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GigaIO Raises $14.7M in Series B Funding

– GigaIO from Carlsbad is a creator of data center rack-scale architecture for artificial intelligence and high-performance computing solutions.
– Series B $14.7m round was led by Impact Venture Capital with participation from Mark IV Capital, Lagomaj Capital, SK Hynix, and Four Palms Ventures.
– The new funding will be used to expand the company’s sales and marketing efforts by recruiting more partners and expanding channel programs.

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Consumer Electronics Electronics Hardware North America Software

Humane Raises $100M in Series B Funding

– Humane, Inc. from San Francisco develops personal technology for the intelligence age.
– Company raised $100m in Series B funding round.
– The round was led by Tiger Global Management with participation from SoftBank Group, BOND, Forerunner Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures LLC, Sam Altman, Lachy Groom, Kindred Ventures, Marc Benioff’s TIME Ventures, Valia Ventures, NEXT VENTŪRES, Plexo Capital and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
– The new investment will be aimed at scaling operations.

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Electronics Information Technology North America Software

Ventana Micro Systems Inc., the RISC-V Performance Leader, Raises $38 Million in Series B Funding

– Ventana raised $38m in Series B funding round.
– The round was led by Dr. Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai (founders of Marvell Technology Group) and other prominent semiconductor investors in partnership with Series A investors, which include a notable strategic partner.
– Ventana offers data center class high-performance RISC-V CPUs with extensible instruction set capability delivered in the form of multi-core chiplets.
– Ventana’s compute chiplets are designed to deliver best-in-class single thread performance optimized for cloud, enterprise data center, 5G, edge compute and automotive applications.
– Ventana’s unique microarchitectural innovations make its design highly portable across different fabs and process nodes.

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Electric Vehicle Electronics Public Transportation Rental Transportation Western Europe

Micromobility startup Voi raises $45 million to end sidewalk riding, improve safety

– Micromobility startup Voi has raised $45m.
– The funding will be used to research and develop technology that will improve safety, keep users from riding on sidewalks and ensure scooters are properly parked.
– The company is also investing in its next-generation scooter.

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Consumer Electronics Electronics Information Technology North America

Wireless charging firm Aira raises $12M

– Aira raised $12m in a seed round.
– The round was led by private investors, including Jawad Ashan, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec.
– The funding will go toward expanding the company’s reach beyond consumer device charging, into the worlds of enterprise, automotive and hospitality, as well as the development of a 2.0 version of its charging tech.
– Aira has already made some headway in automotive.
– The deal was a pretty clear indication that the firm was pushing into integrating its wireless modules into cars — a welcome addition, as many automakers have traditionally lacked consumer electronics-friendly amenities.

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Apps E-Commerce Electronics Marketplace Software Western Europe

Refurbed Raises $54M in Series B Funding

– Refurbed from Vienna is a marketplace for refurbished electronics in the German speaking region promoting sustainable consumption.
– Company raised $54m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Evli Growth Partners and Almaz Capital, which joined existing investors such as Speedinvest, Bonsai Partners and All Iron Ventures, as well as a group of new backers – Hermes GPE, C4 Ventures, SevenVentures, Alpha Associates, Monkfish Equity (Trivago Founders), Kreos, Isomer Capital and Creas Impact Fund.
– The company intends to use the funds to strengthen its position in the DACH market for refurbished electronics and focus on geographical expansion by entering more European countries, further develop and improve its product portfolio as well as focusing on scaling its international team, employing specialists from all across Europe.

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Advanced Materials Electronics Manufacturing North America

Pajarito Powder Receives Series B

– U.S.-based startup Pajarito Powder has received a Series-B investment from Hyundai Motor Company.
– The company is a leader in the development and commercialization of advanced electrocatalysts for fuel cells and electrolyzers.
– Pajarito Powder manufactures a range of catalyst products using its own intellectual property as well as intellectual property licensed from the University of New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique.

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Artificial Intelligence Electronics Energy Energy Efficiency Facility Management Internet of Things North America Property Management Smart Building Software

75F Raises $28M in Funding

– 75F from San Francisco provides IoT, Cloud Computing and Machine Learning for data-driven, proactive building intelligence and controls for HVAC and lighting optimization.
– The company raised $28m in Series B funding.
Siemens AG led the round with participation from Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy, OGCI Climate Investments, and Wind Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate the company’s growth, expand operations and business reach.

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Consumer Electronics Electronics Industrial Western Europe

Isorg Raises €16M in Series C Financing

– Isorg from Limoges, France develops Organic Photodetectors (OPDs) and large-area image sensors.
– The company raised €16M in series C financing.
– Two major industrial investors – Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd and Mitsubishi Corporation participated in the round.
– Greece-based Integrated Systems Development SA and five new French investors represented by fund manager Financière Fonds Privés also joined the round.
– Legacy shareholders Bpifrance, through its large venture funds, New Science Venture, CEA Investment and Sofimac Group (Limousin Participations) also contributed.

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Battery Clean Energy CleanTech Electronics Energy Energy Storage Manufacturing Western Europe

Swedish company Northvolt raises $2.75B to accelerate European battery production

– Swedish battery developer and manufacturer Northvolt raised $2.75bn funding.
– The round was led by Goldman Sachs and Volkswagen, and new investors including the Swedish pension funds AP1-4 and OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension plans.
AMF, ATP, Baillie Gifford, Baron Capital Group, Bridford Investments Limited, Compagnia di San Paolo through Fondaco Growth, Cristina Stenbeck, Daniel Ek, IMAS Foundation, EIT InnoEnergy, Norrsken VC, PCS Holding, Scania and Stena Metall Finans also participated in the raise.
– Northvolt has already scored major deals with automakers like Volkswagen and BMW.

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Apps Electronics Western Europe

C12 Quantum Electronics Raises $10M in Funding

– C12 Quantum Electronics, a Paris, France-based company which makes functional units of quantum computers, raised $10M in funding.
– The round was led by 360 Capital, Bpifrance (Digital Venture Fund), Airbus Ventures, BNP Paribas Développement, and Octave Klaba (OVHcloud), with additional grants from Bpifrance and the Ile-de-France Region.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand the team with tech developers and engineers, as well as establish a high-tech pilot production line.

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Electronics Fitness Health Care North America Wellness

Liteboxer, the Peloton of boxing, raises $20 million Series A

– Liteboxer, the Peloton for boxing, has announced the close of a $20m Series A funding round.
– The round was led by Nimble Ventures and joined by B. Riley Venture Capital, and existing investors Raptor Group and Will Ventures.
– Liteboxer launched publicly to the world in July of 2020, announcing an in-home device that brings gamification, hit music and a touch of entertainment to a boxing workout.
– Content is a big piece of the puzzle with Liteboxer. For $29/month, users get access to unlimited training sessions and workouts led by Liteboxer trainers.
– The Liteboxer also has a Quick Play option that forgoes the trainer content and lets users workout based on the song they choose.

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Augmented Reality Electronics Food and Beverage Medical Mobile North America SaaS Software

Help Lightning Adds $3M To Series A Round

– Help Lightning, a remote visual assistance software provider, has added $3m in growth equity to its Series A funding.
– The additional capital represents continued investment in remote visual support and opportunity for the technologies that support it, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
– The additional financing comes less than a year after Help Lightning announced its $8m Series A led by return investor Resolve.
– Help Lightning added two new strategic investors in this latest round: Mumbai, India-based engineering & infrastructure conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Atlanta, Georgia-based Engage.

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3D Technology Eastern Asia Electronics Software Virtual Reality

Eys3D raises $7M for AI edge sensor technology

– Eys3D Microelectronics, a company producing chips and sensors for autonomous operations including security, touchless control, autonomous vehicles, and smart retail, announced that it’s raised $7 million in a series A round led by strategic partners Arm IoT Capital, WI Harper Group, and Marubun Corporation.
– The company says that the funding will allow it to grow its product development and research efforts, including into 3D depth-sensing cameras and vision sensor integration solutions that enable new capabilities in object recognition, distance measurement, and more.

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Australia and Oceania Electronics Manufacturing

Liquid Instruments raises $13.7M to bring its education-focused 8-in-1 engineering gadget to market

– Liquid Instruments, a maker of educational electronics, raised $13.7m in funding.
– The $13.7 million comes from existing investors Anzu Partners and ANU Connect Ventures, and new investors F1 Solutions and Moelis Australia’s Growth Capital Fund.
– The company plans to use the funding to expand its product line.

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Artificial Intelligence Electronics Health Care North America

DeepScribe Raises $5.2M in Seed Funding

– DeepScribe is a San Francisco, CA-based provider of an ambient AI medical scribe.
– The company raised $5.2m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Bee Partners with participation from Industry Ventures and Stage II Capital along with existing investors Tsingyuan Ventures, 1984 Ventures, Wavemaker 360, Supernode Ventures, Skydeck, Plug and Play and Sequoia Scout Fund.

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Battery Electric Vehicle Electronics Manufacturing North America

SES Closes $139M Series D Funding

– SES Closes $139M Series D Funding
– The round was led by General Motors with participation from existing investors SK Inc., Temasek, Applied Ventures LLC, Shanghai Auto and Vertex.
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate technology development, expand its technical, business and manufacturing teams, and expedite the commercialization of Li-Metal batteries.

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Eastern Asia Electronics GPS Internet Internet of Things Manufacturing

RAKwireless Closes $10M Series A Funding Round

– RAKwireless Technology Co., Ltd. a Shenzen, China-based provider of LPWA end-to-end solutions closed a USD10m Series A funding round.
– The round was led by Hong Kong NWS Holding Limited, followed by Shunwei.
– The company intends to use the funds to advance the production of high-performing infrastructure and edge devices, and further market its IoT initiatives.

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Electronics Machine Learning Manufacturing North America Semiconductor

Groq Closes $300 Million Fundraise

– Groq announced closing $300m in Series C fundraising.
– The round was led by Tiger Global Management and D1 Capital, with participation from The Spruce House Partnership, Addition, GCM Grosvenor, Xⁿ, Firebolt Ventures, General Global Capital, and Tru Arrow Partners.
– The round brings Groq’s total funding to $367m.
– By maintaining capital efficiency, this latest funding allows Groq to grow across industries while elevating the company’s efforts to hire top talent and accelerating its next-generation products in development.
– According to multiple published analyst reports, the total available market for AI semiconductors is projected to reach $65bn to $100bn by 2025.

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Analytics Electronics North America Sensor Test and Measurement

Density Lands Additional $25M

– Density, the leader in business intelligence for the built environment, announced today that it added $25 million from existing investors, bringing the total capital raised to over $100 million.
– New capital will be used to accelerate growth and scale initiatives at the company.
– At the same time, the company announced the release of a new addition to its growing software suite, called Portfolio.

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Battery Eastern Asia Electronics

Vanadium ion battery startup Standard Energy raises $8.9M Series C from SoftBank Ventures Asia

– Standard Energy, a vanadium ion battery developer, raised $8.9m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by SoftBank Ventures Asia and joined by other investors.
– The company plans to use the funding to expand its sales and marketing efforts.

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Memfault Raises $8.5M in Series A Funding

– Memfault, a San Francisco, CA-based provider a cloud-native platform for connected device monitoring, updating, and debugging, raised $8.5m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Partech with participation from existing investor Uncork Capital.
– The company intends to use the funds to scale its engineering team and make investments across product development and marketing.

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Cannabis Computer Electronics North America Retail Software

Blaze Raises $8M in Series A Funding

– Blaze is a Los Angeles, CA-based enterprise resource planning and point of sale platform for legal cannabis.
– The company raised $8m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Delta Emerald Ventures with participation from returning investor Act One Ventures and new investor SOJE Capital.
– The new investment will be used to expand, scale and build out its product, sales and marketing efforts, enter new and emerging states with legal cannabis markets, refine and improve its software suite that allows for operations from seed to sale, including recently launched payments processing technology BLAZE Pay.

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Consumer Goods Electronics Hardware Manufacturing North America Product Design

Northstar Capital Invests in Pelco Products, Inc.

Northstar invested in Pelco, a portfolio company of River.
– Pelco is a leading provider of traffic signaling hardware solutions in the United States.
Northstar provided subordinated debt and an equity co-investment to help River finance the deal.
– The Northstar team remains committed to partnering with experienced management teams and private equity sponsors in both good and challenging times.

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Electronics Energy Energy Efficiency Facility Management Internet of Things North America Property Management Smart Building Software

75F Closes $23M in Series A Funding

– 75F from San Francisco develops a BMS system that leverages IoT, Cloud Computing and Machine Learning for data-driven, proactive intelligence and controls for HVAC, lighting, and energy optimization.
– Series A funding round was led by Wind Ventures – the corporate venture capital (CVC) group of Copec.
– Company intends to use the funds to further expand innovations in energy savings and market reach.

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Electronics Internet of Things Lighting North America Smart Building

Deako Lighting Raises Additional $12.5M in Growth Funding

– Deako Lighting, a Seattle, WA-based provider of plug-n-play light switches, completed its Series-B financing round, raising an additional $12.5M.
– The company will use the new capital to add distribution partners, increase production capacity; and expand its array of plug-n-play light switch products.
– Led by founder and CEO Derek Richardson and COO Wes Nicol, Deako provides plug-n-play light switches that can be changed within seconds by anyone, without hiring an electrician.

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Electric Vehicle Electronics North America Transportation

Unagi Scooters Raises $10.5M in Series A Funding

– Unagi Scooters, an Oakland-based electric scooter manufacturer, raised $10.5m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by The Ecosystem Integrity Fund with participation from Menlo Ventures, Broadway Angels, and Gaingels, among others.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s All-Access service and manufacturing capacity.

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Electric Vehicle Electronics North America Transportation

Scooter startup Unagi brings subscription service to Seattle with monthly fee and no sharing hassles

– Unagi, a scooter sharing company, raised $10.5m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by The Ecosystem Integrity Fund with participation from Menlo Ventures, Broadway Angels, and Gaingels, among others.
– The company plans to expand its subscription service to several new cities, including Seattle.

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Consumer Electronics Electronics North America Product Design

Led by co-creator of Nintendo’s Power Glove, this startup raised $2M for its restaurant tech

– Perfect Company, a software and hardware company, raised $2m in funding.
– The funding was led by Oxbridge Capital Partners.
– The company has large chain customers and also partners with restaurant equipment manufacturers.

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