Congratulations to client Maverick Software Consulting for winning the 2011 Tekne Award for “Innovative Collaboration of the Year.” Maverick was chosen for developing a first-of-its-kind academia-meets-corporate America partnership, bringing together top computer-science students from campuses across Minnesota with major corporations seeking local software development and software testing.
In partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), Advance IT Minnesota, Thomson Reuters and Digital River, the innovative program provides corporate partners with top student talent as a successful, proven option for cost-effective software development and testing services and an experienced workforce after graduation. It also provides students real-world experience working in the field with cutting-edge technology – and typically a job offer prior to graduation.
Maverick was honored last night during the Tekne Awards, a “who’s who” of Minnesota business, technology and political leaders. The gala drew more than 1,000 attendees from across the state to recognize Minnesota’s best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management.
Maverick president Martin Hebig founded the program in 2006, starting with one corporate partner, Thomson Reuters, and one office with a staff of 10 student employees. Since then, the company has rapidly grown to an army of 110 across nine college campuses and three states – and 150 students have graduated from the program. 2011 has been a record-setting year of growth, with three new corporate partners joining the program and MnSCU participating as an official academic partner.
In August and September, Maverick added 20 new jobs for student employees, and opened a new office in St. Paul, Minn. All six offices are located on or close to college campuses, including Minnesota State University, Mankato; the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; the University of Wisconsin – Madison; Iowa State University in Ames; Metropolitan State University, the University of Saint Thomas, Bethel University and Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.; and the newly opened office on the campus of St. Cloud State University.