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Renewable Energy Roundtable
Agbioscience strategy implementation update
Ag Innovation News available
Minnesota Cup competition
Cleantech Open accepting applications
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April 29-May 1, 2014

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April 2014
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"The Changing Landscape of Woody Biomass: Where Does Renewable Energy Fit?" was the theme of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable held April 9, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Minn. The event was hosted by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) in collaboration with UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). The event featured nearly 20 experts from various parts of the biomass industry. The presenters and attendees confirmed the need to address woody biomass and that there are many things happening in the industry, from Heating the Midwest to the Statewide Wood Energy Team grants, and much more.  


   > View presentations from the event 

AURI staff continue to work with others across the state on the implementation of the Minnesota Agbioscience Strategy, a report completed by the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, which finds that Minnesota has tremendous growth opportunity in the area of agbioscience. Along with several meetings that are happening about the recommended strategy, AURI staff presented at the 10th Annual Regional Bioscience Conference.


>Read more about the Agbioscience Strategy 

>View the presentation from the Regional Bioscience Conference 

The latest edition of Ag Innovation News (Apr-Jun 2014) is now available on AURI's website.


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Minnesota Cup entries due May 9

AURI is teaming up with Minnesota Cup to encourage innovators to submit their great business ideas to compete for more than $300,000 in prize money.  Entries are due May 9. The competition is free to enter and encourages entries from a wide range of businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors in seven divisions:

  • Energy/Clean Tech
  • Food/Agriculture/Beverage
  • General
  • High Tech
  • Life Science/Health IT
  • Social Entrepreneurs
  • Student Entrepreneurs

Each year, Midwest Cleantech Open selects 15-30 emerging companies to participate in their five-month national accelerator program. The Cleantech Open Business Accelerator program consists of a number of activities and resources including extensive mentoring, training, access to investors and capital, numerous opportunities to showcase to the media and the public, and an opportunity for awards.