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IrishAngels Raising Tech Fund

10/23/17

Another alumni angel investor group has graduated to a full-fledged venture fund.

IrishAngels, a group of about 200 University of Notre Dame alumni that launched in 2012 to make startup investments, just raised its first formal venture fund. IrishAngel Ventures has raised $12.5 million of a planned $15 million fund, according to a securities filing.

Johnson & Johnson Acquires Subscription-based Contact Lens Startup Sightbox

09/19/17 -- GeekWire

Only two months after raising a $2.4 million funding round, Sightbox has been acquired.

The Portland-based startup just sold to healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson and its Vision Care operating company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed; Sightbox will continue operating as a separate business.

Founded in 2015 by CEO Travis Rush, Sightbox sells contact lenses with a membership model that charges users $39 each month for an annual eye appointment and contact lens fitting, along with a 12-month supply of contact lenses of their choice. The monthly membership fee is the same price regardless of what kind of contacts a member orders, or where they get their eye exam. The company also books appointments and fills prescriptions for members.

Sightbox Raises $2.4M to Grow Contact Lens and Eye Exam Membership Program

07/20/17 -- GeekWire

Sightbox, a Portland, Ore.-based startup offering an annual membership for eye exams and contact lenses, has raised $2.4 million in new funding to grow the service.

The new round brings the company’s total funding to $4.2 million. Investors in the round include Rogue Venture Partners, Portland Seed Fund, Jumpstart Foundry, Vista River Healthcare, G Ventures and Irish Angels, along with individual angel investors from around the U.S.

Chicago-based video interview startup RIVS snaps up a competitor

01/05/17 -- Chicago Tribune

Sifting through hundreds or thousands of resumes for a single job opening can be an expensive and time-consuming nightmare for a growing company.

Chicago-based startup RIVS aims to speed up that interview process with technology. It announced Thursday that it has acquired competitor InterviewStream.

Funding Chicago Innovation: A Look At Windy City Startup Investors

12/21/16 -- Mattermark

In the third installment of a four-part series on Chicago, we take a look at some of the angels and VCs that are funding Chicago’s future.


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