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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dialpad for Startups programme empowers founders with reliable business communication solutions
Published: 18-08-2021 | 13:39:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Dialpad for Startups is designed to help early-stage companies grow with best-in-class, unified business communications including voice, messaging, video conferencing and contact center solutions.


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


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


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


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


Tech startup OneStream TV launches free streaming aggregator to battle streaming fatigue
Published: 30-07-2021 | 15:55:13 | By: Pie Kamau
Tech startup OneStream TV has launched a super streaming aggregator to allow consumers who are tired of paying for too many streaming services to use a single platform to discover thousands of free movies and tv shows.


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


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


Subscription social media startup Fanbase unveils 25 member Creator Advisory Board
Published: 15-07-2021 | 12:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fanbase, the subscription-based social platform, unveiled its Creator Advisory Board members.


Monetized social media startup fanbase to debut new short form video / music editor
Published: 24-06-2021 | 12:20:14 | By: Pie Kamau
Fanbase, the subscription-based social platform that empowers any user to monetize their content, unveiled plans to roll out a new, short form video and music editor function.


B2B news wire startup Zenger raises $10m in Series Seed funding round
Published: 23-06-2021 | 14:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
World's first digitally native wire service, Zenger News, announced it has closed a Series Seed round, raising $10 million. The investment is being used to enhance Zenger's propriety software and onboard an ever-growing number of news outlets.


Creator economy startup Koji launches New Link in Bio app, Media Wall
Published: 11-06-2021 | 15:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Koji, world's Link in Bio tool for the Creator Economy, announced the launch of Media Wall, a new Link in Bio app that gives Creators the ability to curate, organize and showcase a timeline of content to share with their audience.


Creator economy startup Koji launches brand partnership app, Sponsor Quiz
Published: 09-06-2021 | 15:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Koji, the world's powerful Link in Bio tool for the Creator Economy, announced the launch of its newest Link in Bio app, Sponsor Quiz.


Hibob acquires workplace relationships analytics startup Cassiopeia
Published: 04-06-2021 | 10:50:06 | By: Pie Kamau
Hibob, the company behind the innovative HCM platform bob, announced its acquisition of Cassiopeia, a startup that developed AI-based workplace relationship analytics technology to help teams improve communication.


Podcasting startup Spokn closes oversubscribed $4m seed round funding for market expansion
Published: 01-06-2021 | 11:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spokn, the podcasting platform for work, announced it has closed an oversubscribed $4 million seed round with funding from NEA, Y Combinator, along with Reach Capital, Funders Club, Liquid2, Share Capital, SOMA Capital, Scribble VC and Hack VC.


Fintech startup TiiCKER brings MarketWatch, CNBC, Benzinga and others to individual investors
Published: 21-05-2021 | 12:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TiiCKER, a Detroit-based fintech startup that engages, verifies and rewards retail investors through stock perks unveiled an aggregated news feature to its platform.


Creator economy startup Koji launches Shoutout, personalized video requests for everyone
Published: 19-05-2021 | 09:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Koji, the Link in Bio tool for the Creator Economy, announced the launch of its newest Link in Bio feature, Shoutout. Available now in the Koji App Store, Shoutout offers Creators an opportunity to sell personalized videos to their followers.


Creator platform Fanbase attracts high-profile artists and creators, expands into three new territories
Published: 18-05-2021 | 13:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fanbase, the subscription-based social platform that empowers creators to monetize their content and grow their fanbase, is on the verge of closing its seed round, already raising $3.1 million dollars on StartEngine.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


[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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Kenya-based Boutique PR Agency African Elite Group feted at MEA Business Awards
Published: 18-01-2021 | 14:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Boutique PR agency, African Elite Group Ltd, headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya has been awarded an international award, at the 4th annual MEA (Middle East & Africa Markets) Business Awards 2020.


Digital media startup Outsider Media Network secures $2.75m Series A financing round
Published: 07-01-2021 | 12:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Outsider Media Network, a digital media and publishing company founded in August 2020, announced the closure of a $2.75 million Series A funding round led by early-stage venture investor, Stuart McWhorter.


New York-based social media startup Tsū exceeds $10m capital raise, announces new appointments
Published: 06-01-2021 | 13:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tsū Inc., the "Social That Pays," announced it has significantly expanded its executive team following a successful first year of growth, fundraising, and product development.


2112 announces Comcast Business startup studio to support small business in Chicago
Published: 09-12-2020 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
2112 has partnered with Comcast Business on the development of a Startup Studio, with additional support provided by Shure, Wintrust, Hughes Foundation, and Karp Designs.


Mobility technology startup Ettifos unveils world's first SDR-based 5G NR V2X solution
Published: 09-12-2020 | 15:38:44 | By: Pie Kamau
Ettifos, a U.S.-based connected mobility technology startup, released the world's first software-based 5G NR V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything). Ettifos' technology eclipses that of Qualcomm, the world's largest communication chipset company, by about one year.


South African startup myFanPark merges with Starsona to create a global celebrity engagement platform
Published: 04-12-2020 | 11:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African startup myFanPark has announced its merger with Silicon Valley-based celebrity engagement platform Starsona.


AirDeck raises $3.4m to transform communication, add voice and video narration to documents and presentations online
Published: 02-12-2020 | 14:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AirDeck, Inc., an online platform that helps users create narrated presentations and documents for on-demand viewing, has raised $3.4 million in venture capital funding.


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


Social podcasting startup Bitcast partners with Podcast Notes for joint launch of new iOS clipping app
Published: 11-11-2020 | 13:52:49 | By: Pie Kamau
Los Angeles based social podcasting platform Bitcast has partnered with Podcast Notes, a publisher in the podcast space, for the launch of a new iOS app that lets listeners 'Magically Clip, Collect and Share the best moments in Podcasts'.


Armenian AI startup Podcastle raises $1.75m seed round to create next-gen podcast platform
Published: 05-11-2020 | 14:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Podcastle, a company developing podcast creation tools for amateur and professional podcasters and a streaming platform for listeners, announced a $1.75 million seed funding led by Sierra Ventures.


German startup 4tiitoo launches NUIA Full Focus, smart software for natural eye contact in video calls
Published: 03-11-2020 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Munich-based startup 4tiitoo (forty two), which specializes in gaze control of computers, launched NUIA Full Focus, a software that creates natural eye contact with conversation partners in video calls intelligently and without artificial image adjustments.


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


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


Danish drone startup QuadSAT secures €2 million funding to enhance antenna testing technology
Published: 10-09-2020 | 13:16:02 | By: Bob Koigi
QuadSAT, a Danish company that is revolutionizing test and measurement of satellite antennas, announced has closed a €2 million Pre-Series A Investment, the largest venture investment in a Danish drone tech company in history.


[Startup Interview] Sarah Bauling, Founder, Sarah Bauling, Australia
Published: 24-06-2020 | 12:07:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Sarah Bauling is an Australian startup that offers training on presentation skills, keynote deliveries, customer services and MC services.