Bemidji’s broadband leaves them poised to succeed – says Dave Hengel

Bemidji Pioneer posts a column from Dave Hengel, executive director of Greater Bemidji Economic Development, on the importance of technology and broadband for a thriving community…

The primary driver has been technology, which has created both incredible opportunities and challenges for communities worldwide. Since technology has allowed both businesses and people to locate virtually anywhere, geography (where we are located on a map) matters less, and place (a community’s character and quality of life) matters more. …

Thanks to technological innovations, none of these matters as much. We aren’t remote — we are connected via Zoom and other technology. We have access to metropolitan markets and resources all with the click of a mouse. While logistics have not reduced in importance, our largest “interstate” is our broadband network.

And let me remind everyone, the greater Bemidji region has the best all-fiber network in the nation. Thanks to the investment over the past decade by Paul Bunyan Communications, every home and business in our region has up to 10-gigabit service while other communities (including metropolitan areas) are struggling to gain basic broadband service.

In other words, Bemidji is ahead of the game.

Today, great communities are built, not born. The assets that bring prosperity and economic growth are not inherited. Like our all-fiber broadband network, key quality of life and economic development amenities can be identified and built.

Wi-Fi On School Buses Eligible For E-Rate Funding

From a speech from FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel to the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training as summarized by the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society...

For more than two decades, E-Rate has provided vital support to help connect schools and libraries to high-speed, modern communications all across the country. It got its start as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Over 25 million children take the bus to school every day. In rural areas that ride can be long. It can easily be an hour to school and an hour to return home at the end of the day. It’s good for young people to spend some time daydreaming, decompressing, and talking to friends, but wouldn’t it be nice if kids had the option of using this time to connect for homework? The good news is we have a workable, common-sense solution. We can connect our school buses and make them Wi-Fi-enabled—think of it as Wi-Fi on wheels. I am proposing a plan to my colleagues to make Wi-Fi on school buses eligible for E-Rate support. This is not a far leap to make. It’s both consistent with the law and the history of the program. After all, for many years E-Rate supported the use of communications for school buses—like wireless phones used by drivers—when shepherding students to and from school.

Grand Marais broadband project nominated for national award

From The Ranger newsletter

Grand Marais broadband project nominated for national award
Arrowhead Intelligent Region (AIR) is a broadband partnership that was launched last year between Blandin Foundation, Northland Foundation and Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation. The trio made available a pool of grant funds for local organizations working to support a broadband-fueled economy in northeastern Minnesota.

Minnesota Children’s Press of Grand Marais was awarded a $35,000 grant from the funding pool to deliver broadband education services. Children’s Press launched Litter Lab, a program designed to teach elementary aged children how to use technology to help solve a community litter problem with the potential to pollute Lake Superior.

Approximately 65 children ages 5 to 13 collected litter last summer in the harbor area of downtown Grand Marias. The children sorted, categorized and inventoried the litter according to the GPS coordinates where it was found. Some of the categories included clothing, food packaging, plastic bottles and containers, general paper products, and hygiene products such as plastic dental picks. Their field data was then entered into ArcGIS, an advanced online GIS engineering platform made by Esri that uses interactive maps and data-driven analysis tools that rely on top-tier broadband service to manage  data. ArcGIS produced reports that considered the types of litter,  coordinates of the litter’s location and proximity of nearby trash and recycling receptacles. From the reports, the kids could develop hypotheses about why litter was more prevalent in certain areas of the harbor. They also theorized about alternate, less bulky and non-plastic packaging design and options for some of the more commonly found items such as drink cups and bottles.

“As the project progressed, the kids began to see themselves as problem-solvers,” said Anne Brataas, founder of Minnesota Children’s Press. “The report data spurred great group discussions about effective placement of community trash receptacles, size and shapes of receptacles to accommodate varying sizes of waste items, and potential solutions for reducing litter.”

Brataas believes the success of the Grand Marais project could prompt the concept spreading into other communities across northeastern Minnesota. Communities can use the data and reports to make decisions about community recycling and the placement, design and signage for public trash receptacles. It could also lead to a mass rethink of how people stay hydrated such as bottle-refilling stations to reduce the amount of single-use plastic water bottles.

Littler Lab will be recognized at the Esri Education Summit on July 10 in San Diego, California. Brataas was chosen to present preliminary findings of the Grand Marais project,  “Kids Thinking Spatially, Acting Sustainably” at the annual Esri conference during the session titled Building Environmental Literacy Through Experiential Learning.

“Litter Lab is an excellent example of how technology in northeastern Minnesota can be used to creatively solve community problems,” said Whitney Ridlon, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation community development representative. “It engaged the youngest of our rural population in the broadband economy by showing them how technology and internet connectivity can be used for the betterment of their very own community.”

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation supported the AIR broadband initiative with $150,000 in Development Partnership grants. For more information email Whitney Ridlon at Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation or call her at 218-735-3004.

Mankato Clinic expands virtual care across 13 facilities (Blue Earth County)

PR Newswire reports

 Bluestream Health, a virtual care Platform-as-a-Service, has enabled access to virtual care for Mankato Clinic’s 13 healthcare facilities across four rural communities in southern Minnesota.

Bluestream Health’s virtual care platform provides access for patients to Mankato Clinic’s full spectrum of health specialties, services, and programs for primary care to care management to pediatrics. Bluestream Health is also providing interpreting services to patients through the virtual platform.

FirstNet, Built with AT&T is Connecting More First Responders Across Minnesota

A recap of sorts from AT&T about FirstNet…

What’s the news? AT&T* is America’s public safety communications partner. In the nearly 5 years since we were selected by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) to build and operate FirstNet®, we have moved quickly to bring more coverage, boost capacity and drive new capabilities for Minnesota first responders and the communities they serve – rural, urban and tribal.

Today, we cover nearly all of the state with FirstNet, Built with AT&T – helping to connect public safety agencies and organizations in more than 190 communities across Minnesota. That’s why we’re focused on increasing network capacity for Minnesota public safety by deploying Band 14 spectrum – nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the federal government specifically for FirstNet. We’ve rolled out Band 14 on more than 800 sites across Minnesota to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. Areas currently benefitting from Band 14 include Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud, Goodhue, Mankato, Baudette, Brainerd, Baxter, Chippewa County, the Iron Range and Angle Inlet.

And more Minnesota first responders are gaining access to a one-of-a-kind 5G experience on FirstNet. 5G connectivity on FirstNet is now available in Minneapolis. Public safety also has access to 5G+ (mmWave) spectrum in Minneapolis, including at the Target Center and U.S. Bank Stadium. And we’re continuing to roll out additional 5G connectivity for FirstNet in more communities nationwide.

But we aren’t stopping there. The FCC estimates that over 10,000 lives could be saved each year if public safety were able to reach callers just 1 minute faster. And since 80% of wireless calls take place indoors, in-building dedicated public safety connectivity is essential to public safety operations and overall safety. That’s why we are collaborating with Safer Building Coalition, the nation’s leading industry advocacy group focused on advancing policies, ideas, and technologies that ensure effective in-building communications capabilities for public safety personnel and the people they serve.

Why is this important? No connection is more important than one that could help save a life. Today, FirstNet is solving for common and long-standing communications challenges that first responders face – things like interoperability, network congestion and commercial network providers slowing public safety’s data connection. It’s giving them superior coverage for day-to-day response and life-saving missions. While commercial wireless offerings remain available to public safety, FirstNet continues to grow because it offers distinct advantages from those commercial offerings. FirstNet comes with unique features, functionality and dedicated spectrum when needed for the public safety community. That’s why public safety fought for their own, separate, dedicated platform, championing the vision that led to the creation of FirstNet.

How does this help bridge the digital divide? The FirstNet network expansion is one way we are helping ensure all of public safety – and the communities they serve – have access to critical connectivity to help meet the urgent challenges of today and tomorrow. We already cover more than 99% of the U.S. population today, but FirstNet is built for all public safety. That means every first responder – career or volunteer; federal, tribal, state or local; urban, suburban or rural.

Lincoln County students learn about downsides of Internet and Social media

I’m thankful to the Tyler Tribute for letting me reprint their article on a recent meeting of students and lawyers about some tricky areas of internet and social media use by teens. I have done similar training in the past so I know how important it is. Often kids are given a very powerful tool with limited safety training, which can be dangerous. Lincoln County schools (with help from the Blandin Foundation) found a way to open dialogue…

Three schools gather at RTR for assembly on downside of the internet

Tuesday, March 22 the students in grades 5-8 from RTR Public school, along with Hendricks Middle School and Lake Benton Elementary, met in the RTR Performing Arts Center for an informative meeting about

the downside of the internet. The presentation was given by Joshua Heggem and Kristi Hastings of Pemberton Law Firm, located in Fergus Falls. The presentation was brought to the schools by the efforts of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

Hastings has represented numerous school districts for many years and talked about social media, technology and mistakes that other kids have made on social media that in turn will hopefully be a good learning tool to

prevent kids making these mistakes themselves.

This presentation came about as a response to the amount of cases they were seeing coming in, “When we started this, it came about because we were seeing so many disciplinary things coming across our desks. Expulsions and other serious consequences; Three kids getting kicked out of sports they love playing because of mistakes they were making on social media,” Hastings told the group. They came up with this presentation with a desire to get ahead of the rise they were seeing in cases based around social media, bullying using social media, and technology use and the dangers it presents.

Statistically, 97% of all kids in grades 5-8 are using social media of some sort every day. “I’m a huge fan of social media myself, so you’re not going to hear that it’s bad or that you shouldn’t use it at all because there are so many positive things that come with social media—the ability to connect with people all over the world, communicate with family and friends—these are all positive things that prior generations didn’t have.”

Hastings went on, “We are just focusing on the downside of social media and unfortunately, as lawyers, we see a lot of it.” Joshua Heggem shared a story of how quickly things can happen when social media is involved. “An instance I had once; a group of seventh graders who had made a Snapchat group for their class—they made it with the intent of bullying one classmate.

During these hateful comments aimed at the student, someone said they were going to put a hit out on the classmate. Within hours there were sheriffs at the school interrogating kids for terroristic threats.” Heggem recanted to the kids, “Some kids were charged with crimes; kids were getting suspended. The kid who made the threat, I believe was expelled from school.” Heggem made it clear that expulsion comes with heavy consequences, “That means you can’t set foot on school grounds, you can’t play any sports, you can’t even go to a sporting event, you can’t go to the football field.” Along with all those who faced charges and school consequences, there were also kids that needed mental health services after the ordeal, including the child who had been the subject of the bullying. Even if the kid who said the threat never meant it, the words were still out there on social media and have to be taken seriously. Heggem made it clear to the kids that things can’t be taken back once said on social media no matter how safe or secure you think it is. Hastings touched on things that don’t happen on school grounds; for instance, a kid initiating a fight at the park across the street of the school as opposed to on school grounds. “These school rules follow you when you are at a school sponsored event, when you’re here on school grounds, but also when you do things that negatively impact other kids’ ability to come here and learn,” Hastings explained.

This brought them to the next topic, “We do have a state law here in Minnesota that prohibits bullying of your classmates; things that are intimidating, threatening, abusive or harmful,” Hastings touched on. “Any bullying

that you carry over online is treated the same way. So, for instance, if you push a kid into a locker, that is the equivalent of bullying online and will carry the same punishment.”

They brought up “group thought” which is the concept that someone comes up with an idea and the group just goes along with it. “It happens a lot in our school cultures and climates because kids have not fully developed. Often times, the ability to say no I’m not interested in that idea/activity,” Hastings explained. An example used was one of another small school in Oakes, North Dakota which gained national news recognition.

“They had a tradition there of making a straw man before the homecoming game every year. So they would make the straw man and then burn it in a bonfire and then play their game,” Hastings told the kids. “A couple of

years ago, someone in a group came up with an idea—let’s make a noose and hang the straw man. Then someone comes up with the idea to put a jersey on it. Well, they put the number of the only player that is a person of color for the other team on the jersey. Someone in the group took a video of it, probably shared it with their close friends and contacts and someone recognized it was quite racist and it made national headlines. What it does, is it makes the world look at your school and question who lives there, what are they teaching here,” Hastings further explained to the kids.

The presentation touched on many topics that kids today are coming in contact with more and more every day—things like sending/receiving nude photos being a technical form of child pornography which is punishable by law, sharing pictures of your friends as a joke from the locker room is a form of privacy invasion and punishable by law. All the topics were relevant and appropriate.

Another presentation was given for the high school grades 9-12, after the middle school was done as it is a topic of discussion worth having from middle school on.

Farmers Bureau looks at broadband as a necessity, not a luxury

American Farm Bureau Federation  has a chat that focuses on rural broadband being a necessity, not a luxury. Here’s their high level description…

The American Connection Project’s goal is to bridge the rural digital divide. We discuss the importance of broadband access to rural America and the vital role it plays in supporting and sustaining those communities around the country with Patrick Garry, an American Connection Corps Fellow, and Bruce Tiffany, a Minnesota Farmer and Lead for Minnesota Board Member.

They talk about role of broadband in maintaining safety and stability especially on farms.

Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act offers telehealth as standalone service

Healthcare IT News reports

The House of Representatives has drafted a bill that would provide new virtual care options for American employees.

The proposed Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act would enable job creators to offer standalone telehealth service programs – not unlike dental and vision plans – in addition to existing health insurance plans.

The legislation was introduced by Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and Angie Craig, D-Minn. It would expand access to employer-sponsored health benefits by classifying telehealth as an excepted benefit.

Specifically, the bill would amend HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act to allow employees to receive this benefit, maintaining that any standalone telehealth service would remain separate from traditional health plans, rather than as a replacement.

Broadband fuels house-to-house public security cameras

GCN reports

To help police solve crimes and give homeowners an added sense of security, an Illinois county will devote $40,000 of its American Rescue Plan funds to purchasing doorbell cameras for the community.

Winnebago County will become the latest district to turn to Amazon’s Ring doorbell cameras to “get out in front of crime, and prevent it … instead of always just following it up,” Public Safety Chairman Burt Gerl told WIFR News. Eventually, the county plans to target areas with higher crime rates, he said.

The county also expects to make use of Ring’s public safety app, Neighbors. Through the app, residents can connect with local law enforcement to share real-time information about suspicious activity.

I have a lot of reactions to this initiative. With my Blandin on Broadband hat on, this is a great way to help keep a community safe for neighborhoods that can afford the hardware and have reliable, sufficient broadband. We learned the power of video with the murder of George Floyd. I know in my neighborhood people post footage of happening on their doorsteps from stolen packages to vandalism. It does help get convictions and packages returned.

But I do have some concerns with privacy and who has access to videos when, why and how. Sounds like I’m not alone…

Law enforcement agencies can see videos posted to the Neighbors app or directly request video from residents in the area of an active investigation. Police must reference a relevant case in the request, each request must specify a limited time frame and area and residents can decide how much information they are willing to share. Authorities are not given direct access to residents’ devices, videos, location or any personally identifiable information.

Still, Amazon’s partnerships with law enforcement agencies, especially in relation to community surveillance, have drawn concerns from some civil liberties advocates.

Telehealth Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries Multiplied by 88 during the Pandemic

Internet Innovation reports..

Medicare beneficiaries completed 54.5 million virtual office visits in 2020, according to a new federal report released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. The analysis considers Medicare fee-for-service claims data and Medicare Advantage encounter data from March 1, 2020, to Feb. 28, 2021, and from March 1, 2019, to Feb. 29, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused telehealth use to skyrocket. Medicare beneficiaries used 114.4 million telehealth services from March 2020 to February 2021, which is 88 times the use of these services by this population the year prior.

From March 2020 through February 2021, 43 percent of Medicare’s 66 million beneficiaries – more than 28 million people enrolled in Medicare – used a telehealth service. Prior to the pandemic, just one percent of beneficiaries used telehealth.

Update from Libraries without Borders: Mobile Home Community Libraries in Minnesota

From the Libraries without Borders newsletter…

In July 2021, we transformed the storm shelter in the Park Plaza Cooperative into a 21st-century library equipped with books and technology. By working closely with residents, we designed a community space for people of all ages, with storytime and health literacy resources. This project was made possible through the support of ROC USA, NNLM, the Anoka County Library, and the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation.

This month we won a $400K grant from the Minnesota Department of Housing to transform the Hillcrest Mobile Home Community’s storm shelter into a 21st-century library where residents can access technology, high-speed internet, books, and digital literacy materials. Construction is already underway and, once the dust clears, we will work with the United Way of Freeborn County, Albert Lea Area Schools, and Albert Lea Public Library to deliver in-person educational programs to the Hillcrest community. Stay tuned!

New federal law reduces maternal mortality – in part with access to telehealth

KNSI (St Cloud) reports

A bipartisan bill to reduce the country’s high maternal mortality rate has been passed into law as part of the omnibus bill.

Senator Tina Smith, author of the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services, or MOMS, Act, says the U.S. is 46th in terms of maternal mortality rates and the only industrialized country where the number of women who die in childbirth is getting worse and not better. When she learned about those statistics, she also learned that half of the rural counties in Minnesota have birthing services in their hospitals. Both the Pew Trust and the Commonwealth Fund have written about the increase in the closure of OB units and the heavy reliance on midwives to fill the gap, potentially placing women and babies at risk.

Smith explains the MOMS Act “provides additional resources and training to rural hospitals and clinics to help them improve their maternal care, prenatal care, and as well as postpartum care when moms and babies go home it even allows for additional use of telehealth, which can make a big difference in improving prenatal care and postpartum care when babies come home.”

Smith stressed the telehealth angle in that when new parents in more rural areas who have a long drive to get to their prenatal or postpartum care stay connected to their providers, instances of postpartum depression can be identified early and treated before it becomes serious. She added that telehealth is not a replacement for face-to-face care, “but it can make a difference for moms as they do some of that more routine prenatal care, which is important because that reminds you; am I eating the right things? Am I taking the vitamins that I need? And also maybe I have some symptoms I don’t understand that can be evidence that you need to get into the doctor’s office because you might be having issues with hypertension or other kinds of early warning signs for a meeting that meaning that you have a higher risk pregnancy and needs to be seen the doctor more often.”

EVENT May 24-25: Telehealth Everywhere hosted by gpTRAC

Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center (gpTRAC) will be hosting their annual in-person conference, Telehealth Everywhere, May 24-25 at the Radisson Blu-Mall of America. This conference will feature excellent keynote presenters and breakout sessions. The opening keynote speaker, George Demiris, PhD, UPenn, will discuss the need for inclusive design in telehealth and other digital health tools. He will also present various case studies that highlight ways to facilitate ongoing and effective patient engagement. Attendees will again have the opportunity to discuss emerging telehealth information with their peers and colleagues.

Learn more or register online.

FCC Announces Third Application Window, Emergency Connectivity Fund Commitments

The FCC reports on another funding opportunity…

The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is opening a third application filing window to award at least $1 billion in Emergency Connectivity Fund support. The third application filing window will open on April 28, 2022 and close on May 13, 2022.
During this third application filing window, eligible schools and libraries can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023. Given past demand, the third application filing window will likely be the last opportunity for schools and libraries to request funding before the remaining Emergency Connectivity Funds are exhausted.

Additional information on the third application filing window can be found here.

Launch Minnesota Awards $1 million in Education Grants to Organizations that Support Entrepreneurs and Startups

Big News from MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (MNDEED)…

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced that it has awarded $1 million in Launch Minnesota Education Grants to nine organizations throughout Minnesota. This is the third round of Launch Minnesota Education Grants, which are awarded to groups that help start-ups and entrepreneurs across Minnesota achieve success through education, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

The grantees announced today have created a regional partnership with people and organizations to support the start and scale up of high-growth businesses. These grantees and their regional partners comprise the Launch Minnesota Network, which is organized in a hub-and-spoke model that allows each region to customize its offerings while still enabling entrepreneurs to access statewide resources and best practices. The network has nine  hubs across Minnesota’s six regions and over 80 program partners.

“Launch Minnesota is such an important program for our state at a time of intense competition for talent and business growth,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “We’re creating opportunity by providing access to expertise and resources across the whole state – with a special focus on founders who are women, people of color, and veterans.”

“The goal of the Launch Minnesota Network is to be a front door for entrepreneurs and innovators at a local, regional, and statewide level,” said Launch Minnesota Executive Director Neela Mollgaard.  “Research shows that a connected and coordinated innovation ecosystem accelerates the speed and success of startups. We’re inspired by strong engagement in the network so far.”

Thousands of Minnesota entrepreneurs and startup supporters have engaged in the Launch Minnesota Network trainings, events and resources over the past year. This includes more than 270 people who joined the new Minnesota Exchange powered by Kinetic. Over 1,000 people also engaged in lean startup training through MN Venture Builders, ILT Studios and other education providers. Every part of the state is now focused on nurturing and supporting innovators and high growth startups.

Launch Minnesota Education Grant awards announced today are for use through June 30, 2023. The Launch Minnesota grant recipients and their specific awards are listed below.

Launch Minnesota works to level the playing field for all entrepreneurs across the state and has a unique focus on entrepreneurs who are often overlooked by traditional funders. Launch Minnesota’s grants have and continue to support organizations like Lunar Startups, Social Impact Strategies and others who focus specifically on entrepreneurs of color. Since inception, 1 in 4 Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants have gone to founders of color, and Launch Minnesota education grantees have reporting serving almost 1000 BIPOC founders over the last two years.

We are now partnering with these organizations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, focused on elevating and accelerating startups with a specific focus on founders from Black, Indigenous, and communities of color:

  • Forge North/Greater MSP: ($100,000) Forge North is a coalition of entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and other problem solvers united to make the Twin Cities the best place to start and scale ventures.
  • Social Impact Strategies Group: ($75,000) partners with public and private institutions to drive growth in corporate social responsibility, including racial equity, in industries like tech, finance and philanthropy.

Across the state Launch Minnesota working to grow local and regional efforts to create better pathways for innovators and startups to start and grow. These are organizations specifically in Greater Minnesota:

  • Red Wing Ignite (RWI): ($110,000) Leading the Entrepreneurs First Collaborative for Southeast Minnesota. RWI fuels economic development by working with key sectors of the community to spur innovation by supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and students.
  • Greater Bemidji: ($105,000) Leading the NoW Innovators Network. Greater Bemidji’s LaunchPad is a coworking space and hub for entrepreneurial support for the Northwest region. LaunchPad provides entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and professionals with the opportunity to collaborate, network and learn in an innovative environment.
  • Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC): ($100,000) IEDC-led Innovate 218 is a regional collaboration in northeast Minnesota designed to streamline startup services, support entrepreneurs, strengthen networking and increase new business formation and growth.
  • Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) ($100,000) This is the third consecutive year the GSDC, a private collaboration of more than 250 business and community leaders, has received grant funding from DEED to serve as its West Central Minnesota Launch Minnesota hub, which has been vital to providing impactful training to more than 100 entrepreneurs from this region.
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato (MNSU) Strategic Partnership Center: ($65,000) MNSU’s Start-Up Southwest will provide educational programming to innovative technology businesses and early-stage businesses; and outreach to and collaboration with businesses, federal and state agencies, institutions of higher education, trade associations and other organizations working to advance innovative, high-technology early-stage businesses throughout Minnesota.

We’re creating opportunity by providing access to expertise and resources at institutions like the University of Minnesota. Services that were previously reserved for students and faculty are now accessible to all innovators in the state. Our statewide partners are:

  • University of Minnesota (UMN):
    • Venture Builders: ($120,000) Organized by the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, this online education platform shares information with early-stage technology entrepreneurs throughout Minnesota about courses, competitions, seminars, mentors and connections to the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
    • Discovery Launch Pad (DLP): ($115,000) DLP is a no-cost, no-equity-required startup incubator and program of formal coaching for UMN innovators interested in forming a startup company to commercialize new technology or an idea.
    • Technology Leadership Institute (TLI): ($75,000) UMN’s TLI program provides education opportunities that turn later stage technology professionals into business professionals.
  • Agriculture Utilization Research Institute (AURI): ($35,000) MBOLD’s Bold Growth initiative, led by AURI and Grow North, will provide education and technical/business support to high-growth food and ag entrepreneurial businesses.