Middle Bit: Manchester Story Group leads $3 million investment in CNote

CNote, a women-founded and led financial technology platform that makes it easy to invest in economic inclusion, has closed a $3 million dollar oversubscribed private funding round to extend its reach in the fast-growing socially responsible investing space. The funding round was led by ManchesterStory, with additional investments from Artemis Fund, SixThirty Ventures, H/L Ventures, Clearstone Capital, and Lateral Capital.

“This investment is particularly timely, as CNote works to match growing investor demand for impact investments with increased capital needs from our community partners,” said CNote CEO Catherine Berman in an announcement. “Our partners, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are leading the economic response and recovery efforts for underserved communities impacted by the pandemic, and our technology can help speed the flow of capital into these communities to support a faster recovery.” 

CNote empowers investors to directly align their values with their investments through innovative cash and fixed income offerings. CNote’s community partners benefit through access to new sources of capital that are often more flexible and mission-aligned. 

CYstarters applications are open for 2021

CYstarters is now recruiting for its sixth cohort. The 11–week intensive program gives young entrepreneurs the time, funding, network of mentors, and skill-set development to start something while at Iowa State.  

Students will receive $6,500 per individual or up to $13,000 per student team for the opportunity to spend the summer dedicated to achieving startup goals and pursuing entrepreneurial aspirations. 

The program is open to current and recent ISU students. The deadline to apply is March 8. The program will run May 17 through July 30, 2021. 

Speaker lineup announced for ICR Agile

The speaker lineup for ICR Agile, set to take place on Feb. 25, 2021, has been announced.

ICR Agile is a one day event to bring together members of the agile community and those interested in embracing the agile mindset to learn and network with peers. The conference is a collaboration between NewBoCo and members of Eastern Iowa Agile.

Tickets for the virtual event go on sale on Jan. 7. Click here to see the 2021 lineup.