Minnesota High Tech Association recognizes top tech companies in MN, winners to be named at Nov. 6 ceremony

Eagan, MN Oct. 22 2013 – The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Eagan-based, GuideK12, as a finalist in the Education Technology category for the 2013 Tekne Awards. Winners will be named during the Nov. 6 ceremony held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Tekne Awards honor Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior technology innovation and leadership.

The MHTA Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to promote and support excellence in Science, math and technology in education. Along with its technology based company members, MHTA looks to promote Technology in education, positioning MN as a top tech state to watch. In addition to the prestigious Tekne Awards, MHTA also awards individual scholarships to undergraduate students in STEM disciplines.

As the leading provider of web-based, Geovisual Analytic tools for the education market, GuideK12 enables school districts to solve critical educational challenges by visualizing data on a map. Having the ability to link student and household information, a district can save time and money while increasing transparency for everything from boundary planning, to program resource allocation to student performance analysis. Displaying data in an interactive map allows administrators to run “what if” scenarios to drive decisions that are more efficient, and accurate. This break-through technology is helping districts wade through and visualize data in a more meaningful way. Schools are swimming with data, much of it siloed, making it difficult to integrate and take action

“GuideK12 is thrilled to be named as a finalist for this year’s Tekne Awards, earning recognition in our home state for the work we do to support districts nationwide is truly an honor,” states GuideK12 CEO and MN native, Chuck Amos. He continues, “GuideK12 translates data into actionable information so administrators can save time and money with more effective and efficient decisions. In states with school choice, like MN, GuideK12 is a powerful tool for districts to analyze school choice patterns and trends across districts and determine the impact for the first time. We are proud to be a MN based company that is empowering administrators to make data-driven decisions at the district level at the same time increasing transparency and trust within their communities.”

Presented by the MHTA, the Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota’s best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management. A full list of finalists is available online at http://www.tekneawards.org.visit

For more information about GuideK12, please visit them online at www.guidek12.com

About GuideK12

GuideK12LLC is MN based geovisual analytics Software Company, which enables education decision makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be more insightful and faster. Named a finalist for SIIA’s 2013 CODiE award for best enterprise solution and selected by the NSBA as a technology showcase company, GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United Sates. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
MHTA is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota’s prosperity. We help bring together the people of Minnesota’s technology ecosystem and lead the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota’s state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more online at http://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA.

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