By: Ali and Joe Last week we told you about She Geeks Out, a Boston event series for women in the city that has been growing at an impressive clip. Turns out, that wasn’t the only good news for local women who are looking to show their skills in the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Keep reading for more on that and the rest of the week’s startup news. Boston.com: Boston is second best city for female entrepreneurs in new report High fives all around. According to this year’s Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking, in just the past three years, the number of female founders has ramped up by 80 percent, and Boston is (almost) leading the way. Those ladies in Chicago got the jump on us with 30 percent of worldwide female founders (we had 29), but it’s OK, we can share the spotlight. Boston Business Journal: With Jibo and now Buddy, Boston is becoming a social-robot mecca (Video) Turns out robots are the hot new industry in town. Jibo was the first with a robot for the home, but now Blue Frog, a French company, is raising funding on Indiegogo. The four-year-old company has already raised $430,000 on the site and is in the middle of a $5 million series A round. Blue Frog designed Buddy to function much like an in-home personal assistant. However, the robot can also monitor the home while people are away and interact with members of the family. BostInno: Ecovent Ramps up Hiring for Debut of Room-By-Room Temperature System Ecovent, a Boston-based startup that designed a room-by-room smart HVAC zoning system, recently closed a $6.9 million series A round. The company celebrated by moving into a new office in Charlestown. Emerson Climate Technologies led the funding round, which followed more than $2 million in seed funding from TechStars Boston last October. Ecovent’s technology uses wireless sensor and vent systems to maintain desired room temperatures with the goal of reining in utility bills related to heating and cooling. BetaBoston: VisitDays, focused on college admissions process, moves to Cambridge after funding round VisitDays, which encourages better communication between colleges and universities and prospective students, recently raised $575,000 in funding. To celebrate the successful round, the company will relocate to Cambridge on Sept. 1 from its current office in Washington. EverTrue CEO Brent Grinna assembled the group of investors, which includes representatives from AngelList and GSV Advisors. VisitDays is a Web-based software designed to assist admissions officers in scheduling campus tours, following up with prospective students directly and identifying students who may be interested. What are your favorite Boston-based stories from week? Tell us what we missed.
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