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Midwest Funding Report: Ohio’s Astronomer Closes Large Round

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 (, 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. 

This week was a little lighter than the last couple of reports.  However, Arkansas and Ohio were big winners this week.  There were great deals across both states.  Our favorite from the week is a deal that we have been aware of for weeks – the big round by Natural Fiber Welding.  This company has a patented technology that allows for better performing organic blends from cotton.  Basically, it makes it possible to have great, wicking, comfortable, and anti-microbial textiles.  We are also excited by the continued success of Astronomer, a company that has been growing like gangbusters over the last couple of years.  

This week’s report is dominated by big rounds, and we suspect that there are actually many smaller rounds that simply do not get reported.  This is not rare for our reports, but we would like to lift up smaller deals as well.  If you have a deal that is not on our list, email to report your deal.

Large Round
Good Day Farm$56.51Pine BluffArkansas
TimeDoc Health$48.50ChicagoIllinois
List Biotherapeutics$48.50FishersIndiana
Natural Fiber Welding$35.34PeoriaIllinois
Empora Title$24.60ColumbusOhio
Cooks Venture$24.42DecaturArkansas
Stack Construction Technologies$17.00CincinnatiOhio
Nucleated Foam Technologies$12.50LebanonIndiana
Amper Technologies$10.87ChicagoIllinois
Spinal Simplicity$10.85Overland ParkKansas
MDI Therapeutics$10.69NoviMichigan
Series A ($10M to $2M)
Native Pet$6.00Saint LouisMissouri
Sentry Health$4.70LouisvilleKentucky
Realto$4.50Overland ParkKansas
Phraxis$4.50Saint PaulMinnesota
Agile Blue$3.00ClevelandOhio
Gem Specialty Health$3.00Gem LakeMinnesota
Early Stage ($500k to $2M)
Seed Stage (0 to $500k)
Social Market Analytics0.42ChicagoIllinois
XR Technologies0.13IndianapolisIndiana
Fillow0.05Highland ParkIllinois
Fluent Forever0.05ChicagoIllinois


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