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London-based proptech startup Homesearch completes £5m funding round to accelerate growth
Published: 19-01-2022 | 13:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
After a record year of growth, property data and estate agent prospecting platform, Homesearch, completed a £5m Series A funding round with Octopus Ventures , the venture capitalist firm that originally backed Zoopla.


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


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


Singapore-based FTAG Ventures invests over S$10m in BeLive and other livestreaming companies
Published: 19-01-2022 | 12:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
FTAG Ventures raised its total investments in Southeast Asia's livestreaming solutions leader BeLive Technology to S$9.3 million, which will aid BeLive in its global expansion.


Kenya's Poa Internet announces first close of $28m financing round by Africa50
Published: 18-01-2022 | 15:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Poa Internet and Africa50 announced the completion of Africa50’s equity investment into Poa. This funding is part of the $28 million financing round led by Africa50.


Dutch personal travel assistant startup Origin raises over $5m funding for special, convenient travel experience
Published: 18-01-2022 | 11:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Amsterdam-based personal travel assistant startup Origin has raised over $5 million in funding from Project A, Cavalry Ventures and notable angels.


Israeli foodtech startup Plantish unveils whole-cut plant-based salmon fillets
Published: 18-01-2022 | 10:55:38 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli foodtech startup Plantish is giving consumers a first look at its flagship product, a 100% plant-based whole-cut salmon fillet, which mimics cooked salmon in texture, taste, appearance and structure.


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


South Korean AI optimization tech startup Nota selected as NVIDIA Inception Premier member
Published: 18-01-2022 | 10:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nota, an AI optimization technology company, announced it has been promoted to Premier status in the NVIDIA Inception program.


[Kenya] Sankore announces pitch competition targeting blockchain startups
Published: 18-01-2022 | 09:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nairobi-headquartered blockchain community Sankore is launching the Sankore Pitch Competition Tour (PCT) in Nairobi.


Dutch edtech startup Winc Academy raises $3m to train 20,000 IT professionals in Europe
Published: 17-01-2022 | 15:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Winc Academy announced a $3 million funding round led by Rubio Impact Ventures and Dutch Founders Fund to increase the steep growth of its education platform.


Canadian fintech startup Periculum launches in Nigeria to build credit assessment infrastructure for Africa
Published: 17-01-2022 | 14:28:28 | By: Pie Kamau
Canadian fintech startup and credit assessment company Periculum, has launched in Nigeria to tackle the challenge of domestic credit to the underserved markets.


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


British Fintech Farm raises $7.4m to launch Neobanks in 8 countries
Published: 17-01-2022 | 14:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech Farm, a British fintech company creating neobanks in emerging markets, raised $7.4 million investment to develop its new project.


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


Kenyan BNPL startup Lipa Later secures $12m funding to expand across Africa
Published: 13-01-2022 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lipa Later, one of it’s kind buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) company operating in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Nigeria, has raised $12 million from a consortium of investors.


Irish digital food-ordering startup Flipdish raises €87m funding to transform digital consumer experience in hospitality
Published: 13-01-2022 | 12:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Irish digital food-ordering platform Flipdish has become the State’s fifth official home-grown tech unicorn following a new €87 million investment led by global technology company Tencent and Tiger Global.


Kenyan ride-hailing startup MARAMOJA opens its API to fintechs and insurtechs
Published: 13-01-2022 | 11:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenya's ride-hailing platform MARAMOJA Transport has opened its API to local fintechs and Insurtechs. Through a new partnership with Switchlink Africa, service providers will be able to connect with MARAMOJA's drivers and customers.


Ivorian e-Commerce startup Afrikrea raises $6.2m pre-Series A funding, rebrands to 'ANKA'
Published: 13-01-2022 | 10:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Afrikrea, an Ivorian e-Commerce startup has raised $6.2 million pre-Series A funding round led by Investisseurs & Partenaires. The startup has also rebranded to 'ANKA'.


Nigerian last-mile delivery startup Kwik reaches 100,000 customers, announces over 400% GMV and revenue growth for 2021
Published: 13-01-2022 | 10:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria's last-mile delivery startup Kwik Delivery, trading name of Africa Delivery Technologies SAS, announced its GMV and revenue for 2021 grew by over 400% year on year.


German proptech startup Evernest closes €13m Series A funding to to accelerate growth
Published: 12-01-2022 | 12:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
German proptech company Evernest has successfully closed a Series A financing round of €13 million to accelerate its technology platform development as well as German and international expansion.


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


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


Berlin-based fintech startup Denario raises €1.3m to automate B2B payments experience for small businesses
Published: 11-01-2022 | 12:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Berlin-based fintech startup Denario announced the closing of €1.3 million venture funding led by 468 Capital, with participation from Presight Capital and MPGI.


Tallinn-based Bolt raises €628m funding round to accelerate transition from owned cars to shared mobility
Published: 11-01-2022 | 12:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tallinn-based Bolt announced the closing of €628 million round of funding, its largest funding to date. This funding round will help Bolt accelerate its mission to help cities transform urban areas.


Munich-based startup Alasco raises $40m Series-B funding to revolutionize the real estate industry
Published: 11-01-2022 | 11:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Munich-based startup Alasco has raised $40 million in Series-B funding to follow the vision of creating the Real Estate Success Software and bringing the real estate industry up to par with leading digital industries.


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


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


Canadian fertility tech startup raises Series A financing round to progress AI-enabled fertility solutions
Published: 10-01-2022 | 15:04:58 | By: Pie Kamau
Future Fertility, a fertility technology company developing AI-enabled and non-invasive fertility solutions to optimize clinical decision making in fertility care and in vitro fertilization (IVF), announced it has successfully raised a Series A financing round.


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


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


Israeli AI-powered drug discovery startup Protai raises $8m seed round to provide proteomics-based platform
Published: 10-01-2022 | 13:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Protai, an AI-powered drug discovery startup announced its emergence from stealth, along with an $8 million seed financing round co-led by Grove Ventures and Pitango HealthTech.


Orange Ventures seed challenge opens applications for Egyptian fintech startups
Published: 10-01-2022 | 13:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Orange Ventures has opened applications for its Seed Challenge that will see the VC form award one fintech startup from Egypt with $570,000 in funding.


French startup PayFit raises €254 million to transform HR technology
Published: 07-01-2022 | 12:01:35 | By: Bob Koigi
PayFit, a France-based payroll and HR management solution for SMEs, has announced that it has raised €254M in a Series E funding round, a record-breaking amount for a French human resources (HR) startup.


HUMAN raises $100 million in growth funding to build a more secure internet
Published: 07-01-2022 | 11:55:21 | By: Bob Koigi
Today, HUMAN protects the world’s largest enterprises and internet platforms from sophisticated bot attacks and fraud across the domains of application security, digital advertising, and performance marketing.


CellPoint Digital secures $25 million investment to boost entry into new markets
Published: 06-01-2022 | 12:47:00 | By: Bob Koigi
CellPoint Digital, a global provider of digital commerce and payment solutions, has announced an equity financing round of $25M provided by Toscafund and its private equity arm, Penta Capital, to build on a series of major successes in recent years.


TV-for-business startup Atmosphere raises $100 million in funding to grow its customer footprint
Published: 06-01-2022 | 12:42:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Atmosphere’s announcement comes as the company doubled its customer footprint over the past year, streaming more than 250,000 hours per day in aggregate and reaching more than 20 million unique viewers each month.


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


Israeli venture capital firm StageOne Ventures raises $235 million, launches fourth fund
Published: 05-01-2022 | 11:02:00 | By: Bob Koigi
This new fund will continue investing in Israeli companies with a technological edge at the earliest stages, developing ground-breaking products for the enterprise market.


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


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


Chinese autonomous driving startup Haomo.AI raises nearly RMB 1 Billion, reaches Unicorn status
Published: 04-01-2022 | 10:09:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Beijing-based autonomous driving startup Haomo.AI has raised nearly 1 billion yuan (close to $150 million) in its Series A financing round, giving itself strong financial momentum to expand this new year.


Global fintech startup iCapital Network raises $50 million funding to enhance its platform technology
Published: 03-01-2022 | 10:08:28 | By: Bob Koigi
The round further expands the consortium of industry leaders aligned with iCapital’s industry-standard technology solution for facilitating private wealth channel access to alternative investments.


Israel tech startups raised $25.4 billion in 2021, report
Published: 03-01-2022 | 09:54:13 | By: Bob Koigi
The unprecedented figure represents a 136% increase over last year, which concluded with a full-year total of $10.8 billion raised.


Israeli cybersecurity startup PlainID secures $75 million financing to accelerate product development
Published: 03-01-2022 | 09:50:58 | By: Bob Koigi
PlainID, a provider of cybersecurity, authorization, and identity access management (IAM) solutions, has raised $75 million in Series C funding.


Israel-based tech startup flexiWAN receives investment from VentureIsrael to power expansion
Published: 03-01-2022 | 09:45:29 | By: Bob Koigi
VentureIsrael, an Israeli deep tech fund, announced that it has participated in an investment round of flexiWAN. The investment will be used to accelerate rapid expansion of flexiWAN in the SD-WAN & SASE market.


Alibaba announces 50 small businesses receiving $10,000 grants to catalyze entrepreneur economy
Published: 24-12-2021 | 09:16:50 | By: Bob Koigi
Alibaba.com, one of the world’s largest B2B ecommerce marketplaces and a business unit of Alibaba Group has announced the 50 entrepreneurs each receiving $10,000 grants from the first-ever Alibaba.com Grants Program.


Calibrate Ventures raises Fund II to invest in early-stage AI and automation companies
Published: 24-12-2021 | 09:08:03 | By: Bob Koigi
Calibrate Ventures has announced $97 million in new funds to partner with exceptional founders building the next generation of leading AI and automation companies.


Ampla secures $40 Million in Series A Funding to accelerate hiring and recruitment efforts
Published: 23-12-2021 | 11:56:17 | By: Bob Koigi
This announcement brings the Company’s total funding to $380 million in equity and debt financing, which will enable Ampla to impact even more small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) in the consumer brands space.


INTEMA by MTS AI joins NVIDIA Inception VC Alliance to invest in artificial intelligence startups
Published: 23-12-2021 | 11:50:49 | By: Bob Koigi
The collaboration will enable INTEMA to invest in a potential pool of more than 9,000 of NVIDIA’s Inception programme startup members, a group which comprises high-potential AI startups from all over the world.


Lepaya announces $ 40 million Series B financing to help companies upskill their workforce
Published: 23-12-2021 | 11:45:01 | By: Bob Koigi
Lepaya, a provider of power skills training that combines online and offline learning, has announced a $ 40 million Series B investment, one of the largest financing rounds to date for an education technology company in Europe.


Israeli tech startup Reposify raises $8.5 million funding to expand R&D team
Published: 23-12-2021 | 11:39:32 | By: Bob Koigi
Reposify, an External Attack Surface Management (EASM) provider, had raised seed round funding of $8.5 million from two US-based VCs, Joule Ventures and First Rays Venture Partners, alongside several industry expert angels.


ContraForce announces $2 million Seed investment from DataTribe
Published: 23-12-2021 | 11:33:22 | By: Bob Koigi
DataTribe, a global cyber foundry that invests in and co-builds next-generation cybersecurity and data science companies, has announced today a $2 million seed investment in ContraForce, a startup involved in no-code security automation for small and medium-sized businesses.


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


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


Continual launches with $4 million in seed to bring AI to the modern data stack
Published: 22-12-2021 | 14:51:05 | By: Bob Koigi
Continual, a company building a next-generation AI platform for the modern data stack, has announced its public beta launch with $4 million in seed funding.


Israeli SaaS security startup Atmosec raises $6m seed round to secure SaaS ecosystems
Published: 21-12-2021 | 13:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Atmosec, the SaaS security venture, announced its official launch out of stealth as well as the completion of a $6 million seed funding round, led by Glilot Capital Partners and Battery Ventures.


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


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


Kenyan fintech startup Paylend raises $2m seed investment to accelerate growth
Published: 21-12-2021 | 12:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paylend, a Kenyan fintech startup focused on providing access to finance and digitizing MSMEs in Kenya announced it has raised $2 million seed investment from Next Chymia Consulting HK Limited.


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


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


Nigeria tech startups raised $1.7billion in 2021, report
Published: 20-12-2021 | 14:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Since the beginning of 2021, Africa-based tech startups have raised more than $2.9 billion with Nigerian startups which are creating new products, services, and platforms raising $1.7 billion of this total or about 60% of it, a new report has found.


Nigeria's Ventures Platform closes first $40m pan-African fund
Published: 20-12-2021 | 14:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria-based Ventures Platform has announced the first close of its $40 million pan-African fund to invest in market-creating innovations across Africa.


Kenyan fintech startup Tanda inks deal with Twiga Foods to enable vendors vend its digital financial services
Published: 20-12-2021 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenya’s fintech startup Tanda announced a new partnership with Twiga Foods that will see Twiga vendors become a one-stop-shop for a variety of digital and financial services offered by Tanda.


Medical device startup ViCentra closes €65m Series C funding to expand footprint of insulin pump across Europe
Published: 16-12-2021 | 12:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ViCentra, the company behind Kaleido, world's smallest and lightest wearable insulin pump (patch pump), announced the closing of €65 million Series C financing.


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


Africa-focused edtech startup Edukoya raises $3.5m pre-seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 16-12-2021 | 11:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Edukoya, an Africa-focused online learning platform, has raised $3.5 million in a pre-seed round led by Target Global with strategic participation from angel investors including European and African founders.


Kenyan tech startup Wowzi raises $3.2m seed funding to expand across Africa
Published: 16-12-2021 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan tech startup Wowzi has raised $2 million in seed funding to expand its digital marketplace across Africa.


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


Munich-based startup ZenML raises $2.7m to advance open source MLOps framework
Published: 15-12-2021 | 13:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ZenML, the creator of the extensible open source Machine Learning Operationalization (MLOps) framework for data scientists, announced it has raised $2.7 million in its seed round led by Crane Venture Partners.


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


Canadian electric vehicle startup eLeapPower raises $21m funding to accelerate initial production and global growth
Published: 15-12-2021 | 12:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
eLeapPower, a technology innovator revolutionizing electric vehicles inside and outside, with its Smart Inverter System, announced it raised $21 million CAD in Series A funding.


WhizAI raises $8 million in Series A financing to bring the future of analytics to life sciences industry
Published: 15-12-2021 | 08:08:03 | By: Bob Koigi
WhizAI, the first and only purpose-built, augmented consumer platform for the life sciences industry, has raised $8 million in series A financing.


Danvas announces launch with $7 million seed funding round
Published: 15-12-2021 | 08:05:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Danvas, a startup that will bring NFTs and digital art into the real world through a specialized, museum quality display, has announced its brand launch as well as the close of a $7 million seed round.


Diligent joins Open Cap Table Coalition to improve transparency and governance standards for startup firms
Published: 15-12-2021 | 08:01:52 | By: Bob Koigi
Diligent, a global player in SaaS governance, risk and compliance (GRC) has announced a new role as a new member of the Open Cap Table Coalition, a cross-industry group that is collaborating to improve the interoperability, transparency and portability of startup capitalization data.


Liqid raises $100 million to drive scalable and sustainable software-defined data centers
Published: 15-12-2021 | 07:59:30 | By: Bob Koigi
Liqid, the global software company delivering data center composability, today announced $100 million in Series C funding.


Nigeria’s auto financing startup Autochek begins loan services for new cars
Published: 10-12-2021 | 10:43:46 | By: Bob Koigi
In what it says is to further deepen mobility, Autochek Africa, the leading auto tech platform, has launched a dedicated brand new cars section on the Autochek website and mobile app.


Adanian Labs opens January 2022 cohort applications for its Venture Building Program
Published: 10-12-2021 | 10:22:45 | By: Bob Koigi
Adanian Labs has launched the Adanian Labs Venture Building Program call for startups for 2022. The program invites applications from tech entrepreneurs for the 2022 cohort of exceptional startups to join Adanian Labs in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria and South Africa.


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


IT-security startup Aiden launches Intelligent Endpoint Management Solution
Published: 08-12-2021 | 15:07:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Aiden's intelligent endpoint management solution has demonstrated a 97% reduction in vulnerabilities, 75% fewer help desk tickets, and dramatic savings in time spent provisioning computers.


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


Binance Labs leads $1.5m seed round for BBS Network
Published: 08-12-2021 | 14:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Binance Labs, the venture capital and incubation arm of Binance, led the $1.5 million seed round for Bulletin Board System (BBS) Network, a decentralized Web3.0 public network of user-run online message boards.


London-based professional networking startup myGwork secures £1.6m for global expansion
Published: 08-12-2021 | 13:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
myGwork, the global business LGBTQ+ recruitment and networking platform, has secured £1.6 million in the latest funding round led by 24Haymarket to grow its user base and continue with its international expansion plans.


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


MENA’s media & entertainment startup Minly acquires Dubai’s celebrity shoutout platform Oulo
Published: 08-12-2021 | 13:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Minly, the MENA region’s media & entertainment startup, announced the acquisition of Oulo, a Dubai-based celebrity shoutout platform focused on the Levant region.


German indoor positioning tech startup NavVis raises €25m funding to digitize commercial buildings and assets
Published: 07-12-2021 | 15:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NavVis, a global leader in end-to-end solutions for reality capture and digital twins, announced it received €25 million of fresh equity funding that complements the recent €20 million debt funding from the EIB.


Netherlands emerging as 'Hottest Tech Hub' in Europe, not reaching its full potential yet, report
Published: 07-12-2021 | 15:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Atomico, an international investment firm that focuses on helping disruptive technology companies scale globally, announced that the Netherlands is emerging as Europe's hottest tech hub.


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


Blockchain intelligence company TRM Labs announces $60 million financing to bolster cryptocurrency offering
Published: 07-12-2021 | 15:09:50 | By: Bob Koigi
TRM developed the first blockchain intelligence platform that combines cross-chain data with threat intelligence, advanced analytics, and intuitive visualizations to help organizations detect crypto fraud and financial crime.


Machine learning company Hyperscience acquires German-based startup Boxplot
Published: 07-12-2021 | 15:01:18 | By: Bob Koigi
Hyperscience, the human centered automation company, has announced it has completed the acquisition of Boxplot, a startup based in Berlin, Germany.


Blockchain startup SIMBA Chain names Bryan Ritchie as CEO
Published: 07-12-2021 | 14:50:08 | By: Bob Koigi
Ritchie, who has spent 30 years in the technology and software innovation industries, replaces former CEO and co-founder Joel Neidig, who will continue to lead the company’s highly successful government contracting business unit.


Egyptian fintech startup KlickIt closes first investment round to further develop its platform
Published: 06-12-2021 | 15:27:25 | By: Pie Kamau
Egyptian fees management and digital collection platform, KlickIt, announced the closing of its first investment round to further develop its platform. The round was led by EFG Finance and Camel Ventures, the venture capital arm of dfin Holdings.


Nigerian B2B e-Commerce startup TradeDepot raises $110m to extend ‘Buy-Now-Pay-Later’ services to African retailers
Published: 06-12-2021 | 14:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TradeDepot, the B2B e-Commerce and embedded finance platform in Africa, has raised $110 million in an equity and debt funding round to support the delivery of Buy-Now-Pay-Later services to SME retailers.


WNS launches a suite of banking solutions to drive scalable operations for fintechs
Published: 03-12-2021 | 15:50:12 | By: Bob Koigi
WNS, a provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, has announced the launch of WNS FINSIBLE, a suite of banking solutions enabling FinTechs to efficiently streamline, manage and scale operations.


Bessemer Venture partners raise $220 million to back founders in India
Published: 03-12-2021 | 15:46:28 | By: Bob Koigi
Bessemer Venture Partners has announced the close of a dedicated $220 million fund in India to build on its long-standing success in the country and back the next generation of innovators in India.


Canadian bike-tech startup MyVeloFit secures seed funding to scale up its operations, expand service offering
Published: 01-12-2021 | 14:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Canadian bike-tech startup MyVeloFit secured seed funding with Shopify's former Chief Technology Officer Cody Fauser leading the investment.


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


South Korean AI optimization startup Nota raises $14.7m series B to expand its global business
Published: 01-12-2021 | 14:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nota, an AI optimization platform startup, acquired series B funding amounting to $14.7 million that is announcing. The series B funding was finalized last month, a year after the series A funding of $6.7 million.


Danish healthtech startup Dawn Health raises $25m investment to revolutionize digitalization of global life science industry
Published: 01-12-2021 | 13:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dawn Health, a global leader in digital health, received $25 million investment from a consortium of highly experienced investors.


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


English cyber security startup CultureAI raises $4m seed round to measure and mitigate human cyber security risk
Published: 30-11-2021 | 13:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CultureAI, the human cyber security platform founded by professional hackers, announced the closing of a $4 million Seed round to fuel its rapid growth.


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


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


Wellington-based metal casting startup Foundry Lab emerges from stealth, raises $8m Series A round
Published: 30-11-2021 | 12:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digital metal casting startup Foundry Lab emerged from stealth, announcing a $8 million Series A raise led by Blackbird and showcasing its ability to create functional metal parts in less than a day.


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


Nigerian autotech startup Fixit45 acquires Parkit, unveils subscription-based VIP programme
Published: 30-11-2021 | 12:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria’s autotech platform, Fixit45 announced the acquisition of Parkit, a network of tech-enabled autocare and car wash centres.


Canadian startup OutPoint raises $1.2m to help high-growth brands improve paid marketing effectiveness
Published: 26-11-2021 | 11:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OutPoint, an automated media mix modeling (MMM) platform, announced it raised $1.2 million in pre-seed funding to transform how high-growth consumer brands measure paid media effectiveness and diversify marketing investments.


Axelar secures investment from Crypto.com Capital to bolster its efforts to connect blockchain ecosystems
Published: 26-11-2021 | 11:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Axelar, the universal interoperability network connecting all blockchain ecosystems, applications, assets, and users, announced it has secured a strategic investment from Crypto.com Capital, the investment arm of cryptocurrency giant Crypto.com.


Lithuanian peer-to-peer crypto-asset swapping startup 123swap closes $210k seed round
Published: 26-11-2021 | 10:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lithuanian peer-to-peer crypto assets swap platform123swap Finance announced it closed $210k seed round funding from a number of angel investors, including Becker Venture Capital and Steven Becker.


Estonian startup Gelatex raises €1.2m seed round for affordable and scalable manufactured cell-cultured meat
Published: 26-11-2021 | 10:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Estonian startup Gelatex announced it raised €1.2m seed round for affordable and scalable manufactured cell-cultured meat, making it cheaper than ever.


Croatian AI startup Mindsmiths receives $1.4m seed funding to develop and expand its ASS platform
Published: 26-11-2021 | 09:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Globally awarded Croatian AI startup Mindsmiths received $1.4 million in seed funding from Feelsgood investment fund which supports companies with proven positive social impact.


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


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


Kenyan fintech startup Asilimia raises $2 million funding to expand into new markets
Published: 24-11-2021 | 12:07:31 | By: Bob Koigi
The startup raised $1 million in pre-seed funding from a wide range of investors, including two-time unicorn founder, Fredrik Jung Abbou (co-founder of Kry and Lendo), Norrsken Impact Accelerator and other prominent founders from across Europe.


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


Brazilian fintech startup TruePay raises $32m Series A funding for team and product development
Published: 24-11-2021 | 08:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TruePay, a Brazilian startup whose innovative payment solution helps small and medium sized retailers have free and secure access to credit, has raised $32 million in Series A funding led by Addition.


Toronto-based mobility startup Treepz expands to East Africa, acquires Uganda's Ugabus
Published: 24-11-2021 | 07:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
In a bid to digitize the public transportation system and provide safer, reliable and comfortable commute options across Africa, Toronto-based shared mobility company Treepz, announced its acquisition of a similar Ugandan bus company Ugabus.


Africa-based cryptocurrency exchange Busha raises $4.2m seed round to deepen its market positioning
Published: 24-11-2021 | 07:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Africa-based cryptocurrency exchange Busha, raised $4.2 million seed round led by Jump Capital. Cadenza Ventures, Blockwall Capital, CMT Digital, Greenhouse Capital, Raba Capital, and other investors also participated in the financing round.


Israeli foodtech startup Imagindairy closes $13m seed round to advance animal-free dairy
Published: 23-11-2021 | 08:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Imagindairy, a foodtech company creating milk proteins identical to those from cows, announced completion of a $13 milion seed round, led by MoreVC, a leading seed stage investor in Israel managing $275 million across three funds.


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


Kenyan gaming startup Usiku Games develops Africa’s first mobile football game
Published: 23-11-2021 | 07:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan gaming startup Usiku Games unveiled an amateur football mobile game to promote outdoor physical activities and encourage sportsmanship among youths in East Africa.


South African fintech firm Ozow raises $48m Series B round to accelerate growth
Published: 23-11-2021 | 07:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech firm Ozow raised $48 million Series B funding round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent. Other investors Endeavor Catalyst and Endeavor Harvest Fund participating also participated in the round.


Fintech startup Rapyd partners with shopping app nate to expand eCommerce reach globally
Published: 20-11-2021 | 12:05:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Rapyd seeks to serve customers with the best consumer experiences and is thrilled to partner with one of the faster growing consumer shopping apps to support its global expansion.


Retail media research startup Future Commerce announces launch of weekly podcast
Published: 20-11-2021 | 12:00:56 | By: Bob Koigi
Infinite Shelf recognizes that digital media and eCommerce tactics and strategies are no longer confined to traditional eCommerce channels and direct-to-consumer.


Tech startup wowzi to create one million jobs for African youth
Published: 20-11-2021 | 10:04:57 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenyan tech startup Wowzi has announced plans to create one million gig jobs for African youth in 2022 through its online marketplace, after successfully delivering over 150,000 paid jobs in 2021.


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


World's innovation platform Plug and Play launches in Basel, Switzerland
Published: 19-11-2021 | 12:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The largest innovation enabler in the world, Plug and Play, announced the launch of a new office in Basel, Switzerland, in partnership with the first Founding Partner, uptownBasel.


Israeli Medical device startup Filterlex closes $6m Series A1 investment to accelerate CAPTIS cardiovascular clinical program
Published: 19-11-2021 | 11:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Filterlex Medical, a cardiovascular medical device startup, announced it completed a $6 million series A1 investment round from private healthcare investors.


London-based healthcare startup Gravitiq raises $55m seed round to expand portfolio of e-Commerce healthcare brands
Published: 19-11-2021 | 11:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Gravitiq, the doctor-founded and led healthcare brand aggregator, announced the close of its seed funding round, raising a total of $55 million.


French gaming startup Million Victories raises $3 million funding to diversify its portfolio
Published: 18-11-2021 | 19:33:25 | By: Bob Koigi
Million Victories will use this funding to increase the studio’s headcount, scale it’s already quickly growing userbase, and develop new core mobile games to diversify its portfolio.


Crypto Valley Venture Capital initiates investment strategy to build blockchain accelerator for African startups
Published: 18-11-2021 | 10:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
African blockchain disruptors and early-stage startups have joined CV Labs Global Incubation Program Batch 03. The African contingent of incubatees is reflective of Crypto Valley Venture Capital’s (CV VC) global investment strategy.


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


Nigerian healthtech startup Helium acquires doctor booking platform Meddy
Published: 18-11-2021 | 09:38:43 | By: Pie Kamau
Helium Health (Helium), the healthcare technology provider in Africa, announced it has completed the acquisition of Meddy, the GCC-based doctor booking platform, which has operations in Qatar and the U.A.E.


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


Israeli logistics AI startup Amphorica partners with Swiss investor Falco Capital to accelerate growth
Published: 18-11-2021 | 09:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Falco Capital and Amphorica jointly announced the closing of a capital investment and cooperation agreement. As part of the agreement, Amphorica appoints Falco Capital partner Peter Salzer, as Director of the company's board.


Illumina and Sequoia Capital select first startups to join Genomics Incubator in China
Published: 18-11-2021 | 08:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Illumina and Sequoia Capital China, an investment firm, jointly announced the selection of the first two startup companies joining the Sequoia Capital China Intelligent Healthcare Genomics Incubator, Powered by Illumina.


GrowMark and CHS unveil a new capital fund targeted at agtech startups
Published: 17-11-2021 | 17:05:27 | By: Bob Koigi
Agricultural cooperative firm GrowMark and global agribusiness company CHS have announced the formation of Cooperative Ventures, a new capital fund that will focus on creating advancements in breakthrough technologies for the agriculture industry.


Israeli data security startup Laminar emerges from Stealth with $32 million Series A funding
Published: 17-11-2021 | 17:03:59 | By: Bob Koigi
Laminar, a public cloud data protection provider, has emerged from stealth with a $32 million Series A investment, bringing the company’s total funding to $37 million.


Israeli femtech startup illumigyn partners with Peramare Pharmaceuticals to bring innovative gynecological imaging platform to Nigeria
Published: 17-11-2021 | 15:22:31 | By: Pie Kamau
illumigyn, world's first remote gynecological imaging platform, announced its new distribution agreement with Peramare Pharmaceuticals Nigeria, to deploy 5,000 Gynescopes in Nigeria by 2026.


Indonesia's Hypefast emerges from stealth mode as the largest house of e-Commerce native brands in Southeast Asia
Published: 17-11-2021 | 12:01:14 | By: Pie Kamau
Hypefast, Southeast Asia's (SEA) largest house of e-Commerce native brands, announced it has grown its portfolio to more than 25 brands and has been achieving full profitability.


Israeli startup EasySend raises $55.5m to help enterprises build, maintain digital customer journeys with its no-code platform
Published: 17-11-2021 | 11:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EasySend, a no-code digital customer journey platform announced a $50.5 million Series B funding round led by Oak HC/FT. Existing investors Vertex IL, Intel Capital, and Hanaco Venture also participated in the round.


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


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


Finnish heathcare startup Valo Tx raises €11m to advance PeptiCRAd immunotherapy platform into the clinic
Published: 16-11-2021 | 13:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Valo Therapeutics Oy (Valo Tx), the developer of novel, adaptable immunotherapy platforms for cancer and infectious diseases, raised €11 million in an oversubscribed Pre-IPO funding round.


Japanese VR startup HIKKY raises $57m Series A funding to expand its services domestically and abroad
Published: 16-11-2021 | 12:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Virtual reality (VR) startup and organizers of VR events in the world HIKKY raised 6.5 billion yen ($57 million) in an initial stage of its Series A funding round.


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


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara launches regional offices to reach SACCOs across the country
Published: 16-11-2021 | 11:24:54 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech startup Kwara opened regional offices in the Western, Central, Rift Valley and Coastal regions of Kenya as part of its expansion in the country.


South Africa's emergency marketplace startup AURA secures R62m Series A funding for global expansion
Published: 16-11-2021 | 11:18:18 | By: Pie Kamau
AURA, the African-based security and medical response marketplace secured R62 million in a Series A funding round, led by MultiChoice Group (MCG), KLT Holdings and Buffet Investments, positioning AURA favourably for its global expansion plans.


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


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


South African fleet-tech startup KeyTec and LocoNav enter Africa's video telematics market
Published: 11-11-2021 | 10:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South Africa fleet-tech startup KeyTec has partnered with LocoNav to capture the emerging and high-growth video telematics market throughout Africa.


South African fintech startupJumo raises $120 million to expand into new African markets
Published: 11-11-2021 | 08:41:46 | By: Bob Koigi
The latest funding round brings JUMO’s total funding raised to date to c$200 million. Prior investment rounds have included Leapfrog, Goldman Sachs, Finnfund, Proparco, Vostok Emerging Finance and Brook Asset Management.


South Korea-based Edtech startup Mathpresso secures strategic investment from Google
Published: 10-11-2021 | 14:39:55 | By: Bob Koigi
South Korea-based edtech startup Mathpresso has announced that it has received an investment from Google.


Digital payments startup MFS Africa raises $100 million to expand across the continent
Published: 10-11-2021 | 14:33:07 | By: Bob Koigi
MFS Africa, Africa’s digital payments network, has raised $100 million through an equity and debt financing round.


Datafold raises $20 million Series A to help data teams deliver reliable products faster
Published: 09-11-2021 | 17:19:51 | By: Bob Koigi
Backed by NEA and Amplify Partners, Datafold seeks to expand its proactive approach to data reliability to help companies unlock more growth using high-quality data.


afriQloud and whitesky.cloud have put the foundation in place for a federated EMEA cloud infrastructure
Published: 05-11-2021 | 14:57:00 | By: Bob Koigi
In partnership with the European company whitesky.cloud, afriQloud has designed a completely new architecture for affordable and local cloud services.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara and Lami Technologies partner to provide insurance products for SACCO members
Published: 04-11-2021 | 15:02:36 | By: Bob Koigi
The partnership will allow SACCO members to conveniently access innovative insurance products ranging from health, general, life, business, and property coverage through the Kwara platform.


South Africa based fintech startup SOLMate launches prepaid debit cards for consumers
Published: 04-11-2021 | 14:57:09 | By: Bob Koigi
In its ongoing effort to offer clients a fully-fledged financial ecosystem in their pockets, SOLMate has further enhanced its solutions with the launch of this new generation debit card.


Kenya-based electric mobility startup Opibus secures $7.5 million funding
Published: 04-11-2021 | 14:54:16 | By: Bob Koigi
Opibus says it will use this new funding to scale its operations in electric motorcycle and bus manufacturing.


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


London-based insurtech startup Collective Benefits announces $10m investment from Prosus
Published: 03-11-2021 | 12:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Collective Benefits, an insurance and benefits marketplace for independent workers, announced a $10 million investment from Prosus Ventures, the venture investing arm of Prosus, one of technology investors in the world.


Indian full-stack agritech startup DeHaat raises $115m Series D round
Published: 03-11-2021 | 12:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DeHaat, the technology-based platform offering end-to-end agricultural services to farmers in India, announced it has raised $115 million in Series D funding, led by Belgium based investment firm Sofina and Lightrock India.


Romanian startup Flip lands €1.5m from Prosus-owned eMAG, plans CEE leadership in refurbished products
Published: 03-11-2021 | 12:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Flip, a Romanian startup in the Recommerce market, landed the first eMAG Ventures accelerated investment worth 1.5 million euros and targets the leading position in Central and Eastern Europe.


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


Digital postage stamp startup Stamp Free launches AI-based postal tracking app
Published: 02-11-2021 | 15:29:29 | By: Bob Koigi
Stamp Free Limited, the digital postage stamp company, has launched its new Digitrack app, an AI-based postal validation and tracking app for carriers.


Israeli medical device startup Innoventric wins Horizon Europe Grant, secures $14m Series A investment
Published: 02-11-2021 | 13:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli medical device startup Innoventric, secured $14 million through its Series A financing, including the prestigious Horizon Europe Grant for the sum of €2.5 million.


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


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara partners with Lami Technologies to give SACCO members access to insurance products
Published: 02-11-2021 | 12:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan digital banking fintech startup Kwara has partnered with insurance technology company, Lami Technologies, to provide SACCO members with affordable and transformational insurance products.


Four Ghanaian startups join the Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce accelerator
Published: 02-11-2021 | 12:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Four startups from Ghana have joined The Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce Accelerator, a programme that supports innovators building digital commerce solutions.


Kenyan-based payroll startup Workpay expands to Nigeria
Published: 02-11-2021 | 11:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Workpay, a Nairobi-based YC graduate, is expanding its operations to Nigeria. The cloud-based workforce management startup will now offer Core HR, Payroll, and employee record services to organizations in the country.


Indian e-Commerce startup LoveLocal raises $18m Pre-Series B investment round to accelerate growth
Published: 29-10-2021 | 16:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LoveLocal, India's hyper-local e-Commerce platform empowering local retailers, has raised $18 million in a Pre-Series B investment round.


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


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


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


Spiceware startup selected as finalist of UK's Trade's Global Fintech Competition
Published: 29-10-2021 | 15:20:55 | By: Pie Kamau
Spiceware, a cloud-based data security company and a member of Born2Global Centre, was selected as the "Joint Winner" at the Global Fintech Competition 2021 hosted by the British Ministry of International Trade (DIT).


South African e-Health startup RecoMed concludes $1.5m funding round to scale its online healthcare marketplace
Published: 28-10-2021 | 16:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
RecoMed, the online healthcare marketplace and booking platform in sub-Saharan Africa concluded a highly successful funding round of $1.5 million with a strong and diversified group of leading local and international investors.


JICA kicks off 2nd Cohort of its NINJA Accelerator in Kenya
Published: 28-10-2021 | 16:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The NINJA Accelerator in Kenya, powered by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in partnership with Double Feather Partners, Deloitte Tohmatsu and Kenyan implementation partner GrowthAfrica, is kicking off its 2nd cohort with five tech-enabled Kenyan startups.


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


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


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


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


Chinese startup MioTech raises additional financing to develop sustainability innovations that support net-zero global economy
Published: 26-10-2021 | 11:22:07 | By: Pie Kamau
MioTech announced it has secured investments to further its commitment to develop sustainability innovations that support a net-zero global economy.


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


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


Indian education infrastructure startup Teachmint raises $78m Series B round to accelerate growth
Published: 26-10-2021 | 07:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Teachmint, the education infrastructure startup and the creator of India's largest teaching platform, raised $78 million in Series B round led by Rocketship.vc and Vulcan Capital.


Pan-African fintech startup Payday joins Techstars Toronto Accelerator program
Published: 22-10-2021 | 14:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Payday, a Pan-African fintech startup announced it has joined Techstars Toronto Accelerator program.


Israeli mobile app startup Bites raises $5m seed funding for next-gen employee-communications and training application
Published: 22-10-2021 | 14:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bites, a game-changing player in the employee communications and training industry, announced the completion of its seed funding round, raising $5 million.


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


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


Basel-based DayOne Accelerator launches call for digital health startups
Published: 22-10-2021 | 13:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DayOne, the healthcare innovation initiative based in Switzerland, announced the extended deadline for the global call for its digital health accelerator to Friday, 5 November 2021.


MFS Africa signs agreement to acquire Nigerian fintech startup Baxi
Published: 22-10-2021 | 13:05:27 | By: Pie Kamau
Pan-African digital payments hub MFS Africa signed an agreement to acquire Baxi, one of Nigeria's super-agent networks. The deal, which is subject to approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria, will be the second highest fintech acquisition in Nigeria to date.


Nigerian fintech startup Brass secures $1.7m financing round
Published: 22-10-2021 | 12:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Brass, a Nigerian digital bank delivering easy access to affordable premium banking services for SMEs, secured $1.7 million in funding to address the heavily underserved banking needs of local entrepreneurs, traders, and fast-growing businesses.


London-based AI startup Humanising Autonomy raises $11m Series A funding to change how machines understand people globally
Published: 21-10-2021 | 14:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Humanising Autonomy, a behaviour AI company using modular, low-power computer vision technology to ethically understand and predict human behaviour raised an $11 million Series A funding round.


South Korean startup Humelo receives $2.6m pre-series A funding for AI voice synthesis solution
Published: 21-10-2021 | 13:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Humelo, a South Korean startup that specializes in AI-based voice synthesis solutions and a member of Born2Global Centre, recently received a pre-series A investment of $2.6 million (KRW 3 billion) from KT Investment and Kakao Investment.


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


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


Chinese autonomous driving startup WeRide named "AutoTech Startup of the Year" in 2021 AutoTech Breakthrough Awards Program
Published: 21-10-2021 | 12:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
WeRide, a world autonomous driving company, has been named "AutoTech Startup of the Year" in the annual AutoTech Breakthrough Awards conducted by market intelligence organization AutoTech Breakthrough.


Slovenian healthtech startup MESI selected to join Google for Startups Accelerator, Europe
Published: 20-10-2021 | 15:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Slovenian healthtech startup MESI has been selected to join the Google for Startups Accelerator, Europe. The current three-month Google Accelerator programme brings together 15 of the most promising European tech startups in healthcare and well-being.


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


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


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


Israeli deep learning development startup Deci raises $21m to accelerate commercial growth
Published: 20-10-2021 | 15:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Deci, the deep learning development company that helps enterprises build, optimize, and deploy AI to production, announced it has raised a $21 million Series A round led by New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm Insight Partners.


Israeli bio-convergence startup X-trodes completes $4.5m seed round to improve quality of life, reduce hospital workload
Published: 19-10-2021 | 09:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
X-trodes, a bio-convergence company that developed wearable technology for advanced electrophysiological measurement and analytics, has raised a $4.5 million seed round to improve the quality of life and reduce hospital workload


Indian edtech startup ConveGenius raises $5m pre Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 19-10-2021 | 09:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Indian edtech startup ConveGenius AI has raised $5 million in Venture Capital funding to grow its conversational AI platform in India and South-East Asian markets.


Berlin-based on-demand delivery startup Gorillas secures close to $1b Series C funding, the largest European round in its sector to date
Published: 19-10-2021 | 08:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Gorillas, the European market player in instant on-demand grocery delivery, has successfully raised close to $1 billion in Series C funding round, being the largest funding of a non-listed business Europe's grocery delivery sector has seen to date.


Nigerian e-Commerce startup Sendbox raises $1.8m to digitize deliveries for African SMEs
Published: 19-10-2021 | 08:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian e-Commerce fulfillment startup Sendbox announced the completion of $1.8 million seed round from investors including 4DX Ventures, Enza Capital, FJLabs and Golden Palm Investments.


Google selects nine Kenyan startups to receive equity-free funding via its Africa Investment Fund
Published: 19-10-2021 | 07:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
During its very first “Google for Africa” event held early this month, Google announced it will be investing up to $50 million in African early- and growth-stage startups via its Africa Investment Fund.


Paris-based music experience startup Stage11 raises €5m seed round to reimagine music for the metaverse
Published: 15-10-2021 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Immersive music experience startup Stage11 announced it has raised a €5 million euro seed round led by Otium Capital, a European venture capital fund, backed up by founder and CEO, Jonathan Belolo.


Canadian energy startup Pani secures $8m to scale up AI solution to improve water and energy efficiency in water treatment facilities
Published: 15-10-2021 | 12:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pani, a Canadian software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, announced the completion of an oversubscribed $8 million CAD capital raise.


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


Google to invest $50m equity-based fund in African startups
Published: 15-10-2021 | 10:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tech giant Google announced it plans to invest up to $50 million in African early- and growth-stage startups via its Africa Investment Fund.


Pan-African fintech startup Carbon partners with Network International to boost digital payment offering
Published: 15-10-2021 | 10:46:07 | By: Pie Kamau
Pan-African fintech startup and digital bank Carbon Bank has partnered with Network International, an enabler of digital commerce across Africa and the Middle East, as part of its plan to boost its digital payment offering.


African fintech startup Payday raises $1m pre-seed to build Africa’s PayPal
Published: 15-10-2021 | 10:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Payday, a Pan-African financial technology company has raised one million dollars to build out what they believe will be the “PayPal” for Africa.


India car search startup CarDekho joins unicorn club after $250 million fundraise
Published: 13-10-2021 | 14:08:06 | By: Bob Koigi
It is the largest ever fundraise by CarDekho and the proceeds will be used to accelerate CarDekho’s growth in the Used Car transactions, Financial services and insurance businesses.


Singapore-based POS startup Qashier adopts anti-money laundering technology
Published: 13-10-2021 | 14:03:31 | By: Bob Koigi
Founded by Christopher Choo and Frank Zhao in February 2019, Qashier’s advanced platform powers small and medium sized retail and F&B businesses by combining a smart POS system, integrated payment acceptance, and advanced software solutions which include table management, online ordering and customer loyalty.


UK startup ComplyCube boosts SaaS offering with multi bureau checks to tackle identity fraud
Published: 13-10-2021 | 13:58:27 | By: Bob Koigi
ComplyCube, the identity verification provider, has launched a multi-bureau verification service underpinned by a comprehensive set of credit agency data, government sources, and propriety databases.


German HR startup Personio raises $270 million funding, launches new software
Published: 13-10-2021 | 13:52:53 | By: Bob Koigi
Personio, Europe’s HR software company for small and mid-sized businesses, has announced People Workflow Automation, a new category of software.


[Startup Interview] Femi Apesin, OnePipe Growth & Marketing Lead, Nigeria
Published: 08-10-2021 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Femi Apesin is the Head of Growth and Marketing at OnePipe, a Nigerian startup that has raised almost US$1 million in a pre-seed round with a plan to make API integration seamless for banks and fintech companies.


Berlin-based startup Made of Air raises €5m seed round to make thermoplastics for Audi, H&M Group and other companies
Published: 08-10-2021 | 13:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Made of Air, the carbon negative materials startup that turns wood waste into thermoplastics, announced a €5 million in seed funding, led by Norwegian sustainability-focused family fund.


Israeli startup RepAir Carbon closes $1.5m seed round to develop cell for modular Direct Air Capture
Published: 08-10-2021 | 13:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli startup RepAir Carbon closed a $1.5m seed round to develop cell for modular Direct Air Capture inspired by fuel cell technology. The seed funding will allow the RepAir team to refine the company's existing prototype cell.


Singapore gaming startup OP Games raises $8.6m to bridge game developers to Web 3.0
Published: 08-10-2021 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OP Games, a startup that enables game developers to monetize their work using Web 3.0, raised $8.6 million of seed funding.


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


Singapore cybersecurity startup BitTrap develops detection technology to address surge in cyberattacks
Published: 07-10-2021 | 13:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Singapore cybersecurity startup BitTrap announced a blockchain-based cybersecurity solution that leverages attackers' motivations to provide singular detection capabilities.


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.


South Korean startup Aniai to participate in Microsoft for Startups Global Grand Final program
Published: 07-10-2021 | 12:25:31 | By: Pie Kamau
Korean startup Aniai, a member of Born2Global Centre, got selected as one of the 10 companies that will participate in Microsoft for Startups. Aniai has developed a labor solution for quick service restaurants by building a robotic kitchen.


Start-Up Nation Central signs MoU with TiE to boost technological innovation of Israeli and Indian startups
Published: 07-10-2021 | 11:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli not-for-profit Start-Up Nation Central signed a Memorandum of Understanding with TiE to achieve full implementation of sustainable Israeli and Indian technologies in the foodtech sector.


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


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


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


Japanese startup Autify raises $10m Series A to advance software testing automation through no-code solution
Published: 06-10-2021 | 13:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Autify, a no-code AI-powered software testing automation platform, announced today that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is World Innovation Lab (WiL).


European startup CircuitMess partners with Warner Brothers Consumer Products to launch STEM-based autonomous Batmobile
Published: 05-10-2021 | 16:30:26 | By: Pie Kamau
CircuitMess announced its licensing deal with Warner Brothers and its Kickstarter campaign for the CircuitMess Batmobile, designed to teach children seven and up about engineering and autonomous driving.


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


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


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


UK-based music distribution startup Blarecast Systems closes seed round to harness the power of BSV blockchain
Published: 01-10-2021 | 11:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Blarecast Systems, the UK-based startup aiming to provide an elegant and equitable solution for the music industry with BSV blockchain technology, has closed a seed funding round.


German constructiontech startup Schüttflix raises $50m in additional financing, prepares to go international
Published: 01-10-2021 | 10:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
After delivering more than 100,000 shipments in Germany, constructiontech startup Schüttflix announced it has raised $50 million of additional capital.


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


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


Unilever invites startups to partner through Positive Beauty Growth Platform
Published: 30-09-2021 | 16:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Unilever announced the launch of the Positive Beauty Growth Platform, a new initiative which aims to partner with scaleups and startups to drive innovation and brand growth.


Proptech startup Nomad Homes raises $20m to digitize residential real estate across Europe, Middle East and Africa
Published: 30-09-2021 | 15:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nomad Homes, a property technology startup that offers an end-to-end buyer experience for real estate across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has closed a $20 million Series A funding round.


South African fintech firm Ukheshe partners with Chipper Cash startup to accelerate rollout out of digital payment offerings
Published: 30-09-2021 | 15:29:32 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech firm Ukheshe Technologies has partnered with Chipper Cash to enhance and accelerate the rollout out of Chipper’s digital payment offerings.


Canadian precision-farming startup Semios raises $100m in capital to expand agtech platform globally
Published: 29-09-2021 | 13:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Semios, a precision-farming platform and one of the world's largest independent agtech solutions providers, announced it has raised $100 million in funding led by Morningside Group, a Boston-based private equity and venture capital firm.


Israeli startup Appwrite raises $10m to build open source alternative to Google's firebase
Published: 29-09-2021 | 13:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Appwrite, the open source Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform for web, mobile and flutter developers, announced it has raised $10 million in a seed round led by Bessemer Venture Partners and Flybridge with participation of Ibex Investors and Seedcamp.


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


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


Africa's crypto exchange Yellow Card raises $15m Series A funding to fuel expansion across the continent
Published: 28-09-2021 | 15:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pan-African cryptocurrency exchange, Yellow Card, announced a $15 million Series A, the largest ever by an African cryptocurrency exchange, to ramp up hiring and continue its expansion across the continent.


EMURGO launches $100m Cardano ecosystem investment vehicle for early and growth stage startups
Published: 28-09-2021 | 15:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EMURGO, the official commercial arm of the Cardano blockchain, announced the launch of a new Cardano ecosystem investment vehicle to invest into early startup and growth stage companies focused on building socially impactful solutions powered by Cardano.


Alberta tech startups to plug into global innovation system through new business accelerator
Published: 24-09-2021 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Alberta tech entrepreneurs and startups will soon have access to an accelerator with worldwide reach that will help them grow their businesses.


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


German startup Focused Energy raises $15m seed round to pursue commercial fusion energy production
Published: 23-09-2021 | 16:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Focused Energy, a laser fusion startup dedicated to developing fusion as a means of generating clean alternative energy, announced the successful completion of $15 million in seed funding.


Delivery startup Glovo expands its African footprints
Published: 23-09-2021 | 16:02:01 | By: Pie Kamau
Leading multi-category delivery platform Glovo recently announced the expansion of its operations in Africa, to include Ghana and Tunisia, bringing its current operations to a total of seven countries on the continent.


[Column] Patrick Ndegwa: Growing a successful tech startup in Kenya, 4 key elements
Published: 23-09-2021 | 15:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The tech scene in Kenya is thriving. Even amid a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and election fever, our dynamic African country has found a way to cut through the clutter and establish itself as the world’s ‘Silicon Savannah’.


Nigerian fintech startup Infibranches secures $2m funding from All On to drive growth in the renewable energy sector
Published: 23-09-2021 | 15:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Shell-funded impact investment company All On announced a $2 million investment in fintech company, Infibranches Technologies, to help bridge the energy distribution gap in underserved rural and peri-urban areas of Nigeria.


UCLG Africa and 01Talent Africa target over 500,000 youth with digital training
Published: 23-09-2021 | 13:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The UCLG Africa - 01Talent partnership aims to train more than 500,000 talents on the continent free of charge and according to the best global standards over the next 10 years.


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


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


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


Chinese warehouse robotics startup HAI ROBOTICS secures $200m funding to accelerate growth
Published: 22-09-2021 | 14:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HAI ROBOTICS, a Chinese warehouse robotics startup pioneering in autonomous case-handling robotics (ACR) system, announced it has secured two new continuous rounds of financing, garnering $200-odd million in total.


Chinese intelligent robotics startup Agile Robots completes Series C financing to accelerate growth
Published: 21-09-2021 | 10:41:12 | By: Pie Kamau
Agile Robots, an intelligent robotics company, announced the completion of a Series C financing with a total investment of $220 million. The financing was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, followed by financial investors.


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


Egyptian healthtech startup Sotech raises $1m in pre-seed funding to fuel growth
Published: 21-09-2021 | 08:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sotech, an Egyptian e-health startup that specializes in smart IoT, trackable OOH advertising, and data gathering has raised $1 million in pre-seed funding round to scale its operations into the rest of the MENA region.


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


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


Berlin-based Workist exits stealth to create global AI business connectivity layer
Published: 17-09-2021 | 11:39:10 | By: Pie Kamau
Workist, the company applying cutting-edge, deep-learning technology to automate business transactions, exited stealth and introduced its flagship product WorKI, an intelligent document processing tool that leverages advanced artificial intelligence.


Construction tech startup KEWAZO raises $5m Series A funding to scale robotic fleet in scaffolding industry
Published: 16-09-2021 | 13:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
KEWAZO, a player in construction robotics, announced it has closed a $5 million series A funding round, bringing the total amount raised to $9 million.


Nigerian agritech startup Releaf secures $4.2m funding to drive industrialisation of food processing in Africa
Published: 16-09-2021 | 13:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria's agritech startup Releaf, which develops proprietary hardware and software solutions to industrialize food processing, raised $2.7 million in seed funding and grants.


Canadian machine learning startup Private AI secures $3.15m seed round to streamline privacy compliance for enterprises
Published: 16-09-2021 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Private AI, a developer of privacy-preserving machine learning and natural language processing tools, announced it has secured $3.15 million in seed funding to improve its product offering.


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


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


ITRI partners with Arm to provide resources for innovative IC design startups in Taiwan
Published: 15-09-2021 | 16:49:37 | By: Pie Kamau
To promote Taiwanese local IC design startups, the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is supporting the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Arm, in providing critical resources.


Canadian machine learning startup CruxOCM raises $6m venture financing to accelerate growth
Published: 15-09-2021 | 16:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CruxOCM, the pioneer of robotic industrial process automation (RIPA) for control room operations, announced it has raised $6 million in venture financing to fuel growth.


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


Lectra joins Plug and Play open innovation ecosystem
Published: 14-09-2021 | 16:12:27 | By: Pie Kamau
Major global player in the 4.0 Industry for the fashion, automotive, and furniture market, Lectra is joining the Brand & Retail program of the Plug and Play network, the world's leading innovation platform connecting startups, investors, and pioneering companies.


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


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


Huobi Ventures launches $10m fund to accelerate innovative GameFi projects
Published: 14-09-2021 | 15:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Huobi Ventures, the global investment arm of Huobi Group, announced the launch of a new $10 million fund to invest in emerging GameFi projects around the world.


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


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


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


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


Madagascar Time startup launches charity cryptocurrency $TIME to fight climate change
Published: 10-09-2021 | 13:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Madagascar Time startup has launched $TIME, the new cryptocurrency focused on charity work around the globe. Backed by an international team, $TIME combines unprecedented technology in the crypto space with social entrepreneurialism.


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


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


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


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


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


Israeli insurtech startup Vesttoo joins NVIDIA Inception to further develop AI-based technologies
Published: 07-09-2021 | 15:38:30 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli insurtech startup Vesttoo announced it has joined NVIDIA Inception, a program designed to nurture companies revolutionizing industries with advancements in AI and data sciences.


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


Israeli startup Quantum Machines raises $50m to make quantum computers ubiquitous and disruptive across all industries
Published: 07-09-2021 | 15:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tel Aviv based startup Quantum Machines, creator of the Quantum Orchestration Platform, announced it has secured $50 million in Series B funding to expand its growth into quantum cloud computing and drive its worldwide distribution.


[Startup Interview] Wibe van de Vijver, Co-Founder, Mohi, Netherlands
Published: 06-09-2021 | 12:02:42 | By: Bob Koigi
Mohi is a media startup that has created a platform where users can remove the clutter and build a space where they can organize a selection of their most enjoyable content experiences and share the absolute highlights with their inner circle.


[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.


[Startup Interview] Marco Abele, Co-Founder, OneFor, Netherlands
Published: 03-09-2021 | 13:44:00 | By: Bob Koigi
OneFor is a fintech startup that offers various mobile money applications and technical services, including account, payment and card services. Its card solution is supported by Mastercard International. The startup’s Co-Founder Marco Abele elaborates.


[Startup Interview] Marsha Goei, Co-Founder, Breeze, Netherlands
Published: 03-09-2021 | 13:35:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Breeze is a Dutch-based startup that seeks to make online dating revolve around offline encounters again. It embraces technology to enhance human connection instead of replacing it.


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


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


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


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


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


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