Minnesota High Tech Association Names Lisa Schlosser Interim President

The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) announced today that Lisa Schlosser will serve as interim president. Margaret Anderson Kelliher, MHTA president from January 2011 until recently, has been appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz as the next Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  Schlosser will lead the association while the MHTA board of directors conducts a thorough and extensive search for a long-term replacement.

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January 7, 2019 | No Comments ›

Are you ready for an advisory board?

By Rachel Polson, partner at Baker Tilly and MHTF board member

As a startup, you’ve probably received lots of advice, best practices and “lessons from the trenches” from different people. You may have heard that leveraging mentors or other successful industry professionals can be helpful for guidance and for providing you with additional experience. One way I’ve seen companies leverage others’ experiences is by forming an advisory board to tap into the talent of seasoned business professionals.

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January 6, 2019 | No Comments ›

A message from Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Margaret Anderson KelliherAs many of you read recently, 2019 started out with a big change for me.  I am leaving the Minnesota High Tech Association to become the next commissioner of transportation and lead the agency most of us know as MnDOT.   I want to thank you for your energy and ideas during my time at MHTA.

When I started 8 years ago, our economy was working its way out of the great recession.  It was clear building our science and technology workforce would be our greatest challenge.  Too often, people were getting the wrong message about their place in our innovation economy.

Together, we built Minnesota’s leading STEM internship program called SciTechsperience placing more than 1300 interns at small businesses in every corner of our state. MHTA helped multiple startups and existing companies through the MN-SBIR program. And Women Leading in Technology became one of our fastest growing programs with a mission to educate and empower more women in technology.

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January 6, 2019 | No Comments ›

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:  



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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


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