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AI start up TEAL partners with CorionX to develop a sustainable crypto currency system
Published: 21-10-2020 | 11:30:03 | By: Bob Koigi
TEAL, the smart blockchain ecosystem, is partnering with CorionX, the Corion Foundation that supports stablecoin and DeFi awareness through its #MoneyInTheRightDirectionMovement.


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


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


Australian retail tech startup Tiliter raises $7.5m for cashierless AI shopping technology
Published: 21-10-2020 | 11:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tiliter, artificial intelligence (AI) provider whose technology uses computer vision to recognise products without barcodes compled a $7.5 million capital raise led by Investec Emerging Companies (IEC).


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


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


South Korean AI startup MoneyBrain partners with Rainus to put an AI human in Electronic Shelf Labels
Published: 20-10-2020 | 10:36:55 | By: Pie Kamau
South Korean, Seoul-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup MoneyBrain announced it is supplying an AI video synthesizing solution to Rainus, Electronic Shelf Labels (ESL) company.


Indonesian blockchain startup Tokoin introduces DeFi Program for investors and MSMEs enterprises
Published: 20-10-2020 | 09:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tokoin, an Indonesian startup using blockchain technology to reduce the barriers that small and medium scale enterprises face while trying to access credit, has introduced BISS DeFi Program to benefit both investors and partner enterprises.


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


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


Egyptian last-mile delivery startup dreevo launches operations with pre-seed funding from EF Logistics
Published: 14-10-2020 | 16:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Egyptian last-mile delivery focused startup dreevo raised a six figure US dollar in a bootstrap, pre-seed funding round from EF Logistics, a third party logistic services provider, to introduce agile and affordable technological solutions.


Tel Aviv based startup Dataloop raises $16m to launch its advanced platform for AI annotation and management
Published: 14-10-2020 | 15:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dataloop, a platform for AI data management and annotation announced it has raised $16 million in funding following the completion of an $11 million Series A round led by Amiti Ventures.


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


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


Sabio Group acquires Anana to extend customer experience capability
Published: 12-10-2020 | 13:08:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Sabio Group has acquired customer experience solutions specialist Anana. The acquisition supports Sabio’s goal to become the leading player across the European customer experience market.


Gartner Says 60 per cent of B2B sales organizations will transition to a data-driven selling approach by 2025
Published: 12-10-2020 | 13:04:25 | By: Bob Koigi
By 2025, 60 per cent of B2B sales organizations will transition from experience- and intuition-based selling to data-driven selling, according to Gartner, Inc.


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


[Startup Interview] Muhammed Haleel, Founder, Expatriates.io, India
Published: 09-10-2020 | 16:50:58 | By: Bob Koigi
Indian-based startup Expatriates.io sells premium job posting and resume features to employers and companies. Its website has established a footprint in 249 countries. Muhammed Haleel the company’s founder explains the business model.


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


Global Startup Awards expands across Africa
Published: 09-10-2020 | 11:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Global Startup Awards (GSA), largest independent startup ecosystem awards platform with a mission to find, recognise and connect the future shapers of the digital age from all around the world, will now be expanding across Africa.


Founders Factory arrives in Brazil in collaboration with Qintess
Published: 08-10-2020 | 15:47:30 | By: Pie Kamau
Qintess, Brazilian IT and digital transformation group, recognized as one of 100 most innovative companies in Brazil in 2020, announced a 12-month collaboration with Founders Factory, a leading global venture builder and investor.


German tech startup CloudRadar launches new data center in Johannesburg, South Africa
Published: 08-10-2020 | 09:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
German tech startup CloudRadar is launching its cloud-based IT-monitoring service in South Africa, ahead of further global expansion, to help ensure IT stability for regional businesses in the face of rapid, pandemic-fuelled digitisation.


German environmental IoT startup Dryad raises €1.8m for ultra-early wildfire detection system
Published: 07-10-2020 | 13:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Environmental IoT startup Dryad Networks has secured seed funding of €1.8 million to develop a large-scale IoT network for the ultra-early detection of wildfires - the Internet of Trees.


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


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


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


Swiss healthtech startup Mobile Health AG selects Infosys for its commercial launch of Consilium Care
Published: 07-10-2020 | 11:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Infosys, next-generation digital services and consulting company has been selected by Mobile Health AG to enhance the go-to-market (GTM) strategy for its electronically patient-reported outcomes (ePRO) platform, Consilium Care™.


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


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


Halifax partners with ShopHere powered by Google to help small businesses sell online
Published: 06-10-2020 | 15:21:22 | By: Bob Koigi
Halifax Partnership has launched the ShopHERE powered by Google program in Halifax, a Canadian initiative that helps small businesses build online stores.


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


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


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


Canadian tech startup S-Factor launches final seed fundraising round
Published: 05-10-2020 | 11:45:34 | By: Pie Kamau
S-Factor, a private technology firm providing the most comprehensive set of social impact data currently available on the market, announced the launch of its final seed fundraising round via a private equity placement.


Polish cleantech startup Airly raises $2m for global air quality platform
Published: 05-10-2020 | 11:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Polish cleantech startup Airly announced a $2 million pre-seed round to scale its AI-powered air quality platform globally, led by Giant Ventures, the multi-stage fund backing purpose-driven technology companies.


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


realme C15 second hot sale set for early October
Published: 02-10-2020 | 15:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
After the successful launch and roll out of realme C15, the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brand, realme, is set to rollout the second Hot Sale for the realme C15.


Strigo raises $8 million financing for its remote software training solution
Published: 01-10-2020 | 16:42:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Israel technology training startup Strigo has announced that it has tripled its customer base since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and closed an $8 million Series A financing round.


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


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


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


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


Taiwanese healthtech startup iWEECARE extends $2.4m pre-series A financing to serve global demand for remote patient monitoring
Published: 29-09-2020 | 13:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
iWEECARE, developer of world's smallest continuous temperature monitoring product, Temp Pal®, raised $2.4 million in extended pre-series A financing to serve global demand for remote patient monitoring.


Robotics solution startup Exotec raises $90m for international expansion of its warehouse automation technology
Published: 29-09-2020 | 12:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Exotec, a robotics solution for logistics and creator of the Skypod 3D warehouse robots, announced a $90 million financing round.


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


Swisscom, Ericsson and Qualcomm join forces to find world's most innovative 5G startups
Published: 28-09-2020 | 15:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Switzerland's telecommunications and IT company Swisscom is joining forces with Ericsson and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies GmbH to identify the world's most innovative startups and research teams working on 5G applications.


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


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


Servify raises $23 million financing for global expansion
Published: 25-09-2020 | 12:04:14 | By: Bob Koigi
Servify, the Indian-based device lifecycle management platform that integrates multiple OEM Brands and their sales and service ecosystem to deliver great after-sales service experience has announced that it has raised $23 million.


Mastercard announces Fintech Express to empower Middle East and Africa fintechs to launch and expand rapidly
Published: 24-09-2020 | 16:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mastercard has launched Fintech Express in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), a program designed to facilitate emerging fintechs’ launch and expansion.


EasySend raises $16m to enable insurance companies and financial institutions to build a no-code digital future
Published: 24-09-2020 | 14:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EasySend, the no-code AI-powered platform transforming manual processes into digital journeys, announced it has raised $16 million in funding following the completion of an $11 million Series A round led by Hanaco with participation from Intel Capital.


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


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


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


Finish startup ICEYE raises $87m to accelerate growth of its SAR satellite constellation
Published: 22-09-2020 | 14:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ICEYE, a SAR data provider, announced the closing of a larger than planned $87 million Series C funding, led by return investor True Ventures, with a significant additional investment by OTB Ventures.


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


Neurostimulation startup Salvia BioElectronics raises €26m to develop innovative therapy for chronic migraine
Published: 22-09-2020 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Salvia BioElectronics B.V., a neurostimulation platform company targeting chronic migraine, has raised €26 million in new financing from new and existing investors.


Amsterdam based startup Zeta Alpha launches AI platform to help experts navigate new research
Published: 22-09-2020 | 13:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Amsterdam based startup Zeta Alpha is launching AI Research Navigator, a new deep learning-based search platform, to help AI experts navigate new research.


[Startup Interview] Marthinus Coetzee, CEO, iPTT Africa, South Africa
Published: 22-09-2020 | 11:02:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Iptt africa (pty) Limited, a South African telecommunications startup, solves the communication problems faced by many businesses and organizations in Africa through its italkptt platform that allows businesses to communicate from anywhere in Africa to anywhere in the world. The CEO Marthinus Coetzee elaborates.


ARM launches API service for fintech startups in Nigeria
Published: 22-09-2020 | 09:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria's financial services provider ARM launched ARM Sandbox, a new and more efficient way for fintechs to scale their integration and customer acquisition plans.


South Korean fntech startup WireBarley raises $10m Series B to strengthen global remittance service capabilities
Published: 21-09-2020 | 14:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South Korean fintech startup in global memittance WireBarley has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Magna Investment, Shinsegae I&C and Dt & Investment.


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


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


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


Delivery Hero buys Glovo’s Latin America operations at $272 million
Published: 18-09-2020 | 12:39:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Delivery Hero, the world’s local delivery platform, has entered into an agreement with Glovo, an on-demand delivery start-up, to acquire its operations in Latin America for up to €230 million.


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


realme unveils realme C15, the first 6000mAh smartphone in Kenya
Published: 18-09-2020 | 09:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Emerging mobile phone brand realme has unveiled the latest addition to its C-series stable, the realme C15, in Kenya as it seeks to capture one of the most advanced mobile phone markets in the continent.


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


ventureLAB, Silicon Catalyst partner to expand hardware and silicon ecosystem in Canada
Published: 17-09-2020 | 11:37:30 | By: Bob Koigi
Canada-based technology hub ventureLAB has partnered with Silicon Catalyst to expand its reach for the Hardware Catalyst Initiative (HCI), Canada’s first hardware and silicon lab and incubator.


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


Trust Payments partners with messaging and e-commerce startup Wakanda Messenger to empower Africans around the world
Published: 17-09-2020 | 11:05:41 | By: Pie Kamau
Trust Payments, the global unified payments group for global pay-in, pay-out and customer journey technologies, has partnered with social network, messaging and e-commerce startup Wakanda Messenger.


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


Hetz Ventures closes on $77m for oversubscribed second fund to invest in B2B enterprise tech
Published: 16-09-2020 | 14:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hetz Ventures, a leading venture capital fund for early-stage investments, announced the close of its second flagship fund, oversubscribed at $77 million.


Flagstar Bank now accepting applications for MortgageTech Accelerator Program
Published: 16-09-2020 | 14:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flagstar Bank and the Fintech Consortium are accepting applications for the Flagstar MortgageTech Accelerator Program now through Sept. 30.


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


Bidbud launches app that allows workers to place bids on posted jobs
Published: 16-09-2020 | 11:14:37 | By: Bob Koigi
Bidbud, a mobile application that brings the power of trade and commerce back into the hands of the people, has announced its official launch on iOS and Android devices.


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


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


MRM Global secures £2.6 million investment from BGF to fuel international growth
Published: 15-09-2020 | 12:28:00 | By: Bob Koigi
BGF, UK and Ireland’s most active investor, has invested £2.6 million in Edinburgh based MRM Global, a high growth, industry-leading provider of marketing technology to the global drinks and hospitality sector.


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


Nigerian e-commerce startup Kwik Delivery releases WooCommerce plugin, enabling 2-hour deliveries for online merchants
Published: 15-09-2020 | 12:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian e-commerce startup Kwik Delivery released a WooCommerce plugin, enabling thousands of Nigerian online merchants to integrate seamlessly its delivery service to their WordPress online stores.


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


Kenyan tech startup Xetova shortlisted for MIT 2020 health security & pandemics track
Published: 15-09-2020 | 08:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan technology startup, xetova, has been named 2020 Global Solve finalist by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the health security and pandemics track.


AI-based startup SafeRide expands into Germany to support, accelerate growing business in Europe
Published: 14-09-2020 | 12:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SafeRide Technologies, a leading provider of AI-based vehicle health management, data analytics, and cybersecurity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles, announced the opening of a new office in Germany.


IME Medical Electrospinning secures €3m financing from Dutch VCs to expand its Medispin XL production platform
Published: 14-09-2020 | 12:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IME Medical Electrospinning, a global leader in electrospun medical devices and regenerative medicine, announced it has successfully raised €3 million in equity financing and debt.


realme set to unveil its latest brand realme C15 in Kenya
Published: 14-09-2020 | 09:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Global smartphone manufacturer realme has announced September 18 as the day it will unveil its latest brand in the Kenyan market, the realme C15,


The realme 6 and realme Band revolution in Kenya smartphone market
Published: 11-09-2020 | 14:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Realme 6 that premiered in Kenya in early September is already making waves as evidenced by the number of sales and inquiries across online shops among them Jumia Kenya.


Danish drone startup QuadSAT raises €2m to accelerate product testing
Published: 11-09-2020 | 13:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
QuadSAT, a Danish company that is revolutionising test and measurement of satellite antennas, announced it has closed a €2 million Pre-Series A Investment, the largest venture investment in a Danish drone tech company in history.


Spain's Banco Santander spins out fintech venture capital arm, doubles allocated funds to $400m
Published: 11-09-2020 | 13:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Banco Santander announced the launch of Mouro Capital, a new, autonomously managed venture capital fund focused on fintechs and adjacent businesses linked with the financial services industry.


Zurich-based turicode closes €2m seed investments round for growth plans
Published: 11-09-2020 | 12:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
turicode, a successful Software-as-a-Service provider in the field of document processing solutions based on machine learning and deep learning raised €2 million seed investments to fund the company’s growth plans.


Nortal to acquire German-based IT solutions company Schütze
Published: 11-09-2020 | 09:24:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Global tech company Nortal has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Schütze AG, a strategic consulting and software engineering company in Germany.


Oyster closes $ 14 million seed round to accelerate its expansion in Mexico
Published: 11-09-2020 | 09:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Oyster has announced the closing of a $14 million seed round. This is the largest venture capital investment for a seed round in Latin America to date under the LAVCA umbrella.


GreenTec invests in Cameroon digital farm startup Freshbag
Published: 11-09-2020 | 08:28:33 | By: Bob Koigi
GreenTec has announced its investment in Freshbag, an innovative digital Cameroon platform that connects farmers and vendors to ensure a fair and reliable food supply network.


Belgian startup InviteDesk raises €500K to expand its event marketing software
Published: 10-09-2020 | 14:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
InviteDesk, developer of event marketing software, has increased its capital by more than €500 thousand. With InviteDesk, companies increase their return on investment (ROI) from event marketing.


France AI startup reciTAL raises €3.5 million to bolster its Document Intelligence solutions
Published: 10-09-2020 | 13:12:23 | By: Bob Koigi
reciTAL, a Paris-based AI start-up specializing in Document Intelligence solutions, is raising € 3.5 million for the first time with the Breega investment fund.


Dutch fintech startup Mollie raises €90 million to scale operations across Europe
Published: 09-09-2020 | 16:59:22 | By: Bob Koigi
Dutch-based payment service provider Mollie has announced the closing of €90 million in its Series B funding round, taking the total amount raised by the company to €115 million.


Belgian scale-up Oncomfort raises €10m in Series A funding
Published: 09-09-2020 | 15:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Oncomfort, the Belgian inventor of and leader in Digital SedationTM a method for relieving patients' pain and anxiety without medication announced the completion of a €10 million Series A funding round.


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


Pcysys announces $25m Series B funding round led by Insight Partners
Published: 09-09-2020 | 14:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cybersecurity Validation company, Pcysys, announced it has completed a $25 million Series B funding round led by US-based venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners.


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


Early investors in 4IR startups set to reap rewards
Published: 08-09-2020 | 15:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Early investors in startups with exposure to the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) are benefiting from significant revenue growth despite the physical constraints introduced by governments’ responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Smart consumer technology startup Dreame raises $14.6m in Series B+ funding
Published: 07-09-2020 | 16:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dreame Technology (Dreame), a smart consumer technology company specializing in cordless vacuum cleaners, robot vacuum cleaners and mops, announced it raised $14.6 million in its Series B+ funding led by IDG Capital.


Software development startup Zymr expands footprint in India, opens new development center in Bengaluru
Published: 04-09-2020 | 15:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Zymr, a full-stack cloud-native software development company headquartered in California announced the establishment of a third development center in Bengaluru, India, to respond to an increasing customer demand despite COVID slowdown.


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


Demodesk raises $8m to scale world’s first intelligent online sales meeting software
Published: 03-09-2020 | 16:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Demodesk has raised $8 million in the latest Series A funding round, led by Balderton Capital with participation from Target Global, to scale the platform that has revolutionized screen-sharing for great customer conversation.


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


South Korean Doit5 launches advertising content service using web AR technology
Published: 03-09-2020 | 15:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Social marketing platform Doit5 announced the launch of an advertising service that uses content with web based AR technology.


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


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


Digital Horizon invests in Nigerian health startup Healthlane
Published: 02-09-2020 | 09:55:45 | By: Pie Kamau
Digital Horizon venture fund has invested in Y Combinator alumnus Healthlane, the startup focusing on modern, online consultations for local and remote patients, alongside traditional face-to-face public health services across Africa.


Chromologics raises €1.9m seed round to accelerate development of fermentation-derived next generation food colorants
Published: 01-09-2020 | 17:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chromologics, which is developing innovative natural food colorants, announced it has raised €1.9 million in seed financing led by Novo Seeds and supported by Nordic FoodTech VC and Vækstfonden.


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


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


Enygma Ventures invests R4.2m in South Africa’s human resources startup Job Crystal
Published: 31-08-2020 | 17:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Enygma Ventures has made a R4.2 million investment into Job Crystal, South Africa’s premier recruitment company.


British legal tech startup Thirdfort raises £1m in seed-plus funding round
Published: 31-08-2020 | 16:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
British Legal tech startup Thirdfort secured £1 million in its latest fund raising, as the security specialist looks to capitalise on increasing demand from law firms.


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


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


Ada Labs to launch four startups by December to provide solutions for Africa
Published: 31-08-2020 | 15:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ada Labs Africa with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya announced that since it’s launch earlier this year, the fusion lab has acquired six startups. The Lab currently has two in the market with the other four launching in the coming months.


Swiss startup Olympe raises €2.3m investment round to accelerate growth
Published: 28-08-2020 | 15:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Olympe, a disruptive software development platform for large companies announced the closing of €2.3 million funding round.


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


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


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


Canadian startup OpenUnit raises $150K pre-seed funding from Y Combinator
Published: 28-08-2020 | 13:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Toronto-based OpenUnit announced it has raised $150,000 in pre-seed funding from US accelerator Y Combinator.


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


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


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


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


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


Finnish startup Quuppa raises €20m to accelerate growth
Published: 25-08-2020 | 15:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Quuppa, a global provider of Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS), announced its first ever round of funding, worth €20 million to accelerate growth.


Swedish startup Voi steps up its safety game with next generation scooter
Published: 25-08-2020 | 15:07:30 | By: Pie Kamau
Swedish startup Voi unveiled its safest ever scooter model - Voiager 4 - the world’s first sharing scooter with indicators, allowing riders to alert other road users.


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


Two new realme phone models set to revolutionize Kenya's smartphone market
Published: 25-08-2020 | 13:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Phone maker realme has launched two models in the Kenya market weeks after it officially launched operations in the country.


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


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


SBT Alliance named Most Promising IoT Startup 2020
Published: 24-08-2020 | 15:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
StartUp City Magazine recognizes Smarter Building Technologies (SBT) Alliance as Most Promising IoT Startup in 2020.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dutch fintech startup Bux launches in Belgium
Published: 19-08-2020 | 15:40:21 | By: Bob Koigi
BUX has launched its zero-commission investing app, BUX Zero, in Belgium.


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


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


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


Traveltech startup Omio raises $100m to strengthen position as global travel platform
Published: 19-08-2020 | 14:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Omio, formerly GoEuro, Europe’s leading multi-modal travel booking platform, announced it has secured $100 million in investments from existing and new investors.


German traveltech startup Omio launches 'Open Travel Index' to navigate new travel era
Published: 19-08-2020 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Europe’s leading multi-modal travel booking platform Omio is reigniting travel by launching a new online resource to help travellers easily understand where they can travel to within Europe.


Seed stage investing and why it matters for Africa’s startup and innovation community
Published: 19-08-2020 | 08:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Startup entrepreneurs are working to harness Africa’s potential. Together they represent a critical pipeline of innovation that is driving high growth high impact solutions on the continent.


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


Estonian fintech startup EvoEstate secures €320K pre-seed round for global expansion
Published: 18-08-2020 | 14:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Estonian fintech startup EvoEstate announced a €140K pre-seed extension to close its €320K pre-seed round, backed by Lithuanian Startup Wise Guys, a Hong Kong-based stealth investment fund, and business angels from France and the Baltics.


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


CaixaBank launches open innovation program to support startups in Spain and Portugal
Published: 18-08-2020 | 12:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CaixaBank has launched a new open innovation program to support startups in Spain and Portugal called the DayOne Open Innovation Program.


Zipp Mobility gets green light for UK e-scooter trials
Published: 17-08-2020 | 15:37:50 | By: Pie Kamau
Zipp Mobility, the Irish micromobility startup, announced the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has approved the company’s e-scooter model for use in trials across the UK.


Dublin based startup Blafar secures ISO 13485:2016 certification
Published: 17-08-2020 | 15:20:18 | By: Pie Kamau
Blafar Ltd announced it has secured an internationally recognised quality management system standard certification specific to the medical device industry.


Irish agtech startup MagGrow raises €6m Series A round
Published: 17-08-2020 | 14:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Irish startup MagGrow, the agtech innovator that specialises in delivering crop protection products where they matter most while protecting the environment, has completed a €6m Series A round.


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


Kenyan women and youth agritech startups invited to apply for $100k FoodTech Africa accelerator
Published: 14-08-2020 | 15:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan youth and women-led agribusinesses have been awarded an opportunity to access $100,000 as investment for their companies through the FoodTech Africa accelerator.


Ukrainian startup Liki24 raises $5m from Horizon Capital, existing investors to fuel European expansion
Published: 14-08-2020 | 14:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Liki24, Ukraine-based e-commerce platform for medicine delivery, raised a $5 million round from Horizon Capital and existing investors, bringing total funding raised to date to $6 million.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Finland VR/XR startup Varjo secures €46m Series C funding
Published: 12-08-2020 | 15:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Helsinki-based startup Varjo, a leader in industrial-grade VR/XR hardware and software, announced it has closed a €46 million round of Series C funding.


Kenyan retail-tech startup MarketForce 360 selected for Y Combinator Summer 2020 Batch
Published: 12-08-2020 | 14:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan retail-tech startup MarketForce has been selected for the Silicon Valley based Y Combinator Summer 2020 batch.


UK startup Omnipresent raises $2m seed funding to provide solution for remote work revolution
Published: 11-08-2020 | 10:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
UK startup Omnipresent Group has raised $2m in a seed round led by Playfair Capital and Episode 1. The fundraise was closed within six weeks during the height of the pandemic.


[Startup Interview] Emmauel Nabuora, CEO, ParteUp, Kenya
Published: 11-08-2020 | 05:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Emmauel Nabuora is the CEO of Kenya-based ParteUp, an online application that gives users the opportunity to discover, create, find and share parties within their locality while allowing them to host and stream their parties to live attendees.


Agentless authentication provider Silverfort secures $30 Million funding for expansion
Published: 10-08-2020 | 13:02:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Silverfort, provider of the industry’s first agentless, proxyless authentication platform has raised $30 million in a series B investment round.


Uber set to acquire UK taxi software startup Autocab
Published: 08-08-2020 | 14:27:24 | By: Bob Koigi
Uber has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire UK technology startup Autocab.


Dutch drone startup Skytools receives funding from TerraDrone Corporation to build drone hub
Published: 08-08-2020 | 14:22:41 | By: Bob Koigi
Terra Drone Corporation has announcing the completion of its investment in Skytools, a Dutch startup that provides advanced drone solutions to corporate and governmental clients.


Sweden e-scooter startup Voi Technology wins first large-scale exclusive trial deal in UK
Published: 08-08-2020 | 14:17:47 | By: Bob Koigi
Swedish-founded micro-mobility startup Voi Technology is getting ready to put its first fleet of e-scooters on UK streets.


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


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


Polish healthtech startup Infermedica raises $10.25m in Series A funding for global expansion
Published: 06-08-2020 | 16:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Polish healthtech startup Infermedica has raised $10.25 million in Series A funding with participation from existing investors Karma Ventures, Inovo Venture Partners, and DreamIT Ventures, as well as two new co-lead investors, EBRD and heal capital.


German computer vision startup Segmentive closes €2m seed round to breakthrough whole-body mobile segmentation
Published: 06-08-2020 | 15:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Deep-tech computer vision startup Segmentive closed final funds in €2m seed round in a bid to deliver whole-body video segmentation, in real-time and on mobile.


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


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


French startup DNA Script expands Series B funding to $89 million
Published: 05-08-2020 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French startup DNA Script announced a $50 million extension to its Series B financing, bringing the total investment of this round to $89 million led by Casdin Capital.


Austrian startup kompany accelerates growth with new funding, brings total raised to €14 million
Published: 05-08-2020 | 12:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
kompany, an award winning RegTech platform for Business KYC (KYB) announced new investment of almost €6 million to accelerate growth and expand its new product lines.


realme smartphone brand adds presence in Kenya
Published: 04-08-2020 | 13:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Emerging smartphone brand realme, has launched in Kenya as part of its global growth and expansion strategy.


Lithuanian AdTech startup RedTrack raises $500 000 from Genesis Investments and Iron Wolf Capital
Published: 03-08-2020 | 16:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lithuania based AdTech startup RedTrack has received $500 000 in Seed funding from Genesis Investments and Iron Wolf Capital to make ads spend more efficiently.


British startup Planet Smart City partners with UN-Habitat on slum upgrading initiatives in Kenya
Published: 03-08-2020 | 15:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
British startup Planet Smart City has joined forces with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat to provide digital tools, community management and social innovation to help improve lives in informal settlements in Kenya.


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


VC4A announces 2020 ‘Venture Showcase - Seed’ for African early stage startups
Published: 03-08-2020 | 14:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
VC4A, in collaboration with technical partner AWS Activate, and network partners AfriLabs and ABAN is calling for African startups looking to raise between $150K and $1M.


UK startup Quantexa raises $64.7m to drive hyper-growth in big data and analytics ecosystem
Published: 31-07-2020 | 12:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Quantexa, the contextual decision intelligence software company, announced that it has raised $64.7 million in Series C funding led by Evolution Equity Partners, with major participation from existing investors.


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


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


Italian startup TIM, United Ventures launch €150m capital fund to support investments in mature innovative enterprises
Published: 30-07-2020 | 16:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Italian startup TIM signed an agreement with United Ventures to launch UV T- Growth fund that will support investments in mature innovative enterprises and SMEs in order to develop technological projects in Italy and abroad.


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


EHF Marketing GmbH, Monaco startup IQONIQ partner to drive fan engagement in European club handball competitions
Published: 29-07-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EHF Marketing GmbH, the marketing subsidiary of the European Handball Federation, announced its partnership with IQONIQ, an innovative new fan engagement platform made for sports and entertainment.


Monaco headquartered startup IQONIQ secures €100m for global expansion
Published: 29-07-2020 | 12:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IQONIQ, a new fan engagement platform exclusively targeting the world of sports and entertainment, announced it has entered into a €100 million capital funding agreement with the Luxembourg based investment corporation Lux Media Investments.


Swiss startup Advertima raises €15m Series A funding to make smart retail spaces a reality
Published: 29-07-2020 | 11:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Advertima, an emerging computer vision platform provider, announced the close of a €15 million Series A investment round led by existing shareholder Swiss real estate company, Fortimo Group.


Kenyan agritech startup Lentera, MCFI ink deal to provide satellite based crop analysis for Mauritian farmers
Published: 29-07-2020 | 11:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Mauritius Chemical and Fertilizer Industry (MCFI), and Lentera Africa have signed a partnership that will see Lentera provide satellite-based crop health analysis and crop modelling services for Mauritian customers of MCFI.


VC4A announces 2020 Venture Showcase Seed targeting African early stage startups
Published: 29-07-2020 | 09:37:09 | By: Bob Koigi
VC4A has launched a call for African startups looking to raise between $150K and $1 million.


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


Evonik invests in Chinese tech startup to support intelligent, healthier pig farming
Published: 28-07-2020 | 13:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Evonik’s venture capital arm has invested in SmartAHC, a Chinese technology startup that enables more intelligent and healthier pig farming.


African AI startup Superfluid Labs receives investment from ShEquity
Published: 28-07-2020 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GreenTec Capital announces that Superfluid Labs was selected as the first investment for the newly launched ShEquity investment vehicle which focuses on providing smart and sustainable investments for African female entrepreneurs.


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


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


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


London based health tech startup Closed Loop Medicine secures £250,000 Innovate UK continuity funding
Published: 24-07-2020 | 15:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Closed Loop Medicine (CLM), London based therapeutics and health tech company has secured a £250,000 COVID-19 Innovate UK Continuity Funding award to support its ongoing clinical research programme.


Go Ignite partners seek 5G use cases in global call for startups
Published: 24-07-2020 | 12:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Following the success of its previous global calls for startups, Go Ignite, an alliance of four leading global telcos, has launched Go Ignite: 5G Open Call for Startups to engage startups or venture capital-backed companies.


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


Spanish medtech startup QUIBIM closes €8 million investment round
Published: 22-07-2020 | 14:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spanish Medtech startup QUIBIM has closed €8 million new financing in a seed funding round co-led by Amadeus Capital Partners and Adara Ventures.


Moroccan learning startup KoolSkools raises $417,000 for local, international expansion
Published: 22-07-2020 | 13:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Moroccan learning platform KoolSkools has raised $417,000 from Maroc Numeric Fund II an unnamed business angel.The investment will be used to finance the development of KoolSkools both in Morocco and internationally.


Moroccan fintech startup OnePay announces $417,000 investment from Maroc Numeric Fund II
Published: 22-07-2020 | 13:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OnePay, a Moroccan fintech startup that operates as a distributor of means of payment and aggregator of payment and value-added services in electronic transactions announced a $417,000 investment from Maroc Numeric Fund II.


Quantum technology startup Q-CTRL enters global partnership with Advanced Navigation
Published: 22-07-2020 | 10:40:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Q-CTRL, a startup that applies the principles of control engineering to accelerate the development of quantum technology, has partnered with Advanced Navigation, a leader in AI-based navigational hardware.


AI startup Deep Longevity launches with Series A financing
Published: 22-07-2020 | 10:31:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Deep Longevity, a biotechnology company transforming longevity R&D through AI-discovered biomarkers of aging, has come out of stealth from Insilico Medicine with financing from prominent investors worldwide.


[Startup Interview] Vimbai Malandu, Co-Founder, YuPlan Limited, Zimbabwe
Published: 21-07-2020 | 18:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
YuPlan Limited is a Zimbabwe digital startup that allows customers to book a venue from anywhere in the world. The platform holds a selection of venues from office spaces, residential plots, gardens, school halls and sports fields among others.


Cornish startup Codices raises $800,000 seed round
Published: 21-07-2020 | 16:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Codices Interactive, a Cornish startup from the Falmouth Launchpad Incubator has closed its $800,000 seed round of funding led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) and Haatch Ventures.


Futuregrowth invests in South African online services disruptor startup SweepSouth
Published: 21-07-2020 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Futuregrowth has invested in SweepSouth, a disruptive online platform for booking, managing and paying for home cleaning, and now a variety of other services.


Dutch fintech startup BUX launches zero-commission investing app to French users
Published: 20-07-2020 | 16:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dutch fintech startup BUX has launched its zero-commission investing app to French users, making it the first neobroker of its kind in the market.


Belfast health tech firm Neurovalens picked for UK startup scheme
Published: 20-07-2020 | 16:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Neurovalens, the Belfast tech company behind a headset developed to treat neurological health issues has been chosen for a major UK-wide programme.


Dutch startup Cevinio raises €4.5m to accelerate international growth
Published: 20-07-2020 | 16:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cevinio, a fast-growing Accounts Payable software company from Rotterdam has raised €4.5 million from Endeit Capital and CNBB Venture Partners.


South African animation and gaming startup Sea Monster secures $1m funding
Published: 17-07-2020 | 15:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Animation, gaming and AR/VR company Sea Monster announced the conclusion of a $1m investment from FirstRand’s Vumela Fund.


Pan-European micro-mobility startup Voi achieves profitability in June, secures $30m funding
Published: 16-07-2020 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Voi Technology, the pan-European micro-mobility leader announced it has reached its first-ever monthly profit at group level for the month of June, less than two years since it launched the e-scooter service which now operates across 40 cities.


French startup Ponicode raises €3m to develop Artificial Intelligence for improved code quality
Published: 16-07-2020 | 12:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ponicode, a French start-up specialising in Artificial Intelligence and data sciences has announced a €3 million fundraising led by founder-friendly European VC, Breega, alongside Kima and Plug & Play Ventures.


London based startup TOffeeAM raises £1m in Seed funding to expand its innovative team
Published: 16-07-2020 | 12:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TOffeeAM, an Imperial College spin-out that optimizes product designs for Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has raised £1 million in seed funding.


[Startup Interview] Sanyogita Patil, CEO, Ahlan Emirate, United Arab Emirates
Published: 16-07-2020 | 09:46:25 | By: Bob Koigi
As small businesses struggle with visibility and constrained marketing budgets, Ahlan Emirate, a startup based in United Arab Emirates has introduced a unique marketing offering that includes free SEO, increased web presence and connecting these businesses to prospective customers through its digital directory.


Booking.com partners with Here Mobility to boost pre-booked airport taxi services in US and Europe
Published: 15-07-2020 | 16:47:01 | By: Bob Koigi
Booking.com and HERE have announced a partnership, that will give travelers using the Booking.com app and platform access to an additional 1.3 million vehicles in 70 cities across the US and Europe.


Finish startup Basemark  receives €7 million funding to accelerate vehicle automation
Published: 15-07-2020 | 16:42:51 | By: Bob Koigi
Basemark, Finland software company specializing in graphics and autonomous driving vehicle software, has successfully concluded a €7 million equity funding round by ETF Partners.


[Startup Interview] Anton Herbst, CEO, Vincula Holdings, South Africa
Published: 14-07-2020 | 17:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Vincula Holdings, domiciled in Johannesburg South Africa, is a startup connecting employers, project sponsors, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers through a platform that also seeks to provide participants with worldwide and focused exposure to grow their market share.


Nomad Homes secures $4 million financing to build digital real estate platform for Europe and the Middle East    
Published: 14-07-2020 | 16:55:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Nomad Homes , based in Dubai, has closed a $4 million funding round that was led by Comcast Ventures and participated in by Abstract Ventures, Partech, Precursur Ventures, WndrCo and Class 5 Global.


Dutch startup Open Social raises €1.25m for service expansion
Published: 14-07-2020 | 13:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Amsterdam-based B2B SaaS platform for building online communities Open Social has raised €1.25 million investment from Peak Capital and Nimbus Ventures.


UK property startups Goodlord and Vouch come together to create new market leader
Published: 13-07-2020 | 14:53:09 | By: Pie Kamau
Property technology company Goodlord will be joining forces with referencing platform Vouch, bringing the fast-growing Vouch business into the Goodlord group.


British Business Investments announces €120m commitment to LGT Capital Partners funds
Published: 13-07-2020 | 14:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
British Business Investments, a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, announced the third commitment through its £500m Managed Funds Programme.


Eir Ventures announces first close of €76m fund to leverage untapped potential of health care innovation
Published: 13-07-2020 | 14:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eir Ventures, a Nordic Life Science Venture Fund, announced a first close of its new fund of €76 million to leverage untapped potential of health care innovation.


Wazoku acquires US open innovation leader InnoCentive, raises additional £1.25m to support global growth
Published: 10-07-2020 | 15:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wazoku, idea management software and services firm has announced a new funding round of £1.25M, led by Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) specialist.


Pisano secures $2.5 million investment to accelerate expansion
Published: 10-07-2020 | 14:57:28 | By: Bob Koigi
Pisano, a European tech company that enables businesses to listen to the voice of their customers and employees has closed its $2.5 Million investment round.


The Digital Africa seed fund off to a promising start, offers customized support for African startups
Published: 10-07-2020 | 12:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Digital Africa seed fund for innovative entrepreneurship in Africa is off to a promising start. Just six months on from its launch, already, one third of the €15 million for technical and financial assistance has already begun to flow.


Microsoft and Accenture partner on startup challenge to accelerate innovation in ecosystem
Published: 09-07-2020 | 15:36:27 | By: Bob Koigi
Microsoft’s 100X100X100 program is collaborating with Accenture to host the third edition of the Accenture Ventures Challenge for startups in India.


U.S. electric-vehicle startup Fisker completes $50m private financing to launch its Ocean all-electric luxury SUV in 2022
Published: 09-07-2020 | 15:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fisker, designer and manufacturer of the world’s most emotionstirring, eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions announced the successful completion of a $50 million Series C financing round.


Enygma Ventures invests $1m in Zambian fintech startup Lupiya
Published: 09-07-2020 | 14:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Enygma Ventures has made a $1 million investment in Zambian based micro finance startup, Lupiya. This investment, will enable Lupiya to continue to scale and roll out its services.


Dutch tech company Tunga unveils free e-learning platform for African software developers
Published: 09-07-2020 | 09:03:57 | By: Bob Koigi
The Tunga Academy offers free online courses for African tech talent and is part of the company’s investment program for educational resources.


UK startup NumberEight raises $2.3m seed round from Nauta Capital to predict consumer behaviour
Published: 08-07-2020 | 15:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NumberEight, a contextual intelligence platform for mobile devices that predicts consumer context to deliver the right content at the right time, has closed a $2.3 million seed round led by Nauta Capital.


German startup NavVis receives €20m funding from the European Investment Bank
Published: 08-07-2020 | 15:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and NavVis signed a contract financing of €20 million to NavVis, a global market leader in digital twin technology.


[Startup Interview] Ian Sendagala, CEO, eFoods Trade, Uganda
Published: 08-07-2020 | 14:23:00 | By: Bob Koigi
eFoods Trade is an African online B2B marketplace connecting African foods to the global markets. The platform targets food importers, exporters, distributors, and manufacturers. Ian Sendagala the CEO explains.


Nigeria's FCMB, Passion Incubator partner to launch FCMB Agritech Epic Pitch 2020
Published: 07-07-2020 | 16:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria's First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has partnered with Passion Incubator, a Lagos-based early-stage incubator and accelerator that has invested in some Agritech startups, to launch the virtual edition of the FCMB Agritech Epic Pitch 2020.


GreenTec Capital invests in Nigerian wholesale e-commerce startup Pricepally
Published: 07-07-2020 | 15:34:25 | By: Pie Kamau
GreenTec Capital Partners announced its investment in Pricepally, an innovative digital Nigerian wholesale platform allowing users to purchase food and other products either individually or as a part of a group.


French startup Koala closes €1.6m seed round led by Insurtech Gateway
Published: 07-07-2020 | 15:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paris based insurtech Koala announced an investment of €1.6 million led by London based incubator and fund Insurtech Gateway alongside Playfair Capital, Techstars Ventures and private investors.


ETF leads €7 million investment in Finnish startup Basemark
Published: 07-07-2020 | 14:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Basemark, a leading software company specialising in graphics and autonomous driving vehicle software, has successfully concluded a €7 million equity funding round by ETF Partners.


UK legaltech startup Clara secures rights to incorporate companies in the Cayman Islands and Abu Dhabi
Published: 07-07-2020 | 14:09:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Clara, the London-based legaltech company, has announced that it has secured the rights to incorporate companies in two of the world's most popular jurisdictions for raising venture capital


British biotech startup Freeline closes $120m Series C financing round
Published: 06-07-2020 | 15:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Freeline, a biotechnology company focused on developing curative gene therapies for chronic systemic diseases announced the closing of a $120 million extended Series C financing.


Ingressive Capital grows African tech fund to $10 million
Published: 04-07-2020 | 13:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ingressive Capital has doubled its investment vehicle to back high-growth, tech-enabled startups across Africa, and now operates a $10 million fund.


New York fintech startup CMG raises $25m to digitally connect equity capital markets participants
Published: 04-07-2020 | 13:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Capital Markets Gateway (CMG), a New York based financial technology firm modernizing the equity capital markets (ECM) announced it received a strategic investment of $25 million from several financial firms.


U.S. based startup Andela to double engineering talent pool with Pan-African expansion
Published: 04-07-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Andela, the global talent network that helps companies build remote engineering teams, will now accept engineers from all African countries, expanding its presence from six countries to the entire continent.


Privacy software company OneTrust acquires Seattle based startup Integris
Published: 03-07-2020 | 16:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Atlanta-based privacy, security, data governance, and compliance technology company OneTrust announced its Integris Software acquisition.


French startup Unlatch raises $5.8m funding round by AXA Venture Partners
Published: 03-07-2020 | 11:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Unlatch, a French pioneer in digital real estate sales, announced a $5.8 million financing round, including $4.5 million in equity from AXA Venture Partners and $1.3 million in debt.


Belgium startup e-peas raises further €8 million in VC for long term growth
Published: 03-07-2020 | 11:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Award-winning Belgium start-up e-peas has raised an additional €8 million worth of investment led by Partech and Airbus Ventures, with KBC Focus Fund, W.IN.G, Noshaq Ventures, LeanSquare, Nivelinvest and Vives also contributing.


Kennet raises $250 million fifth fund for investment in bootstrapped software startups
Published: 03-07-2020 | 11:00:07 | By: Bob Koigi
Kennet Partners Limited, a European technology growth equity investor focused on bootstrapped and capital efficient companies and startups, has raised $250 million for its fifth fund, Kennet V.


Estonian startup Veriff closes $15.5 million financing round for global expansion
Published: 03-07-2020 | 10:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Estonian identity verification startup Veriff closed a financing round of $15.5 million to ramp up global growth and sales to enterprise customers prior to a larger B-series financing round planned in the future.


MFS Africa acquires East Africa fintech startup Beyonic
Published: 03-07-2020 | 09:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
East Africa fintech startup Beyonic announced that the company has been acquired by MFS Africa. MFS Africa operates Africa’s largest digital payments hub, connecting more than 200 million mobile wallets on the continent.


Dutch startup WordProof wins €1 million for using blockchains for social good
Published: 02-07-2020 | 14:30:47 | By: Bob Koigi
Dutch startup WordProof has won one million Euros in the pan-European competition ‘Blockchains for social good’ by the European Commission.


Belgium mobility startup Skipr secures €7 million to fund European expansion
Published: 02-07-2020 | 14:20:10 | By: Bob Koigi
Skipr, a Belgian startup that enables companies to bring the future of mobility to their employees, has secured a seven million euro Series A round of funding.


Nigerian fintech startup Wallets Africa raises undisclosed amount for African expansion
Published: 01-07-2020 | 15:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Wallets Africa has raised an undisclosed amount of funding to expand its operations and continue its quest to become Africa’s foremost borderless digital payments platform.


E-mobility startup Bolt launches electric bikes in Paris
Published: 01-07-2020 | 15:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
E-mobility startup Bolt has announced the introduction of four and two-wheeled vehicles for Parisian urban commuters, who will now have the opportunity to get from A to B on a Bolt electric bike.


TIER Mobility gears up for UK launch, hires two industry top figures
Published: 30-06-2020 | 16:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TIER Mobility, a European provider of micro-mobility solutions has hired two senior figures in the ride-sharing and e-mobility sector as it gears up for its UK launch - Fred Jones as General Manager U.K., and Benjamin Bell as Head of Public Policy for Northern Europe.


Ziticity raises €2.2 million seed investment for Europe expansion
Published: 30-06-2020 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lithuanian logistics platform Ziticity has closed a €2.2 million seed equity investment round led by NordicNinja VC in participation with Superhero Capital VC, Practica Capital, Superangel VC, Startup Wise Guys and business angel Maksim Golivkin.


[Startup Interview] Riaan Rautenbach, CEO, Live Fr8, South Africa
Published: 30-06-2020 | 14:07:15 | By: Bob Koigi
LIVE FR8™ is a South African startup that offers cargo suppliers and transporters improved and cheaper logistics services through cloud technology. Cargo suppliers and transporters connect directly.


[Startup Interview] Ibrahim Abdullahi, CEO, NBE Consults, Nigeria
Published: 30-06-2020 | 13:17:00 | By: Bob Koigi
In Africa, the use of GIS and Remote Sensing as a tool for problem solving is still in its early stages especially for location based services.Nigeria-based NBE Consults is working to change this narrative.


[Startup Interview] Anton Janovsky, Founder, Giga Technology, South Africa
Published: 30-06-2020 | 13:11:36 | By: Bob Koigi
Giga Technology is a South African telecommunications startup involved in the manufacture and export of a host of communication technologies across Africa and Europe.


[Startup Interview] Katlego Malatji, CEO, ProjectOne Engineering, South Africa
Published: 30-06-2020 | 12:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Katlego Malatji is the CEO of ProjectOne, a South African based innovative engineering consultancy company that focuses on 4IR projects in manufacturing.


French based startup ubble raises €10 million, partners with Bpifrance
Published: 25-06-2020 | 16:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ID verification startup ubble successfully raised funds from Partech and Breega to complete its seed round, bringing its total financing to more than €10 million.


Crowdsourced ethical hacking platform Intigriti raises €4m for international expansion
Published: 25-06-2020 | 13:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Belgium based crowdsourced cybersecurity firm Intigriti has raised €4.14 million in their Series A round, led by European based venture capital firm ETF partners.


Google for Startups Accelerator Africa class 5 to be held remotely
Published: 24-06-2020 | 16:16:59 | By: Bob Koigi
Google for Startups Accelerator, formerly known as Launchpad, Africa Class 5 will be done remotely. This year Google says it will be hosting 20 startups instead of 12


Memo Bank becomes first independent bank launched in France, closes $23 million funding round
Published: 24-06-2020 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French startup Memo Bank has become the first independent bank to emerge in France in half a century and it aims to support the growth and digital transformation of French and European small and medium-sized enterprises.


German startup Elucidate raises €2.5m to expand its financial crime index
Published: 24-06-2020 | 13:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Berlin-based financial crime risk quantification agency Elucidate has raised €2.5 million investment led by Silicon Valley-based 11.2 Capital with other participants in the round including Seed X Liechtenstein, Apex Ventures, Big Start Ventures and SixThirty Ventures.


[Startup Interview] Xander Groesbeek, CEO, Rate My Meeting, The Netherlands
Published: 24-06-2020 | 12:13:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Rate My Meeting is a Dutch startup that works with professionals and companies to improve meetings, their inclusivity, effectiveness and employee satisfaction.


Spain cybersecurity startup Kymatio closes €725,000 in financing round from Sabadell and JME Ventures
Published: 23-06-2020 | 16:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kymatio, the SaaS platform that enables the management of cyber risk for employees, has increased its first round of investment by 40% to accommodate two new partners, Banco Sabadell BStartup and the JME Ventures fund.


Dutch agritech startup Connecterra lands €7.8m to accelerate industry digitization
Published: 23-06-2020 | 16:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Amsterdam based startup Connecterra, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) leader for the dairy sector has secured €7.8 million in a Series B funding round. The round adds new AgTech and industry insiders as investors in the Company.


Egypt startup Sakneen secures Y Combinator investment
Published: 23-06-2020 | 15:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cairo based real estate startup Sakneen has been backed by Y Combinator in its mission to help homebuyers digitally search for and buy homes in Egypt.


New York health startup Cedar closes $102m Series C funding and new innovation partnership with Novant Health
Published: 23-06-2020 | 11:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
New York based patient engagement and financial technology leader, Cedar, announced it has closed more than $102m in Series C funding, led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.


Horizon Quantum raises seed financing to $3.23m for software development
Published: 23-06-2020 | 11:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Horizon Quantum Computing, a Singapore-based startup developing programming tools for quantum computers announced it has increased its seed financing to $3.23 million, a seed-plus round led by Sequoia Capital India with participation from previous investors.


British startup Cazoo reaches unicorn status, gets extra £25m funding
Published: 23-06-2020 | 10:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
British used-car startup Cazoo has joined the exclusive list of companies known as unicorns, with valuations in excess of $1 billion.


UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund announces investment for startups in developing, emerging economies
Published: 23-06-2020 | 10:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eight technology companies in developing and emerging economies will receive investment from the UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund (CryptoFund) to solve local and global challenges.


Urbint secures $20 million funding for AI powered field safety information for utlities
Published: 19-06-2020 | 15:18:30 | By: Bob Koigi
Urbint, a New York startup dealing in in artificial intelligence for Field Risk Management, has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round.


Germany experience management startup zenloop raises €6.1 million to fund expansion
Published: 18-06-2020 | 15:14:47 | By: Bob Koigi
zenloop, an integrated experience management platform based in Germany has announced a financing round of 6.1 million euros.


Suguba targets Francophone Africa tech startups with accelerator programme
Published: 18-06-2020 | 15:07:19 | By: Bob Koigi
Suguba in partnership Mercy Corps and the French Development Agency (AFD) and Mercy Corps - is organizing their second 6-month investment readiness program in West Africa to support the 8 most promising startups.


VC4A announces 2020 Venture Showcase Series A targeting African scale ups
Published: 17-06-2020 | 13:01:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Partnering with technical partner AWS Activate, VC4A will be hosting the exclusive ‘Venture Showcase - Series A’ in October as part of a virtual gathering of Africa-focused early-stage investors.


Finland startup IQM nabs €17.5 million for development of quantum computers
Published: 16-06-2020 | 11:03:17 | By: Bob Koigi
IQM Finland Oy, a European company for quantum computer hardware, has been awarded a €2.5 million grant and up to €15 million of equity investment from the EIC Accelerator program.


USA health startup Conversa raises $12 million to accelerate the need for digital health
Published: 11-06-2020 | 16:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Conversa Health, a leading virtual care and communication platform that delivers personalized, automated patient engagement, has closed $12 million in a Series B funding bringing the total raised to over $26 million.


French startup Monk raises $2.4m Seed round to develop AI-based inspection technology
Published: 11-06-2020 | 15:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French startup Monk, an Artificial Intelligence focused on car damage detection announced a $2.4 million fundraising Seed round led by Iris Capital, alongside Plug and Play and key business angels.


Naspers Foundry invests R100 million in South African agri-tech startup, Aerobotics
Published: 11-06-2020 | 14:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Naspers announced a R100 million investment in agritech business Aerobotics, through its early-stage business funding initiative Naspers Foundry. Aerobotics is a subscription-based artificial intelligence (AI) company that provides intelligent tools for the agricultural industry to manage its crops.


New York-based RapidSOS startup raises $21m to help first responders take on unprecedented pandemic
Published: 10-06-2020 | 17:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
RapidSOS, a New York-based emergency response technology company has raised a $21 million funding round led by Transformation Capital, a leading digital health growth equity fund.


EBRD, EU support Jordan based tech startup Abjjad
Published: 10-06-2020 | 16:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tech startup Abjjad, the first Arabic social network for readers, authors, and bloggers in the Middle East has benefited from the EBRD Star Venture programme in Jordan and is also an Oasis500 accelerator beneficiary.


[Startup Interview] Anton Kooijman, Elwin Gastelaars, Founders, Be-Addy, The Netherlands
Published: 10-06-2020 | 15:32:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Dutch startup Be-Addy works with media agencies and advertisers to create, optimize and automate their media plans. Anton Kooijman, Elwin Gastelaars, the founders of the online advertising company elaborate.


Solar leasing startup Sun Exchange secures $3 million investment from ARCH for African market expansion
Published: 09-06-2020 | 13:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African solar leasing startup Sun Exchange has secured a $3 million investment from ARCH Emerging Markets Partners’ Africa Renewable Power Fund (ARPF), marking the close of $4 million Series-A funding round.


Pan-European startup EstateGuru exceeds €350K funding target by 252 %
Published: 09-06-2020 | 13:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pan-European marketplace for short-term, property-backed loans, EstateGuru has closed a €880K funding round on investment platform Seedrs.


French healthtech startup Ambler raises €6 million to accelerate digitalization of medical transport
Published: 09-06-2020 | 12:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
18 months after its first fundraising, Ambler has completed a € 6 million round of financing with Bpifrance via the Digital Venture pole, Idinvest Partners, Partech and Kima Ventures to accelerate the development of its platform for connecting carriers sanitary and health establishments.


Six agritech startups selected for Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator programme
Published: 05-06-2020 | 16:28:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator has selected six new participating startups focused on agriculture technology solutions to join the programme.


Paypal invests in Sweden fintech startup Tink to grow European footprint
Published: 05-06-2020 | 16:13:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Paypal has invested €90 million in Stockholm-based fintech Tink and entered into a strategic agreement with the startup.


Luxembourg startup Wizata secures €2.7 million financing to digitize manufacturing with AI
Published: 04-06-2020 | 15:27:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Wizata, the Industry 4.0 Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup from Luxembourg, has raised €2.7 million from the original founders.


UK cryptocurrency startup Plutus announces partnership with Nike
Published: 04-06-2020 | 15:23:00 | By: Bob Koigi
London-based Plutus​, a Fintech firm has announced an affiliate partnership with sports apparel giant, Nike.


Irish startup TripAdmit raises €300,000 to boost tourism industry
Published: 04-06-2020 | 15:20:06 | By: Bob Koigi
Ticketing platform TripAdmit has raised €300,000 in seed funding to expand its solution aimed at tour and activity operators.


Orange Ventures launches MEA Seed Challenge to finance entrepreneurs of seed startups in Middle East and Africa
Published: 04-06-2020 | 14:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Orange Ventures launched the MEA Seed Challenge to give entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East the means to launch and develop their business.


Forestry startup Timbeter collaborates with Costa Rica government to support digitization of forest management
Published: 04-06-2020 | 09:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Estonian forestry startup Timbeter and the government of Costa Rica kicked-off a project with the goal to support the digitization of forest management, and increase competitiveness of the local forestry sector.


EBRD, Wise Guys startup enter Fintech accelerator partnership
Published: 04-06-2020 | 08:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Start-ups across the regions where the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invests will benefit from a new partnership between the Bank and Startup Wise Guys, a leading start-up accelerator with a presence across the Baltic states.


UK startup Planet Smart City expands further in Brazil with new smart city launch
Published: 03-06-2020 | 11:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Planet Smart City startup, the global leader in smart afordable housing, has expanded its presence in Brazil with the launch of its fourth smart project in the country- Smart City Aquiraz.


Germany startup Vara raises €6.5 million for AI-powered breast cancer screening software
Published: 03-06-2020 | 10:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vara​, the Berlin-based company on a mission to save lives by making breast cancer screening accessible worldwide, has raised €6.5 million Series A funding round, led by ​OMERS Ventures​.