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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a16z Podcast

The a16z Podcast discusses trends, news, and the future of a world being shaped by technology, especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next great consumer and enterprise companies. Multiple podcasts are released every week and sometimes on weekends; visit a16z.com for more details.

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Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory

Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory (MESA) is a non-profit mentoring organization comprised of C-level software and information technology veterans with strong local business roots. We have come together to help spark a movement to help make Minnesota’s software economy rank among the most vibrant and respected in the nation. We believe the key to rekindling Minnesota’s once-shining tech star lies in a more basic form of social networking – mentoring, collaboration and connections.

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MinneAnalytics

MinneAnalytics is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving Minnesota’s data science and analytics community. They facilitate the sharing of knowledge and ideas among analytics professionals across business, technology and decision science through their industry-specific events and conferences.

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Simacor IT Consultants – Web Development and .NET development

Simacor has been providing successful IT consultants since 1987 within a variety of industries. Located in Plymouth, MN,  we pride ourselves in employing some of the best talent available in the upper midwest. Our consultants come with the right experience at an affordable price and with stellar client and peer references. We employ 85% of our consultants as full-time salaried professionals which enables our clients to re-utilize proven talent that is familiar with their environment.

Our team of professionals have a proven track record of delivering effective solutions and the expertise to provide you the straight-forward answers you need to face your business and technology challenges.  Our consultants are experienced within the latest technologies and techniques and will offer the right expertise every time when needed.

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Minnesota R&D Tax Credit Program

Companies that engage in certain research and development (R&D) activities in Minnesota may qualify for the Credit for Increasing Research Activities.

The R&D credit is equal to 10 percent of qualifying expenses up to $2 million, and 2.5 percent for expenses above that level. Qualifying expenses are the same as for the federal R&D credit – defined in Section 41 of the Internal Revenue Code – but must be for research done in Minnesota.

Examples include R&D-related wages, supplies and research contracted outside your business. Contributions to qualified nonprofit organizations that make grants to early-stage technology businesses in Minnesota also may qualify.

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Innovation Voucher Pilot Program

This pilot program provides up to $25,000 in financing to help small businesses purchase technical assistance and services necessary to advance research, development or commercialization of new or innovative products and services.

Qualifying companies receive vouchers, which can be redeemed with approved public universities, colleges, technical schools and nonprofits in Minnesota.

Applications No Longer Being Accepted

Funding for this program has been expended and we’re no longer accepting applications. If you want to be notified when more funds become available, contact Brandon Toner at 651-259-7218 or email Brandon.Toner@state.mn.us

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Collectivity

Collectivity is a new technology cooperative, bringing together the power of a diverse set of cloud applications, developers, consulting partners, and shared resources to deliver integrated solutions and services to the $50B a year social service sector. We provide tools and guidance to help foundations and nonprofits build their capacity to deliver on their missions more effectively and efficiently. We aim to accelerate their good work, and make visible the outcomes they produce every day on behalf of the thousands of lives they’re impacting. Superheros solving chronic social problems – creating equity for all.

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MN Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

MN-SBIR assists Minnesota seed, early stage, emerging and existing small businesses to compete and win federal research funding from the $2.5 billion Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs. Research funding is awarded as a grant or a contract depending on the federal agency. Up to $1M or more of non-dilutive funding depending on the agency.

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minne*

minne is the organization behind minnedemo, where live software is demo-ed and everybody in the tech scene comes to network, and minnebar, an annual BarCamp conference where developers, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, and more converge to learn the latest in the tech world.

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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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Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

MHTA is a non-profit association of more than 300 technology companies and organizations. Together, we fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology. Our members include some of the world’s leading corporations, mid-sized companies and startups. We are united behind a common vision to make Minnesota one of the country’s top five technology states. Minnesota High Tech Association members represent IT, bio-sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean, green and edtech.

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