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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

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[...]

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

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.[...]

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[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

SpotOn Raises $300M, acquires Appetize and ups valuation to $3.15B

SpotOn is one of the fastest-growing software and payment companies with a comprehensive suite of solutions for restaurants and retail businesses. Yes[...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

Columbus Firm’s New App Streamlines Ticketing for High School Sports and Events

High school sports may not be the first industry that comes to mind when talking about technology advancement, but that’s exactly where one Columbus f[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Detroit startup Inpathy puts human connection back into social media

Social media scrolling can be a daily part of our lives, but that doesn’t mean it’s authentic. There doesn’t seem to be any place for talking with fri[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

'Great Resignation' continues: 55% of workers likely to look for new job

There's no doubt that coronavirus pandemic has changed so much of the way we live our lives — and the way we work. It's left many re-evaluating their [...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

Bitcoin Company River Financial Picks Columbus for Global Operations Center

River Financial, a San Francisco-based company that lets people incorporate Bitcoin into their broader investment portfolios, has selected Columbus fo[...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

Columbus Tech Entrepreneur Keith Stevens Launches New Venture ‘UpRys’

Keith Stevens, a serial entrepreneur and Chair Emeritus of the Board of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, has launched a new venture to help nonprofit[...]

Evan Weese

By Evan Weese

Google Investing Another $1B, Boosts Columbus as Cloud Computing Hub

Google on Thursday said it will invest another $1 billion into data center operations in New Albany while also expanding to Columbus and Lancaster, un[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Virtual Road Trip Shows Strength of Detroit & Ann Arbor Tech Hubs

This week, the Purpose Jobs crew made our first stops on our virtual road trip, landing in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Cities in the Midwest, like Detroit [...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

New Ann Arbor Ecosystem Report Reveals Record-Breaking Year of Growth

Ann Arbor as a tech ecosystem has grown leaps and bounds over the last few years with major acquisitions of Duo Security and Llamasoft and the rise of[...]

Laura Cowan

By Laura Cowan

The Entrepreneurial Ripple Effect is Happening in Detroit

It’s no secret that one successful startup can birth many more. In Detroit, this phenomenon is starting to take off with multiple startups beginning o[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

First but not only: Pride Fund 1 empowers LGBTQ+ community beyond Columbus

Despite expectations and the odds, 2020 VC activity was at a record high — for some founders.  For women founders, VC funding shrank to 2.2%, and of t[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Rise of the Rest celebrates growth in emerging tech hubs as people rethink where they live & work

There’s no doubt that the way we work and live has changed over the last year. The pandemic launched the country into a widespread remote-work experim[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Detroit fintech startup Autobooks raises $25 million in Series B

Headquartered in Detroit, Autobooks is a top fintech startup in the Midwest that's making small business banking easy. Today they announced they raise[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Purpose Jobs is Hiring: Relationship Manager, and Community Manager

We're growing our team! As a bootstrapped, profitable company, we're always thoughtful about our growth. We only open a few positions a year, and we'r[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Columbus insurtech startup Beam Dental raises $80 million

Beam Dental is a top insurtech startup based in Columbus, Ohio. The company has secured $80 million in Series E funding, bringing their total up to $1[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Top venture capital funding for Midwest tech startups in 2020

2020 certainly was a challenging year for startups across the board. And fundraising, though it fared better than many thought it would, was still no [...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Meet The Winners of the 2020 Purpose Awards

There’s no doubt that 2020 will go down in the history books. A once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, a national reckoning with racial injustice, record unempl[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

The Midwest’s Top Female Founders to Watch in 2021

“We always say unapologetically: we're here to win, we're here to win big, and our opportunity is big." That was Lori Coulter, CEO and co-founder of S[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Ann Arbor tech company Llamasoft gets acquired for $1.5 billion

Coupa Software Inc. just announced they're acquiring Llamasoft Inc., an Ann Arbor supply-chain tech company, for $1.5 billion.  Llamasoft has been a t[...]

Christina Marfice

By Christina Marfice

Hiring for Tech Jobs has Increased More than 100% in These Midwestern Cities

When people think tech jobs, they tend to think Silicon Valley or New York City. They don’t think about the Midwest, which is better known for rolling[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Low cost, high reward: new report shows Midwest tech jobs pay off

There are so many reasons why we love living and working in the Midwest—booming tech hubs, tight communities, laid-back lifestyles… It’s something man[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

These 8 startups are among the top in the Midwest—and the U.S.

Why were there only two Midwest startups on LinkedIn’s recent list of the top 50 startups on the rise?  Cameo, based in Chicago (as well as remotely),[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Entrepreneurial Report Shows Positive Outlook for Detroit Startups

With the rise of pandemic panic, people are craving data about the state of Detroit’s economy. Luckily our friends at EntryPoint just released their E[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Our Response to COVID-19: We’re on Team You

These are unbelievably tough times for everyone, everywhere. But for small businesses, these are defining moments. Companies are wondering if and how [...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Good Humans Spotlight: Detroit Black Tech Supports Underrepresented Developers

I love seeing #BlackTechFacts pop up on social media during Black History Month. But let’s face it, we all know it’s not enough. In the tech world, Bl[...]

Tara Taylor

By Tara Taylor

Top 5 blog posts of 2019

I don’t know about you but over here at purpose.jobs we’ve been doing some major reflecting on 2019. And all we have to say is, WOW. What an incredibl[...]

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 [...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

6 Detroit Female Founders to Watch

The Detroit startup community is home to a tight group of female entrepreneurs who are changing the game across the tech and consumer goods industries[...]

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[...]

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 busine[...]

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 2[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

Detroit Startups on the Rise: Argo AI

In the race for accessible and modern mobility, a local startup is on a mission to improve the way the world moves. Meet Argo AI. With a self-proclaim[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

Detroit Startup News Recap: August 2019

The final days of summer are here. As we take in the season's remaining moments, our team has reflected on August's biggest startup news. Missed the u[...]