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The following news and notes were displayed at the MVF Breakfast Builders Event on Feb. 3. News and notes are provided by Brian Feldt of the St. Louis Business Journal.
-Several high-profile investment funds that launched in late 2016 propelled St. Louis to one its best, if not the best, year on record for raising venture capital. Roughly half a billion dollars was invested in approximately 10 funds this year. In all, those funds are targeting over $700 million in total funds raised. Those raising the money include Ascension Ventures, RiverVest Venture Partners, Lewis & Clark Ventures, Cultivation Capital and Washington University.
-Nestlé USA plans to add 300 technology jobs in St. Louis as it moves its IT operations from California to St. Louis.
-Hatchbuck raised $4 million from investors including Cultivation Capital.
-Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens earlier this month slashed $146 million in state spending to balance Missouri’s budget. Among the cuts was a $4.4 million reduction for the Missouri Technology Investment Fund, the fund used by the Missouri Technology Corp. to invest in startups around the state.
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