[Videos] The Midwest Capital Call 2016 Panel Sessions

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Midwest-Capital-Call-2016-Logo-ShortLast month, we held the 3rd annual Midwest Capital Call at Worrell Design headquarters in Northeast Minneapolis.

This event was all about the money.  We heard from a total of 23 panelists who all have firsthand experience in either raising money or investing it.

These respective insights are as relevant and timely as it gets:

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Sofia Fund II Oversubscribed With $5.5m For Female Led Startups

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“Today marks a significant achievement in bringing new monies into early stage companies. The Sofia Fund, which invests in women-led, growth companies and is led by a group of experienced investors, has tapped into an investor community passionate about Sofia’s mission”

Investors have responded positively, and voted with their dollars to be a part of the fund. The Sofia Fund II is now closed to investors, oversubscribed, with a total of $5.5M.”

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Video: Piranha Pool Minnebar pitches

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Startup attorney Jeffrey Robbins experimented this weekend at Minnebar with the introduction of ‘Piranha Pool,’ a take on the popular TV show “Shark Tank.” During the 50 minute session, three tech ventures — Elevate Research, FourCubed, Kidizen — had the chance to pitch a panel of judges in front of a live audience for feedback and potential investment:

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On the record with Accelerate MSP CEO Pam York

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PamYorkAccelerateMSPAccelerateMSP has lingered in the shadows for over two years since their Ohio precursor JumpStart failed at introducing a public-private venture development organization (VDO) in Minnesota.

After a year long CEO seach, the wife of an original AccelerateMSP board member was chosen to be the leadership face. The plan of directly investing into startups was scrapped in favor of a $750k annual budget for a “roll-up-your-sleeves approach to mentoring seed-stage companies.”

Local legacy media has attempted to provide insight around AccelerateMSP’s intentions [1][2][3], however absent of any real questions. We sat down with CEO Pam York for an on the record conversation:

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New group to fund up to 10 Twin Cities startups a year

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By Sam Black, Minneapolis – St. Paul Business Journal

“Another new regional nonprofit aimed at funding Twin Cities startups is set to launch next year.

“Accelerate MSP” will attempt to help turn around an “innovation contraction” going on in the Twin Cities, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman told a few hundred people Monday at the second annual Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Economic Development Forum in Minneapolis.”

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StarTec leads on $1.5m in FieldSolutions

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FieldSolutions announced today completion of its first outside investment round of $1.5 million. The investment group is led by StarTec investments whose president, Joy Lindsay, will join the company’s board of directors.

Other investors in the consortium include Invest Northwest LP, L&C Private Equity II LP, and VKO Investors, Inc.”

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Field Solutions CEO,  Mac Lewis, is a also founding partner of  Sherpa Partners — a VC firm started in 2001 with Rick Brimacomb and Steven Pederson.

Video of Angel Investor Tax Credit panel with liveblog and resource links

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via Minnesota High Tech Association

Bright (hot) and early Monday morning, hundreds gathered at the ADC auditorium in Eden Prairie for  a comprehensive panel discussion centered around the recent passage of the Angel Investor Tax Credit.

Commissioned by MHTA and moderated by Joy Lindsay, this insightful event featured personal appearances from Senator Kathy Saltzman and Representative Tim Mahony – two congressional forces that helped shape and pass this monumental legislation.  The panelists, all well-versed on the topic, included: Dan McElroy, John Alexander, Dan Mallin and Jay Hare.

Kudos to the tech entrepreneurs who took advantage of the free admission to gain firsthand knowledge into this beneficial new tool for startups.

Watch the video, find resources and review the liveblog.

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