Entrepreneurship

MN Cup: Lessons Learned

Last week, we completed the last round of competition in the 2011 MN Cup. We had won the High Tech division the week prior. In this last round, we competed for the overall prize against other division winners (Clean Technology, BioSciences, Social Entrepreneur, General, and Student). The overall cup was awarded to the BioSciences division winner AUM Cardiovascular, a company that has developed a handheld device capable of detecting coronary artery disease. Congratulations to AUM Cardiovascular founder and CEO Dr. Marie Johnson! Although we did not win the overall prize, we learned … Read More


Naiku Wins MN Cup High Tech Division

Yesterday, the Naiku team gave the presentation of our lives. We expressed our passion for making a positive impact on education. We explained our plans to do that with Naiku. Afterwards, the Minnesota Cup judges selected Naiku as the winner of the High Tech Division. We are honored that the judges recognized the importance of education and the work that Naiku is doing in educational technology. Next week, we will compete against the other division winners. It will be a fun and exciting competition. We aim to bring home the coveted … Read More


Naiku Selected as Finalist in MN Cup

We received some great news last Friday. The Minnesota Cup selected Naiku as one of four finalists in the High Tech Division. The Minnesota Cup is Minnesota’s largest business competition, seeking to find the next great business innovation in Minnesota. This is an annual competition that drew more than 1,000 submissions this year. Naiku is proud to be selected as a finalist. We do what we do at Naiku for the teachers and the students. Like other educators, we aim to improve the education of our students. We are so … Read More


Turning Technologies + Naiku = Real-time Analytics for Every Classroom

We have had an exciting few weeks here at Naiku! You’ve probably already seen from our Twitter messages that we advanced to the semi-finalist round in the Minnesota Cup, the nation’s largest business competition as well as part of Project Skyway, a start-up accelerator in Minneapolis. While all of this was going on, we continued to work hard on lowering the barrier for teachers to use Naiku in their classroom. In addition to supporting desktops, laptops, netbooks, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Blackberry and Android, (as well as scanned paper tests), we now support … Read More


Project Skyway Bootcamp

Over this past weekend – June 10th-12th – twenty-five startup companies were invited to come together and be part of Project Skyway’s first “bootcamp.”  See who was there from the official list, and the “speed pitch” videos that tech.mn’s Jeff Pesek shot.  Naiku was honored to have been invited. This is a post about founders.  The founders that we met during the weekend were absolutely amazing.  Every time I started talking to someone, it was fascinating to discover how hard they had worked to identify markets, write code, and in some … Read More


Journey’s End

My journey to join Naiku started many years ago. Both my parents were teachers when I was very young. As I entered the school system my mother remained very involved in my education by volunteering in the classroom. I continued this tradition when I was elected to the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board. That was nearly 18 years ago, and I still enjoy serving the community even after seeing my three daughters graduate. I attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to complete a degree in Political Science. I was involved … Read More



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