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Foxconn, Gener8tor, URP, & More: This Week’s Wisconsin Watchlist

Keep up with the latest news from Wisconsin’s innovation community with these recent headlines: —Foxconn purchased a seven-story office building in downtown Milwaukee that will serve as the Taiwanese multinational’s Wisconsin headquarters, according to a news release issued by Gov. Scott Walker. Foxconn, which is perhaps best known for assembling iPhones, iPads, and other gadgets […]

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4490 Ventures Raises $49M Fund to Support Startups in Midwest

4490 Ventures, a Madison, WI-based venture capital firm that supports startups in the Midwest, has raised $49 million for its second fund, according to a document filed with federal securities regulators on Wednesday. Greg Robinson, managing director at 4490, says the document is an “interim filing” and 4490 plans to finish raising its second fund […]

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Gener8tor, ParqEx, 4490, RPRD, & More: This Week’s WI Watchlist

Catch up on news from Wisconsin’s innovation community with these recent headlines: —Gener8tor, a startup accelerator that has held programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota, has named Eric Martell managing director of its Twin Cities programming, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported. Martell is a co-founder of EatStreet, a Madison-based food-ordering startup, and previously served as […]

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Abodo Adds $4.8M to Bring Apartment-Hunting Website to More Cities

Abodo, a Madison, WI-based startup whose technology helps users find apartments and contact property managers, said on Wednesday that it had raised $4.8 million from investors. The company said it will use the equity financing to add staff and continue its national expansion. 4490 Ventures led the round. Also taking part was American Family Ventures, […]

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In Return to Roots, Understory Raises $7.5M & Relocates HQ to WI

Understory is coming home to Wisconsin with $7.5 million in tow. The weather technology startup, formerly known as Subsidence, was founded in Madison, WI, in 2012 and went through Wisconsin startup accelerator Gener8tor’s first session. A year later, the company received an investment and hands-on mentorship from Bolt in the hardware venture firm’s Boston space. […]

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Madison’s “Sand Hill Building”: Four Venture Funds Together Under One Roof

Going purely by the numbers, Wisconsin is hardly an ideal place for startups seeking investment. According to the 2015 National Venture Capital Association Yearbook, companies in the Badger State raised $86.8 million in venture capital investments in 2014. That was good for 26th in the U.S. and accounted for less than 0.2 percent of the […]

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HealthMyne Snags $4.5M To Boost Health Records Analytics Software

HealthMyne has raised nearly $4.5 million in Series A money to move its healthcare software into the market this year, the startup said today. Madison, WI-based HealthMyne, which Xconomy profiled in November, has developed data analytics software and a search engine that can comb hospitals’ vast stores of electronic health records and medical images, such […]

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StartingBlock, Madison’s Answer to Chicago’s 1871, Hits Crucial Stage

A vacant 1.75-acre piece of land in downtown Madison, WI—once the site of a car dealership—could become one of the most important hubs for tech entrepreneurship in the state’s capital, if the backers of a proposed project called StartingBlock Madison make their vision a reality. StartingBlock would put startup accelerator Gener8tor and maker space Sector67 […]

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Apartment Website Abodo Snags 4490 Ventures’ First Investment

Abodo, the Madison, WI-based apartment rental website, has closed a $1.25 million Series A investment that’s significant not only for the company, but also because of the investors involved. The round was led by Madison-based American Family Ventures, the $50 million VC arm of American Family Insurance. The fund was formed in 2010 but only […]

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Madison’s Tech Future: 5 Ways It Could Succeed, 5 Ways It Could Fail

Silicon Valley wasn’t built overnight. Neither were smaller, newer tech startup hubs like Austin, TX, and Boulder, CO. In the Midwest, Madison, WI, hasn’t yet reached that level, but the city is gradually and quietly positioning itself to at least join the conversation. Xconomy has been closely following Madison’s aspirations to be a healthtech startup […]

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