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Research: State Funding Report for the Silicon Prairie

By Tom Chapman / September 16, 2019

2018 was a terrific year for the Silicon Prairie regarding venture dollars deployed.  More than $6.1B was deployed in the region.  While the number of companies receiving funds was about 8% lower (approximately 1450 companies were venture backed in the region), the amount of funding was up more than 34.5% from 2017 to 2018.  Thus,…

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Sidewalk Labs Spins Out Replica, Announces Series A

By Tom Chapman / September 13, 2019

On Thursday, Kansas City based Replica announced via blog post that it had moved from a product of Sidewalk Labs (in the Model Lab) to a separate company, called Replica.  The company also announced that it had raised $11 million in venture funding. In the blog post, Nick Bowden, Replica’s CEO and co-founder explained how…

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Big Round for KC Based Bungii

By SPN Team / August 28, 2019

Have you ever needed to move a couch and realized that your friend with the truck just moved?  If so, Bungii is for you.  Bungii is an Uber-like service for people seeking to use a pickup truck. The long-haul trucking business is big business at nearly $71B per year, but very little information is available…

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Join Pipeline, Change Your Entrepreneurial Trajectory

By Tom Chapman / August 28, 2019

Today, August 28th, the Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship is opening its application for 2020 fellows. Pipeline is the premier networking, mentoring, and entrepreneurial encouragement program in the Midwest.  It has effectively helped build a network throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.  In so doing, Pipeline has helped, inspired, networked, and shaped individual entrepreneurs that have collectively created…

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C2FO raises another big round of capital

By Tom Chapman / August 16, 2019

Leawood, Kansas based C2FO raised $200 million last week from a variety of investors, including SoftBank. This fundraising caused the valuation of the company to move over $1B – making it a Silicon Prairie unicorn.[1] C2FO is a payment management platform that helps small businesses received payment on contracts on expedited terms. Essentially, small businesses…

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First fundings research report

By Tom Chapman / August 2, 2019

In talking to Jessica Straus, Dundee Venture Capital’s new Venture Partner, it occurred to me that we should write an update on first fundings in what Straus called the “mighty middle”. This paper describes first fundings.  First fundings are a recordation of companies that raise capital for the first time.  This paper uses Pitchbook data…

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Kansas City-based PayIt raises $100 million plus from Insight Partners

By SPN Team / April 10, 2019

On March 28, Kansas City-based PayIt announced that they had reached terms to infuse $100 million of new capital into their company. This round was led by Ryan Hinkle of Insight Partners’ New York City office. PayIt uses a proprietary, patent-pending payment platform to simplify paying government entities. The goal of the platform is to…

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nbkc announces first class of Fountain City Fintech accelerator

By Christine McGuigan / October 4, 2018

Kansas City-based nbkc bank announced last week the six companies that comprise the first class of their fintech accelerator program Fountain City Fintech. Fountain City Fintech is the first accelerator program run by a community bank that specifically focuses on partnerships with innovative startups looking to solve real-world problems and pain points. For example, addressing…

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Kansas City-based PatientsVoices receives $150K innovation grant from Nashville’s Jumpstart Foundry

By Christine McGuigan / July 12, 2018

Kansas City-based healthcare technology company, PatientsVoices, was recently awarded an innovation grant totaling $150,000 from Nashville’s Jumpstart Foundry. Jumpstart Foundry’s seed-stage healthcare innovation fund offers capital investments as well as access to customers, follow-on capital and an advisory community of like-minded professionals. “We are thrilled to join the Jumpstart Foundry community,” says Mary Kay O’Connor,…

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