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Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

How The Midwest Startup & Tech Scene Boomed in 2021

As the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Silicon Valley, nor the Silicon Prairie.  What’s happening in the Midwest has been[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

Top Ann Arbor Tech Companies & Startups to Watch in 2022

Ann Arbor continues to be one of the top growing tech ecosystems around the country with some of the best startups to watch. A combination of universi[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top Chicago Startups to Watch in 2022

As one of the biggest cities not just in the Midwest but in the country, Chicago has a fast-growing startup ecosystem. Some of the biggest tech compan[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top Cincinnati Startups to Watch in 2022

There’s no doubt that 2021 has been a huge year for Midwest startups.  In Ohio alone, VC funding surpassed $2B in September 2021 according to PitchBoo[...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

Top Columbus Startup and Tech Companies to Watch in 2022

It’s hard to even stay current on all the great things startups are doing around Columbus.  From raising money and hiring dozens (or even hundreds) to[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

Top Detroit Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2022

Michigan is now the state with the highest growth in VC investment. Now many Detroit startups are on the fast track to growth. Whether it’s new fundin[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

Top Grand Rapids Startups to Watch in 2022

West Michigan is smack dab between Ann Arbor/Detroit’s tech and startup hub emergence and Chicago’s new habit of minting unicorns about once a month. [...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top Indianapolis Tech Companies and Startups to Watch in 2022

The startup scene in Indianapolis is one of the fastest growing startup communities in the Midwest and beyond. With top startup builders like High Alp[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top Milwaukee Startups to Watch in 2022

Milwaukee, the city of champions . . . and startups. The Bucks’ NBA championship may have put Milwaukee on the map this year, but the city also experi[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top Pittsburgh Startups to Watch in 2022

Pittsburgh is a Midwest city that might be known for its steel, but it’s also becoming known as an innovative tech hub. In fact, Startup Genome ranked[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top Remote Startups to Watch in 2022

If you’re looking for a job at a remote startup, you’re not alone. Online searches for remote jobs have increased 460% in the last two years. And work[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

KLA opens $200M campus in Ann Arbor — here's what it's like to work there.

This month, leading tech company KLA opened its second headquarters on the northside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Two years in the making, this new North A[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Non-technical jobs at top hiring tech companies in the Midwest

You don't have to be technical to work at a tech company. While top startups seem to always have open jobs for engineers, there are tons of great role[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

2022 Purpose Awards: Meet the Midwest Startup Community Builders

When you think about tech hubs, do you think of the Midwest? Ten years ago, most people didn’t. And right now, many people still think of Silicon Vall[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

How the Midwest is becoming the leaders in climate tech

The Midwest is poised to become leaders in the climate tech space. Why? Not only has the awareness of the urgency of climate change shifted the landsc[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Chicago startup Hallow raises $40M to help people pray, find peace

Hallow, a Chicago-based startup building the world’s largest Catholic prayer app, just raised $40 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Dr[...]

Hannah Slover

By Hannah Slover

Purpose Slack Community grows to nearly 500 members in 2 months

Wow. It’s only been two months since I, alongside the Purpose team, took a new and bold step to launch Purpose Community, a free Slack workspace dedic[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

The New Era of Benefits: Work/Life Balance, Flexibility, and Purpose

A lot is changing about how we live and work as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.  The office as we once knew it is going through a seismic shi[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

2022 Ann Arbor Companies with the Best Benefits

Company Benefits are evolving like never before, and in-demand tech and startup workers are looking for new types of employee benefits, culture, and p[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

2022 Chicago Companies With The Best Benefits

Chicago has minted eight unicorn startups valued at over $1 billion just in the first half of 2021 alone. The Windy City is on track for explosive gro[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

2022 Columbus Companies With The Best Benefits

Columbus is a quickly emerging tech hub for healthtech and insurtech startups. Many boomerangs are returning to the Midwest, especially to Columbus, t[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

2022 Cincinnati Companies with the Best Benefits

Did you know that Cincinnati has a growing tech scene? Cincy is a great place to live, affordable, and is home to some great emerging tech startups.  [...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

2022 Detroit Companies with the Best Benefits

Workers are looking for more than the best startup jobs these days: they’re looking for a purpose and new types of employee benefits.  Workplace welln[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

2022 Indianapolis Companies with the Best Benefits

Indianapolis has a growing tech and startup scene. And many Indianapolis tech startups are hiring. But how do you know a startup is a good place to wo[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

2022 Milwaukee Companies with the Best Benefits

Many tech workers are choosing to live and work in Milwaukee. That’s because Milwaukee has an affordable cost of living matched with a growing tech an[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

2022 Pittsburgh Companies with the Best Benefits

Pittsburgh, like many other Midwest cities, has a growing tech and startup scene. There is a rising number of robotics and AI startups in Pittsburgh, [...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

2022 Remote Companies with the Best Benefits

Tech and startup workers are looking for the best startup opportunities in livable (aka affordable) communities, and many are looking for completely r[...]

Kristina Mercier

By Kristina Mercier

Hiring for Strengths-Awareness in the Great Reimagination of Work

This is the third blog in a three-part series on strengths-awareness. Check out the first post on bringing your best self to work in an age of uncerta[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

Workit Health Raises $118 Million for Virtual Addiction Treatment

Ann Arbor startup Workit Health, the nation's leading provider of virtual substance use disorder treatment, has just announced a $118 million Series C[...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

The Best Coworking Spaces in Columbus

Coworking spaces are no longer reserved for freelancers and twenty-somethings looking to “find themselves” in the nurturing vibes of natural light and[...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

Columbus Startup Aware Raises $60M Series C Round led by Goldman Sachs

It’s time we’re all aware of this Columbus startup. Aware, which helps companies collaborate by making sense of human behavioral data, has raised a $6[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

'State of Columbus Startups' event celebrates growth in tech ecosystem

On October 12th, our Purpose Jobs crew teamed up with OhioX, One Columbus, Drive Capital, TechLife Columbus, Pride Fund 1 and Ohio Impact Fund to virt[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Two Detroit startups raise millions in Series A, seed funding rounds

This week, two Detroit startups announced multi-million funding rounds, showing the strength of the Detroit startup community and its continued growth[...]

Hannah Slover

By Hannah Slover

Hiring Companies at the Columbus Startup & Tech Virtual Career Fair

This post has been updated include updated links and resources. The State of the Columbus Startup Community brought together top Columbus tech leaders[...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

4 Companies Adding 1,200 Jobs in Columbus, Ohio

What do a dog treat supplier, a private jet company, an AI-based lender, and an e-commerce business have in common? They’re all expanding in Columbus.[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

50+ Midwest and remote software engineering jobs

It's no secret that software engineers are in high demand. There are plenty of open software engineering jobs, but if you're looking for a new gig, it[...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

The VCs You Need to Know in Columbus

There’s an undeniable momentum to Columbus’ startup scene.  For a long time, Columbus was known for corporate titans like Nationwide, Wendy’s, and Car[...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

UnifiHealth Raises $5.4M to Provide Health Benefits to Small Businesses

Columbus startup UnifiHealth has raised $5.4 million in seed funding to provide digital-first health benefits to small businesses. Noting the complexi[...]

Hannah Slover

By Hannah Slover

A Guide to Midwest Tech Events — Fall 2021

This fall, the calendar is loaded with tech events around the Midwest, and we are so excited about what's to come.  Events can be such a great way to [...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

Ohio Tech Day launches this week: Q&A with OhioX President Chris Berry

Ready to talk tech in Ohio? Mark your calendar for this one. The first-ever Ohio Tech Day will be held on September 24th, bringing together companies,[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Columbus is a rapidly growing tech hub. Here's the top startup activity from the last 12 months.

In the Midwest, boomerangs are returning to the region to start companies, live sustainably, and find meaning in their work. Startup and tech companie[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

Local Favorites: Best Places in Ann Arbor & Detroit

Ann Arbor and Detroit are growing startup hubs with a record number of new businesses being founded here and hundreds of open startup and tech jobs. A[...]