Venture Capital

Ex-Hoosier funnels millions back home to local tech firms

July 5, 2014
Dan Human
West Coast investor Parker Hinshaw and his wife, Jean Balgrosky, in 2012 founded San Diego investment firm Bootstrap Incubation LLC and in 2013 the Bootstrap Venture Fund, which have funded three Indiana companies in less than a year. A fourth deal is about to close.
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Record number of Hoosier upstarts hunt for investorsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Dan Human
Indiana companies are lining up for private investments in record numbers—a trend driven by the growth of dozens of Indianapolis technology companies that have left the startup stage and want to quickly hire and expand.
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Tech startup Gusto lands $1.3M in venture capital

April 14, 2014
Dan Human
Elevate Ventures, which manages the federally backed Indiana Angel Network Fund, led the financing round.
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Software firm TinderBox lands $3M VC investment

March 26, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis software developer TinderBox Inc. plans to fuel product development and build up its sales and marketing teams after receiving $3 million in venture capital.
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Smarter Remarketer lands $7M in venture capital

February 20, 2014
Dan Human
The funding round was led by an investment firm that threw its weight behind Indy-based ExactTarget and Angie's List before they went public. The software developer plans to double its workforce in the next 12 to 18 months.
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CloudOne nabs $2.8 million in venture capital

February 10, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based technology firm has landed more than $7 million in venture capital since it was founded in 2009.
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Indy-based website for coaches scores key VC investment

January 16, 2014
Dan Human
The startup operating from SoBro plans to expand its market with the cash infusion, connecting athletes and teams to qualified coaches.
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Committee considers but doesn’t vote on new VC tax credit

January 13, 2014
Senate Bill 165, authored by Republican Sen. Randy Head of Logansport, would distribute up to $10 million in tax credits to venture capital firms investing in Indiana businesses.
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Funding drought pinches life sciences firms

January 11, 2014
J.K. Wall
Nationally, venture capital investments into life sciences firms totaled $4.9 billion during the first nine months of 2013, down 30 percent from the same period in 2008, according to data from Thomson Reuters and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In Indiana, life sciences firms raised $21 million during the first nine months of the year, far lower than any year since 2003.
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Young CEO has big plans for employee-training software firm

December 28, 2013
Dan Human
Upstart Lesson.ly, an Indy-based developer of training software, is run by a 25-year-old and is trying to cut into a $42 billion market dominated by titans such as IBM and Oracle.
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Legacy Travel Club lands members but still pursuing big investorsRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A proposed membership-based airline that had hoped for a 2013 launch has signed up lots of members but has yet to pull in the big investors it needs to put its own plane in the sky.
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Data startup snags $2.1 million venture investment

September 30, 2013
Dan Human
Perceivant, on the receiving end of a venture capital infusion, was founded in 2012 by veterans of iGoDigital and ExactTarget.
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Allos attracts Ohio investorRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Carmel-based Allos Ventures has secured more money for a $40 million investment fund from an Ohio investor.
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Symbios collapse snares local investors

August 12, 2013
J.K. Wall
Symbios Medical Products LLC filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, costing numerous Indianapolis-area angel investors large sums.
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Life sciences venture capital dips againRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
J.K. Wall
Venture capital surged in the first half of 2012, to $51.6 million in Indiana. But the pace of activity here fell off sharply in the second half of last year, and remained sluggish into 2013.
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Venture capitalist Neff replacing Evans as AIT chief

August 2, 2013
Greg Andrews
It's the latest in a string of leadership changes at the testing lab. Neff is coming from CHV Capital, the venture capital arm of Indiana University Health, where he had been CEO.
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Indiana minority investment fund deemed small but promisingRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
New fund is one of few in the nation focused on minority businesses.
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Centerfield rounds up $171M for new fundRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Dan Human
An Indianapolis private investment firm has raised one of the largest-ever funds in the state. Centerfield Capital Partners pulled in $171 million that it plans to invest in about 20 companies. Its two previous funds totaled $60 million and $116 million.
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New seed fund aims to make Indiana a hotbed for digital health startupsRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Infuse Accelerator hopes to make early-stage investments in 12 to 15 companies a year.
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Venture capital favoring later-stage firmsRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Dan Human
Getting $50,000—often from friends and relatives—to develop a product and set up a company still is easy enough in Indiana, small-business leaders and venture capitalists say. But once a firm needs a few million dollars to grow into a revenue-generating operation, the area can’t compete with Silicon Valley’s magnetism for venture capital.
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Pace of venture capital funding slows in Indiana, Midwest

April 19, 2013
J.K. Wall
Seven Indiana companies attracted $16.4 million in venture capital during the first quarter. Nearly all the money was paid out to Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc., which secured a $14 million investment in January.
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Urban biz accelerator giving leg up to startupsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indianapolis-based startup Dreamapolis is finalizing the details of its first Dreamapolis Accelerator class, a 12-week crash course designed to help high-potential urban businesses get up to speed quickly.
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Allos Ventures raises $40 million for early-stage tech firmsRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Allos Ventures has raised $40 million from local tech industry luminaries and others to invest in early-stage tech companies in the Midwest, a segment that has seen funding dry up. The fund, Allos II, aims to invest $3 million to $7 million each in about a dozen early-stage companies—not upstarts but those already generating solid revenue streams.
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'12 worst year for life sciences since 1990s

February 11, 2013
J.K. Wall
To understand why Indiana’s life sciences entrepreneurs are frustrated with the flow of venture capital, look no further than this statistic from a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report: 2012 was the slowest year for first-time life sciences investment since 1995.
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ChaCha secures $14M investment to expand services

January 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The latest round of funding will enable ChaCha to make "significant" investments in new products to expand both mobile and online services, CEO Scott Jones said. Internally, the project is dubbed "Go Big."
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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

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