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Workflow startup Symbolic Frameworks launches from stealth to debut Protagonist, a visual and collaborative decision-making app
Published: 23-07-2021 | 16:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Symbolic Frameworks (Symbolic), a provider of workflow applications that help make idea generation, decision making, and prioritization more collaborative, faster and higher quality, is launching from stealth.


Hospitality tech startup Bbot raises $15m Series A to expand platform capabilities, improve support for restaurants
Published: 23-07-2021 | 15:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bbot, a hospitality tech startup dedicated to simplifying and improving the ordering and payments process for restaurants, announced $15 million in Series A funding led by CRV.


San Diego Angel Conference activates $1.7m in funding of innovative startups
Published: 23-07-2021 | 15:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
San Diego Angel Conference (SDAC), has reached a significant milestone by collectively helping to raise $1.7 million for U.S. companies in the first six months of 2021.


Oxford Foundry partners with FMDQ Private Markets to accelerate Nigeria’s startup ecosystem
Published: 23-07-2021 | 15:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Oxford Foundry and FMDQ Private Markets have launched a global partnership to accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s startup ecosystem.


Canadian tech startup Edgehog secures $1.25m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 22-07-2021 | 12:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Edgehog Advanced Technologies, developer of the world's best nanotextured, omni-directional, anti-reflective glass, announced the first closing of $1.25 million of its $2.5 million seed capital raise.


South Florida-based Ocean Azul Partners closes Fund II at over $40m
Published: 22-07-2021 | 12:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South Florida-based Ocean Azul Partners announced it has completed fundraising for its second fund with total commitments exceeding $40 million.


DLA Piper advises 4G Clinical in $230m growth equity investment from Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Published: 22-07-2021 | 12:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
DLA Piper represented 4G Clinical, a cutting-edge randomization and trial supply management (RTSM) company serving the life sciences industry, in a growth equity investment of over $230 million from Goldman Sachs Asset Management.


Hong Kong-based insurtech startup YAS MicroInsurance features in TOP 10 of Plug and Play Insurtech Batch 5 startups
Published: 22-07-2021 | 11:55:14 | By: Pie Kamau
Hong Kong-based next-generation Insurtech startup YAS MicroInsurance, has been featured as one of the TOP 10 of the Insurtech Batch 5 in Plug and Play APAC, a well-known global startups accelerator and innovation platform.


BimaLab accelerator programme launches to support Insurtech startups in Kenya
Published: 22-07-2021 | 11:41:25 | By: Pie Kamau
FSD Africa, the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) and Tellistic Technology Services have launched BimaLab, a KES 5.3 million accelerator programme designed to support insurance startups in Kenya.


Agritech startup Adaviv raises $2.3m seed round to scale its AI-driven plant intelligence platform for indoor farming
Published: 21-07-2021 | 13:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Adaviv, a cultivation technology company surfacing actionable insights for Controlled Environment Agriculture, announced the raise of $2.3 million in an oversubscribed Series Seed financing led by Delta Emerald Ventures.


TDK Ventures backs metal additive manufacturing startup, Fabric8Labs
Published: 21-07-2021 | 13:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TDK Corporation announced that subsidiary TDK Ventures Inc. will back Fabric8Labs, marking its second investment in the additive manufacturing space and first in metal printing.


BIND 4.0 opens sixth call for innovative tech startups around the world
Published: 21-07-2021 | 13:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Open Innovation & Acceleration Program, BIND 4.0, has just launched its sixth edition open call to search for the most innovative technology startups around the world.


Tech startup Properly raises $35m Series B financing to transform real estate experience In Canada
Published: 21-07-2021 | 12:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Properly, the Canadian tech-enabled real estate brokerage, announced $35 million in Series B financing to fuel a national expansion across Canada's $400 billion real estate market.


South Korean AI startup Lunit secures investment from Guardant Health
Published: 20-07-2021 | 15:28:58 | By: Pie Kamau
Lunit, an AI startup in AI-powered cancer solutions, announced a strategic investment of $26 million from a precision oncology company, Guardant Health.


Zing Health startup joins ConnectureDRX platform to simplify path to Medicare enrollment
Published: 20-07-2021 | 15:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Zing Health has partnered with ConnectureDRX, a healthcare software company, to give insurance brokers and consumers a superior experience for choosing the Medicare Advantage plans that best fit each beneficiary's needs.


Venture-backed platform eMerge Americas closes investment round led by Florida Funders
Published: 20-07-2021 | 14:56:07 | By: Pie Kamau
eMerge Americas, a venture-backed platform focused on transforming Miami into the tech hub of the Americas, announced the closing of an investment round led by Florida Funders.


Egyptian social e-Commerce startup Taager raises $6.4m seed round
Published: 20-07-2021 | 14:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Taager, an Egyptian social e-Commerce startup raised a $6.4 million seed funding round to help it scale its platform and expand across the Middle East.


Israeli Start-Up Nation Central appoints Avi Hasson as new CEO
Published: 16-07-2021 | 14:45:52 | By: Pie Kamau
Start-Up Nation Central, the independent not-for-profit organization connecting global corporations, investors, and governments to the Israeli tech innovation ecosystem, announced the appointment of Avi Hasson as its next Chief Executive Officer.


LearnWorlds secures $32m in growth funding to help educators create and sell online courses
Published: 16-07-2021 | 14:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LearnWorlds, an all-in-one platform for creating and selling online courses, has secured a $32 million minority investment by global venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners.


Wearable robotics startup Verve Motion raises $15m Series A funding
Published: 16-07-2021 | 14:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wearable robotics startup Verve Motion has raised $15 million in Series A funding, led by Construct Capital as well as follow-on investments from existing investors, Founder Collective, Pillar VC, Safar Partners, OUP, and a number of angel investors.


Danish fintech startup HelloFlow raises $1.6m for its no-code KYC and client onboarding solution
Published: 15-07-2021 | 12:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HelloFlow, a Danish fintech startup, has closed a $1.6m Seed round led by a Danish VC PreSeed Ventures, and UK-based, Seedcamp.


Fintech startup Marco closes $82m seed round to supercharge growth
Published: 15-07-2021 | 12:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Marco, the first tech-enabled financing platform built for small and medium-sized exporters in the United States and Latin America, announced it has raised $82 million in seed funding.


Nigerian fintech startup Lidya raises $8.3m pre-Series B funding round
Published: 15-07-2021 | 12:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech and lending startup Lidya announced the completion of its $8.3 million pre-Series B funding round. Alitheia Capital led the investment through its uMunthu Fund with the participation of Bamboo Capital Partners.


Frisco-based startup Apty raises $7.5m Series A funding to grow its DAP software
Published: 14-07-2021 | 13:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digital Adoption Platform (DAP) Apty secured $7.5 million in Series A funding. Apty develops DAP software catering to Enterprises with complex business processes, enabling them to maximize the adoption of software and processes.


Agritech startup GrowFlux selected to join Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator program
Published: 14-07-2021 | 12:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator, a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation, has selected GrowFlux and four other startups to participate in the program's ninth cohort.


Banque Misr partners with Microsoft to support fintech startups in Egypt
Published: 14-07-2021 | 12:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Banque Misr signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Microsoft Egypt to launch the first open innovation program in the Egyptian market, enabling a spurt in fintech startup growth.


Kenyan startup Marketforce appoints Ore Omolaja as Country Manager, Head of Business for Nigeria
Published: 14-07-2021 | 12:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Marketforce, the Kenyan-based B2B platform for retail distribution of consumer goods and digital financial services in Africa, announced the appointment of Ore Omolaja as the Nigeria Country Manager and Head of Business, effective 15th July 2021.


Kenyan startup MarketForce raises $2m pre-Series A to scale B2B retail marketplace, RejaReja
Published: 14-07-2021 | 12:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MarketForce, the Kenyan-based B2B platform for retail distribution of consumer goods and digital financial services in Africa, announced a $2 million pre-Series A round, bringing total funding to-date to $2.5 million.


South African startup Omnisient raises $1.4m for global expansion
Published: 14-07-2021 | 11:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Omnisient, a secure data collaboration platform, has achieved its second raise this year totalling $1.4 million. The investments will be used to expand the Omnisient team, accelerate product development and drive international expansion.


Miami-based startup GathR Virtual Studios raises $2.7m to evolutionize hybrid working
Published: 12-07-2021 | 16:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Miami-based startup, GathR Virtual Studios completed a pre-seed round to fund its innovative take on the widely used two-dimensional home-office meeting "apps" made popular during the COVID-19 shutdown.


FDJ announces partnership with Plug and Play Brand & Retail France
Published: 12-07-2021 | 15:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
FDJ announced the beginning of a partnership with Plug and Play, world's open innovation platform.


Absci acquires CerraCap Ventures portfolio company Totient
Published: 12-07-2021 | 15:22:48 | By: Pie Kamau
CerraCap Ventures, an early-stage Venture Fund, announced acquisition of its portfolio company Totient by Absci for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is the second exit from CerraCap's investment fund, CerraCap II LP.


Hypersonic tech startup Velontra names Retired Major General Craig Whelden as its Inaugural President
Published: 12-07-2021 | 15:10:54 | By: Pie Kamau
Retired Major General Craig Whelden has been named the Inaugural President of Velontra, a startup with the mind power to accelerate America's development of hypersonic technology.


IFC invests in Vantage Capital’s mezzanine fund to support fast-growing companies in Africa
Published: 12-07-2021 | 14:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IFC announced an investment in a new mezzanine fund managed by Vantage Capital, a mezzanine funding provider on the continent, which will provide capital to fast-growing companies in Africa.


Outsource Accelerator secures $1.5m fund for expansion through strategic asset acquisition
Published: 08-07-2021 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Outsource Accelerator announced a $1.5 million special purpose fund for the acquisition of online web assets. The web assets will add significant online traffic to the portfolio and enhance the outsourcing marketplace's growing influence.


Customer experience startup Officium Labs launches WorkForward brand
Published: 08-07-2021 | 11:24:59 | By: Pie Kamau
Officium Labs, a unique customer experience startup, has launched a new suite of enhanced workforce management (WFM) tools under the brand "WorkForward."


Seven South African legal startups to pitch for €10,000 grant
Published: 08-07-2021 | 11:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) kicked off its annual global Innovating Justice Challenge in search of the region’s best justice-related social entrepreneurs in March this year.


IFC’s TechEmerge partners with logistics startup Kobo360 to pilot sustainable cooling innovations in Nigeria
Published: 08-07-2021 | 11:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eleven global innovators have been selected to partner with 15 leading Nigerian companies to pilot cost-effective, climate-smart technologies to strengthen the country's temperature-controlled logistics supply chain.


Photo and video editing app Prequel launches venture studio program to nurture early stage tech startups
Published: 07-07-2021 | 12:40:04 | By: Pie Kamau
Prequel, the creative photo and video editing app, announced the launch of Prequel Venture Studio (PVS), a program that will nurture early stage tech startups in the fields of AI, computer vision, and AR-based visual art.


South African fintech startup Ukheshe Technologies comes second in KPMG Global Tech Innovator competition
Published: 07-07-2021 | 11:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator Africa competition came to a close this week and saw South African fintech startup Ukheshe, take second place among 75 other worthy entrants across Africa.


Nigerian fintech startup TeamApt secures Series B funding
Published: 07-07-2021 | 11:53:33 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian fintech startup TeamApt has closed its Series B fundraising round, as it looks to expand its financial services beyond Nigeria.


Financials, ICT remain the most attractive sectors for VC investment in Africa, report
Published: 07-07-2021 | 08:34:56 | By: Bob Koigi
Mapping Africa’s startup landscape between 2014 and 2020, the report provides data and analysis on venture capital (VC) deal activity in Africa in 2020 along with information about the types of investors that have participated in those deals.


[Ghana] Verdant Capital raises $7.9 million for challenger fintech, Zeepay
Published: 06-07-2021 | 14:04:38 | By: Bob Koigi
The debt and equity raise for challenger fintech, Zeepay, head-quartered in Ghana, follows a $20 million equity and debt capital raise for Tugende, an East African technology-enabled asset financing business.


Seoul-based edtech startup Mathpresso secures $50 million in Series C funding
Published: 02-07-2021 | 13:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Seoul-based edtech startup Mathpresso announced it has raised $50 million in a Series C funding round last week, bringing the company's total funding to $105 million.


AI-powered recruiting startup TopFunnel acquires Teamable to offer end-to-end sourcing platform
Published: 02-07-2021 | 13:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TopFunnel, the AI-powered recruiting startup that high-growth companies use to scale, announced the acquisition of Teamable to supercharge referral-based recruiting.


Codat startup raises $40m, expands its API infrastructure for SME data
Published: 02-07-2021 | 13:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Codat, the technology company that enables small businesses to seamlessly share business and financial data with financial and other service providers, secures $40 million from investors, following 3x annual growth and doubling of headcount.


Kameo startup launches vaccine passport for the entertainment production industry
Published: 02-07-2021 | 13:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kameo, the provider of flexible mobile COVID-19 testing services for the entertainment production industry, announced the launch of its vaccine passport, an additional feature on its digital platform.


[Startup Interview] Dennis van der Veen, CEO, Hamster Connect, Netherlands
Published: 01-07-2021 | 14:39:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Hamster is a global niche social media platform for start-ups, investors, and accelerators and offers smart tools to help users reach their goals.


Ghanaian fintech startup Zeepay raises $7.9m Series A funding to support its operations
Published: 01-07-2021 | 14:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ghanaian Fintech startup Zeepay announced the completion of a $7.9 million Series A.0 funding. The funding is a hybrid of both equity and balance sheet funds to support its operations.


South African fintech startup Ukheshe Technologies announces boostXB joint venture with ForexPeople
Published: 01-07-2021 | 13:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
South African fintech startup, Ukheshe Technologies has partnered with ForexPeople, one of the country’s names in forex with over 20 years of experience, to seamlessly facilitate cross-border payments from South Africa into Africa.


MDaaS Global raises $2.3 million to launch digital health solution and expand across Nigeria
Published: 01-07-2021 | 11:23:19 | By: Bob Koigi
With this funding, the company is launching ‘SentinelX’, a digital health membership that champions preventive, personalized, and continuous care using proprietary technology.


Canadian space-tech startup SkyWatch partners with Wyvern to deliver next-gen earth observation data
Published: 30-06-2021 | 16:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
SkyWatch Space Applications, a Waterloo-based space technology startup, signed an agreement to deliver data management capabilities to Wyvern, a commercial space data company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


NYC creator economy startup Pietra raises $15m to champion creators, streamline entrepreneurship
Published: 30-06-2021 | 15:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pietra, the new platform that gives Creators the tools to bring an idea for a product line or brand to life from start to finish, today announced it has raised $15 million in a Series A funding round.


Boston-based startup Mombox acquires WellNested to provide full suite of postnatal care services
Published: 30-06-2021 | 15:35:10 | By: Pie Kamau
D2C postnatal care company, Mombox, announced its acquisition of WellNested, a Boston-based technology solution company designed to help new parents find and book quality and affordable postnatal care services.


AI startup LLENA (AI) partners with Southern University to support (USDA/NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
Published: 29-06-2021 | 14:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
LLENA (AI) Health Solutions, announced a partnership with Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to support their "Center of Excellence for Nutrition, Health, Wellness, and Quality of Life" initiative to address diet-related health disparities.


Food and beverage tech startup Botrista closes $10m Series A to make craft beverages accessible via robotic automation
Published: 29-06-2021 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Botrista Technology, a company revolutionizing the beverage industry with the Botrista DrinkBot, announced it has raised $10 million in a Series A funding.


Tokyo-based AI startup Attuned launches writer fellowship on Substack
Published: 29-06-2021 | 13:52:39 | By: Pie Kamau
Attuned, a Tokyo-based tech startup that uses psychology and AI to track intrinsic motivation and boost employee engagement, announced the launch of a global writing competition on digital newsletter-publishing platform Substack.


South African delivery startup Picup introduces premium driver network for businesses
Published: 29-06-2021 | 13:34:02 | By: Pie Kamau
South Africa's crowdsource delivery tech startup Picup has introduced a premium service aimed at businesses that require drivers to represent their brand.


Catalyst Fund announces Circle of Corporate Innovators to accelerate startup-corporate partnerships
Published: 29-06-2021 | 13:23:16 | By: Pie Kamau
Global inclusive tech accelerator Catalyst Fund, managed by BFA Global, today formally announced its Circle of Corporate Innovators, with its first members, Fidelity Bank, Ecobank, Sterling Bank, Access Bank and the VFD Group.


IFC supports early-stage technology startups in Central and Southeast Europe
Published: 28-06-2021 | 08:19:31 | By: Pie Kamau
Early-stage technology startups in Central and Southeast Europe will have improved access to finance, in the wake of an investment by IFC that aims to support the region's potential to foster technology development and application.


Toronto-based multifamily proptech startup Yuhu launches in the US
Published: 25-06-2021 | 11:33:54 | By: Pie Kamau
Toronto-based multifamily proptech startup Yuhu announced a market entrance into the U.S. operations technology marketplace, offering their unique co-innovative property management software solution to owners and managers across the United States.


Neurotech startup Humm launches public beta for world's first consumer, learnable
Published: 25-06-2021 | 11:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
humm, a neurotech company focused on helping people learn throughout their lives, launched a public beta for the world's first consumer, learnable - a noninvasive wearable that's clinically proven to improve your ability to learn.


Seattle based healthtech startup bttn. raises $1.5m to automate the future of medical supply
Published: 25-06-2021 | 11:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Healthtech startup bttn. closed a $1.5 million seed round from a group of technology and supply chain leaders.


GG4L acquires edtech startup Stackup
Published: 24-06-2021 | 13:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global Grid for Learning (GG4L), announced the acquisition of Stackup, an edtech startup with a focus on learning outcomes in K-12 education.


Tech startup Drata raises $25m Series A to accelerate rapid growth of its security and compliance automation platform
Published: 24-06-2021 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Drata, a next-gen security and compliance automation company, announced $25 million in Series A funding led by GGV Capital. The new financing comes six months after the company's initial seed round and launch out of stealth.


Medtech startup Mon Health wins ECRI achievement award for technology innovation collaboration
Published: 24-06-2021 | 13:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ECRI, an independent, nonprofit organization improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings, named Mon Health System of Morgantown, West Virginia, the winner of its 15th Health Devices Achievement Award.


Tech startup COSMO Technologies secures funding, announces new product launch
Published: 24-06-2021 | 12:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
COSMO Technologies, a first-of-its-kind family technology design and manufacturing company, announced the closing of its Pre-Seed funding round.


Cybersecurity startup Hive Pro secures $3m in seed funding
Published: 23-06-2021 | 14:27:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Silicon Valley-based Hive Pro, creator of Predictive Vulnerability Analytics (PVA), announced it has closed $3 million in seed financing led by Simpra Holdings.


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


Israeli foodtech startup Better Juice raises $8m in seed funding
Published: 23-06-2021 | 13:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Israeli foodtech startup Better Juice, the first company to reduce all sugars from natural juices, announced it has raised $8 million in seed-round investment.


bp invests $7m in electric vehicle charging startup IoTecha
Published: 23-06-2021 | 10:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
bp ventures has invested $7million in smart electric vehicle (EV) charging firm, IoTecha, leading a $13.2 million investment round.


Cannabis marketplace and purchasing platform MainStem named Microsoft Partner for Startups
Published: 22-06-2021 | 13:55:04 | By: Pie Kamau
MainStem, the cannabis industry's only marketplace and combined integrated purchasing platform, announced it has been selected as a Microsoft Partner for Startups.


Venture capital firm MetaProp closes $100m Fund III for investment in early-stage proptech startups
Published: 22-06-2021 | 13:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MetaProp, the New York-based proptech venture capital firm, announced the closing of its latest real estate technology seed fund, for investment in early-stage proptech startups.


Ivory Coast transport startup Moja Ride partners with O-CITY for its next phase of growth in mobility innovation
Published: 22-06-2021 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Moja Ride, an Ivorian startup providing a reservation and cashless payment system for transport services in Abidjan, has partnered with O-CITY for its next phase of digital innovation and future expansion.


Ethiopian-based startup Gabeya launches its revamped marketplace
Published: 22-06-2021 | 12:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Gabeya, the Pan-African source for freelance professional talent, has expanded its revamped marketplace, the first of its kind in terms of reach in Africa.


Kenyan insurtech startups benefit from IRA, Prudential innovation hub
Published: 22-06-2021 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Three Kenyan insurtech startups each received Ksh 1.25 million in cash awards from an innovation hub steered by the Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) in collaboration with Prudential Life Assurance and other partners, to promote insurance inclusivity.


SynFutures startup raises $14m Series A funding to democratize derivative markets
Published: 18-06-2021 | 12:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Decentralized derivatives exchange SynFutures, announced the close of a $14 million Series A round of financing led by Polychain Capital with participation from Framework, Pantera Capital, Bybit, Wintermute, CMS, Kronos, and IOSG Ventures.


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


Banking as a service startup Unit raises $51m Series B funding to expand the team, accelerate growth
Published: 18-06-2021 | 12:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Unit, the banking-as-a-service startup that empowers companies to embed financial services into their products, announced it has raised a $51 million Series B led by Accel.


B9 raises $1.7m in pre-seed round to launch fintech platform to deliver full suite of personal financial services
Published: 17-06-2021 | 14:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fintech startup B9 Inc., announced it is launching a full suite of app-based financial services. The company raised $1.7 million in an ongoing pre-seed funding round and is building out a platform to address the needs of a huge market of potential customers.


Israeli mobility investment startup Bringg completes $100m Series E investment round
Published: 17-06-2021 | 13:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ituran Location and Control announced its successful early-stage mobility technology holding, Bringg, completed Series E investment round of $100 million. Following the round, Ituran's undiluted holdings are 17.2%.


Brazilian logtech startup Uello concludes $4m Series A investment deal led by the Btomorrow Ventures
Published: 17-06-2021 | 12:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Uello, a Brazilian logtech startup that uses technology and a collaborative network to provide express freight services with superior experience, concluded its Series A investment deal with an investment injection of $4 million.


Canadian Esplanade Healthtech Ventures closes oversubscribed inaugural digital health fund
Published: 16-06-2021 | 11:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Esplanade HealthTech Ventures (Esplanade or the Fund), announced the closing of its oversubscribed inaugural venture fund, Esplanade HealthTech Ventures I (Fund I), with commitments totaling more than C$21 million.


Pegasus acquires early-stage venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures
Published: 16-06-2021 | 11:26:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Pegasus Tech Ventures (Pegasus), a global venture capital firm managing over $1.5 billion in assets, has acquired seed and early-stage venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures, based in Palo Alto.


SaaS startup Synder raises $2m in late seed round to revolutionize accounting for e-Commerce
Published: 16-06-2021 | 10:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TMT investments venture fund invested $2 million as a lead investor in a late seed round into Synder, an easy accounting solution for e-Commerce businesses.


Healthtech startup BASMA.com raises $3m Series A round to scale up its platform in the MENA region
Published: 16-06-2021 | 10:42:00 | By: Pie Kamau
UK-based, MENA focused, startup BASMA.com closed $3 million Series A funding led by MEVP with the participation of SOSF, IM capital and returning investors iSME, Cedar Mundi Ventures and IFA capital, to scale up its healthtech platform in the MENA region.


Arrington Capital launches $100m fund to invest in Algorand-based initiatives
Published: 11-06-2021 | 15:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Arrington Capital, a digital asset management firm in blockchain-based capital markets announced it has launched a new $100 million fund to support initiatives building on Algorand, a blockchain accelerating the convergence of decentralized and traditional finance.


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


Floral tech startup Something Borrowed Blooms raises $1.5m Series A funding to accelerate growth
Published: 11-06-2021 | 15:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Something Borrowed Blooms, the pioneer of the silk wedding flower revolution, announced a $1.5 million Series A funding round led by Callais Capital. This investment brings the total raise by the company to just over $2 million since 2015.


Huobi launches incubator program to provide assets, resources and guidance for startups
Published: 09-06-2021 | 16:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Huobi Group, a world cryptocurrency and blockchain company, announced the initiation of its incubator program, Huobi X Center, who's goal is to empower startups by providing customers a range of resources.


Workflow management startup MaintainX raises $50m to accelerate revenue growth
Published: 09-06-2021 | 15:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MaintainX, the mobile-first workflow management platform for industrial and frontline workers, announced a $39 million Series B round led by Bessemer Venture Partners.


B2B AI-driven startup MetaSpark secures initial seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 08-06-2021 | 13:26:41 | By: Pie Kamau
MetaSpark, a B2B AI-Driven Productivity Hub SaaS platform for enterprises, announced the closing of an initial seed round of funding. The funding was secured from an undisclosed partner and is the first round of funding raised by the company.


QIMA acquires stake in London-based supply chain resiliency startup Kavida.ai
Published: 08-06-2021 | 13:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
QIMA, the provider of quality control and supply chain compliance solutions, announced it has invested in Kavida.ai, a London-based startup that builds supply chain digital replicas and uses artificial intelligence.


Silicon Prairie startup Loophire raises $300K seed round to disrupt the recruitment industry
Published: 08-06-2021 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Silicon Prairie startup Loophire, announced it secured $300K seed round to disrupt the recruitment industry, currently dominated by outdated processes.


IFC launches program to support startups expand across the Maghreb region
Published: 08-06-2021 | 12:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IFC launched a new advisory program aimed at making it easier for startups in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, expand their operations across North Africa.


XLIO Ventures closes $53m funding facility
Published: 07-06-2021 | 15:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
XLIO Ventures, with offices in London, Seattle, New York, Tel Aviv, and Sao Paulo announced the closing of $53 million funding facility to back an expanding roster of the Made-to-Order Startups it creates for its enterprise technology customers.


Toyota AI Ventures rebrands as Toyota Ventures, adds $300m to invest in emerging technologies and carbon neutrality
Published: 07-06-2021 | 14:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Toyota's first standalone, early-stage venture capital firm, Toyota AI Ventures, will change its name to Toyota Ventures and grow its total assets under management to more than $500 million with the addition of two $150 million early-stage funds.


Moroccan Digital Development Agency, GrowIN Portugal launch initiative to support startups internationalization
Published: 07-06-2021 | 14:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Moroccan Digital Development Agency (ADD) and GrowIN Portugal have launched an initiative to support Moroccan and Portuguese startups internationalization by signing a strategic agreement.


London-based workplace ethics & compliance startup Vault Platform secures $8.2m in Series A funding
Published: 07-06-2021 | 14:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vault Platform, the pioneering workplace ethics & compliance platform, has closed an $8.2 million Series A funding round to service demand from its fast-growing client base, drive Artificial Intelligence technology for misconduct reporting and expand its team.


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


Blockchain startup CiSApp to launch next gen social network
Published: 04-06-2021 | 09:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
These days all the biggest social media platforms leave little to be desired due in no small part to rampant agenda-driven censorship, profit-driven privacy invasion and rampant use of fake accounts bent on selling sex or committing fraud.


Voice-enabled healthtech startup HandsFree Health joins Microsoft for Startups program
Published: 04-06-2021 | 09:26:44 | By: Pie Kamau
HandsFree Health, provider of WellBe, a secure, HIPAA compliant, voice-enabled virtual health assistant platform, has been selected to join the Microsoft for Startups program.


Kenya's Industrialization Ministry launches Startup Savanna, a business acceleration programme for early-stage startups
Published: 04-06-2021 | 08:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Kenyan Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development (MoITED), launched Startup Savanna, an international business acceleration programme that will link Kenyan startups to global angel investors.


BMZ launches startup support programme for Kenyan entrepreneurs
Published: 03-06-2021 | 14:53:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Federal Development Ministry (BMZ), has expanded its developPPP Ventures programme in Kenya to support local startups.


Cloud startup Golioth announces private beta launch and $2.5m seed round
Published: 03-06-2021 | 14:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Golioth, the cloud platform for hardware developers, announced a $2.5 million seed round in conjunction with a private beta launch for developers.


MetaVC Partners launches debut venture capital fund focused on startups using metamaterials
Published: 03-06-2021 | 13:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MetaVC Partners has launched its first fund which will focus on venture investments in early-stage startups employing metamaterials technology.


PharmStars launches accelerator to transform how pharma and digital health startups do business
Published: 02-06-2021 | 15:23:56 | By: Pie Kamau
PharmStars announced the launch of its global digital health accelerator to transform how pharma and startups do business.


Audiotech startup Chaos Audio revamps inventive guitar multi-effects platform
Published: 02-06-2021 | 15:07:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Student-led startup Chaos Audio returns to Kickstarter with a much-improved version of its next-generation multi-effects guitar pedal, Stratus.


Tech startup Britive raises $10m to secure privileged access for multi-cloud enterprises
Published: 01-06-2021 | 12:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Britive, a cloud-native dynamic access management platform announced it has raised $10 million in a Series A funding round led by Crosslink Capital with participation from seed round investors Upfront Ventures and One Way Ventures.


Digital wallet startup Eco raises capital from cultural and business leaders to create a better financial future for everyone
Published: 01-06-2021 | 12:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eco, a digital wallet for saving and spending, announced some of the world's most prominent cultural icons participated in its recent fundraise of more than $26 million, alongside a16z Crypto, Founders Fund, and more than one hundred others.


Latin American proptech startup Houm raises $8m to expand and consolidate across the region
Published: 01-06-2021 | 12:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Latin American proptech startup Houm raised $8 million round after Y Combinator Winter 2021 program which it will invest in for growth and consolidation its actual markets.


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


Base10 Partners raises advancement initiative to grow HBCU endowments and catalyze wealth creation
Published: 28-05-2021 | 14:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Building on their VC Diversity Pledge, Base10 Partners announced the raise of a new $250 million fund with the mission of aligning the success of technology companies with wealth creation for underrepresented minorities.


AI startup Bodbox's workout device goes global
Published: 28-05-2021 | 13:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AI startup company Bodbox officially opened doors to a limited pre-sale of its American made Mark3 to notable success, selling to everyone from national governing bodies of sport to NBA teams, and is slated for a September 2021 public release.


Networking startup Linq completes $2.5m seed round fundraise to accelerate growth
Published: 28-05-2021 | 13:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Linq, a networking tech startup, announced the successful completion of a $2.5 million seed round fundraise led by Mucker Capital. The investment will largely be used to grow the Linq team.


Manufacturing AI startup ExLattice joins NVIDIA Inception
Published: 26-05-2021 | 16:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ExLattice announced it has joined NVIDIA Inception, a program designed to nurture startups revolutionizing industries with advancements in AI and data sciences.


Aussie legaltech startup goes global wiith COVID-19 diagnosis tool
Published: 26-05-2021 | 16:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Australian legaltech startup Rulestar is demonstrating how its software, built to automate complex legal documents, can improve COVID-19 decision-making.


AI-driven SaaS startup Provus closes $1.16m in funding from angel investors
Published: 26-05-2021 | 15:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Provus Inc., a Services Configure Price Quote (CPQ) solution company, announced it has closed a $1.16 million in financing from a number of renowned angel investors.


Payment facilitation startup Tilled raises $11m Series A to provide PayFac-as-a-Service infrastructure to software companies
Published: 26-05-2021 | 15:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PayFac-as-a-Service startup Tilled, announced the close of $11 million in Series A funding to empower software companies to monetize the payments flowing through their platforms.


Wearable devices for brain analysis startup MindPortal raises 5m seed round financing
Published: 25-05-2021 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MindPortal, the creators of the next personal computer that is a wearable non-invasive brain-computer interface, announced the completion of a $5 million seed round of financing.


Israeli healthcare startup Lydus Medical raises $2.7m in seed round funding
Published: 25-05-2021 | 15:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lydus Medical, a portfolio company of Sanara Ventures, a JV of Teva and Philips and an anastomosis technology provider, announced $2.7 million in a Pre-A funding.


Predictive analytics startup Gridware raises $5.3m seed round to curb catastrophic wildfires
Published: 25-05-2021 | 15:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Predictive analytics startup Gridware announced a $5.3 million seed round investment co-led by Fifty Years and True Ventures, with participation from Y-Combinator.


South Korean AI startup Riiid raises $175m from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 to accelerate growth
Published: 25-05-2021 | 14:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Riiid Inc (Riiid), an AI education company and a member of Born2Global Centre, has raised $175 million investment from SoftBank Vision Fund 2.


Canadian startup OpenUnit closes $1m seed round for expansion
Published: 24-05-2021 | 14:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OpenUnit, a Y Combinator-backed all-in-one commerce platform for self-storage facilities, announced that it has raised a $1 million seed investment round with participation from luminaries in the real estate and technology industries.


Chinese AI robotics startup Mech-Mind completes Series C funding
Published: 24-05-2021 | 14:31:35 | By: Pie Kamau
Chinese AI industrial robotics startup, Mech-Mind Robotics (Mech-Mind), completed Series C funding led by tech giant Meituan, bringing Mech-Mind's total funding to over $100 million, making Mech-Mind one of the world's most funded AI+ industrial robotics startups.


Techstars joins Cleantech.org $100,000 GS Beyond Energy Innovation Challenge
Published: 24-05-2021 | 14:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cleantech.org and Techstars announced that Techstars is joining the Cleantech.org GS Beyond Energy Innovation Challenge as an Accelerator Partner.


Biotech startup Eliem Therapeutics closes $60m Series B financing
Published: 24-05-2021 | 13:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eliem Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapies for neuronal excitability disorders to address unmet needs in disorders of the peripheral and central nervous systems, announced the closing of a $60 million Series B financing.


Blu Venture Investors launches $25m BVI Cyber Fund for Series A growth cybersecurity companies
Published: 21-05-2021 | 14:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Blu Venture Investors, a primary source venture capital firm, announced the launch of the BVI Cyber Fund, a $25 million fund targeted at Series A growth companies in cybersecurity.


B2B insurtech startup Boost raises $20m Series B to enhance insurance market accessibility
Published: 21-05-2021 | 13:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Boost Insurance, the B2B digital insurance platform, announced the completion of a $20 million Series B financing round to fuel growth of its platform, new product development and partner marketing.


Venture builder Satgana launches first portfolio startup in Kenya, Mazi Mobility
Published: 20-05-2021 | 15:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
After its launch in September last year, venture builder Satgana has announced its first portfolio startup from Nairobi, Kenya, Mazi Mobility, to address the issues faced by the public transport industry in the Global South by electrifying the motorcycle industry.


AlphaCode announces four startups taking part in the second phase of its incubate programme in South Africa
Published: 20-05-2021 | 14:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AlphaCode has announced the four fintech startups that will be part of the second phase of the AlphaCode Incubate programme.


Five women-led tech startups awarded $10k funding by Standard Chartered Women in Tech Incubator in Kenya
Published: 20-05-2021 | 14:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Standard Chartered Bank has awarded 5 women-led businesses with KES 1,000,000 each. The businesses were picked from the 4th cohort of the Standard Chartered Bank Women in Tech incubation program.


Social ad automation company Smartly.io acquires digital advertising startup Viralspace.ai
Published: 19-05-2021 | 11:03:23 | By: Bob Koigi
Combining their advanced AI and machine learning creative capabilities with Smartly.io’s digital advertising automation platform, brands can now make more data-driven decisions about their ad creatives with an unmatched level of bespoke insights.


UC Berkeley SkyDeck selects 17 companies for Batch 12 startup cohort
Published: 19-05-2021 | 10:57:35 | By: Bob Koigi
The new group of startups specializes in a wide range of industries including AI, life sciences, semiconductor chips, HR, robotics, and enterprise software. The acceptance rate for the new cohort was 1.3%.


Data integration startup Merge raises $4.5m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 19-05-2021 | 10:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Merge, the San Francisco and New York City-based API company which seeks to transform how B2B companies think about customer-facing integrations, announced the close of a $4.5 million seed funding round.


Cybersecurity startup ActZero announces platform enhancement, alliance with CrowdStrike to accelerate managed detection
Published: 19-05-2021 | 09:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ActZero, a cybersecurity startup whose mission is to democratize cybersecurity for small and mid-size businesses, announced a major enhancement of its AI-driven managed detection and response (MDR) platform.


Data automation startup Syncari raises $17.3m Series A to automate cloud data management
Published: 19-05-2021 | 09:33:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Syncari, the company behind the world's first no-code data automation platform, closed $17.3 million in Series A funding. Crosslink Capital led the round, with participation by seed-round investors ANIMO, NextGen Venture Partners, SignalFire, and Dig Ventures


Tech enabled startup investment firm Lieef closes seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 18-05-2021 | 13:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lieef, a startup investment firm focused on sustainability, has officially closed its seed round. The proceeds will be used to scale the firm's operations and hire additional investment professionals.


U.S., Taiwanese AI startup Aesop Technology partner to improve patient safety
Published: 18-05-2021 | 12:55:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Researchers at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Taipei Medical University, and Aesop Technology, a Taiwan-based startup, announced the results of a new joint study into the international transferability of machine learning.


Canadian startup Agnostiq secures $2m seed round to further develop SaaS-based quantum solutions
Published: 14-05-2021 | 12:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Agnostiq, Inc., the quantum computing SaaS startup, has raised $2 million in seed funding to support the continued development of its software platform.


Huobi Group launches Huobi Ventures with $100m for early stage DeFi investments, mergers and acquisitions
Published: 14-05-2021 | 11:52:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Blockchain company Huobi Group announced the launch of Huobi Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary focused on growing Huobi's venture investment portfolio and supporting innovative blockchain projects through long-term investment strategies.


Consumer warranty startup Upsie secures $18.2m Series A round to accelerate growth
Published: 14-05-2021 | 11:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Upsie, a consumer-centric platform for purchasing product warranties, announced it has raised a $18.2 million fundraising round led by True Ventures.


Silicon Valley startup ArmorCode emerges from Stealth with $3m in seed funding to redefine application security
Published: 14-05-2021 | 11:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ArmorCode, the Silicon Valley startup delivering application security at the speed of DevOps, has secured $3 million in seed financing led by Sierra Ventures with participation from Tau Ventures and Z5 Capital and individual investors.


Consumer technology startup Allstar raises $3.85m to democratize gaming content
Published: 14-05-2021 | 11:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Allstar, a consumer technology startup focused on democratizing the creation of gaming content, announced a $3.85 million seed round led by members of New York Angels.


[Column] Achare Takor: Incentives for promoting innovative ICT start-ups in Cameroon
Published: 13-05-2021 | 13:56:31 | By: Bob Koigi
With ICT set to become the engine of development in Cameroon in its role as a hub in the Central Africa sub-region, the 2021 tax scheme has been updated to promote innovative ICT start-ups.


On-demand delivery management startup Cartwheel raises $1m seed round to accelerate growth
Published: 13-05-2021 | 12:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cartwheel, an on-demand delivery management platform for restaurants and retailers, announced it has raised a $1 million seed round led by TenOneTen Ventures with participation from Act One Ventures and Portillo's Hot Dogs,


Israeli AI-powered identity and security management startup Authomize secures $16m to accelerate growth
Published: 13-05-2021 | 12:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Authomize, the Identity and Security Management Platform (IDSM), announced the close of $16 million in Series A funding. Innovation Endeavors led the round with participation from return investors Blumberg Capital, Entree Capital and M12.


Blockchain startup Candela Coin creates first consumer-facing transactive solar energy system
Published: 13-05-2021 | 12:11:57 | By: Pie Kamau
Blockchain startup Candela Coin has created the first consumer-facing transactive solar energy system. Candela Coin is a cryptocurrency that allows holders to take part in the first ever decentralized blockchain based peer-to-peer transactive solar energy system.


HONK supports insurance startup Branch with digitally-driven roadside assistance solutions
Published: 12-05-2021 | 12:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
HONK Technologies, the digital platform connecting drivers and towing professionals, announced it is supporting Branch, the startup that pioneered bundling home and auto insurance online.


Travel blockchain startup travelBloc.ai files CO2 & flight safety patents
Published: 12-05-2021 | 11:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Silicon Valley travel blockchain startup travelBloc.ai reinventing travel solutions for today's tech savvy traveler, leveraging AI & Blockchain based innovation that will disrupt status quo and improve the traveler experience.


Venture capital firm TampaBay.Ventures launches $20m seed fund to support regional tech startups
Published: 12-05-2021 | 11:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
New venture capital firm TampaBay.Ventures, has launched its first $20 million seed fund in order to support the growing tech scene in the Tampa Bay region.


Hearable tech startup Noopl launches directional hearing device to enhance hearing in loud environments
Published: 12-05-2021 | 11:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tech startup Noopl announced the availability of its acclaimed iPhone compatible directional hearing device to enhance hearing in loud environments to U.S. consumers.


Robotics startup ViaBot announces public launch with $6.1m in funding
Published: 11-05-2021 | 11:11:00 | By: Pie Kamau
ViaBot, a robotics startup bringing maintenance and management automation to large properties, announced its public launch with $6.1 million in funding.


Danish startup MATE accelerates e-Bike expansion with new funding from Marcy Venture Partners
Published: 07-05-2021 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Danish design startup MATE announced a new investment from Marcy Venture Partners to accelerate the future of smart transportation, with the global aim for the world to go greener via a new, smarter, more flexible, and flashy form of transportation.


Quantum drug discovery startup PolarisQB hires pharmacologist Ian Reynolds as Advisor
Published: 07-05-2021 | 12:14:10 | By: Pie Kamau
Quantum drug discovery startup Polarisqb has hired Dr. Ian Reynolds, a world renowned expert in pharmacology, as an Advisor to the company.


FarmTogether, Backstage Capital join forces to generate grater access to diverse farmland investments
Published: 06-05-2021 | 11:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
FarmTogether, the technology-enabled investment platform democratizing access to farmland, announced a partnership with Backstage Capital, an investment firm focused on startups founded by people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community.


The Batchery introduces next wave of innovative startups in Berkeley, California
Published: 06-05-2021 | 11:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Batchery announced its 12th Demo Day featuring eleven early-stage startups from the Berkeley-based incubator's intensive Deep Dive program.


Kenyan insurtech startup Lami Technologies raises $1.8m in seed funding
Published: 06-05-2021 | 10:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lami Technologies, a Kenyan insurance technology (insurtech) company that aims to democratize insurance products and services for low-income Kenyans, has raised $1.8 million in seed funding.


[Startup Interview] Marvin Akankwasa, CEO, Social Lend Africa, Uganda
Published: 05-05-2021 | 16:33:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Social Lend Africa is a Uganda-based financial technology company that facilitates transactions between micro-lenders and small business owners on its web and mobile app


DBSA launches second edition of the Youth Challenge in South Africa
Published: 05-05-2021 | 16:02:56 | By: Pie Kamau
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), launched the second edition of the DBSA Youth Challenge, a competition aimed at harnessing innovative solutions from young people in South Africa to help address infrastructure challenges.


Deathcare startup Parting Stone closes $1.3m in funding round to accelerate growth
Published: 05-05-2021 | 13:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Parting Stone, the deathcare startup solving the uncomfortable experience of dealing with cremated remains, announced the close of a $1.3 million seed-plus capital raise.


Asset management startup JupiterOne raises $30m Series B funding to accelerate growth
Published: 05-05-2021 | 13:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
JupiterOne, the provider of cyber asset management and governance solutions, announced a $30-million Series B funding round led by Sapphire Ventures to support the company's rapid growth in revenue, customers, and employees.


Atlanta-based startup Outsource Monetic commences commercial and technical operations in West and Central Africa
Published: 04-05-2021 | 16:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Outsource Monetic™, an Atlanta GA based startup, officially started its commercial and technical operations in West and Central Africa regions.


Mastercard invests in Rwandan femtech e-Commerce startup Kasha Global
Published: 04-05-2021 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mastercard announced a new investment in Rwandan female-focused e-Commerce platform Kasha Global, to continue shared efforts to ensure women across emerging markets have essential access to health.


VISO Trust raises $3m to deliver automated third party cyber due diligence at the speed of business
Published: 04-05-2021 | 12:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
VISO Trust announced it has raised $3 million in seed funding to automate third party cyber due diligence with an AI-driven social due diligence network.


interviewIA secures $2m seed round to expand HR tech product offerings
Published: 04-05-2021 | 12:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
interviewIA, a technology platform that manages all aspects of the job interview workflow to enable the coexistence of equitable and efficient hiring, has raised $2 million in its seed round.


i2020 Accelerator announces new investments in cancer, inflammation and neurology-focused therapeutics
Published: 30-04-2021 | 13:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
i2020, an accelerator program backed by the San Diego-based venture company Torrey Pines Investment, announced multiple startup and follow-on investment rounds together with OrbiMed.


Biotech startup ResBiotic raises $3m seed round, announces leadership team
Published: 30-04-2021 | 12:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
University of Alabama at Birmingham's biotech startup ResBiotic, announced a $3 million seed round to support the development and commercialization of groundbreaking probiotic formulations for lung health.


South Korean Government attracts global startups with its acceleration program K-Startup Grand Challenge 2021
Published: 30-04-2021 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Startups from around the world are now able to apply to K-Startup Grand Challenge 2021, South Korea's government-backed global acceleration program.


UN targets startups transforming food systems in new competition
Published: 30-04-2021 | 10:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The UN Food Systems Summit has announced a competition to identify the best small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the world who are transforming food systems for a better tomorrow.


[Startup Interview] Paul Foley, CEO, CTEX Markets, UK
Published: 30-04-2021 | 08:17:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Some of the services it offers include trade routing, price aggregation, AI based market analysis and reporting solutions.


Lacuna Fund announces second round of funding to projects supporting Natural Language Processing technologies Across Africa
Published: 29-04-2021 | 16:13:59 | By: Pie Kamau
The partner organisations behind Lacuna Fund implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, announced the second cohort of supported projects.


Insurtech startup Branch Insurance expands home and auto coverage to Colorado and Oklahoma States
Published: 29-04-2021 | 10:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Branch Insurance, the startup that pioneered bundling home and auto insurance online, announced its expansion to Colorado and Oklahoma States.


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


Danish biotech startup Adcendo raises €51m to advance novel antibody-drug conjugates for cancers treatment
Published: 29-04-2021 | 09:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Adcendo, a biotech company developing antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) for the treatment of cancers, announced the successful closing of €51 million Series A financing to advance novel antibody-drug conjugates for treatment of cancers.


Israeli enterprise AI startup BeyondMinds joins NVIDIA Inception
Published: 28-04-2021 | 17:00:12 | By: Pie Kamau
BeyondMinds, the enterprise AI startup that has built the first universally applicable and easily adaptable AI platform providing production-grade AI solutions at rapid speed, announced it has joined NVIDIA Inception.


Suntory America, Runway partner to scout, engage and invest in startups
Published: 28-04-2021 | 16:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Runway Innovation Hub, a Silicon Valley innovation consulting company, announced its partnership with Suntory America, one of the world's consumer products companies.


IoT startup Hologram hires Mike Georgoff as Chief Product Officer
Published: 28-04-2021 | 16:39:27 | By: Pie Kamau
Hologram, a global cellular platform for IoT, announced it hired Mike Georgoff this month as its first Chief Product Officer as the organization continues its growth.


UCM Digital Health startup raises $5.5m Series A funding
Published: 28-04-2021 | 16:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
UCM Digital Health, a provider of emergency telemedicine and virtual care solutions, announced it has completed a $5.5 million series A funding round led by Armory Square Ventures (ASV).


Accenture invests in Nigerian fintech startup Okra
Published: 27-04-2021 | 15:47:20 | By: Pie Kamau
Accenture announced an investment, through Accenture Ventures, in Nigeria-based fintech company Okra, an open finance data infrastructure startup serving the rapidly expanding African financial services market.


Detroit-based fintech startup Signal Advisors raises $16m to build end-to-end platform for independent financial advisors
Published: 27-04-2021 | 11:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Signal Advisors, a tech-enabled distributor of annuities and life insurance, announced a $10 million Series A led by General Catalyst, which closed in December 2020.


Data transformation startup Veryfi raises Series A to unlock unstructured data power
Published: 27-04-2021 | 10:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Veryfi, an AI-based data transformation platform for enterprise and technology corporations, announced a $12 million Series A financing round led by NewView Capital.


Plug and Play Korea launches in Seoul
Published: 27-04-2021 | 10:20:47 | By: Pie Kamau
Global innovation platform, Plug and Play, announced the launch of its new office in Seoul, Korea, to primarily focus on corporate innovation in the areas of Financial Services and Smart Cities and expects to expand to other industries in the future.


Insurtech startup Brella raises $15m Series A for national expansion of supplemental health insurance solution
Published: 26-04-2021 | 14:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Brella Insurance announced it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Brewer Lane Ventures to bring Brella's modern supplemental health solution to employers nationwide.


Telehealth startup PursueCare raises over $11m in Series A1, A2 financing
Published: 26-04-2021 | 13:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PursueCare, a telehealth addiction treatment startup, announced an oversubscribed $7 million Series A2 capital raise, bringing its total Series A round to north of $11 million.


Bechtel partners with climatetech startup incubator Greentown Labs to drive energy transition in Houston
Published: 26-04-2021 | 13:30:43 | By: Pie Kamau
Bechtel announced partnership with Greentown Labs in Houston, the city's first-ever climatetech startup incubator, to drive energy transition in Houston.


U.S.-based food tech startup Yo-Kai Express expands partnerships with Japan
Published: 26-04-2021 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
While restaurants and small businesses everywhere have struggled to survive the pandemic, U.S.-based foodtech startup Yo-Kai Express (YKE) has leveraged its technology and ideas to evolve and transform its business models to broader platforms.


Plug and Play launches maritime innovation platform in Antwerp, Belgium
Published: 22-04-2021 | 13:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Global innovation platform, Plug and Play, together with Founding Partners City of Antwerp, CMB, DXC Technology, Euronav, and Port of Antwerp, announced the launch of their first maritime program in Antwerp, Belgium.


Medical device startup Nanodropper completes $1.4m seed funding round
Published: 21-04-2021 | 13:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nanodropper, a medical device company offering a first-of-its-kind eyedrop bottle adaptor that reduces eyedrop size, completed a $1.4 million seed round.


Meeting Automation startup Chili Piper gets spicy with $33m from Tiger Global
Published: 21-04-2021 | 13:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chili Piper, the advanced routing and scheduling solution for revenue teams, announced it has raised a $33 million "Series Spicy" led by Tiger Global with participation from existing investors Base10 Partners and Gradient Ventures.


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


Atlanta-based startups GROUNDFLOOR and PadSplit team up to create affordable housing
Published: 21-04-2021 | 12:38:57 | By: Pie Kamau
GROUNDFLOOR, a wealthtech platform that allows everyone to build wealth through real estate, and PadSplit, a mission-driven marketplace that helps solve the affordable housing crisis, are teaming up to create hundreds of new affordable housing units.


Nigerian last-mile delivery startup Kwik Delivery releases Prestashop plugin
Published: 20-04-2021 | 10:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
After the release of its plugins for Shopify and Magento, Kwik Delivery has released its plugin for Prestashop.


Ericsson launches Graduate Programme in Kenya
Published: 20-04-2021 | 10:47:30 | By: Bob Koigi
The programme aims to grow the technical skills of the graduates, training them on the Ericsson technology, solutions and, delivery and providing them with an understanding of Ericsson’s processes, methods and tools.


Twenty-two startups join second cohort of UNICEF StartUp Lab in Ghana
Published: 20-04-2021 | 10:41:00 | By: Pie Kamau
UNICEF announced the launch of the 2021 cohort of the UNICEF StartUp Lab, a co-creation space and accelerator, that engages young startups in the development of innovative, open-source, market-driven products and solutions.


New York-based startup Andela announces global engineering talent expansion
Published: 20-04-2021 | 09:53:34 | By: Pie Kamau
New York-based startup Andela, the global talent network that helps companies build remote engineering teams, announced the global expansion of its engineering talent.


Kenyan logistics startup Amitruck and Sky.Garden announce last mile goods pick-up and deliveries partnership
Published: 20-04-2021 | 09:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Logistics platform Amitruck and e-Commerce platform Sky.Garden have partnered to form an end-to-end digital chain for goods pick-up and deliveries to the last mile.


Grindstone accelerator programme opens applications for South African startups
Published: 20-04-2021 | 09:36:42 | By: Pie Kamau
Applications for this year’s Grindstone’s accelerator programme are now open. Grindstone is an equity-free structured entrepreneurship development programme that assists high-growth innovation-driven SMEs in South Africa.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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