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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 .


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


[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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Digital Mortgage startup Tomo raises $40m to streamline home buying
Published: 29-10-2020 | 12:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tomo Networks, a fintech startup that will improve the homebuying experience, initially as a digital mortgage and transaction company, announced it has raised a seed round of $40 million led by Ribbit Capital, NFX and Zigg Capital.


BrokerTech Ventures accelerator opens for 2021 cohort applications
Published: 29-10-2020 | 12:29:55 | By: Pie Kamau
BrokerTech Ventures, first broker-led convening platform and accelerator focused on delivering innovation to the insurance broker industry, has opened the application window for its 2021 BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator program.


Tech startup KēlaHealth raises $12.9m to deliver AI-powered, clinician-centered solutions to improve surgical care
Published: 28-10-2020 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
KēlaHealth, announced the closing of a $2.9 million Seed financing and milestone-based $10 million Series A financing led by Santé Ventures and Intuitive Ventures.


Fintech startup Lightyear raises $3.7m to simplify how enterprises buy network infrastructure
Published: 28-10-2020 | 13:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Financial technology startup Lightyear announced the launch of its software platform for businesses to buy and manage their telecom and IT infrastructure online.


AI startup Skan secures $14m to expand AI-driven process discovery for enterprise digital transformation
Published: 27-10-2020 | 13:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Skan, AI-enabled process discovery and operational intelligence company, announced the close of a $14 million Series A funding round to strengthen its product platform and scale operations.


Security startup StackHawk raises $10m Series A funding to put application security in the hands of developers
Published: 27-10-2020 | 13:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Application security startup StackHawk has raised a $10 million in Series A funding, pre-emptive, oversubscribed round led by Sapphire Ventures.


Insurtech startup Next Insurance and Intuit QuickBooks integrate to provide seamless coverage for small businesses
Published: 26-10-2020 | 16:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Next Insurance, digital insurtech company transforming small business insurance and Intuit have teamed up to simplify the insurance purchasing process for millions of small businesses.


U.S. startup accelerator FalconX and Perot Jain join forces to foster global innovation and entrepreneurship
Published: 26-10-2020 | 16:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
FalconX Inc., a Silicon Valley-based B2B startup accelerator, and Perot Jain, L.P., a Dallas-based early stage venture capital firm announced a strategic partnership to foster global innovation and entrepreneurship.


Resurface Labs secures seed financing to fuel the democratization of user-centric API monitoring
Published: 26-10-2020 | 15:24:40 | By: Pie Kamau
Resurface Labs, provider of user-centric API monitoring software to help organizations fix application issues faster, improve customer experience, and drive revenue recovery, closed its $2 million seed round.


Madison-based AI startup DataChat closes $4m seed round to accelerate democratization of data analytics
Published: 23-10-2020 | 10:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DataChat, a University of Wisconsin-Madison spinout with a sophisticated yet intuitive data analytics platform announced the closing of a $4 million seed funding round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firms WRVI Capital and Nepenthe Capital.


Plug and Play partners with Evergy to foster new relationships, innovation in Topeka
Published: 23-10-2020 | 10:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global innovation platform Plug and Play announced that Evergy will be a founding partner for its Topeka location, which is centered around animal health and agriculture technology


U.S. tech startup Ware raises $2.5m to advance warehouse innovation, drone technology
Published: 23-10-2020 | 10:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ware, a technology startup deploying autonomous drones for warehouse inventory counting closed $2.5 million in seed-round funding, led by UP Partners.


New York healthtech startup Ezra receives FDA clearance for prostate cancer AI
Published: 22-10-2020 | 11:22:01 | By: Pie Kamau
Ezra, healthtech startup transforming early cancer screening using MRI, announced it has received FDA 510(k) premarket authorization for its Artificial Intelligence, designed to decrease the cost of MRI-based cancer screening.


Washington-based startup Fabric launches headless commerce platform with $9.5m seed funding to grow D2C, B2B brands
Published: 21-10-2020 | 12:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fabric, headless commerce platform purpose-built for growth launched its cloud-native experience and commerce product suite and announced $9.5 million in seed funding led by Redpoint Ventures, with participation from Sierra Ventures and Expa.


Toyota AI Ventures invests in Canadian robotic kitchen startup YPC Technologies
Published: 21-10-2020 | 11:50:09 | By: Pie Kamau
Toyota AI Ventures, Toyota's early-stage venture capital fund, announced its investment in YPC Technologies, a robotic kitchen startup based in Montreal, Canada.


Treble announces PR programme to generate alpha for venture capital funds
Published: 21-10-2020 | 11:30:30 | By: Bob Koigi
Treble, a boutique PR agency accelerating the path to exit for startups, has announced the launch of Portfolio an exclusive membership program that ensures funding launches across venture capital funds are maximized to generate portfolio alpha.


AI startup EarthDefine announces expansion of its building footprint deocoding and on-demand property information
Published: 21-10-2020 | 11:26:51 | By: Pie Kamau
EarthDefine, a provider of high-resolution spatial data announced the release of an updated building footprint database, which contains over 156 million footprints of commercial and residential structures across the continental United States.


Phunware launches MaaS Customer Data Platform to meet global demand
Published: 21-10-2020 | 11:26:08 | By: Bob Koigi
Phunware, Inc. , a fully-integrated enterprise cloud platform for mobile that provides products, solutions, data and services for brands worldwide has launched its Multiscreen-as-a-Service (MaaS) Customer Data Platform.


AI healthtech startup Savana secures Series B funding to expand in America
Published: 20-10-2020 | 11:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Savana, healthtech startup accelerating health science with big data, announced the successful completion of its $15 million B Series led by Cathay Innovation.


Plug and Play Cleveland announces Fall health accelerator startups
Published: 20-10-2020 | 10:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play Cleveland announced the selection of 10 new startups into the fall 2020 batch.


Female-owned startup Canela Media closes $3m seed round to support expansion of Canela.TV
Published: 20-10-2020 | 09:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Canela Media, Latina-owned digital media company announced it has closed a $3 million Seed round, bringing total funding this year to $5 million.


Galileo partners with fintech startup Save to process $7b in transactions and funds
Published: 15-10-2020 | 15:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Save and Galileo announced a partnership agreement to use Galileo's powerful and customizable API-based payments processing platform to process transactions and funding.


Tech startup PulsePoint launches health incubator to support development of novel datasets and health intelligence
Published: 15-10-2020 | 15:05:27 | By: Pie Kamau
PulsePoint, a technology company using real-time data to accelerate health marketing announced the launch of PulsePoint Data Lab, a collaborative incubator program designed to support early stage health data startups.


Early stage tech startups investor True Ventures closes two new funds totaling $840m
Published: 15-10-2020 | 14:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
True Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology startups announced the closing of its seventh early stage fund in the amount of $465 million, along with its fourth Select Fund in the amount of $375 million.


U.S. therapy startup Coa raises $3m to launch world's first gym for mental health
Published: 15-10-2020 | 14:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Coa, an online emotional fitness studio for live classes and one-on-one therapy, announced a $3 million seed round led by Crosslink Ventures with RedSea Ventures and Alpaca VC.


Austin hardware startup Xebec reaches over $2m in sales five months following launch
Published: 14-10-2020 | 15:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Austin-based hardware startup Xebec announced it has reached a milestone of $2.2 million in sales in its first five months, selling out of 5,500 units of the flagship product, the Xebec Tri-Screen.


Seattle biotech startup Genemod raises $1.7m in oversubscribed seed round to drive next generation medicine
Published: 14-10-2020 | 15:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Genemod, a software solution for life scientists that uses data automation to streamline and accelerate research announced a $1.7 million seed funding round led by Defy.vc.


Lunchbox partners with Sodexo and Kiwibot for contactless food delivery
Published: 14-10-2020 | 13:40:06 | By: Bob Koigi
Lunchbox, has partnerered with Sodexo and delivery robot startup Kiwibot, to facilitate autonomous and contactless food delivery across the University of Denver (UD) for students.


IRI acquires supply chain analytics provider, RSi
Published: 13-10-2020 | 13:20:23 | By: Bob Koigi
IRI, a global company in innovative solutions and services for consumer, CPG, retail and media companies, has acquired Retail Solutions, Inc. (RSi), a provider of supply chain solutions for CPG manufacturers and retailers.


Cloud cost management startup Yotascale raises $13 million to scale operations
Published: 13-10-2020 | 13:13:47 | By: Bob Koigi
Yotascale ,US startup involved in next-generation cloud cost management software, has secured $13 million for its Series B round, bringing its total capital raised to $25 million.


Greenwood closes $3m seed round to build online banking solution for Blacks and Latinx
Published: 09-10-2020 | 17:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Greenwood has secured $3 million in seed funding from private investors as the first digital banking platform for Black and Latinx people and business owners.


Point Pickup raises $30m to meet growing demand for enterprise e-Commerce final-mile delivery
Published: 09-10-2020 | 13:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Point Pickup Technologies, the company that has successfully reinvented the final-mile delivery model for many of the US's top e-Commerce enterprises, has raised $30 million from BBH Capital Partners.


Onlnine lending startup VIVA Finance secures $2.3 million funding to expand access to credit
Published: 09-10-2020 | 11:33:59 | By: Bob Koigi
Fueling its efforts to expand access to credit and greater financial health, Atlanta-based fintech lender VIVA Finance has closed a $2.3 million seed round led by Acumen Fund.


ABBYY acquires Pericom Singapore to expand Asia Pacific footprint
Published: 09-10-2020 | 11:28:52 | By: Bob Koigi
ABBYY, a Digital Intelligence company, has announced it acquired Pericom Singapore, part of the Pericom Group, a solution provider based in Singapore.


CNBC disruptor and healthcare startup Heal selects 5WPR as agency of record
Published: 08-10-2020 | 15:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
5W Public Relations, one of 15 independently-owned PR firms in the U.S., announced it has been named PR Agency of Record for Heal, a healthtech startup that offers doctor house calls and telemedicine appointments.


Texas-based startup Viva First launching new mobile bank for Latinos in the U.S.
Published: 08-10-2020 | 15:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Texas-based startup, Viva First, is launching a new mobile bank with the Latino community in mind, all 52 million in the United States.


ECI buys cloud based construction startup BOLT Software
Published: 08-10-2020 | 14:55:00 | By: Bob Koigi
ECI Software Solutions, a company involved in cloud-based business management solutions has announced that it has acquired BOLT Software, a cloud-based construction business management solution.


Seegrid acquires Box Robotics to boost deep learning in manufacturing space
Published: 08-10-2020 | 14:44:44 | By: Bob Koigi
Seegrid Corporation has acquired Box Robotics, a mobile robotics startup bringing high-definition maps, three-dimensional LiDAR, and deep learning to the warehouse and manufacturing space.


U.S. fintech startup DoubleChec appoints Bill Amelio as Co-CEO and Executive Chairman
Published: 07-10-2020 | 13:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DoubleCheck, financial technology startup, announced the appointment of Bill Amelio as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman.


Strike Graph launches with $3.9 million funding to automate security audits
Published: 07-10-2020 | 13:05:18 | By: Bob Koigi
Strike Graph, a compliance automation startup, has announced its launch and seed funding of $3.9 million, led by Madrona Venture Group with participation from Amplify.LA, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and Green D Ventures.


Subscription Management startup Chargebee secures $55m to capture global shift to subscriptions
Published: 07-10-2020 | 12:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chargebee, the subscription billing and revenue operations platform powering thousands of fast-growth subscription businesses announced a $55 million Series F funding round led by Insight Partners.


Rabobank unveils 45 food & agriculture startups selected for FoodBytes! Pitch 2020
Published: 07-10-2020 | 12:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Rabobank unveiled the 45 startups selected to participate in FoodBytes! Pitch 2020, its global food and ag startup discovery program that helps entrepreneurs scale their impact through mentorship and connections to corporate leaders and investors.


Real estate tech company Compass set to acquire software startup Modus
Published: 06-10-2020 | 15:35:11 | By: Bob Koigi
Compass, a real estate technology company, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Modus, a title and escrow software startup.


Vya acquires customer data management and analytics firm Direct Options
Published: 06-10-2020 | 15:29:15 | By: Bob Koigi
Vya, a provider of simplified marketing execution for distributed organizations, has announced it has acquired Direct Options, a customer data and analytics firm.


Edge computing startup Macrometa closes $7m Seed financing round to accelerate product rollout and sales
Published: 06-10-2020 | 12:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Macrometa Corporation, first-of-its-kind edge computing company enabling web and cloud native developers to build and run applications across a network of global clouds and data centers, announced the close of a $7 million Seed financing.


SaaS based AI for cardiac imaging startup Dyad Medical fundraising exceeds $3.5m
Published: 06-10-2020 | 12:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dyad Medical, a groundbreaking medical image analysis platform delivering cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI)-based analysis, announced after just 90 days, the closing of its oversubscribed Series Seed funding round.


U.S. blockchain-powered startup Braintrust raises $18m in strategic growth funding
Published: 05-10-2020 | 11:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Braintrust, a global network of highly-skilled technical and design talent, announced a $18 million Strategic Growth Round, just three months after emerging from stealth in June.


New Ventures Funds rebrands as Scientia Ventures
Published: 05-10-2020 | 11:07:08 | By: Pie Kamau
New Ventures Funds launched a new corporate brand identity and changed its name to Scientia Ventures.


Nintex set to acquire K2 Software to boost automation offering
Published: 02-10-2020 | 16:08:20 | By: Bob Koigi
Nintex, the global standard for process management and automation, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire K2 Software Inc., an innovative provider of digital process automation (DPA) software solutions.


ESL and DreamHack merge to shape the future of E-sports and gaming
Published: 01-10-2020 | 16:49:00 | By: Bob Koigi
ESL, the world's largest esports company, and DreamHack, the premier gaming lifestyle festival company, have merged organizations to further accelerate their mission to shape the future of esports and gaming.


U.S. cloud-based solution startup Axis Security raises $32m to meet enterprise demand for 'Work from Anywhere'
Published: 01-10-2020 | 15:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Axis Security, leader in Zero Trust Access announced $32 million in Series B funding led by Canaan Partners, with participation from existing investors Ten Eleven Ventures and Cyberstarts.


Enel expands into Canadian innovation ecosystem partnership with MaRS
Published: 01-10-2020 | 14:23:12 | By: Pie Kamau
Enel, a multinational power company and integrated player in the global power, gas and renewables markets. announced it has expanded its energy innovation reach into Canada through a partnership with MaRS Discovery District.


Eyewear startup Vontélle launches into luxury eyewear space
Published: 01-10-2020 | 13:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Startup eyewear manufacturer Vontélle, LLC is launching a unique brand into the luxury eyewear space, offering awe-striking, ethnic patterns reflecting African, Caribbean, and Latin cultures.


Health and wellness hydration startup LARQ raises $10m series A funding for further expansion
Published: 30-09-2020 | 16:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LARQ, health and wellness hydration brand, announced a round closure of $10 million in Series A funding to continue its global expansion through 2021 and further develop as a 360-degree hydration brand.


S2G Ventures, CDPQ announce funding for startups in sustainable food business
Published: 30-09-2020 | 15:55:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and S2G Ventures (S2G) have announced creation of a co-investment partnership that will target ventures that aim to make the food and agriculture industry more sustainable.


Scrum Ventures launches Food Tech Studio - Bites!
Published: 30-09-2020 | 15:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Scrum Ventures announced the launch of Food Tech Studio - Bites!, a global community of stage-agnostic startups who share a common vision of solving key challenges plaguing food supply chain.


Alfa Bank, Plug and Play collaborate on innovation in Fintech
Published: 30-09-2020 | 14:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Along with 80 other financial institutions across the United States, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Milan, Paris, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo, Alfa Bank will join Plug and Play's global ecosystem.


Cognoptix secures $2.6 million financing to advance Alzheimer’s disease test
Published: 29-09-2020 | 15:58:07 | By: Bob Koigi
Cognoptix, a US healthcare company developing the Sapphire II System, a breakthrough technology for early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD), has announced the closing of an over-subscribed Series R financing round.


Cannabis cultivation software startup Trym closes $3.1m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 29-09-2020 | 14:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Trym, a pioneering cannabis cultivation software company announced the completion of its $3.1 million seed funding round of financing to accelerate growth.


Cyber security startup Cerby announces $3.5m seed round to accelerate product development and hiring
Published: 28-09-2020 | 15:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cerby, a stealth cybersecurity company focused on helping enterprises harness Shadow IT, announced a $3.5 million seed round led by Bowery Capital with participation from AV8 Ventures, Global Founders Capital, and the Incubate Fund US.


AltoIRA enables individuals invest in startups using IRAs
Published: 28-09-2020 | 15:06:01 | By: Pie Kamau
AltoIRA, a technology platform that simplifies and streamlines the process for investors to add alternative assets to their IRAs announced a new partnership with Republic, a leading investment platform for startups.


Cannon Quality announces new compliance essentials for startups program
Published: 28-09-2020 | 14:54:52 | By: Pie Kamau
Cannon Quality Group (CQG) announced a new medtech quality management program designed to help startups set the foundation for a quality management system (QMS) compliant to FDA QSR and ISO 13485 requirements.


Siolta Therapeutics raises $30 million funding for treatment of allergic diseases
Published: 25-09-2020 | 12:16:55 | By: Bob Koigi
Siolta Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotech company in the US, has raised $30 million in a series B investment round to support the clinical development of its lead product.


Insurtech startup cogniSure launches AI platform for commercial loss run automation with 9 pilot customers
Published: 24-09-2020 | 13:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The insurance industry spends a significant amount of manual effort, time and money analyzing PDF and Excel loss runs that are in nonstandard, carrier-specific, unstructured document formats.


Peterson Ventures announces $65m in fresh capital to invest in early stage consumer and SaaS startups
Published: 24-09-2020 | 13:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Peterson Ventures, a founder-first seed stage venture fund, announced that it has raised $65 million in fresh capital.


Neighbor attracts top tech talent to usher in new wave of growth for Silicon Slopes startup
Published: 23-09-2020 | 13:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Neighbor, the self-storage marketplace disruptor, has added three strategic hires to its executive team to fuel a new wave of growth for the Andreesesen Horowitz-funded startup, which has grown 5X in 2020.


Legendary Ventures invests in Elon Musk's SpaceX
Published: 23-09-2020 | 13:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Legendary Ventures announced an investment in Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) through its Series N funding round.


Clearent acquires field-services-management solution Wintac
Published: 23-09-2020 | 12:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Payment-solutions provider Clearent has acquired Wintac, a field-service-management software solution primarily targeting residential contractors.


Bright Health raises $500 million to fund low cost medicare, expansion
Published: 23-09-2020 | 12:04:48 | By: Bob Koigi
US medicare startup Bright Health has announced a $500 million Series E funding round with significant investments by funds and accounts advised by Tiger Global Management.


Finch secures $1.8m to launch all-in-one checking and investing account for millennials
Published: 22-09-2020 | 13:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Finch, a New York based fintech startup that integrates the benefits of investing and the flexibility of checking into an all-in-one account has raised $1.8 million in seed funding to launch its platform and help transform how people manage their money.


Online sales program startup Virtanza closes $1m in private investment funding round
Published: 21-09-2020 | 14:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sales2Job Academy, DBA Virtanza, an Orange County-based company that offers higher education a scalable sales training solution directly connected to employers, announced it has raised seed round funding totaling $1 million from private investors.


South Korean healthcare startup WellsCare signs in-store contract with b8ta for IASO
Published: 21-09-2020 | 14:00:35 | By: Pie Kamau
WellsCare, a member company of the Born2Global Centre, signed a store contract with b8ta, a famous American flagship store that is dedicated to innovative products.


Harvard-incubated startup MarqVision launches AI-powered platform to protect brands from counterfeits
Published: 21-09-2020 | 13:43:44 | By: Pie Kamau
MarqVision, an AI-based SaaS company, launched its brand protection platform that helps brands effortlessly detect and remove counterfeits on online marketplaces.


Zuper raises $1.1 million seed funding to boost its workforce management Saas platform
Published: 19-09-2020 | 10:29:03 | By: Bob Koigi
Zuper, provider of an intelligent workforce and customer management platform has raised $1.1 million in seed funding.


Wisdom Gaming Group receives $3 million financing to grow esports marketing platform
Published: 19-09-2020 | 10:24:47 | By: Bob Koigi
As esports consumption continues to grow rapidly worldwide, Wisdom Gaming Group, a digital media company specializing in esports content and experiences, has announced that it has secured $3 million in Series A funding.


ZenSports closes additional $1.46m Seed funding for U.S. and international expansion
Published: 18-09-2020 | 12:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ZenSports, the mobile peer-to-peer sports betting marketplace announced a new $1.46 million Seed round of funding to expand into the United States, as well as to continue to grow its international presence.


DemandSage secures $3 million funding to improve sales and marketing data
Published: 18-09-2020 | 12:33:42 | By: Bob Koigi
Demand Sage, a US-based revenue operations startup built on Google Sheets, has raised a $3 million Seed round led by Eniac Ventures and Underscore VC.


Plug and Play selects 147 startups for its winter 2020 batches
Published: 18-09-2020 | 12:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play announced the selection of 147 new startups into its winter 2020 batches. The startups were selected to join one of the following programs that will run through November 2020.


Imagine Impact closes Series A financing with Benchmark
Published: 18-09-2020 | 11:42:17 | By: Pie Kamau
Imagine Impact, the content accelerator and online marketplace startup founded by Academy Award-winning duo Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, announced the close of its Series A financing round led by Benchmark, a Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm.


Cellular agriculture startup Wildtype launches salmon in sushi restaurants
Published: 17-09-2020 | 12:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cellular agriculture startup Wildtype has unveiled its latest cell-based salmon. This version is "sushi-grade" and crafted with the sushi industry's favorite raw salmon applications in mind.


AppDirect raises $185 million funding to fuel global expansion
Published: 17-09-2020 | 11:42:16 | By: Bob Koigi
AppDirect, the subscription commerce platform, has announced investments of $185 million from global institutional investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and existing investors.


SEMrush acquires Poland's SaaS PR tech startup Prowly
Published: 17-09-2020 | 11:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SEMrush, an online visibility management and content marketing SaaS platform, has further expanded its ecosystem with the acquisition of a 100% stake in Poland's public relations SaaS startup Prowly.com.


First AML raises $5.4 million to boost its anti-money laundering tech solution
Published: 16-09-2020 | 18:41:30 | By: Bob Koigi
First AML has raised $5.4 million in a Series A funding round led by US-based Bedrock Capital, with support from existing investors Pushpay founder Chris Heaslip and Icehouse Ventures.


Wix announces Wix Capital, internal venture arm to invest in global startups
Published: 16-09-2020 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wix.com, the global leader in website creation, announced its own venture capital initiative, Wix Capital, to invest in technology innovators that are focused on the future of the web.


Observe.AI raises $54 million financing to enhance contact center AI
Published: 16-09-2020 | 11:10:46 | By: Bob Koigi
Observe.AI, a US-based startup involved in Contact Center AI, has announced a $54 million Series B financing led by Menlo Ventures, with participation from Next47 Ventures, and NGP Capital.


MetLife partners with 10 startups to develop financial wellness solutions for customers
Published: 16-09-2020 | 11:01:35 | By: Bob Koigi
MetLife, Inc. has announced its third annual class of startups to participate in the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars.


Seegrid closes $52 million in growth equity financing
Published: 15-09-2020 | 17:24:59 | By: Bob Koigi
Seegrid Corporation, the company involved in self-driving industrial vehicles for material handling, has announced that it closed a $52 million growth equity financing round.


GoDaddy acquires SkyVerge to boost online sale with WordPress and WooCommerce
Published: 15-09-2020 | 12:37:00 | By: Bob Koigi
GoDaddy Inc. , the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SkyVerge, a WooCommerce product developer.


Klarna announces $650 million funding round to accelerate global growth
Published: 15-09-2020 | 12:22:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Klarna, the global payments and shopping service, has raised $650 million in an equity funding round, at a post money valuation of $10.65 billion.


Medical device startup Spine Align raises $1.75m Series Seed Round to reach FDA clearance
Published: 15-09-2020 | 08:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spine Align, a medical device company developing a portfolio of products that enable spine surgeons to measure, visualize, and adjust patients' spinal alignment during surgery, closed a $1.75M Series Seed round.


Virtual reality startup Nanome partners with Fujitsu to bring drug design software to Japanese market
Published: 15-09-2020 | 08:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
San Diego-based virtual reality (VR) startup Nanome, has entered into an agreement with Fujitsu to bring their signature product, an immersive scientific design and collaboration platform to the Japanese market.


Biorez secures $3.5 million funding to advance tendon and ligament repair innovation
Published: 11-09-2020 | 09:17:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Biorez, Inc., a US medical device startup advancing tendon and ligament repair has raised $3.5 million in its Series Seed financing, adding to $3.5 million raised previously.


PopSQL raises $3.4m to help teams collaborate using data
Published: 09-09-2020 | 15:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PopSQL, the collaborative SQL editor for teams announced $3.4 million in seed funding, led by Gradient Ventures, Google's AI-focused venture fund.


SaaS Ventures announces launch of second fund, raises $20m in first close
Published: 08-09-2020 | 16:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SaaS Ventures, a Maryland-based venture capital firm focused on investing in early stage enterprise technology companies in secondary markets throughout the U.S. and Canada, has announced the launch of a second fund (Fund II).


SafeButler, Liberty Mutual partner to offer instant renters insurance
Published: 04-09-2020 | 15:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
YCombinator funded startup SafeButler has partnered with Liberty Mutual, an insurance industry leader for over 100 years, to provide instant access to a comprehensive renters insurance plan at a very low rate.


BorgWarner expands collaboration with startup ecosystem Plug and Play
Published: 03-09-2020 | 16:02:58 | By: Pie Kamau
BorgWarner announced its next venture with Plug and Play, a global innovation platform and accelerator ecosystem for startup companies, by becoming a partner of its newly planned incubator location in Detroit.


e-commerce startup Pharmapacks closes $40m bridge round financing
Published: 03-09-2020 | 15:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pharmapacks, a leading e-commerce enablement platform and retail seller for brands across major ecommerce marketplaces announced the closing of a $40 million bridge round financing.


Fielding Norton joins advisory board of InsureTech startup Pricing Platform
Published: 02-09-2020 | 10:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pricing Platform, an InsureTech startup that integrates Property & Casualty underwriting, pricing, and portfolio analytics in a cloud-based platform announced Fielding "Fid" Norton has joined as founding advisor and Chair of the advisory board.


Paris-based startup Klassroom raises $3m to expand from France to other countries including the U.S.
Published: 01-09-2020 | 17:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Klassroom, the Paris-based company that reinvents parent-teacher communication in pre-kindergarten and all elementary school grades, raised a $3 million seed round led by Bpifrance.


LimaCharlie receives $500K seed funding to accelerate growth of security infrastructure as a Service
Published: 01-09-2020 | 15:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LimaCharlie, the market leader for delivering Information Security Infrastructure as a Service (SIaaS), has secured seed $500K funding from Lytical Ventures to accelerate growth and support its continued success.


Developer platform Turing.com announces $14m Seed funding round led by Foundation Capital
Published: 31-08-2020 | 16:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Turing.com, an automated platform that lets companies cut the time it takes to hire software engineers from months to days announced a $14 million seed funding round.


Tech startup MITO Material Solutions announces oversubscribed $1m Series Seed funding round
Published: 31-08-2020 | 15:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MITO Material Solutions, a cutting edge developer of additives that enable polymer manufacturers to enhance product performance, announced an oversubscribed $1 million Series Seed funding round.


On-demand grocery startup Weee raises $35 million to accelerate expansion
Published: 28-08-2020 | 15:33:48 | By: Bob Koigi
Asian e-grocer in the United States, Weee!, has announced $35 million in Series C financing led by DST Global; bringing the total capital raised to over $100 million.


Healthtech startup Emme closes $2.5m seed round, launches integrated technology enabled birth control solution
Published: 28-08-2020 | 14:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Emme, a healthcare technology company focused on women's health, announced the launch of the Emme Smart Case, an integrated solution designed to reduce the 9% failure rate of birth control pills.


102 startups selected for Plug and Play's fall 2020 batches
Published: 28-08-2020 | 14:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Silicon Valley headquartered global innovation platform Plug and Play has announced the selection of 102 new startups into its fall 2020 batches.


Silicon Valley startup Exo receives $40 million funding to for handheld medical imaging
Published: 27-08-2020 | 10:26:03 | By: Bob Koigi
Exo, a pioneering health information and devices company, has closed a $40 million Series B+ funding round that will fund research and product development on a revolutionary handheld medical device and cloud-based workflow software platform.


Azul3D secures $12.5 million seed financing to advance high-area rapid printing technology
Published: 27-08-2020 | 10:16:12 | By: Bob Koigi
3D-printing tech startup, Azul3D, has secured $12.5 million in an oversubscribed seed financing. Azul 3D will use the capital to advance its proprietary high-area rapid printing (HARPTM) technology and launch its first commercial printers.


Australia startup Bolt Bikes rebrands to Zoomo, announces expansion to USA
Published: 27-08-2020 | 10:08:30 | By: Bob Koigi
Bolt Bikes Bolt Bikes, the mobility startup, has completed a Series A capital raise of $11 million to invest in expanding its operations in the United States and move into new categories globally.


Organizational Management startup ChartHop raises $14m Series A financing led by a16z
Published: 26-08-2020 | 15:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ChartHop, the world's first organizational management platform built to help companies plan for the future, announced it raised $14 million in a Series A financing led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).


AI startup Fiddler secures investment from Amazon Alexa Fund to accelerate explainable monitoring solution
Published: 26-08-2020 | 15:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AI startup Fiddler announced a strategic investment by the Amazon Alexa Fund to advance its explainable monitoring solution.


HR tech startup Incluzion connects diverse talent to remote work and upskilling during pandemic
Published: 26-08-2020 | 14:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Incluzion, the first online platform connecting companies to Black and Latinx talent for freelance work announced the launch of Incluzion Learning, and the Incluzion Remote Jobs.


Sporttrade, Twin River Worldwide Holdings partner to offer online sports betting in New Jersey
Published: 25-08-2020 | 14:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sporttrade, Philadelphia based sports betting startup has entered into a multi-year partnership with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, for the launch of Sporttrade's proprietary sports betting exchange product in the state of New Jersey.


MURAL raises $118m Series B funding to scale visual collaboration across global enterprises
Published: 25-08-2020 | 14:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MURAL, the leading digital workspace for visual collaboration in the enterprise, has closed $118 million in Series B funding, led by Insight Partners and joined by Tiger Global, Slack Fund, World Innovation Lab, and existing investor Gradient Ventures.


RNAimmune closes $2.35m seed funding for development of mRNA therapeutics and vaccines
Published: 24-08-2020 | 15:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
RNAimmune announced the completion of its $2.35 million seed round financing from multiple venture capitalists including Terra Magnum Capital Partners.


Health startup BuddyCheque inks deal with Select Ortho to enhance employee, customer safety
Published: 24-08-2020 | 15:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Health startup BuddyCheque has joined forces with Select Ortho to ensure that their employees and customers remain safe during COVID-19.


Gaming startup Lootcakes raises $2m to expand rewarded data sharing for VIP gamers
Published: 21-08-2020 | 11:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lootcakes, world's first network devoted to spenders in free-to-play games, announced the closing of a $2 million seed round led by Konvoy Ventures, with other participants including SOSV and GAN Ventures.


3D printed home builder ICON lands $35m funding led by Moderne Ventures
Published: 21-08-2020 | 11:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Developer of advanced construction technologies including robotics, software, and building materials ICON announced it has completed a $35 million series A round of financing led by Moderne Ventures.


Connectus Global closes venture funding round from Texas based CSL Ventures
Published: 21-08-2020 | 11:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Canadian based Connectus Global (Connectus), closed its Seed Round of financing led by Houston, Texas based CSL Ventures, the venture capital arm of energy services private equity firm CSL Capital Management.


AI startup SupportLogic raises $12m to accelerate its intelligent support platform
Published: 21-08-2020 | 10:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SupportLogic, world's first intelligent support platform for customer support/success teams, announced it has raised $12 million of seed and series A funding, led by Sorenson Ventures.


Fintech startup Kira closes oversubscribed $2.2m private round led by blockchain investors
Published: 20-08-2020 | 16:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kira, a decentralized finance technology company, successfully closed its Seed round backed by the private equity firm Ascensive Asset Management and Alphabit Fund.


Chili Piper raises $18m Series A funding to instantly connect remote sales team to customers
Published: 20-08-2020 | 16:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chili Piper, the leader in Inbound Revenue Acceleration, announced it has raised $18 million in Series A funding led by Base10 Partners with participation from Gradient Ventures, Google's AI-focused venture fund, and Flashpoint Venture Capital.


Creative Chaos, RallyCry Ventures announce $2.5m forgivable loan program for pre product startups
Published: 20-08-2020 | 12:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
With pre product startup founders struggling to raise capital due to the COVID pandemic, Creative Chaos along with RallyCry Ventures launched a MVP Financing Program to help founders build their ideas during these difficult times.


Social capital acquires peer to peer text messaging startup Hustle
Published: 19-08-2020 | 15:37:39 | By: Bob Koigi
Hustle, a peer-to-peer text messaging platform, has announced that Social Capital, the technology holding company founded by Chamath Palihapitiya that supports innovative companies in areas including healthcare, artificial intelligence, climate change and space, has acquired the company.


Valqari launches commercial drone delivery station
Published: 19-08-2020 | 15:29:10 | By: Bob Koigi
Valqari, the Chicago start-up that solved the last inch logistics problem with its patented universal drone delivery infrastructure, has launched its largest solution to date with the Drone Delivery Station.


Oregon based cannabis e-commerce startup Dutchie completes $35m Series B funding round
Published: 19-08-2020 | 15:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dutchie, the world's largest and fastest-growing e-commerce solution for cannabis dispensaries announced the completion of its $35 million Series B funding round, bringing Dutchie's total funding to $53 million to date.


U.S. fintech startup Robinhood closes $200m in Series G funding
Published: 18-08-2020 | 14:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
U.S. fintech startup Robinhood announced a $200 million Series G funding at an $11.2 billion valuation from D1 Capital Partners.


Fintech startup Robinhood to expand customer experience team with new employees across the U.S.
Published: 18-08-2020 | 13:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Financial services startup Robinhood announced that this year, the company plans to hire hundreds of additional registered financial representatives in Southlake, Texas, and Tempe, Arizona.


U.S. startup Mission Bio raises $70m to accelerate development of cancer therapies
Published: 14-08-2020 | 15:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
California based startup Mission Bio, pioneer in high-throughput single-cell DNA and multi-omics analysis announced $70 million in its Series C financing led by Novo Growth, the growth equity arm of Novo Holdings.


Impossible Foods raises $200 million financing to fund retail expansion
Published: 14-08-2020 | 13:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Impossible Foods Inc. has announced it has secured $200 million in its latest funding round, led by new investor Coatue.


Joblist launches using AI to tackle historic unemployment in US
Published: 14-08-2020 | 13:06:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Joblist, a job search platform that personalizes the process of finding and landing a job, has launched publicly to address the needs of the millions of Americans facing historic unemployment.


Online document US startup Coda raises $80m Series C round
Published: 13-08-2020 | 16:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
US online document startup Coda raised $80 million Series C round led by Mamoon Hamid from Kleiner Perkins.


US startup Atomo Coffee raises $9m to bring molecular coffee to the market
Published: 13-08-2020 | 15:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seattle based startup Atomo Coffee announced it has closed an additional $9 million in Seed funding to bring its molecular coffee to market.


Sidecar Health raises $20 million as it seeks to lower the cost of health care in US
Published: 13-08-2020 | 13:06:00 | By: Bob Koigi
US health insurtech company Sidecar Health has raised $20 million in its most recent funding round.


Teller secures $1 million financing to build credit risk protocol  
Published: 13-08-2020 | 13:02:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Teller, a blockchain project for decentralized lending incubated by A16Z’s crypto startup school, has announced a $1 million seed raise led by Framework Ventures.


Seattle based fintech startup Routable raises $12m for efficient business payments
Published: 12-08-2020 | 15:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seattle based fintech startup Routable has raised $12 million in Series A funding from Founders Co-op, Lee Fixel, Y Combinator, Box Group, Liquid 2 Ventures, Jason Gardner, Gokul Rajaram, Aaron Schildkrout, Sam Hodges, Immad Akhund, and many others.


Cybersecurity startup Blumira raises $2.6 million to expand capacity
Published: 12-08-2020 | 13:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Blumira, an emerging cybersecurity startup based in US, recently raised $2.6 million in funding. This investment will allow the company to continue innovating on the latest threat detection and response technology.


Rocketship.vc closes second global VC fund with $100 million
Published: 12-08-2020 | 13:06:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Rocketship.vc, an early-stage venture capital firm that uses data science to democratize venture capital for the global startup community, has announced that it has raised $100 million for its second fund.


XLerateHealth selects seven healthcare startups for 2020 accelerator cohort
Published: 10-08-2020 | 13:05:00 | By: Bob Koigi
XLerateHealth (XLH), a nationally recognized healthcare accelerator headquartered in Louisville, has announced the selection of seven startup companies to participate in its 10th cohort.


U.S. startup WiBotic receives industry-first FCC approval for high power wireless charging
Published: 07-08-2020 | 14:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seattle-based startup WiBotic received equipment authorization from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its high power transmitters and receivers.


AI-powered freight dispatch startup SmartHop raises $4.5 Million to fund expansion
Published: 06-08-2020 | 19:32:17 | By: Bob Koigi
SmartHo​p,​ a Florida tech-enabled dispatch solution empowering small trucking companies to grow their businesses, has announced that it has closed a $4.5 Million Seed round


San Francisco edtech startup Springboard raises $31 million Series B funding
Published: 05-08-2020 | 15:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
San Francisco edtech startup Springboard has raised $31 million in Series B funding led by Mark Sherman and Albert Bielinko from Telstra Ventures, Arrun Kapoor from SJF Ventures, and YB Choi from Vulcan Capital.


Seattle based startup Minnow raises $2.2 million to meet demand for contact free pickup solution
Published: 05-08-2020 | 14:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Minnow Technologies, a Seattle based IoT startup that has developed a contact free food delivery and pickup solution has raised $2.2 million in an oversubscribed seed round.


U.S. startup Ossia partners with Toyoda Gosei to deliver wireless power over the air in vehicle cabins
Published: 03-08-2020 | 15:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Toyoda Gosei Co, a Toyota Group company, has concluded a joint development agreement with Ossia Inc, a U.S. startup that leads the world in the field of wireless power solutions.


French startup AB Tasty raises $40m to lead in experience optimization, feature management markets
Published: 31-07-2020 | 12:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French startup AB Tasty announced a Series C round of funding to revolutionize how companies deliver the best brand and product experiences.


ComplyAdvantage raises $50 million to boost financial crime fight with machine learning
Published: 31-07-2020 | 11:34:00 | By: Bob Koigi
ComplyAdvantage, a global technology company transforming financial crime detection, has announced the close of a US$50 million Series C funding round, bringing the total investment to date to $88 million.


Joywell Foods secures $6.9 million to grow its sweet protein portfolio
Published: 31-07-2020 | 11:24:51 | By: Bob Koigi
Joywell Foods, a food technology company developing a sweet protein portfolio, has announced the closing of a $6.9 million Series A financing round.


Security startup Openpath receives $36 million to expand its safety platform for the built world
Published: 31-07-2020 | 11:19:30 | By: Bob Koigi
Openpath, a security startup specializing in modern mobile access control for the built world, has announced it’s closed a Series C funding round of $36 million.


Seattle based startup Polyarc raises $9 million for augmented reality development
Published: 29-07-2020 | 13:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seattle based startup Polyarc announced the close of its $9 million Series B fund raise led by Hiro Capital, followed by Vulcan Capital, an existing investor, and Galaxy Interactive via its Galaxy EOS VC Fund.


SAP.iO Fund invests in San Francisco based reference checking startup Crosschq
Published: 28-07-2020 | 14:08:25 | By: Pie Kamau
SAP SE investment arm, SAP.iO Fund, has backed Crosschq, a San Francisco based company that provides a platform for creating and sharing candidate references.


PicsArt acquires motion based video effects startup D’efekt
Published: 27-07-2020 | 15:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Global visual creative platform PicsArt, has acquired advanced video effects company D'efekt for an undisclosed sum.


Amdocs set to acquire Openet to accelerate adoption of 5G among customers
Published: 27-07-2020 | 14:26:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Amdocs a provider of software and services to communications and media companies has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Openet, a global provider of 5G charging, policy and cloud technologies.


Synaptics to acquire DisplayLink extending video interface market leadership
Published: 25-07-2020 | 14:41:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Synaptics Incorporated has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire DisplayLink Corp., a startup in high-performance video compression technology, for $305 million.


French startup iObeya raises $17m to revolutionize visual management, expand its U.S. footprint
Published: 24-07-2020 | 16:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
iObeya, a leading provider of Enterprise Visual Management software, announced it has raised $17 million in a second round of funding from Red River West with participation from Atlantic Bridge Capital and Fortino Capital Partners.


OneRail announces acceptance into Microsoft for Startups Programme
Published: 23-07-2020 | 17:31:24 | By: Bob Koigi
OneRail, an Orlando-based final mile delivery orchestration and fulfillment platform, hass announced its acceptance into the Microsoft for Startups immersive programme.


CincyTech invests in youth employment startup Peerro
Published: 23-07-2020 | 17:26:08 | By: Bob Koigi
USA seed investor CincyTech has announced an initial investment in Peerro, a career pathway management system enabling young people without college degrees to develop skills and land jobs that lead to advancement and financial independence.