Matchstick Ventures Announces a $30 Million Fund II

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Minnesota investor Matchstick Ventures announced today that they have raised a second fund of $30 million. The tech-focused fund supports early-stage software companies in growing and underserved startup ecosystems including those sprinkled across Minnesota and the North region, Colorado and the Rockies, and companies across the Techstars ecosystem. Read More »

Marketing Architects Launches Zoomworks Ventures Focusing on Marketing Tech

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Zoomworks_logoMINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marketing Architects, a Minneapolis based advertising agency, has launched Zoomworks Ventures, a corporate venture capital arm that will focus exclusively on marketing technology and media startups. Zoomworks will leverage Marketing Architects’ 22-year history of internal innovation that has placed the advertising agency at the forefront of developing disruptive marketing technologies to improve clients’ bottom line.

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75F Raises $18M Led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Oil & Gas Climate Initiative

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Deepinder Singh“BURNSVILLE, Minn.Sept. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — 75F Inc., a global market leader in wireless building automation for commercial buildings, today announced it has completed an $18M Series A round of financing co-led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Climate Initiative with participation from Building Ventures, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, and Clean Energy Trust. The company, founded in 2012, has raised a total of $25M to date.”

 

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Smart Energy IoT Startup 75F Raising $15 Million

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“Burnsville-based 75F, a startup creating sensors to heat and cool buildings more efficiently, has raised $7.5 million in a planned $15 million round, according to an SEC filing. The current funds were raised from one investor, the filing states. 75F could not be reached for comment on the round.”

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Disruptive Payment Solution Sezzle Completes Initial Public Offering On Australian Exchange

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Sezzle“MINNEAPOLISJuly 30, 2019 /CNW/ — Sezzle, Inc. (ASX: SZL), the highest consumer-rated interest-free installment payment solution, today announced it is now a publicly-traded company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The capital raised will fund Sezzle’s continued focus on identifying and capturing future growth opportunities through the expansion of Sezzle’s retail merchant base and product offering, including funding for product development and engineering, sales and marketing, data sciences, merchant and customer support, and general administration.”

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Perforce Software Receives Investment From Francisco Partners To Accelerate Growth

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Image result for Perforce MN logo“MINNEAPOLIS and SAN FRANCISCO and SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Perforce Software, Inc. (“Perforce” or the “Company”), a market leading provider of enterprise scale software solutions to technology developers and development operations (“DevOps”) teams requiring productivity, visibility, and scale during all phases of the development lifecycle, today announced it has closed on the significant new equity investment from Francisco Partners, a global technology-focused private equity fund. The firm joins Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (“Clearlake”), which initially invested in Perforce in late 2017. The Company will continue to be led by the Chief Executive Officer, Mark Ties, and the current management team, who invested alongside Clearlake and Francisco Partners in the transaction.”

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Traive Announces $1.3 Million in Seed Round Funding

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Traieve logoTraive, an ag-fintech that unlocks credit to farmers using a proprietary Machine Learning-based credit risk assessment, announced that it has raised $1.3 million in Seed Round funding.

The new funding comes from The Syndicate Fund (“TSF”) and a mix of investors from the United States, Australia, and Brazil, and will allow Traive to go after the ever growing agricultural lending market. “The wide range of investors and their deep understanding of agriculture and finance symbolizes the need for this type of solution in many different markets.” said CEO and Co-Founder Fabricio Pezente.

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Reprise Biomedical Raises $12.5 Million and Completes Spin-off From Miromatrix Medical

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Reprise Biomedical.png“Minneapolis, Minn. (July 1, 2019) – Reprise Biomedical, Inc., a Minnesota-based startup focused on commercializing biological medical devices manufactured using a proprietary perfusion decellularization technology, has successfully completed a $12.5 million private placement and commenced operations as a spin-off from Miromatrix Medical Inc.”

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Player’s Health Closes Series A Investment Round to Transform Risk Management and Insurance in Amateur Sports

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Image result for Player's Health Logo“Minneapolis, July 1, 2019 – Player’s Health has secured funding to support growth and capitalize on existing and new opportunities. The investment was made by Eos Venture Partners, a specialist insurance venture capital investor with offices in London and Philadelphia and Boston-based Sports-Tech focused investor Will Ventures.”

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