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Personio secures $125 million funding as it builds Europe’s top HR platform for SMEs
Published: 20-01-2021 | 12:44:13 | By: Bob Koigi
Personio, the all-in-one HR platform, has announced $125 million of new and preemptive Series D funding in an investment round that values the business at $1.7 billion.


University of Chicago’s Polsky Center launches tech accelerator programme for early-stage startups
Published: 20-01-2021 | 12:39:54 | By: Bob Koigi
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago has launched the Compass, a first-of-its-kind deep tech accelerator program for early-stage startups.


Investcorp acquires SaaS based e-commerce solutions provider Unilog
Published: 20-01-2021 | 12:38:04 | By: Bob Koigi
Investcorp has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Unilog, a Software as a Service (SaaS) based e-commerce solutions provider to small and medium businesses based in the United States.


Cybersecurity startup SecurityGate.io releases product update to help security leaders identify overlooked people, process risks
Published: 19-01-2021 | 14:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SecurityGate.io, a risk management SaaS (Software as a Service) for critical infrastructure cybersecurity, announced the release of their new PPT Insight.


VentureIsrael invests in Israeli startup QuantLR, developer of affordable quantum cryptography solution
Published: 19-01-2021 | 13:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
An Israeli deep tech fund VentureIsrael participated in QuantLR's investment round alongside equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd, as well as Jerusalem's early-stage fund and incubator Labs/02.


AI software startup Simporter raises $600K seed round, adds former Nielsen CEO to Board
Published: 18-01-2021 | 16:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Simporter, a SaaS startup that uses Artificial Intelligence to predict consumer demand for new products, closed a $600,000 seed round led by European accelerator Startup Wise Guys.


Rescale named to Y Combinator's top companies list
Published: 15-01-2021 | 12:00:25 | By: Pie Kamau
Rescale, the hybrid HPC cloud platform enabling intelligent computing for digital R&D, was named to Y Combinator's Top Companies list, reaffirming its position as a power player among startups.


Minna Technologies raises €15.5 million to expand open banking tech to banks globally
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Subscription management software tool Minna Technologies has raised €15.5 million in Series B fundraising led by Element Ventures.


realme promises more products in 2021 as it cements Kenyan market share
Published: 14-01-2021 | 15:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Phone manufacturer realme is promising to grow its Kenyan foothold in 2021 through release of new products, riding on a successful 2020.


Tech startup Drata raises $3.2m in seed funding, launches platform to automate SOC 2 Compliance
Published: 14-01-2021 | 11:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Drata, a next-gen compliance and security automation company, came out of stealth and announced $3.2 million in seed funding led by Cowboy Ventures and participation from Leaders Fund, and SV Angel.


[Startup Interview] Tony Botha, Managing Director, carbonTRACK Africa, South Africa
Published: 14-01-2021 | 08:12:00 | By: Bob Koigi
carbonTRACK Africa is a South Africa technology startup that seeks to create a world where energy is consumed sustainably, shared fairly and empowers all people. The ultimate goal is establishing an energy ecosystem that will close the gap between energy supply and demand.


Delivery Hero launches venture capital fund to drive innovation in food delivery
Published: 13-01-2021 | 14:25:01 | By: Bob Koigi
Delivery Hero, the world’s delivery platform, has announced the launch of DX Ventures, an independently managed early-stage venture capital fund with a focus on investing in disruptive founder-led companies.


Ten biggest startup layoffs in 2020 hit 25,500, Uber leads with 30 per cent, report
Published: 13-01-2021 | 14:17:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that approximately 25,500 jobs have been lost in the top ten largest startup layoffs amid the pandemic. The layoffs were recorded between March 2020 and January 2021.


Orange launches venture capital arm, allocates €350 million
Published: 12-01-2021 | 16:29:44 | By: Bob Koigi
Orange has announced that its venture capital arm, Orange Ventures has become a separate legal entity with an increased allocation of 350 million euros.


Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro goes global to find entrepreneurs set to unlock the smart connected world
Published: 12-01-2021 | 11:07:55 | By: Pie Kamau
Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro announced it has upped the stakes for its annual tech startup pitch-off competition, the Forward Thinker Award, doubling the first-place cash prize to $20,000.


India's Z3Partners announces first close of Tech & Digital Fund, invests in Cyfirma and DealShare startups
Published: 12-01-2021 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Z3Partners Tech Fund announced its First Close of $14 million and its investments in Cyfirma, a Cyber Threat Intelligence Software startup and DealShare, a Social Commerce-led online grocery startup.


Kenyan AI startup Gro Intelligence raises $85m in Series B funding
Published: 12-01-2021 | 09:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan AI-powered insights startup Gro Intelligence announced the raise of $85 million in Series B funding, co-led by Intel Capital, Africa Internet Ventures and the family offices of Ronald Lauder and Eric Zinterhofer.


[Startup Interview] Prof.Yakubu Makeri, Founder, ICYDT, Uganda
Published: 11-01-2021 | 14:41:00 | By: Bob Koigi
International Center for Youth Development on Technopreneurship, ICYDT, is a Uganda startup working on skills development and reduction of poverty among the youth using information technology. The institution’s founder Prof. Yakubu Makeri explains the startup’s business model and plans to launch an online university.


Italy responds to pandemic with 53 innovative startups at 2021 CES
Published: 11-01-2021 | 14:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Against the backdrop of the worst public health crisis in more than a century, the Italian Trade Agency will introduce a new generation of technology startups at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) All Digital from January 11 to 14.


Ntuple launches Korea railroad ticketing system in Google Maps
Published: 11-01-2021 | 14:30:45 | By: Bob Koigi
Ntuple, a South Korean tech startup that focuses on backend technology has announced that it launched the Korea railroad ticketing service ‘ga-G’ in Google maps.


Hootsuite acquires digital customer engagement platform Sparkcentral
Published: 08-01-2021 | 10:13:46 | By: Bob Koigi
Hootsuite has announced its acquisition of Sparkcentral, a SaaS provider enabling the future of digital customer engagement.


Allobee secures funding to grow women-led tech platform for small businesses and startups
Published: 07-01-2021 | 09:18:52 | By: Bob Koigi
Allobee, a managed marketplace for small businesses and startups, has announced that it has secured $500K in a funding round led by Stargazer Ventures and a network of angel investors to further support the company's rapid growth.


Dallas startup mindzie secures $2.3m in seed round for expansion
Published: 06-01-2021 | 12:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dallas startup mindzie, provider of business process optimization software, announced its Seed Capital raise of $2.3 million, to support the company's growth ambitions, the further development of its software platform the mindzie studio.


US job marketplace startup Ajuma Technologies set to launch in West Africa
Published: 05-01-2021 | 10:43:00 | By: Bob Koigi
American and Ghana tech startup Ajuma Technologies, Ltd. has announced their plans to launch in early 2021.


Southeast Asia logistics startup Zeek secures $10 million financing for expansion
Published: 04-01-2021 | 13:35:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Zeek, the Southeast Asia-focused logistics technology startup, announced has secured approximately $10 million in Series Pre-A financing from regional strategic investors and investment funds.


Video template platform Biteable raises $7 million funding to grow global customer base
Published: 04-01-2021 | 13:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Biteable, an online video builder has raised $7 million in venture funding led by Cloud Apps Capital Partners.


realme reaches a record 50 million global shipments
Published: 31-12-2020 | 08:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
As phone maker realme continues to break record by being among the few brands to have unveiled six new smartphones and AIot products in the Kenyan markets within four months, Kenyans consumers have responded with an appetite for the novel products.


Storyboard secures $4.5 million financing to bring consumer podcast boom to the enterprise
Published: 23-12-2020 | 13:38:09 | By: Bob Koigi
Storyboard, the enterprise podcast and audio platform, has announced the closing of $4.5 million in seed funding led by CRV.


Heathtech startup Blueprint secures $3.4m to empower mental health clinicians provide data-driven patient care
Published: 18-12-2020 | 12:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Blueprint, the software company helping mental health clinicians deliver more effective, efficient, and personalized results through measurement-based care, announced a $3.4 million seed round led by Bonfire Ventures.


Social impact startup Deed announces $2m fundraise, launch of SaaS technology for brands
Published: 18-12-2020 | 11:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Social impact platform Deed announced a $2 million seed round and the launch of its SaaS technology for brands. Launch partners include Stripe and Sweetgreen, among other trailblazing and legacy companies.


Plug and Play partners with SEDA to establish first-mile innovation hub in Savannah, GA
Published: 17-12-2020 | 16:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play, the Silicon Valley based venture capital firm and corporate innovation platform, announced its partnership with the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) to establish a First-Mile Logistics innovation hub in Savannah, GA.


GSVlabs rebrands to OneValley to help startup communities pivot online
Published: 17-12-2020 | 15:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
GSVlabs has rebranded as OneValley following the unprecedented growth of Passport, its online platform that expands access to the resources and connections traditionally found in Silicon Valley to innovators anywhere in the world.


Australian AI startup HIVERY partners with JR East Water Business to optimize vending machines in Japan
Published: 16-12-2020 | 15:52:24 | By: Pie Kamau
Retail AI pioneer, HIVERY and JR East Water Business, have agreed to rollout HIVERY Enhance, an AI-driven vending machine optimization solution, to 6,000 vending machines across East Japan Railway's train stations.


54gene, Kobo360, myFanPark, Sokowatch among 12 startups to win AppsAfrica Awards 2020
Published: 16-12-2020 | 15:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
54gene, Kobo360, myFanPark and Sokowatch have been named among the 12 winners of AppsAfrica Awards 2020. The awards celebrates the best startups in mobile and tech from across Africa.


Minnesota-based healthtech startup Ōmcare raises $2.5m for commercialization
Published: 16-12-2020 | 14:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ōmcare, a Minnesota-based digital health company, announced a $2.5 million investment along with future follow-on investments for its Ōmcare Home Health Hub commercialization.


South Africa agritech startup Aerobotics raises funds for global expansion
Published: 16-12-2020 | 09:05:40 | By: Bob Koigi
FMO and Cathay AfricInvest Innovation have invested in Aerobotics, a South African AgriTech startup developing intelligent tools to the feed the world.


African startup StarNews Mobile secures first funding from Investisseurs & Partenaires
Published: 15-12-2020 | 14:34:32 | By: Pie Kamau
African startup StarNews Mobile, specialized in the field of mobile video, achieved its first fundraising with Investisseurs & Partenaires, a pioneering impact investing group dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Healthtech startup Ilara Health raises $3.75m to provide life-saving diagnostics across sub-Saharan Africa
Published: 15-12-2020 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ilara Health, a healthtech startup focused on bringing essential, affordable and life-saving diagnostics to African consumers, raised $3.75 million in Series A funding to expand its diagnostic reach across the continent.


[Startup Interview] James Adebisi, Founder, Xpora Academy, Nigeria
Published: 15-12-2020 | 09:41:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Xpora Academy is a Nigeria-based e-learning platform that equips the youth with in-demand digital skills relevant to the present and future of work.


HexGn, AFRIEF launch startup program to accelerate African youth careers
Published: 15-12-2020 | 08:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HexGn, a consulting firm known for fast-tracking entrepreneurship and upcoming technologies globally, has joined hands with the Africa Islamic Economic Foundation (AFRIEF), to launch its flagship startup program, HexGn Startup Explore, in Africa.


Smart video interview startup raises $5m to bring recruitment process into the video age
Published: 14-12-2020 | 16:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
myInterview, a smart video interview platform prioritizing personality in the hiring process, announced a $5 million Seed round led by Aleph, with participation from previous investors Entrée Capital and SeedIL Ventures.


Danish legaltech startup Contractbook raises $9.4m to accelerate data-driven document automation
Published: 14-12-2020 | 16:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Contractbook, a legal tech automation company based in Copenhagen, Denmark, announced it has closed on a $9.4 million Series A investment round, led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from existing investors.


New York-based proptech startup Stuf raises $1.8m to reimagine self-storage for modern users
Published: 14-12-2020 | 15:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Self-storage startup Stuf raised $1.8 million in seed funding led by Wilshire Lane Partners and Harlem Capital, to accelerate company's first mover advantage in monetizing underutilized real estate.


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


Cybersecurity startup Kapalya closes seed funding round to further enhance its Encryption Management Platform
Published: 11-12-2020 | 15:07:15 | By: Pie Kamau
Kapalya, an enterprise grade cybersecurity startup, closed seed funding round led by Caltrop Holdings, a global holdings company, headquartered in Irvine, California, USA.


Plug and Play launches new office in Chicago, Illinois
Published: 11-12-2020 | 13:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global innovation platform, Plug and Play, announced its newest location in Chicago, Illinois, to focus on connecting startups, corporations, and investors working on innovating the food and beverage industry.


Remote work startup Turing.com announces $32m Series B financing
Published: 11-12-2020 | 13:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Turing.com, an automated platform that lets companies hire Silicon Valley caliber remote developers at the touch of a button, announced a $32-million Series B funding round led by $3.3-billion fund WestBridge Capital.


Industrial AI solutions startup MakinaRocks joins NVIDIA Inception
Published: 11-12-2020 | 12:42:40 | By: Pie Kamau
MakinaRocks, a startup based in Seoul and Silicon Valley, specializes in the emerging field of industrial AI software with a primary focus on anomaly detection and intelligent control technology.


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.


Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360, IFC invite for innovative cooling solution projects in Nigeria
Published: 09-12-2020 | 08:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with Kobo360, an African digital logistics platform, announced an open call for innovators from around the world to bring climate-smart, temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) cooling solutions to Nigeria.


Canadian medtech startup Kenota Health raises $11m to bring point-of-care allergy testing to healthcare clinics
Published: 08-12-2020 | 13:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenota Health, an innovative medical technology company based in Canada, has raised $11 million in funding with the aim of providing rapid and reliable allergy testing for physicians to test and treat more patients within a single clinic visit.


Healthcare startup Centivo raises $34m to help employers deliver affordable, high-quality healthcare to their employees
Published: 08-12-2020 | 13:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Centivo, a new type of digital health plan that is built to save 15% or more compared with traditional insurance carriers and is easy to use for employers and employees, announced it has raised $34 million in Series B funding.


Cybersecurity startup Intezer launches community edition of Intezer Protect
Published: 08-12-2020 | 12:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cybersecurity startup, Intezer, launched the free community edition of Intezer Protect, a runtime Cloud Workload Protection Platform (CWPP).


Trint raises £5 million to build StoryTech, a new software category
Published: 08-12-2020 | 11:05:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Trint, a UK speech-to-text platform for content creation, has announced the close of its Series A Acceleration round with an investment of £5 million.


South Korean blockchain e-contract startup FirmaChain announces partnership with DTT Alliance
Published: 07-12-2020 | 19:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South Korea based FirmaChain, a blockchain-based global electronic contract platform, announced it has joined the DTT Alliance (Decentralized Trusted Timestamping Alliance).


Cincinnati-based startup Pay Theory launches new purpose-built payment solution for education
Published: 07-12-2020 | 19:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pay Theory, a Cincinnati-based startup, launched a new payment processing platform with the mission of making school fees and payments straightforward for all involved parties: families, educators, and administrators.


Nigerian Fintech startup CredPal raises $1.5m funding round
Published: 07-12-2020 | 19:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian consumer credit startup CredPal raised a $1.5million funding round, as the startup prepares to launch its credit cards for consumers in Nigeria.


South African tech startup LetMeIn.to raises R2.2m to scale its visitor and access management platform
Published: 07-12-2020 | 19:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African tech startup LetMeIn.to raised R2.2 million in funding from an undisclosed impact investor to scale up and expand its visitor and access management platform.


Climatetrade announces partnership with Algorand and Investment from Borderless Capital
Published: 04-12-2020 | 14:08:23 | By: Pie Kamau
Climatetrade, a blockchain-marketplace for CO2 carbon offsetting, announced it will leverage the Algorand, a scalable, secure and decentralized digital blockchain technology network to bring its technology to the next level.


Scale Venture Partners announces close of new $600m fund
Published: 04-12-2020 | 13:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Scale Venture Partners announced it has closed Scale Venture Partners Fund VII with $600 million in committed capital.


Cinch Home Services partners with insurance technology startup GloveBox to simplify home management
Published: 04-12-2020 | 13:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cinch Home Services (Cinch), provider of home service solutions, has partnered with GloveBox, an insurance technology that allows policyholders to manage all of their insurance in a single, centralized digital platform.


AI-powered home maintenance startup Dobby secures $1.7m in seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 04-12-2020 | 13:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dobby, an AI-powered home maintenance platform announced its seed capital raise of $1.7 million, to strengthen the company's growth initiatives.


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.


Datawords, French startup FACIL'iti join forces to promote digital inclusion
Published: 03-12-2020 | 15:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Datawords Group, a global leader in multicultural technologies, announced the launch of a partnership with FACIL'iti, a French startup offering digital inclusion solution capable of adapting the display of a website to the needs of each internet user.


Mexican gig worker startup Heru raises $1.7m in seed financing
Published: 03-12-2020 | 15:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Heru, a new startup that provides the first comprehensive digital worker service platform in Mexico, announced it has raised a $1.7 million pre-seed venture financing.


Tech startup Fylamynt launches with $6.5m seed to automate cloud workflows
Published: 03-12-2020 | 14:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fylamynt, a cloud automation platform, announced its launch with $6.5 million in seed funding led by Gradient Ventures, Google's AI-focused fund, with additional investment from Mango Capital and Point72 Ventures.


TechnoServe forum to point micro retailers to sustainable digital solutions
Published: 03-12-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
International nonprofit economic development organization TechnoServe is partnering with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), to host the 4th Virtual Micro Retail Stakeholder Forum.


Cloud-based startup Segmed raises $2m to advance dataset sharing for medical AI
Published: 02-12-2020 | 15:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Segmed, a cloud-based platform that curates medical data by anonymizing, standardizing and labeling, to accelerate innovation in healthcare, closed $2 million dollars in seed funding led by Blumberg Capital.


Atento's innovation hub launches startup accelerator program and open innovation platform in the U.S
Published: 02-12-2020 | 14:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Atento, the largest customer relationship management and business process outsourcing services provider in Latin America, and among the top five companies globally, announced the launch of two programs within the Company's Innovation Hub.


Dutch cyber security startup EclecticIQ raises €20m Series C funding for expansion
Published: 01-12-2020 | 11:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
EclecticIQ, a global threat intelligence, hunting and response technology provider, has raised €20 million in Series C financing, led by Ace Management, Europe's leading cyber growth investor.


Community app Malaeb joins MENA's sportstech accelerator, Vooora
Published: 01-12-2020 | 07:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vooora Ventures, the first SportsTech Accelerator in MENA, powered by Kooora.com, the digital sports platform in the Arab World, signed an acceleration partnership agreement with Malaeb, a community app that connects people through sports.


Biometrics startup Levels raises $12m seed round to mainstream Biowearables, improve metabolic health
Published: 30-11-2020 | 15:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Levels, the first biowearable system to provide real-time feedback on how your diet impacts your health announced a $12 million seed round led by a16z, one of Silicon Valley's top venture capital firms.


CerraCap Ventures, Exfinity Venture Partners join forces for new growth
Published: 30-11-2020 | 13:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CerraCap Ventures and Exfinity Venture Partners announced their global strategic partnership integrating CerraCap's unique Sales & Scale model with Exfinity's stated vision helping develop global enterprise startups leveraging the Indo-US corridor.


25 African tech startups qualify for Seedstars regional competition
Published: 30-11-2020 | 13:27:39 | By: Pie Kamau
25 African tech startups have qualified for the Seedstars World Competition 2020. The startups are among the 94 from emerging markets that were selected to advance to the regional stage of the competition.


South Korean AI startup lululab secures Series B funding led by Netmarble
Published: 30-11-2020 | 13:18:39 | By: Pie Kamau
AI startup lululab, a member company of Born2Global Centre, has successfully attracted Series B funding from Netmarble, Korea's leading game developer, as well as from other companies.


Life science startup Correlia Biosystems closes $7m Series A to enable product launch
Published: 25-11-2020 | 15:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Correlia Biosystems, a Berkeley, CA based life science startup, announced it has closed a $7 million Series A financing round with select global investors.


Early-stage venture firm MGV Capital announces initial closing of its new Capital Fund
Published: 25-11-2020 | 15:09:42 | By: Pie Kamau
Early-stage venture capital firm, MGV Capital Group, announced it has held an initial closing of its new fund, MGV Capital Fund, to invest in early stage software technology companies.


Equinix invests $55m to build its third data center in Osaka, Japan
Published: 25-11-2020 | 14:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Equinix, the world's digital infrastructure company, announced an initial investment of $55 million to build its third International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Osaka, Japan.


Kilimall targets Kenyan smartphone customers with discounts on realme brands
Published: 25-11-2020 | 13:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenya’s online shopping platform Kilimall has announced the flash sale of three flagship realme smartphones on Friday 27 November 2020 as part of Black Friday.


Contour Venture Partners closes oversubscribed $82m fourth seed fund
Published: 24-11-2020 | 13:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Contour Venture Partners, a New York City based seed stage venture capital firm, announced the closing of Contour Venture Partners IV with $82 million of capital commitments, exceeding its target of $75 million.


Singapore-based Plano wins world's most innovative healthtech startup
Published: 24-11-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Up against 64 global healthtech startups, Plano has emerged as the winner of Galen Growth's World's Most Innovative Healthtech Startup 2020 Award.


Biotech startup Mekonos raises $4.6m for its gene engineering platform
Published: 24-11-2020 | 12:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mekonos, a biotech company launching the first-of-its kind system-on-a-chip (SoC) for targeted ex vivo gene engineering, announced it has completed a $4.6 million financing round.


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


African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises $30m backed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Published: 23-11-2020 | 15:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
African fintech startup Chipper Cash has secured a $30 million Series B funding round led by Ribbit Capital with participation of Bezos Expeditions, the personal venture capital fund of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.


South African fintech startup Ukheshe to acquire Oltio, strengthens partnership with Mastercard
Published: 23-11-2020 | 07:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech startup Ukheshe announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Oltio, a mobile technology company that developed Mastercard’s QR payment service Masterpass in South Africa.


Kwik Delivery startup partners with Total on e-commerce fulfilment and delivery service in Nigeria
Published: 23-11-2020 | 07:44:26 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian e-commerce startup Kwik Delivery has partnered with Total Nigeria, to develop an e-commerce fulfilment and delivery service in Nigeria.


Venture Noire announces second fundraising cycle to support minority owned businesses
Published: 20-11-2020 | 13:18:50 | By: Pie Kamau
Venture Noire, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Black and minority entrepreneurs, announced the completion of its initial program funded by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.


South Korea's StradVision joins NVIDIA Inception program as premier partner
Published: 20-11-2020 | 12:59:59 | By: Pie Kamau
StradVision has joined NVIDIA Inception, a virtual accelerator program designed to nurture companies that are revolutionizing industries with advancements in AI and data sciences.


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


African tech startups secure funding from Orange Ventures MEA Seed Challenge
Published: 19-11-2020 | 11:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Six African tech startups and one Jordanian startup have secured funding from Orange Ventures Africa & Middle East.


Porsche Ventures invests in AI startup Drivably's breakthrough inventory technology
Published: 18-11-2020 | 14:28:47 | By: Pie Kamau
Drivably, an advanced AI company that helps dealers acquire private party inventory from the right markets at the right price, has received an investment from Porsche Ventures to help Drivably further develop its technology and expand its footprint.


Contentsquare unveils incubator accelerator programme to fuel growth of data-driven startups
Published: 18-11-2020 | 13:10:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Digital experience analytics player Contentsquare has launched its first incubator-accelerator programme, Atomic Labs.


Techstars launches sustainability challenge
Published: 18-11-2020 | 13:02:25 | By: Bob Koigi
Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, has announced it is accepting entries for the Techstars Sustainability Challenge from anyone with ideas for how to reduce the significant toll global supply chains have on the environment.


South Africa's MetroFibre Networx completes new capital raise from AIIM and STOA
Published: 18-11-2020 | 11:25:26 | By: Pie Kamau
African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), Africa’s infrastructure-focused private equity fund managers, has acquired a minority equity stake in MetroFibre Networx, a South African open access fibre network operator.


Ibnsina Pharma acquires 75% stake in Egyptian health and beauty products startup 3elagi
Published: 18-11-2020 | 10:25:12 | By: Pie Kamau
Ibnsina Pharma signed an agreement to acquire 75% stake in Egyptian health and beauty products startup 3elagi Tech, a platform that links pharmacies with patients to order medicines and cosmetics online.


Readout Health startup partners with Apollo Health for management of neurodegenerative disease
Published: 17-11-2020 | 14:10:20 | By: Pie Kamau
Readout Health, a digital biomarker startup, announced partnership with Apollo Health, a health technology leader in neurodegenerative medicine.


UAE fintech startup Sarwa unveils next gen Sarwa X, announces partnership with Saxo Bank
Published: 17-11-2020 | 13:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Sarwa, online investment advisory platform for young professionals has unveiled its next-generation Sarwa X, a new product powered by a strategic partnership with Saxo Bank, a Fintech and Regtech specialist focused on multi-asset trading and investment.


Burges Karkaria joins AI startup Censia as CTO
Published: 17-11-2020 | 12:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Burges Karkaria, former Chief Technology Officer of Enterprise at Intel Corporation, has joined Bay Area startup Censia, a provider of talent intelligence, recruiting and workforce management technology, as CTO.


realme announces official sale of realme C12 in Kenya
Published: 17-11-2020 | 12:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Smartphone manufacturer realme has partnered with online shops like Kilimall and other offline platforms for the sale of realme C12 which was launched in Kenya last week alongside realme 7i.


[Startup Interview] Jon Cooper, CEO, Life.io, USA
Published: 17-11-2020 | 12:14:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Life.io is a US-based startup that helps companies accelerate the development of their end-to-end digital client experience with the Life.io Solution Suite: Grow, Engage and Empower. Jon Cooper the startup’s co-founder and CEO elaborates.


Bridge for Billions launches Global Investors Network to connect entrepreneurs with investment opportunities
Published: 16-11-2020 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bridge for Billions has launched its Global Investors Network, which aims to help make the investment ecosystem accessible to all promising purpose-driven ventures.


Africa-focused VC fund Outlierz Ventures invests in three Nigeria startups
Published: 16-11-2020 | 12:56:28 | By: Pie Kamau
Africa-focused Morocco-based B2B VC fund Outlierz Ventures has announced new investments into three Nigerian startups - Bamboo, Youverify and Healthlane.


AI Media Group launches Africa’s first AI-focused free investment matchmaking service for African startups
Published: 16-11-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The AI Media Group has launched The Deal Room, Africa’s first artificial intelligence (AI) focused, free investment matchmaking service which aims to connect African AI focused startups to interested investors and venture capitalists (VCs).


Bentley Systems commits $100m venture funding to accelerate infrastructure digital twins
Published: 13-11-2020 | 14:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bentley Systems, the infrastructure engineering software company, announced the establishment of Bentley iTwin Ventures to invest in promising technology companies addressing the emerging opportunity for infrastructure digital twin solutions.


Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program supports emerging companies to drive innovation
Published: 13-11-2020 | 11:39:07 | By: Pie Kamau
Blackbaud, cloud software company powering social good, is accepting applications for the Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program, a unique, yearlong program designed to drive innovation.


Digital investment platform Clim8 smashes target for latest funding campaign by 600%
Published: 13-11-2020 | 11:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
As interest in sustainable investing continues to grow apace, Clim8 Invest (Clim8), a digital investment platform that help consumers invest exclusively in companies focused on tackling the climate crisis, has raised a further £2.4 million in funding.


Industrial software startup Aperio Systems secures $8.5 million funding to scale operations
Published: 12-11-2020 | 14:35:59 | By: Bob Koigi
Industrial IoT Data Integrity Market startup Aperio Systems has announced the close of an $8.5 million Series A funding round led by National Grid Partners.


British fintech startup ilumoni raises $450,000 to transform borrowing behaviours, help people repay debt
Published: 12-11-2020 | 13:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ilumoni, the fintech startup helping people to borrow better, save on unnecessary interest and time in paying off debts has raised $450,000 pre-seed investment backed by Move Ventures.


Tech startup Roots Automation secures $3.2m to expand AI capabilities, accelerate customer acquisition
Published: 12-11-2020 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Roots Automation, the NYC-based Digital Coworkers as a Service company, has raised a $3.2 million seed round led by Vestigo Ventures.


Remote selling startup Demoflow secures $1.6 m seed round to build additional key product features
Published: 11-11-2020 | 14:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Collaborative remote selling platform Demoflow announced its Seed Capital raise of $1.6 million led by FirstMile Ventures with other major participants including Slack Fund, RTP Seed, Next Frontier Capital and Heroic Ventures.


Former Bitcoin.com CEO launches Sonic Capital, Asia's first tokenized venture investment fund
Published: 10-11-2020 | 12:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Former Bitcoin.com CEO Stefan Rust announced the launch of Sonic Capital, Asia's first venture capital and impact investment fund to be tokenized on the blockchain.


[Startup Interview] Almasi Ndangili, Founder, Imarisha East Africa Productions, Kenya
Published: 10-11-2020 | 11:57:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Almasi Ndangili is the founder of Imarisha East Africa Productions Ltd, a Kenya-based talent academy promoting education through edutainment. The startup has invested in TV Shows, event organization, book launches, talent development, TV Script writing, Africanized animations, digital publishing and branding.


Accenture launches investment programme for emerging tech software startups
Published: 10-11-2020 | 11:52:48 | By: Bob Koigi
Accenture has launched a new immersive engagement and investment program targeting emerging technology software startups to help fill strategic innovation gaps for the Global 2000.


Tech startup Cellwize secures $32m Series B financing to expand its global footprint
Published: 10-11-2020 | 11:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cellwize, a global leader in mobile network automation and orchestration, announced a $32 million Series B funding round in its parent company, Cellwize Wireless Technologies, led by Intel Capital and Qualcomm Ventures.


Launch of realme 7i and reame C12 heralds new dawn for Kenyan smartphone industry
Published: 10-11-2020 | 10:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Riding on the warm reception its flagship products continue to receive among Kenyan customers, smartphone manufacturer realme has launched realme C12 and realme 7i in Kenya.


Israeli cybersecurity startup ReSec Technologies raises $4m Series A funding for expansion
Published: 10-11-2020 | 09:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ReSec Technologies, a cyber security company that protects organizations from file-based malware threats, announced the completion of its $4 million Series A round of financing.


Mastercard co-innovates with 10 new fintechs to reshape the future of commerce
Published: 10-11-2020 | 07:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mastercard has welcomed 10 fintechs from around the world to participate in its startup engagement program, Start Path, to scale the future of commerce.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara launches Customer Success Traineeship Program for university graduates
Published: 09-11-2020 | 15:24:05 | By: Pie Kamau
Kwara, a digital banking platform in Kenya announced the launch of a Customer Success Traineeship Program. The program is part of the company’s broader agenda to build capacity for rising young Kenyan professionals.


Swedish fintech startup Payer launches beta test program to revolutionize customer registration in B2B e-commerce
Published: 09-11-2020 | 14:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Financial Services startup Payer has developed a new registration product that revolutionizes how customer relationships are made between companies online.


Nigerian HR startup SeamlessHR raises seven-figure funding to expand across Africa
Published: 09-11-2020 | 09:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigeria’s HR startup SeamlessHR has closed a seven-figure deal as it seeks to expand across other African markets.


African startups more investible now than ever
Published: 09-11-2020 | 09:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Africa’s startups have never been more investible than now. There is a growing number of professional ‘super angels’ involved in record-breaking deals, and private equity investments have doubled since last year.


Mohammed VI Polytechnic University partners with Plug and Play to launch accelerator programme in Morocco
Published: 09-11-2020 | 09:13:33 | By: Pie Kamau
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), an academic and research institution, has partnered with global innovation platform, Plug and Play, to launch an Open Innovation Hub in Morocco, with the support of OCP Group.


Swiss biotech startup Memo Therapeutics raises €13.9m to support clinical development of potent antibodies
Published: 06-11-2020 | 14:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swiss biotech startup Memo Therapeutics AG, an innovator in the field of antibody discovery and immune repertoire analysis, announced it has raised €13.9 million in Series B financing.


Kenyan agritech startup Farmers Pride raises $220k funding from Gray Matters Capital’s coLABS
Published: 06-11-2020 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
US-based impact investor Gray Matters Capital announced its funding in Kenya's agritech startup Farmers Pride, a one stop e-commerce platform that connects village level farmers to quality inputs, services and information.


realme C12 and realme 7i set for simultaneous launch
Published: 06-11-2020 | 10:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Buoyed by the growing popularity realme smartphones continue to enjoy in the Kenyan market in recent months, the phone manufacturer has announced the simultaneous launch of realme C12 and realme 7i.


Paxful partners with African fintech startup Uhuru Wallet to ease money transfers
Published: 04-11-2020 | 11:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Crypto marketplace Paxful announced it is adding Uhuru Wallet as a payment method to its platform, to help provide easy access to the crypto economy for users in Southern Africa.


Human API startup raises over $20m funding to scale consumer-controlled health data ecosystem
Published: 04-11-2020 | 11:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Human API, company empowering consumers to connect and share electronic health data with companies they trust, announced it has raised over $20 million in Series C funding, to scale consumer-controlled health data ecosystem.


Travel booking startup Tripbnb.com uses AI to link travelers and accommodation quickly
Published: 04-11-2020 | 10:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Taiwanese travel booking startup Tripbnb.com is helping domestic accommodation providers draw up new business strategies and the country's travel industry had to enhance their technical standards with AI-based systems.


AI startup ATLAN Space raises $1m Series A funding from Maroc Numeric Fund II for expansion
Published: 04-11-2020 | 09:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Aerial vehicle Artificial Intelligence startup ATLAN Space has raised $1m Series A funding from Maroc Numeric Fund II with participation from Hilmi Law Firm and Cadex Group, for business expansion.


Nigerian CcHUB acquires Kenyan edTech startup eLimu
Published: 04-11-2020 | 08:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenya’s technology Incubation and Accelerator space iHub owned by Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) has announced the acquisition of edtech startup and digital educational content provider eLimu.


Imperial partners with Kenyan logistic startup Lori Systems to expand e-logistics technology solutions across Africa
Published: 04-11-2020 | 08:37:29 | By: Pie Kamau
Imperial, an African and European-focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solutions, announced an investment in and partnership with Lori Systems to expand its cutting-edge e-logistics technology solutions across Africa.


[Startup Interview] Joris van Lierop, founder, The Content Exchange, Netherlands
Published: 03-11-2020 | 06:37:00 | By: Bob Koigi
The Content Exchange is a Dutch startup that targets editors, publishers and freelancers by offering them a content market place where they can do business with each other directly. The startup’s founder Joris van Lierop explains.


Fintech startup ORSNN launches whole-loan trading platform to beta
Published: 02-11-2020 | 15:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ORSNN, a fintech startup that builds end-to-end solutions for managing and trading loan portfolios, launched a private beta platform that provides financial institutions with a low-cost, transparent, and automated loan-trading system.


Nestlé USA acquires food delivery startup Freshly
Published: 02-11-2020 | 15:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nestlé announced it has acquired food delivery startup Freshly, fresh-prepared meal delivery services in the U.S. The deal values Freshly at $950 million, with potential earnouts up to $550 million contingent to the successful growth of the business.


MENA healthtech startup Vezeeta expands into Kenya
Published: 02-11-2020 | 14:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) healthtech startup Vezeeta has expanded its footprint into Kenya by launching a platform that will enable Kenyans access doctors from their smart phones.


Tech startup SKAEL receives $4.1m seed funding round to fuel next generation hyperautomation technology
Published: 30-10-2020 | 15:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SKAEL, San Francisco-based technology company offering automation platform for creating and deploying digital employees, has secured $4.1 million in a seed funding round.


SUMA Wealth launches transformative financial inclusion platform targeting Latino community
Published: 30-10-2020 | 14:16:47 | By: Pie Kamau
SUMA Wealth launched its platform to engage, educate and empower U.S.-born Millennial Latinos, a community vital to the U.S. economy, in their fight for financial inclusion.


Curve Health raises $6m seed round, hires healthcare technology CEO, Rob MacNaughton
Published: 30-10-2020 | 13:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Curve Health, a company that delivers connected senior care via a platform that combines telemedicine, smart billing, health information exchange, and predictive analytics, announced a $6 million seed round


Fintech startup PAYMYNT Financial announces patent-pending Universal Payment Rewards System
Published: 30-10-2020 | 12:39:30 | By: Pie Kamau
PAYMYNT Financial, a Greater Boston-based financial technology company, filed a patent application for its novel Universal Rewards System.


BrokerTech Ventures accelerator opens for 2021 cohort applications
Published: 29-10-2020 | 12:29:55 | By: Pie Kamau
BrokerTech Ventures, first broker-led convening platform and accelerator focused on delivering innovation to the insurance broker industry, has opened the application window for its 2021 BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator program.


Tech startup KēlaHealth raises $12.9m to deliver AI-powered, clinician-centered solutions to improve surgical care
Published: 28-10-2020 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
KēlaHealth, announced the closing of a $2.9 million Seed financing and milestone-based $10 million Series A financing led by Santé Ventures and Intuitive Ventures.


kathy ireland Worldwide expands health advocacy through partnership with tech startup mymedicalimages.com
Published: 28-10-2020 | 13:38:53 | By: Pie Kamau
Medical imaging technology startup mymedicalimages.com has partnered with kathy ireland Worldwide (kiWW) for a new, cutting-edge patient-centric medical image sharing platform.


PVH Corp backed startup HATCH signs HAVAIANAS as first customer to license its Digital Showroom software
Published: 27-10-2020 | 14:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Innovative startup HATCH, backed by PVH Corp., owner of a portfolio of iconic brands including TOMMY HILFIGER and Calvin Klein, has signed the globally renowned flip flop brand HAVAIANAS as its first customer to license its Digital Showroom software.


Tel Aviv-based startup Deci raises $9.1m to craft next generation of AI
Published: 27-10-2020 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Deci, deep learning company dedicated to transforming the AI lifecycle has raised $9.1 million in a seed round led by Israel-based VC firm Emerge and global VC fund Square Peg.


AI startup Skan secures $14m to expand AI-driven process discovery for enterprise digital transformation
Published: 27-10-2020 | 13:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Skan, AI-enabled process discovery and operational intelligence company, announced the close of a $14 million Series A funding round to strengthen its product platform and scale operations.


Security startup StackHawk raises $10m Series A funding to put application security in the hands of developers
Published: 27-10-2020 | 13:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Application security startup StackHawk has raised a $10 million in Series A funding, pre-emptive, oversubscribed round led by Sapphire Ventures.


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


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


Insurtech startup Next Insurance and Intuit QuickBooks integrate to provide seamless coverage for small businesses
Published: 26-10-2020 | 16:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Next Insurance, digital insurtech company transforming small business insurance and Intuit have teamed up to simplify the insurance purchasing process for millions of small businesses.


Resurface Labs secures seed financing to fuel the democratization of user-centric API monitoring
Published: 26-10-2020 | 15:24:40 | By: Pie Kamau
Resurface Labs, provider of user-centric API monitoring software to help organizations fix application issues faster, improve customer experience, and drive revenue recovery, closed its $2 million seed round.


Dutch tech startup Avy completes successful test flight with first solar fixed-wing drone
Published: 23-10-2020 | 11:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Dutch solar drone manufacturer Avy announced a successful test flight of its first solar fixed-wing drone, equipped with custom solar foil developed by Wattlab to reflect and absorb more sunlight.


Dutch fintech startup Silverflow raises €3m to launch its card payments processing technology in 2021
Published: 23-10-2020 | 10:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global payment technology company Silverflow announced a €2.6 million seed funding round, led by UK-based seed-stage investor Crane Venture Partners with participation from INKEF Capital and notable angel investors and industry leaders


Madison-based AI startup DataChat closes $4m seed round to accelerate democratization of data analytics
Published: 23-10-2020 | 10:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DataChat, a University of Wisconsin-Madison spinout with a sophisticated yet intuitive data analytics platform announced the closing of a $4 million seed funding round led by Silicon Valley venture capital firms WRVI Capital and Nepenthe Capital.


Plug and Play partners with Evergy to foster new relationships, innovation in Topeka
Published: 23-10-2020 | 10:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global innovation platform Plug and Play announced that Evergy will be a founding partner for its Topeka location, which is centered around animal health and agriculture technology


U.S. tech startup Ware raises $2.5m to advance warehouse innovation, drone technology
Published: 23-10-2020 | 10:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ware, a technology startup deploying autonomous drones for warehouse inventory counting closed $2.5 million in seed-round funding, led by UP Partners.


Nufarm, German agritech startup CROP.ZONE partner for alternative weed control across European markets
Published: 22-10-2020 | 11:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Australian crop protection and specialty seed company Nufarm and the German agritech startup CROP.ZONE have partnered to launch Nufarm's and CROP.ZONE's hybrid herbicide solutions across major European markets.


New York healthtech startup Ezra receives FDA clearance for prostate cancer AI
Published: 22-10-2020 | 11:22:01 | By: Pie Kamau
Ezra, healthtech startup transforming early cancer screening using MRI, announced it has received FDA 510(k) premarket authorization for its Artificial Intelligence, designed to decrease the cost of MRI-based cancer screening.


Halcyon, AWS launch program to advance early-stage women-founded social enterprise tech startups in Bahrain
Published: 22-10-2020 | 11:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Halcyon announced the launch of an intensive incubator program for early-stage women-founded social enterprise tech startups based in Bahrain, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS).


Digital payments startup Wirex launches waitlist for multicurrency Mastercard debit card
Published: 22-10-2020 | 10:36:08 | By: Pie Kamau
London-based digital payments startup Wirex has launched the waitlist for a new multicurrency Mastercard debit card, just days after its record-breaking crowdfunding campaign came to a close, raising £3.7 million in 2 weeks.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


[Startup Interview] Muhammed Haleel, Founder, Expatriates.io, India
Published: 09-10-2020 | 16:50:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Indian-based startup Expatriates.io sells premium job posting and resume features to employers and companies. Its website has established a footprint in 249 countries. Muhammed Haleel the company’s founder explains the business model.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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