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Continued: Tekne Awards go to 15 Minnesota organizations

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BankCard Services Worldwide (BCSW) created ClientPay to streamline the payment process for law firms. Before ClientPay, law firms needed to manually enter data and cross-reference payment information in three or four different systems in order to process credit card payments. It was a costly and time-consuming process with a high margin of error. Launched in 2012, ClientPay is a credit card processing interface that seamlessly integrates with law firms’ financial-management systems. It has transformed the accounts receivable processes in the legal industry by converting a multistep, multiplatform procedure into an automated and integrated process. ClientPay delivers superior efficiency, security, data accuracy, reporting and customer service, while improving accounting workflow efficiency. It reduces opportunities for human error and keeps transaction data secure. BCSW is working to make ClientPay the preferred payment processing solution for law firms.

Innovative collaboration of the Year: Boston Scientific

Academic and industry partnerships fuel vital discoveries and spur economic growth but their disparate approaches can impede effective collaboration. By forging a thoughtful, synergistic working relationship that combines the resources and industry know-how of Boston Scientific Corp. (BSC) with University of Minnesota researchers and University-based hospitals and clinics, these two entities are identifying unmet clinical needs in a variety of spaces. The University of Minnesota, a leader in research and discovery, teaching and learning, created the new Minnesota Innovation Partnerships (MN-IP) program to facilitate company-sponsored University research. By streamlining collaboration agreements, several projects already have been initiated between the U of M’s medical devices center and BSC’s cardiovascular division. BSC transforms lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world. Both parties have gained access to facilities and resources that otherwise would not have been available.

Mobile technologies: XRS Corp.

The XRS wireless data collection and analysis system is the first fully functional mobile solution for the trucking industry. It helps trucking firms slash costs, reduce accidents and make life easier for drivers. XRS is a convergence of wireless trends in the important trucking industry: It goes anywhere because it’s mobile; it’s flexible because it’s in the cloud; it’s social because it operates on the driver’s personal communication device; and it collects and manages mission-critical compliance and performance data for trucking firms. XRS operates on the newest, fastest bands on the mobile spectrum, collecting data from truck and driver, and transferring it wirelessly to an analytical “dashboard,” where this trucking industry ‘Big Data’ is analyzed to improve operations, safety and regulatory compliance.

Safety and security: MPC

MPC is an IT services firm that’s focuses on mitigating risk surrounding off-network electronic equipment. The company has launched a complete suite of services to help organizations prevent problems associated with end-of-life or end-of-current-use IT hardware and equipment. MPC securely manages the entire disposition process for IT assets, and provides chain-of-custody tracking to customers through its new reporting portal, myMPC. This service safely streamlines the disposition process, including execution, efficiency, data flow and vendor management. That gives customers confidence in the secure elimination of company data and responsible handling of old equipment.

Software (established company): Navitaire

Navitaire has offered industry-leading airline solutions for over 20 years. Navitaire software was founded on the premise of effective, streamlined processes that are not wedded to the often-dated industry ‘norms’. Instead, the software is clearly focused on processes and technology to make it more cost-effective for clients to run their business, and easier for customers to do business with them. Navitaire’s unique innovative Ticketless software is the cornerstone of their New Skies reservation and Travel Commerce ancillary revenue systems. These systems are often called an airline’s ‘heart and lungs’. This is a radical new approach to the critical process of selling inventory and maintaining customer reservation records “ticketless travel” is a step well beyond electronic tickets. Using Ticketless software, clients have grown their businesses with very low distribution costs, keen insight into customer-buying behavior, highly efficient call center operations, streamlined self-service airport check-in processes and minimal up-front investment in software and information technology.

Software (small and growing company): UpNet Technologies

UpNet Technologies designed and developed iEDeX (Information Enterprise Data Exchange), a SaaS-based platform that can integrate any type of data regardless of the origination of the data. This dynamic solution successfully advances the speed of data conversion, partner integration and access to global-business analytics. And it enables companies to customize business solutions to fit all of their business needs, a certain project or even a specific process. The possibilities of iEDeX are endless because of its flexibility and customizable features. UpNet designed and owns all parts of the platform, making it easy and cost-effective to customize the technology for any organization’s business needs.

Start-up: CogCubed

CogCubed has invented a new approach to identify and treat cognitive disorders like ADHD and autism in all ages. Using gaming systems that leverage multiple sensors, clinicians, educators and consumers can understand and improve cognitive health. Developed by a team of data scientists, computer scientists, neuroscientists and psychiatrists, these products have the potential to give at-risk children alternatives to powerful prescription drugs, and provide an objective tool in a subjective industry to provide early detection and/or treatment. CogCubed has designed, developed and tested games in the consumer market while building clinical efficacy in the clinical markets.

STEM education and digital learning: University of St. Thomas School of Engineering

The STEPS camp at the University of St. Thomas is designed to spark girls’ interest in STEM careers at a critical stage in their development. Through its hands-on, immersion-based philosophy, STEPS has engaged more than 3,000 girls over the past 14 years in workshops covering such fields as electronics, physics, renewable energy, computer programming and manufacturing processes, weaving in arts, creativity and fun with the exploration of science and engineering. Participants stay overnight for a week at the university during the program, which is sponsored by the School of Engineering with support from parents, community STEM advocates, volunteers and nearly $2 million in corporate foundation support. The no-cost camp gives girls from all backgrounds the confidence to take the next step into a STEM field.

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