Tekne Awards Announced – Great to see Minnesota’s finest

Congrats to all of the Tekne winners this year. It’s always great to learn about the innovative things businesses are doing in Minnesota. I was particularly interested in learning about CogCubed; they using gaming systems to identify and treat cognitive disorders like ADHD and Autism. Very cool.

Here are the winners:

  • Advanced Manufacturing – 3M
  • Agricultural Technology – The Toro Company
  • Computer Hardware and Electronic Devices – Honeywell
  • EdTech – myON – a business unit of Capstone
  • Healthcare Delivery (Established Company) – HealthPartners
  • Healthcare Delivery (Small and Growing Company) – Corventis, Inc.
  • Impact on Industry (Established Company) – Ecolab
  • Impact on Industry (Small and Growing Company) – BankCard Services Worldwide
  • Innovative Collaboration of the Year – Boston Scientific
  • Mobile Technologies – XRS Corporation
  • Safety and Security – MPC
  • Software (Established Company) – Navitaire
  • Software (Small and Growing Company) – UpNet Technologies
  • Start-Up – CogCubed
  • STEM Education and Digital Learning – University of St. Thomas – School of Engineering

I was disappointed to see no rural businesses pick up an award this year. Only the following companies made the finalists list:

  • Winehaven Winery and Vineyard (Chisago City) – Ag Tech Finalist
  • ByteSpeed (Moorhead) – Computer Hardware and Electronic Device Finalist
  • Mayo Clinic (Rochester) – Healthcare Delivery Finalist
  • Mate Precision Tooling (Elk River) – Impact on Industry Finalist
  • Custom Control Systems, Inc. (Winona) and STEM Fuse (Sartell) – Startup Finalists

The question is – did the rural companies not make the cut OR did the rural companies not apply? Next year I hope we can make a good push to get more rural companies to apply. It’s a great way to promote rural areas and the individual businesses!

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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