Missouri Minute: Thompson Street’s new fund; Techstars’ new KC startups

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Clayton firm closes on $1.15 billion investment fund

Thompson Street Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Clayton, closed on a $1.15 billion fund, which will be one of the largest investment vehicles ever in the St. Louis region. The firm will seek to invest anywhere from $25 million to $150 million per deal, primarily in health care and life science services, business services and engineered products, and software and technology services. Read more

Techstars Kansas City announces 10 startups of new class

By Lily O’Neill
Techstars Kansas City on Monday announced the newest class of startups that will participate in its three-month accelerator program. The 10 startups are building products that range from software to help manufacturing companies with safety tracking to technology to detect pathogens in food. Read more

Missouri groups square up for fight over ‘right-to-work’ referendum

With less than a month until the Aug. 7 primary elections, business groups and labor unions are squaring up for their battle over Missouri’s “right-to-work” law. Both sides of the issue are revving up their campaigns with television ads, yard signs and door-to-door canvassing. Read more

Digital Sandbox KC funds four new companies

By Rashi Shrivastava
Digital Sandbox KC, a program that provides funding and support to early-stage entrepreneurs in Kansas City, welcomed four new startups to its portfolio Monday. The announcement follows last week’s news that Digital Sandbox KC had received $950,000 in grants to continue its programming. Read more

Anticipating tough race, Pence to attend Hawley fundraiser

Vice President Mike Pence will tour fundraising events Thursday to help buttress Republican candidates who could face tight races this November, including Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the top GOP challenger to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri’s Democratic incumbent. Read more


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