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Here are the major funding deals out of Austin tech, biotech, startup companies and investment firms in the first half of February.

Thursday, Feb. 18

Vyopta Incorporated (Austin)

  • Deal: $5 million Series A
  • Investors: The round was led by AVX Partners, a new firm led by Austin Ventures partner Chris Pacitti.
  • What they do: The company’s vAnalytics platform helps companies monitor video and web networks, including video conferencing.
  • Other details: This is the company’s first round of venture funding. It had been bootstrapped since its founding in 2007. With the new money, the company plans to expand its 25-person team to more than 60 by mid summer.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Student Loan Genius (Austin)

  • Deal: $3 million
  • Investors: The round was led by Gibraltar Ventures and an affiliate of John Hancock/Manulife. Also in on the round were Kapor Capital, Capital Factory and Village Capital.
  • What they do: The startup built the Genius Platform, which provides a way for employers to match dollars with their employees who are paying down student loans. It’s similar to a 401K match. The company says the average user saves $31,291 and cuts their payment period by 12 years.
  • Other details: Founder Tony Aguilar presented his company’s vision at the White House Demo Day last summer and met President Obama. Obama later referenced the company’s work in his public remarks.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Austin Eastciders Holdings, Inc. (Austin)

  • Deal: $3.8 million in equity funding
  • Investors: One unnamed investor
  • What they do: They make two kinds of craft hard cider.
  • Other details: Founder Ed Gibson is from England, where hard ciders are huge. The select apples Eastciders use are from Europe and Washington. One of Eastciders’ earliest backers is Clayton Christopher, who founded Sweet Leaf Tea and co-founded Deep Eddy Vodka and Rhythm Superfoods.

Friday, Feb. 12

WigWag Inc. (Austin)

Friday, Feb. 12

Frontier NanoSystems, LLC (Austin) 

  • Deal: $837,378 in equity funding
  • Investors: 14 unnamed investors
  • What they do: Frontier NanoSystems developed a patented manufacturing solution by forming physically large material bodies having nanoscale grains (20-50 nm in diameter) and compositional precision.  They call it Big Nano.
  • Other details: The company has previously raised $900,000 in equity funding.

Friday, Feb. 12

Drink Daily Greens LLC (Austin)

  • Deal: $5.5 million in equity funding
  • Investors: One unnamed investor
  • What they do: They take local fruits and vegetables and juice them. They offer a wide variety of options, including cleansing packages and green-infused hemp milk.
  • Other details: Shauna Martin founded the company in 2012 after a battle with breast cancer when she was 33 years old. That led her to discover a passion for green juices. The company regularly contributes money to organizations that help young women with breast cancer. Martin also co-founded a support group for young survivors. It’s called Pink Ribbon Cowgirls.

Friday, Feb. 12

IdealSpot, Inc. (Austin)

  • Deal: $1 million in equity funding
  • Investors: The round was led by ATX Seed Ventures with participation from several angel investors.
  • What they do: The company developed a mapping tool to help businesses find prime real estate that meets their needs using real-time data and machine learning.
  • Other details: Founded in 2014, IdealSpot has used its customer targeting data tools to unearth a variety of trends. One of their queries dug into the most popular presidential candidates and mapped interest shown by Austinites based on social media, ad clicks and related searches.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Querium Corp. (Austin)

  • Deal: $306,373 in debt and other securities
  • Investors: Six unnamed investors
  • What they do: Founded in 2013, Querium has developed an artificial intelligence platform called StepWise Virtual Tour, which helps high school students master STEM skills before entering college with short lessons and tutoring.
  • Other details: Kent Fuka, Querium’s founder and CEO, was a senior manager at Tivoli Systems in Austin, which was acquired by IBM in 1996. He also co-founded CenterPoint Ventures, a local venture capital firm, in 1996. The company has previously raised nearly $2 million, which includes investment from Austin-based Wild Basin Investments.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Vested Finance, Inc. (Austin)

  • Deal: $1 million in equity funding
  • Investors: One unnamed investor
  • What they do: They built an app called Schoold that helps students find the right college and plan a path toward success. Schoold has offices in San Francisco. And, through its Virginia-based Vemo Education, the company provides alternative lending options to students.
  • Other details: The company, founded in 2015, announced a $5M seed round in May 2015. The company’s CEO is Lorne Abony, who also co-founded Sandleigh Ventures with Russell Geyser. Sandleigh Ventures was the lead investor on the seed round.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Moving Technologies Corp. (Round Rock) 

  • Deal: $477,500 in convertible debt
  • Investors: Six unnamed investors
  • What they do: MoveTech built a pre-move video survey and variable itemized systematic inventory to track inventory inside the moving industry.
  • Other details: The company raised $3.1 million in May 2015.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Vast (Austin)

  • Deal: $14 million
  • Investors: Capital One Growth Ventures
  • What they do: They created a data analytics platform with specialized applications for internal-facing operations the auto and real estate industries. Now, the company is rolling out CarStory.com, a new consumer-facing product that helps match people with cars.
  • Other details: The company appears to have been bootstrapped since its founding in 2005 in Silicon Valley. Vast CEO John Price was a co-founder of Austin-based Trilogy, and he moved the company from California to Austin in 2011. With this new funding deal, Jaidev Shergill, Managing Partner of Capital One Growth Ventures, will join the Vast board of directors.

Monday, Feb. 1

Qvinci Software (Austin) 

  • Deal: $2.4M in equity funding
  • Investors: 21 unnamed investors
  • What they do: Their software automatically collects, consolidates and simplifies financial reports from multiple companies.
  • Other details: The company was founded in 2007, but it changed names in 2014. Last October, the company reported raising a $3.4 million round.