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Making Connections with MN High Tech: a Tekne Success Story

2018.11.Update on Unisys story.Ilhan Dahir

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  

 

 

November 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Making Connections with MN High Tech: a Tekne Success Story

Take MN-IT Advice to Be Cyber Secure

10.24.2018.MN-IT cybersecurity-month

Thanks to our guest post from Minnesota IT Services with great advice on how everyone can take actions to be cyber secure. MN-IT has articles on detecting and defeating email attacks, shopping safely online, creating strong passwords, and keeping your smartphone secure.  Continue Reading ›

October 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Take MN-IT Advice to Be Cyber Secure

MN High Tech Success Story: Sentera Flies High in Ag Tech

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Sentera drone

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.   Continue Reading ›

October 18, 2018 | Comments Off on MN High Tech Success Story: Sentera Flies High in Ag Tech

Blockchain Startups in Spotlight Nov. 7 at MN Venture Conference

Russ Felker, West Monroe Partners

Blockchain is not just a new technology tool, but a new business tool, according to Russ Felker, West Monroe Partners senior architect for mergers and acquisitions. West Monroe Partners consultants, based in Chicago, are deep technical experts, helping clients understand how technology can transform transactions, operations, and customer experiences. Felker will be part of the venture capital panel on blockchain technology, one of the hot tech topics at the Minnesota Venture Conference on Nov. 7.

More info: MnVenture.org or register now.

Felker offers this insight into blockchain entrepreneur startups:

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October 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Blockchain Startups in Spotlight Nov. 7 at MN Venture Conference

Insights on Nov. 7 Minnesota Venture Conference: AI/Data Analytics

Ryan Weber, Great North RESIZED

Artificial intelligence is bringing incredible breakthroughs in automation and other applications, according to Ryan Weber, managing partner and co-founder of Great North Labs, a Minnesota-based venture capital fund focused on helping tech startups in the Upper Midwest. Weber is a panelist for the artificial intelligence/data analytics module at the Minnesota Venture Conference on Nov. 7, 2018.

More info: MnVenture.org or register now.

In this Q&A, Weber provides insight on AI/data analytics for investors:  Continue Reading ›

October 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Insights on Nov. 7 Minnesota Venture Conference: AI/Data Analytics

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