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Our Mission

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

 
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The Why

 

On a national scale, the startups that receive over 95% of total investment dollars do not accurately reflect the broader pool of problem solvers and entrepreneurs in our communities. The result? Big ideas and bright solutions go unnoticed — and we all miss out.

We are dedicated to reflecting and supporting the awesome diversity of the Twin Cities by helping close opportunity gaps for all of Minnesota's high-growth businesses. 


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Our Partners

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.

 
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Glen Nelson Center at American Public Media

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

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.

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