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Fast-Growing Blitsy Gains Largest Investor To Date With German Media Giant Burda
Chicago Native E-Commerce Company to Continue Worldwide Expansion 1/25/2016 — Chicago — The Germany-based media group Hubert Burda Media has led the $6.2 million Series B round of funding for the online arts and crafts hub Blitsy. In addition to Burda, existing investors Greycroft Partners, Data Point Capital and Chicago Ventures... Read More
Welcome Student Fellows Class of 2016
We’re kicking off the new year with one of our favorite initiatives here at CV — our Student Fellows program. Launched by our Senior Associate Ezra Galston three years ago, we seek out the most entrepreneurial, curious and bright students in young ecosystems all over the Midwest — from Omaha to Cincinnati to... Read More
healthfinch Secures $7.5M in Series A Financing, Led by Adams Street Partners, to Build Out its Practice Automation Platform
1/4/2016 — Madison, WI — healthfinch, the healthcare IT company behind the award-winning application Swoop (for prescription refill requests) has secured $7.5M in Series A Financing to build out its Practice Automation Platform, “Charlie.” Investment firm Adams Street Partners led the round, with participation from JumpStart Ventures, Chicago Ventures, OCA... Read More
Oration emerges from stealth, reveals $11.2 mln funding
Oration Announces OrationRx to Make Prescription Management Easier and More Affordable New Solution Gives Employees the Power to Order and Refill Prescriptions, Drastically Improve the Pharmacy Experience, and Save Money for Themselves and Their Companies 12/16/2015 — Foster City, CA — Oration, the pioneer making it fast and easy to... Read More
Holiday Shopping on Your Radar? Here are Deals from Our Portfolio Companies
Whether you’re happily or begrudgingly starting holiday shopping, hopefully we can make your life a bit easier. Here’s a list of deals offered from our portfolio companies. There’s lots of good stuff here — so #SupportAStartup this holiday season! Blitsy: Craft in style with this giveaway! One winner will receive $500... Read More