Connect startups to customers and accelerate their achievement of key milestones, growth and success.



We are dedicated to shifting the local landscape to more effectively reflect and support the awesome diversity of the Twin Cities by helping close opportunity gaps for all of Minnesota’s high growth businesses.


American Public Media, Knight Foundation, and Osborn370 worked together to create and launch Lunar Startups in support of their shared mission to strengthen their local communities. The powerful local network and national reach of our partner institutions creates a unique value proposition for entrepreneurs in the Lunar Startups' cohort.

The Glen Nelson Center invests in entrepreneurial ventures that serve new and diverse audiences while strengthening public media. The Center accomplishes its goals through strategic investments in companies at the frontier of media and technology and by founding new for-profit and nonprofit ventures in support of American Public Media and its mission.

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. They invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Their goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which they believe are essential for a healthy democracy.