Civic tech has a new, flush entrant. Mindmixer, a company that offers technology for virtual town hall meetings has raised $17 million in its Series C round of funding. The company, which is based in Kansas City, recently won a Silicon Prairie News award. The company was a graduate of the Code for America startup accelerator.
Dundee Venture Capital and Govtech Fund led the Series C investment, joined by a strategic investor, bringing Mindmixer’s total capital raised to $23.2 million.
The blog post the company put up to announce the fundraise notes some important realities about the civic-tech community – “We recognize that civic engagement is by and large still highly fractured and organization-specific. While community organizations are making concerted efforts to better engage their communities, they’re also competing for the same audience – asking the same people to go to four or five different places to participate in the things they care about. We want to explore ways to unify that civic experience and make it easier for people to flex their interests in more than one place, while still allowing organizations to express their individual focuses and achieve their goals.”
The company works with municipalities to engage citizens around projects, similar to other civic engagement platforms. The company already has projects in Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Indianapolis and San Francisco.
The company also offers a white label version of their technology, and employs approximately 80 people.
A similar platform launched today as well with a slightly different twist – SavingAmerica.com is a free to use, non-partisan social empowerment platform fueled by a new digital currency. Users of that platform will be incentivized by gaining digital currencies for their posts.