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Sitting in the state of Minnesota, the city of St Cloud has the largest population (67,984) in the state's central region. The county seat of Stearns County, it was named after the city of Saint-Cloud in France, which was named after the 6th Century French monk, Clodoald. Straddling the Mississippi River, it extends into the Benton and Sherburne counties and is located about 105km northwest of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St Paul. It's home to Minnesota's 3rd largest public university spewing out tech savvy youth intent on taking over the world and huddling in coworking venues with likeminded souls.

Occupied by various indigenous people for thousands of years, it was organized as a territory in 1849 and opened up to settlers in 1851. A town where kayak and canoe enthusiasts gather due to a 12 mile stretch of wild and scenic river to run amok on, St Cloud earned the nickname of "The Granite City" due to granite quarries operating in the area since the 1880s. St Cloud, as with the rest of Minnesota, has a diverse enterprise scene from finance to food, retail to health care and the list goes on. There is a strong resolve amongst its tech scene peers to solve real problems, not fluff or puff startups. There are still a few issues to be addressed such as the prevalence of a traditional corporate path mentality and the fact that its ecosystem is predominantly early-stage companies, but these niggles can be overcome.

The Twin cities region is often ranked as the best entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Midwest that has seen a 40% increase in startup investments between the years of 2016 and 2017. The cities' entrepreneurial locals have set up programs and support systems for other entrepreneurs and serve as mentors for programs such as Techstars Farm to Fork, plus there are many other mentor-driven activities happening. Home to 18 Fortune 500 Companies, all but one of them grew in Minnesota organically, which proves that the state builds giant and successful corporations.

Coworking venues opening up are creating one more space where Minnesotans can be comfy sprouting off about their own stories and encouraging the startup of new ones.

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