Tech roundup: Techstars expands to Australia, paying cash for Uber and more

by Jess Ryan
January 12, 2017

Uber launches cash payment option in Colorado Springs

Starting Jan. 17, Uber customers in Colorado Springs will have the option to pay for the service using cash. Users who don’t have exact change will have their change deposited as credits to their accounts. Uber already lets people pay using cash in 150 cities around the world; they’re rolling it out in Colorado Springs to attract users who may have previously been wary of or unable to pay with a credit or debit card. [The Gazette]


Cloud Elements closes $13M Series B

Denver’s Cloud Elements announced the closure of a $13 million Series B earlier this week. The round was led by Harbert Growth Partners with participation from Rally Ventures, Access Ventures and Grotech Ventures. The API integration platform plans to hire 20 new team members, with a focus on growing their customer success team. [Built In Colorado]


Techstars expands to Australia

Techstars announced their first Asia-Pacific accelerator, Techstars Adelaide, this week. The program will focus on IoT, big data, sensors and robotics companies who hope to support the defense and security industries. Applications for the program’s first cohort are open now, and the session will kick off in July. [Blog post]


Longmont-based “Fitbit for cows” to launch at Stock Show

HerdDogg, a startup out of Longmont, will launch their product at the National Western Stock Show this weekend. The company’s Bluetooth-enabled device gives ranchers an easy way to track and gather data about their herds. HerdDogg gives insight to how active the cow is, its internal body temperature and even when it’s drinking water. [Daily Camera]


Northern Colorado selected as finalist in Hyperloop challenge

The Colorado Department of Transportation revealed this week that the northern Colorado region has been selected as a finalist in a global challenge hosted by Hyperloop One. If Colorado is chosen out of the 34 other finalists, a team composed of public and private entities will build a Hyperloop system from Greeley to DIA. Given Hyperloop’s speed capacity of up to 700 miles per hour, the 40-mile trip could take just minutes. The company plans to announce the winners in May. [Greeley Tribune]


Dispatch Health raises $3.7M

Earlier this week, Dispatch Health announced it had raised $3.7 million. The Denver company, which sends nurses and other emergency personnel to patients in need of urgent care (but don’t need an ambulance), plans to use the money to expand beyond Denver this year. Dispatch Health has raised $7.3 million to date. [BusinessDen]


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