venture capital

Fulton Beer took the traditional route of funding
Entrepreneurs have never had more financing options. A slew of alternative fundraising choices, such as crowdfunding and startup contests promising generous cash prizes, now complement traditional options like bank loans and friends-and-family financing. Minnesota Business spoke with two business owners who went two different routes for their perspectives. Read More
In a classic “South Park” episode, the boys encounter a community of diminutive “underpants gnomes” who steal underwear from children’s bedrooms in the dead of night. Comically unaware of its gigantic flaw, the gnomes proudly present their three-part business plan.
Step 1: collect underpantsStep 2: ?Step 3: profit
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Chris Behrens, president and CEO of YA. Photo by Emily Davis

From his corner office in the Lumber Exchange Building in downtown Minneapolis, Chris Behrens enjoys a picture-perfect view of the five-story-tall Bob Dylan mural, painted on the building directly across the street.
Featuring three images representing the long career of the Minnesota-born musician, the eye-catching triptych is entitled “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”
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The report’s official name is a mouthful: “The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters.” Let’s just call it the PwC/NVCA MoneyTree Report. Read More
The Gopher Angels, a network of accredited investors in Minneapolis has invested $213,000 in Hennepin Life Sciences (HLS). Read More
301 INC, a General Mills subsidiary based out of the company’s Minneapolis R&D facility, is shifting its focus from developing new food products internally to providing financial and technical support for external entrepreneurs and innovators. Read More
Seasoned investors from across Minnesota — and a few from well beyond the state’s borders — descended on the Minneapolis Convention Center on October 1 to vet dozens of ambitious entrepreneurs and early-stage companies. Read More

MoneyTree report graph showing venture capital investment from Q1 2010 through Q4 2014. 

Venture capitalists invested $48.3 billion in 2014, the highest dollar volume year since 2000, according to The MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters. Read More