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What's the #InnovateMN Campaign All About?


Minnesota is a place where good ideas are born and grow. We have a unique ecosystem that nurtures startups – helping them find the expertise and talent they need to launch – and that also supports more established companies looking to branch out in new directions.

Emerging discoveries and technologies enhance Minnesota’s economic future. #InnovateMN tells their inspirational stories. It also provides a roadmap for the financial, technical and educational resources and assistance available to Minnesotans who are looking to start or expand their business.

Celebrating emerging technologies

The State of Minnesota is committed to helping innovators and entrepreneurs thrive. Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Shawntera Hardy have launched the #InnovateMN Campaign to celebrate emerging technologies and discoveries in Minnesota.

This campaign – launched in February 2017 – highlights Minnesota’s culture of innovation by sharing stories of businesses and entrepreneurs on the cutting edge.

"Innovation is embedded in our identity," says Lt. Governor Smith. "Minnesota annually ranks among the top five states in new patents and is home to leading technology businesses."

"Our campaign will highlight the contributions of Minnesota’s innovation economy and connect the next generation of entrepreneurs to available resources. I encourage Minnesotans to share their #InnovateMN stories and contact DEED to learn about how to make their ideas become a reality.”

Supporting growth of innovation economy

"There are many great ideas, products and solutions being developed by budding entrepreneurs as well as established companies throughout the state," says DEED Commissioner Hardy.

"#InnovateMN will help to uplift their ingenuity and support their growth by promoting resources and giving them exposure not only in Minnesota but around the world."

Check out DEED’s Business Resources if you need assistance bringing your good ideas to life.

Learn more about #InnovateMN at mn.gov/deed/innovatemn or follow #InnovateMN on Twitter and Facebook and share your story.

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