Women’s shelter rolls out domestic violence app
PITTSBURGH, PA – On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. The Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, with the assistance of the Vodafone Americas Foundation, the NO MORE campaign, DomesticShelters.org and Pittsburgh tech consulting firm Aspirant, has launched a U.S. version of a domestic violence app. Bright Sky is an app and website that provides practical support and information on how to respond to domestic violence. It is for anyone experiencing domestic violence as well as those who are worried about someone else.
University of Cincinnati startup raises money from large health system
CINCINNATI, OH – University of Cincinnati startup Sense Neuro Diagnostics has raised over $10 million in funding, including a recent investment of $250,000 from St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Founded by four physicians, Sense Neuro is developing noninvasive devices that can monitor traumatic brain injuries and detect strokes. In 2021, we spoke with Geoff Klass, the CEO of Sense Neuro, and Dr. George Shaw, who is responsible for the technical and scientific development of the company’s Sense device.
24 semi-finalists in NC IDEA’s grant cycle
NORTH CAROLINA – NC IDEA, a private foundation that supports entrepreneurial ambition and economic empowerment in North Carolina, has announced the 24 selected semi-finalists from across the state in its 35th SEED grant cycle. Among those chosen are Barespend, an AI-powered spend automation platform designed to save businesses time and money, and Vetletics, a startup that has tailored human pneumatic compression therapy for use in equine athletes. You can see the full list here.
Minneapolis startup addresses carbon capture
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Carbon capture is an exciting emerging market. A startup called Carba has developed an inexpensive and energy-efficient method for capturing carbon emissions, using a portable reactor that converts plant waste into a charcoal-like substance called biochar. Carba was co-founded by a University of Minnesota chemical engineering professor and a former student.
Missouri Agtech startup expands operations
St. LOUIS, MO – Agriculture tech startup Eiwa plans to expand its commercial operations using a Series A funding round led by Champaign, IL-based Serra Ventures. While Eiwa started out providing data to agriculture companies from drone imagery, in 2021 the company launched a software product called Vault, which is designed to collect data from multiple sources. The amount of funding was not disclosed but a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission shows the company has raised $1.6 million in equity financing.