EatStreet Closes $6M Series B Funding Round

eat-street-logoMadison-based online restaurant ordering platform EatStreet has just raised $6 million in Series B funding. The funding will help the company to increase its staff, as well as help EatStreet to reach its goal of expanding to more than 15,000 restaurants in 150 cities by the end of the year. In addition to its Web and mobile ordering platform, EatStreet builds custom websites, mobile apps, and Facebook ordering features for restaurants.

Founded in 2010 by UW graduates Matt Howard, Alex Wyler and Eric Martell, EatStreet’s services initially started in Madison, but have now expanded to include 75 cities across the country. In the last three months alone, EatStreet has signed up 3,000 new eateries, and now services approximately 5,500 restaurants.

More details on this story can be found here and here.

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2014 Startup Weekend Madison Recap

RGB-StartupWeekend_LogoGFEThe 2014 Startup Weekend Madison event is a wrap! Congratulations to all teams and thank you to everyone who participated. We hope you enjoyed the weekend and learned a ton. Check out some great pictures from the event here, and the full team list here (with project details).

The high quality of projects this year made it difficult for the panel of judges to select the top 3 teams. Even teams that did not make the top 3 did a phenomenal job and we wish everyone the best of luck as the move forward. The top 3 teams are:

1) Memory Bank – Give someone the gift of Love, capture a memory they can cherish for a lifetime. We enable you to record memories for your loved ones, which they can cherish when you’re away. All your memories are stored on cloud and preserved for eternity.
2) Konga – This web application will advertise open tables for restaurants on a map, using green dots to show openings and red dots to show restaurants with wait times. For the user, the application is opened and the party size is entered, a map is then populated to show where that party could be seated right away. For the restaurant, a host or a hostess can update which party sizes they can immediately accommodate.
3) Mitinerary – Group travel collaboration website. Bringing discussion, planning, and booking to one location for multiple travel parties to coordinate.

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Flux Mopeds to Launch April 4

fluxFlux Mopeds will be officially launching their product, the 100% electric EM1 moped on April 4. The Flux EM1 is a fully electric vehicle that can reach up to 30 mph and drive up to 25 miles on a single charge. Flux Mopeds’ Grand Opening and Open House will take place at their dealership, located at 710 Williamson St, Madison, WI, 53703, on April 4 from 3-6pm.  The event will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3pm, and an Open House continuing throughout the weekend.

You can RSVP to attend the Grand Opening event here.

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CEO and Co-Founder of Nordic to Keynote gener8tor Launch Day

gener8torMark Bakken, a nationally recognized healthcare IT expert, entrepreneur, and CEO of Nordic Consulting will be the keynote speaker at gener8tor’s Launch Day event on April 3. An experienced IT executive and seasoned entrepreneur with more than 20 years of IT consulting experience, Bakken will speak from his entrepreneurial experiences at the event.

The gener8tor Launch Day event will feature five start-up companies who have completed gener8tor’s Madison Winter 2014 accelerator program pitching their businesses to potential investors. Featured companies include Edison DC Systems, Review Trackers, Driblet Labs, Men’s Style Lab and LivBlends. The event will take place on April 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the Barrymore Theatre.

 

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Tonight! Madison’s Spring Tech Kickoff and CE Open Social

CELOGOJoin us for Madison’s 2nd Annual Spring Tech Kickoff and Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social TONIGHT (Wednesday, March 26) from 6-8pm at US Bank Building on the Capitol Square.

A lot has happened since last year’s inaugural spring event, and even more is coming this year. Come celebrate achievements and let’s share a little about what’s new in an open informal event. This is open to anyone, a place where folks who want to connect and participate can easily plug in and help move our community forward.

We’ll enjoy MobCraft and Karben4 beer, Square Wine, and snack on delicious Salvatore’s Tomato Pies snacks as Urban Land Interests hosts us on the 9th Floor of the US Bank building.

Please register here if you’re planning to attend. It’s free.

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2014 Startup Weekend Madison is Near!

RGB-StartupWeekend_LogoGFEThe third annual Startup Weekend Madison event returns the weekend of April 4-6, 2014. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

REGISTER NOW!

Here’s some of what’s in store:

  • Food: Enjoy 7 delicious catered meals throughout weekend.
  • Speakers: Hear from Henry Schwartz, Co-Founder of the crowd-sourced brewery MobCraft as well as Kelda Roys, Founder of the real estate tech startup OpenHomes.
  • Mentors: Get advice from experienced entrepreneurs and service providers who will be there to help.
  • Connect: Meet other entrepreneurs of all levels and skill sets.
  • Fun (and Educational!): You’ll have a great time, and learn a ton over the weekend.

Startup Weekend is a true risk-free environment and a great opportunity for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs to gain valuable entrepreneurial experiences and put their unique skill sets to use, meet great people, and have fun. The last 2 events brought together 100 people for a weekend to work on some exciting projects. People of all different backgrounds and with all different skills are encouraged to participate.

Organizing partners for the event include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, The Doyenne Group, UW-Madison, MATC, Edgewood College, and Madworks Coworking. Sponsors include Google, Neider & Boucher, American Family Insurance, WEDC, gener8tor, Earthling Interactive, Fine Point Consulting, and University Research Park.

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Madison’s Spring Tech Kickoff and CE Open Social

CELOGOJoin us for Madison’s 2nd Annual Spring Tech Kickoff and Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social on Wednesday, March 26 from 6-8pm at US Bank Building on the Capitol Square!

Techies, Entrepreneurs, Startup folks, and everyone else in our amazing town and its amazing universities and schools driving the amazing energy springing up in and around tech in Madison – You and your colleagues are invited to this event!

A lot has happened since last year’s inaugural spring event, and even more is coming this year. Come celebrate achievements and let’s share a little about what’s new in an open informal event. This is open to anyone, a place where folks who want to connect and participate can easily plug in and help move our community forward.

We’ll enjoy MobCraft and Karben4 beer, Square Wine, and snack on delicious goodies as Urban Land Interests hosts us on the 9th Floor of the US Bank building. The last unfinished space we partied in became the landing pad for Zendesk in Madison soon after. This one has a better view of the Capitol, so who knows who we might pull in!

Please register here if you’re planning to attend. It’s free.

Presented by: Capital Entrepreneurs, The Forward Technology Festival, and Madison’s Coworking Community leaders – Sector67, 100State, MadWorks and Horizon Coworking.

*Complimentary Parking is provided by ULI in the ramp below 1 South Pinckney St – enter on Webster St.

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Drifty Raises $1M; Featured on TechCrunch

drifty-logoDrifty, the makers of tools for mobile developers building websites and apps, has just announced closing on $1M in seed funding from Arthur Ventures.  This funding will be utilized to help the company grow its team and to continue it’s development on their Ionic software framework.

Drifty, founded in 2012 by Ben Sperry (CEO) and Max Lynch (CTO), helps mobile developers build apps and websites with a suite of tools, including Ionic, Codiqa, and Jetstrap. Ionic is the newest of these tools, and it works by letting developers build apps using web technologies like HTML, CSS and AngularJS.

Full TechCrunch article on Drifty’s funding can be found here.

 

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Startup Weekend Madison is back April 4-6!

startup weekend_kauffman_greenStartup Weekend returns to Madison April 4-6, 2014. This is the third Startup Weekend Madison event. The last 2 each brought together 100 people for a weekend to work on some exciting projects.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. To get a better idea about the event, check out a brief video trailer here.

Sign up by Friday, March 14 to save 25%! If you’re a student, use the promo code ‘STUDENT’ to save 50%! REGISTER NOW

Startup Weekend is a true risk-free environment and a great opportunity for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs to gain valuable entrepreneurial experiences and put their unique skill sets to use, meet great people, and have fun. People of all different backgrounds and with all different skills are encouraged to participate. Organizing partners for the event include Capital Entrepreneurs, Sector67, The Doyenne Group, UW-Madison, MATC, and Edgewood College.

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4490 Ventures Fund Launches

SWIB-WARFlogoWisconsin’s new $30 million venture capital fund, 4490 Ventures, has officially launched, with San Francisco Bay Area VC investor Greg Robinson to lead the fund. 4490 Ventures, which focuses on information technology startups, was announced nearly a year ago by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). With Robinson on board, the fund is now officially able to begin making investments.

Robinson was previously one of two partners at Peninsula Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in California. As the leader of the 4490 Venture fund, Robinson will, according to a press release, “identify investment themes, source new investment opportunities, serve on boards of new investments he leads, and act as a mentor and advisor to young start-up companies”.

More on 4490 Ventures from Xconomy here and Madison Startups here.

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CE Members Named to 2014 Top 40 Under 40 List

40under40This year, four Capital Entrepreneurs members were named to the InBusiness 40 Under 40 list for 2014. The 40 Under 40 list honors emerging business stars under 40 years of age in the greater Madison area.

Brad Grzesiak, co-founder and CEO of Bendyworks. Grzesiak is also very involved in Madison’s tech scene as an early member of Capital Entrepreneurs and a chair of Madisonium, a group working to raise Madison’s visibility as a tech/Internet hub. Recently, Grzesiak was named to the city of Madison’s Digital Technology Committee.

Max Lynch, founder and CTO of Drifty Co.  Lynch looks to reinvest in young tech entrepreneurs to “build software companies focused on profitability and sustainability.” He aims to have Drifty Co. “impact the world” and “put Madison on the map for Internet companies like Mailchimp and 37signals.”

Daniel Neely, founder and CEO of Networked Insights.  Neely became CEO of Networked Insights at the age of 29 and has since grown the company to over 150 employees. He has also earned a board position with UW Business School’s Weinert Applied Ventures in Entrepreneurship program.

Ben Raboine, CTO of Optimal Media Group. Raboine founded his first company at the age of 21 and is currently an equal partner in six LLC enterprises: Raboine Web Matrix, Optimal Media Group, Custom Offsets, Vistrata Health, Mysteria Games, and SeeMeNow. Raboine hopes to one day become an angel investor to help more fellow Madison and Wisconsin entrepreneurs.

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Wellbe is a Finalist in Two Nationwide Contests

wellbe-logo_3Wellbe, a Madison health IT startup, is a top contender in two nationwide contests, each of which carries a grand prize of up to $100,000.

Wellbe, founded in 2008 by James Dias, has developed Guided CarePaths, a series of online tools used to help prepare patients for surgery and keep them on track for recovery. Wellbe’s program is currently being implemented by four hospitals, including UW Hospital, and has helped over 5,000 patients.

In an effort to get a sense of what the health care industry thought of CarePaths, Dias applied to the competitions, and was pleasantly surprised when Wellbe was named a finalist in both the Henry Ford Innovation Institute HealthTech Challenge and the Patient Education App Challenge by Box, Dignity Health and The Social + Capital Partnership.

Read more about Wellbe’s competition success here.

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Healthcare App Branch2 Launched by Blue Tree Network Co-Founder

b2-large-logo-220x146Branch2, a new company working to create software that will link various parts of the healthcare system, has just been recently launched by Blue Tree Network Co-Founder Reggie Luedtke. His second healthcare IT startup, Leudtke hopes to use Branch2 to convince healthcare providers to share more data, and break down bureaucratic divisions across the industry. Using software to connect different entities within the healthcare system will make it easier for hospitals, clinics, and health insurance companies to share data, while still adhering to regulations like HIPAA.

Branch2 currently has 2 full-time and 14 part-time staff and plans to increase hiring after securing investment. Branch2 is also partnering with Madison software companies MIOsoft and Hardin Design & Development to perform application development and data analysis.

More information on Branch2 here.

 

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Health IT Startup Incubater 100health Launches

100health-220x91100health, a new company housed in the current Madison co-working space 100state, is working to put Madison on the map as a leading hub for healthcare and healthtech startups. Part think tank and part startup incubator, 100health will work with healthcare providers, insurers, and other organizations to try to identify problems that could be solved using technology tools.  100health will then help to create startups that will build software to address these problems.  The startups will receive office space at 100state, as well as some funds to cover operating costs, and connections to a network of business mentors and investors.

Founded by former Epic employees Niko Skievaski, James Lloyd, and Luke Bonney, 100health’s portfolio contains such companies as Patient ProxyInc.Well, and ICD-10 Illustrated. In addition, they are aiming to hire about five to ten staff and recruit about 100 entrepreneurs by the end of the year.

More in-depth information on 100health’s launch here.

 

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Bendyworks Co-Founder Featured in Wisconsin State Journal

bendyBrad Grzesiak, co-founder and CEO of Bendyworks, was featured in an article in the Wisconsin State Journal last Sunday. Grzesiak, who originally worked designing products to be launched into space, is now working to create software programs designed to meet companies specific needs through Bendyworks, which he co-founded in 2009.

Grzesiak is also very involved in Madison’s tech scene as an early member of Capital Entrepreneurs and a chair of Madisonium, a group working to raise Madison’s visibility as a tech/Internet hub. And recently, Grzesiak was named to the city of Madison’s Digital Technology Committee. Full story, including a Q&A segment with Grzesiak here.

 

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