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Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Columbus startup Olive raises $106MM to expand AI healthcare workforce

AI healthcare startup Olive just announced they raised $106 million in funding, led by an equity investment from General Catalyst and Drive Capital, along with Ascension Ventures, Oak HC/FT and SVB Capital. This brings Olive’s total funding to $220 million to date. Headquartered in Columbus, Olive is a top startup that’s creating an AI healthcare w[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

AaDya Security raises $2.7 million, continues upward trend in security funding

AaDya Security just announced that they’ve closed a $2.7 million funding round, led by Firebrand Ventures (Kansas City, Mo.), 645 Ventures (NYC), and Next Coast Ventures (Austin, Texas). Based in Detroit, AaDya is the third major Metro Detroit cybersecurity startup to announce multi-million funding rounds. Back in August, Censys announced they comp[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top 5 Midwest Venture Capital Firms in 2020

Ever wonder what powers the top Midwest startups and tech scene? Well, it’s a whole lot of good ideas, smart people to execute them, and, of course, capital. Starting a business takes a lot of money to get things off the ground, and there are many Midwest venture capital firms that are making it happen.  Venture capital is a type of equity financin[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Columbus Cybersecurity Startup Raises $12.5 Million in Series A Funding

The Midwest is a cybersecurity powerhouse. From ForAllSecure in Pittsburg to Duo and Blumira in Ann Arbor, the Midwest is showing its cybersecurity strength—and investors are taking notice.  In Columbus, Finite State, supply chain security and risk management experts, just announced they raised $12.5 million in a Series A funding round. The round w[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top Q1 2020 Startup Funding In Columbus

Starting the year off on the right foot is always a good thing—and for startups, that can mean funding.  Three Columbus startups crushed Q1 with some pretty big funding rounds. Check out who came out on top and how much they earned. Top 3 Columbus Startups for Q1 Funding in 2020 1. Olive As a healthcare startup, Olive and their services are more im[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

The Top Ann Arbor Startups To Watch In 2020

Ann Arbor is usually known for the University of Michigan, but it’s now becoming known for so much more.  It’s my hometown, and I loved growing up there. It’s a smart city with a ton of things to do, and I was never too far away from anything I needed. In the past couple years, Downtown Ann Arbor has changed a bit in some really good ways. I feel l[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

Top 6 Venture Capital Investors in the Midwest

Want to know where the money's at? It's right here in the midwest. More specifically, the Great Lakes region. Venture capitalists are looking outside Silicon Valley and New York to diversify across new hubs.  At the top of their list is the Great Lakes region. VCs are flooding the area, pouring money into unicorn companies, like Detroit's StockX, C[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

Design-Driven Cannabis Startup, Pleasantrees, Raises $6.4M in Series A

Detroit-based luxury cannabis startup, Pleasantrees, announced a successful Series A funding round, raising $6.4 million in preparation for the launch of their retail arm.  The design-driven brand's newfound financial backing came from a group of 64 local and international investors.  With plans to open 12 medical marijuana provisioning centers acr[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

6 Celebrity Investors from the Midwest

The midwest is packed with entrepreneurial talent, and the world is taking notice. From Motown to the Motor City, Detroit has a rich history of business and entertainment successes. We were curious to see which high profile celebrities straddled both worlds. That's why we curated a list of 6 celebrity investors from the midwest. Interested to see w[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

Michigan Startup, Rivian, Secures $350M Investment

Plymouth-based electric truck manufacture, Rivian, secured $350 million in investments this week, making it the company's third public investment of 2019. Cox Automotive is behind the company's most recent fiscal stimulus, joining Amazon and Ford Motor Company as recent investors. While it was not disclosed how much equity Cox would receive, the Ri[...]