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Midwest Funding report: Branch Closes $567M

The Funding Roundup is a weekly note about companies that raised venture capital.  We use four sources – 1) those that are sent to us via press release (hello@mug.news), 2) Form D filings in the sixteen states that we cover, 3) Databases to which we subscribe (particularly Pitchbook, Crunchbase), 4) Other sources (such as SBIR grant database).  The goal of the funding roundup is to provide a quick synthesis of companies that are actively raising money.  This is not a value judgment placing VC backed companies over bootstrapped – only a recognition that VC backed companies often file paperwork that puts them on our radar. 

We missed the funding report last week, and so we produced a double-sized one this week.  There were more than fifty investments in the Middle last week – including thirteen that were Series A or larger.  Three to note – include (1) First Boulevard in Kansas City, led by Donald Hawkins, (2) Breeze in Omaha which has a strong team taking on a pseudo-obscure but huge market, and (3) Hologram, with a round led by superstar fund Tiger Global Management.  Each of these are radically different from the others – but they also reveal the size and scale of the market in the Middle.  Among the many fundings in this report, there are also more than 100 VC, company, or individual investors.  The size and depth of the angel and early stage market is starting to strengthen in the Middle also.

Large Rounds (More than $10M
Branch $567M Minneaplis, MN
Hologram $65M Chicago, IL
Klover $60M Chicago, IL
Copado $58M Chicago, IL
Bridge to Life$56MChicago, IL
Balto $38M St. Louis, MO
HDVI $33M Chicago, IL
MoveIn $21M Madison, WI
First Boulevard$15MOverland Park, KS
Mantium $15M Cincinnati, OH
Blumira $10M Ann Arbor, MI
Breeze $10M Omaha, NE
Fuse Autotech$10MEdina, MN
Series A ($2M to $10M)
NuCurrent $8M Chicago, IL
Gross-Wen Technologies$6.5MSlater, IA
Soda Health$6MLittle Rock, AR
Palarum $5.7M Lebanon, OH
Namida Lab$5.1MFayetteville, AR
CircleIt $5.1M Chicago, IL
Wellsense $5M Birmingham, MI
BluePallet $5M Chicago, IL
Market Wagon$5MIndianapolis, IN
Party Analytics$3.9MBrookfield, WI
Codelicious$3.8MIndianapolis, IN
Respond Flow$3.1MTulsa, OK
AloTech $3M Chicago, IL
Anthill AI $3M Chicago, IL
FriendMedia$2.5MKansas City, MO
Cobomba $2.1M South Bend, IN
Early Stage ($500k to $2M)
Team Saving$1.9MWest Lafayette, IN
Amplified Sciences$1.8MIndianapolis, IN
Olio Health$1.8MChicago, IL
FranShares$1.4MEden Prairie, MN
Wahiwater$1.2MGreen Bay, WI
Sequoir $1.1M Cape Girardeau, MO
SHO.ai $1.1M Wyoming, MN
TeamGenius$1.1MSaint Paul, MN
Thermavance$1MTraverse City, MI
Emerging Fuels Technology$1MBroken Arrow, OK
Smart Scan Medical Imaging$.8MChicago, IL
Dezurik $.7M Sartell, MN
Vali Scientific$.7MEagan, MN
V1 Sports $.5M Novi, MI
Seed State (0 to $500k)
Cast 21 $.4M Chicago, IL
Kent Displays$.4MKent, OH
Kall Morris$.3MMarquette MI
Safio Solutions$.3MBrookfield, WI
Ostra Cybersecurity$.3MMinnetonka, MN
Verrific $.2M Chicago, IL
Tackle AI $.2M Chicago, IL
Kintail $.1M Indianapolis, IN
Rollzi $.1M Bloomfield Hills, MI
Blueprint Stats$.1MBloomington, IN
Esports Development$.1MCleveland, OH
Hexanika $.03M Little Rock, AR
Taville $.01M Chicago, IL

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