Middle Bit: Manchester Story leads $9.1 million round in healthcare startup

Santa Monica-based healthcare startup Anagram has announced a $9.1 million Series A financing round led by West Des Moines-based ManchesterStory.

In a move to rebrand the company, Anagram is expanding its payment solution software to healthcare companies in the United States. Established in 2014 as Patch, the company now has a growing team of 96 employees, offering streamlined and real-time insurance or payment processing.

Other participants in the funding round include Waterline Ventures, CareCredit, Rogue Venture Partners, Launchpad Digital Health, KEC Ventures, and Healthy Ventures.

Applications open for Ames Seed Capital pitch events

Ames Seed Capital will be hosting a number of events on Tuesday, April 21, designed to encourage, support, and spotlight entrepreneurship in the development of new ideas and the formation of start-up enterprises in Iowa.

Surrounding the Ames Seed Capital Annual Meeting are two presentation opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to raise capital—the Entrepreneur Showcase in the morning and the Pitch Competition in the afternoon.  Ames Seed Capital is currently looking for presenters for both events.

Entrepreneur Showcase (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)  

The Entrepreneur Showcase is tailored toward more established start-ups seeking significant investment. The Showcase will give these more developed companies the opportunity to present their businesses to investors (angels, seed capital groups, or early-stage venture capital) from Iowa and the Midwest.  A number of presentations will take place from these early stage companies seeking funding based on the applications received to participate in the event. 

Pitch Competition (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)  

The Pitches will be held following the Annual Luncheon Meeting.  The event is open to entrepreneurs who are just starting to put together their ideas and are not ready for “prime time” angel, seed, or very early stage venture capital.  We are inviting individuals/groups who would like the opportunity to “pitch” their ideas in front of a friendly crowd and take questions from the audience.   

Prize money will be awarded to both Showcase and Pitch Competition winners.  To apply for the Showcase and/or the Pitch Competition, click here. Applications are due by March 22.

Nonprofits announced for dsmHack 2020

dsmHack has announced the 11 Des Moines-area nonprofits that will benefit from nearly 100 developers and designers volunteering through the annual Des Moines Charity Hackathon.

The 48-hour hackathon will help local nonprofit organizations solve technology problems they’re facing. The event connects technology enthusiasts including developers, designers, and project managers and partners them with nonprofits selected through an application process.

The nonprofits were narrowed from 31 initial submissions and will receive free assistance for digital projects pitched to the event volunteers during a 48-hour hackathon, which began Thursday evening.

This year’s nonprofits are:

  • Anawin Housing
  • Back 2 School Iowa
  • Des Moines Area Religious Council
  • Des Moines Heritage Trust
  • Iowa C.O.R.E. Inc.
  • Justice League of Food
  • One Heart Equestrian Therapy, Parenting Way Inc.
  • Please Pass the Love
  • Pursuit of Innovation (Pi515)
  • Wonder Years Academy.