Funding in flyover country

We named our publication Flyover Future ironically to highlight the great things going on in the area of the country that people have been known to dismiss as “flyover.” We’re certainly not the only ones who are supporting the area. Last week, we reported that Kansas City area venture capital firm Flyover Capital closed on…

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New and innovative life for an old hospital

In Pittsburgh, the Suburban General Hospital in Bellevue closed in 2010, leaving a 230,000 square foot shell of a former community pillar. For the past two years, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has been working to reimagine and revitalize this near-empty hospital and give it new life as a hub for community health and innovation. The…

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Taking the (admin) pain out of sports tryouts

Sports team tryouts are a time-consuming, error-prone, emotionally driven experience. Traditionally it’s done on paper and spreadsheets. Coaches and organizations spend a lot of time trying to read people’s handwriting and entering data into spreadsheets. Then, naturally, parents question the fairness and accuracy of the process, which in turn creates a lot of stress and…

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Epigraph builds customer experiences in 3D and AR

Epigraph is a company in Kansas City, Missouri, that builds scalable, customizable, engaging customer experiences in 3D and augmented reality (AR). Flyover Future spoke with co-founder Jasper Mullarney about what the company does. Tell us about Epigraph. Mullarney: The high-level pitch is that visual content is essential to sales. Every product needs photographs if you’re…

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Oklahoma City focuses on biotech and aerospace

Rodgers and Hammerstein may have thought O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A was O-K, but the Sooner State and its biggest city were anything but in the 1980s. In fact, before 1993, “living in Oklahoma City kind of sucked,” according to David Holt, who worked for Mayor Mick Cornett from 2006 to 2010. As a history of the state’s economy…

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Tulsa’s Respond Flow on raising your conversion rate

Respond Flow is a startup in Tulsa, Oklahoma that enables businesses to engage with their leads in timely texts. The company recently closed a $2.5 million funding round, which was led by Mercury Fund with support from Atento Capital, Cortado Ventures, Peter Gibbs and Augustin Ku. Flyover Future spoke with Martin Lien, co-founder and CEO…

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The world’s first wireless charging highway segment

As electric vehicles become more widely used, the demand for reliable, convenient charging infrastructure continues to grow. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Purdue University have announced plans to develop the world’s first contactless wireless-charging concrete pavement highway segment. Flyover Future spoke with Scott Manning, deputy chief of staff at INDOT, about the project’s…

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Turning university tech into products

Eric Wagner worked at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he oversaw commercialization of new innovations and supported the launch of over 22 technology startups. One of those startups was Ubihere, a software company located in Hilliard, Ohio, that develops next-generation real-time location systems. Ubihere’s patented artificial intelligence (AI) technology is the next-generation standard for…

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Comeback Capital’s new $10M rolling fund

Last month, Comeback Capital announced the appointment of two general partners and the launch a $10 million rolling fund. The VC firm, with a group of coastal and local LPs, focuses on providing early stage funding to startups in the U.S. heartland. Flyover Future spoke with Scott Shane, the managing director of Comeback Capital about…

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New fund hopes to close early stage funding gap

  In March, Columbus, Ohio-based Rev1 Ventures announced the launch of its Future Value Fund, a $10 million for-profit investment fund. focused on supporting pre-seed stage companies. Flyover Future spoke with Kristy Campbell, chief operating officer at Rev1 Ventures, about plans for Rev1 Fund II and advantages of being located in Columbus. What’s the goal…

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Iowa startup aims to harness the full power of computer vision

Computer vision, generally speaking, sets out to process visual information in much the same way humans do with their eyes. It’s a rapidly expanding field within the realm of artificial intelligence (AI), and two guys in Iowa are using it as a transformational technology to revolutionize everyday life. Joseph Nelson, along with his business partner…

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Data-driven strategies for nonprofits

Sheri Chaney Jones has been leading data-driven strategies for nonprofit and government organizations for a few years (she even wrote a book about it). Now her company SureImpact, located in Columbus, Ohio, continues to help mission-driven organizations operate more efficiently and achieve performance goals. Flyover Future spoke to Jones about how SureImpact tackles this mission.…

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St. Louis becoming a geospatial powerhouse

Bronwyn Morgan is a sUAS (drone) certified pilot, FAA safety representative, and FAA drone pro. She is also the founder of St. Louis company Xeo Air, an AI-based drones on demand, data analytics, and autonomy platform for mission management. Xeo Air works with B2B clients in telecom, catastrophic response, oil and gas, energy, construction, and…

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Why a Chicago VC is totally focused on flyover country

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M25 is an early-stage venture firm based in Chicago that invests only in Midwest-based startups. Flyover Future spoke with Victor Gutwein, M25’s Managing Partner, about why he sees such opportunity in flyover country. Tell us about M25. Gutwein: M25 was founded in 2015 under the premise that there are a whole bunch of great startups…

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Oklahoma accelerator gets an assist from NBA team

StitchCrew is an Oklahoma City-based accelerator that offers a cohort twice a year to help startups get in the best shape to launch and grow their companies. It also happens to have a local NBA team as its partner. Flyover Future spoke with Erika Lucas, co-founder and CEO about StitchCrew and its relationship with the Oklahoma City…

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What does the future of work look like?

Alan Berube is a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Berube recently attended the Future of Work summit, which was held in Louisville, KY in April. Flyover Future touched base with him about what his team is doing to promote inclusiveness and diversity in the American economy. What does…

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Stemming a public health crisis with tech

Flint, Michigan made the news in 2014 when it was discovered that corrosion from pipes in the water system were leaking lead into the water supply. According to Ian Robinson, managing director of BlueConduit, a machine learning company in Ann Arbor, lead pipes were also the main source of contamination in Newark, New Jersey and…

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Venture fund sees momentum in Minneapolis

Ryan Weber and his twin brother Rob are managing partners at Great North Ventures, an early-stage venture fund that invests in breakthrough technologies. The brothers had previously founded St. Cloud, Minnesota startup NativeX (formerly named W3i/Freeze.com), a digital media company, which they scaled to $70M in revenue before selling it in 2016. Flyover Future spoke…

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Goodyear Ventures invests in future of mobility

Goodyear Ventures is a $100 million fund whose goal is to advance the future of mobility with a focus on partnering with and investing in startup companies. We spoke with Abhijit Ganguly, the managing director of Goodyear Ventures, about the fund.

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Company uses AI to stem human trafficking

Marinus Analytics is a company located in Pittsburgh that uses machine learning to help stem the tide of human trafficking. The company is the only American finalist for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE competition, which is a five-year process of paring down a list of 150 AI-focused companies. We spoke with Emily Kennedy, one of…

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