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RippleNami, Inc. Wins Four Stevie® Awards in 2017 International Business Awards

Winners to Be Celebrated at Gala Event on 21 October in Barcelona, Spain

San Diego, CA – August 21, 2017 – RippleNami, Inc. a provider of blockchain map-based data visualization platform announced today that it has been named the winner of four Stevie® Awards in the categories of Best Data Visualization Technology; Start Up of the Year; Corporate Social Responsibility Program and Women of the Year in The 14th Annual International Business Awards.

“RippleNami is very passionate about the ways in which our Company uses technology for corporate social responsibility and empowering women. RippleNami’s efforts in Africa – are truly making a significant difference. We are honored to earn four Stevies, and thank the judges for their recognition,” cited Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, president and chief executive officer at RippleNami.

“According to judges’ comments, they clearly cited the change RippleNami is affecting. One judge noted, ‘Brilliant idea. Saw a problem and came up with an innovative solution that made people’s lives easier,’ and another said, ‘RippleNami is in prime position to capitalize on the world’s need for visual data.’ We couldn’t be more proud of such acknowledgements from these prominent judges and congratulate our global team for their unrelenting commitment to our company and to social advancements,” Connolly-Labelle said.

“The IBA judges from across the world were highly impressed with the nominations they reviewed this year. With the level of achievement documented in the nominations from 60 nations, the Stevie Awards are proud to honor organizations that demonstrate a high level of achievement in a variety of industries” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “We look forward to sharing many of these stories with people around the world over the coming months, through the Stevie Awards blog and social media channels, with the hope to inspire others to high achievement.”

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the W Hotel in Barcelona, Spain on October 21, 2017.

Details about The International Business Awards and the lists of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

About RippleNami

An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations. The Company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and foreign government agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

St. Louis Business Journal: 6 startups get investment from Prosper Women Entrepreneurs

St. Louis Business Journal: Capital Innovators invests in 6 new startups

Sep 19, 2016, 7:00pm CDT

Capital Innovators operates out of the @4240 building in the Cortex innovation district in Midtown.  Written by Brian Feldt, Senior Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal

Capital Innovators, the St. Louis-based technology startup accelerator, has invested in six new startup companies that will participate in its three-month program starting next week.

Each of the companies will receive $50,000 in exchange for an equity stake of between 5 percent and 10 percent.

Brian Dixon, COO of Capital Innovators, said the accelerator received hundreds of applications. This cohort includes one St. Louis company — Appbase, which was brought to St. Louis last year when it received a $50,000 non-equity Arch Grant — three out-of-state startups and one company from Israel.

Here is the list of new Capital Innovators startups:

– Appbase(St. Louis) is building a streaming database for powering Internet of Things-age software. Led by CEOSiddharth Kothari.

– Collabra(Louisville) has developed a suite of ed-tech tools helping arts instructors and their students save time, meet institutional and state requirements, ensure accountability, easily exchange feedback, accelerate growth and quantify results. Led by CEO Ron Karroll.

– Heartbeat(Israel) has developed an algorithm that enables doctors, nurses and patients to monitor hemodynamic parameters and provide care management with actionable information to help prevent hospital re-admissions and advanced remote monitoring. Led by CEO Michael Kasan.

– RippleNami(San Diego) is a business-to-business technology company working in developing nations to deliver mapping solutions that solve critical problems. Led by CEO Jaye Connolly-Labelle.

– Stratifund(Minneapolis) is a provider of independent equity crowdfunding due diligence and ratings to help investors make informed investment decisions. Led by co-CEOs Marc Snover and Alex Thaler.

– Sunstation USA(Kansas City) has developed weather resistant, all-natural, touch-free sunscreen dispensers. Led by CEO Ross Donaldson.

Capital Innovators, which operates out of the @4240 building in the Cortex innovation district in Midtown, was founded by CEO Judy Sindecuse in 2010 at a time when the term accelerator was just catching on in Silicon Valley entrepreneurial circles.

To date, Capital Innovators has invested nearly $6 million into 70 companies. Those companies have created 667 jobs and have raised $185 million in follow-on capital following their participation in the Capital Innovators program.

A study published by investment research firm CB Insights found Capital Innovators was the third best accelerator in the country for post-program money raised by startup founders.

To that end, Sindecuse last year launched a follow-on investment vehicle for Capital Innovators portfolio companies called the Lindbergh Technology Fund.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest deals Capital Innovators portfolio companies have closed to date:

  • Gainsight’s $50 million round led by Insight Venture Partners (November 2015)
  • Gainsight’s $25 million round led by Battery Ventures and Summit Partners (November 2013)
  • Gainsight’s $20 million round led by Bain Capital (October 2014)
  • Norse Corp.’s $11.4 million round led by KPMG Capital (October 2015)
  • LockerDome’s $10 million round led by Cultivation Capital (December 2014)
  • Label Insight’s $10 million round led by KPMG Capital (February 2016)