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Weekly Funding Report

By Tom Chapman / December 17, 2019

The Silicon Prairie had an excellent week as deals appear to be closing before the holiday rush.  St. Louis and Minneapolis had strong weeks.  And we had a big round in Oklahoma.  The Zero Card of Tulsa which provides an interesting software solution to healthcare costs received significant outside funding – including participation from the…

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Funding Roundup for the Week of November 18th & 25th

By Tom Chapman / December 9, 2019

This week we are writing a funding roundup that really covers one and ½ weeks to cover Thanksgiving week plus the week previous.  During this time period, Chicago received a disproportionate amount of the funding dollars in the region.  However, Omaha and Oklahoma City both had companies close out fund raising campaigns. Also, the region…

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FinTech Company, FinLocker, Raises Big Round

By Tom Chapman / November 20, 2019

According to SEC filings, St. Louis based FinLocker has raised a $10.389 million round from the St. Louis Arch Angels and other undisclosed investors. FinLocker is a software tool for individual consumers seeking to improve their financial position and literacy.  The company specifically helps aggregate a consumer’s financial data and then analyzes and recommends mortgage…

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Funding Roundup for the Week of Oct. 28

By SPN Team / November 11, 2019

Two Silicon Prairie companies will be moving to Buffalo in the upcoming weeks, thanks to a program created by 43North.  The program announced seven winning companies last week – including Strayos (St. Louis) and Peanut Butter (Chicago).  As part of the program, both companies must move their CEO and a majority of staff to Buffalo.…

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Research: Talent Attraction Case Study (Nebraska)

By SPN Team / November 8, 2019

Last summer, the Aksarben Foundation approached Chapman and Company about creating a landscape analysis on talent for Nebraska.  While this analysis is about Nebraska, there are many lessons for communities throughout the Silicon Prairie region. Here are some broad stroke lessons from the report: The United States is WAY behind on technology talent.  This is…

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Ryvit Builds on Success

By SPN Team / November 6, 2019

One of the major problems in the construction industry is that information must be entered into multiple platforms.  So, for example, contact information must be entered into an enterprise resource management (ERM) platform as well as a customer relationship management platform (CRM).  This makes the construction industry one of the least efficient in the world.…

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Funding Roundup for the Week of Oct. 21

By SPN Team / November 4, 2019

It was a strong week for Minnesota.  Between Total Expert and ShiraTronics, Minnesota based companies brought in more than $85 million in Venture Funding.  There was a little more diversity than in previous weeks with companies in Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin also raising substantial funds.  These fundings are aggregate lists created from Crunchbase, SEC…

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St. Louis-Based Genomics Company, PierianDx, Raises a Big Series B Round

By Tom Chapman / October 30, 2019

St. Louis continues to have strong biotechnology startup fundings.  The most recent funded company is PierianDx, a clinical genomic informatics company. This week the company announced that it has raised $27 million from ATW Partners and SJF Ventures.  In addition to these funders, other existing investors participated in the round, including Health Catalyst Capital, Inova…

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ZAF Energy Systems Has a Big Month

By SPN Team / October 25, 2019

In early October, ZAF Energy Systems of Joplin, Missouri announced an agreement to deploy their next generation nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery system in a United States Air Force’s intercontinental ballistic  missile ground facility.  This was a significant achievement.  However, it was just the beginning of a big month for ZAF.  This week, the company announced a…

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