MNstarter is a registered MNvest portal. A free-to-use investment crowdfunding resource for raising funds or investing in Minnesota business. Raise financing and stay up to date on new, local investment deals at

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Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC

With over 10 years of legal and business experience working in the areas of corporate law, finance, securities, and real estate law, Stephen Ringquist, attorney at Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC, is able to provide clients with attentive and professional legal service while incorporating a strong common sense for business and creative problem solving. He has served as corporate and transactional counsel to a number of successful companies across many different industries, and has developed deep technical and practical experience through a variety of business, investment and banking transactions.

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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, 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, or follow him on Twitter @graemethickins.

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Erdman Advisory, LLC

Erdman Advisory provides hands on fractional and project-based support for entrepreneurs that need help with strategy, operations, team-building, financial, sales and marketing.

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Square’s Guide to Starting a Business

This guide explains how to write a business plan, register your business, finance your business, and covers the legal and tax requirements associated with business ownership.

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Adams Grumbles LLP – IP & Business Law for Startups

Adams Grumbles, LLP is a law firm focusing on the IP, business and finance needs of startups and entrepreneurs.  We understand ideation, product development, the challenge of building teams and growing and funding real businesses. Find us in the Allen Building, Lowertown, St. Paul (next to new Saints Stadium).  For more information, contact Ernest Grumbles (

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Intuit QuickBooks Small Business Center

Intuit QuickBooks Small Business Center is a regularly updated compilation of finance, HR, tax, funding, and marketing resources designed to help small business owners thrive. The center houses a large pool of free articles, interactive tools, calculators, infographic and video guides.

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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 for more details.

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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 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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Entrepreneurship Club – University of Minnesota

Our mission is to provide entrepreneurial-minded students at the University of Minnesota the ability to connect with practicing entrepreneurs from the area. Through our weekly meetings, members get a chance to meet, listen, and interact with our innovative speakers.

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For more than three decades, WomenVenture has provided women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with the tools and resources to achieve economic success through small business ownership.

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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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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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Enterprise Minnesota

Enterprise Minnesota is an ISO 9001:2008 certified consulting organization that helps manufacturing companies become operationally efficient and well positioned to grow profitably. Our team — who live and work throughout the state — provides services that help clients save time and energy, improve productivity, increase sales, improve profits, as well as create and retain jobs.

Enterprise Minnesota is one of 60 federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) organizations nationwide chartered to help medium size and smaller manufacturers compete and grow.

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City of Minneapolis – Community Planning & Economic Development

A driving force for innovation, collaboration and sustainability by providing thoughtful design and access to the tools and resources needed for all Minneapolis residents and businesses to prosper.

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Bootstrappers Breakfast

Join Other Entrepreneurs Who Eat Problems For Breakfast.

Bootstrappers Breakfasts® are for founders of early stage technology startups. It is a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. These breakfasts were designed for entrepreneurs to share ideas and leverage thoughts with other folks who are serious about growing their business.

Our focus is on issues for growing a business, not on VC fundraising. We promote the bootstrap business model.

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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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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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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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Acara, University of Minnesota

Acara is the impact entrepreneurship program of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management. Through Acara’s courses, workshops and field experiences, students develop impact ventures that address societal and environmental challenges.


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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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Startup Stash

Startup Stash is an indexed directory of over 400 resources and tools for startups at every stage. Users can navigate the 50+ topics ranging from idea generating and naming to analytics and customer support in order to find the information that they need quickly and easily.

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Bothsides of the Table

A blog created by Mark Suster in order to assist entrepreneurs in building their start-ups. Consistent posts contain information on topics such as marketing, leadership, sales, and fundraising.

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Venture Blog

Venture Blog was created by David Hornik of August Capital in order to show a different perspective on entrepreneurship. The blog contains articles in its archives dating back to 2003 with 22 categories to choose from.

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Startup Lawyer

Startup Lawyer was created in order to inform and teach entrepreneurs about current events in the world of start-ups. The website also contains extensive information on legal topics such as incorporation, funding, and venture capital.

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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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How to Change the World by Guy Kawasaki

How to Change the World is a blog by Guy Kawasaki. It contains information on entrepreneurship, technology, and supplemental posts with interesting anecdotes.

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Startup Lessons Learned

Startup Lessons Learned is a blog created by Eric Reis. Reis talks extensively about his ‘Lean Startup Methodology’ and other lessons that he learned about while working in the field.

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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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USPTO LegalCorps

LegalCORPS is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that aims to expand access to the legal system by providing free legal assistance in transactional matters to low-income entrepreneurs and innovators and small nonprofits in Minnesota.

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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

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James J. Hill Center

The James J. Hill Center is a non-profit business center, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The James J. Hill Reference Library opened its doors in 1921.

In 2014 the name was changed to James J. Hill Center to more fully represent the services and programs we provide beyond our Reference Library. The Hill honors the legacy of its founder by continuing to support entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st Century. We offer research, programs, and networking for each stage of business development. Our efforts also include services to the broader community through the hosting of cultural and artistic programming and events.

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Impact Hub Minneapolis St Paul

An innovation lab. A business Incubator. A social enterprise community center. Impact Hub MSP offers you a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow your impact. Our diverse community will inspire, connect, and enable you to develop your best work every step of the way.

We are a coworking space and an entrepreneurial community that creates solutions for a world that works for all.

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SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives. SCORE also offers workshops both online and in person, for a modest fee, for both start-up entrepreneurs and in-business small business owners.

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Small Business Development Centers

Minnesota’s statewide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide the professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today’s competitive and ever-changing business world.  Operating through a network of nine statewide regional centers, we offer confidential consulting to help clients identify, understand and overcome the challenges of starting and running a successful business.  SBDC counselors have significant experience in the private sector, including extensive management and financial consulting backgrounds.

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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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Media is a nonprofit that supports Minnesota entrepreneurs with a focus on entrepreneurs of color. Through accomplished and experienced professionals, MEDA offers one-on-one business consulting, training, leadership development, government contracting assistance, access to financing, networking with peers, assistance with minority certifications, strategic planning, and more.


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The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology, partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality.

They generate economic impact in Minnesota communities by helping businesses take advantage of innovative opportunities in four focus areasbiobased products, renewable energy, coproducts and food. They provide a broad range of services to expand markets, develop new uses and improve processes. AURI provides hands-on scientific technical assistance, and a targeted network of resources to develop value-added uses for crops and coproducts. They provide applied research services and product development assistance to create new ag-based products, process refinements and to help move them to market.

With unique facilities and professional staff, AURI is a one-of-a-kind resource that provides assistance to Minnesota businesses looking to create more value for the state’s agricultural products.

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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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Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner

Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner offers 3,000 free videos and podcasts, featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders. Start exploring now.

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Steve Blank Startup Tools

Extensive list of tools, resources, videos and other content for getting started with lean startup, customer discovery, online marketing/testing/analytics/design, collaboration, etc.

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Kauffman Founders School

Kauffman Founders School is an online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship.  Through video lectures and a rich content, it shares practical advice and tools on how to get started with building your idea into something big.

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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
(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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Cleantech Open Midwest

The Cleantech Open Midwest organization, a division within the larger Cleantech Open network, was founded in 2010. The Midwest organization covers the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Since inception, the Midwest programs have worked with over 90 start-up companies that have gone on to raise over $20 million in external capital.

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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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Beta.MN is an organization of friends & founders gathering together to support Minnesota’s startup community. We believe that by throwing meaningful events, in casual settings, for the area’s brightest innovators we’ll ensure that the next big thing happens in our own backyard.

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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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COCO is a dream accelerator — a destination for building your venture and exploring new ideas in the company of other creators.

They offer memberships that provide access to multiple COCO spacesmeeting venues and educational and social events.

Whether you are an independent, an entrepreneur building a startup, a small business owner or a corporate innovator, COCO is a place to imagine and pursue what’s possible.

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MN Cup

MN Cup is the premier resource for Minnesota entrepreneurs. We support emerging entrepreneurs from across the state through events, educational programming and an annual new venture competition that provides them with tools, resources and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures.

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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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Innovators & Entrepreneurs of MSP Meetup

A free informal weekly gathering for discussion and networking of business leaders, professionals, students, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.  1,900 members and about twenty attend a typical meeting.

Innovations and the creative process in products, business models and science are subjects of conversation. Sometimes there is a discussion topic, others a featured guest.  One session a month is over dinner at a local restaurant limited to six.

The goals are to connect innovators and entrepreneurs so we can learn from each other, make the journey more fun, and to support each others success.  Software, electronics, life sciences, med tech, services, products, materials, designs–innovators of a wide variety of value propositions participate. Both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs participate. Many are starting their second or third business. A partner in McKinsey & Company (NYC) turned up one evening. We have enjoyed meeting people from China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Italy, India, Bangladesh and other countries. Many are newcomers to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Multi-generational, our age range has been 20 to 70+. Several investors make periodic visits for those of you looking for capital.

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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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Medical Alley Association

Medical Alley Association serves the individuals and organizations that comprise Minnesota’s health industry by influencing policy, fostering connections and providing critical intelligence to improve the quality of health around the world.

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University of Minnesota – Office for Technology Commercialization

The Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC) takes the ideas and technology that stem from University of Minnesota research, prepares this intellectual property for the market, and in some cases spins it out into new businesses. The Venture Center is the business unit within OTC that works with entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors to create start-up companies based on University research.

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University of Minnesota – Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship

The Holmes Center engages students, faculty, and the entrepreneurial business community in our teaching, research and outreach programs. Our mission is to inspire and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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MOJO Minnesota

MOJO Minnesota is a co-operative comprised of like-minded business leaders working to fuel entrepreneurship and reignite Minnesota’s culture of innovation. We are business advisors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and attorneys passionate about creating jobs and economic growth through the power of Minnesota based technology companies. Our goals are to provide a unique voice and support to Minnesota-grown innovation and shine the light on amazing new technologies developed here that will propel us into becoming a top 5 nationally ranked state for innovation and growth.

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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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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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