GT&A Strategic Marketing – Marketing Strategies for Startup Success

Since its founding more than 30 years ago, GT&A has helped build value in more than 200 startups and emerging technology firms, most from the initial concept or launch stage. Two went huge in IPOs. Many, many have had successful exits (acquisitions). GT&A provides marketing & launch strategy, PR, communications, social marketing, and content marketing and development services, primarily to early- and growth-stage tech firms. As founder and principal consultant, Graeme Thickins also helps startups with such issues as messaging, strategy, funding, and industry connections, and he takes equity positions in some of his clients. In addition, he serves as a board member of MinneAnalytics.org, a community and events organization (now 10,000+ people strong). It hosts several large events annually in the Twin Cities. Graeme organizes and hosts “Startup Showcase” sessions at most of these events, which each feature several pitches by data and analytics-related startup founders. Graeme maybe reached at graeme@gtamarketing.com, or follow him on Twitter @graemethickins.

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Brightstone Venture Capital

Brightstone Venture Capital Fund has a long history of building successful companies. Since 1985, Brightstone has managed ten venture partnerships and currently manages a $50 million venture fund focused on early-growth stage investment opportunities.

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Thomas, McNerney & Partners

Thomas, McNerney & Partners is a health care venture firm that invests in life science and medical technology companies at all stages of development. The Thomas, McNerney & Partners team has significant experience in helping entrepreneurs start companies, in providing growth capital to emerging companies and in undertaking restructuring transactions such as spin-outs, roll-ups and recapitalizations.

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Stone Arch Capital

Stone Arch Capital, LLC is a private equity fund based in Minneapolis, MN. Our fund was founded with a commitment to identifying and building value based on patience, discipline and years of experience operating in our core Midwest market. We seek to create shareholder value by forming partnerships with management teams based on trust and integrity. Our presence in the Midwest and collective deal experience position us to identify attractive investment opportunities and to generate superior returns for our investors.

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EntrePartner Law Firm

We believe that entrepreneurs, startups, franchises, and small businesses need a new kind of law firm to navigate a new economy. We believe you don’t need a huge law firm to be a huge success. We believe the size of your legal bill shouldn’t match the size of your passion.

EntrePartner offers legal services with a singular focus in mind: How do we add value to your enterprise? We partner with entrepreneurs, startups, franchises, and small businesses by advising, consulting, negotiating, litigating, and enforcing your big issues and your tiny ones to create, grow, and protect your enterprise.

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MacroVentures

MacroVentures has started, grown, purchased, and sold both product and service oriented companies in a wide range of industries and has also spent time on the Fortune 1000 company side of the table looking at growth opportunities, acquisitions, and their financial implications.

Our team’s functional expertise spans the spectrum including starting up, marketing, public relations, social media, product design, manufacturing, business operations, business growth and driving change, finance, legal issues, procurement, human resources, sales management, preparing for an acquisition, and successfully closing transactions that bring value to all parties involved.

We are dedicated to growth in all that we do, and we are always looking to identify opportunities that fit this mission. Our team has many years of experience in starting, running, and growing businesses and we love the strategy, thrill, excitement and risk that goes into making a business successful. We are always looking for the next great thing, we believe in partnership, openness and transparency, we are skilled at what we do, and if you think like us, we want to hear from you.

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Lemhi Ventures

Lemhi Ventures pursues companies with new approaches to health care services. Our investments are focused on changing the way health care is financed, transactions processed, care delivered, and infrastructure systems made faster, more efficient, and more secure. The Lemhi team has experience across the investment cycle, including success starting, operating, and exiting companies of our own. We understand the uncertainties and risks of breaking new ground and the demands of creating businesses that will last.

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Capital Midwest Fund

Capital Midwest Fund is a venture capital firm that invests in advanced manufacturing, B2B, and healthcare technology companies based in the Midwest.

The fund concentrates on investments where companies have excellent management and technology, and will address significant markets. We look for management with successful previous experience; markets that are established and growing; defensible IP positions; and sustainable competitive advantages.

The principals of the fund are professionals who have operated in the investment banking, investing, and technology industries for many years. They have significant experience in raising money for early-stage companies and sourcing deals. In addition, they have significant experience in assisting management teams prepare viable business plans, evaluate strategic partnerships, and craft lucrative exits.

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3C Capital

3C Capital is an angel investment group headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota. As part of RAIN Source Capital’s RAIN Fund Network, we are able to share prospective deals with the entire network to collectively raise a good portion or all of the capital that a growing company needs.

If you are thinking about expanding your business or would simply like to discuss other options for equity transactions we would like to assist in any way we can.

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Neighborhood Development Center

Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) is a non-profit, community development financial institution (CDFI) that believes in the power, drive and daring of local entrepreneurs to transform lives and revitalize neighborhoods.

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African Development Center of Minnesota

Through workshops and consultations on financial literacy, business development, and home ownership, ADC provides culturally competent services to Minnesota’s African community.

ADC is a leader in micro-lending to small businesses, outperforming even the largest banking institutions in the state of Minnesota. For three years now, ADC has been recognized as the number One small business lender of the City of Minneapolis. With the help of 8 dedicated full-time employees, Executive and Finance Committee and Board of Trustees, ADC provides services in 6 languages to communities throughout Minnesota.

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TreeHouse Health

TreeHouse Health is an innovation center that helps emerging healthcare companies accelerate the growth and development of their business within and innovative and collaborative ecosystem by providing investment and expertise.

TreeHouse Health hosts several public educational events throughout the year focusing on a wide range of topics including corporate finance, CPA and tax support, corporate and tax law, intellectual property, executive placement, HR outsourcing and PEO services, marketing communications, software and application development and commercial real estate.

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Sustainable Investors

Sustainable Investors is a Midwest-based company involved in the acquisition and management of leasehold and easement agreements.  Their primary area of focus is the renewable energy sector including utility-scale wind and solar projects.  They will also consider opportunities in oil, natural gas, pipelines, transmission lines, water, and other segments that involve long-term lease and/or easement agreements with correlating annual payments.

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Technology Venture Partners

Technology Venture Partners, LLC (TVP) is a private investment firm focused on growth-oriented technology companies across all stages. The firm primarily manages an $85 million venture capital fund and is involved in other private and public investment activities.

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SightLine Partners

SightLine partners manages private equity funds that invest
in late stage medical technology companies.

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Omphalos Venture Partners

Omphalos Venture Partners wishes to work with founders and entrepreneurial management teams who aspire to achieve excellence. They are actively seeking investment opportunities in privately held, US based, early stage consumer, healthcare and information technology companies.

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North Sky Capital

North Sky Capital is an independent registered advisory firm founded in 2000 to provide tailored private investment solutions for our investors. They continually assess the investment marketplace to proactively find global opportunities ahead of others while rediscovering and reinvigorating out-of-favor sectors, all with the goal to generate strong returns. To date, their tight-knit team has built more than a dozen innovative funds spanning the full spectrum of private equity and clean energy infrastructure.

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McGowan Capital Group

McGowan Capital Group prefers to invest in early to mid-stage companies throughout the Midwest … within a day’s drive from Sioux Falls. They actively seek businesses with revenues up to $20,000,000 and often take a leadership position in portfolio companies. Each partner has over 25 years experience across a variety of industries, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, banking, energy, manufacturing and private equity. They have served in senior management operating positions for major corporations and collectively managed billions of dollars in investments, assets and transactions.
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LFE Capital

LFE Capital invests in businesses with revenues of $5 to $50 million that need capital to support a plan of rapid growth. Uses of capital include working capital to accelerate growth, acquisitions, and liquidity for shareholders.

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Linn Grove Ventures

Linn Grove Ventures is a venture capital fund focused on technology to feed 9 billion people by 2050. As the world population grows, available land remains similar, and gains in productivity must come from technology. Linn Grove is focused on the Mid-Continent region in the United States and Canada as this innovation economy is home to entrepreneurs and innovative research to best meet this need.

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Coral Capital Management

The Coral Group began as a classic venture capital group. For more than 20 years, they have managed multiple types of funds, including early-stage, late-stage, regional and strategic.

In 2007, they built upon our successes and professional network by adding their second discipline, the Strategic Projects group. And today, the Coral Group has evolved – adding Industry Platforms – combining Venture Capital and Strategic Projects services to build a revolutionary new offering: solving problems for entire industries.

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Cherry Tree Investments

Cherry Tree & Associates (located in Minneapolis, MN) provides investment banking services through their FINRA-licensed broker dealer. Its M&A practice targets successful business leaders and established corporations to creatively build value, and to maximize liquidity opportunities by executing professionally managed transactions. Additionally, our firm raises money for growth companies through institutional private placements, conducts valuations and fairness opinions, and performs strategic advisory services that help companies grow and prosper.

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Arthur Ventures

Arthur Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in ambitious, mission-driven software companies. Their team works in partnership with exceptional entrepreneurs on their journey to market leadership.

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Affinity Capital Management

Affinity Capital Management works with innovative and visionary companies and entrepreneurs to create groundbreaking improvements in health care. From exciting new devices and treatments, to improved and cost effective care, to more efficient and affordable technology systems, Affinity helps to create extraordinary value in health care. Affinity has fully invested and is currently managing its fifth fund, Affinity Ventures V, L.P. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a center of ongoing health care innovation, Affinity has managed over $165 million since its inception in 1993.

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The Network Connect

The Network Connect is a large and growing network of investors, investor groups and funds. They have embarked on a nationwide initiative to connect investors and startup companies seeking early-stage capital.

With an expanding network of preferred service providers and business partners (including business accelerators, regional economic and business development groups), The Network Connect provides businesses with a multitude of other services. The Network Connect helps business people expand their professional networks and supports small business, startups, entrepreneurs and business leaders in all sectors.

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A VC by Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson has been submitting content to his blog about venture capital daily since 2003. The blog has live conversations and integration with Twitter, giving the reader a unique perspective on the world of venture capital.

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City of Saint Paul – Planning and Economic Development

The City of Saint Paul’s Planning and Economic Development staff facilitates a wealth of business programs and services designed to help businesses develop and succeed. These include:

  • Providing financial, technical, and relocation/expansion assistance to start-ups, small-to-Fortune 500 businesses, non-profits, developers and neighborhood groups
  • Collaborating with our partners on economic development initiatives to further stimulate commercial areas and neighborhoods
  • Assisting developers with the redevelopment, rehabilitation, and contamination cleanup of commercial properties

 

Direct Contact:
Marcq Sung
Marcq.sung@ci.stpaul.mn.us
(651) 266-6615

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Gopher Angels

Gopher Angels is a Minnesota-based network of over 60 accredited investors seeking to invest capital and expertise in early-stage MN businesses. Since its founding in 2012, Gopher Angels member investors have invested over $6.5 million in 23 early-stage companies

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MN Angel Tax Credit Program

Minnesota’s Angel Tax Credit provides a 25-percent credit to investors or investment funds that put money into startup companies focused on high technology, new proprietary technology, or a new proprietary product, process or service in specified fields. The maximum credit is $125,000 per person, per year ($250,000 if filing jointly). The credit is refundable. Residents of other states and foreign countries are eligible.

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Versant Ventures

Versant Ventures is a leading healthcare investment firm committed to helping exceptional entrepreneurs build the next generation of great healthcare companies. The firm invests across the healthcare sector and at all stages of company development, with an emphasis on the discovery and development of novel therapeutics. With $1.9 billion under management and offices in North America and Europe, Versant has built a team with deep investment, operating, and scientific expertise that enables a hands-on approach to company building. Since the firm’s founding in 1999, nearly 40 Versant companies have achieved successful acquisitions or IPOs.

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Split Rock Partners

Split Rock Partners is focused on supporting entrepreneurs who are building leading software and cloud-based services companies. We start by developing relationships based on integrity and mutual respect. From that foundation, we work with exceptional management teams to creatively address the challenges of scaling a business. Our decades of experience working with emerging companies have resulted in an approach that is patient, flexible, and adapts to the unique needs of each company. We invest from early revenue generation onward, supporting companies throughout their pursuit of market leadership.

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Sofia Fund

Sofia Angel Fund II understands the exceptional innovation and value that women entrepreneurs bring to technology ventures. The Fund seeks early stage, growth oriented, gender diverse entrepreneurial companies that have women leaders on the management team and who own equity in the business. Companies in the information technology, business products and services, health and wellness, clean technology or other technology areas that have demonstrated a value proposition with their business model and are looking for capital are of interest.

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StarTec Investments

StarTec Investments, LLC is a private venture capital firm founded in 1998 by Joy J. Lindsay and Thomas J. McLeod, Sr. The primary investment focus of StarTec is early stage technology companies in Minnesota.

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Matchstick Ventures

We invest where innovative ideas, huge markets and, most importantly, amazing entrepreneursstrike. We are honored to support creative folks who will stop at nothing to succeed. Matchstick exists to act as a catalyst for our founders, our startups, and our startup community.

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Twin Cities Angels

Twin Cities Angels provides a formal organization for our entrepreneurially-minded angel-investor. Members share interests in: increasing their access to quality deal flow; leveraging their capital with greater investment clout from the combined dollars of the group; leveraging their time and expertise with other experienced members; making better researched and more intelligent investments through high-quality due diligence; increasing their knowledge about and how to make such investments; and socializing among like-minded individuals.

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Minnesota Venture Capital Association

The Minnesota Venture Capital Association is a not-for-profit group comprising members whose primary activity is the management of venture capital funds and investments.

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First Green Partners

First Green Partners is an early-stage investment firm focused on building companies that leverage advances in science and technology applied to agriculture. We pursue opportunities in precision agriculture, crop breeding technologies, environmentally sustainable ag chemicals and fertilizers (especially microbial applications), novel process technologies, and food safety.

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MNvest

MNvest is Minnesota law permitting investment crowdfunding, a new way to fund Minnesota’s growing businesses. Similar to rewards-based crowdfunding sites (like Kickstarter), MNvest will enable Minnesota businesses to legally advertise investment opportunities to all Minnesota residents, providing for wider, cheaper, and faster access to seed funding for entrepreneurs via registered funding portals.

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