Weekly Refresh: South Side Startups Grab Google Grants, and More

Read our weekly refresh for trending Chicago tech news.

Written by Anna Holmquist
Published on Oct. 12, 2020
Weekly Refresh: South Side Startups Grab Google Grants, and More
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Uber Freight raised $500M. The rideshare company’s Chicago-based trucking business is now valued at $3.3 billion. Greenbriar led the Series A. [Built In Chicago]

Argonne scientists announced first potentially reusable N95 mask. Over the past six months a team at the Argonne National Laboratory has worked to created slim fibers with antiviral polymers. The team hopes to transfer the tech to market in the near future. [Built In Chicago]

Cooler Screens gained $80M. The startup, founded in 2017, swaps out cooler doors with smart screens meant to grab consumers’ attention. Verizon Ventures, GreatPoint Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank and more participated in the Series C round. [Built In Chicago]

Six South Side businesses to receive Google grants. $450,000 will go to the startups from the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund. Google initially revealed the program in June. [ChicagoInno]

Symba won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s ‘Pitch for Purpose’ competition. The startup created a remote internship management platform. It will use the $15,000 grand prize to build a mobile app, which it plans to launch in 2021. [Built In Chicago]

NOCD raised $12M. The telehealth startup specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. Health Enterprise Partners led the Series A. [Built In Chicago]

mHub wins the U.S. Department of Energy’s EPIC Prize. The hardtech innovation and manufacturing center was just recognized with the EPIC (Energy Program for Innovation Clusters) Prize by the DoE. Each of the 20 winning nationwide incubators is receiving a $50,000 cash prize. [Press Release]

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