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WI Watchlist: Foxconn Fund, UW Accelerator, MSOE A.I. Hall & More

It’s time to catch up on Wisconsin innovation news:—Jason Franklin will manage the Wisconn Valley Venture Fund, a $100 million fund formed last August by Foxconn Technology Group and three leading Wisconsin businesses and organizations: Advocate Aurora Health, Northwestern Mutual, and Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI). Foxconn, a Taiwanese manufacturing giant, has said it’s building a massive (and controversial) electronics factory in southeastern Wisconsin.Franklin is a University of Wisconsin-Madi...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Education, Trends, Tech, It, Vc, Software, Healthcare, Nvidia, Wisconsin, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Cleantech, Foxconn, Life Sciences


Capital Factory + E-Capital Summit $100,000 Cleantech Investment Challenge

In recent years, the world has continued to improve energy usage, waste management, and reduce environmental pollution — with innovative solutions coming online every day. Technology isn’t the answer to all of our problems, but it’s hard to imagine how we can progress without it. Capital Factory has teamed up with EarthX, an international nonprofit dedicated to helping create a sustainable future worldwide, to give one tech startup a $100,000 investment and direct exposure to cleantech industr...
Tags: Startups, Texas, News, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Dallas, Cleantech, Capital Factory, Austin Startups, Bryan Chambers, Matt Myers, Green-energy, Cleantech Investment Challenge, EarthxCapital, E Capital, Capital FactoryAccelerator MobilityX Programs


Funds for Richard’s Rainwater, New CPRIT Executive, & More TX Tech

—Pinpoint, an Austin startup that makes analytics tool to measure software engineering’s contribution to businesses, has raised $13.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Other investors include Storm Ventures, Boldstart Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, Slack Fund, Social Capital, and Cherubic Ventures. The new money brings Pinpoint’s total funding to $16.5 million.—A Texas-based startup will be among the participants at the Hatch Pitch competition at South By Southwes...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Microsoft, China, Cancer, Cherubic Ventures, Funding, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Investment, Sustainability, People, Palo Alto, Vc, Commercialization


Xnor.ai Makes Solar-Powered Computer Chip to Crunch, Learn from Data

By now, many consumers know that uploading a photo, video, or other file to “the cloud” on a service like Google or Facebook often means storing it in a data center. But the computer servers inside data centers don’t just store information—they are constantly processing complex algorithms and using energy to glean new insights for the companies that store it.A Seattle-based startup, Xnor.ai, is attempting to build a business on the belief that it could also be possible to run machine learning a...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Internet Of Things, Hardware, Electronics, Big Data, Trends, Tech, Data, Smartphones, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, SaaS, Computing


WI Watchlist: Epic Systems, M-WERC, Nordic, Dianomi Therapeutics

It’s time to catch up on some recent headlines from Wisconsin’s innovation community:—Dianomi Therapeutics, a Madison-based life sciences startup, said it received a $3 million investment from San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND). The investment includes $2 million in equity funding and $1 million in convertible debt financing, according to a Dianomi spokesperson.As part of the deal, Ligand said it will provide technical and scientific advisory services to Dianomi for a year, a...
Tags: Deals, Energy, Startups, Trends, Tech, Vc, Biologics, Veterans Affairs, Va, San Diego, M&a, Wisconsin, Cleantech, Digital Health, Electronic Health Records, Life Sciences


Healthcare Technology Bubble Concerns Are Likely Overblown

By nearly every measure, 2018 was a banner year for the venture capital industry, particularly in the healthcare technology sector.Over $130 billion of venture capital was invested across all sectors in the U.S., easily eclipsing the prior high-water mark in 2000 and nearly 4.8 times what was invested a decade ago.While certain sectors may now be demonstrating bubble-like tendencies, the data also reflect the activity of SoftBank’s ~$100 billion Vision Fund and other late start cross-over invest...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Boston, Softbank, Trends, Tech, Debt, Vc, Software, Bitcoin, Healthcare, Treasury, Cryptocurrencies, Cleantech, Bubble, Cryptocurrency


WI Watchlist: Fiserv, Promega, Arrowhead, Basic-code, EnSync & More

The biggest news of the week from Wisconsin’s high-tech sectors was by far Brookfield-based Fiserv’s (NASDAQ: FISV) massive $22 billion deal to acquire First Data (NYSE: FDC). Meanwhile, here are some headlines and happenings you might’ve missed:—Basic-code raised nearly $250,000 in equity funding, according to an SEC filing. The Brookfield, WI-based startup, which offers sales analysis and forecasting software, pulled in more than $736,000 in equity financing last February. Founder and preside...
Tags: Deals, Energy, Startups, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Wisconsin, Brookfield, SEC, Cleantech, Life Sciences, Resmed, Fiserv, Exabyte, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp


After 33 Exits in 5 Years, WI Seeks “More and Bigger” Startup Deals

When Propeller Health’s founders initially tried to raise funding for their new healthcare technology venture, many of the investors they spoke with were hesitant to take the risk.It was the early part of this decade, and Propeller was navigating the FDA’s regulatory process for medical devices. The company believed it had a chance to become one of the first to earn market clearance from the agency for a software product, says Propeller co-founder and CEO David Van Sickle. Propeller’s idea for ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Internet Of Things, Education, Connected Devices, Trends, Tech, It, Cybersecurity, Walgreens, Vc, Software, Healthcare, M&a


Capital Factory in Houston, Austin Startup Funding, & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Austin’s Capital Factory has announced a new partnership with The Cannon in Houston, one that will offer companies with space at Capital Factory reciprocal membership at the Houston coworking space, which opened last year. The Cannon also started Cannon Ventures to bring together angel investors interested in funding startups. Capital Factory has been starting to do more work throughout the state, including establishing a post in Dallas l...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Texas, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, People, Software, Austin, Tennis, Venture Capital, M&a, Retail, Dallas, Espn


From Google to Gates: Malta Targets Power Storage With Molten Salt

A new and unconventional power storage startup is preaching the gospel of salt and antifreeze as the long-sought answer to how to bottle up renewable electricity from intermittent solar and wind projects.Malta, based in Cambridge, MA, announced today it has graduated from Alphabet’s X, the Moonshot Factory—where it was known as Project Malta—and is heading off into the world with a $26 million Series A funding round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the climate change fund led by Bill Gates....
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Boston, Trends, Tech, Renewable Energy, Launch, X, Bill Gates, Venture Capital, Wind, Clean Energy, Solar, Cleantech, Battery


24M, Reeling In $22M, Thinks It Has the Next Great Battery

It turns out we might have been making lithium-ion batteries all wrong this whole time.That’s at least what Cambridge, MA-based battery startup 24M says, now having developed what it sees as the “right” way.The company, a spinoff of A123 Systems, announced today it raised a $21.8 million Series D round led by Japanese companies Kyocera Group and Itochu. Long quiet, 24M is now happy to explain how over the past few years it hacked the battery’s conventional manufacturing process.24M says its big...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Boston, Trends, Tesla, Vc, Electric Vehicles, Venture Capital, Cambridge, Clean Energy, Cleantech, Factory, Kyocera, Battery, A123 Systems, Itochu


Hospital Robots, Vista Bets on Diversity, Cocktails, & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Two Texas startups have been named to the inaugural 2019 cohort of the LaunchPad Lift program, which is organized by Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars. One of them, Lazarus, is a Texas A&M University spinout developing ammunition that minimizes blood loss to preserve life after penetration. The other, Shower Stream, is making a smart bulb shower head adapter that installs like a light bulb, saves water, and displays those savings via the...
Tags: Startups, Internet Of Things, Accelerator, Texas, Funding, Trends, Investment, People, Vc, Austin, University, Innovation, Venture Capital, Dallas, Private Equity, Iot


Membrion Gets $2.2M for Materials to Help Store Energy, Purify Water

Inspiration can come from unlikely places—like the bottom of a bag of beef jerky, for instance.Membrion, a Seattle-based cleantech startup, recently raised $2.2 million in new funding to give the company a boost along the path to commercialization. It engineers flexible membranes using silica gel, the same material in the small bags manufacturers place inside new shoes and bags of jerky and edible seaweed. These bags contain tiny moisture-absorbing beads that can help the products they’re packa...
Tags: Deals, Energy, Startups, Trends, Vc, Batteries, Pharmaceuticals, Seattle, Cleantech, Water Purification, National Science Foundation, University of Washington, NSF, John Plaza, National blog main, Seattle blog main


Connect Honors 7 New Products as ‘Most Innovative’ at Annual Awards

San Diego’s Connect, which runs a tech and life science company accelerator, recognized seven local companies Thursday night at its 31st annual Most Innovative New Product Awards (MIP) gala.Winners were selected from among 23 finalists that were picked from all the companies that submitted products for consideration in the spring. The seven companies that won were chosen by a panel of judges to which each finalist pitched last month.“The companies and products showcased in this event demonstrat...
Tags: Startups, Defense, Trends, Cybersecurity, Drones, 3d Printing, San Diego, Solar Energy, Biotech, Cleantech, Life Sciences, Quantum Computing, Medical Devices, 3d Metal Printing, Banyan Biomarkers, ViaSat


Plant-Based Burger Maker Beyond Meat Cooks Up Plans for an IPO

We’ll soon find out if Wall Street has the appetite for investing in alternative meat technology.Beyond Meat, a maker of plant-based meat products, has filed for an IPO. The El Segundo, CA-based company set a preliminary target of $100 million for the stock offering, a figure that will likely change as the company moves closer to its stock market debut. Beyond Meat has applied for a Nasdaq listing under the stock symbol “BYND.”Investors are still sizing up Beyond Meat, but the brand has become ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Whole Foods, Ipo, Trends, Investing, Venture Capital, National, Nasdaq, Cleantech, Obvious Ventures, Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, Kroger, University of Missouri, Wegmans


JCI Simplifies Focus with $13.2B Sale of Car Battery Business

The transformation of Johnson Controls International continues.On Tuesday, the company said it reached a deal to sell its power solutions business, which makes a variety of vehicle batteries, in a cash transaction valued at $13.2 billion. The buyers are investment firm Brookfield Business Partners (NYSE: BBU) and a group of partners, including Canadian investment firm Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.It’s the end of an era for Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), which has decided to focus on it...
Tags: Deals, Ge, Cars, Trends, Tech, Software, Automotive, Vehicles, M&a, Wisconsin, Batteries, Philips, Cleantech, General Electric, Hybrid, JCI


Sam’s Club Goes Digital, BNSF’s Electric Locomotive, & More TX Tech

Let’s get caught up with the latest innovation news from Texas.—The Texas Medical Center’s TMCx accelerator has been included in a list of best programs for the first time. With platinum status, AngelPad, StartX, and Y Combinator topped the list released by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project. The rankings, which are in part compiled by Rice University’s Yael Hochberg, reflect metrics such as valuations of and total fundraising by participating startups. Other Texas accelerators in the list o...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Texas, Trains, Funding, Trends, Investment, Walmart, E-commerce, People, Sam's Club, Software, Innovation, United Nations


Transatomic Power Leader Talks Startup’s Demise, Political Headwinds

It’s hard out there for nuclear energy startups. Not only do they face daunting challenges in trying to develop more efficient and safer methods of generating power from nuclear materials, but regulations and the current political climate can also pose roadblocks.At least, that’s board member Russ Wilcox’s take on the factors that contributed to the recent shutdown of Transatomic Power.Formed in 2011, the MIT spinout generated buzz a few years ago because its team thought it was close to findin...
Tags: Energy, Startups, China, Boston, Trends, Mit, Vc, Nuclear, Cleantech, Department Of Energy, Leslie Dewan, Founders Fund, Russ Wilcox, Transatomic Power, Nuclear Energy, National blog main


Genomatica Grabs $90M to Boost Sustainable Chemical Business

Bioengineering pioneer Genomatica has raised $90 million in private funding to accelerate the commercialization of two chemicals it has developed from renewable sources—chemicals that are being used today in plastics, cosmetics, and personal care. The company says it will also use the money to further ongoing development of a third chemical, to be used in sustainable nylon.A new investor, New York-based investment firm Casdin Capital, led the financing, Genomatica announced Wednesday. Previous ...
Tags: Startups, New York, Trends, Vc, Connecticut, San Diego, Biotech, Cleantech, Aquafil, Genomatica, Ginkgo Bioworks, Life Sciences, Novamont, Viking Global Investors, Casdin Capital, Christophe Schilling


Schneider Electric Leads $18M Round for Home Energy Startup Sense

Sense, a Boston-area home energy monitoring startup, has raised $18 million in fresh funding from a group of backers that includes energy and robotics companies.Schneider Electric led the Series B financing round, and it was joined by earlier Sense investors Shell Ventures, iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), Energy Impact Partners, Prelude Ventures, and Capricorn Investment Group. In a press release, Cambridge, MA-based Sense said it has hauled in a total of $38.6 million in venture capital.The startup’s b...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Internet Of Things, Boston, Connected Devices, Trends, Tech, Vc, Home Automation, Cambridge, Speech Recognition, Iot, Smart Home, Cleantech, Voice, Irobot


GE Abruptly Replaces CEO Flannery with Former Danaher CEO Culp

In an unexpected move, General Electric has replaced its chief executive just 16 months after appointing him.GE (NYSE: GE) announced Monday it named H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., as CEO and chairman, immediately replacing John Flannery (pictured above). Culp has served on GE’s board since April. Before that, the 55-year-old ran Danaher (NYSE: DHR) for 14 years, during which time he helped grow the industrial conglomerate’s revenues and market value five-fold, GE said in a press release.Thomas Horton, ...
Tags: Deals, Cloud, Ge, Boston, Trends, Tech, People, Software, 3d Printing, Manufacturing, Nbc Universal, Cleantech, General Electric, Healthtech, American Airlines, Danaher


Boston Tech Watch: Akili, Smartsheet, Tamr, Takeoff, Nanoramic & More

It’s time to catch up on some recent Boston-area tech happenings:—Takeoff Technologies, a Waltham, MA-based developer of robotic systems for grocery order fulfillment, recently raised $24 million from investors, the company said in an e-mail to Xconomy. The Series B funding round was led by Forrestal Capital and brings the startup’s total venture capital haul to $46 million, Takeoff’s Edgar Arciniegas said. The news was first reported by the Boston Globe.—Tamr said it tacked $10 million onto it...
Tags: Startups, Big Data, Boston, Trends, Tech, Mit, Vc, Software, Retail, Machine Learning, Fda, Grocery, Energy Storage, Cleantech, Samsung Ventures, Tamr


GreenShift appeals judgments regarding corn ethanol patent infringement

In Georgia, GS CleanTech Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GreenShift Corporation, filed its appeal of intermediate judgments issued in CleanTech’s pending patent litigation against corn ethanol producers for infringement of five of CleanTech’s eleven issued corn oil extraction patents. As previously announced, CleanTech licensed its corn oil extraction patent portfolio on an exclusive basis to FLUX Carbon LLC (“JVCo”), an 80%-owned subsidiary of Attis, on terms in which CleanTech in ess...
Tags: Georgia, Cleantech, Producer News, Ethanol, GreenShift, Georgia GS CleanTech Corporation, GreenShift Corporation, FLUX Carbon LLC


Phoenix Plans to Build New HQ After Inking $15M In New Contracts

Phoenix, which develops and sells particle accelerator-based neutron generators and other machines, says it plans to begin constructing new manufacturing and office buildings in Fitchburg, WI, a few miles south of the startup’s current Madison, WI, headquarters.The announcement does not come as a surprise. Phoenix president Evan Sengbusch said last fall that his company had outgrown its current home and planned to break ground sometime in 2018 on a new headquarters that can house all of its wor...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Defense, Trends, Healthcare, Wisconsin, Renewables, Cleantech, Aerospace, Semiconductors, Phoenix, Particle Accelerators, Fitchburg, National blog main, Wisconsin blog main, Wisconsin top stories


Boston Tech Watch: Humana, SmartBear, Nexamp, Veritas & More

This week in Boston tech, we’re tracking a massive healthcare analytics acquisition, a new technology incubator from health insurer Humana, a Mitsubishi subsidiary’s latest investments in the local energy sector, and more deals. Read on for details.—Verscend Technologies said it completed its acquisition of Atlanta-based Cotiviti (NYSE: COTV), a union of companies providing healthcare data analytics and services to insurers and other clients. The combined will go by Cotiviti, according to a p...
Tags: Startups, Boston, Trends, Tech, Atlanta, Data, Analytics, Vc, Incubator, NRG Energy, Mitsubishi, Cleantech, Fintech, Ibm Watson Health, Healthtech, Data Analytics


Boston Tech Watch: SessionM, Salesforce, Facebook, Squadle & More

It’s time to catch up on a flurry of recent Boston-area tech headlines:—SessionM, a seller of marketing automation and customer loyalty software, said it grabbed $23.8 million in venture funding from previous backers. The round was led by Salesforce Ventures, with contributions from Causeway Media Partners, CRV, General Atlantic, Highland Capital Partners, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. SessionM has raised at least $97.3 million from investors, including a $35 million funding round annou...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Boston, Marketing, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Vc, Formation 8, Ibm, Watson, Andreessen Horowitz, Cleantech, General Atlantic, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Salesforce Ventures


Soil Health Startup Cool Planet Adds $20M for New Manufacturing Site

Cool Planet, an agricultural technology startup focused on improving the quality of soil, has raised an additional $20.3 million to finance construction of a manufacturing facility.Greenwood Village, CO-based Cool Planet said the new capital is an extension of the company’s 2017 $19.3 million Series A round of investment. The latest capital infusion was led by Mexican investor Agustin Coppel and North Bridge Venture Partners, the two lead investors from last year’s financing.Cool Planet’s first...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Trends, Investing, Venture Capital, Cleantech, North Bridge Venture Partners, National blog main, Boulder/Denver blog main, Boulder/Denver, Boulder/Denver top stories, Cool Planet, AgtechFood, Agustin Coppel, Greenwood Village CO, Soil Health Startup Cool Planet


Boston Tech Watch: Wistia, Armored Things, TowerIQ, Cignifi & More

Time to catch up on the latest Boston-area tech news:—Wistia, a Cambridge, MA-based video-hosting company for businesses, said it raised $17.3 million in debt funding from Accel-KKR, which Wistia used to buy out its equity investors and stock-holding employees. Read more in a company blog post, which provides an interesting behind-the-scenes look at a decision that few venture-backed startups make.—R4 Technologies, a Ridgefield, CT-based startup developing machine learning-powered business tool...
Tags: Startups, Boston, Trends, Tech, It, Cybersecurity, Vc, Software, Cambridge, Cleantech, Accel KKR, iNovia Capital, Ridgefield, Wistia, National blog main, Boston blog main


In Celebration of Bruce Bigelow: Our Memories, His Playlist

Bruce Victor Bigelow, editor of Xconomy San Diego, passed away Friday afternoon, June 29, at the age of 63. He had suddenly fallen ill less than a week earlier, after he returned to San Diego from a hiking trip in Utah. Our initial post about Bruce’s death is here. But we at Xconomy, after hollering “Stet” in vain to that editor in the sky, wanted to do something more. This is not so much to mourn Bruce’s loss, but to celebrate our times together, and his extraordinary collegiality, frien...
Tags: Deals, Energy, Startups, Utah, Education, Trends, People, Cybersecurity, Vc, Healthcare, Innovation, San Diego, Biotech, Cleantech, Fintech, Life Sciences


Xconomy Mourns the Loss of San Diego Editor Bruce Bigelow

It is with profound sadness that we at Xconomy say goodbye to our longtime friend and editor of Xconomy San Diego, Bruce Bigelow. An outstanding journalist, colleague, and friend, and a fixture of the San Diego innovation scene, Bruce passed away today at age 63 after a brief illness. We are in shock at this awful turn of events. We are a close-knit team despite being spread out around the country, and just two weeks ago several of us had the rare pleasure of catching up with Bruce in per...
Tags: Startups, Education, California, Trends, It, People, Cybersecurity, San Diego, Obituary, Cleantech, Fintech, Agtech, Life Sciences, Healthtech, Bruce, National blog main