Sezzle, Inc. Graduates from the MESA Accelerator Program

Sezzle Inc., a Minneapolis-based fin-tech firm specializing in setting up installment payments for online purchases, recently graduated from the MESA Accelerator program. Graduating from any startup course is a rewarding achievement, but doing so from MESA’s, a premier startup mentoring and acceleration venture, is a signature event. It’s a declaration [...]

2023-06-14T15:00:02-05:00March 1, 2020|

MESA Mentee Sansoro Health merges with Datica

In June, MESA Mentee Sansoro Heath, founded in 2014, merged with Datica. The combined entity now offers the most advanced and complete platform available to manage and integrate patient data on the cloud. Jeremy Pierotti, CEO The merged firms will operate under the name Datica and be headquartered in Minneapolis, [...]

2019-12-09T14:49:16-06:00December 9, 2019|

MESA Turns 10 Years Old Serving the Minnesota Startup Community Since 2009

Founder Jim Moar MESA, the Minnesota Emerging Software Association, is celebrating its tenth year of mentoring young Minnesota software companies. In October of 2009, when the markets were still reeling from what is considered the worse economic melt-down since the great depression, six individuals came together to form MESA. Their [...]

2023-06-14T15:00:07-05:00December 9, 2019|

5 Benefits to Mentoring a MESA Startup Company

Think back to the earliest days of your career. Maybe you were trying to grow a business, monetize an idea, or figure out your next step. What would it have meant to have someone more experienced offer to guide you in exchange for...nothing? If it sounds too good to be [...]

2019-05-08T07:00:08-05:00May 8, 2019|

MESA Adds Two Mentors to Team

MESA is excited to welcome Mark Casey and George Hadjiyanis to the mentor team. Mark joins us from, where he's a successful sales VP with expertise in AI, SaaS, cloud computing, software, mobile, analytics and consulting. George joins us from i.e. network, and brings over 20 years of business development [...]

2018-05-25T19:52:58-05:00May 25, 2018|

MESA Welcomes New Mentor and Mentee

MESA is excited to start the new year by welcoming Tim Bates to our mentor team, and OppSource to our portfolio. Tim joins us from the Exponential Group, where he helps early-stage companies bring new products and services to market. We look forward to leveraging his guidance and expertise. To learn more [...]

2018-02-05T23:07:16-06:00February 5, 2018|

Kent Lillemoe joins MESA Mentor team

MESA is pleased to welcome Kent Lillemoe as the newest member of our mentor team. Kent is currently Chief Financial Officer at Field Nation; a solution that connects businesses and contingent workers.  Previous successful technology companies that Kent has been involved with include MinuteClinic and Fargo Electronics. To learn more [...]

2017-12-06T21:02:10-06:00December 6, 2017|

MESA adds three new mentee companies

Rapid growth at MESA continues with the addition of three new companies to the MESA portfolio: Sansoro Health, Sezzle, and CaptureLife. Sansoro Health offers software that allows digital health applications and EMRs to seamlessly exchange data in real-time. The software removes integration barriers, enables smoother workflows, reduces licensing and maintenance [...]

2017-09-11T15:32:32-05:00September 11, 2017|

MESA welcomes Bob Tuttle to mentor team

MESA is pleased to welcome Bob Tuttle as the newest member of our mentor team. Bob is the current president of Agile Frameworks, a rapidly growing SaaS company based in the Twin Cities. He is a technology veteran with a passion for digital transformation and the Internet of Things. We [...]

2017-09-11T15:17:45-05:00September 11, 2017|

Why Mentoring Matters

The Star Tribune recently published an excellent article about the progress and success of the MESA portfolio company, AstroHQ (Read Here).  Founders Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli are doing a wonderful job, and their story is a testament to the power of a collaborative mentoring relationship.  Nicely done team!

2017-03-29T00:08:49-05:00March 29, 2017|

MESA Portfolio Company WorkOutLoud Announces to the World

After 2 full years of imagination and development, early customer incubation, beta releases, and now more than 20 customers that are helping us prove out our idea for a comprehensive customer community platform and the value within... we are announcing our company to the world. It's time to #WorkOutLoud #CustomerCommunities

2017-02-01T19:16:51-06:00February 1, 2017|

MESA adds more talented Executives to the Mentor team

MESA welcomes John Moroney, Principal - Acumen Management Group, Joe Blauert - Chief Executive Officer, ProcessPro Software, and Troy Thibodeau - Chief Marketing Officer, Sovos Compliance to our most excellent team of Mentors.  They are already engaged and lending their expertise to our portfolio of companies.  Check out their biographies [...]

2016-12-03T17:20:34-06:00December 3, 2016|

Player’s Health joins MESA portfolio

Google Demo Day winner Player's Health is the newest Minnesota start-up to become a MESA portfolio software company.  CEO Tyrre Burks is off to a great start, and MESA is looking forward to coming along side him to become Minnesota's next great success story.  We are pleased to welcome Tyrre [...]

2016-06-20T16:46:39-05:00June 20, 2016|

MESA Welcomes Astro HQ to Portfolio

Astro HQ, creators of Astropad, is the most recent start-up to join the MESA portfolio of software companies.  Winner of the 2015 Minnesota Cup, CEO Matt Ronge and the team are an excellent fit for the Mentoring capabilities MESA has to offer.  We are pleased to welcome Matt to the [...]

2016-05-24T08:38:55-05:00May 24, 2016|

MESA member When I Work (thisCLICKS) raises Venture Capital

Chad Halvorson, founder and Chief Executive Officer of thisCLICKS recently closed a $4 million round of Venture Capital.  "Big thanks to MESA (John Tedesco and Jeff Fritz) for helping me navigate the company to this point. A BIG help!"  Here's the full story: Business Journal

2014-01-09T19:18:59-06:00January 9, 2014|

MESA celebrates two new graduates

MESA recently celebrated the graduation of two of our portfolio companies at our semi-annual reception September 26th.  BIG CONGRATULATIONS go out to Lief Larson, CEO of Workface, and Scott Davis, CEO of QONQR!  Lief and Scott both had phenomenal stories to share with their colleagues in attendance, and both worked [...]

2013-10-29T19:44:01-05:00October 29, 2013|