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Launch Minnesota


Launch Minnesota is a statewide collaborative effort to accelerate the growth of startups and amplify Minnesota as a national leader in innovation, spearheaded by DEED.

Designed in consultation with legislators from both parties, and alongside dozens of private sector leaders, the program exists to help grow Minnesota's startup ecosystem.

Launch Minnesota will start inside of DEED, and will work with our advisory board and private sector stakeholders to become a public-private organization in the future.

Launch Minnesota has several offerings to grow our innovation ecosystem:

  • A series of Innovation Grants for research and development, business liquidity, even childcare/housing assistance - to make it easier to get your startup off the ground.
  • An Angel Tax credit to incentivize investments from venture capitalists in Minnesota startups.
  • Education Grants that empower community builders to train startups on critical skills in building a technology startups.

You can find more detail on each of these offerings throughout the Launch Minnesota website. All financial incentives are available by application, and our Advisory Board guides decisions on award-winners.

Beyond these incentive programs, Launch Minnesota seeks to bring our statewide startup industry together to create a stronger network of innovators in Minnesota, and to tell the story of our startup growth to the rest of the country.

Together, we can make Minnesota an extraordinary place to grow your technology startup.

Launch Minnesota is here to help you take off.

Find out more at LaunchMinnesota.org.

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