Johnson Controls, Dohmen, PerBlue & More: This Week’s WI Watchlist
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at sleep clinics score data from sleep studies performed in laboratories and at patients’ homes, raised $1.5 million in seed financing from investors. New York-based Colle Capital led the round, which brings EnsoData’s total seed-stage funding to more than $2 million, said co-founder and CEO Chris Fernandez.
—Rabble, a Madison startup that aims to turn libraries into hubs for local music, plans to launch a new service designed for libraries in small- to medium-sized metropolitan areas. Rabble said it’s already partnered with libraries in places like Seattle, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City, but that librarians in smaller cities also want to build online local music collections. The company’s goal is to get 20 public libraries that each serve populations below 150,000 people to sign up for the new service, MUSICat Chorus. Rabble plans to launch the service this fall.
—UW-Madison’s news service profiled Prof2Prof, an “online platform to store and share work from the academic realm.” Kristen Slack, a professor of social work at the school, said part of the idea is to create a repository for ideas and research that don’t end up getting published in traditional academic journals. The business Slack created around Prof2Prof, Information Escalator, has received funding from the Madison-based Doyenne Group, which supports companies led by women and people of color.
—Fetch Rewards, a Madison-based startup, introduced a mobile app that allows users to scan grocery receipts and, if they’ve purchased items eligible for Fetch’s rewards program, receive points that can be redeemed for gift cards to Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Macy’s (NYSE: M), and other retailers. Until last September, when Fetch first made public details of its receipt-scanning technology, Fetch was best known for its smartphone app that lets users scan items’ barcodes as they shop.