Minnesota Tech Funding Report Q3 2017: 42 Ventures Raised ~ $59 Million

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dundee research underwriterAt least 42 different Minnesota tech ventures received a combined ~$59m of investment capital during the third quarter of 2017 according to information collected and analyzed from July 1 – Sept. 30, 2017.

This research underwritten by Dundee Venture Capital provides our readers with unparalleled transparency into the funding facts that surround Minnesota’s tech industry.

It’s compiled from multiple sources as proxy of local market activity: crowdfunding, incubators/accelerators, angel investments, venture capital, corporate arm and private equity. Consider it a worse case scenario as there are always undisclosed transactions not included; therefore the actual figures are higher, although unknown.

When compared to the prior quarter, +9 companies and -$139m (the Bright Health effect), while YoY 2017 absolutely crushed 2016 Q3.

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MESA’s Minnesota Tech Mentoring Model Keeps Expanding

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MESAThe most qualified advice comes from those who have been there and done it before — nothing less will cut it in business.

It’s that ethos fueling the growth of Minnesota’s Emerging Software Advisory aka MESA as their mentor-to-mentee reinvestment model keeps expanding.

One by one, MESA is spreading throughout the Minnesota startup scene, so we checked in to learn the latest since the launch of “Seed” earlier this year:

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MN Tech Entrepreneur Aims To Connect Refugees With The Global Economy Using Blockchain

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Via Forbes

“Social entrepreneur Hamse Warfa spent three years in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp in the mid-1990s before arriving to the U.S. and making his home in Minneapolis. He has worked on behalf of refugees ever since and now has created BanQu, a new blockchain app for refugees and stateless people who number as many as 65 million worldwide. Ashoka’s Simon Stumpf caught up with Warfa earlier this week to learn more.”

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I’m Hassan Abdullahi, Founder & CEO of GADiiD, And This Is How I Work

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Thanks to CoCo for sponsoring our new How I Work series!

 
GADiiD is a business management software startup focused on the trucking aspects of transportation.  At the helm is Hassan Abdullahi who founded the company and continues to run it.  We spoke with Hassan to learn about his work habits and the way he does it on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

What one word best describes how you work?

Dynamic.

What is your current device/hardware/office setup?

We’re setup so we can all work mobile. Personally, a ThinkPad W550s with docking station and triple 24” monitors. We use zoom, slack and email for communications, Google drive/Onedrive for document sharing and Atlassian products (Jira, Trello & Bitbucket) for most development related work.

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Rochester-Based Ambient Clinical Analytics Goes Global With Meehealth

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Via News Release

Ambient Clinical Analytics announced today that it has signed a Cooperation Agreement with Meehealth (The wholly owned subsidiary company of Bringspring Technologies Co., Ltd, hereinafter referred to as Bringspring Meehealth or Meehealth in Beijing).  Bringspring Meehealth plans to sell Ambient Clinical’s products in China and the companies plan to develop new products for China and the world markets.”

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Beta.MN/Byte: Studioso

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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?

Studioso

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

Studioso is an app that was created to ease student practice frustration and facilitate the lives music educators. It connects music teachers to their students, optimizes student practice, and enables both teacher and student to accurately visualize progress.

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