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16 Minnesota Businesses Honored at 2018 Tekne Awards

Award winners for the annual awards held by the Minnesota High Tech Association included long-established companies like 3M, startups like HabitAware, a nonprofit, and more.

16 Minnesota Businesses Honored at 2018 Tekne Awards

At the 2018 Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne Awards ceremony on Thursday night, 16 organizations from around the state were honored for their contributions to science and technology.

The winning honorees range in size and industry, but all fit a theme of using innovative approaches to incorporating technology into various applications.

“This year’s Tekne Award winners exemplify the diversity and strength of Minnesota’s innovative economy,” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association, in a statement. “The selected organizations all continuously challenge the status quo of the science and technology industries, and we were proud to honor them in this ceremony.”


The 2018 Tekne Award categories and their award recipients are:

Advanced Manufacturing: PaR Systems, a Shoreview-based systems engineering company specializing in providing solutions for material handling, automation and robotic applications to clients worldwide.

Biotechnology/pharmaceuticals: 3M, the Maplewood-based science-focused manufacturing giant known for its wide variety of products serving the industry, healthcare and consumer goods spaces.

Building design and infrastructure: Uponor, a Finland-based company with U.S. headquarters in Apple Valley, that produces high-tech plumbing, heating and cooling solutions.

Clean technology/clean energy: OATI, an energy solutions company based in Minneapolis.

Community impact: STARBASE Minnesota, a nonprofit focused on educating and encouraging youth interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The St. Paul-based organization serves youth around the Twin Cities and, following a recent expansion, in Duluth.

Cybersecurity: Unisys, an information technology company – headquartered in Pennsylvania but with a significant presence in Eagan – that’s centered on solutions for corporate and government clients

Emerging technologies (large company): Seagate Technology, a California-based data storage solutions company substantially active throughout Minnesota.

Emerging technologies (small company): MultiTech Systems, a Mounds View-based manufacture of data communications equipment in the Internet of Things space.

Food/agriculture technology: Land O’Lakes, the Arden Hills-based agricultural giant known for its dairy and animal-related products.

Health IT: Carrot Health, the software provider based in Minneapolis and specializing in healthcare related solutions.

IT solutions consulting: Charter Solutions, a Minneapolis-based computer consultant which provides data analytics and other services to corporate clients.

Medical device: RxFunction, a medical device startup based in Eden Prairie and known particularly for its Walkasins product, which is a device aimed at helping patients with peripheral neuropathy.

Science and technology startup: HabitAware, a Minneapolis-based startup which manufactures a device aimed at preventing unhealthy habits.

Software (established): Thomson Reuters, the juggernaut news and information provider based in Toronto but with a core office in Eagan.

Software (small and growing): Agosto, the Minneapolis-based cloud services company.

STEM workforce development: Minnesota State University, Mankato, which offers more than 130 undergraduate programs, including 13 pre-professional programs, across six academic colleges. 


The awards were sponsored by several of the winning companies, as well as Comcast, Best Buy, Ecolab, and others. The event was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center and hosted by Minnesota broadcast personality Paul Douglas.

Learn more about the Tekne Awards here.

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