Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve broken down some of our most frequently asked questions here. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, contact Membership Director Ray Hoover.

General Information

The Minnesota Technology Association is a coalition of more than 250 member companies united in building a stronger tech ecosystem and innovation economy in Minnesota. Formerly known as the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), the organization works to ensure that Minnesota’s technology-driven companies have access to exceptional talent, dedicated public policy advocates, and part of an innovative, inclusive technology community.

To build a more vibrant, innovative, and inclusive technology ecosystem in Minnesota by enabling the connections, public policies, and partnerships needed to help our tech community thrive.

Our member companies work the spectrum of technology, including IT, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, fintech, agtech, cleantech, and edutech, and range from long-established corporations to small and growing startups. See our current member roster here.

You can either complete the inquiry form on our Contact Us page or email any of our team members.

MnTech sends out a weekly newsletter, Techtuesday, which you can subscrbe to here

Membership

For information on the benefits of joining MnTech, please visit the Membership Benefits page. Membership is available for companies in Minnesota and rates are based on revenue in the state. If you are interested in joining MnTech, we ask all prospective members to please complete a brief online application.  A MnTech staff member will follow up to complete the registration process. If you have additional questions, please email Membership Director Ray Hoover.

Current members have access to our online portal and are listed online in our member page. You can also check the status of your membership by emailing Membership Director Ray Hoover.

MnTech gatherings and labs are a subset of the type of communities we offer. In Labs, participants will engage in benchmarking, ideating, piloting, and more. Each lab will work collectively to contribute new ideas and initiatives to our broader technology ecosystem. Our AI in Manufacturing community is a good example of that. You can learn more about that here

Gatherings are designed to foster learning and connection in an informal environment. These communities aren’t driving towards producing tangible deliverables. Instead, members are connecting with others based on shared passion and interest in a particular topic.  Our Tech Careers 1.0 community is a good example of that. You can learn more about that here.

Absolutely. Current MnTech members enjoy a discount on all signature event tickets, but non-members are encouraged and welcome to attend. The only restrictions on events are through our MnTech Communities, many of which require MnTech membership.

There are plenty of ways to help with our signature events or serve on committees for our Community and groups. For more information, you can email Jade Denson, the Director of Community Engagement.

Programs and Events

Learn, network, connect and celebrate through MnTech events and programs.   Signature events such as TechTalent (late winter), Tech Connect (late spring), Tekne (late fall), and the CIO Panel (winter) draw hundreds of technologists, business leaders, educators and policy makers annually.  Peer Forums offer unique opportunities to connect with peers on key business topics quarterly.  Our communities of interest offer many other opportunities to engage.  Women Leading in Technology (WLiT) is our largest community—with quarterly networking and educational events. Learn about other communities of interest here. MnTech also features guest speakers and panelists through webinars, tech talks, fireside chats and more.   For more detail on all events and programs, view our calendar of events here.

MnTech event details and registration information is located here.

Glad you asked!  Learn about MnTech Communities of Interest here.

Join our Tech Talent Community of Interest!  Learn more here.

SciTech is a free, state-funded internship program that provides small, for-profit Minnesota employers with up to a 50% wage match for STEM college interns.  Learn more here.

Policy & Advocacy Work

Yes, MnTech advocates for the partners and policies that will have far-reaching, positive impacts on the companies, entrepreneurs, and tech workers that make Minnesota great.

Every year, MnTech works with our members and Government Affairs Committee to develop a Legislative Agenda for the upcoming session. These priorities drive our communication with lawmakers and government officials, and the strength of our membership informs our ability to speak as the voice of the technology community and provide thought leadership. To learn about MnTech Advocacy, go here.

To get more involved in MnTech Advocacy, you can sign up for our policy newsletter here, our Policy and Pints community here, or reach out to Membership Director Ray Hoover here.