Baird Capital’s Myelin Health buys HY Connect and Dodge Communications

Myelin Health, a portfolio company of Baird Capital, has acquired Chicago-based advertising agency HY Connect and Atlanta-based public relations and integrated communications firm Dodge Communications. No financial terms were disclosed. Also, Myelin CEO Rich Levy has been named chairman of both companies.


NeoChord raises $20 mln

NeoChord said Tuesday that it has closed an oversubscribed $20 million Series C financing round led by Deerfield Management. Baird Capital’s Venture Capital group participated as well as existing investors Hopen Life Science Ventures, CHV Capital, TGAP Ventures, and Heron Capital. Minnesota-based NeoChord is a medical technology company.


Edo Interactive raises $20 mln, names Badran CEO

Edo Interactive said Wednesday that it raised a $20 million Series E round of financing from existing major investors including VantagePoint Capital Partners, Baird Capital, and a number of Nashville-based investment firms. Edo also said it named Souheil Badran as its President and CEO. Badran succeeds founder Ed Braswell, who remains active with the company as Executive Vice Chairman. Edo, with offices in Chicago, Nashville and London, provides digital and mobile advertising solutions.


Baird Capital buys SloanLed

Baird Capital said Friday that its U.S. private equity group has acquired SloanLed. Financial terms weren’t announced. JZ Partners, Golub Capital and Hexagon Inc. coinvested in the deal. Golub also provided senior financing. Baird Capital is the direct private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co. Ventura, California-based SloanLed designs and makes LED lighting solutions.


Baird Capital invests in Alpha Source

Baird Capital has made a “significant” investment in Milwaukee-based Alpha Source, a medical equipment solutions provider. In addition to the investment, Michael Bernstein and Fred Robertson of Baird Capital have been appointed to Alpha Source’s board of directors. Also, the company has named Rick Lytle as CEO.


FullContact grabs $10 mln

Denver-based FullContact, a provider of fully connected address book solutions, has raised $10 million in funding. Foundry Group and Baird Capital led the round with participation from Blue Note Ventures and 500 Startups. In conjunction with the funding, Benedict Rocchio of Baird has been added to FullContact’s board.


Baird Capital buys Clearwater Group

Baird Capital said Tuesday that its U.K. private equity group has acquired a majority stake in Clearwater Group. Financial terms weren’t announced. Clearwater, of Camberley, Surrey, provides water treatment, hygiene, engineering and pump services to customers across the U.K.


Baird Capital invests in Carsing

Baird Capital said Monday that its China Growth Equity team has agreed to invest in Carsing’s Series A financing round. FLAG Squadron Capital and Delta Capital also participated. Financial terms weren’t announced. Carsing is a Shanghai-based used car auction platform.


Sullivan joins Baird Capital

Owen Sullivan has joined Baird Capital as an Operating Partner. He will work with Baird Capital technology & services to find new opportunities. Sullivan most recently served as President of Specialty Brands for ManpowerGroup.


GE Ventures, Baird lead $18 mln funding in Apervita

GE Ventures and Baird Capital have led an $18 million Series A funding round in Apervita, formerly known as Pervasive Health, Inc., a health analytics marketplace. Other investors in the funding round include Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Math Ventures and existing investors. Apervita was developed with seed funding in 2013.


Mobile security firm NowSecure rakes in $12.5 mln

NowSecure, an Oak Park, Illinois-based mobile security firm, has secured $12.5 million in Series A funding. Baird Capital‘s venture capital group led the round with participation from Jump Capital and Math Venture Partners.


Baird Capital closes $185 mln for fourth venture fund

Baird Capital, the private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co., has raised $185 million for its oversubscribed fourth venture capital fund, sweeping past its $150 million target. Fund IV’s LP base includes numerous institutions, foundations and family offices. So far, the fund has made investments in Catalyze, emids, Integrated Diagnostics, NeuMoDx Molecular and WordStream.


Baird Capital taps Hoffman as an operating partner

Baird Capital has appointed Scott Hoffman as an operating partner. Previously, Hoffman worked at Brady Corp. where he served as president of global workplace safety. Baird is the private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co.


Pritzker Group adds two as senior advisors

Pritzker Group Private Capital has hired Keith Harrison and Jamie Bellanca as senior advisors. Previously, Harris worked at Procter & Gamble where he most recently served as its global product supply officer while Bellanca was vice president of Cleversafe’s advanced technology group. Currently, Bellanca is technology consultant for Baird Capital.


Sage North America to buy VC-backed PayChoice

Sage North America has agreed to acquire PayChoice. No financial terms were disclosed. Raymond James served as financial advisor to PayChoice on the transaction while William Blair advised Sage. Based in Mt. Laurel, NJ, PayChoice is a provider of payroll solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. It is backed by Great Hill Partners, Baird Capital and North Hill Ventures.


Mounce joins Baird Capital

Baird Capital said Monday that Melissa Mounce has joined as VP of Human Capital. Mounce previously was the Global Divisional Talent Acquisition Leader for Abbott. Baird is the private investment arm of Robert W. Baird & Co.

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