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Your guide to the Heartland’s 1 Million Cups events

By Razia Aziz-Seible / June 17, 2019

1 Million Cups was developed in Kansas City, MO in 2012 by Co-Founders Cameron Cushman and Nate Olson who were working at the time on the Entrepreneurship Team at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  What began as an experiment to bring entrepreneurs in one city together over a cup of coffee towards a goal of…

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Polco completes another round of funding

By SPN Team / May 21, 2019

Online civics engagement start-up Polco closed a $1.7M round of equity funding on April 19, 2019. Though based in Madison, Wisconsin, Polco, short for Policy Confluence, Inc. was launched through the Bryan, Texas-based Seed Sumo accelerator in 2015. The company provides a communication platform that encourages community leaders to engage with the residents they serve…

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Roche Spin-off Nimble Therapeutics raises Series A financing

By SPN Team / May 15, 2019

Drug discovery company, Nimble Therapeutics, Inc. based in Madison, Wisconsin secured $10 million in equity funding directed by San Francisco-based venture capital firm, Telegraph Hill Partners on April 30. Nimble Therapeutics spun out of Swiss-based F. Hoffman La Roche as an independent entity to facilitate the expansion of a unique chemical synthesis technology that Roche…

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Madison-based startup Redox closes huge deal

By SPN Team / April 30, 2019

  Redox announced April 17 that it has closed a $33 million Series C funding round in a deal led by global investment firm Battery Ventures. Existing investors .406 Ventures, RRE Ventures, and Intermountain Ventures participated in the round. Crunchbase estimates that Redox has now raised approximately $50 million in venture investment. Redox, founded in…

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What is machine as a service?  Ask Milwaukee-based SteamChain

By SPN Team / April 29, 2019

Milwaukee based startup SteamChain recently raised capital for a new concept called Machine-as-a-Service (“MaaS”). MaaS is a new idea of selling industrial machines based on performance metrics collected from the machine. Basically, MaaS is a combination of technologies that allow payments and contracts to be tied to the actual performance of a machine – rather…

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Milwaukee-based Bright Cellars raises next round

By SPN Team / April 12, 2019

Bright Cellars has raised a new round of funding. Bright Cellars is a subscription wine club that prides itself on matching individual wine drinkers with wine that they will love. They do this by providing an online assessment that helps wine drinkers discover their own preferences in wine to ensure that their monthly subscription delivers…

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gener8tor is powering Midwest innovation

By SPN Team / April 9, 2019

gener8tor is no longer just a top tier accelerator hidden away in Wisconsin. gener8tor’s mission is to be the best partner for a community to invest in its best and brightest. gener8tor is proving this mission through its success around the SPN region – growing more multiple programs in communities throughout the Midwest. The company…

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Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City lead the Midwest in first fundings of female-founded companies

By SPN Team / March 8, 2019

A new report signals that St. Louis, Kansas City, and Milwaukee excel compared to the rest of the Silicon Prairie when it comes to first fundings of female-founded companies. The report, published by the Center for American Entrepreneurship and Research Director Ian Hathaway, details the pathway for many early-stage companies and the continued relative scarcity…

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ImageMoverMD raises $4 million in capital

By SPN Team / February 15, 2019

MADISON, WI – ImageMoverMD has raised $4 million in Series B financing. HealthX Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and Cultivation led the February 11 deal, with Colle Capital Partners and Wisconsin Investment Partners participating. The company will use the investment to expand its customer network and technology offering. ImageMoverMD medical imaging software is designed to improve…

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