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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 FormDs.com 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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Understory continues to grow

By SPN Team / October 15, 2018

On October 10, 2018, Understory, the Madison, Wisconsin based weather company, filed paperwork with the SEC recording a $6.5 million dollar raise. The company which relocated from Somerville, Massachusetts in 2016 provides real-time weather microgrids that help provide accurate information for geo-specific places. This technology can be used by insurance carriers to better understand localized…

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8Qs with a Silicon Prairie Founder: Alice Dittman

By SPN Team / October 15, 2018

Alice M. Dittman began a long and successful career in banking in 1948, starting with a summer check filing job at what was then First National Bank of Lincoln, at fifty cents an hour. Alice received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1952; graduated from the Program of Business…

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Madison-based TCare raises $385K of convertible debt funding

By SPN Team / October 2, 2018

TCare, founded in 2014 and based in Madison, Wisconsin, has raised $385,000 in convertible debt funding from undisclosed investors in August. The company’s co-founders are Ali Ahmadi and Rhonda Montgomery, Ph.D. At a glance…. TCARE provides evidence-based software solutions aimed at helping caregivers of elderly and disabled loved ones, by improving the overall health of…

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