Minneapolis and Minnesota


Guest Post: Your city never stood a chance of HQ2

By SPN Team / November 26, 2018

Last week our article from Chicago provided interesting insight into HQ2 and its selection. We reached directly out to Jeffrey Carter when we saw his blog post because we thought it was really insightful. In response to Carter’s post, LaunchCode of St. Louis reached out to ask if we could publish the following post.  This…

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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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Minneapolis based Travel Labs joins Beta.MN and raises $500K

By SPN Team / November 13, 2018

Minneapolis-based Travel Labs joins Beta.MN and raises $500,000. Travel Labs is the creator of an artificial intelligence platform intended to make business travel easier. They are also the creator of a travel application called Tempore, which helps provide business travelers with a reimagined experience. Travel Labs is intended to mimic the role of an executive…

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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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Total Expert closes $20 million Series B deal led by Emergence Capital

By SPN Team / October 11, 2018

Minneapolis-based Total Expert announced today that the firm has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Emergence Capital with participation from Rally Ventures and Arthur Ventures, bringing Total Expert’s total funding to $34 million.  The six-year old company is a marketing platform for the mortgage industry, but the firm plans…

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Minneapolis-based Inspectorio closes $10M deal

By SPN Team / September 18, 2018

Inspectorio raised $10 million of Series A venture funding in July 2018.  The deal, led by Techstars, with Target, Ecolab and Matchstick Ventures participating, paves the way for continued platform building for the company. At a glance… Inspectorio is a real-time dashboard solution for enhanced global supply chain performance, using mobile, web, and machine learning…

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SPN Top 10: Silicon Prairie communities from the Inc. 5000 list

By SPN Team / September 7, 2018

Inc. Magazine does a great job of recognizing companies that are growing fast through its annual Inc. 5000. Since Silicon Prairie News supports entrepreneurs and technologists – we did a quick review of the Inc. 5000 to plaudits to communities doing well. From a raw numbers perspective, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City dominate.…

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Kansas City’s Firebrand Ventures closes fund at $17.7M

By Christine McGuigan / April 5, 2018

Firebrand Ventures announced the close of its seed fund on Wednesday, with an oversubscribed total of $17.7 million, nearly 250% over their initial goal of $7M. In a time when roughly 75-80% of venture capital raised in the U.S. still goes to California, Massachusetts and New York, Firebrand’s Kansas City-based fund is proving there’s VC interest…

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How to stoke a compelling mission and vision so people will buy in

By Tim Brown / January 24, 2018

For both small and large companies selling people on your mission and your vision are vital to your continued success. Not only do you need to be able to hire employees who can buy into these factors, but you must also convince your potential customers that they are true as well. However, creating, maintaining and…

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Midwest blockchain pioneers meet in Lincoln and announce a block-a-thon

By SPN Team / November 22, 2017

Some of the brightest minds leading the Midwest blockchain movement gathered in Lincoln last week to make the case for the Midwest as a leader in blockchain technology and to announce Block-a-thon coming April 2018. “We’re all about planting seeds and joining forces with people that have a common vision, common ideas, and a common…

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