10 09, 2019

Minneapolis-based Vensana Unveils $225 Million Venture Capital Fund 

By |2019-09-10T09:51:14+00:00September 10th, 2019|Minnesota, New Fund Announcement, Venture Capital|0 Comments

Vensana Capital, a venture capital firm focused on medical technology, on Wednesday announced its first venture capital fund. Known as Vensana Capital 1, the $225 million fund has received financial backing from a range of investing institutions, including public pensions, university endowments, foundations, and health systems, Vensana officials said in a news release. Investment interest [...]

19 02, 2019

University of Minnesota adds business incubator to help researchers start companies – StarTribune.com

By |2019-02-19T15:54:10+00:00February 19th, 2019|Accelerator/incubator, Minnesota|0 Comments

The University of Minnesota on Monday formally launched a program to help its researchers start businesses and build a bridge between grant funding and outside investment. The university's Venture Center developed the program, called Discovery Launchpad, as a response to what many innovators in educational institutions call the "valley of death" — the time between when [...]

17 10, 2018

University of Minnesota students take on startup investing with Atland Ventures – Minneapolis

By |2018-10-17T08:31:39+00:00October 17th, 2018|Minnesota, Student Funds|0 Comments

With no class to take on venture capital investing, some University of Minnesota students decided to start doing deals instead. About two years ago, a group of business students quietly launched what became Atland Ventures, a VC fund with about $150,000 in capital under management. An alumnus who wished to remain anonymous provided the group [...]

13 06, 2018

Twin Cities to host first summit connecting university tech and startup funds with industry and investors

By |2018-06-13T06:33:58+00:00June 13th, 2018|Accelerator/incubator, Gap support programs, Minnesota, Proof of Concept (POC) Fund, Startup Fund|0 Comments

The Twin Cities will host the first gathering focused on connecting university tech and startup funds with innovative companies and early-stage investors. COvergence, scheduled for July 11th, is aimed at jump starting conversation around active university proof of concept, startup, and venture gap funds and accelerators that will lead to greater collaboration to advance innovation from the lab to the marketplace.

10 05, 2018

University of Minnesota MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures graduate fellows announced

By |2018-05-10T15:24:25+00:00May 10th, 2018|Minnesota, State or Government|0 Comments

Eight graduate students who are working toward their master’s or doctoral degree from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS); the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM); and the School of Public Health (SPH) were recently awarded fellowships from Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) for the 2018-2019 school year. The world’s population is expected to [...]

8 02, 2018

Rochester ED $5 million fund supports start-up companies 

By |2018-02-08T17:20:00+00:00February 8th, 2018|Minnesota, State or Government|0 Comments

For the past five years, the Rochester Economic Development Fund has been striving to create new local jobs by financing business start-ups, like GoRout and Vyraid. The fund, financed with $5 million of local-option sales-tax dollars, has doled out more than $2.5 million in loans, investments and grants to 15 early stage companies and business [...]

21 12, 2017

Techstars launches Minnesota accelerator for agriculture and food startups 

By |2017-12-21T15:37:13+00:00December 21st, 2017|Accelerator/incubator, Minnesota|0 Comments

International startup accelerator Techstars announced today that it is launching a new ag tech accelerator in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Called the Farm-to-Fork Accelerator, the program will be managed by Brett Brohl, previously an entrepreneur in resident at Techstar’s Retail Accelerator, also based in Minnesota. Cargill and Ecolab, some of the largest players in the ag tech [...]

28 11, 2017

U of Minnesota Spin-off Vigilant Diagnostics Wraps Seed Round with Chinese Investment

By |2017-11-28T14:01:30+00:00November 28th, 2017|Minnesota, Venture Capital|0 Comments

A University of Minnesota medical technology spin-off firm seeking to significantly improve the sensitivity and speed of infectious disease detection says it has tapped a Chinese investor to complete a seed financing round in addition to landing a $300,000 National Institute of Health commercialization grant. Vigilant Diagnostics LLC, co-founded in 2014 by U of M [...]

17 08, 2017

U of Minnesota Venture Center launches record 18 startup companies in FY17 

By |2017-08-17T13:34:15+00:00August 17th, 2017|Minnesota, Venture Fund|0 Comments

The University of Minnesota announced today that it launched a record 18 startup companies over the past year based on discoveries and inventions by its researchers. Launching new companies through the Office for Technology Commercialization’s Venture Center is one of the primary ways the University brings cutting-edge research beyond the lab and into the marketplace. [...]

14 04, 2016

Can An Investment Fund Make Minnesota A Medtech Mecca?

By |2016-04-14T12:01:00+00:00April 14th, 2016|Minnesota, State or Government|0 Comments

If Minnesota really wants to realize its long-held dream of becoming a national hub for medtech and biotech research and to benefit from the high-paying jobs that could spawn, it needs a well-funded, long-range commitment from the state -- and what better time to do that than with a $900 million budget surplus in hand? [...]