4490 Ventures Raises $49M Fund to Support Startups in Midwest

4490 Ventures, a Madison, WI-based venture capital firm that supports startups in the Midwest, has raised $49 million for its second fund, according to a document filed with federal securities regulators on Wednesday. Greg Robinson, managing director at 4490, says the document is an “interim filing” and 4490 plans to finish raising its second fund later this […]

Local startups compete in Alabama Launchpad competition for $100,000 prize 

Nearly a dozen Alabama startup companies, including seven from Auburn, competed in the Auburn Regional Alabama Launchpad competition Thursday at the Courtyard by Marriott in Auburn. The competition was made up of teams from Lee, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Macon and Russell counties and the teams had 10 minutes to pitch their business plans to the judges, […]

[COA Member] University of Virginia group’s seed fund spurring local entrepreneurship 

The University of Virginia has now invested nearly $1 million in the early stages of student and faculty startups, joining the growing number of schools investing in homegrown enterprises. Universities increasingly have investment funds and programs to boost entrepreneurship within and around their campuses. UVa’s Licensing & Ventures Group’s $10 million Seed Fund, launched in […]