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Columbia, Missouri-based StoryUP creates Healium…virtual escapes to quiet the mind

By SPN Team / April 24, 2019

Sarah Hill, founder and CEO of StoryUP is building technology to help people cope more effectively and peacefully with stress in their lives. The company has developed the world’s first augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) platform powered by wearables that “listen” to user’s brainwaves and biometrics. Healium’s mindfulness platform is powered by the…

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KC-based BacklotCars raises $25 million

By SPN Team / April 22, 2019

On April 15, BacklotCars of Kansas City, Missouri announced a $25 million Series B raise. BacklotCars cars has raised more than $38 million since inception. BacklotCars provides an online mechanism for wholesale car buyers to purchase cars without going to physical locations for auctions. The company has built tools for inspections – both physical and…

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Sling Health Demo Day at Cortex in St. Louis draws 20 teams

By SPN Team / April 18, 2019

Sling Health, founded in 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis, hosted the 7th annual Demo Day at Cortex Innovation Community on Saturday, April 13. Sling Health is a national network of student-run biotechnology incubator with chapters at Harvard, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, LSU, Georgia Tech, Emory, Drexel, Texas Tech, and UCLA.…

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Prepare.ai draws a sell-out crowd in its second year in St. Louis

By SPN Team / April 17, 2019

The Prepare.ai Conference on Artificial Intelligence marked its second year last week at the Eric P. Newman Education Center in St. Louis, Missouri on April 9. The conference has grown since its inauguration last year, attracting 500 attendees from across the country to hear from a top-notch lineup of speakers on a range of Artificial…

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Applications are now open for St. Louis-based Ameren Accelerator

By SPN Team / April 17, 2019

Ameren Corporation is accepting applications for the Ameren Accelerator, an innovative public-private partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators. The goal is the Ameren Accelerator is to make the energy grid smarter, more reliable, resilient and secure. This unique partnership, which is entering its third year, evaluates, mentors and invests…

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Kansas City-based PayIt raises $100 million plus from Insight Partners

By SPN Team / April 10, 2019

On March 28, Kansas City-based PayIt announced that they had reached terms to infuse $100 million of new capital into their company. This round was led by Ryan Hinkle of Insight Partners’ New York City office. PayIt uses a proprietary, patent-pending payment platform to simplify paying government entities. The goal of the platform is to…

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AGOGIE wearable resistance pants help improve performance

By SPN Team / March 25, 2019

  “Life is hectic. Finding time to work out shouldn’t be. Imagine burning fat, increasing calorie burn, building muscle, all by living your daily life. Now you can, and it’s as simple as putting on a pair of pants. The AGOGIE wearable resistance pants enable you to work out with every movement throughout the day.”…

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BioSTL receives grant to launch new agtech solution validation program

By SPN Team / March 19, 2019

With the help of a $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), BioSTL is moving forward with a first-of-its-kind solution for moving Agtech ideas from concept to production by directly connecting innovators with Missouri growers. As part of this new Early Adopter Grower Innovation Community (EAGIC), BioSTL will convene a community of Missouri…

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How one startup benefited from leaving L.A. and moving to St. Louis

By SPN Team / March 18, 2019

SwipeSum CEO Michael Seaman didn’t know what to expect when he moved to St. Louis from Los Angeles in January 2018. But what started with Michael and his brother Stephen in a downtown coworking space has grown into a twelve-person team. Michael said that Stephen had been living in St. Louis and convinced him to…

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Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Kansas City lead the Midwest in first fundings of female-founded companies

By SPN Team / March 8, 2019

A new report signals that St. Louis, Kansas City, and Milwaukee excel compared to the rest of the Silicon Prairie when it comes to first fundings of female-founded companies. The report, published by the Center for American Entrepreneurship and Research Director Ian Hathaway, details the pathway for many early-stage companies and the continued relative scarcity…

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