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May Mobility Raises $83 Million in Series C Supported by Toyota, BMW
Funding, Mobility Tech

May Mobility Raises $83 Million in Series C Supported by Toyota, BMW

May Mobility, one of Ann Arbor’s top mobility startups that created a self-driving shuttle, just closed an $83 million Series C round of funding led by Mirai Creation Fund II, a SPARX Group Co., Ltd. managed fund that focuses its support on high-growth, high-tech companies. New investors include Tokio Marine and Toyota Tsusho, with returning investors Toyota Ventures, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Cyrus Capital Partners, 1843 Capital, BMW i Ventures, and Bay Lake Ventures.

Midwest High Growth Tech Startups to Watch 2022: Columbus
Announcements, Funding, News

Midwest High Growth Tech Startups to Watch 2022: Columbus

Ever since Drive Capital was founded by a partnership between local and Silicon Valley VCs, Columbus has taken off as a center for insurtech and healthtech startups. Forbes now calls it “the #1 city for startups and the top remerging city for venture capital.” The traditional presence of insurance companies in the region has even encouraged many healthtech startups to move headquarters to the region. Columbus has experienced tremendous growth in 2021 and is earning its own star on the map as a tech ecosystem.

Midwest High Growth Tech Startups To Watch 2022: Detroit
Funding, Mobility Tech, Robotics, Software

Midwest High Growth Tech Startups To Watch 2022: Detroit

Detroit continues its lead in the autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle space with new startups coming out every month to address pedestrian safety, in-vehicle AI-based connectivity, and more. As transportation, advanced manufacturing, last-mile logistics, and autonomous technologies advance, expect to see more government investment in these areas to secure Michigan’s future dominance of these markets. Detroit’s got skin in the game and is already investing in an autonomous test highway, multiple self-driving car test facilities, drone deliveries for automakers and the airport, and mobility-focused incubators to support startups across Detroit and the state.

Benzinga Acquired by Beringer Capital, Valuing at $300 Million
Funding

Benzinga Acquired by Beringer Capital, Valuing at $300 Million

Beringer Capital, a private equity firm specializing in media, marketing services, and technology, announced it has acquired a majority stake in Detroit-based crypto financial advice media outlet Benzinga for $20 million this week. Benzinga is a software-based financial media platform that delivers news, investment analytics, and market information to subscribers, and has really taken off during the recent crypto craze.

Ann Arbor’s 4th Mobility Summit Offers Behind the Scenes Look at How Mobility Investment Is Changing
Funding, Mobility Tech

Ann Arbor’s 4th Mobility Summit Offers Behind the Scenes Look at How Mobility Investment Is Changing

PitchBook’s “a flurry of mobility startups going public through IPOs and SPACs through last year.” $54 billion invested despite headwinds of the pandemic. First half of 2021 even better $49.4 billion raised, over 100% over last year, putting us on track for a record year of investment for mobility. Michigan leads across the spectrum from EVs to autonomous startups (May Mobility, Refraction AI) to those disrupting services like FixMyCar and startups focused on shared mobility. $104 million so far this year invested in Michigan-based mobility startups, which has affected Michigan’s startup valuations. “What we’ve seen is overall valuations have seen an uptick in 2021, but especially this has been driven by valuation for later stage companies… up 244% compared to last year.” Angel and seed is flat year over year, and early stage are up 13%. Although Michigan-based mobility startups have a lower valuation than their Silicon Valley-based counterparts, they’re showing a similar trend.

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