The Minnesota Cup entrepreneurship competition on Friday named the eight startups that will vie for the annual contest's grand prize. Division winners - excluding the victor in the youth category - get $30,000, while runners-up nab $5,000. Minnesota Cup will announce the grand prize winner Oct. 9. The division winners are:Energy/clean tech/water Sironix Renewables, St. Paul, develops technology that uses plant material to create detergent molecules.
The Business Journal is getting more vocal with its coverage of Minnesota tech startups. This week, we're officially launching "MSP on Deck," a podcast devoted Minnesota tech that's hosted by startup adviser Casey Allen, long-time Twin Cities tech recruiter Paul DeBettignies and Katharine Grayson, who covers startups, venture capital and health care for the Business Journal. You can find the podcast on iTunes here and on Stitcher here.
Kevin Hykes has left his post as CEO of Metavention to take over as top executive at another venture capital backed startup that is now exploring opening a Twin Cities office. Hykes has been named CEO of Relievant Medsystems, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company that aims to treat lower back pain by destroying nerves. He was previously CEO of Metavention, whose headquarters moved from California to Eden Prairie under Hykes' leadership. Metavention develops technology to treat diabetes.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".