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


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


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


[Startup Interview] Marcel van der Heijden, Co-Founder, GoodKarma, Netherlands
Published: 03-09-2021 | 15:23:44 | By: Bob Koigi
GoodKarma is a Dutch startup that works with brands to create unique experiences by offering them a host of services across branding, content, marketing, commerce and social media among others.


Dutch Startup Competition | Cross Media Congress 2021
Published: 01-09-2021 | 14:35:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
The Cross Media Congress 2021 will take place in Amsterdam on Wednesday 14 September 2021. The 5 best media and marcom startups of the moment in The Netherlands will be speaking at this conference


Latin American startup Wonder Brands closes $20m seed round for expansion
Published: 13-08-2021 | 14:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wonder Brands, the company building Latin America's best portfolio of digital brands, closed $20 million in seed financing, led by ALLVP and Mountain Nazca with CoVenture and Victory Park Capital joining to close the round.


End-to-end marketing startup Surfside raises $4m to build out its cannabis data activation platform
Published: 11-08-2021 | 14:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Surfside, the end-to-end marketing platform turning first party customer data into personalized marketing for the cannabis industry, announced it has raised $4 million in Seed funding.


25 African female-founded tech startups selected to join CMM PR mentorship program
Published: 10-08-2021 | 12:35:50 | By: Pie Kamau
Twenty-five African female-founded tech startups have been selected for the second edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program, a PR and communications mentorship program dedicated exclusively to African female tech founders.


UK-based adtech startup Playrcart raises £1m as it prepares for growth
Published: 05-08-2021 | 14:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
UK-based startup Playrcart, the company that makes advertising assets instantly transactional, raised over £1 million in funding and added industry heavyweight Peter Scott as Chairman.


B2B sales productivity startup Nektar.ai closes $8.1m to accelerate product development, launch in the US market
Published: 04-08-2021 | 11:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
B2B sales productivity startup, Nektar.ai has raised an additional $ 6 million seed round of funding led by B Capital Group, 3one4 Capital and Nexus Venture Partners.


Next-gen CX startup Dixa raises $105m Series C to transform customer service worldwide
Published: 30-07-2021 | 16:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Founded as a customer service solution that evolved into a customer engagement platform, European company Dixa announced a Series C funding round totaling $105 million.


PowerPublish recognized as top tech startup
Published: 30-07-2021 | 15:46:08 | By: Pie Kamau
PowerPublish, a virtual marketplace connecting brand marketers with journalists and writers, was recognized in annual list of top 10 tech startups.


OneScreen.ai startup closes $1m pre-seed round to fix the broken out-of-home (OOH) advertising industry
Published: 16-07-2021 | 15:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OneScreen.ai, a startup that is solving in out-of-home (OOH) advertising problem, closed $1 million in pre-seed funding.


STAGERIE startup launches first national online home staging marketplace
Published: 30-06-2021 | 16:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Stagerie has launched the first national online home staging consultation marketplace, connecting real estate agents, homeowners, and expert stagers.


Farmtech startup Iron Ox hires first CFO, Head of Marketing as company prepares for growth
Published: 18-06-2021 | 12:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Iron Ox, a farming innovation company with deep expertise in robotics and artificial intelligence, hired its first Chief Financial Officer and its first Head of Marketing as the company accelerates growth and expands its commercial footprint.


MarketForce acquires Digiduka startup to consolidate distribution of consumer goods with digital financial services in Africa
Published: 18-06-2021 | 12:08:43 | By: Pie Kamau
MarketForce, the end-to-end retail distribution platform for consumer brands in Africa, announced the strategic acquisition of Digiduka, a startup on a mission to bring informal retailers in Africa into the digital economy.


Marketing AI Institute closes $1m seed round, appoints new Chief Growth Officer
Published: 11-05-2021 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute has appointed Cathy McPhillips to Chief Growth Officer, and announced the closing of a $1 million seed round to accelerate understanding and adoption of artificial intelligence across the marketing industry.


Hashflow raises $3.2m seed round to bring professional market makers to DeFi
Published: 04-05-2021 | 11:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hashflow, a decentralized exchange connecting DeFi traders with top crypto market makers, closed a seed funding round of $3.2 million from leading venture capital firms and angel investors.


Israeli customer intelligence startup Affogata raises $5.5m seed funding to bring consumer's voice to customer-obsessed brands
Published: 29-04-2021 | 09:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Affogata, the customer intelligence platform enabling brands to harness data to guarantee their consumers a perfect experience, announced a $5.5 million financing round of seed funding co-led by Mangrove Capital Partners.


Fact.MR redefines the way startups access market research
Published: 21-04-2021 | 12:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The number one reason for startup failure isn't lack of funding or stiff competition. The main reason is 'misreading market demand'. Therefore, it becomes important for startups to thoroughly research the market.


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


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


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


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


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


 [Startup Interview] Mark Schoones, Co-Founder, MIX, Netherlands
Published: 11-03-2021 | 13:17:00 | By: Bob Koigi
MIX is a Dutch-based agency that uses creative thinking to forge a connection between business, brand and marketing by analyzing businesses from all sides, determining where value is created and optimizing exactly those points.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Tallinn-based venture capital fund Yolo invests in digital marketing specialists eCartic
Published: 23-02-2021 | 07:47:48 | By: Pie Kamau
Venture capital fund Yolo Investments has made a significant investment into digital marketing specialists and venture hub eCartic.


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


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


British adtech startup Illuma Technology joins PwC's Raise programme
Published: 27-01-2021 | 08:39:01 | By: Pie Kamau
British adtech startup Illuma Technology, an independent contextual AI specialist, has been selected for capital fundraising through PwC's Raise programme.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Influential global Marcomm network to partner with Mediaspace.global
Published: 27-10-2020 | 09:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
International Advertising Association is partnering up with its youngest member, Mediaspace.global, the brand-new professional social platform for media, marketing, tech, innovation and regulation.


[Startup Interview] Kinga Incze, Founder & CEO, Mediaspace.global, UK
Published: 27-10-2020 | 08:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Startup Weekly talks with Kinga Incze, founder of Mediaspace.global, a new, independent social platform for media, marketing, tech, law, innovation and regulation company based in London, UK.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


[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.


[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.


[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.


Peak Capital leads 2.5M € million seed-extension round in German startup GraphCMS
Published: 05-05-2020 | 09:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GraphCMS GmbH, the company behind the GraphQL-native Headless CMS GraphCMS, announces a seed extension round of 2.5M €. The round is led by Peak Capital, with GraphCMS being their first investment in the German startup ecosystem.


[Startup Interview] Richard Juwah, CEO, Richee Media, Nigeria
Published: 05-05-2020 | 08:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Richard Juwah is the CEO of Richee Media, a full service Social Media agency based in Nigeria with both local and international clientele.


[Startup Interview] Jose Dalappan, CEO, Costral Corporate Strategic Lab, India
Published: 27-04-2020 | 09:19:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Costral Corporate Strategic Lab is an India-based management consulting startup working with organizations in marketability of their product from market survey and other tools, branding and and business development. The company also assists businesses to re-vamp their business model.


[Startup Interview] Josephine Pretorius, Founder, Consolidated Marketing Services, South Africa
Published: 24-04-2020 | 10:27:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Josephine Pretorius is the founder and CEO of Consolidated Marketing Services, CMS, a South African startup offering marketing and PR services to clients predominantly in the energy and power infrastructure sector.


[Startup Interview] Ancel Bwire, CEO, Ancywax, Uganda
Published: 24-04-2020 | 07:57:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Ancywax is a research, media and marketing startup domiciled in Uganda’s capital Kampala that has since 2014 been offering clients a cocktail of services from idea to implementation through a model dubbed Concept Development. Ancel Bwire the CEO elaborates about the startup’s business model and plans moving forward.


[Startup Interview] Nathaniel Ndegwa, Managing Director, Tipping Point Media, Kenya
Published: 11-03-2020 | 12:46:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
Nathaniel Ndegwa is the Managing Director of Tipping Point Media, a Kenyan digital marketing startup that has now grown its clientele to 15 countries,, with a bias to SMEs and E-commerce


[Startup Interview] Goodnews Chibuke, CEO, Dochase, Nigeria
Published: 04-03-2020 | 12:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dochase is a Nigerian data startup that assists businesses understand their markets, clientele with a view to boosting their sales and customer numbers. Goodnews Chibuke the CEO talked to Africa Business Communities about the startup’s business model.


[Startup Interview] Boluwa Olojo, Marketing Officer, Go Ads Africa, Nigeria
Published: 18-07-2019 | 11:40:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Go Ads Africa is an advertising technology company that brings efficiency and granular pricing to the advertising scene. It relies on a hybrid Ad network that serves both digital and traditional media.


[Startup Interview] Jacqui Mwangi, Managing Director, Buyology, Kenya   
Published: 14-05-2019 | 11:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Buyology Co. LLC, is a Kenyan based startup that is assisting companies enhance customer experience through mystery shopping concept and training. It has over 3,500 mystery shoppers who visit clients’ businesses to audit service delivery and report back on their findings.