Tech roundup: ezCater, P2Bi raise combined $117M in funding, IBM picks up Denver IoT startup and more

by April Bohnert
June 22, 2018
P2Bi $17M funding fintech Colorado
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P2Binvestor lands $17M to expand bank partnerships and crowdfunded lending platform

Denver-based P2Binvestor raised some capital of its own to help small and medium-sized businesses get the funds they need to thrive. The company, which delivers a crowdsourced lending and investment platform, announced the close of a $17 million round of funding yesterday. P2Bi raised a combination of equity and debt, taking a page from its own book and crowdfunding the debt facility from a group of more than 20 private and institutional investors. The funds will help the company expand its bank partnership program and accelerate the development of its technology. [Built In Colorado]


ezCater $100M Series D funding
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EzCater reels in $100M Series D for business catering platform

Boston-based ezCater, which launched an office in Denver in May, closed a massive $100 million Series D on Tuesday, bringing its total funding to $170 million. The round was led by Wellington Management Company LLP, with participation from existing investors ICONIQ Capital and Insight Venture Partners. The company plans to use the funds to grow its market leadership, enhance its products and expand internationally. [Built In Boston]


IBM acquires Denver-based Oniqua
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IBM acquires Denver-based industrial IoT startup Oniqua

Oniqua, a Denver-based provider of IoT inventory optimization software for industrial businesses, was acquired by IBM. The acquisition will help expand IBM’s Asset Optimization Practice and enhance its predictive maintenance capabilities. The details of the deal were not disclosed. [CRN]


Sphero robotics acquires Specdrums
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Sphero buys Boulder music tech startup Specdrums

Robotics maker Sphero announced today that it had acquired fellow Boulder startup Specdrums, which creates music technology that enables users to turn almost anything into a drum pad. The financial details were not released, but the partnership will enable Sphero to expand its product line and Specdrums to reach a broader customer base. [TechRockies]


Nancy Phillips FoodMaven board member
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FoodMaven adds prominent tech leader Nancy Phillips as board member and investor

Colorado Springs-based foodtech company FoodMaven brought on a prominent new board member this week. Nancy Phillips, co-founder of ViaWest (now Flexential), joined as an investor and board member, bringing with her more than 30 years of executive experience in the tech space. The company hopes to leverage her experience and strategic insight as they prepare for expansion into new markets. [Press release]

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