Lunar Startups Taps 7 More Businesses for Incubator Program
The startup leaders joining Lunar Startup's Cohort 2. (Photo courtesy of Lunar Startups)

Lunar Startups Taps 7 More Businesses for Incubator Program

The majority of the companies chosen are led by a person of color and/or by women.

St. Paul-based Lunar Startups has announced its second batch of early-stage companies that will have access to office space and other resources dedicated to startup companies in the incubator program.

Lunar Startups is part of the Glen Nelson Center, which was launched in 2018 by St. Paul-based American Public Media, parent of Minnesota Public Radio.

The seven companies selected for Lunar Startups’ second cohort of early stage ventures are:

Creatively Focused: Provides a platform for educators to tap into resources producing better results for students.

Fruitful Fertility: Mentorship program connecting people facing fertility challenges with someone who has dealt with the same issue.

Maazah: Makers of an Afghani-inspired, gourmet chutney.

Team Dynamics: A strategy firm offering training, coaching, and support for businesses and organizations.

Tedious: An app to provide on-demand home services such as lawn care and snow removal.

Virtue Analytics: Consultants and data scientists who have created a financial optimization platform for educational and other institutions.

Youth Lens 360: Provides marketing and branding information for clients as seen through the eyes of today’s youth.

More than 70 percent of the companies chosen are led by a person of color; 60 percent are led by women.

A total of 40 companies applied to land spots. Lunar Startups is located in the Osborn370 building in downtown St. Paul, which has become a magnet for many young tech companies.

The Lunar Startup program runs for 12 months and includes dedicated workspace, a $5,000 travel, marketing and technology stipend, peer network support, pro-bono services valued at $8,000, and nearly $50,000 worth of resources and technology through the Global Accelerator Network.

The seven newly-selected companies will rub elbows with the initial six companies selected in mid-2018 for Lunar Startups. That first class of early-stage ventures will be part of the program for another six months.