What is fueling Flyover Country innovation? In this weekly feature, we share a variety of announcements covering funding, acquisitions, exits, grants, and everything in between. Got something to celebrate? Click here to share your story.

  • KC’s VeriShip, which developed a SaaS platform to help SMBs ship packages in the US, has merged with Utah-based Sifted, a “predictive logistics” platform geared toward enterprise shippers. Kansas City Business Journal says the companies have thousands of customers, including Chicago Music Exchange, Shutterfly, and Kendra Scott.
  • Carnegie Learning, a leader in AI for the education and formative assessment sector, has received a strategic growth investment from Chicago-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners. The funds have acquired a majority stake in Carnegie Learning from CIP Capital, a private equity firm based in New York.
  • Wisconsin-based Synthetaic (pronounced “synthetic”) has raised $3.5 million in funding led by Lupa Systems, with participation by Betaworks Ventures and TitletownTech. Research and Markets says, “Synthetaic’s technology combines high-fidelity 3D models with novel, generative AI technologies to grow large datasets of synthetic images for machine learning.”