Flywheel Is Raising $5m To Give Researchers Collaborative Computational Science SaaS

Flywheel is seeking to close a $5m series A equity investment with about $4m already captured, according to company leaders Jim Olson and Travis Richardson.

As an Invenshure portfolio company, Flywheel provides a collaborative data management and analysis platform built specifically for scientists and the researcher’s workflow.

We connected with the duo to learn more about their inflection point:

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Target, German Wholesaler METRO And Techstars Team Up On 4th Year Accelerator

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“The Target retail accelerator program is going global. After three successful years, the Target accelerator program’s fourth year will be held in partnership with Germany-based METRO AG, one of the world’s largest wholesalers and food specialists. And—calling all retail startup founders in the U.S. and abroad—the application process is officially open!”

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Dispatch Raises $7.8M Series A to Fuel U.S. Expansion And Triple Team

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“Minneapolis, MN, November 28, 2018 – DispatchIt, Inc out of Bloomington, MN has completed a Series A investment round by securing $7.8 million.

This brings the total amount raised to $10 million in 10 months from local and national investors. The round was led by lead investor, Trinity Private Equity Group along with continued support from previous investors such as Great North Labs.”

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Bright Health Announces $200 Million Series C

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bright Health, an insurance company that provides exclusive Care Partner Health Plans for everyday individuals at competitive prices, today announced it has raised $200 million in an oversubscribed Series C funding round.

The financing includes two new investors, Declaration Partners and Meritech Capital, as well as existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Cross Creek Advisors, Flare Capital, Greenspring Associates, Greycroft Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Redpoint Ventures, and Town Hall Ventures.”

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Q&A With Sezzle CEO Charlie Youakim On The $100m Raise

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On November 15th, Minnesota fintech startup Sezzle announced a $100m funding round to grow its online retail payments business.

Like PayPal, but with micro-installments, consumers can ‘checkout with Sezzle’ and receive a small denomination interest free loan at the time of purchase, on demand.   So by partnering with Sezzle, ecommerce merchants can effectively make more sales by giving their customers more purchasing power.

Sezzle has previously raised ~$12m in equity (most of which came earlier this May) and now CEO Charlie Youkim explains where things are at following the latest milestone:

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