The State of B2B Tech in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2019

Aaron Walker
Aaron Walker  |  January 5, 2018

Small but mighty, the Twin Cities are shaping up to be a one-two tech punch. 

With fewer than a million in combined population, Minneapolis and St. Paul have a vibrant and impressive tech ecosystem. Much like Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, the Twin Cities make quite the superhuman team.

The Minnesota Tech Ecosystem

According to 2016’s documentary about the Minnesota tech ecosystem, “DocuMNtary,” Minnesota has a long history with computers, reaching all the way back to the late ‘40s. Control Data, based in Bloomington, MN, created the first supercomputers in the ‘60s. Given Minnesota’s long history with technology, it should come as no surprise that the tech scene is flourishing.

In fact, Twin Cities tech startups have made more than $7 billion (yes, with a “b”) with the closed sales of a few dozen tech companies over the past 10 years. (Which, of course, you won’t hear about much since Minnesotans are not prone to bragging.) Minneapolis and St. Paul are currently poised to become leaders in med tech, with 98 health tech startups raising more than $420 million in 2016 (got to offset all those Juicy Lucys somehow) and that’s definitely worth bragging about.

According to TechCrunch, Minneapolis has the second most start-ups in the Midwest founded since 2015 (behind Chicago, which has almost 10 times the population). According to the same article, Minneapolis is also second in tech funding (behind Chicago again). According to some, the Twin Cities startup scene is even more vibrant than Chicago’s, with packed startup events and mixers and lots of accelerator activity.

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Note: Only software vendors on G2 Crowd with headquarters currently in the Twin Cities area are included in graph.


We have compiled data on the state of the Minneapolis/St. Paul B2B tech scene that includes all of the top-rated products on G2 Crowd which have parent companies headquartered in the Twin Cities area. Our list is ranked by user satisfaction of a company’s top-rated product. To qualify, a product was required to have at least 10 verified user reviews.

For each qualifying product, we created a company profile to recognize what that company is and does, as well as give a little insight into its history. The data relies on G2 Crowd’s more than 300,000 B2B software and services reviews, or from public data sources such as LinkedIn, Crunchbase or each vendor’s website.

Top B2B Minneapolis/St. Paul Tech in 2019

Jamf Pro

1. Jamf Pro

Product: Jamf Pro
Category: Mobile Device Management (MDM)
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2002
Employees: 710

With an impressive 146 reviews on G2 Crowd, Jamf Pro is a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The product is also listed in our enterprise mobility management and mobile application management categories. It provides a wide range of mobility management features and is geared toward Apple products.


Code42

2. Code42

Product: Code42
Category: Backup
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2001
Employees: 524

With an impressive 268 reviews on G2 Crowd, Code42 is both a Leader in the backup software category and a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The company provides backup services for endpoint data security. It aims to make it easier for users to store, navigate and secure sensitive business information.


Dayforce

3. Ceridian

Product: Dayforce
Category: Core HR
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 1932
Employees: 4,317

With an impressive 177 reviews on G2 Crowd, Dayforce is both a Leader in the Core HR category and a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. Dayforce is a longstanding staple in the HR world. The human capital management (HCM) tool has features for payroll, time tracking, benefits and workforce management. It can serve as a complete HR management tool with its additional recruiting, onboarding and performance management features.


Calabrio

4. Calabrio

Product: Calabrio ONE
Category: Contact Center Workforce
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2007
Employees: 3270

With 31 reviews on G2 Crowd, Calabrio ONE is a High Performer in the contact center workforce category and a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The tool provides customer engagement and contact center support for service centers. The suite’s features include workforce management, call analytics and quality management. The StarTribune has rated it a “Top 150 Workplace” four years in a row.


goanywhere

5. HelpSystems

Product: GoAnywhere MFT
Category: File Storage and Sharing
City:Eden Prairie, MN
Founded: 1982
Employees: 402

With an impressive 41 reviews on G2 Crowd, GoAnywhere MFT is a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The tool is used to automate encrypted file transfers between employees or customers. It’s improves the security and reliability of file transfers.


ChargeOver

6. ChargeOver

Product: ChargeOver
Category: Subscription Management
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2011
Employees: 6

With an impressive 11 reviews on G2 Crowd, ChargeOver is both a High Performer in the subscription management category and a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The SaaS offering provides subscription and recurring billing features for companies. It also has features for automating invoices, accepting payments and customizing processes.


ilos

7. ilos

Product: ilos
Category: Video Hosting
City: St. Paul, MN
Founded: 2012
Employees: 25

With an impressive 13 reviews on G2 Crowd, ilos is a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The tool can help companies capture, host and analyze videos within a single console. It also has tailored solutions for specific industries like education, sales and customer success.


RecruitBPM

8. RecruitBPM

Product: RecruitBPM
Category: Recruitment Marketing
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2012
Employees: 4

With an impressive 21 reviews on G2 Crowd, RecruitBPM is both a High Performer in the recruitment marketing and a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The product helps streamline recruiting processes for HR teams. It includes applicant tracking features, reporting tools and a built-in CRM.


When I Work

9. When I Work

Product: When I Work
Category: Workforce Management
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2010
Employees: 132

With an impressive 36 reviews on G2 Crowd, When I Work is a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. It provides scheduling and workforce management solutions for a number of large companies including TicketMaster, Uber, and SoundCloud. Its platform can be tailored specifically to industries like retail, education and health care.


App Data Room

10. Modus Engagement

Product: App Data Room
Category: Sales Enablement
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2013
Employees: 21

With an impressive 68 reviews on G2 Crowd, App Data Room is both a High Performer in the sales enablement category and a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The product can be used for both sales enablement and marketing asset management. Users can store, track and share sales data on any device. Users can track incentives, analyze data and present information to potential buyers


Leadpages

11. Leadpages

Product: Leadpages
Category: Landing Page Builders
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2013
Employees: 149

With an impressive 62 reviews on G2 Crowd, Leadpages is both a High Performer in the landing page builder category and a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. Leadpages is a landing page builder with an emphasis on lead generation. It has a variety of templates for emails, web pages and text messages.


CATS

12. CATS Software

Product: CATS
Category: Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2005
Employees: 26

With an impressive 29 reviews on G2 Crowd, CATS is both a High Performer in the ATS category and a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The web-based application can serve a number of HR purposes including the entire applicant tracking process. It also helps users manage listings on job boards and social networks.


SPS Commerce Fulfillment

13. SPS Commerce

Product: SPS Commerce Fulfillment
Category: Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 1987
Employees: 1383

With an impressive 35 reviews on G2 Crowd, SPS Commerce Fulfillment is a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The EDI platform is web-based for easy implementation. It also includes a database of over 70,000 retail partnerships including Amazon, Walmart and Target.


Arcserve

14. Arcserve

Product: Arcserve
Category: Backup
City: Eden Prairie, MN
Founded: 2014
Employees: 272

With an impressive 10 reviews on G2 Crowd, Arcserve is a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The backup solution works for both physical and virtual storage environments. Other features include disaster recovery, email archiving and high availability.


EagleSoft

15. Patterson Dental Supply

Product: EagleSoft
Category: Dental Practice Management
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2015
Employees: 3085

With an impressive 21 reviews on G2 Crowd, EagleSoft is a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The dental practice management solution has a number of features for scheduling, backup and data protection. It also comes with a cloud-based option named CASEY.


BuzzBuilder

16. BuzzBuilder

Product: BuzzBuilder
Category: Lead Intelligence
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2008
Employees: 6

With an impressive 11 reviews on G2 Crowd, BuzzBuilder is a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The lead generation tool markets itself as an all-in-one prospecting platform. It has capabilities to automate email marketing, generating leads and tracking website visitors.


Siteimprove

17. Siteimprove

Product: Siteimprove
Category: Content Analytics
City: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 2003
Employees: 231

With an impressive 10 reviews on G2 Crowd, Siteimprove is a leader within our Minneapolis-based products. The company’s product aims to help users improve the way they manage and deliver content. It comes with tools for DDPR compliance, content quality analysis and user insights.


Other B2B Twin Cities Tech Companies

 

Branch Messenger

“We believe that a strong sense of community is fostering strong tech growth in the Twin Cities. After all, that is one of the key reasons we decided to move from LA to Minneapolis. The close relationships held between Twin Cities’ tech start-ups and Fortune 500 companies is shortening the product feedback loop for start-ups and helping us quickly build products that solve real-world business problems.” Tom Sawatzke, Growth Marketer at Branch Messenger

While we recognized only the best 17 SaaS and service tech companies in the Twin Cities area, there are still an abundance of other tech companies impacting the B2B scene in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Here’s a rundown of other Minneapolis/St. Paul B2B software and service companies with their founded dates and total employees.

 

For any questions about the methodology or data included in this piece, or to request that your Minneapolis/St. Paul B2B tech company be added, please reach out to Editorial Team Lead Jakub Rudnik at jrudnik@g2crowd.com

Aaron Walker
Author

Aaron Walker

Aaron is a Senior Research Specialist who focuses on cybersecurity, information technology and software development. He began at G2 Crowd in 2016 after graduating from The University of Iowa. Aaron has written for The Daily Herald, Tribune Media, and The Daily Iowan, among other media outlets. In his free time, Aaron enjoys shooting film photography and fine-tuning his illustration skills.