Registration is open and the full agenda is available for this year’s signature event for Minnesota’s entrepreneurs and investors, to be held on Wednesday, October 1 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference (now in its 28th year) has become one of the strongest such conferences in the country, with over $3.9 billion in capital raised by past conference presenting companies and over 400 attending each year.
Minnesota’s Premier Event for Entrepreneurs & Investors on October 1
DataBank appoints Chief Technology Officer
MHTA- DataBank Holdings, Ltd., a leading super-regional data center colocation and managed services provider, has announced the appointment of Bryan Porter as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Mr. Porter will direct all aspects of DataBank’s engineering and product development.
U of M drops VC plan in favor of seed-investment program
MHTA – The University of Minnesota has launched a first-of-its kind seed-investment program, the Discovery Capital Investment Program, to accelerate the transfer of university technology to the market by providing early-stage funding to startup companies based on university-discovered technology and innovation.
Group studies IT apprenticeship program
MHTA – A group of Minnesota technology employers has begun working with state labor and educational officials on an IT apprenticeship program called PIPELINE Project. The effort is being coordinated through the Minnesota Department of Labor with similar apprenticeship programs being designed in advanced manufacturing, health care and agriculture.
U of M launches record number of startups
MHTA – The University of Minnesota announced it launched a record 15 startup companies based on discoveries and inventions by its researchers during the past year. These companies, which top the previous record of 14 companies in fiscal 2013, demonstrate the university’s commitment to bringing revolutionary discoveries to the market in key industries including medical technology and the environment.