Baleon Capital launches early-stage fund to back startups tackling underlying challenges within healthcare
Baleon Capital, a new venture capital firm, announced the close of its first fund, which has invested in pre-Series A and Series A companies that are driving innovation in healthcare and transforming medical care in America.
Tech startup tab32 closes Series B financing to accelerate dental cloudtech transformation
tab32, the dental industry cloud-based, full-service technology platform, announced closing a Series B round led by Spark Growth Ventures, a technology VC firm "on a mission to support gritty and exceptional founders."
Nano raises $90m pre-IPO funding round to accelerate growth
Nano Cures (Nano), a clinical stage biotechnology and infectious disease immunity platform company, announced a $90 million pre-IPO funding round.
Marketing SaaS startup Unstack raises $3.1m seed round to expand no-code platform
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.
Second Front Systems extends seed round funding to $8.1m for immediate impact to national security
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.
Digital Power-Optimization completes Seed II funding round
Digital Power-Optimization (DPO) announced it has completed a $440,000 Seed II funding round at a $4,000,000 post-money valuation, funded by Salutem Capital.
Canadian tech startup Vegano disrupts meal-kit delivery services market
Vegano, Canada's first plant-based meal-kit delivery service, is helping Canadians take plant-based living beyond Veganuary. Following its official launch on January 4, 2021, Vegano has delivered over 800 meals.
Scalapay raises $48m to give merchants a single payment solution and access to merchant referrals
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
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
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
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
Sturish, an AI driven e-commerce growth platform that establishes and grows online businesses across multiple channels and global markets, closed a $3.2 million seed funding round to hire additional talent and build out its technology platform.
John Deere adds new companies to its 2021 Startup Collaborator program
John Deere & Company announced the companies that will be part of the 2021 cohort of the Startup Collaborator program.
Payroll infrastructure startup Check announces public launch with $35m Series B investment
Check, a first-of-its-kind payroll infrastructure startup whose mission is to make paying people simple, announced its public launch with $35 million in Series B funding from Stripe and Thrive Capital.
Seattle-based traveltech startup Cabana rolls out new offerings, expands operations to California
Cabana, the Seattle-based traveltech startup reinventing how people travel through its fleet of luxe mobile hotels, is rolling out enhanced offerings to its customers in Seattle and soon to its newest market, Los Angeles.
MRM partners with Founders Factory on new startup impact program
MRM, a marketing agency that is part of McCann Worldgroup, and Founders Factory, the influential startup studio and accelerator, announced a new partnership, to give MRM access to Founders Factory's network of startups.
Canadian startup Tealbook raises $14.4m Series A funding to accelerate growth
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
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
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
British adtech startup Illuma Technology, an independent contextual AI specialist, has been selected for capital fundraising through PwC's Raise programme.
Santa Clara-based startup Refzee launches movie analytics platform for the film industry
Refzee, the Santa Clara-based startup announced a new movie analytics platform, aimed at giving the film industry the decisive metrics it needs.
Kids and family finance startup Goalsetter raises $3.9m seed round to accelerate subscriber growth
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Quantifind, a provider of solutions that use data science to help automate financial crimes investigations announced a strategic growth funding round of $22 million.
Taiwanese startup VitalSigns debuts at CES 2021 with air quality monitoring IoT device
Following its previous successes in bio-signal monitors and connective health, VitalSigns Technology shifted gears and entered the IoT industry with its outstanding biosensor and physiological monitoring development capabilities.
Food and beverage analyst Bryan Hunt joins Relevance Ventures as Senior Investment Manager
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
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.
Canadian financial-planning startup Planswell eyes global expansion with C-suite appointments
Planswell, the Toronto-based startup delivering free financial plans in about three minutes at Planswell.com, is preparing for expansion to Latin America and Asia by filling key executive positions.
Innodem Neurosciences secures $6m Series A financing from Morningside Group
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
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.
TransUnion partners with South Africa's fintech startup Fincheck to improve access to finance for consumers
Global information and insights company, TransUnion, has partnered with South Africa’s financial marketplace, Fincheck, to make credit application process easier and less frustrating for consumers.
Cybersecurity startup SecurityGate.io releases product update to help security leaders identify overlooked people, process risks
SecurityGate.io, a risk management SaaS (Software as a Service) for critical infrastructure cybersecurity, announced the release of their new PPT Insight.
VentureIsrael invests in Israeli startup QuantLR, developer of affordable quantum cryptography solution
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
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.
Ontario Brain Institute increases investment in Diamond Therapeutics startup to accelerate innovation in mental health
Emerging psychedelic drug development company Diamond Therapeutics has received new investment from the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), a not-for-profit organization that accelerates discovery and innovation, benefiting both patients and the economy.
Canadian energy innovator e-Zinc raises $2.3m to accelerate commercialization of its breakthrough energy storage technology
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Autonomous sweeper from Berlin startup approved for public road use in Singapore
The autonomous compact sweeper "Donner", developed by a consortium led by ENWAY and Bucher Municipal, has passed the Land Transport Authority's approval test for autonomous vehicles for use on public roads.
Biotech startup AltPep raises $23m jumpstarting work on Alzheimer's disease
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
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
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.
Tech startup Drata raises $3.2m in seed funding, launches platform to automate SOC 2 Compliance
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
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
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
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.
Plug and Play partners with MESS to create a mobility & IoT innovation hub in Istanbul, Turkey
Global innovation platform for startups and corporations from Silicon Valley, Plug and Play, is partnering with Turkish Employers' Association of Metal Industries MESS, in launching its newest location in Istanbul, Turkey.
Capchase raises $60m in new funding, expands opportunity for early-stage SaaS startups to secure non-dilutive capital
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.
[Startup Interview] Tony Botha, Managing Director, carbonTRACK Africa, South Africa
carbonTRACK Africa is a South Africa technology startup that seeks to create a world where energy is consumed sustainably, shared fairly and empowers all people. The ultimate goal is establishing an energy ecosystem that will close the gap between energy supply and demand.
Digital mortgage-servicing startup Brace raises $15.7m in Series B funding
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Z3Partners Tech Fund announced its First Close of $14 million and its investments in Cyfirma, a Cyber Threat Intelligence Software startup and DealShare, a Social Commerce-led online grocery startup.
Kenyan AI startup Gro Intelligence raises $85m in Series B funding
Kenyan AI-powered insights startup Gro Intelligence announced the raise of $85 million in Series B funding, co-led by Intel Capital, Africa Internet Ventures and the family offices of Ronald Lauder and Eric Zinterhofer.
Healthcare startup Noctrix Health completes $17m Series B financing
Noctrix Health, a private medical device company, announced it completed a Series B financing of $17 million, co-led by Treo Ventures and OrbiMed, with participation from LivaNova and other insiders.
Global law firm DLA Piper advises Atlanta-based startup SalesLoft on its $100m Series E financing
DLA Piper represented Atlanta-based startup SalesLoft in its recent $100 million Series E financing led by Owl Rock Capital, with participation from Insight Partners, HarbourVest, and Emergence.
[Startup Interview] Prof.Yakubu Makeri, Founder, ICYDT, Uganda
International Center for Youth Development on Technopreneurship, ICYDT, is a Uganda startup working on skills development and reduction of poverty among the youth using information technology. The institution’s founder Prof. Yakubu Makeri explains the startup’s business model and plans to launch an online university.
Italy responds to pandemic with 53 innovative startups at 2021 CES
Against the backdrop of the worst public health crisis in more than a century, the Italian Trade Agency will introduce a new generation of technology startups at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) All Digital from January 11 to 14.
[Startup Interview] Ted Martynov, Founder and CEO, CARMA, Nigeria
CARMA is an African-based startup offering proprietary decentralized technology allowing lenders to get more value by accessing data on a real-time basis. While non-lending organizations can also monetize their data which will increase their number of lenders.
New Wave Foods completes $18m Series A financing to focus on plant based Shrimp and sustainable shellfish
New Wave Foods announced the completion of $18 million Series A round of financing, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) along with Evolution VC Partners, as well as other new and existing investors.
Aspen RxHealth raises $23m Series B funding round
Aspen RxHealth, whose first of its kind clinical pharmacy model developed by pharmacists for pharmacists delivers value for health plans and risk-bearing providers, announced the closure of a $23 million Series B funding round.
Veterinary telemedicine startup Hello Ralphie closes $1m seed round
Hello Ralphie, the veterinary telemedicine startup, announced the closing of its $1 million seed round of funding through primary investments from HearstLab and WPMC Fund.
Peels Citrus CBD startup secures $4m Investment from KarpReilly
CBD startup Citrus CBD Industries (Peels), launched the first nationwide CBD brand made from oranges led by Founder & CEO Chris Hetherington.
Digital media startup Outsider Media Network secures $2.75m Series A financing round
Outsider Media Network, a digital media and publishing company founded in August 2020, announced the closure of a $2.75 million Series A funding round led by early-stage venture investor, Stuart McWhorter.
UK biotech startup Theolytics raises £5m Series A round to advance viral cancer therapies
Theolytics, a UK biotech harnessing viruses to combat cancer, announced the closing of £5 million Series A round, co-led by Epidarex Capital and Taiho Ventures LLC with participation from existing investor, Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI).
InsurTech NY announces global Early-Stage InsurTech Competition 2021
InsurTech NY has opened the application window for its annual 2021 InsurTech Early-Stage Competition, to award $200,000 in prizes to three winning teams. Startups will compete for the title of the company with the most commercial potential.
Female-founded tech startup Kanarys secures $3m seed round
Kanarys, first Black and female-founded DEI technology company that gathers specific, actionable insights to help diagnose, prioritize, and optimize DEI efforts in the workplace, announced the closing of its $3 million seed round.
Taiwanese startup A.V. Mapping solves copyright battles for creators
First time CES exhibitor A.V. Mapping, which was selected by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) as one of the 100 featured Taiwanese startups being showcased at CES 2021, is promoting its patented AI platform as a solution to the problem of copyright infringement.
Chinese iQIYI's VR startup completes Series B funding to drive innovation, expand content ecosystem
iQIYI Inc., an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, announced it has recently completed a multi-hundred million RMB Series B funding round for its virtual reality (VR) division iQIYI Intelligent.
New York-based social media startup Tsū exceeds $10m capital raise, announces new appointments
Tsū Inc., the "Social That Pays," announced it has significantly expanded its executive team following a successful first year of growth, fundraising, and product development.
Novo Seeds portfolio company CorWave raises €35m for breakthrough heart pump
Novo Seeds, the early stage investment and company creation team of Novo Holdings, announced its portfolio company CorWave, raised € 35 million in a Series C financing.
Dallas startup mindzie secures $2.3m in seed round for expansion
Dallas startup mindzie, provider of business process optimization software, announced its Seed Capital raise of $2.3 million, to support the company's growth ambitions, the further development of its software platform the mindzie studio.
BrandBase launches Jungle Cup; first plastic-free, home compostable disposable cup
Jungle Cup is the world’s first plastic-free disposable coffee cup that biodegrades in 12 weeks without industrial processing, introduced by BrandBase.
CerraCap Ventures invests in biopharma AI startup Totient
CerraCap Ventures announced its third health-tech investment in Totient, an artificial intelligence-driven drug discovery platform that identifies and harnesses human-derived antibodies from individuals with exceptional immune responses.
Biotech startup Indee Labs announces successful early access program launch
Indee Labs announced the addition of three of the largest pharmaceutical companies, multiple biotechnology companies as well as Stanford's Cell Therapy Clinic and Moffitt Cancer Center, to participate in its Early Access Program.
[Startup Interview] Deon de Swardt, Co-Founder, Africa People Advisory Group, South Africa
Africa People Advisory Group is a South Africa Human Resource Advisory firm whose primary focus is to deliver consulting and product solutions to organizations operating in and across the African continent. The firm’s Co-founder Deon de Swardt explains the company’s business model and plans.
[Startup Interview] Daniel Gatura, CEO, Ace Mobility, Kenya
Daniel Gatura is the CEO and founder of Ace Mobility, a Kenya-based startup that is focused on improving the public transport by addressing mobility challenges of the vulnerable with a focus on the differently abled, women and elderly. Daniel elaborates.