Meet Atland Ventures: A Student-Run VC Firm at the U of M

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Via Twin Cities Business

“The University of Minnesota has long been a hotbed of innovation, launching hundreds of startups and entrepreneurial ideas over its more than 150-year history. One of the newest, though, is unlike anything the school’s ever seen: an independent, student-run venture capital firm called Atland Ventures.”

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Q&A With Total Expert CEO Joe Welu On The $20m Round

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Total Expert is a [B2B FINTECH] software company started by Joe Welu in 2012.  As a former industry insider, Welu launched the company as a vertically focused CRM and has since expanded it into an all encompassing “Marketing OS”.

By 2014 the company was achieving noticeable traction followed by initial investor attention in 2016.   Earlier this year they hit the 100 person milestone and Inc. 500/5000 recognition for ~ 1,500% three year revenue gains.

Just last week, Welu went to the next level with $20 million dollars of fresh venture capital from previous and new investors — launching Total Expert into the top 20 most funded of Minnesota’s tech industry.

Let’s hear what he has to say about it:

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Total Expert Raises $20m Series B From Emergence, Rally, And Arthur

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Via News Release

“Minneapolis, MN – October 11, 2018 – Total Expert, the fintech software pioneer powering the marketing behind billions in lender and banker revenue, today announced it has raised $20 million in Series B funding.

The round was led by Emergence Capital with participation from Rally Ventures and Arthur Ventures, bringing Total Expert’s total funding to $34 million.”

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Stella Just Backed Another Venture: Ceresti Health

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“CARLSBAD, Calif., and EAGAN, Minn., Oct. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Ceresti Health, a health care company focused on empowering family caregivers for patients with dementia or cognitive impairment, announced a capital investment by Stella Development, a division of the same parent company (Stella) as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Ceresti will use the capital to expand its family caregiver empowerment solutions to payers and providers that deliver value-based care to vulnerable patient populations.”

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Minnesota Tech Funding Report Q3 2018: 26 Ventures Raised $115m From 33 Investors

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dundee research underwriterAt least 26 different Minnesota tech ventures received a combined $115m million dollars of investment capital during the second quarter of this year, according to information collected and analyzed from July 1 -September 30, 2018.

This research underwritten by Dundee Venture Capital provides readers with unparalleled transparency into the funding facts that surround Minnesota’s tech industry.

It’s compiled from multiple sources as proxy of local market activity: crowdfunding, incubators/accelerators, angel investments, venture capital, corporate arm and private equity. Consider it a worse case scenario as there are always undisclosed transactions not included; therefore the actual figures are higher, although unknown.

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