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Engineered Propulsion Systems, Inc. receives VC funding

By SPN Newsroom / August 13, 2018

Engineered Propulsion Systems, Inc. (EPS) raised $1.52 million in venture capital in July 2018 from undisclosed investors. The raise included an undisclosed amount of convertible debt financing. The company, headquartered in New Richmond, Wisconsin, was co-founded in 2006 by Michael Fuchs, President and CEO, and Steven Weinzierl, Vice President and CTO. At a glance: EPS…

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Gravy turns shopping into an interactive gaming experience

By Christine McGuigan / July 27, 2018

Gravy, a Madison, Wisconsin-based startup, is transforming mobile entertainment and brand advertising while donating money to nonprofits. And they’re doing it through a live shopping game for mobile devices. Innovating a new media format Gravy turns shopping into an interactive gaming experience by giving users the chance to compete for huge discounts on the newest…

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Never Idle announces acquisition of Lincoln-based FleetRight, Inc.

By Christine McGuigan / June 27, 2018

Never Idle, a Wisconsin-based equipment marketplace designed by contractors, for contractors, recently announced the acquisition of FleetRight, Inc., which is now operating under that company name. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 2015 by Zach Schreiber, FleetRight, Inc. was established as Lincoln’s first trusted online community marketplace and auction platform dedicated…

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Workhound seeks to catch employee grievances before they stray

By Joe Lawler / June 4, 2018

If a company’s employees have desk jobs, it’s easier to solicit feedback from them. But if the workforce includes truck drivers, warehouse workers or nurses – jobs that aren’t very stationary – it can be even tougher for management to engage with workers. The Des Moines company Workhound is making employee feedback more mobile friendly.…

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Madison-based insurtech startup SafetyNet launches new insurance program

By Christine McGuigan / December 5, 2017

Renter SafetyNet, a new insurance program from CUNA Mutual Group’s innovation lab, was launched today in Wisconsin. In a shifting housing market where more people than ever are renting rather than buying, Renter SafetyNet is a first-of-its-kind program created specifically for landlords to come out of the Madison-based insurance tech startup, SafetyNet. “PEW research put…

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InsurTech startup SafetyNet is using insurance to increase Americans’ financial security

By Christine McGuigan / July 31, 2017

SafetyNet, a Madison, Wisconsin-based insurance tech startup, is hoping to solve a problem that plagues nearly half of all Americans. “A Fed[eral Reserve] report said that almost half of Americans can’t afford to pay a $400 surprise expense,” said Mark Greene, Director of Innovation at SafetyNet. “Other stats say more than half of Americans don’t…

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Health Snaps engages patients for better physical therapy results

By Rod Armstrong / June 25, 2017

Three students at the University of Wisconsin were discussing business ideas when one mentioned his experience with a cumbersome paper process during physical therapy. Thinking there had to be a better way, the trio formed Milwaukee-based Health Snaps, a startup currently going through the NMotion Accelerator program. “Max (Zirbel, CTO), Jordan (Mather, CEO) and I…

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Trunk Club competitor enters Wisconsin’s gener8tor accelerator

By SPN Team / January 3, 2014

On Dec. 26, Men’s Style Lab founder Derian Baugh got what he calls a “belated Christmas miracle.” He found out that his fledgling e-commerce startup had been accepted to gener8tor, a Madison, Wisc.-based accelerator he describes as extremely competitive.

Of 385 applicants, Men’s Style Lab was chosen as one of five startups from across the country accepted this winter. But Baugh won’t be heading to …

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