Chinese Venture Capital firm CCV signs UNPRI, makes commitment to responsible, sustainable living
The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) has admitted CCV, an Asian-based early-stage VC firm as a signatory, making CCV one of the first Asian investment-focused signatories.
Renewable energy startup PAM Africa launches first ever net zero villages in Nigeria
PAM Africa, a Nigerian renewable energy startup has launched Net-Zero Villages (NZVs) consisting of a community that is designed with a whole system thinking approach to offset more greenhouse gases (GHG) than it produces.
Swiss startup Taurus raises $65m to further develop its digital asset platform, fuel international expansion
Taurus, the digital asset infrastructure provider for financial institutions in Europe, announced a $65 million Series B capital raise from strategic investors.
Raven Indigenous Capital Partners closes $100m venture capital fund to support native American entrepreneurs
Raven Indigenous Capital Partners announced the final closing of a $100 million Indigenous venture capital fund that provides patient capital and a culturally grounded community of support.
[Startup Interview] Don Okoth, General Manager, Sendy, Kenya
Don Okoth is General Manager for Kenyan Fulfillment and Logistics startup Sendy. In this interview, he talks about the current state of logistics in Kenya and beyond, including Sendy's role in shaping the industry.
Hatchfi launches out of beta, raises $1.2m pre-seed to enable fintech apps bridge the gap to Web3
Hatchfi, a crypto integration platform that allows users to seamlessly connect crypto accounts to any app like they would a bank account, launched out of beta on the heels of a $1.2 million pre-seed raise.
Adenia Partners announces $300m first close for fund V
Adenia Partners , a private markets investment firm committed to responsible investing and a sustainable Africa, has announced the first close of its fifth flagship fund, Adenia Capital (V) L.P. with $300 million commitments from investors.
Kenyan healthtech startup Zuri Health raises funding to expand across Africa
Kenyan healthtech startup Zuri Health announced it has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Moroccan VC UM6P Ventures. The funds will be used to support Zuri’s growth and expansion across Africa.
Fulcrum Venture announces fifth cohort of its accelerator program
After reviewing hundreds of startups, Fulcrum Venture Accelerator, the startup accelerator for mission-driven entrepreneurs, announced its fifth cohort of promising young companies set to graduate in March 2023.
Startup Genome partners with Endeavor to research the Detroit region's entrepreneurial ecosystem
Startup Genome and Endeavor are working together to study and support the Detroit region's entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem development.
Climate finance trading platform Senken raises $7.5m to streamline and expand carbon markets offerings
Senken, the climate finance trading platform of on-chain carbon credits, announced it has raised $7.5 million in new funding, the most significant capital raise in its industry, led by Obvious Ventures.
Swedish AI startup Viking Analytics raises more than €3m Series A funding for global expansion
Viking Analytics, a Swedish startup developing AI-based machine health monitoring technology, announced the closing of its Series A round, co-led by Belgium-based Finindus and Sweden-based Industrifonden.
Free From Market raises $2.1m seed round for its food is medicine platform to treat chronic health conditions
Free From Market (FFM), the patient-driven digital platform, announced it has closed a $2.1 million seed investment.
Las Vegas startup Roots Homes raises $2.2m to make homeownership easy for Millennials and Gen Z
Roots Homes, the Las Vegas-based startup pioneering fractional homeownership, announced a $2.2 million funding round led by Other Ventures, with participation from Behind Genius Ventures.
European digital asset platform Bitpanda launches SaaS product for banks, fintechs
Bitpanda, a European digital asset platform, announced the launch of Bitpanda Technology Solutions, the most scalable Investing-as a-service infrastructure available in Europe and globally.
Nordics-focused LP firm Monterro announces final close of small-cap fund at €150m hard cap
Monterro, the Nordic B2B software investor, announced the final close of Monterro G1 at its €150m hard cap, including a 24% GP commitment.
Mobility startup BasiGo and AVA to assemble 1,000 electric buses in Kenya
BasiGo, the Kenyan-based electric manufacturer has partnered with the Associated Vehicle Assemblers (AVA), to assemble its buses in the country.
Pegasus Tech Ventures launches $100m fund with Japanese chemicals and life science company Denka
Pegasus Tech Ventures (Pegasus), a global venture capital firm that is headquartered in the Silicon Valley, has established a $100 million corporate venture capital fund with Denka.
Battery recycling startup Redivivus receives funding from ENEOS Innovation Partners to accelerate growth
Redivivus, a lithium-ion battery recycling startup, announced an investment from ENEOS Innovation Partners, a corporate venture capital firm committed to delivering new energy, materials, and services.
Catalyst Fund invests $2m in 10 startups to improve resilience to climate change in Africa
Pre-seed venture capital (VC) fund and accelerator Catalyst Fund, announced a $2 million investment in 10 startups developing solutions to improve the resilience of communities most vulnerable to climate change in Africa.
Sustainable mobility startup eWAKA receives 500K CHF loan to accelerate growth
eWAKA, one of Africa’s most promising sustainable mobility startups, has received strategic support from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) Start-up Fund of the Swiss Confederation.
Irish agritech startup Proveye secures €1m seed funding to accelerate growth
Irish agritech startup Proveye, a pioneer in remote sensing image analysis for agriculture, announced the closing of €1 million seed funding round to advance the company’s growth strategy.
Top 10 digital health startups in 2023 according to Plug and Play
New trends don’t materialize at the start of the year, but it is still a great time to reflect on the past year and see what topics will fill newsfeeds and dominate conversations in the digital health space in 2023.
Michigan State University biotech startup Iaso Therapeutics closes $1.25m equity series seed preferred financing
Iaso Therapeutics closed the first tranche of the company's $1.25 million series seed preferred round of financing.
HLTH Foundation launches coalition to help integrate health equity standards into healthcare tech and data practices
HLTH Foundation announced the formation of the Techquity for Health Coalition, with a mission to assimilate health equity considerations into healthcare technology innovation and data practices.
Memfault raises $24m Series B funding to supercharge its IoT reliability platform
Memfault, the IoT reliability platform, announced a $24 million Series B funding round, led by Stripes with additional participation from existing investors Partech Partners and Uncork Capital as well as the 5G Open Innovation Lab.
Belgian SMEs management software Odoo opens local office in Australia
Belgian company Odoo, an all-in-one integrated business solution for Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), announced it is setting up shop in Australia.
African tech ecosystem raised $6.5 billion in 2022, report
Partech Africa, the VC fund dedicated to technology startups in Africa, has issued its annual report on Africa Tech Venture Capital, which reveals that despite the global VC downturn, the African tech ecosystem grew faster than all other markets globally.
Sofia-based EV charging platform AMPECO raises $13m Series A funding to expand in the US
AMPECO, a Sofia-based white-label EV charging management software platform, closed a Series A funding round of $13 million led by BMW i Ventures.
RIMAC Seguros joins Plug and Play's health platform in Silicon Valley
RIMAC Seguros, an insurance company in Peru with 3 million customers, has entered into a strategic partnership with Plug and Play Tech Center, the world's corporate innovation platform based in Silicon Valley.
Video AI startup ShortTok appoints Jayan Eledath as CTO to accelerate innovation, drive growth
ShortTok, an early-stage software company developing automated visual storytelling technologies, announced the appointment of Jayan Eledath as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to accelerate innovation and drive growth.
Japan headquartered drone and Urban Air Mobility startup Terra Drone raises $14m funding to accelerate growth
Terra Drone, a drone and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technology provider, has raised $14 million in funding from Wa'ed Ventures, the venture capital arm of the biggest oil producer in the world, Aramco.
Madrid-based VC firm Mundi Ventures appoints Delfin Rueda as General Partner and CFO
Mundi Ventures, a global venture capital firm investing in early and growth stage technology ventures, announced the addition of Delfin Rueda to the team as General Partner and CFO.
11 African startups selected for Cohort 3 of ASIP Accelerator Program
Eleven African startups have been selected to join the third cohort of the Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP). The accelerator program is powered by Startupbootcamp AfriTech together with its founding partner and leading telecom giant, Telecel Group.
Terminal49 secures $6.5m Series A to power ocean freight visibility and automation
Terminal49, the ocean freight visibility platform, announced it has secured $6.5 million in Series A funding led by Stage 2 Capital and co-lead by Grand Venture Partners, with follow-on participation from seed stage investors.
Next-gen employee payments startup Grazzy raises $4.25m to power hospitality's future of digital tips
Grazzy, a next-gen employee payments platform, announced a $4.25 million seed funding from Next Coast Ventures and Tuesday Capital to fuel expansion and growth of its digital tipping.
Business-focused insurtech Coverdash announces launch after oversubscribed seed round
Coverdash, a fully-digital business insurance startup providing simplified insurance solutions to businesses of all shapes and sizes, announced the company's official launch and the closing of an oversubscribed seed funding round.
Oklahoma universities, Tulsa Innovation Labs partner to launch Canopy HealthTech
The University of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, and Tulsa Innovation Labs, announced the launch of Canopy HealthTech, a new multi-year initiative to accelerate the commercialization of virtual health innovations.
Highland Europe closes €1 billion fund to back growth-stage tech startups
Highland Europe announced it has closed its fifth fund, raising €1 billion to double down on its strategy of backing the Continent’s most outstanding founder-led teams in software and internet businesses.
Bangkok-based healthcare marketplace HD raises $6m funding, launches HDcare service for elective surgeries
Bangkok-based healthcare marketplace HD, announced a $6 million funding to improve accessibility and affordability of healthcare services and elective surgeries in emerging Southeast Asia.
5 key insurance industry trends in EMEA region according to Plug and Play
Insurance industry trends over the past year have been significant, especially across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.
New startup PinHearts launches in Atlanta, GA
An Atlanta, Georgia-based startup that prints dynamically-generated custom maps commemorating life's special moments announced the official launch of their brand and real-time mapping platform, PinHearts.
Plug and Play China launches call for global startup applications
Global innovation platform Plug and Play has announced a strategic partnership with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and launched a call for entries for the Elevator Pitching Competition 2023 (EPiC 2023).
Food Foundry accelerator announces fifth cohort of early-stage foodservice startups
Food Foundry, an accelerator program built by Relish Works and Gordon Food Service for early-stage startups disrupting the food and foodservice industry, announced the five startups that will join the fifth cohort starting in January 2023.
Web3 payments startup SphereOne raises $2.5m to build crypto for grandmas
SphereOne, a crypto payment platform that allows users to make purchases with any cryptocurrency, across any blockchain, announced the closing of a $2.5 million seed round.
German AI-powered road infrastructure SaaS startup vialytics nabs $10m Series A funding to accelerate global expansion
European market AI-powered road infrastructure SaaS startup vialytics has secured a $10 million Series A investment led by venture capital investor Scania Growth Capital.
[Column] Mikhail Marchenko: Major fintech trends that will affect online businesses in 2023
Digitalization and technological achievements, which have been observed in the African region for the past decade, have sped up the inevitable processes in fintech, changing its landscape completely.
African mobile game publisher Carry1st raises $27m funding round to accelerate growth
African mobile game publisher Carry1st, has raised $27 million in a funding round led by BITKRAFT Ventures, featuring participation from Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), TTV Capital, Alumni Ventures, Lateral Capital, Kepple Ventures, and Konvoy.
African startups land deals at European tech events
Seven African tech companies wooed investors, networked and showcased their products at two of the world’s biggest tech gatherings in Europe.
Former CEO of BMW Manufacturing Knudt Flor joins South Carolina startup Delta Bravo
Retired BMW Manufacturing CEO Knudt Flor has been appointed to the newly created advisory board at predictive analytics company Delta Bravo Artificial Intelligence (Delta Bravo AI).
Matchstick Ventures-backed startup Bean emerges from stealth to democratize the market for accounting services
Bean, a Matchstick Ventures-backed digital accounting startup, announced it emerged from stealth to democratize the market for accounting services.
Toronto-based startup Credential Sentry automates occupational license verification to combat negligent hiring and retention
Toronto-based startup Credential Sentry, has developed an advanced data analytics algorithm to streamline the credential verification process for businesses operating in licensed industries.
Swedish solar power startup SunRoof raises €13.5m growth round to expand across Europe and the US
Swedish solar power startup SunRoof announced it has raised €13.5 million growth round extension to bring its pioneering solar roof system to more homeowners worldwide.
Deal Box launches venture arm to invest $125m in foundational Web 3 technologies
Deal Box, a capital markets advisory and secure token offering packaging platform, announced the launch of Deal Box Ventures, a venture arm that will invest $125 million in startups that leverage foundational Web 3 technologies.
YouBiz research reveals key trends and challenges facing Southeast Asian SMEs in 2023
YouBiz, the SME spend management platform by YouTrip, launched its first whitepaper studying emerging business spending trends and key business priorities for SME in 2023.
Innovation scale-up Wazoku launches Mindpool SME to help small businesses capture employee insights
Innovation scale-up Wazoku announced it has launched Mindpool SME, an employee insights dashboard that makes it simpler & faster for SMEs to listen to, understand, and act on employee insights.
Future-of-work platform gigaroo launches out of stealth to transform the service industry employment market
gigaroo, the future-of-work platform that matches service industry employers with relevant Gen-Z job-seekers, announced it has raised multi-million dollar pre-seed round of investment from ATX Venture Partners.
Agritech startup EarthOptics secures $27.6m Series B funding to advance data-driven agriculture through actionable soil insights
EarthOptics, a pioneer in soil measurement and insights, announced a $27.6 million round of funding led by Conti Ventures.
Metaverse development startup Virtualtech Frontier secures seed funding to further develop its Mitoworld platform
Virtualtech Frontier (VTF), a metaverse development company, has secured seed round funding from Blockchain Founders Fund (BFF), joining forces with seed investor 500 Global.
Trackunit acquires German construction tech startup Flexcavo to accelerate growth
Global IoT services provider Trackunit, announced it has closed a deal for Germany's construction tech startup Flexcavo, enabling the telematics specialist to extend its reach in the contractor market.
Tax and accounting solution provider TaxBit acquires digital asset accounting startup Tactic
TaxBit, the tax and accounting provider for the digital asset economy, announced the acquisition of Tactic, a digital asset financial accounting platform that offers a streamlined accounting subledger.
Finance software startup Quartr partners with Lightyear to bring free and easy-to-access company information for investors across Europe
Finance software startup Quartr, signed an API deal with Lightyear, an online broker based in London, serving customers in 20 countries across Europe.
Infant nutrition startup NAMUH partners with Ginkgo Bioworks to produce multiple infant nutrition products
Infant nutrition startup NAMUH and Ginkgo Bioworks, announced a collaboration to develop functional oligosaccharides that are structurally identical to those found in human breast milk.
London-based hospitality tech startup HotelRunner snaps $6.5m investment to accelerate global growth
HotelRunner, the global hospitality and travel technology provider, announced the closing of $6.5 million Series A round to accelerate global growth.
Kenyan fintech startup Kwara raises $3m seed extension
Kenyan fintech startup Kwara has raised a $3 million seed extension. The new investment was led by existing backers DOB Equity, Globivest and the founder of Kobalt Music.
Wallet-as-a-service startup MSafe raises $5m seed round to develop multi-signature solutions
MSafe (Momentum Safe), a trailblazer in developing the first multi-signature wallet solution on the Aptos / Move ecosystem, announced the completion of a $5 million seed round.
Herself healthtech startup raises $7m funding, opens first clinic to transform advanced primary care for women
Herself Health, a healthcare technology company designed to deliver advanced primary care to women over 65, received $7million seed round funding led by founding partner Juxtapose.
Italian biotech startup Diamante closes €595K seed round to accelerate growth
Diamante, a female-led Italian biotechnology company focused on the use of plants for producing high value-added molecules, closes €595K as a second seed round led by Arieli Capital.
Latvia-based startup Aerones raises $30m to scale its robot-enabled services globally
Aerones, the Latvia-based robot-enabled wind turbine maintenance and inspection startup, announced it has secured $30 million in growth capital to scale its business globally.
Nigerian fintech firm TeamApt reaches annualized payments volume of $170 billion, rebrands to Moniepoint
TeamApt Incorporated, the business banking platform in Nigeria, has adopted the name of its flagship product - Moniepoint, a testament to its success as the all-in-one digital banking solution for businesses.
AI-powered sales assistant Attention raises $3.1m funding
Attention, the AI-powered sales assistant helping teams overcome inefficiencies at every stage of the sales cycle, announced its $3.1 million funding round led by Eniac Ventures.
Beijing-based Astro-E closes seed round financing to accelerate growth
Astro-Energy Technology (Astro-E), a Chinese provider of household new energy products and systems, raised an undisclosed amount in Seed funding led by CAS Venture Capital, followed by Asia Green Fund (AGF) and Ningbo Angel Capital Guiding Fund.
Terramera creates enrichAg to commercialize transformative soil analysis platform with $6m from At One Ventures
Terramera announced the formation of its new majority-owned subsidiary, enrichAg, which will focus on commercializing its soil enrichment platform. The seed round is led with a $6 million investment from AOV.
Contextual marketing startup Digiphy connects brands directly to customers one scan at a time
Digiphy, a contextual marketing startup is disrupting the status quo by empowering brands to connect directly with customers from every product and physical touchpoint.
French pharma Amolyt raises $138m Series C funding to advance its pipeline of therapeutics
Amolyt Pharma, a global company specialized in developing therapeutic peptides for rare endocrine and related diseases, announced the closing of €130 million Series C equity financing.
Scotland-based healthtech startup PneumoWave raises £7.5m Series A funding to accelerate clinical validation
Scotland-based remote monitoring device startup PneumoWave announced the closing of £7.5 million Series A financing which will enable clinical validation.
Boulder-based startup Hickey Hack develops first ever concealer for hickeys
Hickey Hack, a startup based in Boulder, Colorado, has developed a concealer designed to eliminate hickeys. This is the first time a product like this has ever been created and is a major breakthrough in the cosmetic industry.
Honely partners with NeoZips startup to bring digital U.S. real estate investing tool to the Korean markets
Honely has announced the start of a new partnership with NeoZips, an Irvine startup that provides Korea-based clientele an end-to-end service for investing in American real estate.
Fintech startup PayUp partners with property management software provider ResMan
PayUp, a Rex company, announced it has partnered with ResMan, a property management system that drives profitability and efficiency for nearly a thousand property management companies across the U.S.
Security technology startup receives over $4m for humanitarian support
Secured, a service-disabled veteran owned small business security technology firm, is revolutionizing the field of drone surveillance with the first commercially-available automated AI Object Recognition & Change Detection software.
US-based ServiceNow player Thirdera acquires SilverStorm to expand its business in Europe
Thirdera, the global pure-play provider of workflow-enabled ServiceNow services and solutions, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SilverStorm Solutions.
Finance software startup Quartr signs deal with Swedish online broker Avanza
Finance software startup Quartr, announced it has passed a significant milestone on its mission to bring the financial community closer together by signing a breakthrough API deal with Sweden's online broker Avanza.
Proptech startup zavvie raises $3.65m funding as consumer change will drive company growth through 2023
Zavvie, a software technology company providing real estate brokerages customized marketplaces for buying and selling solutions, announced the completion of a $3.65 million funding round.
Insurance provider Vouch acquires lending startup Level to scale tech-driven underwriting systems
Vouch, an insurance provider re-thinking business insurance for the technology industry, announced it has acquired lending startup Level and its team of engineers.
Virtualitics named best Los Angeles startup to work for in 2023
Virtualitics, an artificial intelligence and data exploration company, announced it has been named one of the best Los Angeles startups to work for on Built In's 2023 Best Places to Work List.
Healthcare venture capital fundraising and investment remained strong in 2022, SVB reports
SVB released its 12th annual Healthcare Investments and Exits Report which shows venture capital fundraising and investment persisted in 2022.
Dutch healthtech startup Lapsi Health raises $3.7m seed round to accelerate growth
Dutch healthtech startup Lapsi Health announced an oversubscribed $3.7 million seed round to continue its technology development, acquire FDA certification and begin commercialization activities in the USA.
John Deere announces 2023 startup collaborators
Deere & Company has released the names of eight companies chosen for its 2023 Startup Collaborator program.
Techstars Impact Powered by Cox Enterprises announces 2023 class
Techstars Impact Powered by Cox Enterprises announced its 2023 class. The three-month program provides hands-on mentoring, funding, and global connections to 10 for-profit, mission-driven companies.
Philly-based insurtech startup Propeller Bonds raises $6.4m seed funding to accelerate growth
Philly-based insurtech Propeller, announced it has raised $6.4 million in seed funding led by a consortium of industry partners.
Nigerian agritech startup Releaf secures $3.3m pre-Series A funding, unveils new technologies to drive profitability for consumer goods manufacturers
Releaf, a Nigerian agritech startup, has raised $3.3 million in an oversubscribed pre-Series A funding round.
Plesion Capital invests $500,000 funding in Ugandan fintech platform Xeno
Plesion Capital announced its formation as a social impact venture capital firm focused on partnering with mission-based entrepreneurs and companies to combat poverty around the world.
Italian edtech startup Wyblo acquires college communication platform Clay to scale social learning
Wyblo, an Italian edtech startup creating tech to support the training industry, has acquired Clay, a Berlin-based startup that created a digital tool that helps instructors create a social classroom.
Halodi Robotics leverages Ansys simulation to develop humanoid robots to safely work among people
Halodi Robotics is using Ansys simulation software through the Ansys Startup Program to develop its humanoid robots designed to work among humans in everyday environments.
Embedded connectivity startup Blues Wireless raises $32m to accelerate enterprise adoption of cellular IoT
Embedded connectivity startup Blues Wireless (Blues), announced a $32 million Series A1 funding round led by Positive Sum, including new investors Four Rivers, Northgate, and Qualcomm.
Mendoza Ventures closes $100m early growth fintech fund anchored by Bank of America
Mendoza Ventures, a Latinx-founded Fintech, AI, and Cybersecurity Venture Capital firm, has achieved a first close on its third fund.
Parisian medical device startup Ganymed Robotics banks additional €15m through Series B extension
Ganymed Robotics, the developer of computer vision software and robotics technologies for orthopedic surgeons, announced it has extended its Series B with an additional close of €15 million.
Opsys Tech closes Series C financing round to accelerate production ramp of its automotive-grade true solid-state LiDAR sensors
Opsys Tech, the developer of patented True Solid-State Scanning LiDAR technology, announced the final closing of its Series C financing round.
Taiwanese startup Profet AI closes $5.6m Series A funding round to fuel regional expansion, product development
Profet AI, a Taiwan-based developer of auto machine learning solutions, has raised $5.6 million in a Series A funding round to accelerate its overseas expansion into Japan, Southeast Asia and China.
Wendel invests €15m in Tadaweb to accelerate growth in Europe
Wendel, through its investment arm Wendel Growth, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a minority interest of Tadaweb. Wendel will make an equity investment of €15 million to support Tadaweb’s growth.
Aerospace startup Space Kidz India launches satellite with support from Lumina Datamatics
Lumina Datamatics has partnered with Space Kidz India to launch a satellite into outer space. Launched in 2012, Space Kidz India is an aerospace startup designing, developing, and manufacturing small satellites to provide economical and sustainable access.
For women entrepreneurs, the West is the new promised land, report
America's original Westward Expansion was led by entrepreneurs of the day noticing great economic opportunities out of the West. A study by MerchantMaverick.com shows that a new slew of opportunities are appearing in Western states for women entrepreneurs.
New York-based skincare startup Glowbar closes $10m growth capital
Glowbar, the skincare brand whose custom 30-min, $65, clinical-grade facial has made it a breakout success in New York, announced it has received a $10 million growth investment led by Peterson Partners
The Carbon Blockchain expands footprint in Africa with acquisition of Minerva Green
The Carbon Blockchain (TCB), a carbon finance and technology services company that produces high-integrity carbon credits has announced the acquisition of Minerva Green.
Regent Bank names Peter Mullen as Director of Venture and Tech Banking
Regent Bank has named Peter Mullen Director of Venture and Tech Banking, as the migration of talent from traditional innovation hubs like the Bay Area and NYC continues to Midwestern cities.
Indian startup Agaamin launches Web3 in Mauritius
The internet (Web 2.0) as we know is about to be disrupted by the “New Internet”, Web3.0 - also known as the dWeb (Decentralized Web). One of the fundamental building blocks of the internet is its “namespace”.