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Fetch Rewards closes $8 million deal

By SPN Team / December 5, 2018

MADISON, WI – University of Wisconsin-Madison spinout Fetch Rewards, Inc. has raised $8 million in venture funding from undisclosed investors on November 29, 2018. The company plans to use the money for general corporate purposes. The company previously raised $9.56 million in August 2017, and $8.5 million in May 2015. Fetch Rewards, founded in 2013,…

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NMotion Demo Day will highlight 6 new startups breaking onto the Lincoln, Nebraska scene

By Rod Armstrong / November 30, 2018

The sixth cohort of the NMotion Accelerator will pitch their businesses at Demo Day on Thursday, December 6th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln. “It’s been really good,” said Christina Oldfather, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and Interim Co-Managing Director for NMotion. “We’re…

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Allianz, Securian partnering with gener8tor to form OnRamp

By SPN Team / November 13, 2018

Allianz, the €126 billion German insurance giant, and Securian Financial, the $5.1 billion financial services company, announced a partnership with the Wisconsin-based startup accelerator, gener8tor. This partnership will launch the OnRamp Insurance Accelerator in Minneapolis-St. Paul. OnRamp will provide five startups per year with $100,000 cash investment, office space, and support from gener8tor’s network of…

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8Qs with a Silicon Prairie Founder: Archna Sahay

By SPN Team / October 30, 2018

Archna Sahay is an independent urban systems consultant based in Philadelphia. Currently, she is working in Milwaukee helping the local ecosystem connect, grow, and thrive. SPN met with her during her speaking engagements at Big Omaha and the Madwaukee series in Wisconsin in August. She is a nationally recognized speaker and innovation consultant known for…

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Follow-up report: State Expected Venture Values in the Midwest

By SPN Team / October 26, 2018

Following the publication of our article on Tuesday regarding expected values in cities, Silicon Prairie News received multiple requests for more information.  There were three primary questions regarding the data. The first question is where and how did you get this information. Silicon Prairie News and its partner organizations use Pitchbook and to identify…

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Why Silicon Prairie communities need to be thinking about where they should be, not just where others are

By SPN Team / October 23, 2018

In doing the research for the Silicon Prairie Annual Report, slated for a November release, Chapman and Company noticed an interesting trend when comparing venture activity (as identified in Pitchbook) in the Midwest. As can be seen in the below graph (which includes Midwest communities that received venture investment in 2017), the order of investment…

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Wisconsin startup Dodles raised angel funding in September

By SPN Newsroom / October 22, 2018

Wisconsin-based social animation application company Dodle has raised $446,000 angel funding in a deal led by Bruce Hawley. Mike Sanders also participated in the round. The company has raised $2.75 million to date. The company was founded in 2014 by Craig Doriot and Patti Pirkey and has 18 employees. It is located in Combined Locks,…

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SPN Top 10: Corporate Innovators that the region should know are here

By SPN Team / October 19, 2018

In doing research for the Annual Report, Silicon Prairie News compiled corporate and university patent holders in each MSA. This led us to the discovery that there were a ton of innovative companies in the Midwest. Unfortunately, many in our region don’t know that these companies are doing so much research and are so innovative.…

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Omaha based Faithbox® raises capital

By SPN Team / October 18, 2018

Subscription box company Faithbox Inc. has recently completed a $1.35 million seed round to rapidly scale their core Faithbox product, which helps Christians stay on track with their faith. The funding will also support the explosive growth of their new “Powered by Faithbox” line of subscription boxes created in collaboration with Christian musicians, authors and…

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