Seed Fund

Deaf Friendly Biz is a web-based directory of deaf friendly businesses in Minnesota. “DFB” serves as a platform for these businesses to advertise to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Their goal is to teach businesses how they can offer a deaf friendly customer service experience. Their vision is that this will create an empowering marketplace that creates social change through a dynamic business model.

The Seed Fund supports start-up stage businesses that need capital, business expertise, and networking opportunities. This fund helps companies perform research and analysis, patent opinions and filings, and product testing and analysis. For more information, contact Diane Lewis at 507-455-3215.

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Southern Minnesota Equity Fund

GoRout LLC in Rochester received an equity investment to grow its marketing base and expand product development of its on-field wearable display technology to help football teams perfect practice.

The Southern Minnesota Equity Fund provides financial capital and expertise to early stage and start-up companies. The Fund partners with other organizations and individual investors to leverage capital and expertise to grow innovative companies who will provide economic opportunities for Southern Minnesota. For more information, contact Diane Lewis at 507-455-3215.

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