Event recognizes group of Idaho businesses attaining “A round” funding


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A virtual event Wednesday recognized seven Idaho startups that achieved a crucial milestone for growing startups.

The Fifty to the A event celebrated the Idaho organizations that have achieved what’s known as “A round” financing since 2020. That means the business took outside money to help grow the business and put it on a path toward sustainability.

BoiseDev first told you about the Fifty to the A initiative in 2020. The concept is to use a mix of tools to help fifty businesses hit the A-round benchmark, and celebrate successes along the way.

“We came up with the Fifty to the A with (Blake Hansen of Alturas) and Mike Self of StageDotO,” Alison Johnson with Holland and Hart said during the event. “About two years ago, right before the COVID lockdown, we said ‘we are going to do this…’ and we’re here today and excited to do it!”

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Initial Fifty to the A companies

The first group of honorees from the Idaho Technology Council are:

Hansen said the growth in the startup and capital ecosystem has led to more opportunities for Idaho businesses.

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“It’s a more robust ecosystem now. There are more opportunities in Idaho,” Blake Hansen with Alturas said during the event. “Boise is on the map for a lot of reasons. It used to be you needed to leave and go somewhere else, but that’s not the case anymore. It’s a different day and it’s a different story. These companies are starting here, they’re thriving here and they’re attracting capital here.”

You can watch the full event, below. Newsletter users may have to click here to watch.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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