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VC Spotlight: Boomerang Ventures in Indiana Focuses on MedTech and Health

Unexpected fact: Warsaw, Indiana, population 16,000, is the orthopedic capital of the world. One hour west of Fort Wayne, Warsaw is home to more than 100 medical device companies, like Zimmer Biomet and Paragon Medical, working on the mechanics and processes that make hip implants and other sophisticated surgeries possible. . The medical device industry […]

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Venture Spotlight: $3.2B Advantage Capital Looks To Invest Even Deeper, Especially In Black Communities

With $3.2 billion in assets under management, Advantage Capital is considered one of the most important impact investors in the country. The St. Louis- and New Orleans-based firm averages 100 deals a year. Its portfolio includes companies such as NevadaNanotech, which enables the sense of smell in devices, and Portland, Oregon-based Brew Dr. Kombucha. The […]

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Wartime Entrepreneurs: 50 Syrian Women Find A Way To Export Aleppo’s Famous Soap To The U.S.

This article was originally published on, in 2015. The point in the interview when Jehan’s voice cracked a little is when she talked about the women back at home, in Syria. They are the 50 women she leads in a cooperative, packaging Aleppo’s famous laurel soap in handcrafted crochet. Amazingly, they drive their fanciful Scents of Syria […]