This week Simon heads to the windy city of Chicago and checks out their startup community. From the epic 1981 building to the startups that collectively raised over a billion dollars in capital over the last year, Chicago is definitely the dark horse when it comes to fast growing startup scenes across the USA.
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- AI-based engineering startup VAPAR, founded by two women, just raised $700,000 in seed funding under News & Analysis
- Amazon Launchpad is offering innovation grants worth $80,000 to help small businesses and startups under Amazon Launchpad
- Afterpay is getting into the frequent flyer business with Qantas under News & Analysis
- Why founders need a pitch deck AND investor deck (and they’re not the same thing) under Brains Trust
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