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Consumer Lifestyle North America Travel

Thatch using $3M round to put travel creators on the map

– Thatch, a travel company, raised $3m in Seed II funding.
– The round was led by Wave Capital and joined by Freestyle VC’s Jenny Lefcourt and Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph.
– It brings Thatch’s total investment to $5.2m since the company was founded by West Askew, Abby West and Shane Farmer in 2018.
– The company intends to hire additional engineers, build out new content and launch new features for selling or earning tips on interactive guides that creators produce in the app.

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Biotechnology Consumer North America Product Search

Triad Life Sciences Closes A$25M Funding

– Triad Life Sciences, a Memphis, Tenn.-based biotech company, raised AUS$25m funding round.
– The convertible note placement was led by Cannacord Genuity.
– The company intends to use the funds for its US sales force expansion plans, R&D activities, and general working capital needs.

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Consumer E-Learning Education North America

NoRedInk Raises $50M to Help All Students Harness the Power of the Written Word

– NoRedInk, whose highly engaging digital writing curriculum is used in over 60% of US school districts, has raised a $50m Series B round.
– The round was led by Susquehanna Growth Equity and with participation from True Ventures.
– Schools are increasingly turning to digital tools to help them address their biggest challenges, and nowhere is the need for support more glaring than in students’ writing.
– NoRedInk chose Susquehanna as a partner because of its philosophy of patient capital and its excellent track record supporting founder-led businesses.
– NoRedInk is already profitable and will use the additional funding to improve its product and bring it to more schools.

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Beauty Consumer Consumer Lending E-Commerce Mobile North America Retail Shopping

Brandefy Raises $1.7M in Funding

– Brandefy from Richmond, Va. raised $1.7m in funding.
– The round was led by The Community Fund, Concept to Co, and Red Bike Capital, and angel investors.
– Led by founder and CEO Meg Pryde, Brandefy connects beauty enthusiasts with the best products and routines for them. The app allows users to compare formulas, ingredients, and prices to identify the best options for their needs/budgets.

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Automotive Consumer Financial Services FinTech North America

Carputty Raises $7.2M in Seed Funding

– Carputty, a direct lender re-engineering the car financing business.
– The company has raised $7.2m in a seed round led by Kickstart Fund.
– The funding round also includes a significant investment from others, including Kinetic Ventures, University Growth Fund, Aries Capital Partners, and Atlanta-based entrepreneur John Dancu.

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Localize Raises $25M in Series C Financing

– Localize, a NYC-based developer of AI-powered real estate technologies, raised $25m in Series C financing.
– The round was led by Pitango Growth and attracted new investor Mizrahi-Tefahot as well as existing investors.
– The new investment will be used for further development of existing services, the creation of complementary services to support its ecosystem and the expansion of sales and marketing operations.

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Consumer Consumer Goods Health Care North America

Oova raises $1.2M to develop a better at-home kit for detecting a woman’s best time to conceive

– Oova officially launched its Oova Kit after receiving $1.2 million in seed funding led by BBG Ventures with participation by Company Ventures.
– The kit includes an at-home test that quantitatively measures two hormones, informing a woman — and her doctor — of her fertile days and confirming ovulation.
– The company was founded in 2017 by Amy Divaraniya, CEO, who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences with a focus on genetics.

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Artificial Intelligence Computer Vision Consumer Information Technology North America Service Industry

Blaize, leading AI Solution for Edge Computing, Announces $71M Series D Financing to Further Accelerate Growth

– Blaize announced the close of a $71m Series D round of funding.
Franklin Templeton, a new investor, and Temasek, an existing investor, led the round, along with participation from DENSO and other new and existing investors.
– The funding will support acceleration of the product roadmap to meet growing demand for higher performance, lower power, lower cost AI hardware and transformational AI software solutions in automotive, smart retail, smart city and industrial markets.
– In 2020, Blaize successfully released and built a multi-year pipeline for the first generation Blaize AI edge computing hardware products based on the groundbreaking Blaize GSP architecture, and the Blaize AI Studio end-to-end application lifecycle software platform.

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Audio Consumer Hardware North America Software

Native Voice Secures $14 Million Seed Funding Round And Expands Leadership Team

– Native Voice, an on-demand voice services ecosystem that enables users to communicate directly by voice with their favorite brands, today announced the conclusion of its seed funding round, raising $14 million.
– The round was led by Gutbrain Ventures and includes participation from PBJ Capital, Signal Peak Ventures with participation from Revel Partners, Ideaship (the VC arm of Panasonic’s IP division), Technexus (the VC arm of Shure),  and others.
– Native Voice is an on-demand voice services library for access to the brands people rely on every day to help them get more done.

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Consumer Credit Finance FinTech North America

Dovly Raises $3M in Bridge Funding

– Dovly from Scottsdale, Arizona provides an automated platform that allows consumers to tracks, manages and fixes their credit scores.
– The company raised $3m in bridge funding.
– The round was led by NFX with participation from Fawkes Global, 1984 Ventures and Croghan Investments.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate growth and marketing efforts and to further develop its product offerings.

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Consumer Consumer Goods E-Commerce Internet North America

Elevate Brands Raises Additional $250M in Funding to Fuel Global Acquisitions of Amazon Marketplace Sellers

– Elevate Brands raised an additional $250m, bringing the company’s funding total to over $317m in 2021.
– The majority of the funding comes from its existing global group of technology, fintech and eCommerce business leaders, as well as new investors that include Novel TMT, FJ Labs, the chairman of SEA (which owns Southeast Asia’s largest eCommerce platform), the former CEO of The Iconic, board members of Yieldstreet and Advantia Health, the co-founders of Intermix and Quadpay, and Ted Zagat, the co-founder of Rimeto.
– Elevate Brands has quickly gained operational leverage across its portfolio by implementing best practice branding and supply chain optimization to its portfolio of category-leading brands.

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Wonderflow platform applies analytics to customer feedback, raises $20M

– Wonderflow announced that it raised $20m in a funding round led by Klass Capital.
– The capital, which brings the company’s total raised to $25m to date, will be used to grow Wondeflow’s teams in Europe and North America to offer “strong support to enterprise customers,” according to CEO Riccardo Osti.
– Wonderflow occupies a category of tools, VoC, that’s attempting to reverse the trend in customer experience.
– Wonderflow was founded in 2014 by Italian entrepreneurs Osti, Giovanni Gaglione, and Michele Ruini, all of whom met in Trento.
– Wonderflow used an extensive data lake of indexed, cleaned public feedback from hundreds of thousands of products to create machine learning models around business use cases.

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Consumer Cryptocurrency FinTech North America

Donut Raises $2M in Funding

– Donut is a Berlin, Germany- and Los Angeles, CA-based DeFi powered mobile app to save and earn high yield.
– The company closed a $2m funding round.
– Backers included Redalpine, which reinvested in the company bringing total funding to date to $3.8m.
– Other investors include Inventures, Compound founder Robert Leshner, Entrepreneur First and a group of users, including the owners of the Washington Nationals baseball team.
– The new investment will be used for user growth and product development ahead of planned additional funding in early 2022.

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Artificial Intelligence Consumer Email Messaging North America

Compose.ai raises $2.1M to help everyone write faster

– Compose.ai, a language model for writing, raised $2.1m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Craft Ventures and joined by other investors.
– The company is building the capability for its AI-powered backend to learn your voice, imbibe context to help provide better responses, and, in time, absorb a company’s larger voice to help align its aggregate writing output.

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Consumer Marketplace Search Engine Western Europe

Malt raises $97M at a $489M valuation for its freelance marketplace for developers

– Malt, a marketplace for freelance developers, designers and others with technical skills, has raised $97m in funding.
– The round was led by Goldman Sachs Growth Equity and Eurazeo.
– It brings Malt to a valuation of €400m.
– Malt plans to use the funding to expand its business to more markets.

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Apps Bitcoin Consumer Cryptocurrency E-Commerce North America

Lolli Raises $5M in Pre-Series Funding

– Lolli is a NYC-based bitcoin rewards company.
– In March 2021 the company raised $5m in Pre-Series funding.
– The round was led by Seven Seven Six, Night Media, Serena Ventures, Casey Neistat, Phil Defranco, Cody Ko, Noel Miller, Ian Borthwick, and Gabriel Leydon.
– The funding follows a previous $3m seed round led by PathFinder, Founders Fund’s early-stage investment vehicle, and included Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, Michelle Phan, Digital Currency Group, and Bain Capital.

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Consumer Health Care Medical mHealth Mobile Apps Western Europe

Kry Secures Over US$300m Investment to Accelerate European Expansion Plans

– Digital healthcare company Kry announced a funding round of over US$300m (€262m) to fuel its European expansion plans.
– The Series D funding round was led by CPP Investments (CPPIB) and Fidelity Management & Research LLC with participation from existing investors, including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers’), Index Ventures, Accel, Creandum and Project A.
Kry will use the investment to scale its platform, building on both its operations as a healthcare provider and its innovative software offerings as well as further geographic expansion. This will bring the benefits of its technology to millions more patients across Europe.

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Consumer CRM Marketing North America

Personalized Loyalty Solutions Provider Exchange Solutions Raises Growth Funding

– Exchange Solutions completed a recapitalization and growth round led by Clipper Ship Ventures.
– Growth capital will be used to expand sales and marketing efforts throughout North America and expand the company’s SaaS loyalty and personalized offers capabilities.
– “This new investment enables us to accelerate momentum through direct sales and partnerships, and to further establish our market leading position in personalized loyalty solutions,” said Mike Hughes, CEO of Exchange Solutions.

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Consumer E-Learning Education Western Europe

Ornikar Raises €100m ($120m) in Series C Funding Led by KKR

– Ornikar, a specialist in driver training and road awareness since 2013, today announced a €100m ($120m) round of Series C funding led by global investment firm KKR.
– Existing investors Idinvest, BPI, Elaia, Brighteye and H14 also contributed to Ornikar’s latest fundraise which will enable the company to accelerate its mission of becoming a global leader in road safety.
– In less than a decade, Ornikar has revolutionised the traditional driving school model to become the go-to online driver education platform and training marketplace in France, with a fast-growing presence in Spain.

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Apps Communities Consumer Europe

YoungPlanet Raises £547.1K in Crowdfunding

– YoungPlanet Raises £547.1K in Crowdfunding
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate national expansion, to enhance functionality and add key features such as gamification and integrated postage.
– The company is valued at £6.5 million pre-money.

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Asia Consumer Consumer Electronics E-Commerce E-Commerce Platforms Internet

Cashify raises $15 million for its second-hand smartphone business in India

– Cashify, a startup that helps e-commerce firms handle returned items, raised $15m in a new financing round.
– The round was led by New York-based Olympus Capital Asia and joined by five-year-old startup’s existing investors.
– It brings the total funding to $42m.
– The startup operates an eponymous platform for users to sell and buy used smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, laptops, desktops and gaming consoles.

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Apps Consumer Health Care Health Diagnostics Medical Device mHealth North America

TytoCare Raises Additional $50M in Extended Series D Funding

– TytoCare is a NYC-based healthcare industry’s modular device and telehealth platform for AI-powered, on-demand remote medical examinations.
– The company raised $50M in a Series D extension round.
– The extension round was led by Insight Partners with participation from new growth investors Tiger Global Management and Qumra Capital and existing investors Qualcomm Ventures LLC, Olive Tree Ventures, and Shenzhen Capital Group Company.

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