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The Tech­stars Re­tail ac­cel­er­a­tor in part­ner

ship with Tar­get has worked with 30 star­tups since hatch­ing in 2016. Par­tic­i­pants—like Lo­cal

Crate— of­ten end up work­ing with the big­box re­tailer.

Min­nesota Cup, the largest statewide com­pe­ti­tion for star­tups in the coun­try, is run by the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota. Win­ning star­tups in­clude Astropad, maker of an app that turns an iPad into a draw­ing pad, and

Mi­croOptx, a med­i­cal de­vice com­pany chang­ing how glau­coma is treated.

In 2015, Gen­eral Mills launched 301 Inc, an in­cu­ba­tor that in­vests in early-stage food com­pa­nies (see “For Love or Meat,” page 30) such as No Cow, a ve­gan pro­tein-snack com­pany.

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