Minnesota State University, Mankato was recently selected to lead one of six Minnesota regional hubs in a network established to strengthen Minnesota’s entrepreneurs and make it easier for innovators to take advantage of the wealth of resources across the state.

The selection was announced Feb. 26 by Launch Minnesota, a new initiative led by Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Through a request for proposal process, Minnesota State Mankato received a grant of $60,000 to establish the Southwest Minnesota hub. University organizations will also provide more than $102,000 of in-kind services and cash to support the initiative