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Summersalt closes $6.1 million deal and continues to scale

By SPN Team / January 2, 2019

“Relatable, wearable, and sexy on our own terms.” When St. Louis-based startup founders Lori Coulter and Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin met over lunch in June 2016, they did not immediately envision or even discuss the possibility of starting a company together. Nonetheless, the co-founders launched their eco-friendly designer swimwear brand Summersalt on May 23, 2017, and…

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Virtual experience company Geniecast brings the speaker to you

By SPN Team / December 20, 2018

Looking to book a thought leader for your next event?  Look no further. Imagine gathering a group of friends, flipping on your flat screen, and voilà – your favorite chef greets your guests for an interactive cooking class.  Perhaps your company is looking to engage a notable author for a company retreat, or you are…

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St. Louis based SwipeSum raises $1 million

By SPN Team / December 18, 2018

SwipeSum is a St. Louis based startup that uses technology to discover better merchant processing options for businesses. The technology is premised on identifying lower rates for merchant processing and creates an auction for merchant processers to bid on the work at businesses. The company was formed in 2016 by brothers, Michael and Stephen Seamen.…

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Kidney function monitor company raises more capital in St. Louis

By SPN Team / December 17, 2018

St. Louis based Medibeacon filed paperwork with the SEC last week regarding their $1.25 million raise. This brings their total raise for the year to more than $7 million. The filing identifies these raises as debt-only raises. Medibeacon has created a hardware device that helps monitory kidney function. This device, called a Transdermal GFR (Glomerular…

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DisruptOps raises $2.5 million seed round

By SPN Team / December 11, 2018

KANSAS CITY, MO – DisruptOps, founded in 2014, has raised $2.5 million in a seed round funding from California-based Rally Ventures on July 20, 2018. Cyber Security Veteran, Gary Fish, and seed investor and Director of Phantom Cyber and former Sourcefire CFO Todd Headley also participated in the round. The company is a provider of…

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ChecktheQ transforms the venue experience

By SPN Team / November 30, 2018

Travelers, sports fans and consumers of all kinds routinely experience wait times of some sort. The wait at airport security, sports concessions, or the amusement park can lead to dread, anxiety and a fundamentally worse experience. ChecktheQ aims to change that by empowering airports, stadiums, retailers and other venues to mitigate these wait times to…

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Lightgliders aims to inspire hope and purpose through fun and games

By SPN Team / November 13, 2018

Zach Fay and his sister Julie McWilliams are the startup founders of Kingdom Scene, which launched Lightgliders in 2014. Their idea was to utilize digital games and activities as a way to engage kids and impart biblical principles. The St. Louis-based company has created a digital game world and online community for kids that is…

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Provider Pool seeks to connect healthcare professionals with healthcare facilities at a lower cost

By SPN Team / November 12, 2018

Janna Westbrook, Tiffany Davis, and Terry Williams are three nurses who decided to create a solution to decrease staffing costs for healthcare facilities. The entrepreneurs quit their jobs and started Provider Pool in August 2018. Silicon Prairie News met with Ms. Westbrook at the tech incubator, T-REX, where the three co-founders have been building their…

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Startup Connection draws companies and crowds in its 10th year

By Laura Neesen / November 9, 2018

Startup Connection, the St. Louis regional celebration of entrepreneurship, marked its 10th year on November 7 at the Globe Building in downtown St. Louis. The event pulled together 66 startup companies under one roof, ballooning from 200 attendees its first year, to over 1,100 on Wednesday night. On the roster this year were companies such…

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St. Louis company Benson Hill Biosystems raises $60 million in venture funding

By SPN Team / October 10, 2018

Benson Hill Biosystems closed a $60 million series C venture funding deal on September 10, 2018. Participants in the deal include Alexandria Venture Investments, Activant Capital Group, S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth), Mercury Fund, iSelect Fund, Lewis and Clark Ventures, Prolog Ventures, Prelude Ventures, Tao Capital, and Fall Line Capital. The funding will be used…

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