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FNB announces $2.5m commitment to Black Tech Nation Ventures to fund Black-led technology startups
Published: 18-05-2022 | 13:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
F.N.B. Corporation announced it is making a $2.5 million equity commitment to Black Tech Nation Ventures (BTN.vc), a majority Black-owned venture capital fund based in Pittsburgh, PA.


HealthQuest Capital closes $675m for Fund IV to invest in growth-stage healthtech startups
Published: 18-05-2022 | 13:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HealthQuest Capital, a sector specialist capital firm focused on companies optimizing value in healthcare, announced the close of HealthQuest Partners IV, L.P., at its hard cap of $675 million.


Banking-as-a-Service startup Unit raises $100m Series C round to accelerate product development
Published: 18-05-2022 | 13:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Unit, the banking-as-a-service platform that empowers companies to embed financial services in their products, announced it has raised a $100 million in a Series C round led by global software investor Insight Partners.


Construction tech startup Dibbs opens bidding app to disrupt the construction industry in Massachusetts
Published: 18-05-2022 | 12:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Construction technology startup Dibbs, announced the expansion of its iOS app to Massachusetts, to expand its marketplace in the area.


A.Team comes out of stealth with $60m funding to rethink tech's talent crisis
Published: 17-05-2022 | 14:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
A.Team, the first members-only network of the world's top product builders, came out of stealth mode and announced a $55 million Series A financing round co-led by Tiger Global Management, Insight Partners and Spruce Capital Partners.


SaaS solution startup LucidLink raises $20m Series B to solve remote collaboration challenges for global creative teams
Published: 17-05-2022 | 14:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LucidLink, an innovative SaaS solution connecting creative teams around the world, announced it has raised $20 million in funding from investors in its Series B funding round.


Very Good Ventures raises $3m Series A funding to further scale rapidly growing flutter practice
Published: 17-05-2022 | 14:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Very Good Ventures, the Flutter app development consultancy, announced a $3 million in Series A funding from Celesta Capital to help drive rapid growth, make key hires, and expand the quality of the Flutter development ecosystem.


Security startup StackHawk raises $20.7m Series B funding for developer-first application and API security testing
Published: 16-05-2022 | 13:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
StackHawk, the company making application security testing part of software delivery, has secured $20.7 million in capital co-led by Sapphire and Costanoa Ventures.


AI gaming startup Sizzle.gg raises $5m seed round for expansion
Published: 16-05-2022 | 12:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sizzle.gg, an AI-driven patented platform that creates automatic and personalized highlights for esports leagues and teams, video game streamers and more, has raised $5 million in a seed funding round.


Gaming startup StartPlaying raises $6.5m seed funding to scale growth
Published: 16-05-2022 | 12:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
StartPlaying, the online platform to find tabletop role-playing games and professional Game Masters, announced a $6.5 million seed round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz general partners Jonathan Lai and Andrew Chen.


Contract management startup Evisort raises $100m funding to enhance customer experience, accelerate growth
Published: 13-05-2022 | 14:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Evisort, the no-code contract intelligence platform loved by legal, procurement, and sales operations teams worldwide, announced it has raised $100 million in capital.


Handspring launches with $6.2m seed financing to make mental healthcare accessible to children and families
Published: 13-05-2022 | 13:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Handspring announced the closing of its $6.2 million seed round to further its mission of making quality mental healthcare accessible to all families.


e-Logistics startup Truckbook raises $3m seed funding to revolutionize the trucking industry
Published: 13-05-2022 | 13:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Truckbook, a virtual trucking platform providing a suite of solutions for owner-operators, announced it has raised $3 million in Seed funding from Sacramento-based venture capital firm Moneta Ventures.


Fintech startup GravyStack raises $5.2m to launch gamified financial literacy banking platform for kids & teens
Published: 13-05-2022 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Serial entrepreneurs Scott Donnell and Travis Adams have raised a $5.2 million seed round led by Altrus Capital and a pool of private investors to launch the GravyStack financial literacy app.


Raytheon Technologies venture capital group invests in Hermeus to accelerate air travel
Published: 13-05-2022 | 11:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Raytheon Technologies announced a strategic investment in Hermeus Corporation, a company developing hypersonic aircraft for defense and commercial applications, through its newly established corporate venture capital group, RTX Ventures.


Dough Ecommerce Capital partners with Byrne Capital to scale DTC businesses online
Published: 11-05-2022 | 13:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dough Ecommerce Capital and Byrne Capital Ventures announced a strategic partnership to invest in and acquire direct-to-consumer (DTC) ecommerce businesses.


Salaries for startup CEOs break records, Kruze Consulting
Published: 11-05-2022 | 11:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kruze Consulting, a CPA and finance consulting company for VC-backed startups, released new data on the average salary for startup CEOs.


Biotech startup AskGene completes of $20m Series A financing to accelerate growth
Published: 10-05-2022 | 10:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AskGene, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focusing on discovery and development of innovative biological drugs, announced the completion of $20 million in Series A financing.


Dragonfly Capital closes oversubscribed $650m crypto venture Fund III
Published: 10-05-2022 | 10:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dragonfly Capital, a global crypto-focused investment firm, announced the final closing of its third venture fund, Dragonfly Ventures III, L.P. (Fund III).


Microsoft selects Solstar Space as Microsoft for Startups partner
Published: 10-05-2022 | 10:01:22 | By: Pie Kamau
Solstar Space (Solstar), the company making persistent in-orbit communications available, announced Microsoft has selected Solstar as a Microsoft for Startups partner.


Privacy-focused data-generation startup Kahoona raises $4.5m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 09-05-2022 | 10:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kahoona Inc., a first-party data generation and activation technology for the open web aimed at creating a digital ecosystem that preserves user privacy, announced it has closed $4.5 million in Series Seed financing.


Food tech startup Tomorrow Farms raises $8.5m seed round to fuel sustainable food revolution
Published: 09-05-2022 | 10:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tomorrow Farms, a food technology company on a mission to fuel the sustainable food revolution with irresistible food and beverage brands, announced a $8.5 million seed round led by Lowercarbon Capital and additional key investors.


Digital investment platform Allocate announces $15.3m Series A funding to expand access to venture capital investing
Published: 06-05-2022 | 09:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Allocate, a digital investment platform that provides investors a streamlined way to access top-tier venture funds and co-investments, announced a $15.3 million Series A funding round.


Radisson Hotel Group partners with Plug and Play to accelerate its innovation capabilities for future travel technologies and solutions
Published: 06-05-2022 | 09:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Radisson Hotel Group announced its partnership with Plug and Play's Travel & Hospitality program, to strengthen its connections with selected startups, enabling the company to accelerate its innovation.


High-speed package inspection startup Spectrohm raises $2m seed funding to transform security screening
Published: 04-05-2022 | 12:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spectrohm, a company building next-generation inspection solutions for mail and packages, announced it closed $2.0 million in seed funding.


Breakthrough Properties raises $3b to develop next-gen life science ecosystems
Published: 03-05-2022 | 16:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Breakthrough Properties, a joint venture of Tishman Speyer and Bellco Capital, announced the final closings for the Breakthrough Life Science Property Fund.


The Home Depot announces $150m venture capital fund to fuel innovation in retail and home improvement
Published: 03-05-2022 | 16:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Home Depot announced Home Depot Ventures, a $150 million venture capital fund created to identify, fund and partner with early-stage companies to accelerate emerging technologies.


Career progression startup Pando raises $6.9m to give employees control over their career paths
Published: 03-05-2022 | 14:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pando, the just-in-time career progression platform, announced it has raised a total of $6.9 million led by Craft Ventures.


Capable Health startup raises $6m to underpin next revolution in the U.S. healthcare
Published: 03-05-2022 | 14:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Healthcare infrastructure company Capable Health announced it has raised $6 million in seed funding led by M13, with participation from AlleyCorp and Able Partners.


January Ventures closes $21m Fund II to invest in formation stage B2B software startups
Published: 29-04-2022 | 14:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
January Ventures announced an oversubscribed $21 million Fund II to continue investing in formation stage B2B software startups.


The Batchery announces14th batch of founders to join its startup accelerator
Published: 29-04-2022 | 14:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Batchery, the Berkeley-based incubator that has built an entrepreneurial ecosystem for investors and startups from around the world, announced that 12 early-stage startups have joined its accelerator program.


Athletes, artists digital platform Vaunt raises $5m Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 26-04-2022 | 12:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vaunt, a platform for athletes and artists to monetize their talents and stream globally for live and digital viewers, announced a $5 million Series A funding round to elevate the brand and potential of the business to the next level.


Austin entrepreneurs launch new crypto cybersecurity startup, CryptoArmor
Published: 26-04-2022 | 12:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Austin-based entrepreneurs Grant Mitterlehner and Brendon Kelley are together forming a new startup, CryptoArmor, to build security tailored for crypto, NFT, and metaverse companies.


Japanese healthtech startup Ubie launches AI-powered symptom checker in the U.S.
Published: 26-04-2022 | 12:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ubie, Inc., a healthcare AI startup with the mission to develop a healthcare guide for everyone, has launched in the United States an AI-powered symptom checker that allows users to enter symptoms and discover related diseases.


UPSIDE Foods raises a $400m Series C round to commercialize cultivated meat at scale
Published: 25-04-2022 | 14:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
UPSIDE Foods (formerly Memphis Meats), the company in the cultivated meat, poultry, and seafood industry, announced the close of a $400 million Series C funding round, the largest round in the industry to date.


AI startup GridMatrix raises $3.5m seed round to grow its proprietary cloud architecture platform
Published: 25-04-2022 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GridMatrix announced it has raised $3.5 million in seed funding in a round co-led by 8VC and Cota Capital, with participation from Alumni Ventures Group.


Solana-based DeFi startup Delta One raises $9.1m to build 'set-and-forget' yield farming protocol
Published: 22-04-2022 | 14:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Delta One, a Solana-based DeFi protocol, announced it raised $9.1 million seed round led by Alameda Research and Ship Capital, with participation from Solana Ventures.


Briya Emerges from stealth with seed funding to revolutionize healthcare through blockchain powered research
Published: 22-04-2022 | 14:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Briya, a disruptive healthcare data exchange network, announced it has completed a $5.5 million seed round led by Amiti Ventures.


Plant-based meat startup Nowadays closes $7m seed round to accelerate health-focused chicken
Published: 22-04-2022 | 14:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Health-focused plant-based meat company Nowadays closed its oversubscribed Seed round, raising just shy of $10 million to-date to support commercialization of new plant-based chicken innovation.


TDK Ventures joins forces with VueReal to accelerate microprinting for microLED
Published: 22-04-2022 | 13:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TDK Corporation announced that subsidiary TDK Ventures, has invested in microLED developer VueReal Inc. to accelerate and develop their microprinting manufacturing process.


Phyto Partners launches neurowellness-focused venture capital fund
Published: 21-04-2022 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Phyto Partners (Phyto), a top venture capital fund, is launching its fourth private equity fund – Phyto IV, LP – focused on businesses operating in and around neurowellness and brain health.


Blockchain data startup Transpose raises $3m seed round to revolutionize web3 data infrastructure
Published: 20-04-2022 | 13:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Blockchain data startup Transpose, whose ground-breaking suite of data APIs vastly simplifies bulk web3 data access, announced an oversubscribed $3 million seed round.


Plug and Play launches $25.5m Supply Chain Fund
Published: 20-04-2022 | 13:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Plug and Play's Supply Chain Innovation Platform announced the closing of Plug and Play Supply Chain Fund I, L.P., a $25.5 million venture capital fund focusing on investments across the end-to-end supply chain.


UK-based fintech startup Paysend opens Americas headquarters in Miami
Published: 20-04-2022 | 13:19:49 | By: Pie Kamau
Paysend, the UK-based fintech with over 6.5 million customers, announced the opening of its Americas headquarters in Miami.


Startups increasingly use memorable, key-word rich descriptive domain names to stand out from competitors, study
Published: 20-04-2022 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TrueName, a global leader in descriptive domains, announced that more startups are choosing descriptive domains than in previous years per recent data by Marc Köhlbrugge.


9am.health startup raises $16m Series A to build a comprehensive virtual diabetes destination
Published: 14-04-2022 | 12:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
9am.health, a virtual diabetes clinic that delivers personalized, affordable, and compassionate care directly to consumers, announced a $16 million Series A funding round, bringing its total funding to date to nearly $20 million.


U.S. insurtech startup Honeycomb gains approval to write policies in Wisconsin
Published: 14-04-2022 | 11:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance has given insurtech startup Honeycomb approval to write policies statewide.


Vivaris Capital partners with Tesla Foundation to form Tesla Climate Capital
Published: 14-04-2022 | 11:39:57 | By: Pie Kamau
Vivaris Capital, LLC, a multi-strategy fund offering hybrid hedge and private equity structures, announced a strategic, joint-venture partnership with the Tesla Foundation to form Tesla Climate Capital.


Twitch Co-founder raises $35m seed round for Fractal, a new marketplace for gaming NFTs
Published: 11-04-2022 | 11:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fractal, a new marketplace for gaming NFTs founded by Justin Kan, the Co-founder of Twitch, announced a $35 million seed round led by Paradigm and Multicoin Capital with with participation from Andreessen Horowitz.


AI platform Relativity6 raises $5.25m round to accelerate sales efforts
Published: 11-04-2022 | 11:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Relativity6, the AI platform for industry classification, announced it has raised a $5.25 million seed round led by Fin Capital with participation from State Auto Labs Fund, Vectr Ventures, Cortado Ventures, Angel Ventures, and several strategic individuals.


Latinx insurtech startup Sigo Seguros raises $5.4m seed funding to accelerate growth
Published: 08-04-2022 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sigo Seguros, the insurtech startup determined to close the insurance gap within Latinx and immigrant communities, announced it has raised $5.4 million in its seed funding round, co-led by Listen Ventures and Chingona Ventures.


Global experience startup Lilt raises $55m Series C to scale its AI translation platform
Published: 08-04-2022 | 13:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lilt, the global experience platform, announced it has raised $55 million in Series C funding, bringing the company's total raised to $92.5 million.


U.S.-based food tech startup Yo-Kai Express launches autonomous restaurant platform in Japan
Published: 08-04-2022 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Yo-Kai Express, a Silicon Valley-based food tech startup announced the official debut of the Yo-Kai Express autonomous restaurant platform in J.R. East Tokyo.


SVB debuts fellowship program to foster next-gen of Black, Latinx and women venture capital leaders
Published: 07-04-2022 | 16:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SVB Financial Group (SVB), financial partner of the innovation economy and parent company of Silicon Valley Bank, announced the SVB Fellows Program, a fellowship program for Black, Latinx and women professionals.


UCSF Rosenman Institute connects startups with health care companies to scale up solutions nationwide
Published: 07-04-2022 | 16:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The UCSF Rosenman Institute (Rosenman) announced that four early-stage health care companies have been selected to pilot their technology with leading industry partners through the UCSF Rosenman ADAPT (ADAPT) program.


Kenya-focused social e-Commerce startup Elloe raises over $1m in pre-seed round
Published: 07-04-2022 | 16:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Elloe, a US-based social e-Commerce startup focused on Kenya and emerging markets, announced the raise of an undisclosed amount in pre-Seed funding. Investors for the round were led by Philippines’ Mad Ventures, Inc.


Houston aircraft startup Venus Aerospace raises $20m Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 06-04-2022 | 13:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Venus Aerospace, a startup developing hypersonic aircraft, raised a $20 million Series A funding round led by Prime Movers Lab, which invests in breakthrough scientific companies that reinvent and transform the way we live and operate.


Berkeley-based fitness startup Flexia raises $4m to shape the future of connected Pilates
Published: 06-04-2022 | 13:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Berkeley-based Flexia, developer of the first truly smart and connected Pilates reformer, announced a $4 million Seed round led by ADvantage, an early stage VC fund investing in tech companies shaping the future of sports.


Community-first mobile app Hive Wealth secures $600k deed round Investment from Black Tech Nation Ventures
Published: 06-04-2022 | 13:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hive Wealth, a community-first mobile app that helps people grow their wealth and leave a legacy for future generations, announced it received $600K in funding from Black Tech Nation Ventures.


OSlash raises $5m post-seed round to rewrite fundraising for SaaS startups
Published: 01-04-2022 | 16:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OSlash, an enterprise software that facilitates cross-sharing of information in the workplace, announced a $5 million post-seed round, in addition to $2.5 million raised in September from Accel Partners.


Play-to-earn health startup Health Hero closes oversubscribed seed round to finance game development
Published: 01-04-2022 | 16:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Health Hero, the company behind the Web3 play-to-earn health game "Health Hero," closed seed round with backing from prominent venture capitals.


Luxury clean CBD brand Lure Life closes $750K seed funding round for expansion
Published: 01-04-2022 | 15:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lure Life, (Lure), a luxury, joy producing CBD brand has raised $750,000 in a Seed round of funding supported by a diverse group of investors in the beauty, finance and the consumer-packaged goods sectors.


Climate tech startup Station A launches Clean Energy Grades to instantly generate financial and carbon savings
Published: 31-03-2022 | 13:04:44 | By: Pie Kamau
Station A, the U.S. clean energy marketplace, announced it launched Clean Energy Grades, a new product that instantly tells you the financial return of switching to clean energy.


Europe's TIER Mobility acquires US-based Fantasmo to expand its accurate e-scooter parking system
Published: 31-03-2022 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TIER Mobility, Europe's shared micro-mobility provider, announced it has acquired Us-based Fantasmo, to further expand its most accurate e-scooter parking system and introduce a computer vision-powered rider assistance system.


Ecosystem restoration startup Lord of the Trees raises $1.25m pre-seed round to upscale environmental protection
Published: 31-03-2022 | 11:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lord of the Trees, a full ecosystem restoration company that uses precision drone planting technology to restore degraded landscapes, announced a $1.25 million pre-seed funding round.


Mental health startup Nivati Secures $4m seed round to scale its platform
Published: 31-03-2022 | 11:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nivati, a holistic mental health platform for employees, announced an oversubscribed seed round of $4 million led by FireBrand Ventures, with participation from Peak and Access Venture Partners.


AI-powered video commerce startup Vyrill raises $3m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 31-03-2022 | 11:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
VYRILL, a startup that enables video commerce with new, innovative 'in-video' search technology, announced the closing of a $3 million seed round of funding led by Noemis Ventures and Lightship Capital.


French insect farming startup Ÿnsect acquires Nebraska-based Jord Producers to open first mealworm farm in the US
Published: 30-03-2022 | 11:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Jord Producers, based in Nebraska, has been incorporated into Ÿnsect’s production portfolio, signifying the global leader’s entry into North American mealworm production.


Techstars partners with J.P. Morgan to invest in diverse entrepreneurs across the U.S.
Published: 30-03-2022 | 11:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Techstars announced a new accelerator program powered by J.P. Morgan that will invest more than $80 million in diverse entrepreneurs and founders across the U.S.


Cybersecurity startup ActZero certified as SOC 2 Type II compliant
Published: 29-03-2022 | 14:43:17 | By: Pie Kamau
ActZero, a cybersecurity startup that helps small and mid-sized businesses protect their organizations, announced it has been third-party certified as Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II compliant.


Healthtech startup Radish announces $4m seed round to enhance access to convenient and affordable healthcare
Published: 29-03-2022 | 14:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Radish Health, a concierge healthcare platform providing convenient and affordable primary care services to municipal governments and midsize businesses, announced $4 million in seed funding.


Neurotechnology startup Phantom Neuro secures $3.26m seed round to advance machine control technology
Published: 28-03-2022 | 15:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Phantom Neuro, a burgeoning neurotechnology startup, announced a $3.26 million funding round from leading international and U.S.-based investors.


NSI Insurance Group acquires majority stake in insurtech startup HoneyQuote
Published: 23-03-2022 | 16:03:51 | By: Bob Koigi
HoneyQuote’s machine learning algorithm matches users with property insurance carriers in real-time. Its proprietary search engine allows consumers to shop and purchase homeowners' insurance online.


Climate tech startup Cambium Carbon raises $3m seed funding to reinvent the wood supply chain, reduce carbon emissions
Published: 16-03-2022 | 11:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cambium Carbon PBC announced a $3.2 million seed round investment led by MaC Venture Capital, supported by Soma Capital, Joe Tsai, Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, Blue Ivy Ventures and others.


Insurance startup Asteya launches new product offering on its technology-first platform
Published: 16-03-2022 | 11:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Asteya, an income insurance technology company whose mission is to provide financial health and wellbeing by transforming the income insurance space, announced the launch of its additional product offering, Accidental Death.


Product photo performance startup Bloom raises $1.1m seed round funding to bring generative AI to e-Commerce
Published: 15-03-2022 | 11:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Product photo performance engine Bloom announced it has raised $1.1 million at the close of its seed funding round.


FirstEnergy contributes $1m to UBIZ Venture Capital to support minority businesses in Northeast Ohio
Published: 11-03-2022 | 13:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
To help expand and grow minority-owned businesses in northeast Ohio, FirstEnergy announced a $1 million contribution to UBIZ Venture Capital, a small business lending program affiliated with the Urban League of Greater Cleveland.


Colombian startup Yuno raises $10m seed round to solve online payments in Latin America
Published: 11-03-2022 | 12:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Yuno, a Colombia-based startup has raised a $10 million seed round to bring to Latin American companies an easy online checkout solution that solves the pain point of managing multiple payment methods.


New Stack Ventures raises $42.6m for its second fund to invest in Silicon Valley outsiders
Published: 11-03-2022 | 11:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
New Stack Ventures, an early-stage venture fund dedicated to investing in Silicon Valley outsiders, announced it has raised $42.6 million for its second fund.


5G Open Innovation Lab selects MetaPower to join its startup development program
Published: 09-03-2022 | 11:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MetaPower, the innovators creating the future of Intelligent Wireless Power, announced its selection as one of 12 startups newly added to the 5G Open Innovation Lab (5G OIL).


Plant-based food startup Lypid enters B2B vegan-fat market with $4m seed round to commercialize rich, juicy PhytoFat
Published: 09-03-2022 | 10:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lypid, creator of vegan fats reported to taste and behave like animal fats, announced it has raised a $4 million seed round led by Green Generation Fund with additional support from Big Idea Ventures.


Canadian tech startup Calico secures $2.1m to revolutionize modern supply chains
Published: 09-03-2022 | 09:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Calico, the developer of the first AI-powered smart supply chain management platform, announced it has raised $2 million in seed funding. The growth financing is led by Serena Ventures following 300% growth since January 2022.


Cybersecurity startup MindWise launches equity crowdfunding campaign on MicroVentures
Published: 08-03-2022 | 11:09:18 | By: Pie Kamau
Cybersecurity startup MindWise announced the launch of an equity crowdfunding campaign on MicroVentures.


e-Commerce startup The Host Co. raises $1.85m to revolutionize short-term rental industry
Published: 03-03-2022 | 12:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Host Co., the first-of-its-kind digital commerce marketplace for short-term rentals, announced an oversubscribed $1.85 million seed funding round, led by HearstLab with participation from The Artemis Fund and Untapped Capital.


TDK Ventures invests in climatetech startup Divirod to advance prediction of water-related catastrophes
Published: 03-03-2022 | 12:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TDK Corporation announced that subsidiary TDK Ventures, invested in Boulder, CO-based climate-tech startup Divirod. Their sensor solution enables high-accuracy risk assessment of water levels.


Netflix acquires Finnish mobile game developer Next Games for €65m
Published: 02-03-2022 | 14:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Netflix announced it has entered into a combination agreement to acquire Finnish mobile game developer, Next Games. Under the terms of the agreement, Netflix will commence a tender offer process to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Next Games.


Carrier launches venture firm to accelerate sustainable innovation and disruptive building and cold chain technology
Published: 02-03-2022 | 13:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Carrier Global Corporation, the global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions, has created Carrier Ventures, a new global venture capital group.


Manufacturing technology startup OPT Industries raises $15m to address demand for novel materials design and production
Published: 02-03-2022 | 12:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OPT Industries, the manufacturing technology startup behind the InstaSwab high-efficacy medical applicator, announced it has raised $15 million in Series A financing.


Employee experience startup Whistle closes on $3.2m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 02-03-2022 | 12:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Whistle, a new generation of employee experience platform, announced it has raised a $3.2 million seed funding round led by Dundee Venture Capital (VC). Other investors include Chicago-based M25.


Venture Noire partners with Remote Year to launch global accelerator program for Black and minority startups
Published: 01-03-2022 | 12:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Venture Noire, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving black quality of life through economic development, has partnered with Remote Year to expand its signature 8-week accelerator program.


Energy-efficient AI semiconductor startup EdgeCortix closes over $8m Series A funding
Published: 01-03-2022 | 11:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EdgeCortix the AI-focused fabless semiconductor company, announced the closing of over $8 million in series A funding.


IronCore Labs launches program to give two years free data security tools to qualified startups
Published: 01-03-2022 | 10:57:06 | By: Pie Kamau
IronCore Labs, the provider of data security for modern cloud applications, announced the IronCore Labs Startup Program that gives two years of free data security tools to qualified startups.


French healthtech startup Synapse Medicine raises $28m to scale its medication reconciliation platform
Published: 01-03-2022 | 10:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
France-based healthtech startup Synapse Medicine has raised $28 million led by leading European venture firm Korelya Capital, and past investors (XAnge, MACSF, and BNP Paribas Development).


Food startup Next Gen Foods debuts TiNDLE in the U.S., announces $100m Series A funding round
Published: 28-02-2022 | 14:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Food startup Next Gen Foods announced its first product TiNDLE, now available in a range of iconic restaurants across the East and West Coasts in some of the country's leading "foodie" cities.


Paperwork secures $2.5m seed funding to improve financial wellbeing of American families at all life stages
Published: 28-02-2022 | 13:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paperwork, the financial wellness solution that transforms the way people organize and manage their financial lives, announced it has closed $2.5 million in seed funding in a raise led by Kickstart Fund.


Israeli logistics startup PrettyDamnQuick raises $6m seed round to expand growth in the U.S.
Published: 28-02-2022 | 13:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli e-Commerce startup PrettyDamnQuick, the provider of checkout-to-delivery management platforms for e-Commerce businesses, announced the closing of $6 million seed investment round.


Retailtech startup Cortina raises $6m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 28-02-2022 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cortina, a revolutionary software solution that gives any retailer, from big box to mom-and-pop, the power to become a player in the fast-evolving marketplace revolution, announced it has closed $6 million in seed money.


South Florida-based tech startup Casa closes $1.2m pre-seed round to launch 'Business in a Box' for home improvement industry
Published: 28-02-2022 | 12:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Casa, a South Florida-based technology startup that provides home improvement contractors turn-key software to run their business, announced the closing of a $1.2 Million pre-seed fundraising round.


London-based BSV blockchain startup accelerator Satoshi Block Dojo secures investment from Ayre Ventures
Published: 25-02-2022 | 13:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Satoshi Block Dojo, the London-based technology startup incubator that assists entrepreneurs building businesses on the BSV blockchain, has secured significant investment funding from Ayre Ventures


Paraclete raises $1.5m to launch world's first SoulCare platform
Published: 25-02-2022 | 13:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paraclete, world's first SoulCare platform for the workforce, closed a $1.5 million pre-seed round to help workers live a thriving life at work, home, and everything in between.


AI recruiting startup Emi raises $11m to help enterprises hire better frontline workers, faster
Published: 25-02-2022 | 12:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Emi, the conversational AI recruiting platform for frontline workers, has secured $11 million in Series A funding, led by Merus Capital and Khosla Ventures.


Edtech startup Tutored by Teachers raises over $10m to bolster America's K-12 schools, close the opportunity gap for high-need students
Published: 25-02-2022 | 12:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EdTech startup Tutored by Teachers (TbT) announce it has raised over $10 million in Series A funding, led by GSV Ventures, to expand its teacher community.


The Sister Accord Foundation launches The Sister Accord Accelerator to support female entrepreneurs
Published: 24-02-2022 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Sister Accord Foundation announced the launch of The Sister Accord Accelerator, to help female entrepreneurs rapidly grow and scale their businesses.


Proptech startup PropBidder secures $1m seed funding round fuel its customer acquisition
Published: 24-02-2022 | 11:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PropBidder, a SaaS-enabled online bidding marketplace for buying and selling homes and condos, announced the closing of a $1 million seed funding round.


CA-based foodtech startup Yali Bio raises $3.9m seed round to advance plant based cultured fat production
Published: 23-02-2022 | 17:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Yali Bio, a CA-based foodtech startup focused on designer fats for plant-based meat and dairy products announced today it has raised a $3.9 million seed round, bringing their total funding to $5 million.


Epoch startup raises $3.6m to make employee experiences more engaging
Published: 23-02-2022 | 15:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Epoch, the employee experience platform, announced the close of $3.6 million in seed funding. Rally Ventures led the seed round, with participation from Precursor Ventures, Turner Novak, m]x[v, Maschmeyer Group Ventures and a number of angel investors.


Cybersecurity startup Dazz appoints Mike Gesnaldo as Chief Revenue Officer
Published: 23-02-2022 | 14:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dazz, cloud security remediation company, has announced the appointment of Mike Gesnaldo as Chief Revenue Officer. Gesnaldo will be responsible for building and executing a go-to-market and sales operation strategy.


Billups acquires adtech startup Outchart to advance programmatic digital OOH aspirations
Published: 22-02-2022 | 11:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Billups, the largest privately held out-of-home (OOH) technology and managed services company in the U.S., has acquired the assets of Outchart, a full-stack software provider for the digital out-of-home marketplace.


AT&T joins Ericsson's 5G Startup Program to develop new consumer technology
Published: 22-02-2022 | 11:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AT&T has joined Ericsson's Startup 5G program, a 5G innovation collaboration driven by Ericsson's ConsumerLab that assists communications service providers (CSPs) with commercialization and monetization of 5G.


DevOps-as-a-Service startup Architect.io closes $5m seed round to power developer adoption and engineering velocity
Published: 21-02-2022 | 15:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Architect.io, the next-generation dependency-aware continuous delivery platform, announced $5 million in seed round funding, led by Next Coast Ventures.


Insurtech startup ennabl raises $4m to transform insurance brokerage
Published: 21-02-2022 | 14:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Insurtech trailblazer ennabl has secured a $4 million seed round investment. Led by Vine Ventures with additional private participants, this investment will be used to expand the company's platform.


[African Startup Review] Pie Kamau: Nigerian fintech Flutterwave is now Africa's highest valued Unicorn
Published: 18-02-2022 | 18:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
As the African fintech industry continues to bloom, so does the funding. Flutterwave has now become Africa's highest valued startup after closing $250 million Series D funding, bringing the company’s valuation to over $3 billion.


Raydiant startup raises $30m Series B to reimagine in-store experiences for brick and mortars
Published: 17-02-2022 | 11:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Raydiant, the in-location experience management platform for brick-and-mortar enterprises, announced it has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by 8VC and Atomic Ventures.


Payroll infrastructure startup Check raises $75m Series C to accelerate growth
Published: 17-02-2022 | 11:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Check, the payroll infrastructure company that lets platforms embed payroll into their products, announced it has raised a $75 million Series C led by Stripe, with participation from existing investors Bedrock, Thrive and Index.


Crypto investment firm Hartmann Capital launches $30m Metaverse Fund
Published: 17-02-2022 | 11:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hartmann Capital, a four-year veteran in crypto asset management, announced the launch of its second fund specialized in exclusively investing into the Metaverse.


Boston AI tech startup hOS secures $12.8m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 16-02-2022 | 11:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
hOS, an AI technology startup started by DataRobot Founder Jeremy Achin, announced the close of a $12.8 million seed round led by NEA, with additional participation from B5 Capital, Cortical Ventures, IA Ventures and Sequoia.


Brazilian fintech startup Trace Finance raises $4.3m seed investment to disrupt global banking for Latin American startups
Published: 16-02-2022 | 10:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Trace Finance, a Brazilian fintech startup that enables faster and more streamlined cross-border banking for startups, has announced a $4.3 million seed funding round.


TDK Ventures invests in green hydrogen-electrolysis startup Verdagy
Published: 15-02-2022 | 11:54:29 | By: Pie Kamau
TDK Corporation announced that subsidiary TDK Ventures, Inc. has invested in green hydrogen company Verdagy to enhance the development and rapid commercialization of their scalable, low-cost approach to hydrogen electrolysis.


Las Olas Venture Capital invests in Leverage.ai to modernize global supply chains
Published: 15-02-2022 | 11:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Las OIas Venture Capital (LOVC), announced its third Fund II investment in Leverage.ai. to modernize the global supply chains.


Silicon Valley fintech startup Branch raises $300m to open mobile ecosystem, provide solution to walled gardens
Published: 14-02-2022 | 10:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Branch, the cross-platform solution for mobile linking and attribution, has secured $300 milion in funding at a $4 billion valuation, led by existing investor NEA.


OSF partners with Indiana-based venture studio High Alpha Innovation advance startup ideas
Published: 14-02-2022 | 09:59:20 | By: Pie Kamau
OSF HealthCare announced it has chosen High Alpha Innovation, to help rapidly advance ideas from exploration to implementation or commercialization within and outside the health system.


SaaS startup Aramid Technologies raises $2m seed round to redefine quality certification management in global supply chains
Published: 09-02-2022 | 13:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SaaS startup Aramid Technologies announced it has raised $2 million in seed funding to expand its flagship product, SmartCert.


Dallas-based Tegan Digital partners with Dents.co startup to revolutionize the collision industry
Published: 09-02-2022 | 13:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dallas-based digital agency Tegan Digital has partnered with Dents.co to develop a startup launch kit, including an email marketing strategy and video production, to support new B2B tech product.


Agribusiness e-Commerce startup Agrizon receives investment to expand operations in Latin America
Published: 08-02-2022 | 12:59:51 | By: Pie Kamau
Agrizon, a specialized cross-border e-Commerce company that connects and delivers worldwide brands of ag inputs to farmers and businesses, has received investment from Latin Leap Venture Capital Studio to expand operations in Latin America.


Cincinnati fintech startup Pay Theory raises $2m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 08-02-2022 | 12:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pay Theory, a Cincinnati-based fintech startup, has closed a $2 million seed funding round led by Zeal Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm known for its commitment to inclusive investing.


Mexican fintech startup Flexio raises $3m seed round to transform B2B payments in Latin America
Published: 07-02-2022 | 14:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flexio, a platform revolutionizing business-to-business (B2B) payments in Latin America, announced it has raised $3 million seed round led by Costanoa Ventures with participation from Soma Capital.


Fintech startups hub Abaca crosses $2b in compliant cannabis commerce
Published: 07-02-2022 | 12:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cannabis banking fintech company Abaca surpassed compliantly processing more than two billion dollars in commerce for the cannabis industry.


FirstEnergy invests $2.5m venture capital fund in Energy Impact Partners' to advance sustainable energy future
Published: 02-02-2022 | 13:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
To help advance a sustainable energy future, FirstEnergy Corp. announced a $2.5 million investment in global venture capital firm Energy Impact Partners' (EIP) Frontier Fund.


SaaS management startup NachoNacho raises $3m to upend the SaaS industry
Published: 02-02-2022 | 12:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NachoNacho, a single destination for businesses to manage, discover, and buy SaaS products, and for SaaS vendors to acquire net new paying customers, announced the close of $3 million seed round.


Cloud-based-AI startup Inspectorio raises $50m to reinvent production chain with AI-powered platform
Published: 01-02-2022 | 13:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Inspectorio, the cloud-based AI-powered SaaS solution, announced the company has raised $50 million in a Series B Round led by New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm, Insight Partners.


F-Prime Capital launches F-Prime Fintech Index to track the performance of disruptive fintech startups
Published: 01-02-2022 | 13:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
F-Prime Capital announced the launch of The F-Prime Fintech Index, designed to track the performance of disruptive fintech companies enabling the delivery of core financial services across payments.


Event tech startup Vendelux raises $2.4m seed round to provide marketers with event marketing intelligence
Published: 01-02-2022 | 12:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vendelux, the premier Event Intelligence Platform that enables marketers to maximize the impact from the event marking channel, announced the closing of $2.4 million in seed capital financing.


Nigerian proptech startup Seso Global launches regional offices in US and the UK
Published: 31-01-2022 | 14:54:53 | By: Pie Kamau
To better engage with communities in the diaspora, Nigerian proptech startup Seso Global has launched regional offices in the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK).


Podcast network startup Lemonada Media raises $8m Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 31-01-2022 | 14:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lemonada Media, the podcast network that presents humanity unfiltered, raised $8 million in Series A second-round funding led by BDMI, a wholly owned subsidiary of the global media, services and education company Bertelsmann.


JICA’s NINJA Accelerator completes 2nd Demo Day in Kenya, sends delegation to Silicon Valley
Published: 31-01-2022 | 14:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Shamba Pride, Saada Tech, Kijenzi, M-Paya Energy, and MyMovies.Africa are the five startups that shined during the 2nd Demo Day of the NINJA Accelerator in Kenya.


Bank of America commits $20m to Invest Detroit Ventures' early-stage startup fund
Published: 31-01-2022 | 13:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Invest Detroit Ventures (IDV) announced an investment from Bank of America to support IDV Fund IV, a newly-established $20 million fund that provides capital investment to Michigan startups during early, critical stages of development.


South Korean Hyundai Mobis invests in Zendar startup to accelerate Level 4 or higher autonomous driving
Published: 28-01-2022 | 11:43:48 | By: Pie Kamau
South Korean car parts company Hyundai Mobis announced it has made a strategic investment in Zendar, a Silicon Vally based startup with global competitiveness in high-resolution radar, called 'imaging radar.'


DivInc Houston launches inaugural 5G Sports Tech Accelerator in partnership with Verizon
Published: 28-01-2022 | 11:29:50 | By: Pie Kamau
DivInc, the startup accelerator for people of color and women entrepreneurs, announced the launch of its first Sports Tech Accelerator made possible through support from title sponsor, Verizon.


International startup accelerator NUMA New York rebrands to WEVE Accelerator
Published: 28-01-2022 | 11:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NUMA New York, a fixture in the New York venture capital ecosystem for the past decade, announced new ownership and a new name; WEVE Accelerator.


Artificial Intelligence startup Rehinged launches Carenet AI platform for the healthcare industry
Published: 27-01-2022 | 11:54:33 | By: Pie Kamau
Rehinged, an AI startup that transforms external market data into actionable intelligence, announced the launch of Carenet AI, its market intelligence platform specifically built for the healthcare industry.


Fintech startup Tomo doubles mortgage footprint, reaches quarter of U.S.
Published: 27-01-2022 | 11:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tomo, the fintech startup that's transforming the home-buying experience, announced it has doubled its mortgage footprint and now serves nearly a quarter of the U.S. market after expanding into Florida, Connecticut and Colorado.


Goldman Sachs Asset Management leads $227m investment in live-entertainment tech startup Fever
Published: 27-01-2022 | 11:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fever, the live-entertainment discovery platform, has raised $227m in a round led by the Growth Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management.


Grocery logistics startup EasyBins raises $2m late stage seed round for expansion
Published: 26-01-2022 | 12:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EasyBins, a company solving the grocery logistics problem for suburban markets in North America, announced $2 million late stage seed round funding to expand its geographic footprint and invest in technology and staff.


Climatetech startup Greentown Labs appoints Kevin Taylor as new CFO
Published: 26-01-2022 | 11:35:21 | By: Pie Kamau
Greentown Labs, the largest climatetech startup incubator in North America, announced Kevin Taylor as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).


Creator economy startup Koji raises $20m Series B fundraise to accelerate growth
Published: 26-01-2022 | 11:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Koji, the app store for the creator economy and the world's most powerful Link in Bio platform, announced a $20 million financing led by Jump Capital, with participation from new investors HBSE Ventures.


Horizon Technology Finance leads $50m venture loan facility to fintech and insurtech startup, Autonomy
Published: 25-01-2022 | 15:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Horizon Technology Finance Corporation announced it led a $50 million venture loan facility to Autonomy, a completely digital mobility offering that provides consumers with an affordable way to get access to a vehicle without long-term debt.


U.S. and Israel-based insurtech startup Honeycomb raises $15.4m Series A round
Published: 24-01-2022 | 15:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Insurtech startup Honeycomb announced it has raised $15.4 million in a Series A funding round led by Ibex Investors.


Blockchain and smart contract auditing startup HashEx raises $1m seed round for new product development
Published: 24-01-2022 | 15:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Smart contract audit firm HashEx completed a seed investment round, funneling the funds into developing a new product called AnalytEx.


SOMA.finance closes $6.5m seed funding round to accelerate growth
Published: 24-01-2022 | 15:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SOMA.finance, a Hong Kong and New York-based decentralized marketplace for digital assets, announced the completion of a $6.5 million seed funding round.


Prophecy startup raises $25m to accelerate availability of its low-code platform for data engineering
Published: 24-01-2022 | 14:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Prophecy, the enterprise low-code data engineering platform that brings the speed of DevOps to data engineering, announced it raised a $25 million Series A round.


Sportstech startup Mustard raises $3.75m to democratize world-class coaching across major sports
Published: 20-01-2022 | 11:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mustard, the world's first sensorless connected-coaching platform for skill sports, announced a $3.75 million seed round led by the Lake Nona Sports & Health Tech Fund.


Creative tech startup DOOMSDAYX raises $1.5m pre-seed round to turn music fans into producers
Published: 20-01-2022 | 10:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DOOMSDAYX announced its pre-seed round of $1.5 million along with a unique NFT project in partnership with artist and web3 pioneer Haleek Maul.


Adtech startup Otis AI raises $2.5m to enhance digital marketing for SMBs
Published: 19-01-2022 | 13:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Otis AI, the digital marketing assistant for SMBs, raised a seed round bringing its total funding to $2.5 million. With Otis, an all-in-one digital marketing solution, a small business can launch a data-driven multi-channel campaign.


Solar-powered robotics startup Aigen raises $4m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 19-01-2022 | 12:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Aigen, a company developing a scalable, solar-powered robotics platform for agriculture and soil regeneration, raised a $4 million seed round led by NEA with participation from AgFunder, Global Founders Capital, and ReGen Ventures.


Compensation management startup Assemble raises $5m seed to make compensation a strategic differentiator
Published: 18-01-2022 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Assemble, a compensation platform for forward-thinking organizations announced a $5 million seed round led by Susa Ventures. Goldcrest Capital and several angel investors participated in the round.


Seattle-based fintech startup Seashell unveils inflation-resistant investment product alongside $6m seed round
Published: 17-01-2022 | 14:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seashell, the fintech company dedicated to building a consumer-first, modern banking and investment experience, emerged from stealth with the announcement of Seashell Save.


DeFi startup Giddy raises $8m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 17-01-2022 | 13:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Giddy, a mobile app that enables mainstream DeFi adoption, has raised $8m in seed funding. The round was led by Pelion Venture partners.


Indian mobility tech startup EVage raises $28m to enhance Commercial EV revolution
Published: 17-01-2022 | 11:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
US-based venture capital firm RedBlue Capital has invested $28 million in EVage, the all-electric commercial vehicle OEM in India supplying EV trucks to major delivery fleets such as Amazon India's Delivery Service Partner.


London-based alternative investment platform Koia raises $1.4m pre-seed round to make alternative assets accessible to anyone
Published: 13-01-2022 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Koia, a new investment platform which is bringing alternative assets to Europe, announced a $1.4 million pre-seed round.


Emergency relief startup Canary raises $1.5m pre-seed funding to reinvent access to emergency funds at work
Published: 12-01-2022 | 12:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Canary, an emergency relief platform that makes it easy for employers to raise and distribute tax-advantaged payments for workers experiencing financial hardships, has raised $1.5 million in pre-seed funding.


Fintech startup CrowFly appoints Nita Bhatia as Chief Executive Officer
Published: 12-01-2022 | 12:10:05 | By: Pie Kamau
CrowFly has appointed Nita Bhatia as CEO. CrowFly is a fintech startup touting an innovative online platform that directly connects sellers of future structured settlement payments with qualified buyers.


Nashville-based worker’s compensation startup InsurePay secures Series B investment, buys Split Limit Studios
Published: 12-01-2022 | 11:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
InsurePay, an Insuretech Property and Casualty (P&C) billing and payments platform, including workers' compensation insurance premium billing and payments has secured a Series B investment.


OSF Ventures launches third venture capital fund to focus on emerging technologies
Published: 11-01-2022 | 10:54:52 | By: Pie Kamau
OSF Ventures has launched its third capital investment fund, the largest since it initiated this program in 2016. The $100 million fund will be used to continue a strategy that links investments to key priorities of improved patient care.


SaaS management startup Zluri raises $10m Series A funding round to accelerate growth
Published: 11-01-2022 | 10:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SaaS Management Platform Zluri has raised $10 million in a Series A round of funding led by MassMutual Ventures with participation from existing investors, Endiya Partners and Kalaari Capital.


Enterprise device management startup ManageXR raises $4m seed round to scale XR for business
Published: 10-01-2022 | 14:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ManageXR, an enterprise device management platform designed for VR and AR devices, announced it raised $4 million in Series Seed financing from Rally Ventures.


Illinois-based clinical stage medical device startup Rhaeos raises $2.2m oversubscribed seed round
Published: 10-01-2022 | 14:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Rhaeos, Inc., a private, clinical stage medical device company developing a platform wireless and non-invasive wearable sensor initially targeting the neurosurgical suite, announced the closing of its oversubscribed $2.2 million seed financing.


Global cloud computing company Esker to acquire majority stake in UK-based startup Market Dojo
Published: 06-01-2022 | 12:38:32 | By: Bob Koigi
The agreement states that Esker will acquire 50.1% of the shares and voting rights in the company effective Q1 2022 and the remainder of Market Dojo shares after a period of four years.


Car subscription startup GO launches in four additional markets
Published: 05-01-2022 | 10:59:08 | By: Bob Koigi
Distinct from traditional auto lease and finance, GO’s model offers subscribers a simple and affordable alternative to car ownership.


 Fintech startup Rêv enters U.S. payments market with the launch of an app-based multi-currency debit account
Published: 05-01-2022 | 10:56:22 | By: Bob Koigi
The X World Wallet account is easy to load from a user's existing bank account(s) and is linked to physical and digital Visa cards that can be easily added to Apple, Google, and Samsung Pay digital wallets for tap and go convenience.


Intuit acquires Israel-based cybersecurity startup Imvision
Published: 04-01-2022 | 10:18:57 | By: Bob Koigi
Based in Israel, Imvision develops technology that enables enterprises to automatically discover, test and protect against attacks, by monitoring API traffic to identify threats and vulnerabilities. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.


Los Angeles-based healthtech startup Kiira Health raises $4m to transform healthcare for young women
Published: 22-12-2021 | 14:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kiira Health, a Los Angeles-based healthcare technology company, closed a $4 million seed round led by 500 Global and Forum VC.


Venture capital firm Eudemian Ventures debuts $10 million fund targeting software startups
Published: 22-12-2021 | 14:55:20 | By: Bob Koigi
Eudemian Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, California, and Munich, Germany, has announced the close of its $10M debut venture capital fund to support early-stage, U.S.-based software startups.


Luxury Travel Hackers launches equity crowdfunding campaign for their influencer-based travel startup
Published: 22-12-2021 | 14:33:03 | By: Bob Koigi
Luxury Travel Hackers (LTH) has launched their regulation crowdfunding raise via popular platform Start Engine.


Luxury Travel Hackers launches equity crowdfunding campaign for its influencer based travel startup
Published: 22-12-2021 | 14:31:46 | By: Pie Kamau
Luxury Travel Hackers (LTH) has launched its regulation crowdfunding raise via popular platform Start Engine.


Spa and salon marketplace startup Spa Space raises $3m seed funding to accelerate growth
Published: 21-12-2021 | 13:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spa Space announced the closure of a $3 million seed round of funding. The three-sided vertical marketplace for the spa and salon industries solves the therapist shortage with a wide range of on-demand staffing solutions.


Crypto investment startup Stacked raises $35m to build out regulated products for retail crypto investors
Published: 21-12-2021 | 12:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Stacked, a crypto-investing software that allows users to manage assets and invest in pre-built portfolios and strategies, announced it has raised $35 million Series A funding round led by Alameda Research.


Next Century Ventures announces inaugural investment in U.S.-based Urban Air Mobility startup ANRA Technologies
Published: 21-12-2021 | 12:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Next Century Ventures (NCV), announced it has invested in ANRA Technologies, the forerunner of air traffic control and commercial solutions in the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry.


TDK Ventures invests in scalable driverless transportation startup Faction
Published: 20-12-2021 | 15:58:43 | By: Pie Kamau
TDK Corporation announced that subsidiary TDK Ventures, has invested in scalable driverless transportation startup company, Faction.


Israeli influencer marketing startup Humanz raises $8m to accelerate growth
Published: 20-12-2021 | 15:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Humanz, an AI powered influencer marketing platform that connects influencers & content creators with brands, announced it has closed an $8 million seed round led by the Stardom Ventures fund.


Philanthropi startup raises $4m to power charitable giving legacies of everyday donors
Published: 16-12-2021 | 12:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Philanthropi, the company revolutionizing charitable giving by democratizing philanthropy through its "giving-as-a-service" platform, announced it raised $4 million in funding from lead investor Amex Ventures.


Polymer No-Code DLP closes $4m seed round to protect leakage of sensitive customer data
Published: 15-12-2021 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Polymer, the cloud native No-Code Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solution for third party SaaS platforms, today announced the completion of a $4 million Seed round led by Story Ventures.


Mental healthcare startup UpLift raises $8m funding to integrate psychiatry into its delivery platform
Published: 15-12-2021 | 12:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
UpLift, the first vertically integrated mental healthcare delivery system, announced its expansion into psychiatry as well as the closing of $8 million in secondary funding.


FirstEnergy invests in Venture Capital Fund to help advance sustainable energy innovation
Published: 15-12-2021 | 11:48:48 | By: Pie Kamau
As part of its efforts to advance new technologies that will benefit customers and address climate change, FirstEnergy announced an incremental investment in global venture capital firm Energy Impact Partners' (EIP) Fund II.


Credem Group invests in artificial intelligence through a Silicon Valley startup incubator
Published: 08-12-2021 | 15:17:48 | By: Bob Koigi
An agreement has been reached with Noonum, a Seattle based startup. Noonum works in the artificial intelligence arena, developing digital learning tools and textual analysis in order to perform financial analysis and portfolio construction.


U.S. housing technology startup Jupe raises $9.5m seed round to build pop-up shelter system
Published: 08-12-2021 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Housing technology startup Jupe announced $9.5 million in seed funding led by Initialized Capital with participation from Y Combinator. The money will be used to hire a CTO and a wider team of software and hard tech engineers.


Subscription Management startup Chargebee opens new office and data center in Australia
Published: 08-12-2021 | 13:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chargebee, the subscription management platform, announced it has opened a dedicated office and data center in Sydney, Australia to support SaaS and subscription businesses and ensure APP compliance.


U.S. healthtech startup Vim accelerates growth with opening of offices in New York and Tel Aviv
Published: 07-12-2021 | 15:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vim, a technology company building digital infrastructure for U.S. healthcare, opened a new office in Midtown Manhattan and in Nahalat Yitzhak in Tel Aviv, Israel, to accommodate its rapidly growing workforce.


TDK Ventures backs innovative nanomaterials coating technology startup, actnano
Published: 01-12-2021 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TDK Ventures has invested in the Series B financing of actnano, a nanomaterials technology company that is setting new standards for electronics protection with its water and environmental-resistant smart coating solutions.


Tōquidity secures seed round investment from Global Blockchain Ventures Fund
Published: 01-12-2021 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tōquidity, a Tokenization as a Service company that unlocks liquidity for business and asset owners through digitization, announced Global Blockchain Ventures Fund, LP (GBV) has filled Tōquidity's seed round of funding.


[Startup Interview] Dave Withers, CEO, Vertis, USA
Published: 30-11-2021 | 13:53:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Vertis is a US-based startup that leverages billions of data points and proprietary data science to help business leaders implement data-driven talent and location strategies.


Heritage enters strategic partnership with insurtech startup Slide to accelerate growth
Published: 30-11-2021 | 13:40:22 | By: Pie Kamau
Heritage Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance holding company, announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Slide, a startup InsurTech P&C carrier led by Bruce Lucas, Heritage's former Chairman and CEO.


French high-tech startup PlanetWatch selects city of Miami to deploy air quality monitoring network
Published: 30-11-2021 | 12:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PlanetWatch, the world's first decentralized indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring network built on the Algorand blockchain, has selected the city of Miami to deploy a network of its sensors citywide.


KingsCrowd partners with Backstage Capital to educate new generation of startup investors
Published: 25-11-2021 | 11:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
KingsCrowd, the online private market's first and only data-driven ratings and analytics platform, has reached a strategic partnership with Backstage Capital, to educate a new generation of startup investors.


Bio-material tech startup Cruz Foam closes $2.5m seed funding to accelerate circular protective packaging solutions
Published: 25-11-2021 | 11:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cruz Foam, a mission-driven sustainable materials company, announced it has closed $2.5 million in seed funding in a raise led by At One Ventures to enable the transition toward a circular economy.


Robotics startup HaptX raises $4m investment from Crescent Cove Advisors to accelerate expansion
Published: 25-11-2021 | 11:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HaptX, the provider of realistic haptic gloves for VR and robotics, announced it has secured a $4 million credit facility from Crescent Cove Advisors, bringing HaptX's Series A funding to $28m, and the company's total funding to $35m.


Biotech startup Tiamat Sciences raises $3m to manufacture plant-based biomolecules
Published: 25-11-2021 | 10:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Biotechnology startup Tiamat Sciences announced its $3 million seed financing round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm True Ventures with participation from Social Impact Capital and Cantos.


Agritech startup FarmSense receives $2.2m SBIR funding for development of biosecurity measures against native and invasive pests
Published: 24-11-2021 | 08:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
FarmSense, the agritech startup and creator of Smart Flight Sensors, announced it has been awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funds in the amount of more than $2.2 million.


Miami-based VC firm Borderless Capital closes $10m PLANETS.Fund to build green data economy on Algorand
Published: 24-11-2021 | 08:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Borderless Capital, the Miami-based venture capital firm dedicated to the Algorand ecosystem, announced the closing of PLANETS.Fund, a $10 millionn fund focused on building a green data economy.


Crowd Capital joins FinHealth US 2021 accelerator program for early-stage startups
Published: 23-11-2021 | 07:46:17 | By: Pie Kamau
Crowd Capital has been selected to participate in FinHealth US 2021. This will enhance Crowd Capital's mission to offer families facing financial hardship.


Fintech startup and shareholder loyalty pioneer TiiCKER launches Android app
Published: 23-11-2021 | 07:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TiiCKER hit the trifecta with the addition of an Android app to its web and iOS portals, giving America's estimated 130 million retail investors instant access to loyalty rewards.


Seattle-area startup Lassen Peak raises $10m seed funding for weapons search technology
Published: 19-11-2021 | 12:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seattle-area startup Lassen Peak announced the completion of Seed financing of $10 million with Alpha Intelligence Capital, Lauder Partners, Orbit Venture Partners, and other strategic seed investors participating in the investments.


Virginia medtech and sportstech startup OxiWear closes pre-seed funding round at $1.25m
Published: 19-11-2021 | 12:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OxiWear announced it successfully closed a pre-seed funding round at $1.25 million, oversubscribed above its goal of $750,000.


US startup Impossible Foods expands into Australia and New Zealand
Published: 18-11-2021 | 19:29:09 | By: Bob Koigi
California-based Impossible Foods has arrived in Australia and New Zealand, marking the company’s third and fourth international market launches in 14 months.


GROWMARK and CHS launch Cooperative Ventures to drive technology advancements for agritech startups
Published: 18-11-2021 | 10:20:41 | By: Pie Kamau
GROWMARK and CHS announced the formation of Cooperative Ventures, a new capital fund that will focus on creating advancements in breakthrough technologies for the agriculture industry.


Fort Ross Ventures announces first closing of $200m late-stage fund
Published: 18-11-2021 | 09:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fort Ross Ventures, an international venture-capital firm focused on startups in the U.S. and Israel, announced the $100 million first closing of its late-stage fund.


SOS raises $3.4 million funding to expand smart vending and digital marketing platform
Published: 17-11-2021 | 16:59:35 | By: Bob Koigi
SOS, a female-founded creator and operator of interactive vending machines delivering premium products and digital content in public spaces has raised $3.4 million in funding.


Firmware security startup NetRise emerges from stealth with $6.8m seed round
Published: 17-11-2021 | 11:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NetRise, the company solving the world's firmware security problem, has emerged from stealth by closing their $6.8 million Seed Round led by Miramar Digital Ventures, with Sorenson Ventures, DNX Ventures and multiple strategic angels.


AI-informed physical security startup Hakimo raises $4m seed round
Published: 17-11-2021 | 11:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hakimo, an AI platform designed to bring cybersecurity-like tools to the physical security industry, announced $4 million seed funding.


BrokerTech Ventures accelerator opens for 2022 cohort applications
Published: 16-11-2021 | 12:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
BrokerTech Ventures (BTV), the industry's first broker-led convening platform and accelerator program focused on delivering innovation to the insurance broker industry, has opened the application window for its 2022 BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator program.


Home fashion startup Modern Matter raises $1.2m seed round to accelerate growth of its e-Commerce platform
Published: 11-11-2021 | 11:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Modern Matter, a design company and manufacturer of decorative and architectural hardware, raised $1.2 million in seed capital. Modern Matter collaborates with leading designers to develop exclusive hardware designs for luxury homeowners.


Healthtech startup Sigrid Therapeutics raises $8.4m from US, Irish and Swedish investors for diabetes breakthrough
Published: 11-11-2021 | 11:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swedish healthtech startup Sigrid Therapeutics is set to prevent two of the world's biggest health challenges, type 2 diabetes and obesity with its SiPore15® powder.


Investor Advisor Seed Ventures closes first round
Published: 11-11-2021 | 11:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Investor Advisor Seed Ventures (IA Seed Ventures) announced the first closing of its new venture fund with investments in five companies. These deals mark the beginning of active investment for this new network of accomplished investors.


Community knowledge sharing startup 7th Ave raises $2.5m seed round
Published: 03-11-2021 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
7th Ave, a knowledge sharing platform for Black professionals, creatives, entrepreneurs, and students announced a $2.5 million seed round to create a space where mindful discovery, discussion, and community take place.


Compliance startup Laika raises $35m Series B to help companies ace security audits
Published: 03-11-2021 | 12:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Laika, the industry's first unified compliance-as-a-service platform, announced it has closed $35 million in Series B funding led by J.P. Morgan Growth Equity Partners with participation from PayPal Ventures.


Walden Catalyst Ventures closes $550 million fund to target deep tech investments
Published: 02-11-2021 | 15:33:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Investors in the fund include leading institutional LPs, as well as the CEOs of some of the world’s largest tech corporations.


Berlin-based investment platform Moonfare raises $125m Series C to accelerate global growth
Published: 02-11-2021 | 13:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Moonfare, the digital private equity investment platform for individual investors, raised $125 million in Series C funding, led by New York-based Insight Partners, to continue to develop innovative investment solutions and accelerate its international expansion.


Fintech startup Able raises $3.2m seed round to power the new creator economy
Published: 29-10-2021 | 16:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Able, the first income management platform designed for the new economy of independent workers has raised $3.29 million in seed funding led by Elefund with additional backing from Moonshots Capital.


P&G Ventures invites entries for its next Innovation Challenge
Published: 29-10-2021 | 16:05:09 | By: Pie Kamau
P&G Ventures, the early-stage startup studio within Procter & Gamble, announced the call for entries for its next Innovation Challenge.


Chinese SEI Robotics partners with Silicon Valley's Medtrics to bring telemedicine service to Android TV
Published: 29-10-2021 | 15:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SEI Robotics, a global innovator of smart IOT devices & provider of Android TV platforms for Pay-TV operators (MVPD), announced its strategic partnership with Medtrics, the Silicon Valley startup, player of digital health service.


Biotech startup Shiru closes $17m Series A to develop novel plant-based food ingredients
Published: 28-10-2021 | 09:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Shiru, a biotech startup that identifies and creates novel plant-based ingredients for the global food industry, closed a $17 million Series A round led by S2G Ventures and joined by returning investors Lux Capital, CPT Capital, Y Combinator, and Emles Venture Partners.


Abacus.AI startup raises $50m Series C funding, releases Computer Vision as a Service
Published: 28-10-2021 | 09:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Abacus.AI startup announced $50 million Series C funding from Tiger Global, Coatue, Index Ventures, and Alkeon. As part of this release, the company also announced support for Computer Vision use-cases.


London-based scale-up Wazoku acquires Colombian open innovation crowd Channge
Published: 28-10-2021 | 08:37:03 | By: Pie Kamau
London-based Innovation scale-up Wazoku has continued its global expansion and extended its reach into Latin America with the acquisition of Colombian open innovation crowd Channge.


Female-founded winery startup BOXT raises $9.35m to expand luxury brand of fine wine offerings
Published: 28-10-2021 | 08:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
BOXT, the female-founded, direct-to-consumer winery, announced it has raised $9.35 million in equity and debt funding to drive the continued expansion of its luxury brand of fine wine offerings.


JAY-Z's VC firm Marcy Venture Partners invests in Iddris Sandu's impact-driven tech incubator, spatial LABS
Published: 26-10-2021 | 11:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
JAY-Z's venture capital firm Marcy Venture Partners (MVP) has invested in 24 year-old technologist Iddris Sandu's impact-driven tech incubator: spatial LABS (sLABS).


Asymmetric Capital Partners launches $105m debut fund to invest in B2B startups
Published: 26-10-2021 | 10:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Asymmetric Capital Partners (Asymmetric), a new venture capital firm helmed by Rob Biederman, Co-founder, Chairman, and former co-CEO of Catalant Technologies, announced the close of its oversubscribed first fund at $105 million.


Seed-stage VC firm Cove Fund announces $30m third venture fund to invest in Southern California ecosystem
Published: 26-10-2021 | 09:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cove Fund, a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in the Southern California startup economy, announced the launch of its third fund, Cove Fund III.


SaaS startup ProfitWheel secures $3m investment
Published: 22-10-2021 | 14:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Following close on the heels of its US operations launch in September 2021, SaaS startup ProfitWheel announced securing a total capital raise of $3 million.


Healthtech startup Medicardia closes $3m post seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 22-10-2021 | 13:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Medicardia Health announced it has raised $3 million in its first major financing round. Founded in 2020, the company was initially bootstrapped by CEO and Founder Indrajit Choudhuri and associates, and was provided seed capital by angel investor Jeff Rusinow.


Texas-based fintech startup CollateralEdge emerges from stealth with an oversubscribed $3.5m seed round
Published: 21-10-2021 | 13:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CollateralEdge, a Texas-based fintech company providing banks with a risk-mitigation tool to efficiently increase lending capacity without compromising credit quality, emerges from stealth mode with an oversubscribed $3.5 million seed round.


North Carolina's SAS and Pappas Capital partner to propel agritech startups with analytics
Published: 21-10-2021 | 13:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Two North Carolina companies, analytics leader SAS and venture investment firm Pappas Capital, are joining forces to help advance the state as a global leader in agricultural technology.


Tech-enabled PR startup Press Hook secures $1.5m funding to accelerate growth
Published: 20-10-2021 | 15:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Press Hook, a Brooklyn based, tech-enabled, public relations platform, announced $1.5 million in venture-funding after a successful year of growth, led by Emergent Ventures, The Fund and TnT Ventures.


Subscription Management startup Chargebee partners with Worldline to improve customer engagement and retention
Published: 20-10-2021 | 15:28:51 | By: Pie Kamau
Worldline and Chargebee announced collaboration to provide an end-to-end payment, subscription and revenue operations solution for merchants operating in a subscription model.


Nortal acquires minority stake in cybersecurity startup Talgen
Published: 20-10-2021 | 15:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digital transformation company Nortal has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire minority stake in the cybersecurity startup Talgen to bolster cybersecurity capabilities and unlock new opportunities in Europe, North America, and the GCC countries.


Insurance startup Branch partners with SimpliSafe to offer proactive protection, affordable home ssecurity to its members
Published: 15-10-2021 | 11:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Branch, the startup that pioneered instantly-bundled home and auto insurance, announced a partnership with SimpliSafe, maker of security systems, to offer its members significant discounts on their home insurance.


APX Platform announces oversubscribed seed round investments by 20% within 60 days
Published: 08-10-2021 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
APX Platform, the aesthetic industry's only cloud-based, business intelligence, training, educational and data analytics platform for aesthetic practices, has oversubscribed its seed round investments by 20 percent within 60 days.


MXP Ventures announces $10m venture capital fund to propel next-gen of agency startups
Published: 07-10-2021 | 13:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global incubator MXP Ventures announced the establishment of a $10 million venture fund to invest in new agency startups globally. The fund will focus on building and rapidly scaling new agencies across the marketing services spectrum.


Westchester Angels announces first exit opportunity, parlays early fintech investment into major win
Published: 06-10-2021 | 14:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Investment group Westchester Angels announced its first exit opportunity, providing significant returns to a group of local investors and highlighting their intuition for spotting growth opportunities.


PHYTunes startup closes $1.5m seed round to develop solution for full 5G inside residential, commercial buildings
Published: 06-10-2021 | 14:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PHYTunes, a player in 5G at the Edge and wireless-wireline convergence, announced it has close its seed round of $1.5 million with investors Deutsche Telekom´s hub:raum.


Rendered.ai startup raises $6m to expand developer framework for synthetic data
Published: 06-10-2021 | 14:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Rendered.ai announced the closing of a $6 million seed round to expand staffing and operations to scale up the Rendered.ai Platform as a Service that supports data scientists, engineers, and business innovators.


Dalan Animal Health startup raises $1.9m seed funding for development of a breakthrough honeybee vaccine
Published: 06-10-2021 | 14:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dalan Animal Health, Inc., a biotech company developing vaccines for new age production animals, announced it has closed funding for a $1.9 million seed round.


Hopscotch emerges out of stealth with $3.6m seed funding
Published: 05-10-2021 | 16:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hopscotch, the platform bringing a consumer-like experience to B2B payments, today announced its emergence from stealth with $3.6 million in seed funding led by NOEMIS Ventures and Stellation Capital.


Chargebee startup adds revenue recognition capabilities to solve complex finance challenges for SaaS, subscription-based businesses
Published: 05-10-2021 | 16:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Subscription Management startup Chargebee announced its acquisition of revenue recognition platform RevLock to expand the company's product offerings.


Insurtech startup VOOM raises $15m to provide usage-based insurance to underserved mobility segments
Published: 05-10-2021 | 16:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
VOOM, creators of innovative insurance products for underserved mobility segments, announced $15 million in funding to expand its usage-based insurance model to additional mobility verticals.


Global Alts launches Unicorn Technology Fund II to provide investors access to private companies, create technological innovations for the future
Published: 01-10-2021 | 12:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global Alts announced the launch of Unicorn Technology Fund II, to acquire a portfolio of late stage, venture-backed technology companies.


Frame Fitness startup raises $5m seed round to launch at-home digitally-connected pilates reformer
Published: 01-10-2021 | 11:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Frame Fitness was met with immediate interest from pioneers in the fitness industry and closed a $5 million seed financing round with substantial oversubscription, to launch first at-home digitally-connected pilates reformer.


Silicon Valley-based VC firm BGV raises $110m to focus on Enterprise AI and cross-border investments
Published: 01-10-2021 | 10:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Silicon Valley-based venture capital (VC) firm Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), which invests in Enterprise 4.0 companies globally, announced its fourth fund, closing at $110 million, 60% larger than its third fund.


ShipHero opens accelerator program to support emerging e-Commerce startups
Published: 30-09-2021 | 16:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ShipHero, the shipping and logistics provider for over 5,000 e-commerce brands and 3PLs, announced a new accelerator program for e-Commerce startups looking to supercharge their businesses with best-in-class warehouse management software.


Social learning startup Fiveable closes $10m Series A funding to fuel student-led online spaces
Published: 29-09-2021 | 13:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fiveable, a social learning platform that has supported more than 7 million high school students since 2018, has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Union Square Ventures with participation from Owl Ventures and Progression Fund.


Starfish Space startup raises $7m to develop Otter space tug
Published: 29-09-2021 | 13:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Starfish Space, a satellite servicing company founded by former Blue Origin engineers, announced it has raised a $7 million funding round co-led by NFX and MaC Venture Capital, with participation from PSL Ventures, Boost VC, Liquid2 Ventures, and Hypothesis.


DLA Piper advises GigCapital5 in $230m IPO
Published: 29-09-2021 | 12:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DLA Piper represented GigCapital5, Inc. in its initial public offering of 23,000,000 units at a price of $10 per unit, including 3,000,000 units issued upon the exercise of the over–allotment option granted to the underwriters.


New York-based Art+Tech accelerator receives funding to invest in art-fueled startups
Published: 28-09-2021 | 15:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
New York-based Art+Tech accelerator Fuelarts returns after raising $500K from philanthropic funders. Launched in late 2019 by former Christie's COO Roxanna Zarnegar and serial entrepreneur Denis Belkevich, Fuelarts was forced to scale back its operations due to the pandemic.


Industrial automation startup Agtonomy launches out of stealth to address farm labor crisis with $4m seed round
Published: 24-09-2021 | 13:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Agtonomy, a hybrid autonomy and tele-assist service platform, launched out of stealth and announced a $4 million seed round from Grit Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Village Global.


Perch Mobility startup raises seed funding to accelerate growth
Published: 24-09-2021 | 12:42:58 | By: Pie Kamau
Perch Mobility, the provider of portable charging pods that fuel the micromobility industry, announced the close of its successful seed round funding, which will enable the company to expand coverage into key strategic markets across the U.S.


The Vendry raises $6.5m seed round to support corporate events industry with new marketplace solutions
Published: 24-09-2021 | 12:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Vendry, a marketplace and professional community for corporate event planners, announced the close of a $6.5 million seed funding round led by Peter Boyce, Founder of Stellation Capital.


Rose Technology startup raises $5.5m seed round to change the way companies generate revenue from data
Published: 22-09-2021 | 16:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Rose Technology, founded by data scientist and former global macro investor Alexander Campbell, raised $5.5 million to change the way data-driven companies collect, analyze, and generate revenue from data.


Employee wellness early-stage tech startup Three Good announces seed round to fuel growth
Published: 22-09-2021 | 16:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
A new employee wellness technology startup based in Los Angeles, Three Good, announced its seed round of funding. The employee well-being platform leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) and traditional Psychology best practices to beat employee burnout.


Will Smith's Dreamers VC backs $4m funded fintech startup Front to take on wall street, arm investors with better insights
Published: 22-09-2021 | 14:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Front, a strategic investment platform and companion app to Robinhood, Coinbase, Stash, and more that helps guide better investment decisions for new investors, announced the launch of its new app with funding from Will Smith's Dreamers VC.


Healthtech startup bttn. adds PlastCareUSA to burgeoning supplier ecosystem
Published: 22-09-2021 | 14:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
bttn., a Healthtech startup providing a B2B e-Commerce platform for purchasing medical supplies, announced an expansion to its product catalog with the addition of 93 PlastCare USA products for dental practitioners.


Payroll-as-a-Service startup Check partners with Procare to improve payments in child care centers
Published: 21-09-2021 | 11:03:09 | By: Pie Kamau
Check, the payroll-as-a-service startup whose mission is to make paying people simple, announced a partnership with Procare Solutions, the child care management software platform.


TDK Ventures invests in seed round for dry lithium-ion electrode manufacturing startup, AM Batteries
Published: 21-09-2021 | 09:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TDK Corporation announced that subsidiary TDK Ventures has invested in AM Batteries (AMB) to support the commercialization of its dry electrode coating technology that improves the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries.


Online group therapy startup Grouport raises $1.5m series seed round to provide therapy for chronic psychological disorders
Published: 17-09-2021 | 13:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Grouport, an online group therapy service that's making group treatment widely accessible for chronic psychological disorders, announced a $1.5 million series seed round led by XV Venture Capital.


Plant-based food startup immi raises $3.8m seed funding to modernize instant ramen
Published: 17-09-2021 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
immi, the better-for-you Asian American food brand that launched the world's first low-carb, high-protein, 100% plant-based instant ramen during the pandemic, announced a $3.8 million seed round fundraise led by Siddhi Capital.


Biotech startup Elevian raises $40m Series A to advance treatments for stroke recovery and age-related diseases
Published: 17-09-2021 | 12:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Elevian, an emerging biotech company developing medicines that restore youthful regenerative capacity with the potential to treat and prevent multiple age-related diseases, announced it raised $40 million in an oversubscribed Series A round led by Prime Movers Lab.


Insurtech startup NEXT Insurance renews commitment to small businesses with integrated strategic rebrand
Published: 16-09-2021 | 12:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NEXT Insurance, the digital insurtech company transforming small business insurance, announced its strategic rebrand which will integrate small business owners from across the country into every part of the company's business, culture and ethos.


Illumina Accelerator invests in seven genomics startups for 3rd global cycle
Published: 16-09-2021 | 11:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Illumina has selected seven new genomics companies to join the third global funding cycle of Illumina Accelerator. The global company creation engine, focused on partnering with entrepreneurs to build breakthrough genomics startups.


Organic food startup Teatis closes seed funding round to advance production and marketing in the U.S.
Published: 15-09-2021 | 17:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Teatis, makers of superfood powders for diabetic consumers, announces the close of its seed funding round. The science-backed brand that specializes in sugar-blocking teas accrued $700,000 from various high-power angel investors.


Workwear startup BRUNT raises $8.4m Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 15-09-2021 | 15:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
BRUNT Workwear, a modern work boot and apparel brand designed for today's construction workers and tradespeople, closed an $8.4 million Series A round to accelerate its growth and meet demand as the company disrupts a $12 billion-dollar category in the US.


Tech startup KUDO launches live captioning for multilingual meetings
Published: 14-09-2021 | 16:23:01 | By: Pie Kamau
KUDO Inc., the multilingual meeting SaaS company built around a B2B managed marketplace powered by the largest network of professional conference interpreters, announced the addition of live captioning to its list of platform features.


Medical software startup Optellum appoints Jason Pesterfield as CEO to drive commercial growth in the US
Published: 14-09-2021 | 16:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Optellum, a medical software startup based in Oxford, UK, has appointed Jason Pesterfield as CEO to lead growth in the US clinical market. Optellum is a leader in AI-based software that transforms early lung cancer diagnosis and therapy.


Silicon Valley Bank establishes physical presence in Miami
Published: 14-09-2021 | 15:38:32 | By: Pie Kamau
Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world's innovative companies and their investors, announced a team of commercial bankers have landed permanently in Miami to focus on Florida's dynamic innovation sector.


Apto Payments acquires fintech startup Vertical Finance
Published: 10-09-2021 | 15:04:17 | By: Pie Kamau
Apto Payments, a next-generation cards and payments company, announced its acquisition of challenger credit card startup, Vertical Finance. The move expands both Apto Payments' product offerings and team.


Blockchain startup Zaimirai acquires Dash Masternode Hosting Operation from NODE40
Published: 10-09-2021 | 14:52:48 | By: Pie Kamau
Zaimirai, a startup blockchain services provider, announced the acquisition of the Dash Masternode Hosting Division of NODE40. The deal enables Zaimirai to build out its blockchain hosting services using the market-tested platform created by NODE40.


ActZero startup announces U.S. distribution relationship with Ingram Micro's Emerging Business Group
Published: 10-09-2021 | 14:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Managed Detection and Response (MDR) startup ActZero, announced a strategic distribution agreement with Ingram Micro Inc. and its Emerging Business Group, which offers providers high-touch services, specialization and speed to market.


Tech startup Normal receives investment to empower small businesses with innovative robo-consultant
Published: 10-09-2021 | 14:31:35 | By: Pie Kamau
As the Covid-19 pandemic and global warming continue to impact the world, Normal is building a digital platform that allows MSMEs to modernize their operations and implement sustainable and profitable growth.


[Startup Interview] Burjiz Pithawala, Co-Founder, Elisity, USA
Published: 10-09-2021 | 10:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Elisity is a USA-based startup that is helping companies redefine security and access in a world transformed by cloud, mobility, and connected devices.


Tech startup SIMBA Chain raises $25m in Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 08-09-2021 | 13:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SIMBA Chain , the technology company that eliminated the complexities of blockchain app development and reduced energy usage, thus opening the door to a world of users, has closed a $25 million Series A funding round led by Valley Capital Partners.


Tango raises $5.7m seed round to launch workflow intelligence platform and transform documentation
Published: 08-09-2021 | 12:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tango, the workflow intelligence platform that streamlines the process of creating documentation, announced it raised $5.7 million in seed funding to launch workflow intelligence platform and transform documentation.


AI startup DataChat closes $25m Series A round to continue democratizing data analytics
Published: 08-09-2021 | 11:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DataChat, Inc., a software company that's revolutionizing data analytics, announced the closing of a $25 million Series A funding round led by Redline Capital and Anthos Capital.


Sports investing platform PredictionStrike raises $1.7m capital, launches new mobile app
Published: 08-09-2021 | 11:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sports investing platform PredictionStrike announced its partnership with MaC Venture Capital and New Age Capital, as well as the launch of the company's new mobile app.


Foodtech startup GrubMarket acquires Bartolotta, further expands in Eastern US and Canada
Published: 07-09-2021 | 16:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Food technology startup GrubMarket announced it has completed the acquisition of Bartolotta, a full-service provider of fresh fruits and vegetables to customers in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern Canada.


Travel adventure startup YouTravel.Me raises $1m to strengthen its position in the US
Published: 07-09-2021 | 15:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
YouTravel.Me, an algorithm-powered online platform for booking small group adventure travel organized by travel experts, announced it has secured $1 million in funding.


Zing Health startup aligns corporate mission and philanthropy with Pledge 1%
Published: 07-09-2021 | 15:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Zing Health, a physician-founded-and-led provider of Medicare Advantage health plans, has made official its Pledge 1% program, raising its commitment to corporate philanthropy, community engagement, and STEM education.


Tech startup Spinach raises $2.75m pre-seed round for Zoom meeting integration
Published: 02-09-2021 | 13:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spinach, one of the first Zoom Apps partners aimed at helping distributed teams be more effective, announced $2.75 million in pre-seed funding led by Cardumen Capital.


Wine & spirits e-Commerce startup Speakeasy Co. raises $2m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 02-09-2021 | 13:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Speakeasy Co., a technology company and e-commerce platform for the wine & spirits industry, announced a $2 million seed round led by Trog Hawley Capital LLC with participation from other notable investors.


CB Insights launches algorithm to score the quality of startup's founding and management team
Published: 02-09-2021 | 13:05:15 | By: Pie Kamau
CB Insights, which enables world's leading companies to make smarter technology decisions, announced Management Mosaic, the first-ever algorithm to demystify the quality of a startup's founding and management team.


Next-gen research platform Litmaps closes $125K seed-stage investment from Quidnet Ventures
Published: 02-09-2021 | 12:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Litmaps, a Science software company based in Wellington, New Zealand has received NZ$125,000 in funding from Quidnet Ventures, a New Zealand-based venture capital fund with operations in Auckland, NZ, San Francisco and New York.


LG announces global startup competition to recruit new businesses for innovation center
Published: 02-09-2021 | 12:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LG Electronics (LG) announced the launch of Mission for the Future, a global challenge competition for startups to identify innovative technologies and business ideas that pave the way to the future.


Sharp Alpha Advisors announces sports betting startup pitch competition in partnership with Sportradar
Published: 01-09-2021 | 13:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sharp Alpha Advisors, a firm specializing in early-stage sports betting technology, and Sportradar, a global provider of sports betting and sports entertainment products and services, have partnered to announce a sports betting startup pitch competition.


Videogame startup Nifty Games raises $38m capital to redefine mobile sports games
Published: 01-09-2021 | 13:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nifty Games, a videogame developer and publisher focused on quick-session, head-to-head sports games for mobile, raised $26 million in a Series B round of equity funding led by Vulcan Capital. In addition, the company has secured $12 million in connected debt financing.


DLA Piper advises investment analytics platform Aumni in $50m Series B financing
Published: 01-09-2021 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DLA Piper represented Aumni, an investment analytics platform that provides the data infrastructure for private capital markets, in a $50 million Series B funding round led by J.P. Morgan.


Oddup raises $12.8m Series C funding to increase access to pre-eminent global startup ecosystem insights
Published: 01-09-2021 | 13:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Oddup, an international provider of data-driven insights for the startup and cryptocurrency ecosystems, announced the close of a $12.8 million Series C funding round.


Recreational vehicle startup RINDEV announces preorder reservations of its experience driven electric side by side
Published: 31-08-2021 | 14:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Recreational vehicle disruptor, RINDEV, announced the opening of preorder reservations for their exciting and futuristic electric side by side, designed to address issues of global warming and overall experience.


Insurtech startup Slope Software raises $2m to grow its actuarial modeling platform
Published: 31-08-2021 | 13:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Slope Software, the Atlanta insurtech startup that is modernizing actuarial modeling for insurers, announced a $2.0 million investment led by Tech Square Ventures, an early-stage investment firm.


Proptech startup Kocomo raises $56m to tackle cross-border co-ownership of luxury vacation properties
Published: 31-08-2021 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kocomo, a pre-seed stage proptech startup backed by U.S., European, and Latin American investors, has raised $56 million in debt and equity to tackle cross-border, co-ownership of luxury vacation properties.


FedTech leverages Converge, a startup studio event to expand access to deep tech
Published: 25-08-2021 | 13:11:17 | By: Bob Koigi
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) is partnering with FedTech to provide equal and inclusive access to government and university-sourced next-gen deep technologies for entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds.


Mobile sports betting startup ZenSports receives its Nevada gaming license
Published: 24-08-2021 | 15:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ZenSports, the mobile sports betting app that offers consumers more choices and a better design than any other platform, has officially received its non-restricted gaming license from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.


Autonomous vehicle insurtech startup Koop Technologies raises $2.5m seed round
Published: 24-08-2021 | 15:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Koop Technologies, an insurance technology startup specializing in autonomous vehicle and robotics risks announced its $2.5 million seed funding.


Venture capital firm Companyon raises $27.5m for second fund
Published: 20-08-2021 | 13:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Companyon Ventures, a venture capital firm leading investment rounds in post-seed, pre-Series A B2B software companies, announced the closing of its $27.5 million second fund midway through the second quarter.


Hiration startup raises $3m to offer its affordable, AI-powered resume-building platform to job seekers
Published: 20-08-2021 | 12:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hiration, the platform that offers world class resources that makes it easy for qualified candidates to create the perfect resumes and find their dream role, announced it has raised $3 million in seed funding from Prime Venture Partners, Venture Highway and Y Combinator.


Healthtech startup bttn. raises $5m seed add-on to modernize medical supply market
Published: 20-08-2021 | 12:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Healthtech startup bttn. announced it has closed a $5 million add-on to its seed round led by FUSE. The funds will be used to expand bttn.'s technology, sales, and operations teams wherein it will further expand and refine the platform, foster additional partnerships.