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Berkeley-based incubator Batchery announces new cohort of startups, "Batch 12"
Published: 12-04-2021 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eleven early-stage startups have joined the Batchery's three-month Deep Dive program for entrepreneurs. The program focuses on helping startups get over their first set of growth hurdles.


Lithium-ion battery recycling and manufacturing startup Battery Resourcers raises $20m Series B funding
Published: 12-04-2021 | 13:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and manufacturing company, completed a $20 million Series B equity round.


Virtual hospitality startup Vin Social announces launch of equity crowdfunding campaign
Published: 09-04-2021 | 11:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Virtual hospitality startup Vin Social announced its first-ever equity crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Wefunder and the Arora Project.


LineVision startup secures $12.5m in Series B financing to scale grid enhancing technology
Published: 09-04-2021 | 11:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LineVision, the provider of non-contact overhead power line sensor solutions to monitor, optimize, and protect critical energy delivery infrastructure, announced the closing of its Series B financing round, raising $12.5 million to accelerate growth.


Empathy startup raises $13m seed round to help minimize burdens after losing a loved one
Published: 09-04-2021 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Empathy, a platform helping families navigate the journey they face after losing a loved one, announced the launch of its application on iOS and Android for users across the United States.


Cyber security startup Calamu raises $2.4m seed to pioneer auto-healing data protection
Published: 09-04-2021 | 09:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Calamu, a data protection and resiliency trailblazer, announced it has emerged from stealth after closing $2.4 million in an oversubscribed seed round.


dClimate raises $3.5m seed round to create first decentralized network for climate data
Published: 09-04-2021 | 09:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
dClimate, the first decentralized network for climate data, announced the closing of an oversubscribed $3.5 Million seed financing round led by CoinFund, with participation from Multicoin Capital and Republic Labs.


Fintech startup Marquee Equity helps Qolo.io close its seed round
Published: 08-04-2021 | 17:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Marquee Equity, a fintech platform, has helped a Florida-based B2B Payments company, Qolo.io, close its seed round.


MicroAcquire's acquisition of Exitround sets new founder-friendly model for getting acquired
Published: 08-04-2021 | 17:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Entrepreneurs face thousands of obstacles in their careers. Seed money, growth, staffing - the list is endless. Some prioritize funding, leaving them bound to venture capitalists whose goals clash with theirs.


Martech startup Ziflow raises $6m in expansion funding to meet growing demand for creative collaboration
Published: 08-04-2021 | 17:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ziflow, industry's player in creative review and approval solution for agencies and brands, announced the raise of $6 million expansion round, led by Companyon Ventures.


Omaha-based startup Workshop raises $3.5m to simplify employee communications
Published: 07-04-2021 | 17:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Workshop, a delightful platform for sharing and finding important internal information, has raised a $3.5 million seed round.


AI video game wagering startup PLLAY secures additional $1m in funding
Published: 07-04-2021 | 16:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PLLAY, a skill-based video game wagering platform, has raised an additional $1 million in funding, bringing its total to $4 million in an oversubscribed seed round.


Cannabis ERP technology platform BLAZE raises $8m in Series A funding for market expansion
Published: 06-04-2021 | 16:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
BLAZE, the industry player enterprise resource planning and point of sale platform for legal cannabis, recently closed its Series A funding round at $8 million.


Grata expands seed funding round to $9.5m to accelerate growth of SMB search engine
Published: 06-04-2021 | 15:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Grata, the search engine for discovering small to middle market private companies, announced it expanded its seed round to $9.5 million.


Innovative startup Glo brightens product line with Sesame Street characters
Published: 06-04-2021 | 15:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
What began as a college senior project has led to an innovative startup company working with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to light up lives through creativity and technology.


Spirits and technology startup Endless West secures $21m in Series B funding
Published: 06-04-2021 | 15:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spirits and technology startup Endless West, announced it has raised $21 million in Series B funding, for a total of $33.7 million in investments to-date.


QBE seeks entrepreneurs and start-ups to create more resilient cities
Published: 02-04-2021 | 10:43:54 | By: Bob Koigi
QBE North America has partnered with non-profit organization Leading Cities to launch the QBE AcceliCITY Urban Resilience Challenge for the third consecutive year.


Bioverge launches equity crowdfunding platform to finance healthcare startups
Published: 02-04-2021 | 10:38:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Bioverge, Inc., an investment platform that funds visionary entrepreneurs who are transforming healthcare and bringing science fiction to life, has announced it has launched an equity crowdfunding platform called Bioverge Portal.


Plug and Play selects 154 startups for the Summer 2021 Batches
Published: 02-04-2021 | 10:31:34 | By: Bob Koigi
During the three months of the program, the selected startups will participate virtually in networking events, mentor sessions, focus weeks, and private dealflow sessions.


New Equilibrium Bio startup raises $10m for AI-powered quantum chemistry
Published: 31-03-2021 | 14:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
New Equilibrium, the pioneer in rational drug design against intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), has closed a $10 million seed from RA Capital Management.


OpenBots startup secures $5m of capital in seed funding to democratize automation technologies
Published: 31-03-2021 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OpenBots, the enterprise RPA platform with its innovative zero-cost bot licensing model, announced the raise of $5 million from undisclosed private investors in its capital seed round.


Polymer Solutions closes $1m seed round to secure SaaS platforms
Published: 31-03-2021 | 13:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Polymer Solutions, the 'virtual compliance officer' for SaaS, a next-gen data loss protection platform, announced the closing of its $1 million seed funding.


Clinical data analytics technology innovator SciMar ONE selected to join Microsoft for Startups
Published: 31-03-2021 | 13:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SciMar ONE has been selected as the newest member of Microsoft for Startups to help scale its proprietary artificial intelligence (AI)-powered drug development platform, The Scientific Data Engine (SDE).


UniGroup acquires RevUnit joint venture and moving startup Handled
Published: 30-03-2021 | 17:12:27 | By: Bob Koigi
RevUnit and UniGroup joint venture, Handled, recently announced its full acquisition by United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit parent company UniGroup due to its early growth and innovative technology.


Logistics technology startup Baton raises $10.5m Series A funding
Published: 30-03-2021 | 12:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Baton, a logistics technology platform developed out of 8VC's acclaimed Build program, announced its $10.5 million Series A funding, co-led by 8VC and Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of AP Moller-Maersk.


SSC Venture Partners raises $4m Fund III
Published: 30-03-2021 | 11:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SSC Venture Partners, a seed stage fund investing in Boston College alumni, announced its first close of $4 million in SSC Fund III.


Agora debuts program to help startups accelerate time-to-market, create engaging experiences for customers
Published: 26-03-2021 | 10:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Agora Inc., a pioneer platform for real-time engagement APIs, announced the debut of the Agora Startup Program to empower global entrepreneurs and startup founders with exclusive backend support for real-time engagement.


Fintech startup Greenwood raises $40m in funding to provide Black and Latino banking services
Published: 26-03-2021 | 10:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Greenwood, the digital banking platform for Black and Latino individuals and business owners, announced it has closed $40 million of Series A funding from six of the seven largest U.S. banks and the top two payment technology companies.


SOSA teams up with the CTA to scale Canadian cyber startups in the U.S
Published: 26-03-2021 | 10:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SOSA, the global open innovation company, announced its partnership with the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA), to launch the next CTA Cybersecurity, Privacy & Compliance Virtual Program in New York.


HG Ventures partners with Innovate UK to leverage sustainable startups in the UK
Published: 26-03-2021 | 10:07:50 | By: Pie Kamau
HG Ventures announced a partnership with Innovate UK to leverage HG Ventures investments in environmentally sustainable innovation in the United Kingdom.


iFoodDS closes $15m in growth funding led by scaleup investor Insight Partners
Published: 25-03-2021 | 11:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
iFoodDS, provider of food safety, traceability, and quality management solutions for the fresh food supply chain, announced the close of a $15 million Series A funding round led by Insight Partners.


Usage AI startup raises seed round led by Tinder founder Justin Mateen
Published: 25-03-2021 | 10:38:45 | By: Pie Kamau
Usage AI (usage.ai), a platform that empowers companies to reduce their monthly cloud expenditure, announced the close of its seed round led by Tinder Founder Justin Mateen.


Marketing tech startup Worth uses existing customers + data to grow revenue
Published: 25-03-2021 | 09:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Marketing tech startup Worth has built software that identifies a brand's best customers on social media and converts them to marketers by paying them to post organic Instagram stories.


Tech startup Fast reopens San Francisco headquarters
Published: 25-03-2021 | 09:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
In accordance with local guidelines, Fast became one of the first companies to reopen its San Francisco headquarters at 25% capacity on March 24.


U.S. home ownership startup Pacaso raises $75m at $1b valuation
Published: 25-03-2021 | 08:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pacaso, the company democratizing second home ownership, announced $75 million in additional growth funding, bringing the company's total equity financing to more than $90 million.


Healthy Pleasure launches Amboy Street Ventures dedicated to sexual health & women's healthtech startups
Published: 24-03-2021 | 15:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Healthy Pleasure Group (HPG), announced the launch of Amboy Street Ventures (ASV), the world's first venture capital fund currently in the market focused on Sexual Health (for all genders) and Women's Health Technology startups.


CND Life Sciences startup closes $2.4m series seed funding round
Published: 24-03-2021 | 15:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CND Life Sciences, an innovative medical technology company pioneering the detection, visualization, and quantification of protein deposition in cutaneous nerve fibers, announced the closing of a $2.4 million series seed financing round.


Online real estate startup Lev raises $10m seed round to build the future of commercial transactions
Published: 24-03-2021 | 14:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lev, the online commercial real estate financing transaction platform, announced a $10 million seed financing round.


Texas-based Precision Livestock Technologies completes $600K seed round on Harvest Returns agriculture crowdfunding platform
Published: 24-03-2021 | 14:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Harvest Returns announced that Dallas, Texas-based Precision Livestock Technologies has successfully completed a seed round raise totaling $600,000 on the Harvest Returns agriculture crowdfunding platform.


PayPal Ventures invests in Taxbit’s Series A funding round
Published: 23-03-2021 | 14:56:13 | By: Bob Koigi
This round of investment comes as cryptocurrency continues to see exponential growth with a market cap of $1.5 trillion.


Million Lives Fund announces $100m venture capital fund to invest in commercial-stage healthtech companies
Published: 23-03-2021 | 13:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Million Lives Fund announced the launch of a $100 million venture capital fund that will invest in companies using technology to expand healthcare access and education, and improve healthcare quality and outcomes globally.


Digbi Health startup raises $5.4m to reverse obesity and associated inflammatory digestive and skin illnesses
Published: 23-03-2021 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digbi Health announced it has completed $5.4 million in Series A funding led by Accel, with participation from Wisdom LLP and the company's Seed round backers Ocean Azul Partners and Seraph Venture.


FORT Robotics startup closes on $13m in funding
Published: 23-03-2021 | 12:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
FORT Robotics, the first pure-play technology company creating safety-and-security solutions for autonomous machines, closed on $13 million in funding led by Prime Movers Lab.


Plug and Play, Finastra partner to expand FusionFabric.cloud platform for open innovation
Published: 22-03-2021 | 15:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play announced a collaboration with Finastra, global financial technology provider, to help expand its FusionFabric.cloud platform for open innovation.


Digital health startup DexCare raises $20m in oversubscribed Series A funding
Published: 22-03-2021 | 14:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DexCare, a newly formed digital health company, announced a $20 million investment led by Define Ventures and including Frist Cressey Ventures, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, SpringRock Ventures and Providence Ventures.


Mobile payments startup DepositLink raises $3.5m to expand its payments platform for residential real estate
Published: 19-03-2021 | 13:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DepositLink, the industry player in electronic payments for residential real estate transactions, announced the close of its successful series seed financing.


Plug and Play adds NJM Insurance to its growing network of insurtech corporate partners
Published: 19-03-2021 | 12:38:05 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play, the global innovation platform for corporations and startups, is adding NJM Insurance Group (NJM), a property and casualty insurer in the Mid-Atlantic region, to its growing network of insurtech corporate partners.


Wellness startup Even raises $1.5m to launch solution to replenish nutrients, manage side effects from medication use
Published: 19-03-2021 | 11:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Even, the solution for medication-induced nutrient depletions (MIND), announced its brand launch and $1.5 million seed funding led by Align Ventures, Spring Street Group and GAN Ventures.


Fintech startup Honeycomb Credit closes $1.75m seed round to expand community capital model nationwide
Published: 18-03-2021 | 13:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Honeycomb Credit, a first-of-its-kind loan crowdfunding platform, is expanding its community-based small business financing model nationwide after closing a $1.75 million seed funding round.


Together-Travel startup Launchtrip raises $3.8m seed investment
Published: 18-03-2021 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
World's first Together-Travel startup Launchtrip, announced the close of its seed investment round totaling $3.8 million, including funding raised by Axis Capital.


SafeGraph startup raises $45m Series B to become ultimate destination for physical places data
Published: 18-03-2021 | 13:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SafeGraph, a data-as-a-service company focused on being the source of truth for data on physical places, announced a $45 million Series B fundraise, led by Sapphire Ventures.


SchooLinks startup lands $8.3m Series A for college, career success for diverse student population
Published: 18-03-2021 | 12:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SchooLinks, an Austin, TX startup founded by Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur Katie Fang to democratize access to modern career and college planning resources for the broader student population, raised an $8.3m Series A funding.


Chargebee pledges a $5b fund for startups, offers its subscription platform free for upto $100K
Published: 17-03-2021 | 15:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chargebee, the global player in subscription billing and revenue management, announced that it will be pledging $5 billion dollars of revenue processing capability for early-stage startups.


Social startup Doodeo allows users to book a DJ from anywhere in the world
Published: 17-03-2021 | 14:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Expanding on its successful platform of providing entertainers with the means to market themselves and find work online, Doodeo is launching a new livestreaming service.


Burkland launches new dedicated practice for financial technology startups
Published: 17-03-2021 | 14:50:59 | By: Pie Kamau
Burkland, a full service fractional CFO and accounting provider for startups, announced a new dedicated Financial Technology practice team.


Venture Noire launches new cohort program following $1.3m grant from Walton Family Foundation
Published: 17-03-2021 | 14:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Venture Noire, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Black and minority entrepreneurs, announced the recipient of a multi-year grant from the Walton Family Foundation for a second consecutive year, totaling $1.3 million.


Workchew startup raises $2.5m to drive the future of flexible work
Published: 17-03-2021 | 14:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
WorkChew, a startup that turns hotels and restaurants into on-demand flexible workspaces, has raised $2.5 million in an oversubscribed seed round.


Noon Energy's breakthrough renewable energy storage technology lands $3m seed investment
Published: 16-03-2021 | 15:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Noon Energy, developer of a revolutionary ultra-low-cost battery technology for long-duration energy storage, closed a $3 million Seed stage investment.


CRIO secures Series A financing to accelerate growth, platform development
Published: 16-03-2021 | 15:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Clinical Research IO (CRIO), a Boston-based technology firm offering clinical research sponsors and sites a platform to streamline clinical trials, announced the completion of a $3.5 million Series A round led by Rally Ventures.


Mental health startup Opeeka launches Person-Centered Intelligence Solution to enable coordinated care across system of care
Published: 16-03-2021 | 14:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mental health technology startup Opeeka announced the release of its Person-Centered Intelligence Solution (P-CIS) to help remove technology barriers from the system of care.


BrokerTech Ventures adds Zurich North America to its premiere agency and insurance company portfolio
Published: 16-03-2021 | 14:15:54 | By: Pie Kamau
BrokerTech Ventures (BTV), the industry's first broker-led convening platform and accelerator program, announced the addition of its newest carrier, Zurich North America, to the platform.


Mobile sports betting startup ZenSports closes $2.4m Series A round funding
Published: 16-03-2021 | 13:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ZenSports, the next-generation mobile sports betting app that offers both a traditional book plus peer-to-peer sports betting platform using fiat or cryptocurrencies, has announced the close of its new $2.4 million in Series A funding.


Nano raises $90m pre-IPO funding round to accelerate growth
Published: 15-03-2021 | 15:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nano Cures (Nano), a clinical stage biotechnology and infectious disease immunity platform company, announced a $90 million pre-IPO funding round.


Bitcoin financial services startup river.com raises $12m Series A to accelerate growth
Published: 15-03-2021 | 14:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
San Francisco-based Bitcoin financial services provider River Financial closed a $12 million Series A equity financing round to continue growing its financial service offerings for traditional investors.


Upstryve startup crosses seed round finish line hitting max goal through speedy crowdfunding campaign
Published: 15-03-2021 | 14:29:09 | By: Pie Kamau
Upstryve, a newcomer to the fast-growing online tutoring community, announced success in its crowdfunding campaign.


Austin startup Blended Sense defies all odds to provide jobs for creative professionals
Published: 15-03-2021 | 14:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
When Blended Sense began as a lightbulb in actor Abigail Rose's mind just shy of two years ago, it was an answer to her own palpable, tear-inducing frustrations as a creative professional.


Vuzix Partners with marketing tech startup rooom AG to expand its presence in enterprise training on 3D Augmented Reality content
Published: 11-03-2021 | 10:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vuzix Corporation, a supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, announced a partnership with rooom AG, a marketing tech startup based in Germany that offers an innovative all-in-one solution for 3D and AR.


Sommelier raises $3.5m seed round to build a new co-processor for Ethereum's world computer
Published: 11-03-2021 | 10:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sommelier, a decentralized finance (DeFi) blockchain protocol and Ethereum bridge that acts as a co-processor to the Ethereum world computer, announced a $3.5 million series seed investment led by Standard Crypto.


Riviera Partners creates Riviera Ventures through Arete Partners acquisition
Published: 11-03-2021 | 09:51:44 | By: Pie Kamau
Riviera Partners, the Executive Search firm for engineering, product, and design leadership roles, announces the strategic acquisition of Arete Partners.


Plug and Play welcomes PIMCO as newest fintech partner
Published: 11-03-2021 | 09:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global innovation platform, Plug and Play, announced its newest partnership with PIMCO, one of the world's premier fixed income investment managers.


Fintech startup Cube raises $10m Series A to expand next-geneneration CFO intelligence platform
Published: 10-03-2021 | 16:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cube, the next-generation Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) platform for modern Finance teams, announced a Series A round of funding led by Mayfield, with participation from Bonfire Ventures and Operator Collective.


Exabel closes $9m seed round to accelerate new data partnerships, launches alternative data insights product
Published: 10-03-2021 | 15:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Exabel, the simple-to-use Al, analytics and data platform for investment teams, announced it has closed a fourth seed investment round from investor AWC, bringing its total capital raised to over $21 million.


Evergreen Podcasts invests in Podcast Radio startup
Published: 10-03-2021 | 15:22:57 | By: Pie Kamau
Evergreen Podcasts announced an investment in Podcast Radio, a U.K.-based, independent platform for discovering and promoting podcasts through digital broadcasting and a radio-like experience.


7T launches Foundation Program to propel startups forward with innovative mobile apps & custom software
Published: 10-03-2021 | 14:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cutting-edge Dallas software development company 7T, Inc. has officially re-launched its Foundation Program, designed to provide startups with an actionable implementation plan for the development of a custom mobile app or software platform.


Mediahuis Ventures invests in AI coaching startup BUNCH
Published: 10-03-2021 | 14:05:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Mediahuis Ventures, the venture capital arm of European media group Mediahuis, is investing in BUNCH, a New York and Berlin based  AI coaching startup.


3Lines VC invests in deep tech startup Edgetensor
Published: 09-03-2021 | 14:14:07 | By: Pie Kamau
3Lines Venture Capital announced it is leading the investment in a bridge to Series A round for Dallas,TX, based Edgetensor Technologies, an early stage company pioneering a revolutionary 'AI at the Edge' technology.


Cybersecurity startup ActZero announces its public launch with $40 million investment
Published: 09-03-2021 | 14:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ActZero, a cybersecurity startup whose mission is to make cybersecurity accessible and scalable to small and mid-sized businesses by complementing managed detection and response services with artificial intelligence, announced its public launch.


Edtech startup Quizizz raises $12.5m in Series A to empower teachers around the world
Published: 09-03-2021 | 13:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Quizizz, an edtech startup with a presence in India and the U.S., announced a $12.5 million Series A funding round led by Eight Roads Ventures with participation from GSV Ventures, Rocketship VC and existing investors Nexus Venture Partners.


Created by innovative tech leaders, FutureTech.NYC seeks to redefine venture capital
Published: 08-03-2021 | 15:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
FutureTech.NYC, a reimagined venture studio model focusing on hyper-accelerating the commercialization of next-gen technologies has the potential to shake up the VC industry.


Digital payments startup AeroPay raises over $5 m venture round
Published: 08-03-2021 | 15:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AeroPay, a Chicago-based digital payments platform powering bank transfer payments for businesses, announced the closing of a $5+ million Venture Round led by Chicago Ventures, a firm that leads investments in early-stage startups.


Curio announces funding, NFT platform receives $1.2m in oversubscribed seed round to fuel expansion
Published: 08-03-2021 | 15:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Curio, the preferred platform for brands and content owners to create digital fan experiences and collectibles, announced the closing of $1.2 million in an oversubscribed seed round led by Future Perfect Ventures.


Dog food startup KetoNatural Pet Foods raises $2m in seed financing transaction
Published: 08-03-2021 | 14:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
KetoNatural Pet Foods, a pet food startup founded by companion animal nutrition author and activist Daniel Schulof, announced the closing of a $2 million seed financing transaction led by Chicago-based fund Corazon Capital.


EquityBee accelerates growth with $20m Series A funding
Published: 05-03-2021 | 12:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EquityBee, the startup employees' stock options funding solution, announces its Series A financing round, raising $20 million to accelerate growth, make additional hires across all departments, and expand product offerings.


DLA Piper named top three law firm for combined M&A, venture capital, private equity deal volume by PitchBook
Published: 05-03-2021 | 12:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DLA Piper announced that the firm ranked among the top three most active law firms for combined global deal volume in M&A, venture capital and private equity in 2020, according to PitchBook.


Digital marketing startup Rollick secures $8.5m in funding
Published: 05-03-2021 | 11:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Rollick Inc., which operates the GoRollick Powersports, RV, and Boat Buying Program Marketplace, announced the closing of $8.5 million in funding.


Companion raises $8m seed round to use machine learning and computer vision to talk to dogs
Published: 05-03-2021 | 11:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Companion announced $8 million in Seed funding to transform how people train, engage and communicate with their dogs. The funding comes from leading institutional investors and VCs along with some of the largest pet companies and charities in the world.


REFASHIOND Ventures announces New Rolling fund on AngelList
Published: 05-03-2021 | 10:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
REFASHIOND Ventures, an NYC-based, early-stage supply chain technology venture firm that invests in startups refashioning global supply chains, announced the launch of a $10 million early stage Rolling Fund on AngelList.


Plug and Play announces 98 startups for its Spring 2021 Batches
Published: 05-03-2021 | 10:35:37 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play has accepted 98 startups into its Spring 2021 Batches. Startups have been selected for one of the following programs that run through May: Brand & Retail, Food & Beverage, Media & Advertising, New Materials & Packaging, Supply Chain, or Sustainability.


Rev Ventures secures $1m in seed funding round
Published: 04-03-2021 | 12:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Rev Ventures Group, a technology driven performance marketing ecosystem, announced the completion of a $1 million seed round of funding led by KEY Investment Partners with participation from Phyto Partners.


Text message marketing startup Postscript raises $35m to fuel the future of customer communication via SMS
Published: 04-03-2021 | 12:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Postscript, the text message marketing platform for Shopify stores, announced a new round of Series B funding of $35 million led by Greylock, with participation from YC Continuity Fund, OpenView, and others


Startup Space announces two new hires to fuel growth, continue expansion
Published: 04-03-2021 | 11:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Startup Space, the innovative platform for entrepreneurship community building, announced the appointment of Reneida Leon as Head of Product and Molly King as Associate Director of Client Experience.


A100x launches venture fund to advance blockchain and emerging technologies for impact
Published: 03-03-2021 | 10:03:15 | By: Pie Kamau
Early-stage investor A100x announced the launch of a rolling venture fund committed to investing in companies that apply blockchain, AI and other emerging technologies to promote environmental, social and economic impact.


Interlace Ventures adds new venture partners to expand strategic investments in tech-enabled commerce
Published: 03-03-2021 | 09:39:48 | By: Pie Kamau
Interlace Ventures announced it has expanded its team with two commerce technology luminaries. Vibhu Norby and Sydney Werber will join as venture partners while retaining their respective roles at b8ta and Avise.


Healthcare fintech startup PayGround raises $4m to simplify healthcare payments
Published: 03-03-2021 | 09:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Healthcare Fintech startup, PayGround, announced the closing of its $4 million Seed Round to strengthen its position of simplifying the way patients pay their healthcare bills.


Remote collaboration startup Parabol raises $8m in Series A funding led by Microsoft's M12
Published: 03-03-2021 | 09:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Parabol, an Agile meeting platform, secured a Series A investment of $8 million led by M12, Microsoft's venture fund, with continued participation from CRV, Haystack, Techstars, and others.


Sustainable lawn care startup Sunday enters mass retail market
Published: 03-03-2021 | 08:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eco-friendly startup Sunday announced that its innovative line of lawn, pest, and yard care products will now be available for purchase at Walmart stores throughout the country.


API-powered startup Reservec Global to selI its intellectual property
Published: 02-03-2021 | 16:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Reservec Global, a software startup based in Florida, announced it intends to sell its proprietary intellectual property. The downturn in travel spending caused by COVID-19 had a profound impact on the company's ability to grow.


Silicon Road Ventures announces $31m close of fund
Published: 02-03-2021 | 15:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Silicon Road Ventures today announced the close of its $31 million fund focused on commerce tech. Silicon Road invests in US-based technology startups ranging from seed to series A across e-commerce, retail and CPG.


Envestnet | Yodlee, Productfy partner to offer single technology platform for early-stage startups to embed financial products
Published: 02-03-2021 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Envestnet | Yodlee is partnering with Productfy, to offer a single platform for quicker development of financial products and solutions for Fintech startups.


Virtual event startup Hubilo raises $23.5m to redefine the future of events
Published: 26-02-2021 | 13:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hubilo, the global virtual and hybrid events platform, announced a $23.5 million Series A investment led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Balderton Capital, alongside several industry experts and luminaries.


Logistics tech startup ZUUM Transportation launches ZUUM BEYOND TMS for shippers
Published: 26-02-2021 | 12:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Logistics technology innovator ZUUM Transportation launched ZUUM BEYOND TMS with ZUUM Business and ZUUM Enterprise, expanding the modular product line of their Logistics Super Platform.


Horizon Technology Finance provides $9m venture loan facility to Primary
Published: 26-02-2021 | 11:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Horizon Technology Finance Corporation, a specialty finance company announced it has provided a $9 million venture loan facility to Primary Kids (Primary), of which $6 million has been initially funded.


Lux Research names top food and agriculture startups of 2020
Published: 26-02-2021 | 10:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
In recent years, the majority of growth in the food and beverage industry has gone to companies outside the top 20 players, with smaller and more agile brands capitalizing on the demand for personalized products.


Fintech startup TiiCKER celebrates Detroit public companies with exclusive shareholder perk for investors
Published: 26-02-2021 | 10:05:22 | By: Pie Kamau
TiiCKER, a Detroit-based fintech startup that engages, verifies and rewards retail investors through stock perks, announced an exclusive reward for shareholders of metro Detroit-based public companies.


AI startup Roviero raises $6.6m oversubscribed Seed round to deliver full stack Native Graph AI Processor
Published: 25-02-2021 | 09:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Roviero, a Silicon Valley artificial intelligence startup, received $6.6 million in Series Seed funding to build a disruptive and industry first Native Graph AI Processor.


Detroit-based tech startup InvestNext raises $600K seed round to democratize real estate investing
Published: 25-02-2021 | 09:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
InvestNext, the technology company that streamlines fundraising, communication and payout for real estate investors, announced the closing of a seed round of $600,000 to grow its team and online platform.


Emotive startup raises $50m Series B funding to accelerates growth of its conversational text message platform
Published: 25-02-2021 | 08:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Emotive, the first and only conversational text message platform for eCommerce brands, announced the closing of a Series B funding round of $50 million led by CRV, bringing the company's valuation to $400 million.


Insurtech startup Zelros raises $11m Series A funding to bring AI-powered responsible insurance distribution to North America
Published: 25-02-2021 | 08:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Zelros, the industry's first AI-driven platform dedicated to advancing insurance distribution, announced the successful close of an $11 mllion Series A financing round, bringing the company's total funding to date to $16.5 million.


Fintech startup Finix exceeds $100m in funding, adds execs from Google, Tesla, and Uber to its C-Suite
Published: 25-02-2021 | 08:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Finix, the payments infrastructure company helping vertical SaaS companies transform their businesses through payments, surpassed $100 million in total funding, allocating 10% of its most recent funding round for Black and Latinx investors.


Hair color innovator Madison Reed raises $52m to continue omnichannel expansion
Published: 24-02-2021 | 13:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hair color innovator Madison Reed announced a $52 million financing round to continue to fuel its omnichannel expansion and build upon the 130 percent growth it saw during 2020.


Biopharmaceutical startup Teon Therapeutics completes $30m Series A financing for expansion
Published: 24-02-2021 | 12:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Teon Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing small molecules that inhibit the immunosuppressive and cancer-promoting signaling pathways, announced the completion of a $30 million Series A financing.


Fertility marketplace startup GoStork raises $760k in first seed round funding for expansion
Published: 24-02-2021 | 12:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GoStork, the first fertility marketplace, announced its first round of seed funding in the amount of $760,000 for the expansion of services, providers and key staff to simplify the first steps in the family building journey.


Software startup FloorFound raises raises $4m to turn oversized goods returns into resale profit
Published: 24-02-2021 | 12:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
FloorFound, a software platform that facilitates returns and resales of oversized products for eCommerce retailers, closed a $4 million seed round led by LiveOak Venture Partners.


Biotech startup Micronoma raises $3.5m in convertible note financing
Published: 23-02-2021 | 08:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Micronoma, the first cancer detection biotech company that utilizes signals from the tumor-related microbiome to diagnose cancer at an early stage with liquid biopsy technology, announced the closing of $3.5 million in convertible debt financing.


Chicago-based startup Push raises $1m seed round to fuel mobile game that pays real prize money
Published: 23-02-2021 | 08:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chicago-based startup Push closed a $1 million dollar round led by JBL Energy Partners & private investors, to fuel its live app played by tens of thousands of people, vying to win actual cash.


Cloud infrastructure startup Pipe17 raises $8m to help high-growth e-Commerce merchants close demand and operations gap
Published: 23-02-2021 | 08:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pipe17, the connected infrastructure company for e-commerce, announced the closing of an $8 million round of funding led by GLP Capital Partners, the U.S.-based investment arm of GLP.


Adjuvant Capital announces $300m venture fund to improve global public health
Published: 19-02-2021 | 12:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Adjuvant Capital announced an oversubscribed $300 million fund focused on accelerating the development of medical innovations for historically overlooked public health challenges.


Async Art startup secures over $2m in seed funding
Published: 19-02-2021 | 12:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Async Art a Silicon Valley-based art platform revolutionizing the digital art NFT space, announced it secured its primary seed funding.


Investment in Forward BIOLABS paying off for bioscience startups
Published: 19-02-2021 | 12:02:04 | By: Pie Kamau
Forward BIOLABS, a co-working life science lab that helps bioscience startups grow, is celebrating early successes and honoring the companies that support the organization.


UNIQORN inks investment and incubation agreement with digital music startup EarthTones Media
Published: 19-02-2021 | 11:49:16 | By: Pie Kamau
France's rural incubator-accelerator, UNIQORN, announced it has finalized an agreement with EarthTones Media, an American technology startup in the digital music space.


Cyber security startup SPHERE secures $10m in Series A funding for expansion
Published: 19-02-2021 | 10:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SPHERE, a woman-owned cybersecurity business focused on providing best-of-breed software and services for access governance across data, platforms and applications, announced a $10 million series A round led by ForgePoint Capital.


Livestream commerce startup talkshoplive raises a $3m to further scale its network
Published: 18-02-2021 | 11:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
talkshoplive (TSL), a Los Angeles-based livestream commerce company, announced it has closed a $3 million seed round of financing led by Spero Ventures LLC, to further scale the livestream network.


Recogni startup raises $48.9m Series B investment for AI-powered perception chips
Published: 18-02-2021 | 10:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Recogni, the developers of an AI vision cognition system for autonomous vehicles, announced $48.9 million in a Series B financing round, to help bring its perception platform to market and expand its engineering and go-to-market teams.


SaaS startup Ally.io raises $50m Series C to connect employees with OKRs
Published: 18-02-2021 | 10:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ally.io, a hypergrowth technology company specializing in goal-setting and business execution software, announced a $50 million Series C funding round led by Greenoaks Capital.


Kenyan logistics startup Amitruck secures pre-seed funding for expansion across East Africa
Published: 18-02-2021 | 10:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan trucking logistics marketplace startup Amitruck secured an undisclosed investment led by US-based Dynamo Ventures with participation from Plug and Play Ventures and a collection of strategic angel investors.


Insurtech startup InsurePay secures $5m Series A investment round to accelerate growth
Published: 18-02-2021 | 09:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
InsurePay, a workers' compensation administration and insurance premium billing platform for insurance providers, announced it has completed a $5 million Series A round of financing.


Boast.AI secures $100m to fuel R&D tax credit-based financing for startups
Published: 18-02-2021 | 09:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Boast.ai, a software innovator whose flagship product automates the complex process of applying for R&D tax credits, secured a $100 million credit facility from Brevet Capital, a leading alternative credit investment and specialty finance firm.


Blockchain startup Vaionex Corporation completes seed funding round with Two Hop Ventures
Published: 17-02-2021 | 13:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vaionex Corporation, a blockchain startup founded by students from the University of Cambridge, announced it has completed a seed funding round with Two Hop Ventures, a Dutch venture capital firm focused exclusively on investing in Bitcoin SV startup.


Tech startup Realm raises $3m seed round to help homeowners tap into their property's $175,900 potential
Published: 17-02-2021 | 13:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Realm, the first centralized data hub for homeowners, raised $3 million in seed funding from Primary Venture Partners, Lerer Hippeau, and Liberty Mutual Strategic Venture Partners.


Sunnyside OffRoad startup launches extreme off-road capable, ultralight camping trailer
Published: 17-02-2021 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Startup Sunnyside OffRoad announced the launch of extreme off-road capable, ultralight camping trailer. After three years of incubation, the Boony Stomper has hatched Only 586 lbs, custom fabricated suspension, light enough for UTV towing.


Scientific startups investor Prime Movers Lab expands life sciences practice
Published: 17-02-2021 | 12:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Prime Movers Lab, an investor in breakthrough scientific startups that will revolutionize the world's most important industries and transform billions of lives, announced that it is expanding its efforts in the life sciences.


Next-gen XR video distribution startup YBVR secures $1.5m to accelerate growth
Published: 17-02-2021 | 12:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
YBVR, a next-generation XR video distribution platform, announced a $1.5 million Pre-Series A funding round with participation from Verizon Ventures, Telefonica's Wayra and Tech Coast Angels.


Women's healthtech fund SteelSky secures investment from Motley Fool Ventures
Published: 16-02-2021 | 11:14:56 | By: Pie Kamau
SteelSky Ventures, a women's health tech fund, announced it has received investment from Motley Fool Ventures.


Swiftarc Venture invests in music creation innovator, Artiphon
Published: 16-02-2021 | 11:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swiftarc Venture Labs has completed an investment in Nashville-based Artiphon, a consumer electronics company pioneering the future of music creation.


Nex Cubed partners with Canadian government to support digital health startups
Published: 16-02-2021 | 10:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nex Cubed, early-stage innovation and startup acceleration, announced a partnership with the Government of Canada to launch the SoCal Tech Highway Digital Health Program to support Canadian Digital Health startups .


Colorado-based Ensemble Innovation Ventures launches its venture capital platform, EIVF
Published: 15-02-2021 | 16:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ensemble Innovation Ventures (EIV), is launching its venture capital platform, Ensemble Innovation Ventures Fund (EIVF). The fund seeks to catalyze innovation in the health and wellness space.


Insurtech startup TrustLayer raises $6.6m to expand its insurance verification and compliance platform
Published: 15-02-2021 | 16:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TrustLayer, the collaborative risk management platform, announced it has completed a $6.6 million seed round of financing.


Techstars portfolio startup Edify raises $1.6m in initial funding round
Published: 15-02-2021 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Edify, a Techstars portfolio company, raised 1.635 million out of what could be a $2 million seed round. The company, founded in 2020 by CEO Kristen Gallagher, is embracing the future of work by streamlining the technical onboarding process.


Connected accounting startup Lockstep closes $10m Series A
Published: 15-02-2021 | 15:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lockstep, the world's first connected accounting cloud, announced the close of a $10 million Series A funding round led by Point72 Ventures with participation from Clocktower Ventures and Revel Partners.


Nationwide doubles down on venture capital efforts, expands investment fund to $350m
Published: 12-02-2021 | 10:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nationwide announced the expansion of its venture capital investment fund to $350 million, to be directed into high-growth potential insurance and financial services startups that directly advance Nationwide's strategy.


Tech startup DineSafe offers new tools for restaurants and consumers alike
Published: 12-02-2021 | 10:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
A new platform DineSafe, is helping individual restaurants show potential customers the many ways they're keeping customers and employees safe.


Insurtech startup Marble secures $2.5m seed round, launches first digital wallet and rewards for insurance
Published: 11-02-2021 | 10:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Marble, the first digital wallet and loyalty platform for insurance, announced $2.5 million in seed round funding.


Data privacy tech startup WireWheel raises $20m in Series B funding for market expansion
Published: 11-02-2021 | 10:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
WireWheel, a data privacy technology platform, announced $20 million in Series B financing led by ForgePoint Capital, with existing investors also participating in the round, bringing total capital raised by the company to $45 million.


Plant-based meat startup New Age Meats announces $2m in seed extension prior to Series A
Published: 11-02-2021 | 09:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
New Age Meats (NAM), a cultivated and plant-based meat startup in Berkeley, CA with an initial focus on pork, announced an additional $2 million in Seed extension, adding to funds raised post-Seed announced late last year.


Tech startup Bodyguard expands into the US to protect social media users from toxic online content
Published: 11-02-2021 | 09:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bodyguard, the technology startup that protects users from cyber harassment, hate speech and toxic content online, launched a major US expansion at CES 2021, in line with its vision of creating a safer web around the world.


Software reliability startup Nobl9 secures $21m Series B funding
Published: 11-02-2021 | 09:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nobl9, the software reliability platform company, secured $21 million in Series B funding and launched its flagship product to define the landscape of the next major innovation in cloud infrastructure operations.


Georgia startup BRAVE Innovations races to complete AI-powered voice screening tool to crush COVID-19
Published: 11-02-2021 | 08:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
With innovative AI methods and algorithms, BRAVE Innovations is working tirelessly to increase the number of confidential voice samples recorded at COVIDvoice.net to launch a voice-based COVID-19 screening tool.


Vested Finance raises $3.6m to bring U.S. stocks to Indian investors
Published: 10-02-2021 | 13:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vested Finance, a Silicon Valley-based online investment platform that enables Indian investors to invest in the U.S. stock market, announced it has raised a $3.6 million seed funding round.


Surgical startup Theater raises $15.5m Series A round to Scale its AI platform
Published: 10-02-2021 | 12:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Theator, the Surgical Intelligence platform leveraging AI and computer vision to improve surgeon performance, announced it raised $15.5 million in an oversubscribed Series A round led by Insight Partners.


Gentem Health startup closes $10m Series A financing to streamline and accelerate insurance reimbursements
Published: 10-02-2021 | 12:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Gentem Health, a Silicon Valley-startup focused on helping private practices thrive financially, raised a $10 million Series A financing round, bringing total investment to $13.7 million.


Venture philanthropy platform Sparo joins Microsoft for Startups program
Published: 10-02-2021 | 11:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Maryland-based early-stage company Sparo has joined the Microsoft for Startups program to scale its trademarked Purchase with a Purpose platform on Microsoft Azure.


Proxima Ventures, Co-win Ventures invest in Bioelectronica to accelerate pharmaceutical discovery and development
Published: 09-02-2021 | 08:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bioelectronica announced the closing of an investment by Proxima Ventures and Co-win Ventures to advance the company's innovations in digital biochemistry, from novel assay development to scalable electrofluidics.


Digital surgery innovator Activ Surgical joins Microsoft for Startups program
Published: 09-02-2021 | 07:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Activ Surgical™, a digital surgery pioneer, announced it has been named the newest member of Microsoft for Startups, a global program that helps B2B startups successfully scale.


Panoramic Ventures launches with $300m fund
Published: 09-02-2021 | 07:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Panoramic Ventures announced its formation through a partnership between highly successful entrepreneur and investor Paul Judge and BIP Capital.


SJF Ventures closes fifth fund at $175m
Published: 05-02-2021 | 11:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SJF Ventures has launched SJF Ventures V, L.P., a $175 million impact investment fund. SJF backs visionary entrepreneurial teams working in clean energy and climate, circular economy and logistics, mobility and govtech.


Career development startup Careerist raises $1.25m in seed round at $21m market cap
Published: 05-02-2021 | 11:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Careerist (ex JobEasy), a Silicon Valley-based career development platform which adapts US labor to the new economy for a share of the future salary, has raised $1.25 million in seed financing.


Fintech startup Routefusion secures $3.6m seed round
Published: 05-02-2021 | 10:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Routefusion, a financial technology company focused on providing the easiest and fastest way for tech companies to embed cross-border payments in their applications, has secured $3.6 million in seed funding.


Biotech Executive Elizabeth Cormier-May appointed new CEO for women's health startup Mammogen
Published: 05-02-2021 | 10:01:34 | By: Pie Kamau
Mammogen, Inc., a women's health startup born at the intersection of data, technology and science, and Bench International, a leading global executive search firm, jointly announce the appointment of Elizabeth Cormier-May as Chief Executive Officer.


Crush Capital raises $3.25m to launch pioneering streaming series "Going Public"
Published: 04-02-2021 | 16:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Crush Capital, the fintech company behind upcoming interactive streaming series "Going Public," announced a $3.25-million Seed round to accelerate the show's development and advance its goal of bringing IPO investing to everyday Americans.


Marketing SaaS startup Unstack raises $3.1m seed round to expand no-code platform
Published: 04-02-2021 | 16:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Unstack, the platform that helps entrepreneurs and marketing teams build digital businesses without code, raised $3.1 million in seed capital, led by El Cap Holdings with participation from existing investors.


Boston-based data insights startup Resultably helps businesses understand and predict workforce efficiency
Published: 04-02-2021 | 15:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Resultably, a data insights platform powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning launched publicly, integrating with business tools Google, Microsoft, Zoom, Slack, and Zenefits to help companies unlock business insights.


Food Tech Studio - Bites! unveils 85 startups from across the world to participate in its innovation program
Published: 04-02-2021 | 15:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Scrum Ventures announced the list of startups chosen to participate in its Food Tech Studio - Bites!, a global program aimed to solve the key challenges plaguing our food supply chain today, including (but not limited to) safety, waste reduction, and health.


Healthtech startup HealthTensor raises $5m to augment medical diagnosis with AI
Published: 03-02-2021 | 13:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HealthTensor, an artificial intelligence company that is creating software to help augment medical decision making, announced it has raised a $5 million seed round of financing led by Calibrate Ventures, TenOneTen Ventures, and Susa Ventures.


Global law firm DLA Piper advises Atlanta-based startup Calendly on its $350m Series B financing
Published: 02-02-2021 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DLA Piper represented Calendly, an Atlanta-based provider of appointment scheduling software, in its recent $350 million Series B financing, resulting in its subsequent valuation at more than $3 billion.


Phoenix Venture Partners LLC raises 3rd capital fund, PVP III LP
Published: 02-02-2021 | 14:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Phoenix Venture Partners LLC (PVP) announced it officially closed its latest flagship venture capital fund, PVP III LP at EOY 2020.


HR startup Oyster closes $20m investment round
Published: 02-02-2021 | 13:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Oyster, the HR platform for globally distributed companies, announced it has completed a $20 million Series A investment led by Emergence Capital, less than a year after raising a $4.2 million seed round.


Salon hair color startup CLICS receives $1m crowdfunding investment
Published: 02-02-2021 | 12:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CLICS LLC announced it has received a $1 million investment via the Wefunder crowdfunding website from Brian Claypool, a nationally regarded civil rights trial attorney.


Second Front Systems extends seed round funding to $8.1m for immediate impact to national security
Published: 01-02-2021 | 16:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Second Front Systems (2F), a public benefit software company that equips defense and national security professionals for long-term, continuous competition for access to emerging technologies, announced an oversubscribed extension of $2.1 million.


US-based investment firm Bryce Catalyst announces $1.75m seed round for dealcloser
Published: 01-02-2021 | 15:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
dealcloser, a transaction management hub for legal professionals, announced it has closed a $1.75m seed round from Bryce Catalyst


Ohio-based geometric deep-learning startup Physna raises $20m Series B funding
Published: 01-02-2021 | 15:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Physna, the geometric deep-learning and 3D search solutions company, announced it raised $20 million in Series B funding.


Digital Power-Optimization completes Seed II funding round
Published: 29-01-2021 | 14:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digital Power-Optimization (DPO) announced it has completed a $440,000 Seed II funding round at a $4,000,000 post-money valuation, funded by Salutem Capital.


Scalapay raises $48m to give merchants a single payment solution and access to merchant referrals
Published: 29-01-2021 | 14:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Scalapay, a third-party payment solution that enables customers to buy now and pay later (BNPL) without interest, announced it has raised a $48 million seed round.


Former Mastercard President launches Global PayTech Ventures
Published: 29-01-2021 | 11:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The former President of Mastercard Europe, Javier Perez, announced the launch of Global PayTech Ventures (GPT), the first venture capital firm focused exclusively on ground-breaking payment technology.


e-commerce startup Sturish raises $3.2m to build AI based growth platform for SMBs
Published: 28-01-2021 | 12:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sturish, an AI driven e-commerce growth platform that establishes and grows online businesses across multiple channels and global markets, closed a $3.2 million seed funding round to hire additional talent and build out its technology platform.


John Deere adds new companies to its 2021 Startup Collaborator program
Published: 28-01-2021 | 12:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
John Deere & Company announced the companies that will be part of the 2021 cohort of the Startup Collaborator program.


Payroll infrastructure startup Check announces public launch with $35m Series B investment
Published: 28-01-2021 | 11:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Check, a first-of-its-kind payroll infrastructure startup whose mission is to make paying people simple, announced its public launch with $35 million in Series B funding from Stripe and Thrive Capital.


Seattle-based traveltech startup Cabana rolls out new offerings, expands operations to California
Published: 28-01-2021 | 11:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cabana, the Seattle-based traveltech startup reinventing how people travel through its fleet of luxe mobile hotels, is rolling out enhanced offerings to its customers in Seattle and soon to its newest market, Los Angeles.


MRM partners with Founders Factory on new startup impact program
Published: 28-01-2021 | 10:53:17 | By: Pie Kamau
MRM, a marketing agency that is part of McCann Worldgroup, and Founders Factory, the influential startup studio and accelerator, announced a new partnership, to give MRM access to Founders Factory's network of startups.


Digital-legacy startup GoodTrust raises $2.3m in seed funding round, launches new platform
Published: 27-01-2021 | 09:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GoodTrust, the digital-legacy platform startup, announced it closed a $2.3 million seed funding round led by Bling Capital, Synetro Ventures, Azure Capital Partners and Silicon Valley angel investors including Nikesh Arora, Bobby Lo and Christian Wiklund.


Insurtech startup Joshu raises $3.7m seed round to digitize and modernize commercial insurance
Published: 27-01-2021 | 09:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Joshu, an insurtech company that helps insurance carriers launch online distribution channels, announced it closed $3.7 million in seed funding led by Blumberg Capital.


Santa Clara-based startup Refzee launches movie analytics platform for the film industry
Published: 27-01-2021 | 07:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Refzee, the Santa Clara-based startup announced a new movie analytics platform, aimed at giving the film industry the decisive metrics it needs.


Kids and family finance startup Goalsetter raises $3.9m seed round to accelerate subscriber growth
Published: 26-01-2021 | 10:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Goalsetter, a Black-owned kids and family finance app that provides a next-generation, education-first banking experience for U.S. kids and teens, announced its seed capital raise of $3.9 million.


Mental health startup Hurdle raises $5m to accelerate expansion of its platform
Published: 25-01-2021 | 14:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hurdle, an innovative digital mental health platform company, announced it has successfully closed a $5 million Series Seed financing co-led by 406 Ventures and Seae Ventures with participation from F-Prime.


Agritech startup Bear Flag Robotics raises $7.9m seed extension round
Published: 25-01-2021 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bear Flag Robotics announced a $7.9 million seed extension funding round led by True Ventures. The Silicon Valley-based agritech company is developing autonomous technology for farm tractors, which enables growers to increase productivity.


Tech startup CloudNatix raises $4.5m seed round to transform cloud and on-premise infrastructure operations
Published: 22-01-2021 | 15:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CloudNatix, a provider of efficient infrastructure across multiple clouds and on-premise environments, announced the closing of $4.5 million Seed round financing.


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


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.