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Maverick Software sees record growth

Founded at Minnesota State Mankato

Campus-founded Maverick Software Consulting sees record growth.

By Grace Webb, Free Press Correspondent [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 12/26/2011]

To say it’s been a good year for Maverick Software Consulting would be an understatement.

The software company, which was founded in 2006 by Minnesota State Mankato alumnus Martin Hebig, started off on one campus with one client, Thomson Reuters. Now, Maverick Software has expanded to six offices and four partners on nine college campuses, setting a record in 2011 for yearly growth.

To top it all off, the company won the prestigious 2011 Innovative Collaboration of the Year Tekne Award from the Minnesota High Tech Association.

“Winning the award was pretty exciting,” said Chuck Sherwood, co-owner and vice president of Maverick Software, who manages the Minnesota State Mankato campus location. “We thought we had a pretty good shot, but you never know until they read the name.”

Right now, about 110 state university system students work for Maverick Software, testing and developing software for corporate partners. Many of these students go on to work for these partners once they graduate.

“For a small company to win an award of this stature is incredible,” said company founder and President Martin Hebig. “If your colleagues and people in the industry think what you’re doing is valuable, it validates what you’ve been doing for the past years.”

Sherwood said Maverick Software has plans for more expansion, with Hebig hoping to double the company’s offices from six to 12 within the next three years.

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