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Startup Digest Chicago - August 12 edition

-- The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership has been awarded $18.5 million from the US Economic Development Administration as part of their Good Jobs Challenge Grant program, one of 32 grant recipients out of 509 applicants.-- Ulta Beauty has launched a $20 mil…


Startup Digest Chicago - August 5 edition

-- Tegus has acquired Vancouver-based financial software firm Canalyst


Startup Digest Chicago - July 29 edition

-- The Bank of America 2022 Metro Latino GDP reports have come out (PDF), and among its findings, the Latino GDP of the Chicago area in 2018 was $97.5 billion, and that from 2010-2018 Chicago grew in population because of the Latino population.-- Google has p…


Startup Digest Chicago - July 22 edition

-- Chicago startups raised $770 million in funding in Q2, the lowest in 2019. Part of a larger trend of startup funding falling across the world. -- Ferrero will build a 45,000 square foot R&D center in the Marshall Field Building.


Startup Digest Chicago - July 15 edition

-- Congrats to Sanarai, Grapefruit Health, Connect Care Hero, ONEBIT, and Route, who are among the first 50 companies in the first cohort of Google's Startups Latino Founders Fund.


Startup Digest Chicago - July 8 edition

-- Google is in talks to buy Thompson Center.-- ARCH Venture Partners has raised $3 billion for its latest fund, which will focus on early-stage biotech startups.


Startup Digest Chicago - June 24 edition

-- ReviewTrackers has been acquired by InMoment-- "Teach from Anywhere" startup Elevate K-12 has closed $40 million in Series C funding.-- mHub has released its 2022 Investor Report, which concludes that post-pandemic conditions have created a huge opportunit…


Startup Digest Chicago - June 17 edition

-- Startup Genome has released its annual Global Startup Ecosystem Report. Chicago is ranked #19 in the world and #8 in the United States, and the report highlights the Fintech, AI, Big Data, and Analytics sectors as areas of strength in the ecosystem.-- Cong…


Startup Digest Chicago - June 10 edition

-- Techstars Chicago (who owns the Startup Digest) has announced its latest cohort of startups for its program.


Startup Digest Chicago - June 3 edition

-- Nordstrom announced that it will sunset Trunk Club, the Chicago-based fashion subscription startup it acquired in 2014.-- Caregiver support startup Homethrive raised $20 million in Series B funding.-- Congrats to the winners of VentureCat, Northwestern Uni…


Startup Digest Chicago - May 27 edition

-- The Shedd Aquarium has announced a $19 million ESG fund for conservation efforts.-- Sports memorabilia startup The Players Trunk (co-founded by Chicagoan Jason Lansing) was featured on the season finale of "Shark Tank."


Startup Digest Chicago - May 20 edition

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Startup Digest Chicago May 13 edition

-- Cryptocurrency startup FTX US has moved into a bigger office in Fulton Market-- The St. Laurence Arts Incubator celebrated its groundbreaking this week. The incubator, funded by Theaster Gates' Rebuild Foundation, is scheduled to be completed in 2023.


Startup Digest Chicago - May 6 edition

-- Techstars (which owns Startup Digest) has launched a fund for underrepresented startups in stages too early to join its accelerator. The fund has a target size of $10 million and is co-led by Neal Sales-Griffin, the managing director of Techstars Chicago.-…


Startup Digest Chicago - April 29 edition

-- P33 has released their 2022 Velocity Report-- Auto-lender startup Auto Approve has leased 18,000 square feet in the Willis Tower with a plan to hire 100 people. Health security startup Zoenetics has established a Chicago headquarters in Merchandise Mart an…


Startup Digest Chicago - April 22 edition

-- Andreessen Horowitz's annual Marketplace 100 list has come out, listing the top consumer-facing startups. Among the list are Chicago startups SpotHero, Raise, Cameo, Threadless (new), Chowbus, Fooda (new).-- World Business Chicago has released its annual L…


Startup Digest Chicago - April 15 edition

-- Automotive retail tech company CDK Global has been acquired by Brookfield Business Partners in a deal worth $8.3 billion.-- Peoria-based clothing startup NFW has raised $85 million in Series B funding with investors including Ralph Lauren and Alexander McQ…


Startup Digest Chicago - April 8 edition

-- Morningstar announced it will acquire private data giant Leveraged Commentary & Data for $650 million and fold it into Pitchbook. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.-- Congrats to Doorage for winning Chicago Inno's Inno Madness bracket …


Startup Digest Chicago - April 1 edition

-- Technori has been sold to Kingscrowd-- Techstars (which is the parent of Startup Digest) and J. P. Morgan are partnering up to invest in diverse founders, starting with an $80 million fund through 37 programs in 9 cities including Chicago.-- Goldman Sachs …


Startup Digest Chicago - March 25 edition

-- Consumer research startup Dscout has raised $70 million in Series C funding-- Impact Engine has closed $34 million of its targeted $150 million for its new private equity fund-- TimeDoc Health has raised $48.5 million in Series B funding-- World Business C…