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8 Qs for a Silicon Prairie Founder: Lizz Whitacre of Pawlytics

By SPN Newsroom / July 8, 2020

Lizz Whitacre is co-founder of Pawlytics, a cloud-based operations software provider for animal shelters and rescues working to develop electronic health records for pets and build the world’s largest pet database. SPN recently spotlighted the company and its socially driven mission to use data to save as many animals as possible. It’s a mission that…

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Agtech Startup Bushel Announces Series B Raise

By SPN Newsroom / December 19, 2019

This week Bushel announced that it raised $19.5 million in a Series B funding.  The Fargo, North Dakota based company has consistently attracted money from around the country that is seeking to participate in the growing ag-tech market.  Fargo is one of the leading communities launching ag-tech startups in the region – including the Farm…

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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 Nov. 11

By Hannah Rotschafer / November 26, 2019

The Silicon Prairie had a strong funding week — more than twenty deals and many large ones.  Oklahoma and Manhattan, Kansas with some noteworthy +1mm raises. Chicago continues to be a leader, but the deals are spread throughout the entire region. Large Rounds (10+ million) Vyriad – $24.38 million – Rochester, MN – Vyriad is…

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KC-Based Stackify Is Growing Fast, Hiring Too

By SPN Team / November 22, 2019

Stackify has raised another round of capital.  Stackify filed paperwork on November 20, 2019 that they had raised $4.132 million dollars.  In conversations with the company, they revealed that they had actually raised a little more than $6 million in the form of both debt and equity.  The round included $2 million from Cypress Growth…

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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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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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Funding Roundup: Week of Oct. 7

By SPN Team / October 21, 2019

This was a relatively light week for funding announcements in the Silicon Prairie, but it was dominated by rounds from Chicago, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Large Rounds ($10+ million) The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that Shine Medical Technologies raised $50 million in new financing from Oaktree Capital to continue to commercialize radioisotopes for medical uses. In…

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