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Fitbit announces plans to acquire FitStar

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Fitbit has announced that it is buying digital health and fitness platform FitStar. FitStar’s investors include Google Ventures and Trinity Ventures. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. More details below:


SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fitbit Inc., the global leader in the Connected Health and Fitness category, today announced it has agreed to acquire FitStar, one of the largest platforms for delivering personalized video-based exercise experiences on mobile devices. Users will be able to track their daily activity with leading Fitbit devices and then get a tailored exercise program designed specifically for them with handcrafted workouts from fitness authorities, including football legend, Tony Gonzalez and yoga expert, Tara Stiles. The acquisition broadens Fitbit’s leading platform by adding new services that will provide even more motivation and encouragement for people to lead healthier, more active lives.

Following the global availability of Fitbit’s latest additions to the Fitbit line: Fitbit Charge™, Fitbit Charge HR™ and Fitbit Surge™ activity trackers, this integration builds on Fitbit’s already robust and engaging mobile and interactive experience that consumers love. With a large community of users on its mobile app, Fitbit helps its users tap into this community to deliver more encouragement, rewards and friendly competition to help them successfully reach and beat their goals. Now with the addition of FitStar’s personalized streaming video workouts, users will find even more motivation through individually customized workout sessions, offering a holistic mobile fitness solution that is accessible, convenient and inspiring.

“FitStar has created some of the most popular and top-rated fitness apps in the world with a mission very similar to ours and a history of success,” said James Park, CEO and Co-Founder of Fitbit. “The addition of FitStar to our Fitbit family will allow us to offer a custom-fit experience based on personalized tracking data and also deliver on our promise of providing enhanced services and coaching.”

Available immediately, FitStar users will be able to seamlessly publish their FitStar workouts into Fitbit to see how their personal training or yoga practice impacts their overall health. Coming soon, Fitbit users will be able to set up a FitStar account by using their Fitbit account login. Additionally, when using new Fitbit trackers like Fitbit Charge HR or Fitbit Surge that are equipped with Fitbit’s PurePulse™ continuous heart rate tracking, FitStar users will soon be able to see their heart rate trends during FitStar logged workouts.

“Fitbit was the first hardware tracker FitStar integrated with over two years ago, so FitStar had a long time to get to know the team and realize that the two companies have a shared vision of where the digital fitness space needs to go,” said Mike Maser, FitStar’s CEO and Co-Founder. “By combining forces, Fitbit and FitStar can collectively expand to offer users around the globe new, motivating ways to reach their health and fitness goals.”

Fitbit products are carried in more than 30,000 North American retail stores, 45,000 stores around the globe and are sold in 54 countries. FitStar’s personal trainer and yoga apps are consistently top rated, with users primarily residing in the U.S., followed by UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil, China and nearly 190 other countries.

About FitStar

FitStar’s mission is to build a digital health and fitness platform to inspire people to live healthier lives. Founded in 2012, the company has been backed by several prominent angels and venture investors including Google Ventures, Trinity Ventures and other high profile investors. FitStar has a footprint of over three million downloads, with users in 195 countries to date, across the FitStar Personal Trainer and FitStar Yoga apps. FitStar is based in San Francisco. For the latest information and on-going updates, please visit or follow FitStar on Facebook and Twitter.

About Fitbit

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As the leader in the Connected Health & Fitness category, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness. Fitbit’s diverse line of award-winning products includes Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Zip and Fitbit One activity trackers, as well as the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale. Fitbit products are carried in more than 30,000 North American retail stores, 45,000 stores around the globe and sold in 54 countries. Headquartered in San Francisco, Fitbit is privately held and funded by Foundry Group, Qualcomm Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, Softbank Capital, SoftTech VC and True Ventures.

Culture Amp raises $6.3 million in Series A funding

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Culture Amp is a “culture-first” software company that has built the leading people analytics platform. The Culture Amp is known for combining deep knowledge in psychology, user experience, and engineering into a platform that transforms organizations worldwide. More details below:


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 4, 2015 – People Analytics company Culture Amp, which counts Airbnb, Uber, Pandora, Adobe, Pinterest and Warby Parker among the companies using its platform, today announced that it has closed $6.3 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Felicis Ventures, Index Ventures and Blackbird Ventures. Culture Amp will use these funds to accelerate expansion of its platform that provides real-time data and insights into company culture through customizable and specialized surveys. As part of the investment, Felicis Ventures managing director Wesley Chan, founder of Google Analytics, will join the Culture Amp board.

“Culture Amp has swiftly become indispensable to heads of talent and CEOs, because for the first time they can understand in real time what makes their people tick,” said Aydin Senkut, founder and managing director at Felicis Ventures. “We are excited to back them because there is nothing more important than retaining and motivating key talent at every successful company now.”

Second only to finding and hiring the right employees, retention has been one of the biggest challenges for startups and established companies alike, with the costs associated with low-employee engagement running as high as $550 billion a year.

“Culture Amp’s platform has grown to date through word-of-mouth,” said Culture Amp co-founder and CEO Didier Elzinga. “With this investment, we want to accelerate development of our technology, and expand our marketing and sales efforts, so we can continue to provide the most insightful platform available for company culture and people analytics.”

To find out what keeps employees engaged and motivated, Culture Amp uses its know-how in psychology, statistics and user experience in its platform to create data-driven human resources insights. Recent Culture Amp data reveals that 69 percent of employees are motivated to go “above and beyond” in their work role. However, among the top five percent of companies that perform highest across all key drivers and engagement indicators, that rises to more 90 percent of employees.

The funding comes on the heels of Culture Amp’s second Benchmark report, which sets the industry standard for companies to track their progress on cultural metrics against competitors. The company plans to release a number of reports this year, which will investigate links between employee data and other business metrics, as well as reports on gender, tenure, innovation drivers and age diversity across industries.

About Culture Amp: Culture Amp is a culture-first software company that is building the world’s leading People Analytics platform for people and culture. The Culture Amp team combines deep knowledge in psychology, statistics, user experience and engineering into a platform that is transforming organizations worldwide. Founded in 2011 by Didier Elzinga, Doug English, Jon Williams and Rod Hamilton, it has offices in San Francisco and Melbourne. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter at @cultureamp.

Nextdoor raises $110 million 

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Nextdoor, a social network that focuses on neighborhoods, has raised $110 million in funding. The investors in this round were undisclosed, but it is believed that Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, Redpoint Ventures and Insight Venture Partners were involved. Nextdoor is reportedly valued at $1.1 billion following this round of funding.

Booker raises $35 million in Series C

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Booker is a leading platform for service commerce that has announced it has raised $35 million in Series C funding led by Medina Capital. First Data, Jump Capital, Signal Peak Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Revolution Ventures, TDF Ventures, and Grotech Ventures also participated in this round. More details below:


NEW YORK — Booker, the leading platform for service commerce, today announced that it has raised a $35 million Series C growth round of funding led by Medina Capital. The funding round includes a strategic investment by First Data, the global leader in payment technology and services solution, and investment firms Jump Capital and Signal Peak Ventures, as well as early investors including Bain Capital Ventures, Revolution Ventures, TDF Ventures, and Grotech Ventures. Medina Capital Partner Adam Smith will join Booker’s board in conjunction with the investment.

“Today, most local service businesses still operate primarily only in the offline world,” said Josh McCarter, Booker CEO. “But consumer behavior is rapidly changing. Restaurant, hotel and car booking apps have begun to shift the way consumers now interact with all types of local businesses. Booker is uniquely poised to provide nearly every type of local service business with an all-in-one solution that helps them manage their business and enables consumers to discover, book and pay for their services online.”

“We firmly believe that the migration of offline service businesses to online service commerce platforms represents a huge market opportunity,” said Adam Smith, Partner at Medina Capital. “Booker is leading the way with an easy-to-use software-as-a-service solution that replaces legacy or offline systems.”

“As a leading provider of next generation commerce solutions to small and medium businesses, First Data shares Booker’s view and recognizes the significant opportunity to help service-based merchants manage and grow their businesses,” said Himanshu Patel, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Planning & Business Development, First Data. “Through this partnership, we look forward to finding ways to share our expertise, insights, and expansive merchant network with Booker as they continue to grow.” First Data’s strategic investment was made through its ventures group that focuses on collaborating with entrepreneurs in the areas of payments, mobile, marketing, loyalty, and security to support the next generation of commerce.

Booker plans to use this funding to expand the number of businesses it serves and enhance its product offering to further drive revenue for its merchants.

For more information about the services Booker provides to local businesses, please

About Medina Capital

Medina Capital is a high-growth equity investment firm focused on IT infrastructure companies in areas such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, big data, software-defined security and software-defined networking. The firm’s philosophy emphasizes investing in high-growth companies with established products or services that will benefit from Medina Capital’s strategic guidance. For more information about Medina Capital, please visit

About First Data

First Data is the global leader in payment technology and services solutions. With 24,000 owner-associates and operations in 35 countries, the company provides secure and innovative payment technology and services to more than six million merchants and financial institutions around the world, from small businesses to the world’s largest corporations. Today, businesses in nearly 70 countries trust First Data to secure and process nearly 2,000 financial transactions per second, totaling $1.8 trillion a year. First Data’s unparalleled infrastructure and partnerships go “beyond the transaction” with next-generation point-of-sale technology fueled by powerful analytics to detect fraud, gain insights into consumer spending, and strengthen customer loyalty. All day, every day, First Data helps its clients thrive in the evolving world of commerce.

About Jump Capital

Jump Capital is a Chicago-based venture capital firm specializing in expansion stage and growth capital investments. Led by a team of experienced operating executives, Jump Capital takes an opportunistic, long-term approach to investing. Jump seeks investment opportunities ranging from $2 million to $15 million in scalable technology businesses with compelling leadership teams across a wide breadth of industries including enterprise technology, marketing, healthcare, data security and financial services. For more information, visit

About Signal Peak Ventures

Signal Peak Ventures is a venture capital and growth equity firm with more than $500 million in assets under management. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the firm invests in innovative information technology companies and looks for entrepreneurial teams with the potential to transform markets and create lasting value. Specific areas of focus include Internet, SaaS, enterprise software, security, and mobile computing. For more information, please visit

About Booker

Booker is a service commerce platform that helps businesses run and grow successfully by streamlining their operations and helping to increase their revenues. Booker enables service businesses to sell their services online, via mobile device or in person, creating a seamless online booking experience for their customers. With Booker’s platform, business owners can manage every booking, customer and transaction, and use automated tools to drive more sales from new and existing customers. Booker processes more than three million appointments each month across 73 countries in 11 languages. Headquartered in New York City, Booker’s customers include thousands of local service businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies.

ToutApp raises $15 million in Series B

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ToutApp is a sales platform that enables salespeople to close more deals through advanced sales tracking, templates, and analytics. ToutApp has announced it has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Sigma West, Founder Collective, 500 Startups and the Launch Fund also participated in this round. More details below:


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 3, 2015) – ToutApp, the sales platform that helps salespeople close more deals through advanced sales tracking, templates and analytics, today announced it has raised $15 million in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Existing investors Sigma West, Founder Collective, 500 Startups and the Launch Fund also participated in the round.

ToutApp will use this investment to scale operations and infrastructure to meet growing demand for its platform while continuing to expand its category-leading capabilities and features. Founded in 2011, ToutApp has now raised more than $20 million.

“Research shows 65% of a salesperson’s time is wasted on busywork because of ineffective sales software,” said Tawheed (TK) Kader, Founder and CEO of ToutApp.* “Our mission is to empower the modern, more consultative sales culture by providing salespeople and sales managers with the best possible platform to close deals.”

Today, most sales teams use 15 different tools to help run the sales process.** With so many fragmented point solutions, 71 percent of sales professionals say they spend too much time on data entry,*** impacting their ability to sell and drive revenue. ToutApp offers a single streamlined sales software platform with tracking, templates and predictive analytics directly integrated into Gmail, Outlook and CRMs, such as Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics, to help sales teams close more deals. With ToutApp’s 150% dollar renewal rate, and over 300% top line revenue growth, customers have shown their vote of confidence in the ToutApp solution.

“ToutApp delivers what salespeople and sales managers need today — a smarter, faster way to close deals and accelerate revenue cycles,” said Scott Weiss, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. “This is the next generation of software for salespeople to efficiently and effectively communicate with prospects and customers. We’re impressed by their strategic approach to the market and are eager to help them continue to scale.”

In the past year alone, as a result of continued market demand, ToutApp has more than doubled its enterprise customer base. Enterprise companies currently using ToutApp include: Atlassian, Dropbox, Optimizely, Jive, Namely and more.

“ToutApp is in high demand because it fills an important need in today’s sales industry,” said Greg Gretsch, Managing Director of Sigma West, who also participated in the round. “It represents the evolution of CRM tools that only manage and track leads. ToutApp has been leading the way for the future of sales software, finally giving teams a true communications platform for the modern sales organization.”

“This investment, led by Andreessen Horowitz, is a testament to how ToutApp is leading the charge in the future of sales software,” added Kader. “Sales has changed but sales software hasn’t. There is now an important new industry being created that builds great sales software for the modern salesperson instead of just the sales manager.”

With the investment, ToutApp has also announced the appointment of Scott Weiss at Andreessen Horowitz to its board of directors. He joins existing members that include Tawheed (TK) Kader, ToutApp Founder and CEO, and Greg Gretsch of Sigma West. ToutApp’s angel investors include Esther Dyson, Eric Ries and Scott Banister.

About ToutApp ToutApp builds software that helps salespeople close deals faster with the power of email tracking, templates and analytics. Founded in 2011, ToutApp has more than 90,000 salespeople using its platform, with enterprise customers including Atlassian, Dropbox, Optimizely, Jive, Namely and more.

About Andreessen Horowitz Andreessen Horowitz backs bold entrepreneurs who move fast, think big, and are committed to building the next major franchises in technology. Founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, we provide entrepreneurs with access to our deep expertise and insights in innovation, business development, market intelligence, executive and technical talent, and marketing and brand-building. Find us in Menlo Park, CA, and at

About Sigma West Sigma West is an early stage technology venture capital firm in San Francisco investing in entrepreneurs with passion and drive. We are a group of successful technology industry veterans working to support start-up teams. We currently invest across the software technology landscape including cloud/SaaS, consumer, enterprise, security and storage. Successful exits include Responsys (Oracle, 2014), KACE (Dell, 2010), Fortify Software (HP, 2010) and EqualLogic (Dell, 2008). Please visit and follow us on Twitter @sigmawest.

PeachWorks raises $4 million in Series A

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Formerly known as WhenToManage, PeachWorks is a restaurant management solutions company that has raised $4 million in Series A funding. This round of funding was led by Allos Ventures with participation from Huron River Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners, and Invest Detroit. More details below:


Southfield, Mich. (PRWEB) March 03, 2015

PeachWorks, formerly known as WhenToManage, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for the restaurant management industry, today announced that it closed $4 million in Series A financing led by Allos Ventures, a Midwest-based early-stage venture capital firm. The deal also included participation from Huron River Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners, and Invest Detroit. PeachWorks will use the proceeds to scale up its sales and marketing capabilities and build out its suite of next-generation, cloud-based tools for restaurant management. The subscription-based cloud solution includes recipe and inventory management, Point of Sale (POS) analytics, and staff scheduling solutions for the restaurant, hospitality, specialty retail and food service markets.

In conjunction with the financing, cloud industry veteran Mark Symonds, former CEO of Plex Systems (Troy, Mich.), agreed to join the company as CEO. Symonds was appointed to a similar position in 2006 to grow a software-as-a-service enterprise and was instrumental in increasing revenue 10-fold and making it the undisputed leader in Cloud ERP for manufacturers.

PeachWorks’ founder, Jeff Schacher, will serve as chief product officer, focusing his restaurant technology expertise and entrepreneurial talents on expanding the company’s robust cloud-based platform of tools and applications for the restaurant industry. The company plans to announce the first of these tools, for the entire food service industry, very soon.

“As more and more restaurant establishments move their business operations to the cloud, PeachWorks has proven it’s the leader in creating compelling, easy-to-use solutions that are revolutionizing how restaurants and food service providers manage their businesses,” said Dov Rosenberg, director, Allos Ventures. “This company is building a unique platform of highly customizable applications that is extremely valuable to all of these businesses, from a small owner with a single location to large national chains like Panera, who is a customer.”

About PeachWorks PeachWorks, formerly known as WhenToManage, is the leader in restaurant management solutions for the cloud, offering subscription-based solutions for POS intelligence, inventory management and employee scheduling, as well as customized deployments. PeachWorks is backed by investors including Allos Ventures (, Huron River Ventures (, Arsenal Ventures (, and Invest Detroit ( For more information, please visit

About Allos Ventures Allos invests in early-stage technology companies in the Midwest, augmenting the capital provided by angel investors who have helped the companies reach a stage at which they are ready for their first institutional financing round. Allos’ principals believe in the benefits of a “hands-on” approach to venture capital investing, which allows the firm’s partner companies to leverage their business-building skills and resources, as well as those of the firm’s investors, many of whom are successful entrepreneurs.

About Huron River Ventures Huron River Ventures is an early-stage venture fund that invests in exceptional companies developing disruptive technologies and business models in agriculture, energy, transportation and other sectors. We back great people with big ideas and pride ourselves on rolling up our sleeves to add value and help entrepreneurs to succeed.

About Arsenal Ventures Arsenal Venture Partners is a multi-stage venture capital firm that focuses on the intersection of the Government, large corporations, and emerging technology companies. We partner with visionary entrepreneurs to build exceptional businesses in the enterprise, commerce/logistics, healthcare and resource efficiency sectors. We add value by fostering relationships from our unique network and experience working with the Department of Defense, United States Post Office, Fortune 500 Companies, Veterans Administration, among others. Arsenal Venture Partners’ core leadership team has been together for nearly fifteen years and has eighteen investment professionals across four offices throughout the United States.

About Invest Detroit Invest Detroit is a leading source of private sector gap financing that utilizes a variety of funding tools through managed for-profit and non-profit targeted funds to support economic development opportunities in underserved communities primarily in the City of Detroit. For more information, visit

Sikka Software raises $5.5 million

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Sikka Software is a retail healthcare cloud platform that has raised $5.5 million in Series B funding. This round of funding was led by Sierra Ventures with participation from AMA Ventures. More details below:


MILPITAS, Calif. – February 24, 2015 – Sikka Software, the leading retail healthcare cloud platform, raised its Series B funding of $5.5 million led by Sierra Ventures with participation from its Series A investor, ATA Ventures. This new capital will enable Sikka to scale sales and marketing and continue its rapid growth across key practice areas.

Sikka is revolutionizing the field of retail healthcare software by providing the Sikka Platform Cloud which is seamlessly connected to over 400 combinations of practice management and financial systems covering over 96% of the dental, veterinary, audiology and optometry markets and provides a single application programming interface that anyone can build apps on. The company began with a simple vision, to help healthcare providers and small offices optimize their businesses via a series of easy-to-use cloud based applications through the Sikka Platform Cloud.

Since 2011, Sikka has achieved the following milestones:

· Cloud platform with 26 apps for over 13,500 practices in dental, veterinary, hearing and vision, servicing more than 23,000 doctors.

· Processing over 100 million monthly interactions with customers including payments, claims, patient communications, receivables, supplies, lab services, patient financing and more.

· $4.8 billion of transactions processed in 2014 through the rapidly growing Sikka ecosystem

· Continuing momentum by adding nearly 500 new healthcare practices each month

“We are excited to raise our next round of financing, which will allow us to accelerate the already rapid growth we have experienced over the past 3 years,” said Vijay Sikka, CEO of Sikka Software. “Given our broad footprint in the retail healthcare space, we are well positioned to be the leader in this large underserved market. Sierra Ventures has strong domain expertise in the small retail software space, starting with their investment in Intuit.”

“We have been very impressed with the strong progress that Sikka has made over the past few years, expanding from dental practices to veterinary, optometry and hearing care,” said Mark Fernandes, Managing Director of Sierra Ventures. “The company is at the nexus of retail healthcare information, which is one of the fastest growing segments of the market.”

Mark Fernandes, will join Sikka Software’s Board of Directors, which currently consists of Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys; Hatch Graham, Managing Director of ATA Ventures; and Vijay Sikka, CEO of Sikka Software.

About Sikka Software

Sikka Software Corporation is revolutionizing the retail healthcare industry via its platform cloud, analytical tools, apps and big data leadership. The retail industry includes over 2.1 million providers worldwide and over 600,000 in the United States. Sikka Platform Cloud allows seamless compatibility to over 96% of the dental, veterinary, vision care and hearing care markets in the United States. Sikka Software Corporation has over 13,500 installations and is experiencing strong growth and market presence in the retail healthcare big data space. For more information, please visit

About Sierra Ventures

Sierra Ventures is a VC firm focused on investments in Consumer and Enterprise Information Technology. Since 1982 Sierra has raised 10 funds with over $1.7B in committed capital, backed 25+ companies that had successful IPO’s, and 50 that had substantial M&A exits. Sierra has continually leveraged the Sierra franchise to provide strategic and operational support, including the largest CIO Advisory Board in the industry, to achieve broad success across its portfolio of investments. For more information, please visit

Vigilant Biosciences raises $5.5 million

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Based in Miami, Florida, Vigilant Biosciences is a leading innovator and developer of solutions that help in early detection and intervention of cancer. Vigilant Biosciences has raised $5.5 million in Series B funding from White Owl Capital Partners, venVelo, and the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research. More details below:


MIAMI, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Vigilant Biosciences, Inc. (“Vigilant”), a leading innovator and developer of solutions that aid in the early detection and intervention of cancer, announced today the successful completion of a $5.5 million Series B round of funding, bringing the total amount of funding raised to date to $7.8 million. The financing includes investments by White Owl Capital Partners, venVelo, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research and several existing investors, as well as a group of private and angel investors with a commitment to the life sciences.

Vigilant will use the funds to drive toward CE Mark approval and U.S. regulatory approval for its OncAlert Oral Cancer Risk Assessment System. Additionally, the funds raised will support the international product launch and commercialization of the OncAlert System as well as other products in Vigilant’s pipeline.

“We are pleased at the excitement and confidence our investors show in the Company, our executive team, our products and the opportunity to positively impact the global cancer market,” said Matthew H.J. Kim, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Vigilant Biosciences. “As hundreds of thousands continue to be diagnosed with oral cancer every year, we are committed to providing an accurate, effective and affordable way to aid in the early detection of risk for the disease. This funding will enable us to address this critical market need that has gone unmet for far too long.”

Vigilant’s initial product, the OncAlert Oral Cancer Risk Assessment System, is based on patented technology that detects specific protein markers known to indicate an elevated risk for oral cancer, even prior to the observation of visual or physical symptoms. The simple, oral rinse procedure is easy to administer and non-invasive for the patient. The test can be applied to every adult, with particular emphasis on high-risk populations (i.e, current and former tobacco users, those who consume alcohol, and people with human papillomavirus (HPV)). Both the rapid point-of-care test and the lab assay that comprise the OncAlert Oral Cancer Risk Assessment System are currently under the CE Mark registration approval process and expected for release in Q2 2015.

About Oral Cancer According to the World Health Organization, there are over 600,000 new cases of head and neck cancer and 300,000 deaths each year worldwide. In the United States, more than 54,000 individuals were diagnosed with head and neck cancers in 2014, with 13,500 deaths from the disease. Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high due to late-stage diagnosis and intervention. Currently, the vast majority of patients are detected through a visual exam and/or are symptomatic, at which point they are likely late stage. As a result, oral cancer often goes undetected to the point of metastasizing. Early diagnosis of oral cancer results in a cure rate of up to 90 percent.

About venVelo venVelo, the premier early-stage venture fund in Florida for innovative companies seeking capital and mentoring, was launched in 2012 and quickly established itself as one of the most active venture funds in central Florida. It was named the 2014 “Tech Investor of the Year”. In addition to its investments, venVelo board members have been frequent speakers, panelists, and venture competition judges around the state. venVelo also has donated money to a variety of organizations working to develop the central Florida entrepreneurial ecosystem.

About White Owl Capital Partners White Owl Capital Partners is a New York City based private investment firm focused on finding exceptional entrepreneurs and providing the capital and advice to help them build great companies. White Owl’s investments span several industries (tech, healthcare, media, banking, logistics, and energy) and geographic regions (US, Canada, UK, Russia, China).

About The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research is a non-profit organization that works with technology licensing and commercialization offices at universities and private research institutions to leverage a $2B+ research base and form investable companies that create clean jobs in new industries that are driving the global economy. The Institute deploys company building and funding programs to promising Florida startups, and 36 companies have been since the program’s inception.

About Vigilant Biosciences, Inc. Vigilant Biosciences is a leading innovator and developer of solutions that aid clinicians in the early detection and intervention of cancer. Its point-of-care and lab-based products are accurate, effective and affordable, empowering healthcare practitioners to easily assess the risk of oral cancer early, and improve outcomes through earlier intervention. Vigilant Biosciences’ OncAlert Oral Cancer Risk Assessment System™ point-of-care and lab assay products are currently undergoing the CE Mark registration approval process and not yet available for sale in any market at this time. For more information, visit