Start-ups

It’s Time to Take Back Your Health

Communication with caregivers is critical for successful healthcare outcomes; and within the healthcare system, patients and providers are clamoring for solutions. Michelle Chaffee started a professional patient advocacy service and was assisting caregivers and patients with navigating the healthcare system. In that process she needed a place to more effectively communicate with the entire care […]

Making Science too Cool for School?

Science isn’t a destination, it is a process. The discoveries that science uncovers change every day. Students need tools that can help them navigate this ever changing landscape and with the rising importance of STEM, solutions are needed more than ever. As science teachers, the Pivot nteractives team recognized a lack of opportunity for students […]

Evolving Livestreaming into Live Shows

There’s no denying that online streaming has changed the way we consume entertainment. Live online content has huge potential to be an important part of the online video mix; it’s raw, authentic and personal.  But the state of live streaming is still version 1.0; creators have really limited tools to entertain and engage with a […]

Is It Okay for You to Sing Yourself to Bed?

Ever slept near a snorer? It’s no symphony. And the treatments for it are even less pleasant. Millions of Americans are looking for ways to conquer snoring. Lucky for them, a few Minnesotans having been working hard on the problem. Dr. Adam Black and Dr. Brian Krohn (scientist doctors) were Innovation Fellows at the UMN’s […]

Car Repairs Don’t Have to Suck!

Car repairs suck. Straight up. If your old clunker breaks down on you, getting your ride back on the road is a frustrating experience. A big part of the anxiety is the fear that comes from  selecting the right repair shop. Will the auto shop do a good job on my vehicle while charging a […]

Stepping Up to Build Stronger Readers

While Ned Zimmerman-Bence was Executive Director of Minnesota Online High School, he consistently received calls from adults inquiring if they could enroll to finally earn their high school diploma. As he later worked across the country, how vast the need was appropriate educational opportunities for adults to acquire an education and achieve economic security. It […]

The Future of Transparent Transportation

In the face of Amazon and other delivery juggernauts, local businesses need to adapt fast. What people want today is fast and efficient delivery that they can monitor from their phones. Minneapolis-based startup Dispatch is leveling the playing field for local businesses. Traditional brick and mortar businesses routinely leverage couriers as their “final mile” solution […]

Round up your Friends and Have a Good Time with Lasso

Throwing a great party can be tough. Finding someone who knows how to throw a good party is tougher. Finding someone who can throw a good party, and convincing them to do it, the toughest. Until Lasso came along, that is. Lasso sprung from the desire to bring people together. Originally called RoundUp, the product […]

You Can’t Put a Price On Time

Unpaid leave can wreak havoc on a family’s life; Take12’s founder – Margi Scott – experienced this first hand. After three unpaid leaves, the  financial, mental, emotional and physical stress mounted for Margi. After the emergency birth of her twins, Margi’s friends brought over baby gifts, because they desperately wanted to help. But what Margi […]

Dressing Yourself Has Never Been Easier!

Curatefashion.com founder Katie Fokken loves fashion. But in our current culture of Instagram “influencers”, affiliate-posting social media mavens, and size zero fashion bloggers, she’s not the norm. She doesn’t wear a size XS or have a six-figure clothing budget. So, consequently, celeb fashion bloggers’ faves and monthly fashion box subscriptions just don’t work for Katie. “I […]