Application Form

Application Contact Information

Please list the person who should receive all Tekne communication from MHTA. (Includes questions related to the application, event specifics and announcements.)

General Organization Information

Please complete the following information accurately. Please note that unless otherwise stated, some of this information may be used in Tekne promotional materials should your company a finalist and/or recipient.

President or Department head approval for submission?
Up To 100 Words

Organization Specifics:

Please note the following fields will be seen by Tekne Judges only. Judges use this information to evaluate organization health and growth. Please contact Claire Ayling (cayling@mhta.org or 952-230-4553) with questions/concerns.

Annual Sales
Annual Income
Number of Employees

Award Category Information

Select the category that you are applying for and fill out the following questions.

Advanced Manufacturing
Honors innovation in the manufacturing process to increase speed, accuracy and reduce costs, while minimizing environmental impact.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Discuss the market potential for this project and significant aspects of the business model that drive current and future success. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify the three most significant successes (e.g. industry awards and recognition, patents, committed partnerships, growth data, notable milestones, significant obstacles overcome) over the past year, and describe the benefit/contribution the science and technology economy. Explain how project success is defined and evaluated.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Analytics
Honors innovative applications for turning data driven insights into improved business processes or outcomes. Examples include digital marketing, customer experience mapping, predictive innovation, identifying new revenue opportunities, retail applications, etc.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Discuss the market potential for this project and significant aspects of the business model that drive current and future success. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify the three most significant successes (e.g. industry awards and recognition, patents, committed partnerships, growth data, notable milestones, significant obstacles overcome) over the past year, and describe the benefit/contribution the science and technology economy. Explain how project success is defined and evaluated.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Building Design & Infrastructure
Honors the integration of technology in the design, construction and operation of the built environment. Entries should demonstrate innovation and leadership in one or more areas of intelligent building infrastructure, sustainable energy efficiency and productive workplace design.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Provide evidence of educational success to date, significant obstacles overcome; and other pertinent information. Include evaluation criteria by which student success is defined or student learning is measured and evaluated. Describe the project’s scalability, as well as aspects of the business model that drive current and future success.
Identify three examples that illustrate success within the last year (e.g. industry recognition, early test results, milestones achieved, objectives met, and other pertinent information).
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Communications Technology
Celebrates a product or service with demonstrated impact on interactive forms of communication including the Internet, mobile technologies, social media, and other telecommunications based technologies or applications.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Discuss the market potential for this project and significant aspects of the business model that drive current and future success. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify the three most significant successes (e.g. industry awards and recognition, patents, committed partnerships, growth data, notable milestones, significant obstacles overcome) over the past year, and describe the benefit/contribution the science and technology economy. Explain how project success is defined and evaluated.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Community Impact
Recognizes the development or implementation of technology that serves an unmet community need. Entries should demonstrate significant improvement or modernization through a product, service or innovation that assists underserved populations, enhance quality of life, health or safety, or promotes an innovative job creation strategy. Two or more parties can be involved and submit a joint application. Both non-profit and for-profit organizations are eligible.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. What problem does your project mitigate or solve? Describe where collaboration stands to date, what is needed to achieve its potential, and why team members are confident of success.
Describe your project’s positive impact on the community and/or target population, and describe the anticipated measurable outcomes. Explain how success is defined and evaluated.
Identify three examples that illustrate success within the last year (e.g. industry recognition, program metrics, milestones achieved, objectives met, significant obstacles overcome and other pertinent information).
Describe the project contributors, and briefly outline their specific and unique contributions. How does this particular combination of expertise and skill make this project possible?
Cyber Security
Recognizes innovative products or services that secure networks, computers, or systems from unintended or unauthorized access. These include but are not limited to identity management products or services, trusted authentication, disaster recovery, computer forensics, and verification processes.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Discuss the market potential for this project and significant aspects of the business model that drive current and future success. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify the three most significant successes (e.g. industry awards and recognition, patents, committed partnerships, growth data, notable milestones, significant obstacles overcome) over the past year, and describe the benefit/contribution the science and technology economy. Explain how project success is defined and evaluated.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Healthcare
Honors innovative development or deployment of medical devices, diagnostics or equipment, data management, communication systems integration, disease treatment, or pharmaceuticals that measurably improves patient care delivery, reduces recovery times, or improves patient health.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Discuss the market potential for this project and significant aspects of the business model that drive current and future success. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify the three most significant successes (e.g. shortened patient recovery times, reduced risk, expedited diagnoses, significant test results, industry awards and recognition, patents, challenges overcome) over the past year. Explain how project success is defined and evaluated.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Industry Impact
Recognizes the development or implementation of technology with impact across a specific sector or industry. Entries should demonstrate significant improvement or modernization in processes or products and can include better customer/client experience, engagement, or ecommerce. Two or more parties can be involved and submit a joint application.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? How does your project improve the efficiency of energy usage, reduce waste, and/or reduce environmental impact? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Describe the market potential for this project and significant aspects of the business model that drive current and future success. How does your project improve the efficiency of energy usage, reduce waste, and/or reduce environmental impact. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify the three most significant successes (e.g. industry awards, patents, significant test results, significant obstacles overcome, committed partnerships) over the past year, and describe the benefit/contribution the science and technology economy. Explain how project success is defined and evaluated.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Internet of Things
Honors the development of Internet of Things including use of sensors and wearable solutions that add increased efficiency or enhanced value to clients or customers.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Discuss the market potential for this project and significant aspects of the business model that drive current and future success. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify the three most significant successes (e.g. industry awards and recognition, patents, committed partnerships, growth data, notable milestones, significant obstacles overcome) over the past year, and describe the benefit/contribution the science and technology economy. Explain how project success is defined and evaluated.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Software
Honors innovation in software development or applications that enhance productivity and efficiency for business or consumer use.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Discuss the market potential for this project and significant aspects of the business model that drive current and future success. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify the three most significant successes (e.g. industry awards and recognition, patents, committed partnerships, growth data, notable milestones, significant obstacles overcome) over the past year, and describe the benefit/contribution the science and technology economy. Explain how project success is defined and evaluated.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Start Up
Honors an early-stage Minnesota technology company with commercialized products that demonstrates significant potential, creativity and a promising future. Company must be: less than 3 years old, have 1 – 30 employees and generating revenues.
This is your elevator pitch. (100 Word Max)
Convince us this is a breakthrough idea and an innovative approach. Describe your product/service, the problem it solves, your value proposition and what is unique or innovative about your approach. Who is your target customer and how large is your addressable market? (500 words)
Convince us your plan is commercially viable. Explain your business model including operating, sales and marketing plans. What activities will your company perform and what partners/vendors will you rely on, how will your product/service be priced and positioned, through what channels will you reach your customers, how will you create awareness and convert customers. Also, include a list of key team members/advisors that are helping you develop the business. Please include summary financial projections and assumptions including projected volume, unit pricing and margins, major operating costs and capital needs. (500 words)
What progress have you made? Do you have a prototype, customers, strategic partners or revenue? Tell us what milestones you’ve achieved to validate the opportunity and bring your product/service to market. (500 words)
STEM Education
Recognizes innovative curriculum and programs that promote STEM (Science Technology Education Math) in a E-12 Minnesota classroom or community.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation added value to or improved the experience of customers/end users? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Discuss the market potential for this project and significant aspects of the business model that drive current and future success. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify the three most significant successes (e.g. industry awards and recognition, patents, committed partnerships, growth data, notable milestones, significant obstacles overcome) over the past year, and describe the benefit/contribution the science and technology economy. Explain how project success is defined and evaluated.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.
Workforce Developement
Honors innovative approaches to training workers in transition or youth with technology skills and successfully matching them to jobs that meet the needs of Minnesota companies.
Describe your project and how it aligns with your company’s mission and priorities.
Discuss what makes your project innovative, and what makes this product, service, or application unique and outstanding in the field.
Describe your project’s value proposition. How has this innovation contributed to preparing workers in transition or youth for successful science or technology careers? What problem does your project mitigate or solve?
Evidence of educational success to date, significant obstacles overcome, and other pertinent information. Include evaluation criteria by which success is defined, measured and evaluated. Describe the project’s scalability.
Identify three examples that illustrate success within the last year. Examples include: placement data, numbers of companies and workers affected, milestones achieved, objectives met, industry recognition, and other pertinent information.
Describe experience, special skills and accomplishments of key management team related to this project and how the team’s quality contributes to the success of this project.