Launch Minnesota Receives National Award as a Small Business Administration “Super Connector”
Friday, January 22, 2021
Launch Minnesota – an initiative of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) designed to accelerate the growth of startups and amplify Minnesota as a national leader in innovation – has received a national award as a “Super Connector” in the new Lab-to-Market (L2M) Competition sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in partnership with the National Science and Technology.
The competition drew over 160 submissions from across the country and awarded $330,000 in prizes. Launch Minnesota was one of four recipients in the Super Connector category which recognizes “current efforts to successfully attract and/or support networks of underrepresented communities in the R&D innovation ecosystem.” The prize was $10,000. Here is Launch Minnesota’s SBA award submission video .
“This recognition speaks to the importance we place on ensuring that everyone in Minnesota who has a good idea is able to connect to our innovation ecosystem and help develop solutions to the challenges we face as a nation,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove.