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Canadian hormone tracking startup Eli raises $1.5m to reshape women's health
Published: 22-01-2021 | 14:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eli, a company enabling women to own their fertility and health decisions with a novel hormone tracking technology, announced its $1.5 million seed round co-led by Vectr Ventures and 2048 Ventures.


Analytics startup Quantifind secures $22m financing to accelerate market for automated financial crime and risk investigation
Published: 22-01-2021 | 14:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Quantifind, a provider of solutions that use data science to help automate financial crimes investigations announced a strategic growth funding round of $22 million.


Taiwanese startup VitalSigns debuts at CES 2021 with air quality monitoring IoT device
Published: 21-01-2021 | 11:03:31 | By: Pie Kamau
Following its previous successes in bio-signal monitors and connective health, VitalSigns Technology shifted gears and entered the IoT industry with its outstanding biosensor and physiological monitoring development capabilities.


Food and beverage analyst Bryan Hunt joins Relevance Ventures as Senior Investment Manager
Published: 21-01-2021 | 10:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Relevance Ventures, the Native American privately owned and operated venture capital firm, announced that Bryan Hunt, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), is joining the firm as a Senior Investment Manager.


Financial services startup Wimple closes seed round, hires development team for enhanced platform
Published: 21-01-2021 | 09:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wimple, (Wealth made Simple), a platform for retail investors and consumers to ask financial questions and connect with top financial professionals in their area, has raised a seed round from strategic investors.


Canadian financial-planning startup Planswell eyes global expansion with C-suite appointments
Published: 21-01-2021 | 09:38:34 | By: Pie Kamau
Planswell, the Toronto-based startup delivering free financial plans in about three minutes at Planswell.com, is preparing for expansion to Latin America and Asia by filling key executive positions.


Personio secures $125 million funding as it builds Europe’s top HR platform for SMEs
Published: 20-01-2021 | 12:44:13 | By: Bob Koigi
Personio, the all-in-one HR platform, has announced $125 million of new and preemptive Series D funding in an investment round that values the business at $1.7 billion.


University of Chicago’s Polsky Center launches tech accelerator programme for early-stage startups
Published: 20-01-2021 | 12:39:54 | By: Bob Koigi
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has launched the Compass, a first-of-its-kind deep tech accelerator program for early-stage startups.


Investcorp acquires SaaS based e-commerce solutions provider Unilog
Published: 20-01-2021 | 12:38:04 | By: Bob Koigi
Investcorp has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Unilog, a Software as a Service (SaaS) based e-commerce solutions provider to small and medium businesses based in the United States.


Innodem Neurosciences secures $6m Series A financing from Morningside Group
Published: 20-01-2021 | 11:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Innodem Neurosciences, a Montreal-based company, has closed a Series A financing round led by Morningside Ventures to support the development and commercialization of its proprietary, patented, digital biomarking technology of neurodegenerative diseases.


Arbol closes Series A raise, adds Mubadala Capital Ventures to its investment group
Published: 20-01-2021 | 10:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Insurtech platform Arbol Inc. announced it has closed its Series A fundraising round with commitments totaling nearly $7 million. Arbol's Series A round was oversubscribed and completed at a significant increase in valuation from its initial seed round.


TransUnion partners with South Africa's fintech startup Fincheck to improve access to finance for consumers
Published: 20-01-2021 | 08:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global information and insights company, TransUnion, has partnered with South Africa’s financial marketplace, Fincheck, to make credit application process easier and less frustrating for consumers.


Cybersecurity startup SecurityGate.io releases product update to help security leaders identify overlooked people, process risks
Published: 19-01-2021 | 14:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SecurityGate.io, a risk management SaaS (Software as a Service) for critical infrastructure cybersecurity, announced the release of their new PPT Insight.


VentureIsrael invests in Israeli startup QuantLR, developer of affordable quantum cryptography solution
Published: 19-01-2021 | 13:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
An Israeli deep tech fund VentureIsrael participated in QuantLR's investment round alongside equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, as well as Jerusalem's early-stage fund and incubator Labs/02.


Biotech startup Vera Therapeutics launches with $80m Series C financing to develop phase 2b novel biologic for kidney disease
Published: 19-01-2021 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vera Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for immunological and inflammatory diseases, announced its launch backed by $80 million Series C financing led by Abingworth LLP.


Ontario Brain Institute increases investment in Diamond Therapeutics startup to accelerate innovation in mental health
Published: 19-01-2021 | 12:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Emerging psychedelic drug development company Diamond Therapeutics has received new investment from the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), a not-for-profit organization that accelerates discovery and innovation, benefiting both patients and the economy.


The African youth powering a gaming revolution
Published: 19-01-2021 | 12:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
As esports dominate modern entertainment industry as a fast growing sport, Kenya and South Africa youth continue to dominate the world of competitive video gaming.


Canadian energy innovator e-Zinc raises $2.3m to accelerate commercialization of its breakthrough energy storage technology
Published: 18-01-2021 | 17:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
e-Zinc, a Toronto-based energy storage innovator, announced it has raised $2.3 million in a closed round led by BDC Capital's Cleantech Practice.


Tigo Energy raises $20m to bolster customer experience, fund market expansion
Published: 18-01-2021 | 17:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tigo Energy, the worldwide leader in Flex-MLPE (Module Level Power Electronics), announced a $20 million round of investment, led by Energy Growth Momentum.


Indian food and grocery e-commerce startup Jumbotail secures $14.2m Series B3 funding from VII Ventures
Published: 18-01-2021 | 16:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
India's food and grocery e-commerce and new retail platform Jumbotail secured a $14.2 million Series B3 funding from VII Ventures (Seven Ventures).


Kinyungu Ventures calls for changes to cut-and-paste VC strategy in Africa
Published: 18-01-2021 | 16:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
A new White Paper published by East African venture advisory firm Kinyungu Ventures shows there continues to be a wide misalignment between traditional venture capital models and the African market.


AI software startup Simporter raises $600K seed round, adds former Nielsen CEO to Board
Published: 18-01-2021 | 16:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Simporter, a SaaS startup that uses Artificial Intelligence to predict consumer demand for new products, closed a $600,000 seed round led by European accelerator Startup Wise Guys.


Kenya-based Boutique PR Agency African Elite Group feted at MEA Business Awards
Published: 18-01-2021 | 14:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Boutique PR agency, African Elite Group Ltd, headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya has been awarded an international award, at the 4th annual MEA (Middle East & Africa Markets) Business Awards 2020.


Rescale named to Y Combinator's top companies list
Published: 15-01-2021 | 12:00:25 | By: Pie Kamau
Rescale, the hybrid HPC cloud platform enabling intelligent computing for digital R&D, was named to Y Combinator's Top Companies list, reaffirming its position as a power player among startups.


Autonomous sweeper from Berlin startup approved for public road use in Singapore
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The autonomous compact sweeper "Donner", developed by a consortium led by ENWAY and Bucher Municipal, has passed the Land Transport Authority's approval test for autonomous vehicles for use on public roads.


Biotech startup AltPep raises $23m jumpstarting work on Alzheimer's disease
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AltPep Corporation, a privately held biomedical company focused on diagnosing and treating Central Nervous System amyloid disorders, starting with Alzheimer's Disease, announced it closed a $23.150 million Series A investment round.


sennder raises $160 million to accelerate digitization of European trucking
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:22:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Through its proprietary technology, sennder directly connects enterprise shippers with trucking companies, bringing greater transparency and efficiency to both carriers and shippers.


Fintech startup Bookkeeper360 raises $1m seed round to deliver SaaS business intelligence platform to small businesses
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bookkeeper360, a fintech company focused on accounting and advisory solutions for small businesses, announced $1 million in seed funding to support an increase in investor confidence for small business fintech solutions .


Minna Technologies raises €15.5 million to expand open banking tech to banks globally
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Subscription management software tool Minna Technologies has raised €15.5 million in Series B fundraising led by Element Ventures.


Picky Inc secures $1.3 million funding to advance authentic information sharing in the beauty industry
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Picky, Inc., a mobile-first content platform providing consumers with authentic information in the global beauty space, has announced the completion of a $1.3 million pre-seed funding.


Chevron invests in carbon capture and utilization startup Blue Planet
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:01:40 | By: Pie Kamau
Chevron Corporation announced a Series C investment in San Jose-based Blue Planet Systems Corporation (Blue Planet), a startup that manufactures and develops carbonate aggregates and carbon capture technology.


realme promises more products in 2021 as it cements Kenyan market share
Published: 14-01-2021 | 15:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Phone manufacturer realme is promising to grow its Kenyan foothold in 2021 through release of new products, riding on a successful 2020.


Laurence Innovation launches fund to invest in fourth industrial tech startups
Published: 14-01-2021 | 12:20:26 | By: Bob Koigi
Laurence Innovation, a new pre-seed investment fund with a focus on early-stage tech companies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) verticals, has announced the close of their Innovation Fund I pilot and opening of their Fund II rolling implementation.


CropIn raises $20 million funding to deepen machine learning application in agriculture
Published: 14-01-2021 | 12:14:49 | By: Bob Koigi
CropIn, a global artificial intelligence and data-led agri-tech organization empowering stakeholders to reimagine agriculture with data, has raised $20 million in a Series C funding.


Tech startup Drata raises $3.2m in seed funding, launches platform to automate SOC 2 Compliance
Published: 14-01-2021 | 11:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Drata, a next-gen compliance and security automation company, came out of stealth and announced $3.2 million in seed funding led by Cowboy Ventures and participation from Leaders Fund, and SV Angel.


Oncology healthtech startup OncoLens secures $7.25m Series A funding
Published: 14-01-2021 | 11:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OncoLens, a pioneer in tumor board and cancer treatment planning solutions, raised a $7.25 million Series A investment from BIP Capital, Martin Ventures, and SeedToB Capital.


US venture exit value achieved $290 billion in 2020 alongside record years for investment and fundraising activity, report
Published: 14-01-2021 | 11:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Though the past year had a lot of uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the US VC industry demonstrated its resilience and long-term mindset, achieving new records in total exit value, deal value and capital raised by VC funds.


Food-tech startup CookUnity secures $15.5m in Series A funding for expansion
Published: 14-01-2021 | 10:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CookUnity, the Brooklyn-based food-tech company that introduced the first direct Chef-to-Consumer meal subscription platform, announced the closing of a $15.5 million Series A investment round.


Plug and Play partners with MESS to create a mobility & IoT innovation hub in Istanbul, Turkey
Published: 14-01-2021 | 10:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global innovation platform for startups and corporations from Silicon Valley, Plug and Play, is partnering with Turkish Employers' Association of Metal Industries MESS, in launching its newest location in Istanbul, Turkey.


Capchase raises $60m in new funding, expands opportunity for early-stage SaaS startups to secure non-dilutive capital
Published: 14-01-2021 | 10:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Capchase, a Boston-based provider of non-dilutive capital for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, announced $60 million in additional funding, led by specialty finance firm i80 Group.


[Startup Interview] Tony Botha, Managing Director, carbonTRACK Africa, South Africa
Published: 14-01-2021 | 08:12:00 | By: Bob Koigi
carbonTRACK Africa is a South Africa technology startup that seeks to create a world where energy is consumed sustainably, shared fairly and empowers all people. The ultimate goal is establishing an energy ecosystem that will close the gap between energy supply and demand.


Delivery Hero launches venture capital fund to drive innovation in food delivery
Published: 13-01-2021 | 14:25:01 | By: Bob Koigi
Delivery Hero, the world’s delivery platform, has announced the launch of DX Ventures, an independently managed early-stage venture capital fund with a focus on investing in disruptive founder-led companies.


Ten biggest startup layoffs in 2020 hit 25,500, Uber leads with 30 per cent, report
Published: 13-01-2021 | 14:17:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that approximately 25,500 jobs have been lost in the top ten largest startup layoffs amid the pandemic. The layoffs were recorded between March 2020 and January 2021.


Digital mortgage-servicing startup Brace raises $15.7m in Series B funding
Published: 13-01-2021 | 13:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Brace, a digital mortgage-servicing platform, announced it raised an additional $15.7 million in Series B funding led by Canvas Ventures.


Novo Seeds' IO Biotech completes oversubscribed €127m Series B financing to accelerate clinical programs in oncology
Published: 13-01-2021 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Novo Seeds announced its portfolio company, IO Biotech, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel, immune-modulating anti-cancer therapies, raised €127 million in Series B financing.


Canadian tech startup 3D CityScapes to revolutionize real estate, property development industries
Published: 13-01-2021 | 12:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Canadian tech startup 3D CityScapes announced a breakthrough in its cloud streaming technology that allows their interactive visualization app to be available anywhere, on any device with internet connection.


Gut-health nutrition startup Muniq raises $8.2m Series A investment round
Published: 13-01-2021 | 12:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Muniq, the innovative consumer health and food-tech brand created by Marc Washington, founder and CEO of Uplifting Results Labs, announced the closing of a $8.2 million Series A investment round.


Egypt’s life science startup Nawah Scientific raises $1m round for market expansion
Published: 13-01-2021 | 08:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Egyptian life science startup Nawah Scientific announced the the closing a second pre-series A round of $1 million in mixed equity and debt capital, raising its total funding to $2 million.


Egyptian telemedicine startup Docspert Health secures funding round for geographical expansion
Published: 13-01-2021 | 08:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Docspert Health, a telemedicine startup with operations in the UK and Egypt, announced it has successfully closed Six-Figure USD investment in seed funding from Flat6Labs and a group of angel investors in the UK and USA.


Walmart announces creation of new fintech startup
Published: 12-01-2021 | 16:34:29 | By: Bob Koigi
Global retail corporation Walmart has announced the creation of a new fintech startup designed to develop and offer modern, innovative and affordable financial solutions.


Energy Robotics secures €2 million funding to advance mobile AI-based robotics solutions
Published: 12-01-2021 | 16:32:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Energy Robotics, a German-based developer of software solutions for mobile inspection robots, has received two million euros in seed funding.


Orange launches venture capital arm, allocates €350 million
Published: 12-01-2021 | 16:29:44 | By: Bob Koigi
Orange has announced that its venture capital arm, Orange Ventures has become a separate legal entity with an increased allocation of 350 million euros.


UK fintech startup Curve closes $95 million in equity as it plans US launch
Published: 12-01-2021 | 16:25:10 | By: Bob Koigi
Curve, the London-based fintech that combines multiple cards and accounts into one smart card and even smarter app, has secured $95 million from a group of international investors as part of a successful Series C round.


Neuros Medical raises $38.5m in Series BB funding for completion of pivotal clinical study for chronic post-amputation pain
Published: 12-01-2021 | 11:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Neuros Medical, a medical device company developing innovative high-frequency nerve block technology for patients with intractable post-amputation pain, announced the closing of Series BB financing totaling $38.5 million.


Genomics startup NuProbe closes $42m fundraising for expansion
Published: 12-01-2021 | 11:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NuProbe, a genomics and molecular diagnostics company specialized in ultrasensitive sequencing panels, announced the closing of its oversubscribed $42 million fundraising.


Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro goes global to find entrepreneurs set to unlock the smart connected world
Published: 12-01-2021 | 11:07:55 | By: Pie Kamau
Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro announced it has upped the stakes for its annual tech startup pitch-off competition, the Forward Thinker Award, doubling the first-place cash prize to $20,000.


India's Z3Partners announces first close of Tech & Digital Fund, invests in Cyfirma and DealShare startups
Published: 12-01-2021 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Z3Partners Tech Fund announced its First Close of $14 million and its investments in Cyfirma, a Cyber Threat Intelligence Software startup and DealShare, a Social Commerce-led online grocery startup.


Kenyan AI startup Gro Intelligence raises $85m in Series B funding
Published: 12-01-2021 | 09:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan AI-powered insights startup Gro Intelligence announced the raise of $85 million in Series B funding, co-led by Intel Capital, Africa Internet Ventures and the family offices of Ronald Lauder and Eric Zinterhofer.


Healthcare startup Noctrix Health completes $17m Series B financing
Published: 11-01-2021 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Noctrix Health, a private medical device company, announced it completed a Series B financing of $17 million, co-led by Treo Ventures and OrbiMed, with participation from LivaNova and other insiders.


Global law firm DLA Piper advises Atlanta-based startup SalesLoft on its $100m Series E financing
Published: 11-01-2021 | 15:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DLA Piper represented Atlanta-based startup SalesLoft in its recent $100 million Series E financing led by Owl Rock Capital, with participation from Insight Partners, HarbourVest, and Emergence.


[Startup Interview] Prof.Yakubu Makeri, Founder, ICYDT, Uganda
Published: 11-01-2021 | 14:41:00 | By: Bob Koigi
International Center for Youth Development on Technopreneurship, ICYDT, is a Uganda startup working on skills development and reduction of poverty among the youth using information technology. The institution’s founder Prof. Yakubu Makeri explains the startup’s business model and plans to launch an online university.


Italy responds to pandemic with 53 innovative startups at 2021 CES
Published: 11-01-2021 | 14:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Against the backdrop of the worst public health crisis in more than a century, the Italian Trade Agency will introduce a new generation of technology startups at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) All Digital from January 11 to 14.


UK next generation plastic start-up Xampla accelerates growth with £6 million seed investment
Published: 11-01-2021 | 14:36:00 | By: Bob Koigi
University of Cambridge spin-out Xampla has announced it has closed a £6.2m seed finance round, led by the backers of Zoom, to accelerate the roll-out of its next generation plastic replacement.


Ntuple launches Korea railroad ticketing system in Google Maps
Published: 11-01-2021 | 14:30:45 | By: Bob Koigi
Ntuple, a South Korean tech startup that focuses on backend technology has announced that it launched the Korea railroad ticketing service ‘ga-G’ in Google maps.


Hootsuite acquires digital customer engagement platform Sparkcentral
Published: 08-01-2021 | 10:13:46 | By: Bob Koigi
Hootsuite has announced its acquisition of Sparkcentral, a SaaS provider enabling the future of digital customer engagement.


[Column] Philani Sangweni: Qualities venture capitalists will look for in entrepreneurs in 2021
Published: 08-01-2021 | 09:39:06 | By: Bob Koigi
2020 was a difficult for everyone, but businesses faced an especially tough time. A few startups have, however, risen above the storm, managing to continue on their upward growth trajectory.


[Startup Interview] Ted Martynov, Founder and CEO, CARMA, Nigeria
Published: 08-01-2021 | 09:26:00 | By: Bob Koigi
CARMA is an African-based startup offering proprietary decentralized technology allowing lenders to get more value by accessing data on a real-time basis. While non-lending organizations can also monetize their data which will increase their number of lenders.


New Wave Foods completes $18m Series A financing to focus on plant based Shrimp and sustainable shellfish
Published: 08-01-2021 | 09:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
New Wave Foods announced the completion of $18 million Series A round of financing, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) along with Evolution VC Partners, as well as other new and existing investors.


Aspen RxHealth raises $23m Series B funding round
Published: 08-01-2021 | 09:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Aspen RxHealth, whose first of its kind clinical pharmacy model developed by pharmacists for pharmacists delivers value for health plans and risk-bearing providers, announced the closure of a $23 million Series B funding round.


Veterinary telemedicine startup Hello Ralphie closes $1m seed round
Published: 08-01-2021 | 08:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hello Ralphie, the veterinary telemedicine startup, announced the closing of its $1 million seed round of funding through primary investments from HearstLab and WPMC Fund.


Peels Citrus CBD startup secures $4m Investment from KarpReilly
Published: 08-01-2021 | 08:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CBD startup Citrus CBD Industries (Peels), launched the first nationwide CBD brand made from oranges led by Founder & CEO Chris Hetherington.


Digital media startup Outsider Media Network secures $2.75m Series A financing round
Published: 07-01-2021 | 12:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Outsider Media Network, a digital media and publishing company founded in August 2020, announced the closure of a $2.75 million Series A funding round led by early-stage venture investor, Stuart McWhorter.


UK biotech startup Theolytics raises £5m Series A round to advance viral cancer therapies
Published: 07-01-2021 | 12:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Theolytics, a UK biotech harnessing viruses to combat cancer, announced the closing of £5 million Series A round, co-led by Epidarex Capital and Taiho Ventures LLC with participation from existing investor, Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI).


InsurTech NY announces global Early-Stage InsurTech Competition 2021
Published: 07-01-2021 | 11:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
InsurTech NY has opened the application window for its annual 2021 InsurTech Early-Stage Competition, to award $200,000 in prizes to three winning teams. Startups will compete for the title of the company with the most commercial potential.


Female-founded tech startup Kanarys secures $3m seed round
Published: 07-01-2021 | 11:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kanarys, first Black and female-founded DEI technology company that gathers specific, actionable insights to help diagnose, prioritize, and optimize DEI efforts in the workplace, announced the closing of its $3 million seed round.


Taiwanese startup A.V. Mapping solves copyright battles for creators
Published: 07-01-2021 | 11:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
First time CES exhibitor A.V. Mapping, which was selected by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) as one of the 100 featured Taiwanese startups being showcased at CES 2021, is promoting its patented AI platform as a solution to the problem of copyright infringement.


Paradox acquires Israeli Chatbot Spetz.io to expand global client service capabilities
Published: 07-01-2021 | 09:23:47 | By: Bob Koigi
Paradox has acquired Spetz.io, an Israeli startup helping clients like EY and Sodastream modernize candidate communications.


Allobee secures funding to grow women-led tech platform for small businesses and startups
Published: 07-01-2021 | 09:18:52 | By: Bob Koigi
Allobee, a managed marketplace for small businesses and startups, has announced that it has secured $500K in a funding round led by Stargazer Ventures and a network of angel investors to further support the company's rapid growth.


Omnivor raises $2.75 million funding to deliver volumetric video solutions for retail and communications
Published: 07-01-2021 | 09:15:39 | By: Bob Koigi
Omnivor, a US based pioneer of 3D holographic content, has announced it has closed a $2.75 million Series Seed funding round led by Sway Ventures.


Chinese iQIYI's VR startup completes Series B funding to drive innovation, expand content ecosystem
Published: 06-01-2021 | 13:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
iQIYI Inc., an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, announced it has recently completed a multi-hundred million RMB Series B funding round for its virtual reality (VR) division iQIYI Intelligent.


New York-based social media startup Tsū exceeds $10m capital raise, announces new appointments
Published: 06-01-2021 | 13:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tsū Inc., the "Social That Pays," announced it has significantly expanded its executive team following a successful first year of growth, fundraising, and product development.


Novo Seeds portfolio company CorWave raises €35m for breakthrough heart pump
Published: 06-01-2021 | 12:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Novo Seeds, the early stage investment and company creation team of Novo Holdings, announced its portfolio company CorWave, raised € 35 million in a Series C financing.


Dallas startup mindzie secures $2.3m in seed round for expansion
Published: 06-01-2021 | 12:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dallas startup mindzie, provider of business process optimization software, announced its Seed Capital raise of $2.3 million, to support the company's growth ambitions, the further development of its software platform the mindzie studio.


BrandBase launches Jungle Cup; first plastic-free, home compostable disposable cup
Published: 06-01-2021 | 07:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Jungle Cup is the world’s first plastic-free disposable coffee cup that biodegrades in 12 weeks without industrial processing, introduced by BrandBase.


CerraCap Ventures invests in biopharma AI startup Totient
Published: 05-01-2021 | 14:48:32 | By: Pie Kamau
CerraCap Ventures announced its third health-tech investment in Totient, an artificial intelligence-driven drug discovery platform that identifies and harnesses human-derived antibodies from individuals with exceptional immune responses.


Biotech startup Indee Labs announces successful early access program launch
Published: 05-01-2021 | 14:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Indee Labs announced the addition of three of the largest pharmaceutical companies, multiple biotechnology companies as well as Stanford's Cell Therapy Clinic and Moffitt Cancer Center, to participate in its Early Access Program.


[Startup Interview] Deon de Swardt, Co-Founder, Africa People Advisory Group, South Africa
Published: 05-01-2021 | 10:46:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Africa People Advisory Group is a South Africa Human Resource Advisory firm whose primary focus is to deliver consulting and product solutions to organizations operating in and across the African continent. The firm’s Co-founder Deon de Swardt explains the company’s business model and plans.


[Startup Interview] Daniel Gatura, CEO, Ace Mobility, Kenya
Published: 05-01-2021 | 10:44:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Daniel Gatura is the CEO and founder of Ace Mobility, a Kenya-based startup that is focused on improving the public transport by addressing mobility challenges of the vulnerable with a focus on the differently abled, women and elderly. Daniel elaborates.


US job marketplace startup Ajuma Technologies set to launch in West Africa
Published: 05-01-2021 | 10:43:00 | By: Bob Koigi
American and Ghana tech startup Ajuma Technologies, Ltd. has announced their plans to launch in early 2021.


Southeast Asia logistics startup Zeek secures $10 million financing for expansion
Published: 04-01-2021 | 13:35:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Zeek, the Southeast Asia-focused logistics technology startup, announced has secured approximately $10 million in Series Pre-A financing from regional strategic investors and investment funds.


Video template platform Biteable raises $7 million funding to grow global customer base
Published: 04-01-2021 | 13:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Biteable, an online video builder has raised $7 million in venture funding led by Cloud Apps Capital Partners.


realme reaches a record 50 million global shipments
Published: 31-12-2020 | 08:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
As phone maker realme continues to break record by being among the few brands to have unveiled six new smartphones and AIot products in the Kenyan markets within four months, Kenyans consumers have responded with an appetite for the novel products.


Storyboard secures $4.5 million financing to bring consumer podcast boom to the enterprise
Published: 23-12-2020 | 13:38:09 | By: Bob Koigi
Storyboard, the enterprise podcast and audio platform, has announced the closing of $4.5 million in seed funding led by CRV.


On demand delivery provider GoFor raises $20 Million funding for expansion into the U.S
Published: 23-12-2020 | 13:31:54 | By: Bob Koigi
GoFor Industries, a provider in last-mile, on-demand and same-day delivery startup says it has closed a $20 million (CAD) Series A growth investment to continue its ongoing expansion into the U.S.


Edtech startup Sketchy announces Andrew Sugerman as President
Published: 22-12-2020 | 13:44:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Sketchy, an online education company that teaches complex concepts through visual memory techniques has named seasoned media executive, Andrew Sugerman, as President.


US startup Topl builds blockchain for Environmental, Social and Governance Global initiatives
Published: 22-12-2020 | 13:40:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Topl, the blockchain ecosystem built to prove a company’s ethical and sustainable practices, has announced the closing of $3 million in seed funding led by Mercury Fund.


Hunters receives growth funding from Snowflake Ventures for its Open XDR platform
Published: 22-12-2020 | 13:36:38 | By: Bob Koigi
Tech startup Hunters has announced that Snowflake Ventures has joined Hunters’ Series A investors alongside Okta and Microsoft M12 venture arm, further endorsing Hunters as a leading startup in Open XDR, Extended Detection & Response.


FemTech startup OCON Healthcare completes funding, appoints Anula Jayasuriya as Chairwoman
Published: 22-12-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OCON Healthcare announced it has completed a USA-focused funding round led by Rhia Ventures, to bring its IUB Ballerine contraceptive and IUB SEAD point-of-care therapy for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB), to the US market.


Fashion tech startup uSizy helps UK retailers brace for record sales of £28 billion this Christmas
Published: 22-12-2020 | 12:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
In the wake of recent retail closures across the UK, fashion technology startups are delivering much-needed innovation to help merchants maximise online sales and optimise unprecedented digital demand this Christmas.


realme 7i novel photo and video features excites Kenyan customers
Published: 22-12-2020 | 12:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
With a range of remarkably beautiful specifications, the realme 7i allows one to shoot the world from multiple perspectives with its 64MP AI quad-camera.


Heathtech startup Blueprint secures $3.4m to empower mental health clinicians provide data-driven patient care
Published: 18-12-2020 | 12:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Blueprint, the software company helping mental health clinicians deliver more effective, efficient, and personalized results through measurement-based care, announced a $3.4 million seed round led by Bonfire Ventures.


AI video game wagering startup PLLAY launches MicroVentures campaign, builds on $3m seed round
Published: 18-12-2020 | 12:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PLLAY, a skill-based video game wagering platform, officially launched a campaign on MicroVentures, an equity-based crowdfunding website, opening an investment opportunity to the public.


SnapAP secures new equity investment financing led by Israel-based angel group
Published: 18-12-2020 | 11:56:45 | By: Pie Kamau
Snap Accounts Payable Corporation announced it has completed the first stages of a planned $2 million Seed Stage round of financing being led by a group of angel investors all located in Israel.


Social impact startup Deed announces $2m fundraise, launch of SaaS technology for brands
Published: 18-12-2020 | 11:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Social impact platform Deed announced a $2 million seed round and the launch of its SaaS technology for brands. Launch partners include Stripe and Sweetgreen, among other trailblazing and legacy companies.


Singapore-based blockchain startup AnRKey X lists native token $ANRX on Bithumb Global and Uniswap
Published: 18-12-2020 | 11:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Singapore-based blockchain startup, AnRKey X, announced that $ANRX will be listed on both Bithumb Global and Uniswap.


Indie beauty startup Green Bee Botanicals wins Best Serum in international clean beauty awards
Published: 17-12-2020 | 16:21:20 | By: Pie Kamau
San Francisco-based indie cannabis beauty startup Green Bee Botanicals won 'Best Serum' for its CBD-rich Perfecting Serum in the 2020 Dirty Thinkers' Choice Awards.


Plug and Play partners with SEDA to establish first-mile innovation hub in Savannah, GA
Published: 17-12-2020 | 16:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play, the Silicon Valley based venture capital firm and corporate innovation platform, announced its partnership with the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) to establish a First-Mile Logistics innovation hub in Savannah, GA.


GSVlabs rebrands to OneValley to help startup communities pivot online
Published: 17-12-2020 | 15:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GSVlabs has rebranded as OneValley following the unprecedented growth of Passport, its online platform that expands access to the resources and connections traditionally found in Silicon Valley to innovators anywhere in the world.


Biotech startup TurtleTree Labs raises $6.2m in Pre-A funding round
Published: 17-12-2020 | 15:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TurtleTree Labs, a biotech company pioneering the method to produce milk using cell-based technology, announced the close of an oversubscribed $6.2 million Pre-A funding round from new and existing global investors.


Australian AI startup HIVERY partners with JR East Water Business to optimize vending machines in Japan
Published: 16-12-2020 | 15:52:24 | By: Pie Kamau
Retail AI pioneer, HIVERY and JR East Water Business, have agreed to rollout HIVERY Enhance, an AI-driven vending machine optimization solution, to 6,000 vending machines across East Japan Railway's train stations.


54gene, Kobo360, myFanPark, Sokowatch among 12 startups to win AppsAfrica Awards 2020
Published: 16-12-2020 | 15:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
54gene, Kobo360, myFanPark and Sokowatch have been named among the 12 winners of AppsAfrica Awards 2020. The awards celebrates the best startups in mobile and tech from across Africa.


Minnesota-based healthtech startup Ōmcare raises $2.5m for commercialization
Published: 16-12-2020 | 14:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ōmcare, a Minnesota-based digital health company, announced a $2.5 million investment along with future follow-on investments for its Ōmcare Home Health Hub commercialization.


[Startup Interview]  Julien Morin, CEO, Wiboot, France
Published: 16-12-2020 | 10:07:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Wiboot is a French-based startup that combines IOT and AI different stacks in a single integrated platform, allowing professionals to create rapidly their application and maximize their return on investment.


South Africa agritech startup Aerobotics raises funds for global expansion
Published: 16-12-2020 | 09:05:40 | By: Bob Koigi
FMO and Cathay AfricInvest Innovation have invested in Aerobotics, a South African AgriTech startup developing intelligent tools to the feed the world.


African startup StarNews Mobile secures first funding from Investisseurs & Partenaires
Published: 15-12-2020 | 14:34:32 | By: Pie Kamau
African startup StarNews Mobile, specialized in the field of mobile video, achieved its first fundraising with Investisseurs & Partenaires, a pioneering impact investing group dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Helios partners with BIM to invest in BIM’s Moroccan business
Published: 15-12-2020 | 11:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Helios Investment Partners, Africa-focused private investment firm, announced a partnership with BİM BİRLEŞİK MAĞAZALAR (BIM), discount grocery retailer in Turkey listed on the Borsa İstanbul, to invest in BIM’s Moroccan business.


Healthtech startup Ilara Health raises $3.75m to provide life-saving diagnostics across sub-Saharan Africa
Published: 15-12-2020 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ilara Health, a healthtech startup focused on bringing essential, affordable and life-saving diagnostics to African consumers, raised $3.75 million in Series A funding to expand its diagnostic reach across the continent.


[Startup Interview] James Adebisi, Founder, Xpora Academy, Nigeria
Published: 15-12-2020 | 09:41:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Xpora Academy is a Nigeria-based e-learning platform that equips the youth with in-demand digital skills relevant to the present and future of work.


HexGn, AFRIEF launch startup program to accelerate African youth careers
Published: 15-12-2020 | 08:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HexGn, a consulting firm known for fast-tracking entrepreneurship and upcoming technologies globally, has joined hands with the Africa Islamic Economic Foundation (AFRIEF), to launch its flagship startup program, HexGn Startup Explore, in Africa.


InfraCredit secures $27m investment to unlock infrastructure finance in Nigeria
Published: 14-12-2020 | 16:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
InfraCredit, a specialised local currency infrastructure credit guarantee institution, announced the completion of $27 million equity investment from InfraCo Africa.


Smart video interview startup raises $5m to bring recruitment process into the video age
Published: 14-12-2020 | 16:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
myInterview, a smart video interview platform prioritizing personality in the hiring process, announced a $5 million Seed round led by Aleph, with participation from previous investors Entrée Capital and SeedIL Ventures.


Danish legaltech startup Contractbook raises $9.4m to accelerate data-driven document automation
Published: 14-12-2020 | 16:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Contractbook, a legal tech automation company based in Copenhagen, Denmark, announced it has closed on a $9.4 million Series A investment round, led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from existing investors.


New York-based proptech startup Stuf raises $1.8m to reimagine self-storage for modern users
Published: 14-12-2020 | 15:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Self-storage startup Stuf raised $1.8 million in seed funding led by Wilshire Lane Partners and Harlem Capital, to accelerate company's first mover advantage in monetizing underutilized real estate.


Exceed.ai raises $4m for AI assistant to automatically qualify marketing leads
Published: 11-12-2020 | 15:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Exceed.ai has raised $4 million in funding for its AI-powered assistant that helps companies scale their marketing and sales operations by automatically qualifying leads through email, webchat, and SMS.


Cybersecurity startup Kapalya closes seed funding round to further enhance its Encryption Management Platform
Published: 11-12-2020 | 15:07:15 | By: Pie Kamau
Kapalya, an enterprise grade cybersecurity startup, closed seed funding round led by Caltrop Holdings, a global holdings company, headquartered in Irvine, California, USA.


Canadian City MOGULS launches online startup pitch competition
Published: 11-12-2020 | 14:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Toronto-based City MOGULS lauched Moguls in The Making, an opportunity for startups to pitch their business in front of a panel of expert judges and live audience on December 16, 2020.


Plug and Play launches new office in Chicago, Illinois
Published: 11-12-2020 | 13:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global innovation platform, Plug and Play, announced its newest location in Chicago, Illinois, to focus on connecting startups, corporations, and investors working on innovating the food and beverage industry.


Remote work startup Turing.com announces $32m Series B financing
Published: 11-12-2020 | 13:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Turing.com, an automated platform that lets companies hire Silicon Valley caliber remote developers at the touch of a button, announced a $32-million Series B funding round led by $3.3-billion fund WestBridge Capital.


Industrial AI solutions startup MakinaRocks joins NVIDIA Inception
Published: 11-12-2020 | 12:42:40 | By: Pie Kamau
MakinaRocks, a startup based in Seoul and Silicon Valley, specializes in the emerging field of industrial AI software with a primary focus on anomaly detection and intelligent control technology.


2112 announces Comcast Business startup studio to support small business in Chicago
Published: 09-12-2020 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
2112 has partnered with Comcast Business on the development of a Startup Studio, with additional support provided by Shure, Wintrust, Hughes Foundation, and Karp Designs.


Mobility technology startup Ettifos unveils world's first SDR-based 5G NR V2X solution
Published: 09-12-2020 | 15:38:44 | By: Pie Kamau
Ettifos, a U.S.-based connected mobility technology startup, released the world's first software-based 5G NR V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything). Ettifos' technology eclipses that of Qualcomm, the world's largest communication chipset company, by about one year.


AgTech startup SeeTree raises $30 million funding to expand into new crops
Published: 09-12-2020 | 11:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
SeeTree, an AI-powered, end-to-end service that provides growers with intelligence on trees and tree clusters, has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by the International Finance Corporation


Esri acquires Zibumi to enhance 3d visualization capabilities
Published: 09-12-2020 | 11:06:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Esri, the global player in location intelligence, has acquired Zibumi Yazılım Bilişim Tasarım Arge Sanayi Ticaret S.A. a software development company headquartered in Turkey.


Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360, IFC invite for innovative cooling solution projects in Nigeria
Published: 09-12-2020 | 08:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with Kobo360, an African digital logistics platform, announced an open call for innovators from around the world to bring climate-smart, temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) cooling solutions to Nigeria.


Cross-platform Mod and UGС service mod.io raises $4m led by Makers Fund and Sequoia's Surge
Published: 08-12-2020 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Makers Fund, a global venture capital fund specializing in interactive entertainment, announced a $4 million seed round for mod.io, a cross-platform UGC and modding service based in Melbourne, Australia.


Canadian medtech startup Kenota Health raises $11m to bring point-of-care allergy testing to healthcare clinics
Published: 08-12-2020 | 13:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenota Health, an innovative medical technology company based in Canada, has raised $11 million in funding with the aim of providing rapid and reliable allergy testing for physicians to test and treat more patients within a single clinic visit.


Healthcare startup Centivo raises $34m to help employers deliver affordable, high-quality healthcare to their employees
Published: 08-12-2020 | 13:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Centivo, a new type of digital health plan that is built to save 15% or more compared with traditional insurance carriers and is easy to use for employers and employees, announced it has raised $34 million in Series B funding.


Cybersecurity startup Intezer launches community edition of Intezer Protect
Published: 08-12-2020 | 12:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cybersecurity startup, Intezer, launched the free community edition of Intezer Protect, a runtime Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP).


Nili Capital Partners acquires fresh produce packaging startup StePac
Published: 08-12-2020 | 11:08:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Fresh produce packaging specialists StePac L.A., Ltd. has been acquired by Nili Capital Partners, an Israeli private equity fund.


Trint raises £5 million to build StoryTech, a new software category
Published: 08-12-2020 | 11:05:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Trint, a UK speech-to-text platform for content creation, has announced the close of its Series A Acceleration round with an investment of £5 million.


South Korean blockchain e-contract startup FirmaChain announces partnership with DTT Alliance
Published: 07-12-2020 | 19:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South Korea based FirmaChain, a blockchain-based global electronic contract platform, announced it has joined the DTT Alliance (Decentralized Trusted Timestamping Alliance).


Cincinnati-based startup Pay Theory launches new purpose-built payment solution for education
Published: 07-12-2020 | 19:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pay Theory, a Cincinnati-based startup, launched a new payment processing platform with the mission of making school fees and payments straightforward for all involved parties: families, educators, and administrators.


Nigerian Fintech startup CredPal raises $1.5m funding round
Published: 07-12-2020 | 19:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian consumer credit startup CredPal raised a $1.5million funding round, as the startup prepares to launch its credit cards for consumers in Nigeria.


South African tech startup LetMeIn.to raises R2.2m to scale its visitor and access management platform
Published: 07-12-2020 | 19:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African tech startup LetMeIn.to raised R2.2 million in funding from an undisclosed impact investor to scale up and expand its visitor and access management platform.


Climatetrade announces partnership with Algorand and Investment from Borderless Capital
Published: 04-12-2020 | 14:08:23 | By: Pie Kamau
Climatetrade, a blockchain-marketplace for CO2 carbon offsetting, announced it will leverage the Algorand, a scalable, secure and decentralized digital blockchain technology network to bring its technology to the next level.


Scale Venture Partners announces close of new $600m fund
Published: 04-12-2020 | 13:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Scale Venture Partners announced it has closed Scale Venture Partners Fund VII with $600 million in committed capital.


Cinch Home Services partners with insurance technology startup GloveBox to simplify home management
Published: 04-12-2020 | 13:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cinch Home Services (Cinch), provider of home service solutions, has partnered with GloveBox, an insurance technology that allows policyholders to manage all of their insurance in a single, centralized digital platform.


AI-powered home maintenance startup Dobby secures $1.7m in seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 04-12-2020 | 13:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dobby, an AI-powered home maintenance platform announced its seed capital raise of $1.7 million, to strengthen the company's growth initiatives.


South African startup myFanPark merges with Starsona to create a global celebrity engagement platform
Published: 04-12-2020 | 11:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African startup myFanPark has announced its merger with Silicon Valley-based celebrity engagement platform Starsona.


[Startup Interview] Marcin Kierdelewicz, Founder, Biami.io, UK
Published: 04-12-2020 | 08:21:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Biami.io is a London tech startup that uses its own intelligent automation software framework to help customers build business process-driven software, platforms and robots to run their business processes at scale. The startup’s founder Marcin Kierdelewicz elaborates.


Datawords, French startup FACIL'iti join forces to promote digital inclusion
Published: 03-12-2020 | 15:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Datawords Group, a global leader in multicultural technologies, announced the launch of a partnership with FACIL'iti, a French startup offering digital inclusion solution capable of adapting the display of a website to the needs of each internet user.


Mexican gig worker startup Heru raises $1.7m in seed financing
Published: 03-12-2020 | 15:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Heru, a new startup that provides the first comprehensive digital worker service platform in Mexico, announced it has raised a $1.7 million pre-seed venture financing.


Tech startup Fylamynt launches with $6.5m seed to automate cloud workflows
Published: 03-12-2020 | 14:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fylamynt, a cloud automation platform, announced its launch with $6.5 million in seed funding led by Gradient Ventures, Google's AI-focused fund, with additional investment from Mango Capital and Point72 Ventures.


Plug and Play Japan selects 103 startups for its Winter/Spring 2021 Batch accelerator program
Published: 03-12-2020 | 14:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play Japan has selected 103 startups in IoT, Fintech, Insurtech, Mobility, Brand & Retail, Hardtech & Health, and newly launched vertical, Smart Cities, for the Winter/Spring 2021 Batch accelerator program.


Dot Investing launches online forum for individuals keen on alternative asset funds
Published: 03-12-2020 | 13:51:26 | By: Bob Koigi
Dot Investing, a fintech startup based in London, has launched an online investment platform that allows individual investors to invest in top private and alternative asset funds.


Iron Pillar invests $4 million in cloud governance startup CoreStack
Published: 03-12-2020 | 13:48:26 | By: Bob Koigi
Iron Pillar, a venture growth investor backing companies built from India, has announced a $4 million investment in CoreStack, a cloud governance and compliance SaaS startup based in Seattle with development in Chennai.


OurCrowd partners with VC firm UnderRock Investments to support startups
Published: 03-12-2020 | 13:45:21 | By: Bob Koigi
OurCrowd, the world’s largest global venture investing platform, has announced an expansion of its Iberian operations through a partnership with Portuguese venture capital firm UnderRock Investments.


TechnoServe forum to point micro retailers to sustainable digital solutions
Published: 03-12-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
International nonprofit economic development organization TechnoServe is partnering with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), to host the 4th Virtual Micro Retail Stakeholder Forum.


Cloud-based startup Segmed raises $2m to advance dataset sharing for medical AI
Published: 02-12-2020 | 15:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Segmed, a cloud-based platform that curates medical data by anonymizing, standardizing and labeling, to accelerate innovation in healthcare, closed $2 million dollars in seed funding led by Blumberg Capital.


Plant-based activewear startup TVAAG launches on Kickstarter
Published: 02-12-2020 | 15:03:49 | By: Pie Kamau
Plant-based activewear startup TVAAG announced its launch on on Kickstarter. Founded in P.E.I in 2020, TVAAG uses a combination of Indian traditional textile manufacturing principles and modern fabric technology in sustainable fashion.


AirDeck raises $3.4m to transform communication, add voice and video narration to documents and presentations online
Published: 02-12-2020 | 14:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AirDeck, Inc., an online platform that helps users create narrated presentations and documents for on-demand viewing, has raised $3.4 million in venture capital funding.


Atento's innovation hub launches startup accelerator program and open innovation platform in the U.S
Published: 02-12-2020 | 14:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Atento, the largest customer relationship management and business process outsourcing services provider in Latin America, and among the top five companies globally, announced the launch of two programs within the Company's Innovation Hub.


[Startup Interview] Alexander Hotz, Co-Founder, Talenter, Germany
Published: 02-12-2020 | 11:56:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Talenter is a fully tradable crypto currency that offers people access to any type of service and course globally, from low-specialized jobs like lawn mowing or dishwashing to highly qualified services like translation or wood carving.


Toyoda Gosei Invests in Tohoku University startup Ball Wave
Published: 01-12-2020 | 13:47:49 | By: Bob Koigi
Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. has invested in Ball Wave Inc., a startup from Tohoku University that develops practical applications of ball SAW sensors.


Flagship summit to support growth of digital agriculture start-ups in Africa
Published: 01-12-2020 | 13:44:11 | By: Bob Koigi
African entrepreneurs in digital agriculture will have new opportunities to secure support and investment as the African Green Revolution Forum takes on the AgriHack Talent project.


Rabo Frontier Ventures partners with Seedcamp to invest in pre-seed and seed stage companies
Published: 01-12-2020 | 13:39:37 | By: Bob Koigi
Rabo Frontier Ventures has entered into a partnership with Europe’s pre-seed and seed stage Venture Capital firm Seedcamp through a commitment to their fifth (V) fund.


Video game wagering startup PLLAY secures $3m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 01-12-2020 | 12:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PLLAY, a skill-based video game wagering platform, has closed a $3 million seed funding round led by Screen Play Ventures.


Pet supply startup Petpal raises capital via equity crowdfunding to expand e-Commerce operations in India
Published: 01-12-2020 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pet supply startup Petpal has developed a one-stop platform for pet owners to get the food, medicine, and accessories they need to keep their pets happy and healthy.


Innovative startup Sell&Buy USA launches online marketplace exclusively for American-made products
Published: 01-12-2020 | 12:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Innovative startup Sell&Buy USA has launched an online marketplace exclusively for American-made products, co-founded by tech entrepreneurs Kiché Rubalcava and Mariam Bulin-Diarra.


Dutch cyber security startup EclecticIQ raises €20m Series C funding for expansion
Published: 01-12-2020 | 11:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EclecticIQ, a global threat intelligence, hunting and response technology provider, has raised €20 million in Series C financing, led by Ace Management, Europe's leading cyber growth investor.


Community app Malaeb joins MENA's sportstech accelerator, Vooora
Published: 01-12-2020 | 07:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vooora Ventures, the first SportsTech Accelerator in MENA, powered by Kooora.com, the digital sports platform in the Arab World, signed an acceleration partnership agreement with Malaeb, a community app that connects people through sports.


[Column] Patrick Ndegwa: Celebrating startups and digital businesses that are uplifting African communities
Published: 30-11-2020 | 15:39:17 | By: Pie Kamau
The digital economy has opened up many opportunities for global businesses. Large enterprises and small businesses have seen increased profits and enhanced productivity due to digital innovation.


Biometrics startup Levels raises $12m seed round to mainstream Biowearables, improve metabolic health
Published: 30-11-2020 | 15:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Levels, the first biowearable system to provide real-time feedback on how your diet impacts your health announced a $12 million seed round led by a16z, one of Silicon Valley's top venture capital firms.


New manufacturing startup JTEC Energy announces the close of its initial seed round
Published: 30-11-2020 | 14:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
New manufacturing startup JTEC Energy announced it closed on an initial seed fundraising round, to hire additional scientists and engineers in order to accelerate the development of the the company.


CerraCap Ventures, Exfinity Venture Partners join forces for new growth
Published: 30-11-2020 | 13:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CerraCap Ventures and Exfinity Venture Partners announced their global strategic partnership integrating CerraCap's unique Sales & Scale model with Exfinity's stated vision helping develop global enterprise startups leveraging the Indo-US corridor.


25 African tech startups qualify for Seedstars regional competition
Published: 30-11-2020 | 13:27:39 | By: Pie Kamau
25 African tech startups have qualified for the Seedstars World Competition 2020. The startups are among the 94 from emerging markets that were selected to advance to the regional stage of the competition.


South Korean AI startup lululab secures Series B funding led by Netmarble
Published: 30-11-2020 | 13:18:39 | By: Pie Kamau
AI startup lululab, a member company of Born2Global Centre, has successfully attracted Series B funding from Netmarble, Korea's leading game developer, as well as from other companies.


London software startup Wazoku partners with Schumpit to drive innovation in Spain and Portugal
Published: 26-11-2020 | 13:58:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Idea management software and services firm Wazoku is partnering with innovation consultancy Schumpit, extending Wazoku’s recent international expansion into Spain, Catalonia and Portugal.


Zimbabwe startup Phenomenon Technologies partners with MEL Science for applied learning solutions in Africa
Published: 26-11-2020 | 13:53:09 | By: Bob Koigi
Zimbabwean startup Phenomenon Technologies has partnered with global science kits giant MEL Science in a strategic move meant to enable applied science learning in Zimbabwe and Africa.


UK Government selects London startup Kooling to receive sustainable innovation fund
Published: 26-11-2020 | 13:43:58 | By: Bob Koigi
Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency has awarded London based startup Kooling a share of its £191 million Sustainable Innovation Fund.


South Korean startup Autonomous a2z raises $1.9m for autonomous driving solution
Published: 26-11-2020 | 11:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Autonomous a2z, a member company of Born2Global Centre and Sejong Technopark, received a seed investment of $1.9 million from angel investments by individuals and partner corporations.


Tech startup Nestlings raises $1.5m to help international students through college application process
Published: 26-11-2020 | 10:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nestlings, an online portal that guides international students through the process of applying to colleges in the US, Canada, and the UK, has raised $1.5 million in a Seed Round of funding from Candid Ventures.


SEED SPOT wins $300k EDA grant in partnership with Canyon Angels
Published: 26-11-2020 | 10:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SEED SPOT and Canyon Angels will train 180 angels to grow the robust investing community in Arizona and create more access to early-stage funding for entrepreneurs with a focus on EdTech, MedTech, and CleanTech.


Genomic medicines startup Metagenomi closes $65m led by Leaps by Bayer and Humboldt Fund
Published: 26-11-2020 | 10:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Metagenomi, a next generation gene editing company launched by UC Berkeley scientists in 2018, successfully completed a $65 million Series A financing round and emerged from stealth mode.


ITIDA, AUC Venture Lab kick off Startup Launchpad to enrich Egyptian entrepreneurship ecosystem
Published: 25-11-2020 | 16:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ITIDA (IT Industry Development Agency) and AUC Venture Lab announced their collaboration on Startup Launchpad, a capacity-building program that empowers entrepreneurs as they launch their technology startups.


Nigerian mobility startup Plentywaka expands car-hailing service in Delta State
Published: 25-11-2020 | 15:52:20 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian mobility startup Plentywaka, announced the launch of a new car-hailing service, Wakacab in Asaba and Warri Delta State, borne out of the need to expand and improve on the limited transport links in southern Nigeria.


Life science startup Correlia Biosystems closes $7m Series A to enable product launch
Published: 25-11-2020 | 15:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Correlia Biosystems, a Berkeley, CA based life science startup, announced it has closed a $7 million Series A financing round with select global investors.


Early-stage venture firm MGV Capital announces initial closing of its new Capital Fund
Published: 25-11-2020 | 15:09:42 | By: Pie Kamau
Early-stage venture capital firm, MGV Capital Group, announced it has held an initial closing of its new fund, MGV Capital Fund, to invest in early stage software technology companies.


Equinix invests $55m to build its third data center in Osaka, Japan
Published: 25-11-2020 | 14:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Equinix, the world's digital infrastructure company, announced an initial investment of $55 million to build its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Osaka, Japan.


Kilimall targets Kenyan smartphone customers with discounts on realme brands
Published: 25-11-2020 | 13:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenya’s online shopping platform Kilimall has announced the flash sale of three flagship realme smartphones on Friday 27 November 2020 as part of Black Friday.


Contour Venture Partners closes oversubscribed $82m fourth seed fund
Published: 24-11-2020 | 13:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Contour Venture Partners, a New York City based seed stage venture capital firm, announced the closing of Contour Venture Partners IV with $82 million of capital commitments, exceeding its target of $75 million.


Food & beverage e-commerce startup Feast & Fettle raises $1.2m to expand into Massachusetts and Connecticut
Published: 24-11-2020 | 13:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Feast & Fettle, a premium, fully-prepared meal delivery service based out of Rhode Island, announced the closing of a $1.2 million Seed round led by Salem Capital Management.


Singapore-based Plano wins world's most innovative healthtech startup
Published: 24-11-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Up against 64 global healthtech startups, Plano has emerged as the winner of Galen Growth's World's Most Innovative Healthtech Startup 2020 Award.


Biotech startup Mekonos raises $4.6m for its gene engineering platform
Published: 24-11-2020 | 12:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mekonos, a biotech company launching the first-of-its kind system-on-a-chip (SoC) for targeted ex vivo gene engineering, announced it has completed a $4.6 million financing round.


Israeli consumer intelligence startup Konnecto closes $3.5m seed round, launches 'Reveal & Disrupt'
Published: 23-11-2020 | 16:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Konnecto, the consumer intelligence platform enabling brands to gain visibility into the earliest stages of the consumer journey, announced the completion of a $3.5 million seed round, led by TPY Capital.


Fintech startup Credit Key closes $33m Series A financing, expands footprint in B2B payments
Published: 23-11-2020 | 16:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Credit Key, the B2B e-commerce payments solution, closed $33.85 million in total series A financing to support growth with participation from Greycroft, Bonfire Ventures, Loeb.nyc and other investors.


African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises $30m backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Published: 23-11-2020 | 15:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
African fintech startup Chipper Cash has secured a $30 million Series B funding round led by Ribbit Capital with participation of Bezos Expeditions, the personal venture capital fund of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.


South African fintech startup Ukheshe to acquire Oltio, strengthens partnership with Mastercard
Published: 23-11-2020 | 07:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech startup Ukheshe announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Oltio, a mobile technology company that developed Mastercard’s QR payment service Masterpass in South Africa.


Kwik Delivery startup partners with Total on e-commerce fulfilment and delivery service in Nigeria
Published: 23-11-2020 | 07:44:26 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian e-commerce startup Kwik Delivery has partnered with Total Nigeria, to develop an e-commerce fulfilment and delivery service in Nigeria.


Italian fintech startup Satispay raises €93 million funding to accelerate growth
Published: 20-11-2020 | 13:47:52 | By: Bob Koigi
Satispay, an Italian fintech startup revolutionizing mobile payments, has announced a €93 million Series C round. The round consists of €68 million of newly issued primary shares and approximately €25 million secondary shares.


Virtual reality startup TRANSFR secures $12 million to help displaced workers retrain for new jobs
Published: 20-11-2020 | 13:47:50 | By: Bob Koigi
TRANSFR VR, an immersive learning startup from US pioneering the application of virtual reality to simulate on-the-job training, has announced $12 million in Series A funding.


Medable nabs $91 million funding to accelerate industry shift to digital and decentralized clinical trials
Published: 20-11-2020 | 13:47:46 | By: Bob Koigi
Digital healthcare startup Medable Inc. has announced $91 million in new funding to accelerate the life sciences industry’s shift to digital and decentralized clinical trials.


Venture Noire announces second fundraising cycle to support minority owned businesses
Published: 20-11-2020 | 13:18:50 | By: Pie Kamau
Venture Noire, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Black and minority entrepreneurs, announced the completion of its initial program funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.


South Korea's StradVision joins NVIDIA Inception program as premier partner
Published: 20-11-2020 | 12:59:59 | By: Pie Kamau
StradVision has joined NVIDIA Inception, a virtual accelerator program designed to nurture companies that are revolutionizing industries with advancements in AI and data sciences.


GR0 launches SEO studio for direct-to-consumer startups
Published: 20-11-2020 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digital marketing agency GR0 has officially launched a startup studio located in the Playa Vista area with a main focus in organic growth for direct-to-consumer startups.


Bamboo Capital, Government of Madagascar, World Bank launch $40m energy access fund for Madagascar
Published: 20-11-2020 | 12:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bamboo Capital Partners has been appointed by the Government of Madagascar and the World Bank as the international fund manager for the Off-Grid Market Development Fund, a $40 million renewable energy access fund.


Mondelēz International invests in Israel foodtech startup Torr
Published: 19-11-2020 | 13:38:33 | By: Bob Koigi
SnackFutures, Mondelēz International’s innovation and venture hub dedicated to unlocking emerging snacking opportunities around the world, has made a seed investment in Torr, an early stage Israeli Foodtech Company.


Havoc Shield raises $1.45 million to enhance enterprise-grade cybersecurity among small businesses
Published: 19-11-2020 | 13:34:05 | By: Bob Koigi
Havoc Shield, a technology company whose all-in-one cybersecurity platform is built specifically for startups and small businesses has raised $1.45 million.


Citi announces strategic investment in UK startup Dextcloud
Published: 19-11-2020 | 13:31:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Dextcloud, an API “Low Code Application Platform” (LCAP) startup based in the UK, has received a strategic investment from Citi.


Dutch non-profit start-up Spacebuzz awarded  four international Lovie Awards
Published: 19-11-2020 | 12:25:00 | By: Bob Koigi
ESA astronaut André Kuipers’ SpaceBuzz won four prizes during the 10th annual international Lovie Awards presentation: Two Jury Lovie Awards – Best Narrative experience and Virtual Reality – and two People’s Lovie Awards from public votes.


African tech startups secure funding from Orange Ventures MEA Seed Challenge
Published: 19-11-2020 | 11:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Six African tech startups and one Jordanian startup have secured funding from Orange Ventures Africa & Middle East.


Dakota Johnson joins sexual wellness startup maude as Co-creative Director & Investor
Published: 18-11-2020 | 15:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sexual wellness startup maude announced that Dakota Johnson will be joining the category-defining sexual wellness brand as co-creative director and investor.


Porsche Ventures invests in AI startup Drivably's breakthrough inventory technology
Published: 18-11-2020 | 14:28:47 | By: Pie Kamau
Drivably, an advanced AI company that helps dealers acquire private party inventory from the right markets at the right price, has received an investment from Porsche Ventures to help Drivably further develop its technology and expand its footprint.


Snowflake announces global startup challenge to fuel next generation of apps in the data cloud
Published: 18-11-2020 | 13:21:40 | By: Bob Koigi
Snowflake, creator of the Data Cloud, has announced its first-ever global Startup Challenge.


Contentsquare unveils incubator accelerator programme to fuel growth of data-driven startups
Published: 18-11-2020 | 13:10:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Digital experience analytics player Contentsquare has launched its first incubator-accelerator programme, Atomic Labs.


Techstars launches sustainability challenge
Published: 18-11-2020 | 13:02:25 | By: Bob Koigi
Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, has announced it is accepting entries for the Techstars Sustainability Challenge from anyone with ideas for how to reduce the significant toll global supply chains have on the environment.


South Africa's MetroFibre Networx completes new capital raise from AIIM and STOA
Published: 18-11-2020 | 11:25:26 | By: Pie Kamau
African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), Africa’s infrastructure-focused private equity fund managers, has acquired a minority equity stake in MetroFibre Networx, a South African open access fibre network operator.


Ibnsina Pharma acquires 75% stake in Egyptian health and beauty products startup 3elagi
Published: 18-11-2020 | 10:25:12 | By: Pie Kamau
Ibnsina Pharma signed an agreement to acquire 75% stake in Egyptian health and beauty products startup 3elagi Tech, a platform that links pharmacies with patients to order medicines and cosmetics online.


Readout Health startup partners with Apollo Health for management of neurodegenerative disease
Published: 17-11-2020 | 14:10:20 | By: Pie Kamau
Readout Health, a digital biomarker startup, announced partnership with Apollo Health, a health technology leader in neurodegenerative medicine.


Berlin startup DigiWhat launches international B2B case studies standard
Published: 17-11-2020 | 13:37:27 | By: Pie Kamau
Berlin startup DigiWhat launched international B2B case studies standard to simplifiy marketing, matchmaking and lead generation efforts for tech companies, venture builders and events.


UAE fintech startup Sarwa unveils next gen Sarwa X, announces partnership with Saxo Bank
Published: 17-11-2020 | 13:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sarwa, online investment advisory platform for young professionals has unveiled its next-generation Sarwa X, a new product powered by a strategic partnership with Saxo Bank, a Fintech and Regtech specialist focused on multi-asset trading and investment.


Burges Karkaria joins AI startup Censia as CTO
Published: 17-11-2020 | 12:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Burges Karkaria, former Chief Technology Officer of Enterprise at Intel Corporation, has joined Bay Area startup Censia, a provider of talent intelligence, recruiting and workforce management technology, as CTO.


realme announces official sale of realme C12 in Kenya
Published: 17-11-2020 | 12:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Smartphone manufacturer realme has partnered with online shops like Kilimall and other offline platforms for the sale of realme C12 which was launched in Kenya last week alongside realme 7i.


[Startup Interview] Jon Cooper, CEO, Life.io, USA
Published: 17-11-2020 | 12:14:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Life.io is a US-based startup that helps companies accelerate the development of their end-to-end digital client experience with the Life.io Solution Suite: Grow, Engage and Empower. Jon Cooper the startup’s co-founder and CEO elaborates.


Swiftarc Ventures invests in biosafety startup R-Zero to fast-track its UV-C disinfecting device
Published: 16-11-2020 | 13:43:11 | By: Pie Kamau
Swiftarc Ventures, an early and growth stage Venture Capital firm focused on the next generation of Consumer and Consumer Health disruptors, has made its first portfolio investment in biosafety startup R-Zero.


Chinese autonomous truck startup Inceptio Technology raises $120m to accelerate volume production
Published: 16-11-2020 | 13:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Inceptio Technology, an autonomous truck company, announced a $120 million funding led by Contemporary Amperex Technology, developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries.


Bridge for Billions launches Global Investors Network to connect entrepreneurs with investment opportunities
Published: 16-11-2020 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bridge for Billions has launched its Global Investors Network, which aims to help make the investment ecosystem accessible to all promising purpose-driven ventures.


Africa-focused VC fund Outlierz Ventures invests in three Nigeria startups
Published: 16-11-2020 | 12:56:28 | By: Pie Kamau
Africa-focused Morocco-based B2B VC fund Outlierz Ventures has announced new investments into three Nigerian startups - Bamboo, Youverify and Healthlane.


AI Media Group launches Africa’s first AI-focused free investment matchmaking service for African startups
Published: 16-11-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The AI Media Group has launched The Deal Room, Africa’s first artificial intelligence (AI) focused, free investment matchmaking service which aims to connect African AI focused startups to interested investors and venture capitalists (VCs).


Bentley Systems commits $100m venture funding to accelerate infrastructure digital twins
Published: 13-11-2020 | 14:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bentley Systems, the infrastructure engineering software company, announced the establishment of Bentley iTwin Ventures to invest in promising technology companies addressing the emerging opportunity for infrastructure digital twin solutions.


Barclays and Techstars announce initiative to support female entrepreneurs
Published: 13-11-2020 | 13:43:09 | By: Bob Koigi
Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and British universal bank, Barclays, have announced their partnership to launch Female Founders First.


Cybersecurity startup SentinelOne raises $267 million to accelerate offering
Published: 13-11-2020 | 13:35:47 | By: Bob Koigi
SentinelOne, the autonomous cybersecurity platform company, has announced it has raised $267 million in Series F funding led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from Sequoia Capital Global Equities.


Recruitment startup Drafted launches app to find missed connections between employees and applicants
Published: 13-11-2020 | 13:26:12 | By: Bob Koigi
Drafted, the network recruiting startup out of Boston, has announced a new app called Scouted to add a layer of network intelligence to applicant screening.


Dairy snack startups compete for $200,000 in Real California Milk Snackcelerator
Published: 13-11-2020 | 12:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ice cream infused with vegetables, to-go premium cheese snacks, decadent chocolate mousse and flavored paneer make up the finalists announced in the Real California Milk Snackcelerator product innovation competition.


Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program supports emerging companies to drive innovation
Published: 13-11-2020 | 11:39:07 | By: Pie Kamau
Blackbaud, cloud software company powering social good, is accepting applications for the Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program, a unique, yearlong program designed to drive innovation.


Digital investment platform Clim8 smashes target for latest funding campaign by 600%
Published: 13-11-2020 | 11:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
As interest in sustainable investing continues to grow apace, Clim8 Invest (Clim8), a digital investment platform that help consumers invest exclusively in companies focused on tackling the climate crisis, has raised a further £2.4 million in funding.


Industrial software startup Aperio Systems secures $8.5 million funding to scale operations
Published: 12-11-2020 | 14:35:59 | By: Bob Koigi
Industrial IoT Data Integrity Market startup Aperio Systems has announced the close of an $8.5 million Series A funding round led by National Grid Partners.


Momi Brands raises $1 million investment to commercialize infant feeding tech
Published: 12-11-2020 | 14:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
MOMI Brands, Inc. has announced has closed a $1 million seed round investment. The company will use the investment to fund the development and commercialization of its patented technologies.


British fintech startup ilumoni raises $450,000 to transform borrowing behaviours, help people repay debt
Published: 12-11-2020 | 13:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ilumoni, the fintech startup helping people to borrow better, save on unnecessary interest and time in paying off debts has raised $450,000 pre-seed investment backed by Move Ventures.


Tech startup Roots Automation secures $3.2m to expand AI capabilities, accelerate customer acquisition
Published: 12-11-2020 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Roots Automation, the NYC-based Digital Coworkers as a Service company, has raised a $3.2 million seed round led by Vestigo Ventures.


October Startup Sentiment Index shows three-month trend in advancing startup timelines
Published: 12-11-2020 | 12:57:50 | By: Pie Kamau
The number of respondents agreeing that now is a good time to start a business reached a three-month high at 60.6% in October.


Medtech startup Immertec partners with Orthopaedic Foundation to demonstrate effectiveness of VR surgical training
Published: 12-11-2020 | 12:42:56 | By: Pie Kamau
Orthopaedic Foundation has partnered with medtech startup Immertec, to conduct research to evaluate the effectiveness of VR for remote surgical training.


Peer-to-peer solar leasing startup Sun Exchange announces African expansion in Zimbabwe
Published: 11-11-2020 | 15:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African peer-to-peer solar leasing startup Sun Exchange marked its official expansion into sub-Saharan Africa with the first of three crowdsales for a multiphase, 1.9 megawatt (MW) solar-plus-storage project for Nhimbe Fresh.


Remote selling startup Demoflow secures $1.6 m seed round to build additional key product features
Published: 11-11-2020 | 14:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Collaborative remote selling platform Demoflow announced its Seed Capital raise of $1.6 million led by FirstMile Ventures with other major participants including Slack Fund, RTP Seed, Next Frontier Capital and Heroic Ventures.


Nearly 60% of startup founders say operating costs are their top spending priority in the first quarter
Published: 11-11-2020 | 14:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
While the long-term economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is still unknown, the remote work period has forced startups to adjust their spending priorities, according to a new survey from Clutch, a B2B ratings and reviews platform.


Social podcasting startup Bitcast partners with Podcast Notes for joint launch of new iOS clipping app
Published: 11-11-2020 | 13:52:49 | By: Pie Kamau
Los Angeles based social podcasting platform Bitcast has partnered with Podcast Notes, a publisher in the podcast space, for the launch of a new iOS app that lets listeners 'Magically Clip, Collect and Share the best moments in Podcasts'.


Chicago startup qReveal launches affordable QR code menu and price list solution
Published: 10-11-2020 | 12:31:56 | By: Pie Kamau
Responding to the challenging scene of a myriad of health and safety protocols facing restaurants and other businesses, Chicago startup qReveal has launched a platform that builds easy to use QR code menus and price lists.


Former Bitcoin.com CEO launches Sonic Capital, Asia's first tokenized venture investment fund
Published: 10-11-2020 | 12:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Former Bitcoin.com CEO Stefan Rust announced the launch of Sonic Capital, Asia's first venture capital and impact investment fund to be tokenized on the blockchain.


[Startup Interview] Almasi Ndangili, Founder, Imarisha East Africa Productions, Kenya
Published: 10-11-2020 | 11:57:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Almasi Ndangili is the founder of Imarisha East Africa Productions Ltd, a Kenya-based talent academy promoting education through edutainment. The startup has invested in TV Shows, event organization, book launches, talent development, TV Script writing, Africanized animations, digital publishing and branding.


Accenture launches investment programme for emerging tech software startups
Published: 10-11-2020 | 11:52:48 | By: Bob Koigi
Accenture has launched a new immersive engagement and investment program targeting emerging technology software startups to help fill strategic innovation gaps for the Global 2000.


EML Finlab announces strategic investment in financial services startup Hydrogen
Published: 10-11-2020 | 11:50:24 | By: Bob Koigi
EML Payments Limited has made an initial investment via its FINLAB hub in innovative embedded finance and international payments platform The Hydrogen Technology Corporation.


Tech startup Cellwize secures $32m Series B financing to expand its global footprint
Published: 10-11-2020 | 11:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cellwize, a global leader in mobile network automation and orchestration, announced a $32 million Series B funding round in its parent company, Cellwize Wireless Technologies, led by Intel Capital and Qualcomm Ventures.


Launch of realme 7i and reame C12 heralds new dawn for Kenyan smartphone industry
Published: 10-11-2020 | 10:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Riding on the warm reception its flagship products continue to receive among Kenyan customers, smartphone manufacturer realme has launched realme C12 and realme 7i in Kenya.


Israeli cybersecurity startup ReSec Technologies raises $4m Series A funding for expansion
Published: 10-11-2020 | 09:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ReSec Technologies, a cyber security company that protects organizations from file-based malware threats, announced the completion of its $4 million Series A round of financing.


Mastercard co-innovates with 10 new fintechs to reshape the future of commerce
Published: 10-11-2020 | 07:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mastercard has welcomed 10 fintechs from around the world to participate in its startup engagement program, Start Path, to scale the future of commerce.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara launches Customer Success Traineeship Program for university graduates
Published: 09-11-2020 | 15:24:05 | By: Pie Kamau
Kwara, a digital banking platform in Kenya announced the launch of a Customer Success Traineeship Program. The program is part of the company’s broader agenda to build capacity for rising young Kenyan professionals.


Swedish fintech startup Payer launches beta test program to revolutionize customer registration in B2B e-commerce
Published: 09-11-2020 | 14:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Financial Services startup Payer has developed a new registration product that revolutionizes how customer relationships are made between companies online.


Nigerian HR startup SeamlessHR raises seven-figure funding to expand across Africa
Published: 09-11-2020 | 09:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria’s HR startup SeamlessHR has closed a seven-figure deal as it seeks to expand across other African markets.


African startups more investible now than ever
Published: 09-11-2020 | 09:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Africa’s startups have never been more investible than now. There is a growing number of professional ‘super angels’ involved in record-breaking deals, and private equity investments have doubled since last year.


Mohammed VI Polytechnic University partners with Plug and Play to launch accelerator programme in Morocco
Published: 09-11-2020 | 09:13:33 | By: Pie Kamau
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), an academic and research institution, has partnered with global innovation platform, Plug and Play, to launch an Open Innovation Hub in Morocco, with the support of OCP Group.


Dutch foodtech startup The Protein Brewery raises €22 million for expansion
Published: 07-11-2020 | 13:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The Protein Brewery, a Netherlands innovative developer of protein-rich food ingredients has announced that it has raised a €22 million Series A investment, bringing its total funding to date to € 26 million.


Shift4 Payments acquires 3dcart ecommerce platform
Published: 07-11-2020 | 13:12:46 | By: Bob Koigi
Shift4 Payments, a provider of payment processing and technology solutions, has announced the acquisition of 3dcart, an ecommerce platform serving over 14,000 businesses.


Cado Security raises $1.5 Million funding to bolster cybersecurity tech
Published: 07-11-2020 | 13:08:23 | By: Bob Koigi
Cado Security, a provider of the world’s first cloud-native cyber forensics and response platform Cado Response, has announced the close of a $1.5 million seed round led by Ten Eleven Ventures.


Swiss biotech startup Memo Therapeutics raises €13.9m to support clinical development of potent antibodies
Published: 06-11-2020 | 14:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swiss biotech startup Memo Therapeutics AG, an innovator in the field of antibody discovery and immune repertoire analysis, announced it has raised €13.9 million in Series B financing.


Kenyan agritech startup Farmers Pride raises $220k funding from Gray Matters Capital’s coLABS
Published: 06-11-2020 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
US-based impact investor Gray Matters Capital announced its funding in Kenya's agritech startup Farmers Pride, a one stop e-commerce platform that connects village level farmers to quality inputs, services and information.


realme C12 and realme 7i set for simultaneous launch
Published: 06-11-2020 | 10:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Buoyed by the growing popularity realme smartphones continue to enjoy in the Kenyan market in recent months, the phone manufacturer has announced the simultaneous launch of realme C12 and realme 7i.


Dublin-based travel tech startup TripAdmit secures €500,000 funding for international expansion
Published: 05-11-2020 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TripAdmit, Dublin based travel tech startup that provides sales and distribution solutions for tours and activities, has secured €500,000 funding from investors, including the backing of Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start Up unit.


Dutch biotech startup Salvia BioElectronics receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for innovative neurostimulation solution
Published: 05-11-2020 | 15:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Salvia BioElectronics, a neurostimulation platform targeting chronic migraine, announced that the U.S. FDA has granted Breakthrough Device Designation for its implantable neurostimulation system to address chronic migraine.


Armenian AI startup Podcastle raises $1.75m seed round to create next-gen podcast platform
Published: 05-11-2020 | 14:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Podcastle, a company developing podcast creation tools for amateur and professional podcasters and a streaming platform for listeners, announced a $1.75 million seed funding led by Sierra Ventures.


Enso Security raises $6 million to eliminate application security chaos
Published: 04-11-2020 | 12:24:58 | By: Bob Koigi
Enso Security, a pioneering Application Security Posture Management (ASPM) startup based in Israel, has announced $6 million in seed funding led by YL Ventures.


Slice Labs and AXIS Insurance collaborate to bring home based business insurance to small businesses
Published: 04-11-2020 | 12:16:11 | By: Bob Koigi
Slice Labs Inc., a technology startup with the first on-demand insurance platform, has created an alliance with AXIS Insurance to distribute AXIS Home Based Business insurance to help protect small businesses.


Zip closes $100 million in debt funding from Victory Park Capital
Published: 04-11-2020 | 12:09:46 | By: Bob Koigi
Zip Co Limited, a player in the digital retail finance and payments industry,has announced it has closed a A$100 million debt funding agreement with Victory Park Capital, a global alternative investment firm.


Paxful partners with African fintech startup Uhuru Wallet to ease money transfers
Published: 04-11-2020 | 11:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Crypto marketplace Paxful announced it is adding Uhuru Wallet as a payment method to its platform, to help provide easy access to the crypto economy for users in Southern Africa.


Human API startup raises over $20m funding to scale consumer-controlled health data ecosystem
Published: 04-11-2020 | 11:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Human API, company empowering consumers to connect and share electronic health data with companies they trust, announced it has raised over $20 million in Series C funding, to scale consumer-controlled health data ecosystem.


Travel booking startup Tripbnb.com uses AI to link travelers and accommodation quickly
Published: 04-11-2020 | 10:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Taiwanese travel booking startup Tripbnb.com is helping domestic accommodation providers draw up new business strategies and the country's travel industry had to enhance their technical standards with AI-based systems.


AI startup ATLAN Space raises $1m Series A funding from Maroc Numeric Fund II for expansion
Published: 04-11-2020 | 09:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Aerial vehicle Artificial Intelligence startup ATLAN Space has raised $1m Series A funding from Maroc Numeric Fund II with participation from Hilmi Law Firm and Cadex Group, for business expansion.


Nigerian CcHUB acquires Kenyan edTech startup eLimu
Published: 04-11-2020 | 08:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenya’s technology Incubation and Accelerator space iHub owned by Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) has announced the acquisition of edtech startup and digital educational content provider eLimu.


CNN partners with Hyundai to explore innovations in transport and mobility
Published: 04-11-2020 | 08:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) and Hyundai Motor Company (Hyundai) have collaborated on a cross-platform campaign that explores how innovation will change the way we will live in the future.


Imperial partners with Kenyan logistic startup Lori Systems to expand e-logistics technology solutions across Africa
Published: 04-11-2020 | 08:37:29 | By: Pie Kamau
Imperial, an African and European-focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solutions, announced an investment in and partnership with Lori Systems to expand its cutting-edge e-logistics technology solutions across Africa.


Nigerian rental financing startup Kwaba secures funding from Ingressive Capital for expansion
Published: 03-11-2020 | 15:42:27 | By: Pie Kamau
Ingressive Capital, a $10 million VC fund targeting early-stage startups across Sub-Saharan Africa, announced its investment in Nigerian rental financing startup Kwaba.


German startup 4tiitoo launches NUIA Full Focus, smart software for natural eye contact in video calls
Published: 03-11-2020 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Munich-based startup 4tiitoo (forty two), which specializes in gaze control of computers, launched NUIA Full Focus, a software that creates natural eye contact with conversation partners in video calls intelligently and without artificial image adjustments.


Procter & Gamble Ventures brings Innovation Challenge online for CES 2021
Published: 03-11-2020 | 12:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Following the success of its first-ever Virtual Innovation Challenge in June, P&G Ventures, the early-stage startup studio within P&G, is now accepting submissions for its next virtual pitch competition.


Cleantech startup Skeleton Technologies joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliance
Published: 03-11-2020 | 11:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Estonian cleantech startup Skeleton Technologies has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, an initiative of European stakeholders who want to engage and contribute to the deployment of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen.


Estonian cleantech startup Skeleton Technologies raises €41.3m from European entrepreneurs
Published: 03-11-2020 | 11:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Skeleton Technologies, global cleantech 100 company and largest European manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage, has completed a €41.3 million financing round.


[Startup Interview] Joris van Lierop, founder, The Content Exchange, Netherlands
Published: 03-11-2020 | 06:37:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The Content Exchange is a Dutch startup that targets editors, publishers and freelancers by offering them a content market place where they can do business with each other directly. The startup’s founder Joris van Lierop explains.


Next-generation consumer products startup The Naked Market closes $6m seed funding round
Published: 02-11-2020 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Naked Market, San Francisco-based CPG brand, has closed $6 million seed funding round, with participation from several investors.


Fintech startup ORSNN launches whole-loan trading platform to beta
Published: 02-11-2020 | 15:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ORSNN, a fintech startup that builds end-to-end solutions for managing and trading loan portfolios, launched a private beta platform that provides financial institutions with a low-cost, transparent, and automated loan-trading system.


Nestlé USA acquires food delivery startup Freshly
Published: 02-11-2020 | 15:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nestlé announced it has acquired food delivery startup Freshly, fresh-prepared meal delivery services in the U.S. The deal values Freshly at $950 million, with potential earnouts up to $550 million contingent to the successful growth of the business.


MENA healthtech startup Vezeeta expands into Kenya
Published: 02-11-2020 | 14:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) healthtech startup Vezeeta has expanded its footprint into Kenya by launching a platform that will enable Kenyans access doctors from their smart phones.


Tech startup SKAEL receives $4.1m seed funding round to fuel next generation hyperautomation technology
Published: 30-10-2020 | 15:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SKAEL, San Francisco-based technology company offering automation platform for creating and deploying digital employees, has secured $4.1 million in a seed funding round.


SUMA Wealth launches transformative financial inclusion platform targeting Latino community
Published: 30-10-2020 | 14:16:47 | By: Pie Kamau
SUMA Wealth launched its platform to engage, educate and empower U.S.-born Millennial Latinos, a community vital to the U.S. economy, in their fight for financial inclusion.


Curve Health raises $6m seed round, hires healthcare technology CEO, Rob MacNaughton
Published: 30-10-2020 | 13:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Curve Health, a company that delivers connected senior care via a platform that combines telemedicine, smart billing, health information exchange, and predictive analytics, announced a $6 million seed round


Fintech startup PAYMYNT Financial announces patent-pending Universal Payment Rewards System
Published: 30-10-2020 | 12:39:30 | By: Pie Kamau
PAYMYNT Financial, a Greater Boston-based financial technology company, filed a patent application for its novel Universal Rewards System.


b8ta acquires Re:store to expand fashion and lifestyle retail-as-a-service portfolio
Published: 30-10-2020 | 12:16:23 | By: Bob Koigi
Retail-as-a-service company b8ta has announced that it has acquired Re:store, a one year old startup that brings retail-as-a-service to online fashion brands at Maiden Lane in San Francisco.


Fearless Pitch announces $100,000 competition for female founders of colour
Published: 30-10-2020 | 12:08:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The Fearless Fund has announced the Fearless Pitch competition for women of color business owners.


Fintech startup PAYMYNT Financial announces universal payment rewards system
Published: 30-10-2020 | 12:01:59 | By: Bob Koigi
PAYMYNT Financial, a Greater Boston-based financial technology company, filed a patent application for its novel Universal Rewards System.


Swedfund invests in femtech e-commerce startup Kasha Global to support women’s health in East Africa
Published: 30-10-2020 | 08:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swedfund, the Swedish Development finance institution, announced its investment in Kasha Global, a Femtech e-commerce platform with subsidiaries in Rwanda and Kenya, to support women’s health and self-care.


BCW Africa, Brand Leadership, Kantar and Geopoll launch Buy Africa Build Africa initiative
Published: 30-10-2020 | 08:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
BCW Africa, Brand Leadership, Kantar and Geopoll have launched the #BuyAfricaBuildAfrica initiative to encourage local brands to adopt the #BuyAfricaBuildAfrica stamp of approval.


Motion tech startup DeepMotion makes motion capture accessible with launch of Animate 3D
Published: 29-10-2020 | 14:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
As part of its drive to revolutionize Motion Intelligence, DeepMotion has officially launched their 3D animation cloud service Animate 3D.


SeaAhead, New England Aquarium announce BlueSwell incubator's first cohort of selected startups
Published: 29-10-2020 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SeaAhead, Inc. and the New England Aquarium have selected the first cohort of six startups for the BlueSwell Incubator Program, New England's first dedicated, early-stage bluetech incubator.