Of the 1, 250 applicants to the Minnesota Cup this year, UR TURN emerges as a semi-finalist. There are 10 divisions with 10 competitors that made it to the semi-final round. UR TURN is competing in the Impact Ventures division which is for mission-based entrepreneurs that aim to have an impact on the critical challenges facing our society including education, sustainability, health, and economic and social equity. Finalists will be announced in August, 2017. Let the games begin!
Dr. Sherry Muterspaugh Walling interviews UR TURN Founder Angie Eilers on the challenges and well-being of startup leaders. Listen here to the 30 minute podcast interview: http://tech.mn/news/2017/04/24/candor-with-angie-eilers-ur-turn/
Dr. Angie Eilers pitched to a full room at 1 Million Cups on April 19 at the James J. Hill Center. The Kauffman Foundation-supported event invites two local entrepreneurs to present their startup to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. For more, check out
Angie Eilers was invited to pitch at the Seed Stage Track on March 1 at Venture Summit West, held in Mountain View, California. Over 200 companies participated and as many investors attended; topics ranged from clean tech to ed tech. Venture Summit West is a part of Young Startup Ventures www.youngstartup.com
Founder Angie Eilers spoke on The Lean Startup Method on November 10 at a one day crash course on startups taught by practicing entrepreneurs/CEOs for aspiring & emerging female entrepreneurs. FemTech was co-sponsored by TECHDOTMN and COCO Uptown in Minneapolis. Contact Adrienne Clairmont for a video of Angie's talk and for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jeanne M. Voigt Foundation has provided a Program Related Investment to UR TURN. Program Related Investments are investments that private foundations, like the Jeanne M. Voigt Foundation, make in order to advance their charitable objectives. UR TURN is honored, after considerable review within the Twin Cities entrepreneurial ecosystem, to be one of two recipients.
Minnesota's Innovation Voucher program provided financing to UR TURN to purchase technical assistance and services necessary to advance research and development. Researchers from the University of Minnesota provided research services to support this product.
URTURN LLC receives NSF Small Business Innovation Research award for "SBIR Phase I: Mapping a Pathway to College Using Predictive Analytic Modeling and Decision Support".
The SBIR Phase I project supports R & D to develop a goal-setting and planning software tool for students from 5th to 12th grade and their families, not unlike current tools for financial planning or trip planning. Students and families will benefit from the power of prediction-based goal setting as well as an early warning system that indicates when students are off track of their education goal, and evidence-based program suggestions to get students back on track of their goal. Navigating the education system in the U.S. is complex, even more so for first-generation college seekers and new immigrant students and families. Between 9th grade and the first year of college, 50% of America's students fall off the path toward higher education even as research shows that students cannot make a living wage without a post-secondary diploma. With notoriously poor counselor-to-students ratio of 471:1, and with the uneven distribution of access to supports (such as private counseling services for those who can afford it), technology such as this may very well serve as a leveling instrument in U.S. schools. SBIR support provides the opportunity for technology transfer of research to inform education planning and goal-setting based purely on data analytics and best practices.