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1build Announces $19.5M in Funding

– 1build, a constructions solutions startup.
– The company closed a $19.5M Series B round of financing.
– The round was led by Rethink Impact, with participation from existing investors.

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Agtonomy Raises $4M in Seed Funding

– Agtonomy is a San Francisco, CA-based hybrid autonomy and tele-assist service platform.
– The company received $4m in seed funding from Grit Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Village Global.
– The investment will be used to expand operations and business reach.

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Biotechnology North America Pet Veterinary

Loyal raises $27M, aims to give dog owners more time with their pets

– San Francisco startup Loyal raised $27m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Khosla Ventures and included First Round Capital, Box Group, Collaborative Fund, The Longevity Fund and Lachy Groom.
– The company is building an animal pharmaceutical company that is developing therapeutics aimed at extending both lifespan and healthspan for dogs.

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Electric utility bike company Ubco scores $10M strategic investment with TPK

– New Zealand-based electric utility bike company Ubco announced a new strategic partnership with TPK Holdings, a Taiwanese electric components manufacturing company.
– As part of the agreement, TPK will be leading Ubco’s Series B with a $10 million investment, bringing the company’s total funding to $23 million.
– TPK will also bring the company significant supply chain support as well as scaling and manufacturing capabilities in the near future.
– At the initial stage of the partnership, TPK’s large network of global suppliers will help Ubco ramp up production of its flagship 2X2 electric utility bike, which comes in an off-road version geared for farmers and a city version geared for last-mile logistics.
– Ubco is also gearing up to release two new vehicles for which TPK will provide dedicated manufacturing support.

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Meru Health secures $38M in equity and debt for ‘holistic’ online mental health platform

– Meru Health is a startup that aims to solve a number of the challenges associated with getting access to quality mental health care.
– The company has raised $38m in Series B funding.
Industry Ventures led the $30m equity part.
– Early backers Bold Capital Partners, Foundry Group, Freestyle VC, FMZ Ventures and Leksell Social Ventures also participated in the equity financing, while J.P. Morgan funded the debt portion of the round.

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Financial Services North America Real Estate

Global Founders Capital leads $9.3M investment into Awning, a real estate brokerage for individual investors

– Awning, a real estate brokerage startup, raised $9.3m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Global Founders Capital and joined by MassMutual Ventures, and several strategic angel investors.
– The company plans to use the capital to expand its portfolio of single-family rental homes in new markets.

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Artificial Intelligence North America

Amai Raises $600K in Funding

– Amai is a San Francisco, CA-based company that creates ultra-realistic AI Voice Engines.
– The company raised $600k in funding.
– Backers included Joint Journey and NRG Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to enter the US voice market, launch new AI voice solutions for enterprises, and enhance products’ capacity.

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Fittr Raises $11.5M In Series A Funding

– Fittr is a Pune, India-based health and fitness community platform.
– The company raised $11.5M in Series A funding round.
– The round was co-led by Dream Capital, the Corporate Venture Capital and M&A arm of Dream Sports and Elysian Park Ventures, the private investment arm of the LA Dodgers ownership group. Existing investor Sequoia Capital’s India Surge also participated in the funding round.
– The new capital will enable the company to accelerate its growth & expansion into new markets, including North America, the UK and Singapore, which currently accounts for 30% of the company’s overall revenue, while continuing to educate the Indian population around health & fitness.

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Inventory optimization startup Flieber bags $12M, aims to help retailers avoid out-of-stock, overstock moments

– Flieber, a predictive inventory optimization platform, raised $12m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by GGV Capital and Monashees to bring the company’s total funding to $20m since CEO Fabricio Miranda co-founded Flieber in 2019 with CTO Jair Vercosa.
– The company plans to use the funding to continue developing its inventory optimization platform that uses analytics and machine learning to give multi-channel brands a leg up when it comes to determining what the ideal stock level would be across all of the sales channels and inventory locations.
– The company’s predictive platform puts users in the driver’s seat for sales, supply chain operations and inventory decisions so that they can keep up with the pace of sales so that they avoid having too much, or not enough, inventory.

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Elligo Health Research Inks $135M Series E

– Elligo Health Research, a healthcare-enabling research organization powered by the novel IntElligo technology, announced a $135m Series E financing round.
Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital and Ally Bridge Group participated in the financing round.
– The round was also participated by Norwest Venture Partners and all major existing investors, including Cerner, Hatteras Venture Partners, Noro-Moseley Partners, Piper Sandler Merchant Banking, Shumway Capital, and Syneos Health.
– This financing allows Elligo to invest further in its technology platform and leverage data in new ways to address current challenges in the clinical trial industry.

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Ubicquia Secures $25 Million Debt and Working Capital Facility to Accelerate Growth

– Ubicquia has entered a new $25m debt and working capital facility with Silicon Valley Bank.
– The facility will be used to accelerate growth, facilitate larger supply chain commitments and manage working capital requirements driven by increasing orders from OEM customers.
– SVB has increased the facility more than four-fold to help address Ubicquia’s working capital needs of its growing city, utility, and Mobile Network Operator customer base across the U.S. and Latin America.
– Ubicquia plans to broaden its scope worldwide, extending its offerings of smart city, connectivity, and smart grid platforms to Europe and Asia.
– With current supply chain constraints impacting production internationally, the agreement will also help ensure Ubicquia meets increasing demand as it expands its growing product portfolio, as well as give the company more flexibility in managing its operations.

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Last-mile logistics platform Cargamos raises $11M seed round to expand same-day delivery

– Mexico City-based last-mile logistics platform Cargamos wants to own same-day delivery in Latin America.
– The company has announced a $7m raise in follow-on funding, bringing its total seed round to $11m.
– It will use the funding to build a large fulfilment facility in Mexico City.
– It also wants to expand its network of mini distribution centers which it calls points of delivery, AKA “pods”, where packages are sorted and sent out for final delivery.
– The company currently has about 50 pods, but wants to more than double that number in the next six months so that it can cover a service area around Mexico City of up to 75 additional cities.

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PandaDoc, the e-document startup, now valued at $1B as it closes a big Series C

– PandaDoc, a cloud-based e-document platform, raised $100m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by OMERS Growth Equity and G Squared, and joined by Altos Ventures, Rembrandt Venture Partners, One Peak Partners and M12.
– PandaDoc competes with the likes of DocuSign, Eversign, DocSend, GetAccept and others.
– The company has 30,000 customers across many different verticals.
– PandaDoc’s users are also pretty varied, including construction, education, medical and professional services businesses.
– The company plans to double down on growing more of that current business as well as bring more functionality and use cases into the fold.

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NTWRK Secures $50M

– Ntwrk, a livestream shopping platform that broadcasts 24/7 from a New York City storefront, has raised $50m.
– The round was led by the Goldman Sachs Growth Equity business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Goldman Sachs), and global luxury group Kering.
LionTree Partners and Tenere Capital also participated.

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Agriculture Analytics Enterprise Software North America

Intelinair Raises $20 Million in Series B to Expand Flagship Platform AGMRI

– Intelinair raised $20m in Series B funding to continue to scale the company and its flagship crop intelligence platform, AGMRI®.
– This round was led by the Regulator Group, LLC, Scientia Ventures, Takiff LLC, SDMC Ag Inc., and various ag industry and AI industry senior executives.
– Founded in 2015, Intelinair recently established its headquarters office in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has an office in Champaign, Illinois. Over the past six months, the company has added six additional experienced leaders to its team with plans to add three more before the end of the year.

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Garuda Therapeutics Raises $72M in Series A Financing

– Garuda Therapeutics from Cambridge develops off-the-shelf, durable blood stem cell therapies.
– Series A funding of $72m brings company valuation to more than $1b.
– The round was led by Aisling Capital, Northpond Ventures and Orbimed, supported by Cormorant Asset Management, Ridgeback Capital Investments, Monashee Investment Management, Sectoral Asset Management, National Resilience, Inc. (Resilience), Mass General Brigham Ventures, among others.

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Opentrons Raises $200M in Series C Funding

– Opentrons Labworks Inc. is a NYC-based lab platform provider.
SoftBank Vision Fund 2 led the round with participation by Khosla Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to further invest in its automated lab platform globally.

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Cabinet brings in $2.6M, designs software for executive assistants

– Cabinet is a software for executive assistants.
– Cabinet closed on $2.6 million in funding, led by Harlem Capital with participation from Good Friends Capital and existing investor Parade Ventures.
– The company was founded by Julia Leibowitz and Evan Kesten in 2018.
– Cabinet is developing software to aid with daily productivity.
– The company’s software is not just one feature, but brings a lot of capabilities into one package to drive workflow.

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Pass It Down Raises Nearly $2M in Funding

– Pass It Down is a digital storytelling company based in Baton Rouge.
– Company raised nearly $2m in funding.
– The round was led by VentureSouth, with participation from Cultivation Capital, Techstars, Red Stick Angels and Acadian Capital Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to create and launch Iconic Moments, an NFT marketplace exclusively for the world’s museums and cultural institutions, in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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6K Raises $51M in Series C Funding

– 6K Energy is a battery developer based in Hayward, CA.
– Company raised $45m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Volta Energy Technologies with participation from Catalus Capital, S Cap/Prithvi Ventures, Anzu Partners, Launch Capital, Material Impact and RKS Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to complete its Battery Development Center of Excellence.

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June Homes Raises $50M in Funding

– June Homes from New York is a proptech company.
– The company raised $50M in funding.
– The round was led by SoftBank Ventures Asia with participation from TQ Ventures, FJ Labs, K50, Reshape, Quiet Capital, Demi Lovato and Scott Belsky.
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate expansion to other U.S. markets.

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Crypto asset management platform Cobo bags $40M Series B

– Cobo, a Singapore-based crypto asset management platform, raised $40m in Series B funding.
– The round was co-led by DST Global, A&T Capital and IMO Ventures.
– The company will use its proceeds for the development of DeFi as a service (DFaaS) infrastructure and its existing custody services such as wallet as a service (WaaS), trading and staking as a service (StaaS).
– The funding will also be used to apply for regulatory licenses to ensure strict compliance to the relevant anti-money laundering (AML) and counter the financing of terrorism (CFT) requirements.
– Amid the growing interest for cryptocurrencies among Asian investors, institutional investors and retail investors are seeking diversification options to hedge against inflation and other risks, the company said in its statement.

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Park Bench Solutions Raises $1.5M in Second Funding Round

– Park Bench Solutions from Tampa, FL provides software that enables voice service providers using BroadWorks to evolve with new features, functionalities, and integrations.
– The company raised $1.5m in funding.
– The round was led by the company’s original angel investor from 2014.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s team in customer success, project management, API / web development, and marketing roles.

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Ocrolus Lands $80M Series C Financing Round

– Ocrolus, a San Francisco-based automation platform that analyzes financial documents with over 99% accuracy, announced $80m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Fin VC at a valuation north of $500m.
– Additional participants in the round were Thomvest Ventures, Mubadala Capital, Oak HC/FT, FinTech Collective, QED Investors, Bullpen Capital, ValueStream Ventures, Laconia, RiverPark Ventures, Invicta Growth, Stage 2 Capital, and Cross River Bank.
– The company plans to use its new funding to more aggressively build products for the mortgage lending and banking industries and expand its US operations.

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Omnidian Raises $33 Million in Series B Round

– Omnidian secured a $33m Series B capital raise.
– The round was led by Activate Capital and included Liberty Mutual Insurance and WIND Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of Chilean multinational energy firm Copec.
– The new capital comes at a time of rapid growth for Omnidian.
– In addition to its performance plans for solar, the firm has launched a similar service for energy storage, both at the residential and C&I level.
– In the future, Omnidian’s machine learning software will monitor other IoT sensored energy products.
– The firm currently employs more than 100 professionals across 16 states and expects that number to grow significantly over the next several years. It will also grow the more than 1,700 megawatts it currently manages for customers. Finally, this raise will enable international expansion for the company.

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Mobile Games North America

NEX raises $25M, launches Active Arcade to get people moving

– NEX, a motion entertainment startup, raised $25m funding.
– The round was led by Blue Pool Capital and joined by Samsung Ventures, SparkLabs and Susquehanna.
– It brings NEX to a valuation of $100m.
– The company is building motion entertainment – content that encourages physical movement.

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London’s Jiffy scoops $28M for speedy grocery delivery

– London grocery delivery startup Jiffy raised $28m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by family-owned investment company Heartland, with Boston-based international VC fund Flint Capital also participating, along with gaming firm Playrix and existing investors Baring Vostok Capital Partners and LVL1 among others.
– The startup operates a network of its own dark stores to do fulfilment — enabling it to offer the promise of “fresh groceries in 15 minutes.”
– It has amassed around 20,000 customers so far across its six delivery zones (all in London for now).

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StreamElements nabs $100M as it passes 1.1M creators using its platform to build and monetize video content

– Video is at the heart of how people use the internet today, and creators are at the heart of what is being made and watched on video.
– Today, a startup that has built a platform that helps them produce and monetize their work is announcing a big round of funding that underscores just how lucrative and big the creator economy has become.
– StreamElements, which provides production and analytics tools to people who livestream and make video-on-demand for platforms like Amazon’s Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, has raised $100m in funding — money that it will be using to continue building out the tools on its platform, to do more in on-demand alongside a big business in livestreaming and for marketing, specifically to bring more creators to its platform, which is already being used by 1.1m people.

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Blue White Robotics Raises $37M in Series B Funding

– Blue White Robotics from Tel Aviv provides Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) that enables farms to run themselves autonomously.
– The company raised $37M in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Insight Partners and Entrée Capital, joined by Clal Insurance, Jesselson Family Office, Peregrine VC, and Regah Ventures.
– The new investment will be aimed at increasing the rapid adoption of these technologies, driving new US sales, and hiring talent for their international team.

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Swapi Raises £860K in Pre-Seed Funding

– Swapi is a London UK-based brand e-wallet platform.
– The company raised £860K in Pre-Seed funding.
– Backers included private investors, a crowdfunding round as well as Trampoline Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand the team, launch with 100+ international brands on board and bring the app to market.

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Dogdrop Announces $2.9M in Funding to Scale New Franchising Model

– Dogdrop, a Los Angeles-based dog care startup, announces $2.9M in funding to scale convenient, tech-enabled dog care locations across the U.S.
– The latest funding was led by Fuel Capital with participation from Muse Capital, Animal Capital, Gaingels, The Helm and leaders in pet care including Mars PetCare and Garrett Smallwood, CEO of Wag!
– Dogdrop is also announcing the launch of their new franchise operations to meet the dramatic rise in demand for dog care services.
– Dogdrop provides convenient and flexible dog care inspired by a new generation of dog parents who want a better quality alternative that fits their lifestyle.

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Mexico’s Kavak drives away with $700M in new funding, doubling its valuation to $8.7B

– Kavak, a Mexico City-based startup that operates a pre-owned car marketplace in Latin America, announced that it has raised a massive $700 million in a Series E round that more than doubles the company’s valuation to $8.7 billion.
– Cambridge, Massachusetts-based General Catalyst led Kavak’s Series E, which brings the company’s total raised to over $1.5 billion since its 2016 inception.
Tiger Global, Spruce House, D1, SEA, Founders Fund, Ribbit Capital, SoftBank and others also participated in the latest financing.

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Iron Ox Raises $53M in Series C Funding

– Iron Ox is a San Carlos CA-based agtech startup.
– The company raised $53M in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand its grocery store presence, accelerate hiring, particularly of plant scientists, engineers, greenhouse operators and roboticists, and grow its research and development programs, and its manufacturing scale across the United States.

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Mojo, a men’s sexual health startup that’s pushing therapy not pills, gets $4.4M seed

– Mojo is a sexual health startup that offers men discreet help with the awkward issue of erectile dysfunction.
– It’s announcing seed funding to step on the growth gas.
– The £3.25 million ($4.4 million) round is co-led by London early-stage fund Kindred Capital and Octopus Ventures. Angel investors in the round include some familiar names in the European startup world, including Tom Blomfield (Monzo), Julien Callede (Made.com), Ian Hogarth (SongKick), Freddy Macnamara (Cuvva), Alex Rose (Let’s Do This) and Errol Damelin (Wonga).
– The company has built a subscription service to support men’s sexual well-being by providing on-tap access to dedicated therapies.
– It partners with professional psychosexual therapists to provide online courses that are billed as offering a longer-term solution to male sexual health problems versus just popping some blue pills.

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Software supply chain management company Cloudsmith raises $15M

– Cloudsmith has raised $15m in a series A funding round led by Tiger Global, with participation from Shasta, Amaranthine, Sorenson, Leadout Capital, Frontline, MMC, and Techstart.
– The infusion brings the company’s total raised to over $17m.
– Cloudsmith’s platform aims to solve this by helping organizations distribute software without the need for local datacenters and the costs associated with them.
– Cloudsmith can also automatically scan for security vulnerabilities, helping businesses avoid introducing exploits into their software supply chains.

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Spenmo Raises US$34M in Series A Funding

– Spenmo, a Singapore-based provider of payments software for growing businesses, raised a US$34M Series A funding.
– The round was led by New York-based private equity and venture capital firm Insight Partners with participation from Lee Fixel’s Addition, Salesforce Ventures, Alpha JWC, Global Founders’ Capital, Broadhaven, Operator Partners and Commerce Ventures, and angel investors such as William Hockey (Founder of Plaid), Reuben Lai (Senior MD, Grab Financial Group) and Ongki Kurniawan (Head of Stripe Indonesia, Ex-Head of Grab Indonesia).
– After its launch in Singapore last year, Spenmo has since expanded across Southeast Asia and has thousands of customers from various sectors, including high-growth startups, SMBs, mid-market companies, and accounting firms.

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Cryosa Announces $21.5M Series B Funding

– Medical device startup Cryosa from Singapore completed its Series B funding round, raising $21.5m.
РThe round was led by life sciences firm Solas BioVentures, with additional funding from Series A investors which include life sciences firm Sant̩ Ventures, global technology and med-tech company HOYA Corporation, and additional investors.
– The funding will be used to continue first-in-human clinical trials.

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Doconomy Raises $17M in Funding

– Doconomy from Stockholm develops a global climate impact technology company.
– Series D $17M round was led by CommerzVentures with participation from existing investors such as Mastercard, Wiklöf Holding and Ålandsbanken.
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate continued expansion, support the further development of its impact applied portfolio; enabling impact calculations on transactions, lifestyle, products and companies of all shapes and sizes, and recruit new hires.

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Calyxia bags $17.6M to tackle the global microplastics problem

– Calyxia, a greentech startup, has developed biodegradable microcapsule technology to reduce the amount of harmful microplastics that human activity is putting into the environment.
– The 2015-founded startup is now announcing a €15 million Series A (~$17.6 million) funding round, led by the impact investor Astanor Ventures, as it gears up to get its first products to market this year.
– The company says its technology can reduce the amount of microplastics in the environment by up to 90%.
– It has developed what it bills as “environmentally friendly” and “advanced performance” biodegradable microcapsule technology.

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Loft Labs Raises $4.6M in Seed Funding

– Loft Labs is a San Francisco, CA-based provider of a solution which enables platform teams in large enterprises to give engineers self-service access to Kubernetes.
– The company raised $4.6m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Fusion Fund, with participation from RTP Seed, Emergent Ventures, Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, as well as angel investor and Puppet CTO Abby Kearns, who recently joined the company’s advisory board.

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Futures Factory Raises $2.5M in Seed Funding

– Futures Factory is a French marketplace for selling sneakers.
– The company raised $2.5m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Seedcamp and Stride with participation comes from the co-founders of Voodoo, Kima Ventures, RTP Global, along with technology, crypto, and fashion angel investors.
– The company intends to use the funds to to build its product between September 2021 and March 2022.

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North America Security

RaySecur Raises $13M Series A

– RaySecur from San Francisco has announced $13M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Outsiders Fund with participation from JCI Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Johnson Controls, One Way Ventures, Yu Galaxy, Launchpad Venture Group, and Dreamit Ventures.
– The funding will accelerate market adoption of its patented mmWave imaging technology and amplify growth within the mail and package security sector.

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Gramercy Extremity Orthopedics Raises $9.83 Million in Series A to Transform Orthopedics Operating Industry

– Gramercy Extremity Orthopedics raised $9.83m in Series A financing.
– The funding will be used to scale up technology infrastructure and continued product expansion with specific focus on the United States extremity market.
– The GEO CART® is an industry-first, computerized, mobile implant and instrumentation inventory system enabled with RFID technology.
– No bigger than the average medical cart, the GEO CART® system can hold over 1,000+ items tailored to the usage of a specific facility.
– The GEO CART® proprietary point-of-sale system reduces delays in surgery, decreases sterility risks to the patient, eliminates handwritten billing mistakes, automatically generates the Implant Usage Form, removes the cost to clean and sterilize instrumentation, and reduces facility operating expenses.

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Dapper Labs Raises $250M in Funding

– Dapper Labs, Inc. is a Vancouver, BC-based company behind NBA Top Shot and the Flow blockchain.
– The company raised $250M in funding.
– The round was led by Coatue, with participation from existing investors a16z, GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Version One Ventures and new investors including BOND and GIC.
– The new investment will be used to scale and support major additional brand-driven sports, entertainment and music based products coming online and being developed on the Flow blockchain.

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Mainfactor Raises $69M in Funding

– Mainfactor is a Philadelphia PA-based e-commerce company that buys, builds, and operates direct-to-consumer businesses.
– The company raised $69m through a mix of seed round equity capital and a credit facility.
– The round was led by Upper90, joined by strategic investors including Khajak Keledjian, an entrepreneur and the Founder of Intermix, Gary Veloric, the Founder of Red Stripe Plane Group and Co-Founder of JG Wentworth, and Jean Pigozzi, a tech investor and renowned art collector.
– The new investment will be used to acquire direct-to-consumer businesses and grow them through digital marketing and collaborations with creators and artists.

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Battery Resourcers Lands $70M

– Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and manufacturing company, announced the closing of its latest mid-round funding totaling $70m.
Hitachi Ventures became the newest investor to join the world-class syndicate of strategic and financial investors already backing Battery Resourcers’ approach and technology.
– Existing investors include Orbia Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures, Doral Energy, At One Ventures, TDK Ventures and Trumpf Ventures.

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AI-powered disinformation detection platform Blackbird nabs $10M

– Blackbird.AI, an AI-powered platform designed to combat disinformation, announced that it closed a $10 million series A funding round led by Dorilton Ventures with participation from NetX, Generation Ventures, Trousdale Ventures, StartFast Ventures, and individual angel investors.
– The proceeds, which bring the company’s total raised to $11.87 million, will be used to support ramp-ups in hiring and product lines and launch new features and capabilities for corporate and national security customers, according to cofounder and CEO Wasim Khaled.
– The cost of disinformation and digital manipulation threats to organizations and governments is estimated to be $78 billion annually, the University of Baltimore and Cheq Cybersecurity found in a report.

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Indonesian halal-focused social commerce startup Evermos lands $30M Series B

– Indonesian social commerce startup Evermos raised $30m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by UOB Venture Management’s Asia Impact Investment Fund II and joined by IFC, MDI Ventures, Telkomsel Mitra Innovation and Future Shape, along with returning investors Jungle Ventures and Shunwei Capital.
– The funding will be used on hiring, enhancing Evermos’ recommendation engine and other AI-based tech, and entering new regions in Indonesia.
– The company says it currently has 100,000 active resellers in more than 500 Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, mostly in Java. Its goal is to reach more than one million resellers throughout Indonesia over the next five years.

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Hexagon Bio Raises $61 Million to Advance Novel Small-Molecule Medicines Mined from Microbial Genomes

– Hexagon Bio, a biopharmaceutical company pioneering the discovery of medicines encoded in the global metagenome, announced that it has raised $61 million to fuel the continued development of its platform to design and develop new therapeutics mined from microbial genomes.
Nextech Invest led the financing, with participation from new investors SoftBank Vision Fund 2* and Casdin Capital, as well as existing investors The Column Group, 8VC, and Two Sigma Ventures.
– Hexagon’s interdisciplinary platform combines technological advances and proprietary insights across machine learning, genomics, synthetic biology and automation to systematically discover new chemical compounds linked to known protein targets.
– Hexagon has built a database of microbial genomes that is more than twice the size of all public databases and is adding thousands of additional genomes per month.

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MetroSpeedy Closes $5M Seed Funding

– MetroSpeedy is a NYC-based last mile delivery startup.
– Company raised $5M in seed funding.
– The round was led by AddVenture Fund with participation from TMT Investments, TA Ventures, Joint Journey, Fores Investments and Vershina Capital.
– The investment will be used to further develop the company’s technological advancement, additional fulfillment hubs, expansion into new markets, and talent acquisition.

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Gramercy Extremity Orthopedics (GEO) Raises $9.83M in Series A Funding

– Gramercy Extremity Orthopedics (GEO) from Richardson, TX develops Orthopedic Medical Implants.
– The company raised $9.83M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by undisclosed investors.
– The new investment will be used to scale up technology infrastructure and continue product expansion with specific focus on the United States extremity market.

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Enterprise marketplace platform Mirakl raises $555M

– Mirakl, a platform used by companies such as Kroger, Siemens, and HP Enterprise to build online marketplaces, has raised $555m in a series E round of funding led by Silver Lake.
– The French company is now valued at $3.5bn.
– Mirakl provides tools to help B2B and B2C companies easily launch, manage, and grow marketplaces.
– It’s all about “unlocking the power of the platform,” helping businesses better compete with ecommerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba.
– In the wake of the pandemic, “digital transformation” is changing the face of just about every industry, and with that comes growing expectations around what’s possible through online channels.

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Accounting North America Real Estate Rental Property Software

DoorLoop Raises $10M in Seed Round

– DoorLoop is a Miami FL-based rental property management software company.
– The company raised $10M in Seed funding.
– The round was led by DoorLoop’s founders and private investors.
– The company intends to use the funds to further invest in its technology platform, recruiting efforts and marketing initiatives.

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FinTech North America Real Estate

Bilt Rewards banks $60M growth on a $350M valuation to advance credit card benefits for renters

– Bilt Rewards, a loyalty program for property renters to earn points on rent with no fees and build a path toward homeownership, announced a round of $60 million in growth funding that values the company at $350 million.
– The investment comes from Wells Fargo and Mastercard and a group of the nation’s largest real estate owners, including Blackstone Group, AvalonBay Communities, Douglas Elliman, Equity Residential, GID-Windsor Communities, LENx, The Moinian Group, Morgan Properties, Starwood Capital Group and Related.

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Agriculture Crowdfunding Farming Financial Services Lending North America

Steward Raises $8.8M in Series A Funding

– Steward is a Portland, Oregon-based funding platform working to accelerate the growth of regenerative farms and food producers.
– The company raised $8.8m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Neglected Climate Opportunities LLC, The Grantham Environmental Trust’s venture capital vehicle, Tripple, an Australian private investment firm, and Ponderosa Ventures, an impact firm backing seed-stage companies in the food, agriculture, and ocean sectors.
– The funding will allow the company to ramp up its staff, customer support, technology, and marketing.

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Agriculture AgTech Farming North America Robotics

Advanced Farm Technologies Completes $25 Million Series B Funding Round

– Advanced Farm Technologies, Inc., developers of robotic technology for farmers, announced it has completed a Series B investment round raising $25 million to support the company’s growth in strawberry harvesting and the adaptation of its technology to apple harvesting.
– The Series B funding round was led by Catapult Ventures and included all the Series A investors: Kubota Corporation, Yamaha Motor Corporation, and Impact Ventures.
– Designed to work alongside manual harvest crews, the Advanced Farm TX Robotic Strawberry Harvester automatically senses and picks red, ripe fruit from in-soil strawberry beds with gentle, food-grade gripper technology.
– The purpose-built machine consists of multiple, rugged robots able to withstand the rigors of outdoor, in-soil conditions with sophisticated computer vision and machine learning technology to navigate fields and harvest fruit autonomously up to 24 hours a day.

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Biotechnology Health Care Hospital Medical North America

Fauna Bio Raises $9M in Seed Funding

– Fauna Bio is an Emeryville, California-based biotechnology company leveraging animal genomics to improve human health.
– The company raised $9m in Seed funding.
– The round was led by LifeForce Capital with participation from True Ventures, Boom Capital, Pacific 8 Ventures, BioMed Ventures, Vibe Capital and Arcadia Science.
– The new investment will be used to expand its drug discovery platform Convergence while accelerating the discovery of new therapeutic targets for human diseases across a broad range of indications.

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Consumer Reviews Health Insurance Information Technology Medical North America Software

Chapter Raises $17M in Series A Funding

– Chapter is a New York-based Medicare Advisor.
– The company raised $17M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Narya Capital with participation from Susa Ventures, Maverick Ventures, XYZ Venture Capital, Core Innovation Capital and Health2047 Capital Partners.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate the company’s product development efforts, expand its team of engineers and licensed advisors, and further invest in supporting its members.

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Knowledge Management North America Software

Business Canvas, a Korea-based document management SaaS company, closes $2.5M seed round

– Business Canvas, a South Korean document management SaaS company, raised $2.5m seed round.
– The round was led by Mirae Asset Venture Investment and joined by Kakao Ventures and Nextrans Inc.
– The company plans to use the funding for accelerating product development and the global launch of an open beta for its AI-powered document management platform.

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