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Marketing AI Institute closes $1m seed round, appoints new Chief Growth Officer
Published: 11-05-2021 | 12:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Marketing Artificial Intelligence Institute has appointed Cathy McPhillips to Chief Growth Officer, and announced the closing of a $1 million seed round to accelerate understanding and adoption of artificial intelligence across the marketing industry.


Loan infrastructure startup Spinwheel raise $11m to better manage, pay consumer debt
Published: 11-05-2021 | 12:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Spinwheel, the platform that lets companies embed consumer debt solutions in their applications, disclosed fundraising of $11 million led by QED Investors with participation from Core Innovation Capital, Fika Ventures, and Firebolt Ventures.


Chinese biopharma startup Alebund Pharmaceuticals raises $60m in Series B financing round
Published: 11-05-2021 | 12:04:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Alebund Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing innovative therapies for the treatment of renal diseases and related chronic conditions, announced the raise of $60 million in its Series B financing round.


AI-powered fintech startup Expend announces impressive start to crowdfunding campaign
Published: 11-05-2021 | 11:25:36 | By: Pie Kamau
Expend, the AI-powered fintech startup changing the way businesses manage expenses and spending, announced a great start to its crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs.


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.


Revere VC raises $1.35 m seed round to give venture capital its vanguard moment
Published: 07-05-2021 | 12:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Revere VC, a San Francisco and Hong Kong based asset management firm, announced the launch of its flagship products and services; "The Portal,' a curated VC platform, and its inaugural fund strategy, 'The Prime Access Fund.'


Mental health biotech startup Gilgamesh Pharmaceuticals closes $27m Series A round
Published: 07-05-2021 | 12:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Gilgamesh Pharmaceuticals, a mental health science focused biotechnology company utilizing psychedelic-related medicines for the treatment of neuropsychiatric conditions, today announced the closing of a $27 million Series A round of funding.


MentalHappy startup closes $1.1m seed round to expand worldwide expert-led peer support groups
Published: 06-05-2021 | 12:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MentalHappy, an online mental health platform designed to help individuals improve their emotional wellbeing through positive peer support, announced the close of a $1.1 million seed funding round.


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 fintech startup Kwara selected for Japan-led Ninja Accelerator programme
Published: 06-05-2021 | 10:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digital banking platform and fintech company Kwara has been selected for the first cohort of the Ninja Accelerator programme in Kenya.


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.


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.


Untapped Ventures joins Global Startup Studio Network to help people self-actualize at work
Published: 05-05-2021 | 12:42:55 | By: Pie Kamau
Untapped Ventures (Untapped) announced it has been accepted in the exclusive Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN) community.


West Africa's Uhuru Investment Partners closes growth fund at $113m with capital support from CDC
Published: 05-05-2021 | 12:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Uhuru Investment Partners (Uhuru), a middle-market private equity firm based out of Lagos and Abidjan, announced the first close of Uhuru Growth Fund I (UGF) at $113 million, with capital support from CDC Group.


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.


Fortú launches Latino digital bank, raises $5m led by Valar Ventures
Published: 04-05-2021 | 12:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Fortú announced the launch of its digital bank account focused on Latino and Hispanic U.S. residents who remain underserved by the "one size fits all" approach of traditional financial institutions.


Hashflow raises $3.2m seed round to bring professional market makers to DeFi
Published: 04-05-2021 | 11:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hashflow, a decentralized exchange connecting DeFi traders with top crypto market makers, closed a seed funding round of $3.2 million from leading venture capital firms and angel investors.


CVS Health launches $100m venture fund
Published: 30-04-2021 | 13:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CVS Health announced the launch of CVS Health Ventures, a dedicated corporate venture capital fund that will invest in and partner with high-potential, early-stage companies focused on making health care more accessible, affordable, and simpler.


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.


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.


Fintech startup Splitwise raises $20m Series A funding to accelerate global customer growth
Published: 29-04-2021 | 10:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Splitwise Inc, an interpersonal finance app for sharing expenses with friends and family, announced the raise of $20 million in Series A funding led by global venture capital and private equity firm, Insight Partners.


Logistics startup Logixboard raises $13m Series A funding to power the future of modern freight forwarding
Published: 29-04-2021 | 10:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Logixboard, the modern customer experience platform for freight forwarders, closed a $13 million investment led by Redpoint Ventures, with continued participation from Social Leverage, F-Prime Capital, Founders Co-op, Techstars Ventures, and others.


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.


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.


Dating app startup So Syncd raises $1m seed round to grow its user base in the US
Published: 27-04-2021 | 12:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
So Syncd, the dating app that matches compatible personality types, raised a seed round of $1 million to grow its user base in the US.


EventHub startup closes pre-seed round to revolutionize event sponsorship
Published: 27-04-2021 | 11:45:28 | By: Pie Kamau
EventHub officially closed its pre-seed round as the company prepares to scale up customer adoption of its sponsorship platform. The round was led by Pasadena Angels and Emerging Ventures from the LA area as well as Seattle-based Accellius Capital.


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.


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.


Homebuilding startup Higharc raises $21m Series A to aid in recruiting, building out engineering functions
Published: 26-04-2021 | 14:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Higharc, the all-in-one homebuilding platform for design, sales, and construction, announced it raised $21 million in Series A funding, led by Spark Capital.


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.


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.


Kenyan e-mobility startup Ecobodaa secures funding from Persistent Energy Capital
Published: 23-04-2021 | 09:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Persistent Energy Capital announced a strategic venture building investment and partnership with Ecobodaa, a pioneer e-mobility startup, leading the revolution of the electric motorbike taxi (bodaboda) in Kenya.


Insurtech startup OKO raises $1.2m to bring innovative insurance to smallholder farmers across Africa
Published: 23-04-2021 | 09:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OKO, an insurtech startup that provides inclusive agricultural insurance to secure farmers’ income across Africa, closed a seed investment round of $1.2 million, led by Newfund and ResiliAnce.


UK-based startup Cquestr8 raises $300k seed capital to develop safe & permanent carbon sequestration solution
Published: 22-04-2021 | 13:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cquestr8, 2020 winners of the Climate-KIC's ClimateLaunchpad "Next Big Thing" prize, has secured funding to develop their unique carbon sequestration solution, leveraging natural processes to safely lock away CO2 as stable ocean bicarbonate.


Autonomous air cargo startup MightyFly raises $5.1 million seed funding to revolutionize logistics
Published: 22-04-2021 | 13:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MightyFly, an autonomous air cargo carrier, announced it has closed $5.1 million in seed funding, including investments from 500 Startups, At One Ventures, Global Founders Capital, Graph Ventures, and Halogen Ventures.


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.


Subscription Management startup Chargebee raises $125m Series G funding to accelerate global shift to subscriptions
Published: 21-04-2021 | 12:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chargebee, the subscription billing and revenue management platform, announced a fresh round of $125 million in series G funding, co-led by new investor Sapphire Ventures and existing investors Tiger Global and Insight Venture Partners.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Chinese venture capital firm Qiming closes RMB Fund VI at RMB 2.852 billion
Published: 26-01-2021 | 09:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Chinese venture capital firm Qiming Venture Partners announced the final closing of its RMB Fund VI at RMB 2.852 billion.


Mental health startup Hurdle raises $5m to accelerate expansion of its platform
Published: 25-01-2021 | 14:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Hurdle, an innovative digital mental health platform company, announced it has successfully closed a $5 million Series Seed financing co-led by 406 Ventures and Seae Ventures with participation from F-Prime.


Agritech startup Bear Flag Robotics raises $7.9m seed extension round
Published: 25-01-2021 | 14:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bear Flag Robotics announced a $7.9 million seed extension funding round led by True Ventures. The Silicon Valley-based agritech company is developing autonomous technology for farm tractors, which enables growers to increase productivity.


Israeli's Vintage Investment Partners signs United Nations supported Principals for Responsible Investment
Published: 25-01-2021 | 13:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vintage Investment Partners announced it has become a signatory and partner to the United Nations supported Principals for Responsible Investment PRI.


Echelon Capital to invest $1 million in early-stage tech startups in Nigeria
Published: 25-01-2021 | 13:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Echelon Capital has announced plans to inject $1 million in funding in Nigerian tech startups beginning February 2021.


VC-backed free money transfer service Taptap Send launches in Kenya
Published: 25-01-2021 | 13:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Taptap Send, a venture-backed startup that lets immigrants send money back home to emerging markets instantly has launched in Kenya.


Tech startup CloudNatix raises $4.5m seed round to transform cloud and on-premise infrastructure operations
Published: 22-01-2021 | 15:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CloudNatix, a provider of efficient infrastructure across multiple clouds and on-premise environments, announced the closing of $4.5 million Seed round financing.


Israeli AI construction startup Swapp raises $7m seed round for market expansion
Published: 22-01-2021 | 14:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swapp, an AI-powered construction planning company, announced it raised $7 million in Seed funding, led by Point72 Ventures and Entrée Capital with the participation of existing investors.


Canadian hormone tracking startup Eli raises $1.5m to reshape women's health
Published: 22-01-2021 | 14:21:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Eli, a company enabling women to own their fertility and health decisions with a novel hormone tracking technology, announced its $1.5 million seed round co-led by Vectr Ventures and 2048 Ventures.


Analytics startup Quantifind secures $22m financing to accelerate market for automated financial crime and risk investigation
Published: 22-01-2021 | 14:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Quantifind, a provider of solutions that use data science to help automate financial crimes investigations announced a strategic growth funding round of $22 million.


Food and beverage analyst Bryan Hunt joins Relevance Ventures as Senior Investment Manager
Published: 21-01-2021 | 10:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Relevance Ventures, the Native American privately owned and operated venture capital firm, announced that Bryan Hunt, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), is joining the firm as a Senior Investment Manager.


Financial services startup Wimple closes seed round, hires development team for enhanced platform
Published: 21-01-2021 | 09:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Wimple, (Wealth made Simple), a platform for retail investors and consumers to ask financial questions and connect with top financial professionals in their area, has raised a seed round from strategic investors.


Innodem Neurosciences secures $6m Series A financing from Morningside Group
Published: 20-01-2021 | 11:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Innodem Neurosciences, a Montreal-based company, has closed a Series A financing round led by Morningside Ventures to support the development and commercialization of its proprietary, patented, digital biomarking technology of neurodegenerative diseases.


Arbol closes Series A raise, adds Mubadala Capital Ventures to its investment group
Published: 20-01-2021 | 10:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Insurtech platform Arbol Inc. announced it has closed its Series A fundraising round with commitments totaling nearly $7 million. Arbol's Series A round was oversubscribed and completed at a significant increase in valuation from its initial seed round.


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


Biotech startup Vera Therapeutics launches with $80m Series C financing to develop phase 2b novel biologic for kidney disease
Published: 19-01-2021 | 13:16:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Vera Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for immunological and inflammatory diseases, announced its launch backed by $80 million Series C financing led by Abingworth LLP.


Canadian energy innovator e-Zinc raises $2.3m to accelerate commercialization of its breakthrough energy storage technology
Published: 18-01-2021 | 17:20:00 | By: Pie Kamau
e-Zinc, a Toronto-based energy storage innovator, announced it has raised $2.3 million in a closed round led by BDC Capital's Cleantech Practice.


Tigo Energy raises $20m to bolster customer experience, fund market expansion
Published: 18-01-2021 | 17:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Tigo Energy, the worldwide leader in Flex-MLPE (Module Level Power Electronics), announced a $20 million round of investment, led by Energy Growth Momentum.


Indian food and grocery e-commerce startup Jumbotail secures $14.2m Series B3 funding from VII Ventures
Published: 18-01-2021 | 16:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
India's food and grocery e-commerce and new retail platform Jumbotail secured a $14.2 million Series B3 funding from VII Ventures (Seven Ventures).


Kinyungu Ventures calls for changes to cut-and-paste VC strategy in Africa
Published: 18-01-2021 | 16:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
A new White Paper published by East African venture advisory firm Kinyungu Ventures shows there continues to be a wide misalignment between traditional venture capital models and the African market.


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


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


Biotech startup AltPep raises $23m jumpstarting work on Alzheimer's disease
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:35:00 | By: Pie Kamau
AltPep Corporation, a privately held biomedical company focused on diagnosing and treating Central Nervous System amyloid disorders, starting with Alzheimer's Disease, announced it closed a $23.150 million Series A investment round.


Fintech startup Bookkeeper360 raises $1m seed round to deliver SaaS business intelligence platform to small businesses
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Bookkeeper360, a fintech company focused on accounting and advisory solutions for small businesses, announced $1 million in seed funding to support an increase in investor confidence for small business fintech solutions .


Chevron invests in carbon capture and utilization startup Blue Planet
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:01:40 | By: Pie Kamau
Chevron Corporation announced a Series C investment in San Jose-based Blue Planet Systems Corporation (Blue Planet), a startup that manufactures and develops carbonate aggregates and carbon capture technology.


Laurence Innovation launches fund to invest in fourth industrial tech startups
Published: 14-01-2021 | 12:20:26 | By: Bob Koigi
Laurence Innovation, a new pre-seed investment fund with a focus on early-stage tech companies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) verticals, has announced the close of their Innovation Fund I pilot and opening of their Fund II rolling implementation.


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


Oncology healthtech startup OncoLens secures $7.25m Series A funding
Published: 14-01-2021 | 11:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
OncoLens, a pioneer in tumor board and cancer treatment planning solutions, raised a $7.25 million Series A investment from BIP Capital, Martin Ventures, and SeedToB Capital.


US venture exit value achieved $290 billion in 2020 alongside record years for investment and fundraising activity, report
Published: 14-01-2021 | 11:10:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Though the past year had a lot of uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the US VC industry demonstrated its resilience and long-term mindset, achieving new records in total exit value, deal value and capital raised by VC funds.


Food-tech startup CookUnity secures $15.5m in Series A funding for expansion
Published: 14-01-2021 | 10:48:00 | By: Pie Kamau
CookUnity, the Brooklyn-based food-tech company that introduced the first direct Chef-to-Consumer meal subscription platform, announced the closing of a $15.5 million Series A investment round.


Capchase raises $60m in new funding, expands opportunity for early-stage SaaS startups to secure non-dilutive capital
Published: 14-01-2021 | 10:00:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Capchase, a Boston-based provider of non-dilutive capital for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, announced $60 million in additional funding, led by specialty finance firm i80 Group.


Digital mortgage-servicing startup Brace raises $15.7m in Series B funding
Published: 13-01-2021 | 13:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Brace, a digital mortgage-servicing platform, announced it raised an additional $15.7 million in Series B funding led by Canvas Ventures.


Novo Seeds' IO Biotech completes oversubscribed €127m Series B financing to accelerate clinical programs in oncology
Published: 13-01-2021 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Novo Seeds announced its portfolio company, IO Biotech, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel, immune-modulating anti-cancer therapies, raised €127 million in Series B financing.


Canadian tech startup 3D CityScapes to revolutionize real estate, property development industries
Published: 13-01-2021 | 12:57:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Canadian tech startup 3D CityScapes announced a breakthrough in its cloud streaming technology that allows their interactive visualization app to be available anywhere, on any device with internet connection.


Gut-health nutrition startup Muniq raises $8.2m Series A investment round
Published: 13-01-2021 | 12:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Muniq, the innovative consumer health and food-tech brand created by Marc Washington, founder and CEO of Uplifting Results Labs, announced the closing of a $8.2 million Series A investment round.


Egypt’s life science startup Nawah Scientific raises $1m round for market expansion
Published: 13-01-2021 | 08:22:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Egyptian life science startup Nawah Scientific announced the the closing a second pre-series A round of $1 million in mixed equity and debt capital, raising its total funding to $2 million.


Egyptian telemedicine startup Docspert Health secures funding round for geographical expansion
Published: 13-01-2021 | 08:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Docspert Health, a telemedicine startup with operations in the UK and Egypt, announced it has successfully closed Six-Figure USD investment in seed funding from Flat6Labs and a group of angel investors in the UK and USA.


Neuros Medical raises $38.5m in Series BB funding for completion of pivotal clinical study for chronic post-amputation pain
Published: 12-01-2021 | 11:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Neuros Medical, a medical device company developing innovative high-frequency nerve block technology for patients with intractable post-amputation pain, announced the closing of Series BB financing totaling $38.5 million.


Genomics startup NuProbe closes $42m fundraising for expansion
Published: 12-01-2021 | 11:34:00 | By: Pie Kamau
NuProbe, a genomics and molecular diagnostics company specialized in ultrasensitive sequencing panels, announced the closing of its oversubscribed $42 million fundraising.


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


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