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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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St. Louis-based CoverCress Inc. named to Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator’s agtech program

By Christine McGuigan / May 23, 2019

St. Louis-based CoverCress Inc. has been selected for Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator’s (IN2) first agtech cohort. IN2 is a $30 million technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) CoverCress Inc. is one of only five agtech companies selected for the incubator, and will…

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Columbia, Missouri-based StoryUP creates Healium…virtual escapes to quiet the mind

By SPN Team / April 24, 2019

Sarah Hill, founder and CEO of StoryUP is building technology to help people cope more effectively and peacefully with stress in their lives. The company has developed the world’s first augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) platform powered by wearables that “listen” to user’s brainwaves and biometrics. Healium’s mindfulness platform is powered by the…

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KC-based BacklotCars raises $25 million

By SPN Team / April 22, 2019

On April 15, BacklotCars of Kansas City, Missouri announced a $25 million Series B raise. BacklotCars cars has raised more than $38 million since inception. BacklotCars provides an online mechanism for wholesale car buyers to purchase cars without going to physical locations for auctions. The company has built tools for inspections – both physical and…

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Sling Health Demo Day at Cortex in St. Louis draws 20 teams

By SPN Team / April 18, 2019

Sling Health, founded in 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis, hosted the 7th annual Demo Day at Cortex Innovation Community on Saturday, April 13. Sling Health is a national network of student-run biotechnology incubator with chapters at Harvard, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, LSU, Georgia Tech, Emory, Drexel, Texas Tech, and UCLA.…

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Prepare.ai draws a sell-out crowd in its second year in St. Louis

By SPN Team / April 17, 2019

The Prepare.ai Conference on Artificial Intelligence marked its second year last week at the Eric P. Newman Education Center in St. Louis, Missouri on April 9. The conference has grown since its inauguration last year, attracting 500 attendees from across the country to hear from a top-notch lineup of speakers on a range of Artificial…

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Applications are now open for St. Louis-based Ameren Accelerator

By SPN Team / April 17, 2019

Ameren Corporation is accepting applications for the Ameren Accelerator, an innovative public-private partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators. The goal is the Ameren Accelerator is to make the energy grid smarter, more reliable, resilient and secure. This unique partnership, which is entering its third year, evaluates, mentors and invests…

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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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