Posts by Aidan Chapman

Cameo Secures Massive Series B Round

Cameo is a Chicago-based startup that makes it possible to buy personalized shout-outs from celebrities and influencers. In June 2019 they received $50 million in a round of series B funding led by American venture capitalist firm, Kleiner Perkins. After the injection of funds, the company has increased its valuation from $250 million to $300 million. …

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Minneapolis-Based Upsie Raise Big Series A Round

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Upsie, a tech company that focuses on supplying warranties for various devices based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $5 million in Series A Early Stage Venture funding from a group of venture capitalists headed by Silicon-Valley based tech investors, True Ventures, In May.  Upsie provides a consumer-friendly platform for the purchase of affordable warranties. Clarence Bethea, CEO said “We want consumers…

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3E Software Raise Late-Stage VC

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In June 2019, 3E Software, a Fayetteville, Arkansas company that simplifies and improves financial systems through the use of their online platform, received $300 thousand in a round of late-stage venture capitalist funding sponsored by Community Bank Investors of America and Cadron Capital Partners.  3E Software provides its financial software through its platform, Teslar. Teslar is based…

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Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM) closes seed funding round

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In May, Live Undiscovered Music, or LÜM received $750,000 in seed round funding.  LÜM is a music streaming service that is based in Madison, Wisconsin. This platform is different than Spotify or Pandora because as the name suggests, it features music of artists who are undiscovered.   LÜM’s steaming service is unique because its platform…

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2nd Annual Future Builders Challenge brings students to the stage

This weekend, I attended the 2nd Annual Future Builders Challenge, hosted by Buildertrend, a successful Omaha startup. As Silicon Prairie News’s resident high school student, I had the pleasure of going through the event as a participant rather than an observer, which gave me an opportunity to experience the event hands-on, observe wonderful volunteer speakers,…

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Rural Iowa-based Point of Choice receives funding

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Point of Choice (POC), a startup out of Fairfield, Iowa received $1.75 million in private placement funding in June. The company works to facilitate the business-to-institution relationship between K-12 school districts and vendors. The investors in the  deal are undisclosed. POC’s platform provides a streamlined transaction solution for school districts through a 5-step process. First,…

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NowSecure closes large series B round

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NowSecure, a mobile security company based out of Chicago, Illinois, received $15 million in funding last month in a series B round led by ForgePoint Capital, an early stage tech-company investment firm from the San Francisco Area. NowSecure is a company that provides automated security for mobile apps. The company identifies security threats, compliance gaps,…

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Reflection Sciences raises seed funding

Reflection Sciences announced earlier this month the reception of $1.3 million in seed funding in a round led by Edmentum, K–12 distribution partner for Reflection Sciences. The University of Minnesota’s Discovery Capital Fund and other investors participated in the round. The company’s funding, preceded by a quarter million dollars last December from angel investors, has…

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WorkHound secures new financing

WorkHound, a startup that allows frontline workers to speak their minds anonymously about workplace problems, received $1.5 million in seed funding this month. The company has offices in Chattanooga and Des Moines. It plans to use the financing to bolster the technological team at WorkHound and expand the platform to additional industries such as healthcare.…

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