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Mind the Gap: Getting from a Seed Round to a Series A Round

By: Kyle Welborn (Partner, Cultivation Capital) Pitchbook recently released some great data on the average venture round sizes and the corresponding company valuations from last year. In 2014, the median seed round was $1M with a pre-money valuation of $5.3M, the median Series A round was $4.1M with a pre-money valuation of $12.9M, and the median Series B round was $10M at a pre-money valuation...

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Cultivation Capital Leads $2M TopOPPs Round

Cultivation Capital Leads $2M TopOPPs Round ST. LOUIS, MO (February 9, 2015) – TopOPPs, one of the fastest-growing Sales Automation Solutions has received a $750,000 round of funding from Cultivation Capital on a round totaling $2,000,000. This is the fourth investment Cultivation Capital has made in TopOPPS. Cultivation Capital made the decision to invest in TopOPPS based on the strategy of their market leading enterprise SaaS company portfolio...

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Annual Investor Event, January 29th

On Thursday, January 29 we had our Annual event, where all our investors from the Tech Funds and the Life Sciences Fund came together for a night of food, drinks and networking. We had a great program put on by Brian Matthews, Managing Partner of the Tech Fund and Bill Schmidt, Managing Partner of the Life Sciences Fund, who discussed the future of each fund....

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The Yield Lab Announces First Cohort

The Yield Lab Announces First Cohort   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21st, 2015 St. Louis, MO –The Yield Lab, the nation’s largest agriculture technology business accelerator, announced its first five participating companies, which will begin the program this week in St. Louis. The companies were selected from a pool of more than a hundred applicants from around the world and reflect the Yield Lab’s mission...

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What Does Venture Capital Even Mean?

How many times have you heard about Venture Capital and thought to yourself what does that even mean? You have heard of companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Four Square. Have you ever thought about how Facebook went from a Harvard dorm room idea to the largest IPO in Internet history? Venture Capital is a key part of their story. Venture Capital firms invest in...

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The Yield Lab: New St. Louis Accelerator with $100K Investments for AgTech Startups

September 4, 2014 marked the official launch of the Yield Lab, an Agriculture Technology accelerator program based in St. Louis. The Yield Lab invests $100K in each of four to eight companies per year that will participate in an exclusive nine-month AgTech curriculum focused on direct training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. The St. Louis region located in the heart of U.S. agriculture production is home...

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It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Coder Girl to the Rescue!

As St. Louis continues to grow as a tech hot spot, so does the need for experienced computer programmers and developers. It’s a good place to be. There are plenty of startups, but not enough people to fill the positions. Coder Girls to the rescue. This new initiative founded by Cultivation Capital Portfolio Success Manager, Colleen Liebig, was born from her observations in recruiting talent....

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Tunespeak announces new John Mayer contest

It’s been a busy month for the Tunespeak team! In early October, they received a people’s choice award at Startup Connection. By mid-October, they launched the new touring feature on the site and launched a contest for Zac Brown Band. By the end of October, Tunespeak hit 1,000,000 song plays on the site. And today, they hit another milestone announcing a huge round of contests...

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Cultivation Capital general partner Clifford Holekamp tells Texas to "Bring it On!"

Governor Rick Perry is getting a lot of negative attention in the Show Me state this week, after he bought up ads on local radio stations that urged business owners to bring their companies and money to Texas. The Pro-Texas, Anti-Missouri ads aren’t sitting well. KTRS radio made an editorial decision to stop running the ads. In addition, KTRS Radio host McGraw Milhaven is fighting...

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