The Minnesota High Tech Association is inviting innovators in science and technology from across the state to apply for the prestigious Minnesota High Tech Association 2018 Tekne Awards. The application date has been extended to Friday, August 10.
2018 Tekne Awards Due Date Extended to Aug. 10
MN SBIR news: Technological Innovations with Commercial Potential Sought by the US Department of Energy (DOE)
Non-Dilutive Funding up to $1,225,000 over three years to support scientific advances in energy …
An empty chair … to an internship
Get inspired with the story of how Ilhan Dahir, an Augsburg computer science major and recipient of a Minnesota High Tech Foundation scholarship, made a connection with long-time foundation supporters at Unisys that lead to an internship: Click here.
Join us September 13 for our Bids & Bytes Benefit to support the Minnesota High Tech Foundation’s STEM education efforts. Over the past 10 years, our foundation has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to students at 26 different colleges and universities across Minnesota.
MN High Tech Foundation Scholar Succeeds in Multiple Roles
In the Fall of 2017, Gianna Madison had three life-filling roles: full-time student at Dunwoody College, senior technician at RSP Architects, and mother to a 5-year-old.
Then, she took on another role, as a scholar. She was awarded a scholarship from the Minnesota High Tech Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Minnesota High Tech Association. The scholarship helped Gianna continue her education and helped her beyond financial support by giving her inspiration. Continue Reading ›
Entrepreneur Profiles: Sofia Fund on the Fundamentals of Fundability
The burgeoning number of innovative startups in Minnesota’s science and tech community should be attracting more attention from early-stage funders, or angel investors, from across the U.S. and beyond. But for startups to draw more outside capital, says Cathy Connett, CEO and managing partner of Sofia Fund, “We need fundable business models.”
Entrepreneurs need to understand the fundamentals of fundability, says Connett, to know which kind of startups get early-stage funding, and which don’t.
Sofia Fund is a Minnesota-based angel capital fund which invests in high-growth women-led businesses. Connett and her partners have been investing in companies for more than 30 years, either as individuals or as part of the Sofia Fund. Sofia Fund is seeking more, and stronger, opportunities to invest. To achieve that, says Connett, “We’re trying to improve the financial sophistication of women entrepreneurs, to help them understand what investors value.”