Ben Schiller, Fast Company
“Clarence Bethea doesn’t have the standard background for a tech entrepreneur. He didn’t go to Stanford or drop out of Harvard like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates. He doesn’t live in San Francisco or Boston. He’s black. And his childhood wasn’t easy: His dad used to come home drunk or high at night and beat his mom, right in front of him.”