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Maverick Software partnership earns innovation award

For Project Maverick

University partnership wins statewide innovation, leadership award.

2011-11-14
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [11/11/2011]

Maverick Software Consulting, an academia-meets-corporate America partnership that includes Minnesota State University, Mankato, has been awarded a 2011 Tekne Award for superior innovation and leadership.

The Tekne Innovative Collaboration of the Year Award is for Project Maverick, a first-of-its-kind collaboration among four partners that connects top technology students with major corporations that seek local software development and testing skills.

The award, presented annually by the Minnesota High Tech Association, honors collaboration among two or more parties that demonstrate leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering innovation to Minnesota.

Project Maverick partners are Maverick Software Consulting, Minnesota State Mankato’s Computer Information Science Department, the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system and Advance IT Minnesota. The award was presented at a Nov. 3 ceremony in Minneapolis.

Students who work for Project Maverick provide cost-effective software development and testing services for the corporate partners. After the students graduate, they create a proven, experienced workforce pool for the corporate partners. Because the students get real-world experience working with cutting-edge technology, they typically get a job offer before graduation.

“We’re honored to be counted among the ‘who’s who’ in the Minnesota technology community,” said Marty Hebig, founder and president of Maverick Software Consulting. “Thanks to our academic and corporate partners and the outstanding work of our student employees, the Maverick program is successful in creating technology jobs and hands-on learning opportunities for students across the Midwest.

“Receiving the Tekne Award is a testament to how well the program is working for everyone, from corporations to universities and students to the entire community.”

“Few programs in a university setting provide such great benefits to students, faculty, the university and its corporate partners,” said Michael Wells, professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Computer Information Science Department.

“Project Maverick provides our students with a competitive advantage when entering the job market, and it lets them make enough money to pay for school while they go to classes. Maverick Software Consulting is an outstanding industry partner and advocate for students. This is a very well-deserved award.”

Hebig founded Maverick Software Consulting in 2006, starting with one corporate partner – Thomson Reuters – and a staff of 10 student employees at Minnesota State Mankato.

Since then, the company has rapidly grown to an army of 110 students across nine college campuses and three states. In addition, more than 150 students have graduated from the program. Three new corporate partners joined the program in 2011, marking a record-setting year of growth.

This year the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system began participating through a grant that Wells initiated with Advance IT MN. In August and September, Maverick Software added 20 new jobs for student employees and opened a new office in St. Paul, Minn.

All six of the partnership’s offices are located on or close to college campuses, which include: 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 a new office on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

Project Maverick continues to seek corporate partners to join the award-winning program and benefit from cost-effective software development and testing, as well as an experienced workforce pool. Project Maverick is positioned to expand to other Midwest college campuses with renowned computer science programs.

Those who wish to learn more or schedule a tour should contact Hebig at mhebig@mavericksoftware.com. Those who want more information about Maverick Software Consulting may visit www.MaverickSoftware.com.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Computer Information Science Department offers degrees in Computer Information Technology and Information Systems. Among business and industry executives, the department is known for preparing its graduates to “go to work.” All students receive an internship experience, and the curriculum emphasizes programming skills and oral and written communications, with a real-world emphasis.

One-hundred percent of Project Maverick students at Minnesota State Mankato have found jobs upon graduation. Those who want more information may visit http://cset.mnsu.edu/ist/.

The Minnesota High Tech Association promotes the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota's technology-based economy through public policy advocacy, member collaboration and education, and community outreach. Those who want more information may go to www.mhta.org or to http://twitter.com/MHTA.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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