Solar Flare: Minnesota Leads Nation in Solar Mini-gardens

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Exchange Solar Mini GardensVia MPR News

“Richie Porrazzo can’t keep up with the new crop of solar gardens. ‘This is nuts!’ said Porrazzo, wiping sweat from his sun-baked scalp, as his crew scrambled to build an installation in Dakota County. As they labored in the heat, two gardens next to them were already churning out power. Porrazzo said he would have to finish quickly, because more solar orders are waiting in Woodbury and Farmington. Porrazzo is part of the solar flare in Minnesota, the nation’s leader in solar gardens. The number exploded to 208 in 2018 — more than one-third of the total in the U.S.”

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NW Minnesota County First in State to Use Video Chat for 911 Calls

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An example of a citizen outreach page of Carbyne's video 911 software.

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Later this month, emergency dispatchers in northwestern Minnesota will be able to get a closer glimpse of what’s happening on the other side of the cellphone during a 911 call. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of installing technology that will allow cellphone callers to stream live video and audio to dispatchers when they call 911 for help.

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Conservis and Foundry Debut Ag-tech Hackathon August 8-9

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Image result for conservis logoMINNEAPOLISAug. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Two leading technology companies with experience collaborating on ag-tech solutions are launching a hackathon, Affect the Cause, focused on solving some of the most pressing problems in food and agriculture technology. Foundry and long-time client Conservis will dedicate two days, August 8-9, to form collaborative teams challenged to solve critical issues involving agriculture and food supply.

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TSD Integrates with Zubie to Deliver Advanced Telematics Insights to Rental Car Fleets

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn.July 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — TSD, the industry’s largest rental fleet management software provider, announced its partnership with Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and telematics data insights provider, to give fleet operators a seamless connected car solution.

Through this alliance, TSD’s customers will gain access to Zubie’s full GPS/ geo-fence capabilities, and real-time fuel and odometer readings. These capabilities help TSD customers to save time by expediting routine tasks and improving fleet availability to benefit rental business’ bottom lines.

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gener8tor Graduates Five Startups in 18th Program

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Image result for gener8tor“Minnesota – gener8tor celebrates its eighteenth program during its Premiere Night event in Minneapolis on September 18, 2019, at The Depot. “We had over 800 applicants apply for the 2019 cohort. It was a very competitive group of finalists and ultimately we selected five companies with very different backgrounds,” said Adam Choe, Managing Director of gener8tor Minnesota. “Each of the companies is led by amazing founders tackling big opportunities.” For the past four years, gener8tor has ranked amongst the top accelerators in the United States according to the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project. In the most recent rankings, gener8tor earned “Gold,” putting it amongst the top 15 accelerators in the country. The gener8tor Minnesota 2019 cohort features companies from Costa Rica, Des Moines, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Pittsburgh. One startup in the cohort is led by a female founder, and two are led by founders of color”

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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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Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. Announces Former U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen Joins Board of Directors

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ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI®) (NASDAQ: CSII), a medical device company developing and commercializing innovative interventional treatment systems for patients with peripheral and coronary artery disease, today announced the addition of independent board member Erik Paulsen. He replaces director Scott Bartos, who is retiring from the board after seven years of service. The CSI board continues to have seven directors, six of whom are independent.”

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Experiential Electronics Retailer b8ta To Open Mall of America Store

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Experiential Electronics Retailer b8ta To Open Mall of America Store

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“Experiential retailer b8ta later this year plans to open its first Minnesota location at the Mall of America. Much like Apple’s retail locations, b8ta’s stores allow consumers to test out a variety of tech products before making a purchase. b8ta operates a “retail-as-a-service” model, where outside tech companies place their products in the retailer’s stores.”

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Mayo Clinic, Boston Scientific Teaming Up on Med-tech Accelerator

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Via Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Mayo Clinic and Boston Scientific Corp. on Monday will announce the formation of Motion Medical, a med-tech accelerator based near Mayo’s headquarters campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

In a statement, the organizations said Motion Medical would focus on development of new medical technology and minimally invasive treatments. The 1,800-square-foot facility will be located in One Discovery Square, the life-sciences research building that’s a key part of Rochester’s multibillion-dollar Destination Medical Center project.”

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Disruptive Payment Solution Sezzle Completes Initial Public Offering On Australian Exchange

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Sezzle“MINNEAPOLISJuly 30, 2019 /CNW/ — Sezzle, Inc. (ASX: SZL), the highest consumer-rated interest-free installment payment solution, today announced it is now a publicly-traded company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The capital raised will fund Sezzle’s continued focus on identifying and capturing future growth opportunities through the expansion of Sezzle’s retail merchant base and product offering, including funding for product development and engineering, sales and marketing, data sciences, merchant and customer support, and general administration.”

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