MHTA News

Innovators in Energy: 75F

The story of innovative startup 75F, based in Burnsville, Minnesota, illustrates that innovation is thriving in Minnesota. 75F is one of the past recipients of the Minnesota High Tech Association’s Tekne Awards, which recognize leading innovators in 15 categories of science and technology.

A Tekne Award winner in the energy and clean technology category, 75F has developed solutions for climate control in non-residential settings. The company name comes from 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the optimal temperature for commercial building conference rooms, as established by the United Nations. Continue Reading ›

May 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Innovators in Energy: 75F

Growing Our STEM Workforce through Fast-track Tech Training, College STEM Internships and More

A strong STEM workforce is a core element to grow Minnesota’s economy and core to the mission of the Minnesota High Tech Association. Highlighted here is a sampling of what’s happening on multiple fronts at Minnesota High Tech Association in collaboration with our members and other organizations across Minnesota to grow Minnesota’s STEM workforce: Continue Reading ›

May 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Growing Our STEM Workforce through Fast-track Tech Training, College STEM Internships and More

Fast-track Tech Training Grows STEM Workforce Faster

The month of May is a traditional time to celebrate graduations, a milestone for students into the next stage of their lives. But the Minnesota science and tech community has also been paving nontraditional paths to train more people for STEM careers to help fill the exploding demand for workers with high-tech skills.

For Prime Digital Academy, a technology training organization based in Minneapolis and a Minnesota High Tech member, that means celebrating graduation classes throughout the year as its cohorts of students complete immersive training in different areas of software development.

05.08.2018.Prime graduate UX cohort April 2018

Prime Digital Academy User Experience Graduates April 2018

Prime’s graduates each have different stories to tell of curvy career paths they have taken to transition into STEM careers. Here profiles of three recent grads from Prime’s User Experience Design (UX) program.  Their stories highlight the broad-ranging talents and motivations of people moving into STEM careers.  Continue Reading ›

May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Fast-track Tech Training Grows STEM Workforce Faster

National Small Business Week Profile: Chromatic 3D Materials

National Small Business Week gives us a good reason to highlight a rising star in the Minnesota science and tech community. Chromatic 3D Materials, based in Golden Valley, is a small business with Minnesota High Tech ties and an extraordinary story of how manufacturing is transitioning to the next generation using new technology.

Chromatic 3D Materials has as patented technology for 3D printing with thermosets, which are plastic materials used from car interiors and children’s prosthetics to shoe soles and furniture.  Chromatic has technology to adapt these commonly used durable materials for 3D printing, enabling the use of 3D printing in a wide array of applications.

Continue Reading ›

May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on National Small Business Week Profile: Chromatic 3D Materials

Top Reasons Why Minnesota can be a Top 5 Tech State Showcased at MN High Tech April 10 Spring Conference

The Minnesota High Tech 23rd Annual Spring Conference April 10 brings together a power-packed agenda of the state’s leaders and innovators in technology. The day-long event features 16 workshops on advances in technology by companies based in Minnesota with a global reach, as well as innovative startups.

“This event brings together the compelling story Minnesota has to tell about technology innovations taking place in our state,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). “On every major tech front – artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital transformation, cybersecurity, big data – we have companies inventing, active, engaged in change.”

The conference showcases the innovation and leadership that will propel Minnesota to be a Top 5 tech state. Minnesota currently ranks No. 7, according to the State Technology and Science Index report by the Milken Institute. The full report is available by clicking here.

The MHTA Annual Spring Conference full agenda and registration is online (click here). Conference registration is open to all, with discounts for MHTA members and groups. Three companies highlighted here, who will be presenting at the April 10 conference, demonstrate the kinds of leading-edge innovations taking place in Minnesota:  Continue Reading ›

March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Top Reasons Why Minnesota can be a Top 5 Tech State Showcased at MN High Tech April 10 Spring Conference