Making Connections with MN High Tech: a Tekne Success Story
The Minnesota High Tech Association makes connections, and this story is a great success story of connections made at last year’s Tekne Awards.
It’s the story of how Ilhan Dahir, an Augsburg computer science major and recipient of a Minnesota High Tech Foundation scholarship, made a connection with Unisys executives who are long-time foundation supporters that lead to Ilhan landing an internship – and now a full-time job – at Unisys as Associate Systems Engineer
Make your connections at the Teknes. Join us for the 2018 Tekne Awards ceremony on Thursday, November 29. More info and registration: TekneAwards.org
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MN High Tech Success Story: Sentera Flies High in Ag Tech
2018 has been a high-flying year for Sentera, maker of precision sensors, drones, software and IoT solutions used in the agriculture industry to increase farm yields and decrease environmental impacts. “We have had our biggest year of growth in dollars and annual growth rate,” Eric Taipale, CEO of Sentera, said. The company, founded in 2014 and based in Richfield, MN, has been adding new employees, reaching new customers, and expanding partnerships with agriculture leaders such as John Deere and Monsanto. In September, Sentera announced it had raised $14 million in Series A funding.
“We’ve reached a tipping point,” Taipale said, where Sentera products are becoming a way of doing business in farming. “When farmers hear about the successes our customers and resellers are talking about, nobody wants to be left behind.”
Taipale gives credit to the Minnesota High Tech Association for adding fuel to Sentera’s success on multiple fronts:
- Connecting Sentera execs with venture capital investors [More info: MnVenture.org]
- Providing opportunities for Sentera to gain visibility in Minnesota’s tech community
- Offering SciTechsperience, an internship program that helped Sentera hire and pay for STEM interns, two of whom are now employees
- Bringing Sentera to the table with state lawmakers as an advocate for small tech businesses.
The cumulative effect has strengthened Sentera’s position within the ag industry and, on a broader basis, as a Minnesota startup success story. Read More ›