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InnovoEdge joins Microsoft for Startups program
Published: 16-04-2021 | 09:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
InnovoEdge, an AI-powered multi-cloud and edge application orchestration company, announced it has joined the Microsoft for Startups program, which is designed to help business to business (B2B) startups scale with access to technology.


Climatetech startup Persefoni raises $9.7m in Series A funding round
Published: 16-04-2021 | 09:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Persefoni, an intelligent carbon accounting and management platform for enterprises and investors, announced it has raised $9.7 million in its Series A financing round. Rice Investment Group led the round, with participation from NGP ETP and Sallyport Investments.


Ideal Semiconductor startup announces investment from Applied Ventures
Published: 16-04-2021 | 09:23:09 | By: Pie Kamau
Ideal Semiconductor, a startup company that has successfully demonstrated a fundamentally new technology for energy conversion in electronic systems, announced it has received funding from Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials.


Chicago-based medtech startup Neopenda announces new round of convertible note financing
Published: 16-04-2021 | 09:12:55 | By: Pie Kamau
Neopenda, a Chicago-based public benefit corporation, announced a new round of funding supported by Assiduity Capital and Sorenson Impact Foundation, and the CE Mark approval of its neoGuard device.


Wynden Stark acquires NYC venture-backed tech startup untapt
Published: 16-04-2021 | 09:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wynden Stark has acquired NYC venture-backed tech startup untapt, bringing in-house a world-class team of Data Scientists and Software Engineers.


SWARM Engineering startup raises $2.7m in seed funding led by S2G Ventures and Serra Ventures
Published: 16-04-2021 | 08:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SWARM Engineering, the next generation of cognitive software for the food supply chain, announced it closed funding for a $2.7 million seed round.


Healthtech startup DignifiHealth raises $7m seed round, scaling it nationally for improved community health outcomes
Published: 16-04-2021 | 08:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DignifiHealth, a company that has integrated leading digital health technologies with its proprietary big-data intelligence platform, raised $7 million in seed funding to scale delivery of its revolutionary suite of healthcare products on a national scale.


South African digital health startup Quro Medical secures $1.1m seed funding to accelerate growth
Published: 15-04-2021 | 15:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Quro Medical, a South African digital health startup, emerged from stealth mode to announce the closure of its seed funding round to accelerate growth for Africa’s first technology-driven Hospital at Home offering.


Virtual health startup OpenLoop closes oversubscribed $3m seed round
Published: 15-04-2021 | 10:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OpenLoop, a virtual health company based in Des Moines, Iowa, announced its oversubscribed seed round financing of $3 million.


Phantom Space Corporation startup raises $5m seed funding to revolutionize space transportation
Published: 15-04-2021 | 10:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Phantom Space Corporation, a space transportation technology development and manufacturing company, announced the raise of $5 million in seed investment funding to make space commerce commonplace and to lower the barriers to space access.


Legacy startup raises $10m Series A to make male fertility services accessible to all
Published: 15-04-2021 | 09:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Legacy, the premier digital fertility clinic for men, announced $10 million in Series A fundraising led by FirstMark Capital.


Silicon Valley startup Chef Avenue crosses 1000% of its funding goal in 8 days
Published: 15-04-2021 | 09:21:18 | By: Pie Kamau
Chef Avenue, an inspiring startup at the forefront of the design of modernized, high-performance cookware, is currently riding the wave of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for its first product, Omnipan.


Finnish biotech startup Carbo Culture sets to remove 1billion tons of carbon from atmosphere by 2030
Published: 15-04-2021 | 09:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Carbo Culture, a biotech startup commercialising large-scale carbon removal, has a north star vision to remove 1 billion tons (1Gt) of carbon from the atmosphere by 2030.


Telecel Group launches applications for Africa startups accelerator programme
Published: 14-04-2021 | 15:47:19 | By: Bob Koigi
The Program helps startups achieve 18-24 months of growth in just three months. Now, the next generation of early-stage African tech startups disrupting a wide range of industry sectors are being sought.


Colorado-based startup Trūman Rx launches to expand access to testosterone therapy
Published: 14-04-2021 | 11:03:53 | By: Pie Kamau
In an effort to increase access to testosterone replacement therapy for men, Colorado-based startup Trūman Rx (Trūman) is launching an online, innovative telehealth service for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).


EdCraft startup raises $1m pre-seed round to expand its edtech platform in the U.S.
Published: 14-04-2021 | 10:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EdCraft, an early education platform launched by former McKinsey executives, raised $1 million from a group of Silicon Valley based angels. The startup aims to equip its students, aged 6-13, with essential 21st-century skills.


Fintech startup Wage secures $5m to scale credential-less payroll data API
Published: 14-04-2021 | 10:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wage, an infrastructure software solution that lets people seamlessly and securely share their payroll data with third parties, announced the close of $5 million in funding to scale customer acquisition and support additional payroll data partnerships.


Grow-NY startup business competition kicks off year 3
Published: 14-04-2021 | 10:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The application window for the 2021 Grow-NY million-dollar top prize business competition is now open for submissions. Grow-NY, a unique initiative which connects innovators and investors in the food, beverage and agriculture.


Plug and Play Cleveland selects six startups into the Spring 2021 Health Program
Published: 14-04-2021 | 10:03:35 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play Cleveland has announced the selection of 6 new startups into the Spring 2021 Health Program. These startups were selected with input from Plug and Play's corporate partners.


Cincinnati startups Abre and Pay Theory partner to transform education
Published: 13-04-2021 | 15:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Abre.io (Abre), and Pay Theory announced their partnership to help them better achieve their shared mission of breaking down socioeconomic and technical barriers to education.


Chicago-based venture capital firm Starting Line closes $30m second fund to continue funding consumer startups
Published: 13-04-2021 | 15:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Starting Line, the Chicago-based venture capital firm, announced that it has closed $30 million for its second fund, dedicated to expanding access to technologies, products, and experiences for the 99 percent of Americans.


HawkEye 360 secures $55m Series C funding round to support expansion of satellite startup's infrastructure
Published: 13-04-2021 | 14:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HawkEye 360, the global commercial provider of space-based radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, announced it has secured $55 million in additional funding, bringing its total raised to over $155 million.


Energy Transition Ventures launches first venture capital fund in Texas dedicated to energy transition
Published: 13-04-2021 | 14:21:14 | By: Pie Kamau
Energy Transition Ventures (ETV) has launched as the first venture fund in Texas exclusively dedicated to investing in energy transition technologies.


Indian fintech startup Avanti raises $26m in Series A funding round to further invest in its digital tech platform
Published: 13-04-2021 | 11:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Indian fintech company Avanti Finance (Avanti) secured $26 million in debt and equity from Oikocredit, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nomura and the family office of Pratul Shroff.


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


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


Pan-African fintech platform Appzone secures $10m Series A funding
Published: 12-04-2021 | 13:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Appzone, the Pan-African fintech software provider building proprietary solutions for the continent’s banking and payments industries, announced the close of its $10 million Series A round.


Kigali-based electric mobility startup Ampersand raises $3.5m from EIF
Published: 12-04-2021 | 12:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kigali based electric motorcycle startup Ampersand has raised $3.5 million in funding from the Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF) to rapidly scale its electric motorcycle and swap station network in Rwanda.


Solar home systems startup Baobab+ raises €4m to expand in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal
Published: 12-04-2021 | 12:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Solar home systems social enterprise startup Baobab+ has raised €4 million in financing for the expansion of its activities in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.


[Startup Interview] PJF Schmidt, Lucas Brosi, Marcus Luer, Urs Meier, Founders, Heroes AG, Switzerland
Published: 09-04-2021 | 17:31:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Heroes AG is a Swiss startup that has tapped into the underdeveloped fan merchandising sector through distribution of modern and trendy lifestyle products.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


AI startup Oxia Palus enables first hidden masterpiece on canvas, long lost behind a Pablo Picasso
Published: 08-04-2021 | 16:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Oxia Palus, a new-age company dedicated to using artificial intelligence to resurrect the world's most important lost artwork, announced it has recreated on canvas, the first masterpiece of another era, one lost for nearly 120 years.


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


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


Fintech startup ROSHI to disrupt billion dollar home loan industry in Singapore
Published: 07-04-2021 | 16:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Touted as a disrupter in financial comparison, ROSHI plans to provide Singapore with a first to market home loan marketplace, which connects customers.


Scottish hospitality software startup Stampede launches Prep Starts Now campaign to reopen, digitise and grow hospitality businesses
Published: 07-04-2021 | 16:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Stampede, the Scottish hospitality software startup announced the launch of its Prep Starts Now campaign, with support from Visit Scotland and more than ten hospitality / tech organisations.


Amgen to acquire biopharmaceutical startup Rodeo for $55 million
Published: 07-04-2021 | 15:02:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Under terms of the agreement, Amgen will acquire all outstanding shares of Rodeo in exchange for a $55 million upfront payment as well as future contingent milestone payments potentially worth up to an additional $666 million in cash.


Israel GPS Security Startup infiniDome raises $2.4 million funding to scale operations
Published: 07-04-2021 | 14:55:52 | By: Bob Koigi
The proceeds will help scale infiniDome’s customer engagements in the Commercial Aircraft, UAS/UAV, and UAM market segments.


Verdant Capital raises $9.9 million financing for East African tech enabled MSME lender Tugende
Published: 07-04-2021 | 13:40:27 | By: Bob Koigi
Pan African specialist investment financial institution Verdant Capital has raised $9.9 million Series A equity capital for Tugende, a technology enabled MSME lender in East Africa.


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


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


Japanese startup Paidy raises $120m in Series D round
Published: 06-04-2021 | 15:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paidy Inc., Japan's "Buy Now, Pay Later" (BNPL) service provider, announced it completed the Series D round of funding, raising a total of $120 million.


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


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


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


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


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


Nigerian tech start-up Newwaves Ecosystems launches Africa’s first virtual meeting solution
Published: 02-04-2021 | 08:14:17 | By: Bob Koigi
Known as Konn3ct, the new App was developed by a young company, called Newwaves Ecosystems, led by former Chams Nigeria executive, Femi Williams.


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


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


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


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


EBRD invests in Turkish fintech startup DgPays
Published: 31-03-2021 | 12:52:17 | By: Pie Kamau
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a fresh boost to Turkey's technology sector by investing in DgPays, a digital payment system provider, alongside Goldman Sachs.


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


Zimbabwe agritech startup Farmhut secures investment to scale operations
Published: 30-03-2021 | 15:25:13 | By: Bob Koigi
Zimbabwe agritech startup Farmhut has received $US100 000 investment from the Hult Prize Foundation. This follows through the Hult Prize accelerator program of the 2020 cohort.


Insurtech startup Curacel secures $450K pre-seed funding to drive insurance inclusion in Africa
Published: 30-03-2021 | 12:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Curacel, an AI-powered platform for claims processing and fraud management in Africa, raised a $450,000 pre-seed funding in a round led by Atlantica Ventures and Consonance.


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


Berlin-based startup betteries secures €2.1m seed funding to upcycle electric vehicle batteries, avert climate change
Published: 30-03-2021 | 11:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Berlin-based profit for impact startup betteries has successfully closed its €2.1 million seed funding round led by impact funds Factor[e] Ventures and Beyond Black.


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


Kenyan agency banking startup Tanda secures funding for regional expansion
Published: 30-03-2021 | 11:00:16 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan agency banking startup Tanda announced its expanding its regional operations after closing a funding round from HAVAÍC, Zedcrest Capital, DFS Lab, Victor Asemota and 3 more investors.


Angolan startup Manifexto creates fact-checker based on Artificial Intelligence
Published: 30-03-2021 | 10:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Manifexto, a startup from Angola, has created a fact-checker based on Artificial Intelligence. Known as Nuxo, the solution uses a machine learning algorithm that allows quick and accurate identification of fake news.


HiiL opens applications for Justice Accelerator for Southern Africa startups
Published: 30-03-2021 | 10:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is calling on all game-changing justice startups that want to grow their social impact and business to participate in this year’s HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge.


[Startup Interview] Noel Wilson, Lars Evers, Founders, Jellow, Netherlands
Published: 26-03-2021 | 15:21:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Jellow is an on-demand freelance startup that seeks to connect companies with freelancers directly eliminating the hustle that comes with using intermediaries. The startup’s founders Noel Wilson & Lars Evers explain.


[Interview] Esinam Yevu, Co-Founder, PayBox, Ghana
Published: 26-03-2021 | 12:52:09 | By: Bob Koigi
Esinam Yevu is Co-Founder and Communications Lead at Ghanaian fintech startup, PayBox


ASIP Accelerator Program open for applications from disruptive startups in Africa
Published: 26-03-2021 | 11:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
To develop the potential of startups driving the internet economy, Telecel Group has opened applications for the ASIP Accelerator Program powered by Startupbootcamp AfriTech.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Chinese biotech startup Bioheng raises $80m in Series B financing to advance allogeneic immuno-cell therapies
Published: 24-03-2021 | 15:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bioheng Biotech, a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated on developing novel cellular immunotherapy for cancer, announced that it had secured $80 million in Series B Financing.


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


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


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


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


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


Snap acquires tech startup Fit Analytics
Published: 23-03-2021 | 14:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Snapchat's parent company Snap has acquired Fit Analytics, a technology startup that has built technology to help shoppers pick the right-sized clothing and footwear when they shop online.


Canadian startup Arteria AI raises $11m on oversubscribed Series A to accelerate growth in global financial institutions
Published: 23-03-2021 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Arteria AI, a global player in enterprise digital contracting, announced the closing of an oversubscribed Series A funding round, led by Information Venture Partners and Illuminate Financial Management.


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


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


No-code business intelligence startup y42 raises $2.9m for scalable and affordable data stack
Published: 23-03-2021 | 12:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
y42 (formerly Datos Intelligence), a no-code business intelligence platform, announced a seed round of $2.9 million, led by La Famiglia VC. Additional investors include the co-founders of Foodspring, Personio and Petlab.


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


Czech startup Tropic Square receives €4m investment to develop first open-source security chip in the world
Published: 22-03-2021 | 15:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Czech startup Tropic Square, which is part of SatoshiLabs Group, is planning to finalize development and start testing the first fully transparent and auditable security chip in the world.


UK's Cyber vulnerability startup RankedRight secures $500K in seed funding
Published: 22-03-2021 | 15:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
RankedRight, the new platform which has been predicted to supercharge the efficiency of IT security teams across the world, secured $500,000 in seed funding.


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


Chinese logistics startup Duckbill closes $50m funding
Published: 22-03-2021 | 14:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Duckbill, the world container trucking/drayage service platform featuring intelligent dispatching and transportation management, announced the closing of fund raising of $50 million which marks the biggest funding in the industry.


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


[Nigeria] Kwik Delivery closes $1.7 million financing round to fund expansion
Published: 19-03-2021 | 15:44:32 | By: Bob Koigi
Nigerian last-mile delivery startup Kwik Delivery has announced that it has closed its pre-Series A financing round. The company successfully raised $ 1.7 million in equity from institutional and high net worth investors.


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


Crypto-native startup Travala.com partners with Viator, adds over 400,000 tours and activities worldwide
Published: 19-03-2021 | 12:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Travala.com, the blockchain-based travel booking platform, announced a strategic collaboration with Viator, a Tripadvisor company and leading resource for tours and activities worldwide.


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


Income insurance startup Asteya launches with $10m in funding
Published: 19-03-2021 | 12:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Asteya, an income insurance startup whose mission is to provide financial health and wellbeing by transforming the disability insurance space, announced its launch and disclosed fundraising of $10 million.


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


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


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


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


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


Nigerian fintech startup Team Apt launches internship program to support women in tech
Published: 18-03-2021 | 12:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup Team Apt has launched an internship program to support women in Technology. The program will run for six months providing a platform for young women to grow their skills.


Canadian fintech startup FIX4 set to transform car repair loan market
Published: 18-03-2021 | 12:10:26 | By: Pie Kamau
Canadian retail finance startup FIX4 Capital has joined the "Buy Now Pay Later" boom by offering instant online loan approvals so customers can enjoy flexible payment solutions for any car repair and maintenance estimates.


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


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


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


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


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


African Edtech startup Kabakoo receives funding from Zoom, launches first no-code training in Africa
Published: 17-03-2021 | 14:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Committed to democratizing access to tech education for the African youths, Kabakoo has launched the first no-code training in West Africa for a batch of twenty learners at its Bamako campus.


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


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


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


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


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


Kenyan startup Ajua, MTN Nigeria launch Customer Management mobile app for SMEs
Published: 15-03-2021 | 16:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan based startup Ajua has partnered with MTN Nigeria to launch EnGauge, a digital e-Commerce customer engagement management mobile app to support SMEs.


Boost Ghana and KudiGo selected for Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce accelerator
Published: 15-03-2021 | 15:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce Accelerator announced the first cohort of digital commerce companies to be scaled, with the goal of improving the livelihoods of informal MSEs in Ghana.


Nigerian startup Kwik Delivery officially launches its just-in-time delivery service in Abuja
Published: 15-03-2021 | 15:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian startup Kwik Delivery announced it officially made available its breakthrough, just-in time delivery service to businesses, government agencies and merchants in Abuja.


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


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


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


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


Dryad secures €1.6m funding to accelerate development of wildfire detection solution
Published: 12-03-2021 | 16:24:14 | By: Bob Koigi
Dryad is developing Silvanet to help public and private forest owners monitor, analyze and protect the world's largest, most remote forests and tackle the devastating impact of wildfires on the environment.


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


IFC invests in Savannah Fund to support Africa’s tech startups funding growth
Published: 11-03-2021 | 12:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IFC announced an investment in the Savannah Fund, a technology seed fund in Africa, to increase lending to startups across sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and disruptive companies in high-growth sectors.


Ghana’s healthcare startup mPharma to launch Haltons Pharmacies in Ethiopia
Published: 11-03-2021 | 10:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ghanaian health tech startup mPharma, signed a franchise agreement with Belayab Pharmaceuticals to open Haltons Pharmacies in Ethiopia.


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


VERSO Capital successfully closes series seed in NITRO Beverage
Published: 11-03-2021 | 10:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
VERSO Capital, the Luxembourg-based boutique merchant banking and financial services firm, announced the successful closing of a series seed in Nitro Beverage Inc.


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


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


Canadian cybersecurity startup Turnstil.Cloud bot analytics & management for cloudflare emerges from stealth
Published: 11-03-2021 | 09:36:20 | By: Pie Kamau
Turnstil.Cloud, a Canadian cybersecurity startup specializing in real-time bot analysis and management, announced it has emerged from stealth with the publication of a SaaS bot management solution for Cloudflare users.


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


Three Kenyan startups among recipients of $2m African Jua fund
Published: 11-03-2021 | 09:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Three startups from Kenya are among the recipients of the inaugural $2 million Jua Fund, the largest African venture capital fund by a private individual.


Nigerian fintech startup Flutterwave raises $170 million to develop complementary innovative products
Published: 11-03-2021 | 05:50:46 | By: Bob Koigi
Founded by entrepreneur Olugbenga Agboola in 2016, the company’s valuation is considered to be valued at more than $1 billion.


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


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


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


British startup QUVRY launches free iOS videocasting app for high-quality video calls
Published: 10-03-2021 | 14:57:28 | By: Pie Kamau
British startup QUVRY announced the launch of its free iOS videocasting app for high-quality video calls, to transform the video call experience.


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


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


Investing in mentorship to inspire women in agribusiness
Published: 09-03-2021 | 16:02:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Jolenta Joseph, a Tanzania entrepreneur has built her business tackling malnutrition, an endemic problem in Tanzania, thanks in part to the support she has received since winning the 2020 SUN Pitch Competition.


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


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


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


BioPhero startup raises $17m Series A for sustainable pest control
Published: 09-03-2021 | 13:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
BioPhero, the insect pheromone company, announced it has raised $17 million in Series A funding led by DCVC Bio with participation from new investor FMC Ventures, as well as existing investors Syngenta Group Ventures and Novo Holdings.


Korean startup Real Water's unique solution to keep microplastics at bay
Published: 09-03-2021 | 13:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Korean startup Real Water has come up with a unique solution to filter out microplastics from bottled water to reduce synthetic polymer contamination, a major health concern bothering experts since 2019 when it was first researched.


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


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


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


Femtech startup OCON Healthcare announces last patient in phase IIa clinical study
Published: 08-03-2021 | 14:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OCON Healthcare, a women's health company, announced it had completed enrollment of its Phase IIa clinical study evaluating its intrauterine drug delivery platform IUB™ SEAD™, a non-invasive treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB).


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Tech startup Mokusei offers 100% funding aid for individuals to cover their education and travel expenses
Published: 04-03-2021 | 12:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Incorporated on 17 Feb 2021, Mokusei Intelligence (Mokusei), is a social impact & education centric tech startup focused on developing AI/ML based algorithms and solutions.


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


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


Indian tech startup Mokusei announces $500 Press Challenge
Published: 04-03-2021 | 10:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Social impact & education centric tech startup Mokusei Intelligence (Mokusei), which funds & sponsors up to 100% of education or travel expenses of people, is on the lookout for talented communicators for their upcoming projects.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Nigerian startup Kwik Delivery expands its delivery service to 4-wheels vehicles
Published: 02-03-2021 | 15:28:39 | By: Pie Kamau
Kwik Delivery has announced today that it is expanding its app-based breakthrough delivery service to 4-wheels delivery vehicles.


African focused VC HAVAÍC announces the launch of its newest fund
Published: 02-03-2021 | 15:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Following a successful 2020 comprising eight new investments and three international exits, African focused venture capital (VC) investor HAVAÍC has announced the launch of its newest fund.


Enygma Ventures targets Southern Africa women entrepreneurs with funding opportunities
Published: 02-03-2021 | 14:59:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Enygma Ventures, is looking for passionate women entrepreneurs to invest in. The venture capital fund was established by two successful women entrepreneurs who now invest in women entrepreneurs in Southern Africa.


Western Kenya farmers cash in on traditional vegetables
Published: 02-03-2021 | 12:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Western Kenya have found new fortunes by investing in the cultivation, consumption, preservation and sale of traditional vegetables and seeds.


African fintech start-up ImaliPay raises pre-seed funding to service gig workers' financial needs
Published: 02-03-2021 | 06:19:26 | By: Bob Koigi
ImaliPay, an African-based fintech start-up is making waves by reshaping the future of work in the gig economy.


[Startup Interview] Henry Tang, Co-Founder, Turff, Netherlands
Published: 01-03-2021 | 20:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Turff is a Dutch startup that runs a software platform for financial management of consumables. Expenses in student houses, associations and canteens are tracked on a free tablet.


Union Bank of Nigeria to support startups through UnionX Innovation Challenge
Published: 26-02-2021 | 15:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Union Bank, one of Nigeria’s foremost financial institutions, has unveiled the 2021 UnionX Innovation Challenge, as part of efforts to support young startups and boost innovation in the startup ecosystem.


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


London-based Bacchus Capital raises $140m equity capital for its uranium venture, Yellow Cake
Published: 26-02-2021 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bacchus Capital, the independent investment and merchant bank specialising in cross border public market M&A, arranged for the financing of $100 million purchase of physical uranium, by Yellow Cake, pursuant to its option with Kazatomprom.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Early-stage investor DFS Lab announces fintech and digital economy design sprint for startups in Egypt
Published: 25-02-2021 | 09:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Early-stage investor DFS Lab announced it will facilitate a virtual design sprint in March 2021 for fintech startups in Egypt. The sprint is hosted by the Central Bank of Egypt, in collaboration with the Financial Regulatory Authority.


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


From grass to cash: Harnessing the power of climate smart forage grasses in Western Kenya
Published: 25-02-2021 | 08:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenyan researchers have been working with farmers in Western Kenya to test new varieties of fodder grasses known to have higher protein, low fiber and are fast maturing.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Greek startups put out a call for international talent
Published: 24-02-2021 | 12:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Endeavor Greece, the Greek chapter of the global organisation supporting the rise of new ecosystems, announced it will launching a new platform targeting skilled tech experts abroad, both Greek and non-Greek.


[Startup Interview] Aaron Mirck, Co-Founder, Presscloud, Netherlands
Published: 24-02-2021 | 10:09:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Dutch startup Presscloud allows companies to handle public relations without the need for an agency by training users on the ABCs of PR and connecting them to a database of journalists and an online newsroom.


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


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


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


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


Teleporter mobile app 360VUZ joins first "Google for Startups Accelerator" in the MENA region
Published: 23-02-2021 | 07:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
360VUZ, the immersive video mobile app was selected to join the first ever "Google for Startups Accelerator" in the MENA region, that is held by Google as part of its "Grow Stronger with Google Initiative"


Dutch Startup Competition | Cross Media Congress 2021
Published: 20-02-2021 | 07:30:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
The Cross Media Congress 2021 will take place in Amsterdam on Wednesday 7 July 2021. The 5 best media and marcom startups of the moment in The Netherlands will be speaking at this conference


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


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


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


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


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


DFC invests $1m in femtech e-commerce startup Kasha Global to support women’s health in East Africa
Published: 18-02-2021 | 13:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), disbursed a $1 million equity investment in Kasha Global, an e-commerce company that provides women’s health and personal care products to customers in Rwanda and Kenya.


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


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


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


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


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


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


HAVAÍC predicts bumper year for African tech startups
Published: 17-02-2021 | 14:48:07 | By: Bob Koigi
As one of South Africa’s most active Venture Capital investors, HAVAÍC says 2020 saw the commercial adoption of technology increase at unprecedented rates, as illustrated by the performance of HAVAÍC and its portfolio companies.


WNS partners with insurtech startup By Miles for the world’s first connected car insurance
Published: 17-02-2021 | 14:42:27 | By: Bob Koigi
WNS Assistance has announced a new partnership with By Miles, an insurtech startup and motor Managing General Agent (MGA), to manage claims for a first-of-its-kind connected car insurance policy using the real-time data of the vehicle.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


EUNIKE Ventures partners with Foresight to accelerate growth of cleantech ventures in Canada
Published: 16-02-2021 | 10:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre (Foresight) and Eunike Ventures (Eunike) announced a collaborative partnership to further accelerate the growth of Canadian companies with promising cleantech solutions for the energy industry.


January sees record number of investments in Israeli startups despite the pandemic, SNC reports
Published: 16-02-2021 | 10:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Analysis by Israeli NGO Start-Up Nation Central (SNC), has revealed that January 2021 saw record investments in Israel during a single month. Six startups raised more than $100 million each (mega rounds) during the month, totaling 73% of the total.


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


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


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


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


Founders Future raises additional €50m to accelerate its Tech for Good investments
Published: 15-02-2021 | 14:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Founders Future, a venture studio involved in Seed and Series A, announced its new investment capital. With the objective of a new €50 million vehicle by the end of 2021, Founders Future has already raised 40% of the total amount.


MindMed partners with Swiss psychedelic drug discovery startup MindShift Compounds to patent next-gen psychedelic compounds
Published: 12-02-2021 | 11:18:40 | By: Pie Kamau
MindMed, a psychedelic medicine biotech company announced a new partnership with Swiss startup MindShift Compounds AG to develop and patent next-gen psychedelic compounds with psychedelic or empathogenic properties.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Plug and Play invests in Israeli insurtech startup Vesttoo
Published: 10-02-2021 | 12:17:10 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play, the global innovation platform that has funded companies such as Dropbox, PayPal and N26, has joined Vesttoo as a shareholder through an equity investment.


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


[Startup Interview] Wayne Madhlangobe, Co-Founder, Intelius AI, Canada
Published: 10-02-2021 | 08:26:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Intelius AI is a Canadian startup offering an array of advanced analytics consulting services across industries and assisting businesses to leverage artificial intelligence to make confident and informed decisions. The startup's co-founder and CTO, Wayne Madhlangobe, explains.


Startup studio 1888EC partners with Mastercard Foundation to create digital solutions for tourism sector in Ethiopia
Published: 09-02-2021 | 13:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Startup studio 1888EC announced a partnership with the Mastercard Foundation to create Ethiopia's first travel and leisure platform aimed at creating digital solutions and job opportunities within the contry's tourism sector.


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


Kenyan fintech startup Popote Payments raises funding from GreenHouse Capital
Published: 09-02-2021 | 08:19:10 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech startup Popote Payments has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Lagos-based fintech investment company GreenHouse Capital.


Thomson X inks partnership with Singapore healthtech startup Plano, set sights on managing Myopia in Asia
Published: 09-02-2021 | 07:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Thomson X (TX), announced a strategic partnership with Plano, a Singapore-based healthtech startup, to leverage on the respective strengths of TX and Plano, to address and manage the rapidly increasing incidence of myopia.


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


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


Kenyan young agripreneurs reel under impacts of COVID-19
Published: 05-02-2021 | 12:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenyan agribusiness enterprises run by young people experienced a 48 per cent failure rate last year at the height of the novel corona virus a new study has shown.


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


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


Taiwanese blockchain startup ITM collaborates with Microsoft and MediaTek to create out-of-the box solutions for enterprises
Published: 05-02-2021 | 10:58:13 | By: Pie Kamau
Taiwanese blockchain solutions provider International Trust Machines Corporation (ITM) has collaborated with Microsoft and joined MediaTek AIoT Ecosystem to create out-of-the box solutions for enterprises to use blockchain for IoT.


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


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


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


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


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


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


VentureIsrael leads $1m investment round in Israeli fintech startup TenureX
Published: 03-02-2021 | 14:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli fintech company TenureX has come out of stealth mode, announcing it is starting its pre-seed financing round with the first $1M, backed by VentureIsrael.


Israeli AI startup Datomize secures $6m seed round for enterprise grade synthetic data solution
Published: 03-02-2021 | 14:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli AI startup Datomize announced the completion of its $6 million seed funding round for the commercialization of its synthetic data solution that accelerates time to market for artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) models and new products.


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


Kenyan organics recycling startup Sanergy receives funding to scale operations regionally
Published: 02-02-2021 | 14:18:17 | By: Bob Koigi
With AXA IM Alts’s support, Sanergy would be well-positioned to scale its operations in Kenya and across the region.


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


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


Belgian startup Soda raises €11.5m Series A funding to bring everyone closer to data
Published: 02-02-2021 | 13:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Soda announced it has raised €11.5 milion Series A financing to accelerate the development of its data monitoring platform that streamlines how teams find the data worth fixing.


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


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


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


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


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


African startup StarNews Mobile launches incubator for South African youths interested in digital film
Published: 01-02-2021 | 14:23:41 | By: Pie Kamau
StarNews Mobile launched its grassroots Youth Initiative incubator in partnership with Solutions on Point to empower young individuals interested in the digital film industry in South Africa.


South African VC firm Knife Capital launches 2nd 12J Venture Capital Fund
Published: 01-02-2021 | 14:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South Africa’s VC firm Knife Capital announced the launch of its second Section 12J Venture Capital Fund to allow new investors to participate.


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


Canadian tech startup Vegano disrupts meal-kit delivery services market
Published: 29-01-2021 | 14:47:42 | By: Pie Kamau
Vegano, Canada's first plant-based meal-kit delivery service, is helping Canadians take plant-based living beyond Veganuary. Following its official launch on January 4, 2021, Vegano has delivered over 800 meals.


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


Canadian edtech startup Wize raises $3m to enhance online learning experience
Published: 29-01-2021 | 13:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wize, a fast-growing online education platform that delivers course-specific video tutorials and exam-like practice problems for high school, college, and university students across North America, announced it has raised $3 million in funding.


One Planet Fellowship: Investing in the next generation of African scientists
Published: 29-01-2021 | 12:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has announced that the call for third cohort of the One Planet Fellowship is now open as it seeks to invest in the next generation of African scientists.


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


VentureIsrael leads $2.2m seed round in Israeli's maritime cyber security startup Cydome
Published: 28-01-2021 | 12:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli early-stage deep tech fund VentureIsrael led Cydome's seed investment round of $2.2 million with participation of private investors from Israel and Singapore.


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


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


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


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


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


Canadian startup Tealbook raises $14.4m Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 27-01-2021 | 10:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tealbook, the Trusted Source of Supplier Data, announced it closed $14.4 million on the heels of tremendous growth, in an A round with lead investor, RTP Global.


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


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


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


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


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