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Note: VC Roundup took a vacation last week. This roundup contains news from the past two weeks.
According to Form D filings, Center City-based social search engine Cliq has raised $190,000 of a $1 million round. The company, which launched at Philly Tech Meetup in September, uses social graph data to help users find the restaurant most recommended by friends. In a conversation with Technically Philly this Summer, the company hinted that it plans on expanding to other verticals.
Recruiting Interview has raised $350,000 of a $750,000 round (Edit: The company says it’s shooting for $500,000). The company, founded by Drexel student Chris Young and Baiada Center advisor and angel investor Ehud Israel helps companies with the recruiting process. We interviewed Young about the startup here and Israel about angel investing here.
In case you missed it last week, Safeguard Scientifics invested $3 million in Virginia-based Crimson Informatics and West Chester-based Hoopla Software.
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
Our friends at MedCity News have an interview with DreamIt Ventures Managing Partner Kerry Rupp. In the interview Rupp reveals that the accelerator is looking for more Health IT companies for its upcoming New York City class.
According to the Inquirer, the state has awarded $29.2 million to small-business agencies. Local recepierents include the Ben Franklin Technology Development Partners and the Southeastern Economic Development Corp.
GIVE A GLANCE
The cofounder of Human Capital Solutions met with Osage Partners this week, according to this tweet.
The Univercity of Maryland Business School has an interview with alum Wayne Kimmel, Managing Partner at Artists and Instigators. The company/firm hasn’t launched yet, but we’re told its going to be a consumer-facing brand targetted towards entrepreneurs.
Osage University Partners posted its 10 contrarian predictions for 2012. Included: mobile health is overhyped and Series A investing will “grind to a halt” in the medical technology industry.
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