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Computer Network Security Western Europe

Edgeless Systems Raises €1.45M in Seed Funding

– Edgeless Systems from Bochum develops an open-source software stack for cloud-native confidential computing.
– The company raised €1.45M in seed funding.
– Backers included Acequia Capital (US), Inventures (DE), SIX Group AG (CH), Venture Creator (DE), and individual angel investors.
– The new investment will be used to expand the 12-member team on both cengineering and business site and expand its office capacities in Bochum and remotely.

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Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Software Western Europe

Memory.ai, the startup behind time-tracking app Timely, raises $14M to build more AI-based productivity apps

– Memory.ai, a productivity startup, raised $14m funding.
– The round was led by local investors Melesio and Sanden, with participation from Investinor, Concentric and SNÖ Ventures.
– The company plans to launch its next apps Dewo and Glue later in the year.

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Information Services Information Technology North America

Merlyn Mind emerges from stealth with $29M and a hardware and software solution to help teachers with tech

– Merlyn Mind is a startup that is coming out of stealth with a proposition that it believes helps tie a lot of this together in the K-12 classroom — a “digital assistant” that comes in the form of a piece of custom hardware and software to “read” natural voice and remote control commands from a teacher to control multimedia apps on a screen of choice.
– The company has raised $29m in funding.
– The funding is led by specialist edtech investor Learn Capital, with other unnamed investors participating.
– It comes after Merlyn Mind spent about three years quietly building its first release and more recently piloting the service in 50+ classrooms in more than 20 schools.

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Health Care Hospital Medical North America

Spiras Health Receives $14MM Series B Funding, Led by NEA

– Spiras Health announced a $14MM Series B funding round led by NEA, with participation from existing investors Altitude Ventures, FCA Venture Partners, and other strategic investors.
– The company will leverage the financing for new market launches, sales and marketing team build, R&D with technological development and strengthening its management team.
– Spiras Health is a provider of in-home and virtual healthcare solutions for patients with complex chronic conditions.
– The company has a refined clinical model for expansion into more markets with health plan partners.
– Their clinical teams address avoidable costs by bringing personalized services to the patient, increasing access, and improving quality of care through a highly efficient and scalable delivery model.

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Cyber Security Fraud Detection Identity Management Information Technology North America Security

Transmit Security Secures $543M in Series A Funding

– Transmit Security, a Tel Aviv, Israel- and Boston, MA-based Identity Experience company, raised $543m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Insight Partners and General Atlantic, with participation from Cyberstarts, Geodesic, SYN Ventures, Vintage, and Artisanal Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to increase the company’s reach and expand its primary business functions, investing in key global areas in order to grow the organization.

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Blockchain Cryptocurrency Finance Financial Services FinTech Information Technology North America

Securitize Raises $48M in Series B Funding

– Securitize, Inc. from Miami, FL raised $48m in Series B funding.
– The round was co-led by Blockchain Capital and investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Tactical Value, which were joined by new investors Ava Labs, IDC Ventures, Migration Capital, NTT Data and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and existing investors Blockchain Ventures, Borderless Capital, Global Brain, Mouro Capital, Ripio, Ripple and SPiCE VC.
– The company will add Pedro Teixeira, Co-Head of Morgan Stanley Tactical Value, to its Board of Directors.

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Apps Artificial Intelligence Education Health Care Information Technology Medical North America

Cleerly Raises $43M in Series B Funding

– Cleerly, a NYC-based company creating a new standard of care for heart disease, launched with $43m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Vensana Capital with participation from LRVHealth, New Leaf Venture Partners, DigiTx Partners, the American College of Cardiology, Cigna Ventures, and existing investors.
– The company intends to use the funds to scale its commercial reach, expand operational capabilities and strategic partnerships, and continue to grow its focus on research and development.

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Hospital Information Services Medical North America

BEKHealth Raises $4M in Funding

– BEKHealth is a Stamford, Conn.-based AI-powered clinical research software platform.
– The company raised $4m in funding.
– The round was led by Excelerate Health Ventures with participation from syndicate partners Boston Millennia Partners, Connecticut Innovations and Martin Ventures, as well as Change Healthcare.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate the company’s growth and expansion.

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Artificial Intelligence Call Center Energy Financial Services Information Technology Machine Learning Natural Language Processing Software Speech Recognition Western Europe

Aveni Detect Raises £1.1M in Funding

– Aveni Detect from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK developed a speech analytics platform for financial services.
– The company raised £1.1m in funding.
– The round was led by TRICAPITAL Angel syndicate, supported by Scottish Enterprise’s Growth Investments, Old College Capital and Wallace Equity.
– The company intends to use the funds to launch an AI tool to help identify vulnerable customers, move beyond financial services into other regulated industries, whilst building a team to support its UK expansion.

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Artificial Intelligence Biotechnology Eastern Asia Genetics Health Care Pharmaceutical

Insilico Medicine Raises $255 Million in Series C Financing Led by Warburg Pincus

– Insilico Medicine announced that it has closed a $255m Series C.
– The financing led by Warburg Pincus, and participated by current investors including Qiming Venture Partners, Pavilion Capital, Eight Roads Ventures, Lilly Asia Ventures, Sinovation Ventures, BOLD Capital Partners, Formic Ventures, Baidu Ventures, and new investors including CPE, OrbiMed, Mirae Asset Capital, B Capital Group, Deerfield Management, Maison Capital, Lake Bleu Capital, President International Development Corporation, Sequoia Capital China and Sage Partners.
– The financing will be used to progress Insilico Medicine’s current therapeutic programs into human clinical trials, initiate multiple new programs for novel and difficult targets, and further develop its AI and drug discovery capabilities.

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Event Management Events North America Software

Curate Raises $1.25M in Seed Funding

– Curate is a Chicago, IL-based sales and operations platform for creative small businesses.
– The company raised $1.25m in seed funding.
– The round was led by OCA Ventures, with participation by Square co-founder Jim McKelvey, Cultivation Capital, and Stout Street Capital.
– The new investment will be used to double the company’s employee count from 16 to 32 with a focus on investing in infrastructure and product development.

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FinTech Information Technology North Africa and the Middle East SaaS Software

DataRails Raises Additional $25M; Extends Series A Funding To $43.5M

– DataRails from Tel Aviv provides an FP&A solution for SMEs.
– The company raised $25m in Series A extension.
– The round was led by Zeev Ventures, Vertex Ventures Israel, and Innovation Endeavors, as well as Vintage Investment Partners.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and its business reach.

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Biotechnology E-Commerce Health Care Marketplace North America

Labviva Raises $8M in Seed Funding

– Labviva is a Cambridge, Mass.-based SaaS application for healthcare procurement.
– The company raised $8M in seed funding.
– The round was led by Senator Investment Group, with participation from B Capital Group | Ascent and Glasswing Ventures.
– The new investment will be used for further development of the platform with new product lines, including investment in operations and customer success platforms.

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Journalism Marketing North America Public Relations

Qwoted Closes $3M Seed Funding Round

– Qwoted, a NYC-based platform for journalists to connect with brands, small businesses and industry experts, raised $3m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Third Prime with participation from Gaingels, Prosek Venture Partners and Vested, a consortium of communications firms including Integral, Caliber Corporate Advisers, Haymaker PR, FHS Partners and Red Lab, and additional investors Caleb Silver, Editor in Chief of Investopedia, David Siegel, CEO of MeetUp and Tom Rovak, Senior Advisor toFahrenheit 212.
– The company intends to use the funds to enhance its technology capabilities and add premier talent to its sales, marketing and media success teams, to build brand awareness and onboard new customers.

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Health Care Wellness Western Europe

Kiteline Raises £370K in Funding

– Kiteline, formerly known as Liminal Health, is a UK-based healthtech company.
– The company raised £370k in funding from SFC Capital and VC Antler.
– The funding will be used to accelerate the company’s smart coach matching service and content.

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Data Center Enterprise Applications Enterprise Software Information Technology Infrastructure North America Software

Robin.io Raises $38M in Series C Funding

– Robin.io, a San Jose, CA-based leader in Kubernetes-based cloud-native 5G, edge and enterprise application management, closed a $38M Series C funding round.
– The round was led by Rakuten Capital and joined by Clear Ventures, Emory University, Raine Next-Gen Communications and current investors.
– This latest major backing for the company comes as bookings growth at Robin.io has surpassed 400% quarter-over-quarter when comparing the first two quarters of the current fiscal year.

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Freight Service Logistics Real Time Shipping Software Supply Chain Management Transportation Western Europe

Forto Raises $240 Million in Funding Led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 at $1.2 Billion Valuation

– Forto has successfully raised $240M in an investment round.
– The round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 21, with participation from Citi Ventures and G Squared, and strong backing from existing investors including Northzone, Inven Capital, Cherry Ventures, and Unbound.
– With this round, Forto’s valuation now stands at $1.2B.

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Financial Services North America

ClearEstate Raises C$2.5M in Seed Extension

– ClearEstate from Montreal is a digital-first estate settlement platform for North American executors.
– The company raised $2.5m in seed extension funding.
– Investors included Anthem Partners, Torstar Corporation, Triangle Capital Corporation, NAventures and Diagram Ventures.
– The new funding will be used to launch the platform and expand its business reach across the United States and Canada.

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Biotechnology Diabetes Health Care Medical North America Therapeutics

ViaCyte Raises $45M in Funding

– ViaCyte, a San Diego CA-based regenerative medicine company, raised $45M in Series D funding.
– The round, which brought total Series D to more than $115m, includes participation from existing investors Bain Capital Life Sciences, TPG Capital, RA Capital Management, Sanderling Ventures, Adage Capital Partners, Invus Group, Asymmetry Ventures, and Artis Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to advance its portfolio of stem cell-derived therapies designed to provide a functional cure for patients with type 1 diabetes.

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Biopharma Biotechnology Medical Pharmaceutical Southeast Asia

Nuevocor closes US$24M Series A Financing to Advance Novel Gene Therapies for Cardiomyopathies

– Nuevocor has announced the completion of an oversubscribed $24m Series A financing round.
– The round was co-led by EVX Ventures and Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund (BIVF), with EDBI, Xora Innovation, SEEDS Capital and other investors joining the syndicate.
– Funds will be used to accelerate the preclinical development of its lead programme, an adeno-associated virus (AAV) – based gene therapy for patients suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) due to mutations in the lamin A/C (LMNA) gene.

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Education Financial Services FinTech North America

Splash Financial Raises $44.3M in Series B Funding

– Splash Financial is a digital lending platform that allows borrowers to shop and compare financial products from a network of lenders.
– The company secured $44.3m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by DST Global and Citi Ventures, with participation from Detroit Venture Partners, Firebolt Ventures, and existing investors CMFG Ventures and Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to further accelerate growth within its lender network and automated underwriting platform.

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Australia and Oceania Financial Services Insurance InsurTech

handdii Raises $3M in Seed Funding

– handdii, a San Francisco, CA-based property claims experience, claim management platform, raised $3m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Brick & Mortar Ventures with participation from Nine Four Ventures and Scale Investors and Fifty-Second Celebration.
– The new investment will be used to bolster its team of software engineers, expand contractor networks in both the United States and Australia and invest in strategic integrations including a Guidewire ClaimCenter Ready for Guidewire app in the Guidewire Marketplace.

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CRM Email Marketing Enterprise Software Marketing Automation North America

Iterable Raises $200M in Series E Funding

– Iterable, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of a martech platform focusing on the development and optimization of cross-channel experiences, raised $200m in Series E funding.
– The round was led by new investors Silver Lake, Adams Street Partners, Glynn Capital, and DTCP and existing investors CRV, Viking Global Investors, Blue Cloud Ventures, and Capital Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to continue to develop the platform and expand its business reach.

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Enterprise Software Human Resources Marketing Automation Recruiting SaaS Western Europe

Beamery Raises US$138M in Series C Funding

– Beamery is a London, UK-based operating system for companies to attract, engage and retain top talent.
– The company raised $138m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, through its Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP), with participation from Accenture Ventures, EQT Ventures, Index Ventures, M12 and Workday Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate product development, accelerate commercial growth in existing and new geographies, double its employee base, and solidify its leadership position in the talent space.

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Delivery E-Commerce Last Mile Transportation Latin America Logistics Supply Chain Management

Uello Raises USD 4M in Series A Funding

– Uello, a logtech startup from Sao Paulo, closed its $4m Series A funding.
– The round was led by Btomorrow Ventures (BTV), followed by Capital Lab and Invest Tech.
– The company intends to use the funds to develop of new products and an innovative technological solution to manage the logistics of companies that have their own operation, expand its geographical operations and hire a qualified team.

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Dental Health Care North Africa and the Middle East

Basma.com Raises $3M in Series A Funding

– BASMA.com from London, UK is a digital healthcare platform working for orthodontics focused on MENA.
– The company raised $3M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by MEVP with the participation from SOSF, IM capital and returning investors iSME, Cedar Mundi Ventures and IFA capital.
– The new investment will be used to hire new talent, expand its geographic reach across the Middle East, and grow its network of partner dental clinics across KSA, UAE, and the region.

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Automotive Western Europe

Caura Raises $4.2M in Seed Funding

– Caura is a London, UK-based vehicle management platform.
– The company raised $4.2m in seed funding led by TwinFocus Capital Partners with participation from InMotion Ventures (the CVC arm of Jaguar Land Rover), Road Ventures, Pareto Holdings and Quiet Capital, as well as Jon Oringer, founder of Shutterstock, Antony Sheriff, former CEO of McLaren Automotive, and Rob Wilmot, serial entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to the UK Government, and unnamed Apple and Google executives.
– The new investment will be used to expand its products, including a new B2B offering for car manufacturers.

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Fitness North America Personal Health Wellness

asensei Raises $2.2M in Funding

– asensei, a San Francisco, CA-based Connected Coaching technology platform, closed a $2.2m seed funding round.
– The round was led by existing investor KB Partners, with participation from new investors including Northwestern University, Alex Alimanestianu (former CEO Town Sports International, and investor/advisor to Mirror and their founder), former NFL wide receiver Scotty McKnight and former NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez.
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate growth as a B2B provider to fitness and physical therapy brands.

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Biopharma Biotechnology Developer Platform Information Technology North America

Umoja Biopharma Raises $210M in Series B Funding

– Umoja Biopharma is a Seattle, WA-based oncology company.
– The company closed a $210m Series B financing.
– The round was co-led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Cormorant Asset Management with participation from new investors, including RTW Investments, LP; Temasek; Presight Capital (the international venture arm of Christian Angermayer’s Apeiron Investment Group); Caas Capital; and an investment fund associated with SVB Leerink.

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E-Learning Education North America Software Universities

CYPHER LEARNING Raises $40 Million Growth Equity Round from Invictus Growth Partners to Accelerate Innovation in the Global Business and K-20 Education Market

– CYPHER LEARNING raised a $40m growth equity round from Invictus.
– The investment will be used to accelerate the sales, marketing, and development of its cutting-edge learning platform, and build on its profitability.
Invictus Co-founder and Managing Partner, John DeLoche, will be joining CYPHER LEARNING’s Board of Directors.
– Graham Glass, CEO and founder of CYPHER LEARNING, said: “CYPHER LEARNING is the only company that provides an LMS for all major e-learning sectors.”
– The global LMS market is estimated at more than $21 billion, yet it is still very fragmented and populated with outdated, subscale companies that have not kept up with the current needs of enterprises and educational institutions.

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Biopharma Biotechnology Developer Platform Information Technology North America

Immunotherapy startup Umoja lands $210M, less than a year after raising $53M

– Umoja Biopharma, a Seattle-based immunotherapy company, raised $210m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Cormorant Asset Management.
– New investors included RTW Investments, LP, Temasek, Presight Capital, Caas Capital and SVB Leerink.
– Funds also came from existing investors: MPM Capital, DCVC Bio, Qiming Venture Partners USA, Casdin Capital, The Emerson Collective and Alexandria Venture Investments.

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Marketplace Wellness Western Europe

onHand Raises £1M in Funding

– onHand, a London, UK-based on-demand volunteering app, raised £1m in funding.
– The round was led by Northstar Ventures with participation from Dhiraj Mukherjee, and existing investors.
– The new investment will be used to further invest in the company’s tech, expand its reach across the U.K and introduce further volunteering opportunities for employees to support with youth mentoring, older adult help, homelessness and environmental projects.

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Consumer Software E-Commerce Mobile Apps North America Shopping Transaction Processing

nate Raises $38M in Series A Funding

– nate is a NYC-based universal shopping app.
– The company raised $38m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Renegade Partners, with participation from Forerunner Ventures and existing investors Canaan Partners and Coatue.
– The new investment will be used to expand the business of its online payment solutions.

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Developer Platform Information Services Information Technology Software Western Europe

Foundries.io Raises $8M Series A Funding to (Actually) Secure the Internet of Things

– Foundries.io has raised $8M in Series A funding, led by IQ Capital, with participation from Crane Venture Partners and Backed VC.
– Foundries.io delivers FoundriesFactory, the world’s first cloud-native solution for embedded technologies that reinvents IoT, and counts tier one OEMs, silicon industry leaders and SoC companies among its customers and partners, including ARM, NXP Semiconductors, MontaVista, STMicroelectronics and WINSYSTEMS.
– Led by technology industry pioneers, George Grey and Ian Drew, Foundries.io has developed a transformative, open source platform that provides OEMs and Systems Integrators a common software base to develop, test, deploy, manage and maintain secure IoT and Edge devices through a single cloud-native solution.

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SaaS Social Media Social Media Management South Asia

Convosight Raises $9M in Series A Funding

– Convosight, a New York, New Delhi, India, and Singapore-based community creator monetization platform, raised $9M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Singapore-based VC firm Qualgro with participation from Unilever Ventures, Ajay Gupta, IvyCap Ventures and Sequoia Capital India’s Surge.
– The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and its business reach.

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Aerospace Autonomous Vehicles Computer Vision Government National Security North America

Anduril Raises $450M in Series D; Valued at $4.6 Billion

– Anduril Industries, an Irvine, Calif.-based defense technology company, raised $450m in Series D funding and a post-money valuation of $4.6b.
– The round was led by Elad Gil with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Founders Fund, General Catalyst, Lux Capital, Valor Equity Partners, and D1 Capital Partners.
– The new investment will be used to develop advanced technologies (AI, computer vision, sensor fusion, optics and automation) to solve some of the most important & complex national security challenges.

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Fitness Health Care Lifestyle North America

Form Health Raises $12M in Series A Funding

– Form Health is a Boston, MA-based obesity telemedicine company.
– The company raised $12M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by M13 with participation from SignalFire and NextView Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s availability to 90% of the US population.

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Cannabis Consulting Information Technology Mobile Mobile Apps North America SaaS Software

Simplifya Closes $6M Series B Funding Round

– Simplifya from Denver provides regulatory and operational compliance software for the cannabis industry.
– The company raised $6m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Blue Zone Wealth Advisors, with participation from existing investors Merida Capital and previous shareholders, as well as the addition of several new investors, including Mercury Payment Solutions Founder Jeff Katz, who also joined Simplifya’s Board of Directors.
– The new investment will be used to expand its operational presence and implement and launch its newest product offering, TENDR (the product will launch in beta with POS clients before the end of Q2).

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Big Data Data Integration Data Visualization North America

Transform Raises $20M in Series A Funding

– Transform provides a centralized metrics platform that enables metrics definitions in code, supports life-cycle management, and connects to any downstream tool where users consume metrics.
– The company raised $20m in Series A funding.
– The round was co-led by Index Ventures and Redpoint Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to expand operations and business reach.

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Biotechnology Medical North America Therapeutics

PanTher Therapeutics Closes Oversubscribed $5.4M Series A Round, Expands Board of Directors, As Company Prepares to Initiate First Clinical Trial of Novel Localized Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

– PanTher Therapeutics announced that it has closed an oversubscribed $5.4M Series A round led by Catalyst Health Ventures, with participation by Angel Physicians Fund and other notable investors.
– The Series A round brings the total amount raised by the company to $7.4M.
– Proceeds from the funding will go toward the company’s first-in-human clinical trial.
– The company also announced the additions of Darshana Zaveri, Managing Partner at CHV, Manish Bhandari, Managing Partner at APF, and Maria Palasis, President and CEO of Lyra Therapeutics, to its board of directors.

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Biotechnology Cannabis Medical Wellness Western Europe

Sanity Group Closes $44.2M Series A Funding

– Sanity Group, a Berlin, Germany-based cannabis startup, closed $44.2M USD Series A financing.
– The round was led by Redalpine with participation from Navy Capital, SOJE Capital, and GMPVC.
– The company intends to use the funds to further expand its medical division in Europe, build out a EU-GMP-compliant research and production facility in Frankfurt am Main, which will serve both the medical and the wellbeing areas of the Sanity Group in the future, and to expand its consumer goods business.

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E-Commerce Internet Western Europe

Yellowpop Raises $4M In Series A Funding

– Yellowpop, a NYC-based home brand specializing in LED neon signs, closed a $4m Series A funding.
– The round included participation from Eutopia, a distinguished Paris- and New York-based early-stage venture capital fund.
– The company plans to use the funds to continue its global expansion through 2021 and further develop as a lifestyle and home brand.

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Construction Energy Industrial Information Technology Internet of Things Manufacturing Mining North America Oil and Gas Software

Triax Technologies Raises $12.5 Million Series A Funding Round to Expand Team, Scale Globally

– Triax technologies raised a Series A funding round of $12.5m.
– The round was led by McRock Capital, an institutional investor focused on industrial IoT.
– Triax will use the funding to grow the team and scale its solutions globally.
– Triax will immediately begin to expand its talented team with openings in several areas across the company.
– It is seeking team members with domain-specific technical skills, who would work well in a community-minded, fair and transparent culture.

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Consumer Goods North America Personal Health Women's

Kindra Raises $4.5M in Seed Funding

– Kindra, a Los Angeles, CA-based modern wellness brand for menopause essentials, raised $4.5m in seed funding round.
– The round was led by the Female Founders Fund with participation from Primetime Partners, Anne and Susan Wojcicki, Katie Couric Media, The Community Fund, and H Ventures.
– The company intends to use the new capital to drive continued growth and expansion of the business.

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Alternative Medicine Biotechnology Health Care Nanotechnology North America

OncoNano Medicine Raises about $50 Million in Series B Financing

– OncoNano Medicine, Inc. announced the raise of an approximate $50m Series B financing led by the healthcare investment team at Advantech Capital, a China-based cross border institutional investment fund.
– Proceeds of the financing will be used, in part, to support the Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S. and Europe for pegsitacianine, an innovative real-time imaging agent used in intraoperative surgical resection of solid tumors, and accelerate the advancement of the company’s first therapeutic development program, ONM-501, a novel immune-therapeutic formulated with the company’s core delivery technology.
– OncoNano is focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapeutics and imaging agents using its proprietary NanoPEGylation™ technology platform.

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Information Services Information Technology North America

Zus Health Closes $34M Series A Led by Andreessen Horowitz; Participation from F-Prime Capital, Maverick Ventures and Others

– Zus Health, a Jonathan Bush-founded company focused on creating the industry’s first shared development platform backed by a shared data record, announced its launch and the close of a $34M Series A financing led by Andreessen Horowitz. F-Prime Capital, Maverick Ventures, Rock Health, Martin Ventures and Oxeon Investments also participated in the round.
– The funding comes at a time when the forces that have long held healthcare innovation back are teetering. The intersection of information sharing friendly policy in the 21st Century Cures Act; never before seen levels of investment from private equity and venture capital into digital-first healthcare companies; and the catalyst of the pandemic; have, in sum, created a thriving young healthcare movement.

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Health Care Hospital Medical North America

Sempre Health Raises $15M in Series B Financing

– Sempre Health, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of a behavior-based healthcare pricing solution, closed a $15M Series B financing.
– The new investment was led by the Blue Venture Fund – a collaboration among Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) companies, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Sandbox, with participation from UPMC Enterprises and existing investors Rethink Impact, LifeForce Capital and Industry Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to advance its two-sided network of payors and pharma manufacturers nationwide and further grow the number of chronic disease patients Sempre can help access their medications.

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Analytics Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning North America SaaS Software

UserLeap raises $38M to track customer experiences

– UserLeap, a platform for AI-powered, continuous research for product teams, announced that it raised $38 million in a series B round contributed by a16z.
– The company says it’ll put the funding toward product R&D and customer acquisition, as well as global expansion efforts.
– The user experience monitoring market is large and growing, and its value is expected to climb from $1.5 billion in 2019 to $3.7 billion by 2023, according to Markets and Markets.
– That may be because every dollar invested in user experience is estimated to net a $100 return, a 9,900% return on investment.
– Forrester Research reports that frictionless user experience design can raise customer conversion rates by up to 400%.

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Life Science Medical North America

Mouse brains and more in 3D: Seattle microscopy startup lands $4M to visualize medical specimens

– Lightspeed Microscopy, a Seattle startup, raised $4m in a Series A financing round.
– The round was led by Dynamk Capital and joined by other investors.
– The company is developing an end-to-end microscopy system for pathologists.
– The platform adapts a type of microscopy commonly used for basic research to assess pathology specimens in three dimensions.

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Analytics Business Intelligence Human Resources Information Technology North America Predictive Analytics SaaS Software

eqtble, a platform that uses data analytics to create healthier workplaces, raises $2.7M seed

– eqtble, a startup that wants to give HR teams the same kind of detailed analytics that product, sales and marketing departments have had for a long time, has raised $2.7m in seed funding.
– The funding was led by Initialized Capital, with participation from SB Opportunity Fund, RS Ventures and other venture capital firms and angel investors.
– eqtble is a Y Combinator alum.
– The startup’s co-founders are Ifiegbu and Horwitz.

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Artificial Intelligence Insurance Machine Learning Software Western Europe

Tractable raises $60M at a $1B valuation to make damage appraisals using AI

– AI startup Tractable, which works with automotive insurance companies to let users take and submit photos of damaged cars that are then “read” to make appraisals, has raised $60m in Series D funding.
– The round was led by Insight Partners and Georgian Partners and it brings the total raised by the company to $115m.
– The company says it works with more than 20 of the top 100 auto insurers in the world, and it has seen sales grow 600% in the last 24 months.
– The company plans to use some of the funding to expand deeper into areas adjacent to that: natural disaster recovery (specifically for appraising property damage), and used car appraisals.

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Biotechnology Clinical Trials Health Care North America Therapeutics

Circle Pharma Raises $66M in Series C Financing

– Circle Pharma from South San Francisco develops macrocycle drug discovery and development company focused on intractable cancer targets.
– The company raised $66m in Series C financing.
– The round was co-led by The Column Group and Nextech Invest with participation from Pandect Bioventures, together with new investors including Euclidean Capital, Pavillion Capital, Hartford HealthCare Endowment and Eli Lilly and Company.
– The new investment will be used to advance its wholly owned cyclin-targeted programs towards the clinic.

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Blockchain North America

TRM Labs Raises $14 Million Series A Funding Round

– TRM Labs closed a $14m Series A funding round.
– The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from PayPal Ventures, Initialized Capital, Jump Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Operator Partners, Blockchain Capital, and executives from Google.
– TRM Labs’ platform integrates with more than a dozen blockchains, and analyzes billions of virtual asset transactions to detect in real-time signs of fraud and financial crime like money laundering.
– TRM Labs drove 600% revenue growth in the last year and has doubled headcount.

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Information Technology North America

Lexion raises $11M to expand its AI-powered contract management platform

– Lexion, a platform leveraging AI to streamline legal contract workloads, announced that it closed an $11 million series A funding round led by Khosla Ventures with participation from Madrona Venture Group and Wilson Sonsini.
– The capital brings the company’s total raised to $15.2 million to date, and cofounder and CEO Gaurav Oberoi says that it’ll be used to support the development of a workflow module designed to help legal teams manage contract intake, negotiations, approvals, and signatures.
– According to Gartner, legal departments will increase their technology spend 300% by 2025, and yet will only realize 30% of the benefit of their contract lifecycle management (CLM) software because of complexities with requirements gathering, change management, and user adoption.

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Events Services North America

Twine raises $3.3M to add networking features to virtual events

– Video chat startup twine closed on $3.3m funding.
– The round was led by Moment Ventures and included participation from Coelius Capital, AltaIR Capital, Mentors Fund, Rosecliff Ventures, AltaClub and Bloom Venture Partners.
– The company shifted its focus to online events and is now on track to do $1m in bookings in 2021.

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Hydrosat raises $5M seed round to deliver ground temperature data to customers

– Hydrosat, a geospatial data analytics startup, raised $5m in seed funding.
– The round was led by Cultivation Capital’s newly launched Geospatial Technologies Fund with participation by Freeflow Ventures, the Yield Lab, Expon Capital, Techstars, Industrious Ventures, Synovia Capital, and the University of Michigan.
– The company plans to launch its first satellite in 2022.

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Internxt gets $1M to be ‘the Coinbase of decentralized storage’

– Valencia-based startup Internxt has raised $1M in seed funding.
– The round was led by Angels Capital, a European VC fund owned by Juan Roig (aka Spain’s richest grocer and second wealthiest billionaire), and Miami-based The Venture City.
– The funds will be put towards its next phase of growth — its month-to-month growth rate is 30% and it tells us it’s confident it can at least sustain that — including planning a big boost to headcount so it can accelerate product development.
– The Spanish startup has spent most of its short life to date developing a decentralized infrastructure that it argues is both inherently more secure and more private than mainstream cloud-based apps (such as those offered by tech giants like Google).

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Hybrid Event Technology Company MeetingPlay Raises $75 Million Growth Equity Investment From Sunstone Partners

– MeetingPlay has received a $75m investment from Sunstone Partners.
– Sunstone is a growth-oriented private equity firm focused on software and tech-enabled services companies.
– MeetingPlay offers a full suite of offerings for all types of conferences, events and meetings that allow for rich attendee experiences.
– The company believes that successful meetings and events are built upon meaningful connections formed during all phases of a hybrid, virtual or in-person event.
– The ultimate value that underpins the company’s software platform is connecting attendees to each other—as well as the meeting content—in a way that creates a unique and differentiated event, uplifting MeetingPlay’s client brands accordingly.

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Analytics Big Data Database Enterprise Software North America

Graph database platform Neo4j raises $325M to inform decision-making

– Graph platform Neo4j announced that it raised $325m at an over $2bn valuation in a series F round led by Eurazeo, with additional investment from GV.
– The capital, which brings the company’s total raised to date to over $500m, will be put toward expanding Neo4j’s platform, workforce, and customer base, the company says.
– Markets and Markets anticipates the graph database market will reach $2.4bn by 2023 from $821.8m in 2018. And analysts at Gartner expect that enterprise graph processing and graph databases will grow 100% annually through 2022, facilitating decision-making in 30% of organizations by 2023.
– Graph databases and graph-oriented databases leverage graph structures for semantic queries, with nodes, edges, and properties that store and represent data.

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Banking Finance Financial Services FinTech North America

Unit raises $51M in Accel-led Series B to grow its banking-as-a-service platform

– Unit, a banking as a service startup, raised $51m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Accel and joined by Better Tomorrow Ventures, Aleph, Flourish Ventures and TLV Partners.
– The company plans to use the funding to expand its team and product offerings.

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Financial Services FinTech Information Technology Insurance InsurTech Machine Learning SaaS Western Europe

Akur8 Raises $30M in Series B Funding

– Akur8, a Paris, France and New York, NY-based company automating insurance pricing with proprietary AI, raised $30m in Series B funding.
– The round was led by BlackFin Capital Partners and MTech Capital.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate the company’s international expansion and product development.

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Biotechnology Health Care Medical Therapeutics Western Europe

Apollo Therapeutics Completes $145 Million Financing Led by Patient Square Capital to Expand and Advance Portfolio-Based Drug Development

– Apollo Therapeutics completed a $145m financing round.
– The round was led by Patient Square Capital and included participation from Rock Springs Capital, Reimagined Ventures and UCL Technology Fund.
– Apollo is a portfolio-based biopharmaceutical company rapidly advancing potentially transformative treatments based on breakthrough discoveries.
– Apollo is set-up to bridge the gap from deep academic science to patient benefit in the most capital and time efficient way possible.
– Apollo seeks to develop therapeutics that have transformative potential above the current standard of care.

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FinTech Western Europe

ShareVision Raises $2.1M in Seed Funding

– ShareVision is a London, UK-based provider of a financial streaming platform.
– The company raised $2.1m in seed funding.
– The backers were not disclosed.
– The new investment will be used to scale the platform.

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E-Commerce Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan foodtech startup Kune raises $1M pre-seed for its ready-to-eat meals service

– Kune is a Kenyan-based on-demand food service.
– The company raised $1m pre-seed funding.
– The round was led by Pan-African venture capital firm Launch Africa Ventures.
– Other investors that took part include Century Oak Capital GmbH and Consonance, with a contribution from ecosystem management firm Pariti.

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Fleet Management Logistics North America SaaS Transportation

KeepTruckin Raises $190 Million in New Funding

– KeepTruckin has raised $190 million in new funding from G2 Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Greenoaks, IVP, Scale Venture Partners, funds managed by BlackRock, and several other leading investors.
– The round values KeepTruckin at over $2 billion.
– The new capital will support KeepTruckin’s strategic priorities by allowing it to continue building innovative AI-powered products, recruiting top-tier talent, and scaling rapidly to meet the needs of businesses that power the physical economy.
– KeepTruckin’s 400,000-strong network of connected vehicles is one of the largest in North America.

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North America Pharmaceuticals

LENZ Therapeutics Debuts With $47 Million Series A Financing

– LENZ Therapeutics emerged from stealth mode with a $47m Series A financing from Versant Ventures and RA Capital Management.
– Proceeds from the financing will be utilized to progress the company’s lead asset, an eyedrop formulation of aceclidine, towards an NDA submission for the treatment of presbyopia.
– Presbyopia impacts more than 120 million people in the U.S. and almost two billion people globally, and is commonly viewed as the largest ophthalmology market with no current pharmaceutical solutions available to offer to patients.
– Currently the available choices are reading glasses, which are viewed by many patients as very undesirable, or irreversible invasive surgical procedures that have inherent risks.
– As a result, there is high interest from patients in an effective and safe pharmaceutical option.

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Artificial Intelligence Enterprise Software North America

Ayraa Raises $4M in Seed Funding

– Ayraa, a San Jose, CA-based technology startup which focuses on building an intelligent & connected enterprise, raised $4M in seed funding.
– Backers included Fengmin Gong and Gerhard Eschelbeck and institutional investors Westwood Ventures, 421 Capital, and Innospring VC.
– The company plans to use the proceeds for building out a large engineering & design operation in Mumbai & Pune, India.

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Addepar Raises $150M in Series F Funding

– Addepar is a technology platform for wealth management.
– The company raised $150m in Series F funding.
D1 Capital Partners made the investment at a pre-money valuation of $2b.
– The new investment will be used to further accelerate growth, accelerate expansion of the business and workforce into new geographies and driving continued development of its platform.

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Productivity API and automation platform Nylas raises $120 million

– Nylas has raised $120m in a series C round of funding led by Tiger Global Management.
– The raise comes amid a booming API economy, as organizations are using APIs to improve their efficiency by tapping into the wider digital ecosystem.
– Nylas offers APIs spanning email, calendar, contacts, and scheduling and includes integrations with all the major services from the likes of Microsoft, Google, AOL, Yahoo, and IMAP.
– So rather than having to develop multiple integrations for all these different services, a resource-intensive endeavor that requires ongoing maintenance and management, a CRM software maker (for example) can use Nylas’ email API to bypass all these hurdles and let sales teams send and receive emails from any provider directly through the CRM.

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Biotechnology Western Europe

Volare Raises €0.7M in Funding

– Volare is a new spinoff startup from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
– The company raised €0.7M in funding.
Maki.vc made the investment.
– The company already has a pilot plant up and running and is aiming for rapid growth.

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Apps Eastern Asia Electric Vehicle

XCharge Closes Series B Funding Round

– XCharge is a Beijing, China-based provider of an electric vehicle (EV) charging solution in Asia-Pacific and Europe.
– Company raised $15m in Series B funding.
– Backers included Shell Ventures and other investors.
– The new investment will be used to scale up to meet the accelerated demand in charging services in fast-expanding markets.

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Biotechnology Medical North America Pharmaceutical Therapeutics

Veralox Therapeutics Closes $16.6M Series A Financing

– Veralox is a biotechnology company developing first-in-class small molecule therapeutics that treat the underlying pathologies of diseases with significant unmet medical needs, closed a $16.6m Series A financing.
– The round was led by Hatteras Venture Partners with participation from Genesys Capital, Point Field Partners and Alexandria Venture Investments as well as support from previous investors Sanofi Ventures, JDRF T1D Fund, Maryland Momentum Fund, VTC Innovation Fund and TEDCO.
– The new investment will be used to advance the development program for its lead product candidate VLX-1005 for the treatment of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).

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Artificial Intelligence North America SaaS

Eltropy Raises $21M in Funding

– Eltropy is a Milpitas CA-based provider of a digital communication suite for financial institutions.
– The company raised $21m in funding.
– The round was led by K1 Investment Management.
– The new funding will be used to more than double the company’s headcount and further invest in its all-in-one communication suite.

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Financial Services North America Real Estate Real Estate Investment Rental Property

Arrived Homes Raises $37M in Seed Funding

– Arrived Homes is a real estate investing platform.
– The company raised $37m in seed funding and debt financing.
– The round was comprised of $10m in equity financing and $27 in debt financing.
– The equity round was led by Core Innovation Capital with participation from Bezos Expeditions (the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos), Good Friends, Time Ventures, Spencer Rascoff, Dara Khosrowshahi, Hadi Partovi, Fred Tuomi, PSL Ventures and Neo.
– The company intends to use the funds to scale the team and build up its supply of rental homes across the country.

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Financial Services FinTech Western Europe

CAPEX.com Raises $21M in Funding

– Capex.com, a Nicosia, Cyprus-based multi-licensed global broker, raised $21M in funding.
– The round was led by Growth Box Ventures and Moore & Moore.
– The company intends to use the funds to launch new products, expand via selected M&A deals in key markets and grow the teams and offices worldwide.

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EnMass Energy Raises $2.15M in Funding

– EnMass Energy from Durham NC develops a digital procurement and operations platform for global waste-to-energy supply chains.
– The company raised $2.15M in funding.
– The round was led by Blue Bear Capital, with participation from Looking Glass Capital, and Climate Cloud.
– The new investment will be aimed at launching an online marketplace for waste to energy procurement.

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Banking FinTech Information Technology North America Software

Nymbus Cuso Raises $5M in Financing Round

– Nymbus Cuso, a Miami, FL-based provider of banking technology solutions, closed a $5m financing round.
– The round was led by the Curql Fund.
– The company intends to use the funds to continue to expand its development efforts.

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Financial Services North America

B9 Raises $1.7M in Pre-Seed Funding

– B9 Inc. from San Francisco, CA offers a full suite of app-based financial services to “unbanked” workers in the U.S.
– The company raised $1.7m in pre-seed funding round.
– The new investment will be used to scale up with additional staff and technology investments, aiming to reach 100,000 customers by the end of 2021.

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Analytics Artificial Intelligence Information Technology iOS Software Western Europe

Threatray Raises €2.3M in Funding

– Threatray is a Swiss cyber-security analytics company.
– The company raised €2.3M in funding.
– The round was led by Verve Ventures with participation from existing investors Hammer Team, SICTIC, BackBone Ventures and the innofund by SZKB.
– The new investment will be aimed at expanding Threatray’s team.

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Employee Benefits Health Care North America Parenting Wellness

Stork Club Raises $30M to Respond to Unprecedented Employer Demand for Inclusive Benefits and to Hold Employees’ Hands as they Build Healthy Families

– Stork Club announced it raised $30M in Series A funding led by General Catalyst, with Hemant Taneja joining the board.
– Existing investors Bowery Capital, Slow Ventures and angels Jack Altman, founder of Lattice; Zach Sims, founder of Codecademy; Oleg Rogynskyy, founder of People.ai; and Kevin Mahaffey, founder of Lookout also joined the round.
– Stork Club is also announcing several new customers from a variety of industries, including Ropes & Gray, Crescent Capital, Corgan, Fors Marsh Group and Inception.
– Stork Club is the first to extend traditional employee benefits to include historically overlooked, yet critical components of maternal health: diagnostics, egg and sperm freezing, IVF, surrogacy, adoption, pregnancy guidance and postpartum recovery support.

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Claroty Raises $140M in Series D Funding

– Claroty from NYC develops industrial cybersecurity solutions for enterprises to protect their OT, IoT, and IIoT assets.
– Company raised $140m in Series D funding.
– The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners‘ Century II fund and 40 North with participation from LG and I Squared Capital‘s ISQ Global InfraTech Fund as well as previous investors – Team8, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and Schneider Electric.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate expansion into new verticals and regions as well as to further enhance its product portfolio.

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Business Intelligence CRM Data Center Automation North America SaaS Software

Introhive raises $100M to automate customer relationship management

– Introhive, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) customer relationship management (CRM) automation platform, announced that it raised $100 million in a series C funding round led by equity firm PSG.
– The funds, which bring the company’s total raised to over $140 million to date, will be put toward strategic acquisitions, the expansion of Introhive’s global footprint, and growth of the company’s engineering, sales, and marketing teams.

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Apna raises $70 million to help workers in India secure jobs

– Apna, a startup by an Apple alum, announced its acceptance by the market has helped it raise $70m in a new financing round as the startup prepares to scale the 16-month-old app across India.
Insight Partners and Tiger Global co-led Apna’s $70m Series B round, which valued the startup at $570m.
– Existing investors Lightspeed India, Sequoia Capital India, Greenoaks Capital and Rocketship VC also participated in the round.

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Banking Financial Services FinTech Internet North America

Novo Raises $40.7M Series A to Scale Digital Banking Platform for Small Businesses

– Novo announced that it has raised $40.7M in Series A funding.
Valar Ventures led the round, with participation from Crosslink Capital, Rainfall Ventures, Red Sea Ventures, and BoxGroup.
– Since launching in 2018, more than 100,000 small businesses have opened a Novo account. In 2021, Novo surpassed $1 billion in lifetime transactions, announced a number of new features, opened a new office in Miami, and grew its leadership team. The company was also named both CNBC’s Best Business Checking Accounts of March 2021 and Money Magazine’s Best Business Checking Accounts of 2021.
– Novo will use its Series A funding to continue building out a best-in-class platform for small business banking, with a focus on helping business owners simplify their finances and optimize their cash flow.

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Event Management Information Technology North America

Hybrid events platform Brella raises $10M Series A led by Connected Capital

– Brella, a hybrid event platform, raised $10m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Connected Capital and joined by existing investors.
– Brella pivoted from live events into a virtual event platform after the pandemic hit.
– The company counts Informa, Marcus Evans, Questex and IQPC as customers.

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Financial Services Lifestyle Payments South Asia

FamPay, a fintech aimed at teens in India, raises $38 million

– Bangalore-based FamPay raised $38m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Elevation Capital and joined by General Catalyst, Rocketship VC, Greenoaks Capital, Sequoia Capital India, Y Combinator, Global Founders Capital, and Venture Highway.
– The size of the new investment makes it one of the largest Series A rounds in India.

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Information Services North America

Markerr Raises $5 Million Series A

– Markerr closed a $5m Series A fundraise led by RET Ventures.
– The round was joined by leading technology investors including Continental Realty Corporation, Twin Shores Capital, led by investor Matt Levin, Edward Norton, actor and investor, and Joe Lettween.
– With these insights, clients can understand the potential of any property, more accurately forecast rental rates and accelerate decision making.

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Biotechnology Health Care Medical Device North America Wellness

Fractyl Announces Closing of $100 Million Series F Financing to Expand Clinical Development Programs in Type 2 Diabetes

– Fractyl Health closed a $100m Series F financing.
– The financing was led by Maverick Capital, M28 Capital, and Population Health Partners, with participation by other new and existing investors.
– Marc Elia, founder of M28 Capital, and Clive Meanwell, M.D., Ph.D., executive chairman and founder of Population Health Partners, have joined Fractyl’s Board of Directors.
– Proceeds from the financing will support initiation of multiple late-stage clinical studies to assess the potential for Revita DMR to treat and halt the progression of metabolic disease.

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FinTech Fitness Health Care InsurTech Latin America

Betterfly Raises $60 Million Series B in Latin America’s Largest Insurtech Round

– Betterfly, the purpose-driven benefits platform, announced that it has raised $60m in Series B from partners of DST Global, QED investors, Valor Capital, Endeavor Catalyst and the SoftBank Latin America Fund.
– The $60m Series B represents Latin America’s largest insurtech fundraising round and comes just six months after Betterfly raised its $18m Series A.
– The round brings Betterfly’s total equity raised to $80m.
– Betterfly, founded in 2018 by Endeavor entrepreneur Eduardo della Maggiora, is reimagining both product and distribution in the global insurance market and has developed a unique embedded insurance B2B2C model that integrates wellbeing, insurance and social purpose with a mission to help people do better, live better, and be better.

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Cyber Security Information Technology North America SaaS Service Industry

ThreatX Raises $10 Million; Extends Attacker-Centric Security Platform

ThreatX, a uniquely architected web application and API protection (WAAP) platform, has raised $10 million in funding led by .406 Ventures. This new investment will be used to open a new office in Boston and establish a presence on the East Coast, grow its engineering team, strengthen its fully-managed WAAP services team, and enhance its worldwide sales engine. Existing investors Access Venture Partners and Grotech Ventures also participated in the round. Greg Dracon, Partner at .406 Ventures, has technology operating and management experience, as well as 25 years of cybersecurity-focused venture investing, and will join the ThreatX board of directors.
The company’s attacker-centric WAAP platform accurately identifies malicious actors and dynamically initiates appropriate action. ThreatX technology can be used by companies in every industry across the globe to effectively and efficiently protect web applications and APIs.

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Health Care Medical North America Public Safety

ADDING and REPLACING R-Zero Raises $40M+ Series B to Advance the Evolution of Intelligent Disinfection Platform

– R-Zero, the first biosafety technology company dedicated to reducing the spread of infectious disease, announced a $41.5m Series B investment to accelerate the development and deployment of the world’s first continuous, automated disinfection ecosystem and quickly establishing the new standard for post-pandemic human health and safety in public spaces.
– The round was led by World Innovation Lab with participation from venture capital icon John Doerr and current R-Zero investors, DBL Partners and SOSV / HAX. This latest investment brings R-Zero’s total capital raised to over $58m in the few short months since the company was founded in early 2020, further establishing the company as a world leader in delivering innovative biosafety technologies to address glaring gaps in society’s health protections against COVID-19 and other common infectious diseases.

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MachineMetrics Announces $20M Series B Funding Round

– MachineMetrics, an industrial data startup that elevates manufacturing performance through autonomous machining, announced it has raised $20m in Series B financing.
– The company will use the funding to scale its platform globally and democratize access to the machine insights that power manufacturing operations.
– MachineMetrics is currently used by hundreds of customers and connected to thousands of machines globally.
– These manufacturers, which range from small contract manufacturers to some of the world’s largest OEMs, are leveraging MachineMetrics to enable remote visibility into real-time production, identify production bottlenecks, predict machine failures, improve quality, and build workflows that automate the operation of machines.

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Consumer Goods North America Pet Retail

Diggs Inc. Closes $13 Million Series A Funding To Scale Growth And Expand Product Offering

– Diggs has closed a $13m Series A investment round led by venn growth partners with backing by US-based Strand Equity.
– The company’s Revol Dog Crate has won several awards and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and CNBC.
– The funding will be allocated towards developing new products, diversifying marketing channels, recruiting talent for new positions across all business functions, and creating a first-of-its-kind product design and development facility in Long Island City.
– Diggs’ CEO Zel Crampton is a McKinsey & Company veteran.

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Food and Beverage Lifestyle North America Wine And Spirits

Award Winning Løs Sundays Tequila Secures $3.5 Million Series A Round, Closed Out by CircleUp Growth Partners

– Løs Sundays, the fast-growing, and award-winning, premium tequila brand, announces a $3.5m Series A funding round.
CircleUp Growth Partners joined earlier investments from Ketch Ventures and Room9.
– The brand’s rapidly growing consumer demand will be used to support the brand’s impressive expansion as they grow their footprint across the United States, launching into 30 new markets in the US and two countries in the first half of the year.
– The funding will be used to support the brand’s impressive expansion as they grow their footprint across the United States, launching into 30 new markets in the US and two countries in the first half of the year.

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Delivery Enterprise Enterprise Applications Enterprise Software Internet Logistics North Africa and the Middle East SaaS Software Supply Chain Management

Bringg, a delivery and fulfillment platform used by Walmart, nabs $100M

– Delivery logistics and fulfillment platform Bringg announced it has raised $100 million in a round of funding led by Insight Partners.
– The series E round gives Bringg a valuation of $1 billion.
– The raise comes as companies across just about every sector have been forced to change how they operate, with the retail industry in particular relying heavily on delivery and logistics infrastructure to continue trading during the pandemic.
– Founded in 2013, Bringg aims to help businesses compete with Amazon. To do so, Bringg’s modular platform enables retailers of any size to choose which tools they need — such as curbside pickup or last-mile delivery — to ensure they get goods from their warehouse to the consumer by tapping into local logistics providers.
– This includes real-time tracking and intelligent routing to optimize the path from seller to buyer.

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Document Management Enterprise Software Office Administration SaaS Western Europe

Templafy, which helps workers create company-compliant documents, nabs $60M

– Templafy, a platform that helps workers at major enterprises such as KPMG, Ikea, and BDO, create company-compliant “on-brand” documents, has raised $60 million in a fresh round of funding.
– The raise mirrors similar recent investments elsewhere in the corporate brand management space, including Exclaimer’s whopping $133 million round to help companies manage email signatures.
– Templafy helps businesses tightly control their corporate templates, documents, fonts, email signatures, and more, ensuring employees across departments can easily access what they need from wherever they are.
– This is perhaps more important at a time when workers have been forced to embrace remote work, which means they may be more inclined to use an old document template stored on their laptop, for example.

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Big Data EdTech Education North America Software

Formative Announces $70 Million Minority Growth Investment to Accelerate Impact in K-12 Classrooms

Formative, a web-based student response platform, has closed a $70 million minority investment led by growth investor Summit Partners. Existing investors Emerson Collective, Fika Ventures, Mac Ventures, and Rethink Education also participated. The company will use this capital to expand international reach, increase teacher and administrator support, and fuel product enhancement efforts. Tom Jennings, a Managing Director at Summit Partners, will join Formative’s Board of Directors.
Craig Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Formative, transferred his experience as a classroom teacher into a SaaS platform that improves student outcomes and educator effectiveness by accelerating the student-teacher feedback loop. It provides actionable visualizations of student comprehension and achievements and allows teachers to give live assignments to students, enabling instant teaching adjustments and long-term student growth tracking.
Designed for physical, virtual or hybrid classrooms Formative continues to see more students on the platform during the pandemic. It’s COVID-19 Assistance Program provided free access to its full platform for approximately 5,000 schools and districts.

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Cloud Infrastructure Developer Tools SaaS Software South Asia

BrowserStack, the Leading Software Testing Platform, Closes $200 Million Series B Funding at a $4 Billion Valuation

– BrowserStack has secured $200m in Series B funding at a $4b valuation.
– The round was led by BOND, with participation from Insight Partners and existing investor Accel.
– BrowserStack is the global category leader in software testing on the cloud, with 50,000+ customers and four million+ developer signups.
– The investment will support BrowserStack’s strategic acquisitions, expansion of its product offerings, and continued scale and growth.
– Companies today need to release software with speed and quality to remain competitive. To do this, companies have to adopt DevOps, test more, and test fast. However, for most companies, testing remains the key bottleneck in the DevOps cycle.

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Vianai Systems raises additional $140M to build upon strong customer adoption

– Vianai Systems, a Human-Centered AI platform and products company, announced that it has raised $140M in a Series B financing from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and several industry luminaries.
– Vianai will use the new capital to accelerate the delivery of its human-centered AI platform and products to enterprises worldwide.
– For many enterprises, AI has not lived up to its hype. AI’s true potential originates from the ability to put humans at the center of technological solutions.
– Vianai’s pioneering human-centered AI approach amplifies human judgment thus empowering domain experts with AI tools to deliver powerful business value.
– Vianai has already delivered successful business outcomes to numerous world-leading enterprises.

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Analytics Big Data Data Visualization Enterprise Software North America Open Source

Imply Closes $70 Million Series C at $700M Valuation to Extend Leadership as Foundational Platform for Analytics-in-Motion

– Imply, the pioneer of Analytics-in-Motion, and founded by the original creators of Apache Druid, announced the closing of a $70m Series C led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from Tiger Global Management, bringing total funding to over $116m.
– Existing investors A16Z, Khosla Ventures and Geodesic Capital also participated in this round.
– This additional funding follows a banner year for Imply, growing market adoption of both Imply and open source Apache Druid.
– Imply has now surpassed 100 enterprise and digital-native customers, using Imply as the engine for analytics-powered applications that they build, and/or as a complete solution to directly solve internal BI and operational analytics use cases.

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Consulting Internet North America Recruiting SaaS Software

Sense Secures $16 Million in New Funding to Drive Talent Acquisition as Labor Market Rebounds

– Sense, the market leader in AI-driven talent engagement and communication platform solutions for recruiting, announced $16m in Series C funding.
– Key investors in this round include Avataar Venture Partners with additional participation from previous investors including Accel and GV.
– The round will accelerate innovation and development of the company’s AI-powered talent communication and engagement suite.
– Sense offers a singular engagement platform powered by AI and machine learning. It enables personalized communication across the entire talent lifecycle at scale, and also automates manual tasks for recruiters.
– Through this personalized approach, Sense customers experience on average; a 263% increase in candidates screened compared to a manual approach, reduced time to fill by 30-81% and up to 800 hours of recruiter time saved.

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Finance FinTech North America Small and Medium Businesses

Guideline Raises $200M in Funding Led by General Atlantic to Fuel Growth of Comprehensive Retirement Plan Solutions

– Guideline, a leading provider of easy, affordable retirement plan solutions for small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMBs), announced it has raised $200M in new funding led by General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm.
– Existing investors Generation Investment Management, Greyhound Capital, Felicis Ventures, Propel Ventures and others also participated.
– Guideline plans to use the funds to further scale its offering of full-service 401(k) plans, as well as introduce new retirement plan solution products.
– Founded in 2015 by CEO, Kevin Busque, CPO, Jeremy Caballero, and CTO, Mike Nelson, Guideline’s mission is to help everyone arrive at a safe, secure retirement, whether they are a small business owner, an employee or are self-employed.

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Apps Health Care Medical North America

Ksana Health Secures $2M Seed Round to Launch Advanced Mental Health Monitoring Platform

– Ksana Health announced that it has raised $2M in seed funding led by Christian Angermayer’s re.Mind Capital.
– The seed round also includes participation from WPSS Investments, Panoramic Ventures, the Telosity Fund, Palo Santo Venture Fund, and Able Partners.
– Vira by Ksana Health digitally transforms the practice of behavioral healthcare by converting the quantifiable behavioral patterns that are continuously and passively collected by smartphones into actionable and objective insights for practitioners and their patients.

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Australia and Oceania Insurance

Honey Insurance launches with $15.5M AUD, the largest seed round ever for an Australian tech startup

– Honey Insurance, an Australian home insurance company, raised $10m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by RACQ and joined by PEXA, Metricon, ABN Group, Mirvac, AGL, SFG and Apex Capital.
– Individual investors include Zip founder and global CEO Larry Diamond; Afterpay co-founder and CEO Anthony Eisen; former MEBank CEO Jamie McPhee; former Corelogic CEO Graham Mirabito; Airtasker co-founder and CEO Tim Fung; and former News Corp Australia and Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh.
– The capital will be used on hiring, with plans to fill 80 positions over the next 12 months, and research and development.

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RIND® CLOSES $6.1 MILLION FUNDING ROUND LED BY VALOR SIREN VENTURES

– RIND®, makers of functional and sustainable whole fruit snacks, announced the closing of a $6.1m Series A capital raise led by Valor Siren Ventures, an early-stage investor in sustainability, food, food technology, retail, and retail technology, along with a follow-on investment from Melitas Ventures.
– RIND® has disrupted the dehydrated snack category with its “skin-on superfruit” that maximizes nutrition, minimizes food waste and helps combat childhood hunger through a newly launched school snacks campaign.
– RIND® grew revenues five-fold in 2020 and expects to more than triple sales this year while expanding its retail presence to over 3,000 locations.

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Energy Industrial North America Renewable Energy Solar

Heliogen Raises $108 Million to Advance New Non-Intermittent Renewable Energy Technology for Heat, Power, and Green Hydrogen

Heliogen, a company behind turnkey concentrated solar energy system Sunlight Refinery™, recently closed $83 million in funding. This corporate round comes after $25 million Round A in April 2020. Among the new investors in Heliogen are steel and mining company ArcelorMittal, scientific startup-focused venture capital firm Prime Movers Lab, Canada-based venture capital fund Ocgrow Ventures, a private investment group specializing in ESG investments A.T. Gekko, Edison International, 8090 Partners, Gordon Crawford, and Rashaun Williams.
This renewable energy technology company aims towards a sustainable future and focuses on eliminating the need for fossil fuels. Its AI-powered Sunlight Refinery system provides high-temperature, carbon-free thermal energy by precisely aligning an array of mirrors to reflect sunlight to a single target with unprecedented accuracy. This energy is enough to power Rio Tinto’s borates mine’s industrial processes, where Heliogen will deploy its proprietary technology, while reducing carbon emissions at the site.
The company was created at technology incubator Idealab and won the Energy category in 2020 World Changing Ideas Award in April 2020.

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Gloat Raises $57M Series C to Help Employees Thrive and Businesses Execute Faster in the New World of Work

– Gloat announced a $57M Series C funding round led by Accel, with participation from existing investors Eight Roads Ventures, Intel Capital, Magma Venture Partners, and PICO Partners.
– With total funding of $92M, the company will accelerate product innovation and market expansion as it aims to bring workforce agility to every enterprise and more dynamic careers to every individual.
– Gloat was founded in 2015 by Ben Reuveni, Amichai Schreiber and Danny Shteinberg, with the belief that the traditional approach to work, jobs and careers that has been at the heart of enterprise operations since the industrial revolution is now holding businesses and their people back.

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Ochre Bio Closes $9.6M Seed Financing Led by Khosla Ventures

– Ochre Bio, a biotech company developing RNA medicines for chronic liver diseases, announced the closing of a $9.6M seed financing round led by Khosla Ventures, with participation from Backed VC, Apollo Health Ventures, Selvedge, Hoxton and Hermes-Epitek.
– The funding will be used to advance the development of Ochre Bio’s RNA therapies and expand their deep phenotyping platform to identify and validate new liver targets.
– Using deep phenotyping (‘phenomics’), the company digitizes liver biology at scale, from healthy through to advanced liver disease.
– Ochre Bio has already generated massive amounts of spatial genomics data from freshly donated human livers, and have uncovered hundreds of novel potential liver targets that are currently being validated in their labs.

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Food and Beverage North America Wine And Spirits

Ohza Raises $4M in Funding

– Ohza is a ready-to-drink cocktail brand from Cambridge, Massachusetts.
– The company closed a round of funding worth just over $4m.
– The round was led by CircleUp Growth Partners with participation from Branch Venture Group, Ruttenberg Gordon Investments, Riverside Ventures, individuals like Elliot Grainge, Founder of 10K Projects and existing investors such as Austin Rosen, Founder of Electric Feel Management.
– The new investment will be used to expand operations and business reach.

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SkyWatch Space Applications Raises $17.2M in Series B Funding

– SkyWatch is a space technology startup based in Waterloo, Canada.
– The company raised $17.2M in Series B funding.
– The round was led by Drive Capital with participation from existing investors Bullpen Capital, Space Capital, Golden Ventures, and BDC Ventures.
– The new investment will be used to expand operations, growth and business reach.

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Biotechnology Western Europe

VectorY Raises €31M in Seed Funding

– VictorY, an Amsterdam, The Netherlands-based biotechnology company, raised €31M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Forbion and an unnamed global investment firm, with participation from BGV and Eli Lilly and Company.
– The new funding will be used to establish pre-clinical proof of concept for vectorized antibodies in target indications of ALS and Alzheimer’s, to further expand the team, and to establish proprietary manufacturing capabilities, including a GMP facility in the Netherlands.

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Duda Raises $50M in Series D Funding

– Duda, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based professional website builder for digital agencies and SaaS companies, raised $50m in Series D financing.
– The round was led by Claridge IL with participation from existing investors Susquehanna Growth Equity and Vintage Investment Partners.
– The company intends to use the funds to develop new products and features, and expand investments across all departments, including R&D, sales, and marketing.

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Lingokids Raises USD$40M in Funding

– Lingokids from Madrid is a provider of an early learning platform.
– Series C $40m round brings company valuation to $100m.
– The round was led by an undisclosed investor, with participation from GP Bullhound and existing investors HV Capital and Ravensburger, among others.
– The new investment will be used for further international expansion, development of new and engaging forms of content for kids, as well as global hiring, especially for the platform engineering and development teams.

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Health Care Medical North America Sales Software

MedScout Raises $800K in Pre-Seed Funding

– MedScout from Austin TX is a revenue intelligence platform focused on enabling the sales teams at medical device, pharmaceutical, and home health companies to find prospects, organize pipeline activities, and then track and measure execution across reps and teams.
– The company raised $800k in Pre-Seed funding.
– The round was led by LiveOak Venture Partners, with participation from Chuck Gordon and Mario Feghal and Luke Fernandez.
– The new investment will be used to expand product development rolling out new features and conduct go-to-market initiatives.

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Biotechnology Western Europe

Mnemo Therapeutics Announces €75 million Series A to Accelerate Next Generation Integrated CAR-T and Epigenetic Targeting Platform

– Mnemo Therapeutics completed its €75m Series A financing.
– The round was led by Casdin Capital, returning investor Sofinnova Partners, and an undisclosed investor, including participation from Redmile, Emerson Collective and Alexandria Venture Investments.
– The Series A financing will allow the company to accelerate development of the EnfiniT targeting and next generation chimeric antigen receptors (CAR) T cell therapy platform combining the pioneering research from Institut Curie and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).

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Information Technology Location Based Services Marketing Western Europe

Uberall Raises $115M in Funding

– Uberall, a Berlin, Germany-based provider of “Near Me” Marketing SaaS solutions, received a capital investment of $115m.
– The round was led by Bregal Milestone, Level Equity, United Internet and Uberall management.
– The company intends to use the funds to accelerate growth in the U.S. and Canada.

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Artificial Intelligence North America Robotics

Scythe Robotics Raises $18.6M in Series A Funding

– Scythe Robotics from Boulder, Colorado develops advanced, commercial-grade autonomous robotic solutions for the landscaping industry.
– The company raised $13.8M in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Inspired Capital with participation from existing investors True Ventures, Zigg Capital, and Lemnos.
– The new investment will be used to expand with new customers, grow its existing operations in Texas, Florida and Colorado, and accelerate development of further products.

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Ostendio Raises Series A Funding

– Ostendio is an Arlington, VA-based provider of always-on integrated risk management technology that makes it easy to build, operate, and showcase a security program.
– The company closed a Series A funding of undisclosed amount.
– The round was led by Osage Venture Partners and included follow-on investments from Blu Venture Investors, CIT GAP Funds, and other existing investors.
– The new investment will be aimed at the expansion of its network of audit partners (Auditor Connect) and its vendor risk management solution (Vendor Connect).

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Agriculture AgTech Artificial Intelligence Farming Robotics Western Europe

ecoRobotix raises USD 14.7 million in latest Series C funding

– ecoRobotix announced that they have raised $14.7m in Series C funding.
– The funding was led by Swisscom Ventures together with Verve Ventures.
– The proceeds will accelerate the high-volume series production of their pulled ARA plant protection spraying machine and drive its European expansion forward.

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Information Technology Western Europe

10x Future Technologies Raises $187M in Series C Funding

– 10x Future Technologies from London develops a cloud native SaaS bank operating system which enables banks to deliver products, services and customer experiences to retail and SME customers.
– The company raised $100m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by BlackRock and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) with participation from existing investors JPMorgan Chase, Nationwide, Ping An and Westpac.
– The new investment will be used for the company’s expansion plans into new markets, including North America, as well as further development of its cloud native 10x SuperCore™ platform.

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Banking FinTech Information Technology North America Software

Nymbus CUSO Secures New $5 Million Financing Round

– Nymbus CUSO closed a $5m round of financing led by the Curql Fund.
– The investment will be used towards Nymbus CUSO and accelerate a shared commitment to breakthrough technology for ensuring continued growth and stability for the credit union community.
– Nymbus CUSO is a credit union service organization that connects credit unions with trusted fintech offerings that both simplify technology delivery and enable new digital revenue opportunities.
– Curql’s investment follows an additional $20m funding round recently led by VyStar Credit Union to advance the development of Nymbus CUSO.

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Apple Watch accessory maker Wristcam raises $25M

– Wristcam, a wearable camera maker, raised $25m in funding.
– The round was led by Marker LLC and joined by other investors.
– The company plans to use the funding to scale its team, Wristcam production, go to market, and R&D of its computer vision engine for wearables.

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Fraud protection startup nSure AI raises $6.8M in seed funding

– Startup nSure AI has raised $6.8m in seed funding.
– The round was led by DisruptiveAI, Phoenix Insurance, AXA-backed venture builder Kamet, Moneta Seeds and private investors.
– The company provides fraud detection for high-risk digital goods, such as electronic gift cards, airline tickets, software and games.
– It has a 98% approval rating on average for purchases, compared to an industry average of 80%.

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Crate.io raises $10M to grow its database platform

– Crate.io, a startup developing a database platform called CrateDB, announced that it raised $10 million in additional funding (including $2 million in debt) from Draper Esprit, Vito Ventures, and individual investors.
– CEO Eva Schönleitner says that the proceeds, which bring the company’s total raised to $31 million, will be put toward expanding Crate.io’s sales teams, the CrateDB ecosystem’s functionality and partner integrations, and the open source developer community around CrateDB.

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Biopharma Biotechnology North America Therapeutics

CAMP4 Raises $45 Million to Usher in a New Era of Programmable Therapeutics to Upregulate Genes

– CAMP4 Therapeutics announced that it has raised $45m to propel the next phase of its scientific strategy, significantly expand its platform and advance multiple preclinical RNA therapies into human testing.
– CAMP4 is combining its proprietary RNA Actuating Platform (RAP) with state-of-the-art oligonucleotide technology to develop precise and programmable therapeutics that enable tunable upregulation of gene expression to treat disease.
– CAMP4’s approach uniquely targets a new class of RNA known as regulatory RNAs (“regRNAs”) that control the expression of proteins, making this approach applicable to any genetic disease whereby a small increase in gene output can lead to meaningful therapeutic outcomes.
5AM Ventures and Northpond Ventures led the financing alongside existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Polaris Partners and The Kraft Group.

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Computer Software North America

Portland startup Candid lands $2M to help brands and retailers run their wholesale business online

– Portland, Ore.-based startup Candid raised $2m to help retailers and other businesses run their wholesale efforts online.
– Candid’s subscription-based service allows customers to bring wholesale-related communication and invoices all to the same platform.
– Avery Bloom, Candid co-founder and CEO, said 80% of wholesale transactions happen on paper or over the phone.
– “We want retailers and brands to be on equal footing with [large companies] who can throw huge budgets at software and employees to make wholesale work for them,” Bloom said in an email.
– It takes a lot of guts to build a brand, open a store, or launch an e-commerce shop, but for most, taking control of wholesale and doing it right has never been an option.

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Broadcast Media North America

Oakland-based YR Media Receives $2.5M Grant from Mackenzie Scott and Dan Jewett Foundation

– YR Media announces a $2.5M grant from the Mackenzie Scott and Dan Jewett Foundation, an astounding investment into the 25-plus-year-old youth media organization headquartered in Oakland.
– This marks the largest single unrestricted grant in the history of YR Media, which started as a storefront operation amplifying BIPOC youth voice via public radio partners and has evolved into a national multimedia platform and education center serving young people ages 14 to 29.
– In a Medium post dated June 15, philanthropist Mackenzie Scott publicly announced that the donation to YR Media and “286 other teams were selected through a rigorous process of research and analysis.”

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Payments Western Europe

DNA Payments Raises £100 Million to Accelerate Growth and Make New Acquisitions

– DNA Payments Group has signed a £100m deal with Alchemy Partners.
– With headquarters in London and an operations hub in Kent, DNA currently serves over 45,000 merchants ranging from major online and offline retailers to SMEs, providing them with over 70,000 terminals which make over 20m transactions worth over £600m a month.
– DNA is one of just a few players in the UK and Europe with fully cloud based omni-channel payment processing capabilities, and also provides a variety of SaaS and PaaS solutions to major global acquirers and payment schemes.
– This investment will allow DNA to enhance its product offering and continue with its strategy of selective acquisitions to grow its presence not only in the UK but also internationally.

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BookClub checks out a shiny new $20 million Series A

– BookClub, a startup that brings author-led book clubs to readers, raised $20m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Signal Peak Ventures and joined by GSV Ventures, Maveron, Backstage Capital​ and Pelion Venture Partners​.
– Other investors include the founders of MasterClass and Goodreads.

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Biotechnology Western Europe

VectorY Raises €31 Million in Seed Financing to Develop Next-Generation Gene Therapies Aimed at Muscular and CNS Disorders

– VectorY Therapeutics announced the completion of a €31m seed financing round.
– The oversubscribed round was co-led by founding investor Forbion and a leading global investment firm. BGV and Eli Lilly and Company also joined the syndicate.
– The proceeds from this seed financing will be used by the Company to establish pre-clinical proof of concept for vectorized antibodies in target indications of ALS and Alzheimer’s.
– The Company will also use the funds to establish proprietary manufacturing capabilities, including a state-of-the-art GMP facility in the Netherlands.
– The Company also announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Alexander Vos, and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Sander van Deventer, both highly experienced pioneers in the cell and gene therapy field.

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Information Services Internet North America Software

UtilizeCore Raises $5.3 Million To Transform Service Management

– UtilizeCore has raised $5.3m in a round led by boldstart ventures with participation from S12F, Mantis VC and other strategic investors.
– UtilizeCore helps service management companies seamlessly manage all work streams through a single, consolidated platform.
– The company was co-founded by Ryan Gottfriend, CEO; Jason Kwait, President; and Johnny Zhu, COO.
– UtilizeCore is the only Service Management Platform focused on IFM (Integrated Facility Management).
– More than 50,000 companies buying and selling on the UtilizeCore platform, and more than 2 million work orders have been processed.
– North of a billion dollars’ worth of managed services has flowed through UtilizeCore’s system.

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Carbyne raises $20M more so when death knocks, you don’t answer the door

– Israel-based Carbyne raised $20m in Series C funding.
– The round was led by Global Medical Response, one of the world’s largest emergency medical providers who operates fleets of vehicles, trucks, helicopters and planes to get patients to hospital facilities expeditiously.
– GMR COO Edward Van Horne will join Carbyne’s board of directors.

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Artificial Intelligence North America Robotics

Robotic landscaping startup Scythe emerges from stealth with $13.8M raise

– Scythe Robotics, a landscaping robotics company, raised $13.8m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Inspired Capital and featured True Ventures, Zigg Capital and Lemnos.
– It brings the Boulder, Colorado-based landscaping robotics company’s total funding up to $18.6m, including a $4m seed, also led by True Ventures.
– The startup’s first product is an autonomous mower, offered to customers through a Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) model.
– The method is becoming increasingly popular in the enterprise and industrial space, essentially offering clients robotics through a rental model that includes regular updates and maintenance.
– The mower features eight HDR cameras and a variety of sensors designed to help avoid people, animals and various obstacles it might encounter on the job.

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Automotive marketplace Carro hits unicorn status with $360M Series C led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2

– Carro, a Southeast Asia-based automotive marketplace, raised $360m funding.
– The round was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and joined by insurance giant MSIG and other investors.
– The company plans to use the funding to expand its financial services portfolio and develop its AI capabilities.

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Construction robotics firm Dusty raises $16.5M

– Dusty Robotics, a construction robotics company, raised $16.5m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Canaan Partners and featured NextGen Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, Root Ventures and Cantos Ventures.
– The company plans to use the funding to expand its team and product line.

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Cyber Security Information Technology Network Security North America Software

Zero trust networking startup Elisity raises $26M

– Elisity, a cybersecurity startup, announced that it raised $26 million in a funding round led by Two Bear Capital and AllegisCyber Capital.
– The capital will be put toward scaling Elisity’s operations as it accelerates R&D and customer acquisition.
– According to a recent study published by the University of Maryland, hackers attack every 39 seconds, or about 2,244 times a day.
– The average time to identify a breach in 2019 was 206 days, at which point the cost could be in excess of $3.92 million.
– Gartner posits that this reflects the technology’s potential: More resilient environments with improved flexibility and better monitoring appeal to organizations looking for more flexible — and responsive — ways to connect and collaborate with their digital business ecosystems, remote workers, and partners.

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Bitwise Asset Management Inc. Completes $70 Million Series B, Valuing the Company at More Than $500 Million

– Bitwise announced the completion of its Series B.
– The round was led by Elad Gil and Electric Capital, joined by new backers including Daniel Loeb’s Third Point LLC, Daniel Och’s Willoughby Capital, Louis Bacon’s Moore Strategic Ventures, Paul Eisenstein’s Vetamer Capital, and Coinbase Ventures.
– Bitwise plans to use the proceeds from its Series B round to strengthen its balance sheet and accelerate the national buildout of its organization, team and product suite.
– Bitwise is the world’s largest cryptocurrency index fund manager and is currently profitable.
– Assets under management are up more than 20x year over year, crossing $1.2 billion at the end of Q1 and taking the company to profitability.

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IRL, Leading Group Messaging Social Network, Raises $170M Series C Funding Led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Achieves Unicorn Status With Over $1.1B Valuation

– IRL (In Real Life), the leading group messaging social network that brings people together through events and shared experiences, announced a $170M Series C Round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 with participation from new investor Dragoneer, and returning investors Goodwater Capital, Founders Fund, Floodgate and Owl Capital. The oversubscribed round brings IRL’s total funding to more than $200M to-date and cements the company’s unicorn status with a $1.17B valuation.
– In addition to the company’s funding, IRL announced its new Culture and Creator Fund along with new expanded Group Messaging features, broadening its in-app experience to deepen everyone’s ability to connect with friends, family and discover new friends based on shared interests.

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Canadian Space Technology Startup SkyWatch Raises $17.2M to Democratize Satellite Data

– SkyWatch Space Applications Inc. (“SkyWatch”), a Waterloo-based space technology startup, announced today the completion of a $17.2M USD Series B round of financing to further democratize access to Earth observation data.
Drive Capital led the investment round with participation from existing investors Bullpen Capital, Space Capital, Golden Ventures, and BDC Ventures.
– The Series B financing builds on an exceptional first half of 2021 for SkyWatch, which is seeing revenue growth in excess of 450% over the same period last year, highlighting the appetite for Earth observation data from the private sector.

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Underground Cellar Secures $12.5M Series A as Their Millionth Bottle of Wine Is Sold

– Underground Cellar has raised $12.5M to complete its Series A.
– The round was led by Accomplice with participation from Golden Ventures and Bling Capital.
– Underground Cellar is the ultimate community marketplace for wine lovers that rewards consumers with free upgrades to rare and private-stash bottles from prestigious wineries across the nation through its innovative upgrade model and AI algorithms.
– Underground Cellar has reinvented the wine industry with its innovative “gamification” technology integrated at the core of the platform, allowing customers to rely on the company’s panel of leading wine experts to curate collections of wines together by varietal, theme, or region.

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Artificial Intelligence EdTech Education Internet North America Software

ApplyBoard Announces C$375M Investment Round with a Valuation of C$4B to Meet Expanding International Student Demand

– ApplyBoard has raised C$375m in Series D funding at a post-money valuation of C$4bn.
– The round was led by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.
– TIP focuses on late-stage venture and growth equity investments in companies developing innovative technologies.
– Existing investors Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, BDC, Harmonic, Index Ventures, Garage Capital, and Blue Cloud Ventures also participated in the round.
– Since its founding, ApplyBoard has raised C$600m.
– ApplyBoard is on a mission to educate the world by democratizing access to international educational opportunities.

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Biotechnology Health Care Medical Device North America Pharmaceutical

RayzeBio Secures $108 Million Series C Financing to Drive Forward Its Pipeline of Targeted Radiopharmaceuticals for Cancer

– RayzeBio, Inc. announced a $108m Series C financing led by Venrock Healthcare Capital Partners alongside new investors Perceptive Advisors, Vivo Capital, Acuta Capital Partners, Deerfield Management, and TCG X.
– Also participating were all of Rayze’s existing investors: venBio Partners, Versant Ventures, Samsara BioCapital, Redmile Group, Viking Global Investors, Cormorant Asset Management, OrbiMed, LifeSci Venture Partners, Logos Capital, Alexandria Venture Investments, and others.
– The targeted radiopharmaceuticals field represents a highly clinically validated modality that, until recently, has been underappreciated.
– With over $258m of capital raised since the company first debuted in the second half of 2020, RayzeBio has rapidly expanded its team, infrastructure, capabilities, and pipeline.

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Biopharma Biotechnology Pharmaceutical Therapeutics Western Europe

HiFiBiO Therapeutics Closes $75M Series D

– HiFiBiO Therapeutics, a biotechnology company with expertise in immune modulation and drug intelligent science, announced the completion of an oversubscribed $75M Series D financing round.
– The funding was led by the new investor Mirae Asset Financial Group.
B Capital Group, Sherpa, Maison Capital, Trinity Innovation Fund, Grand Mount, and HKSTP Venture Fund also participated in this round.

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Internet North America Professional Services Service Industry

Thumbtack Secures $275 Million Investment at $3.2 Billion Valuation

– Thumbtack, the modern home management platform, announced it has secured a $275 million investment at a valuation of $3.2 billion.
– The round was led by Qatar Investment Authority and joined by Blackstone Alternative Asset Management as well as G Squared.
– Prior investors Baillie Gifford, CapitalG, Founders Circle Capital, Sequoia Capital, and Tiger Global Management also participated.
– The new funding will be used to accelerate innovation, fuel the company’s growth, and drive continued adoption.
– The modern home is more connected, but home services remains one of the largest markets still in the early stages of moving to digital.

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North America SaaS Software

Anrok Secures $4.3M in Seed Funding, Launches Modern Sales Tax Solution for SaaS Businesses

– Anrok, the sales tax solution built specifically for software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses, announced the launch of its new platform, along with $4.3M in seed funding co-led by Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital.
– The platform, which allows internet businesses to determine, calculate, and manage ever-shifting sales tax obligations, arrives at a time when internet SaaS businesses are facing a major shift in the taxability of software.
– In 2018, a Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair paved the way for states to collect billions of dollars in tax revenue from purchases made online.
– Of the 45 states that levy sales tax, all have since introduced revenue or transaction thresholds that, once crossed, mandate companies to collect and remit sales tax.

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Automotive Consumer Reviews E-Commerce Electric Vehicle Marketplace Western Europe

Motorway’s auction platform for second-hand cars raises $67.7M Series B led by Index Ventures

– Motorway, a U.K. startup that allows professional car dealers to bid in an auction for privately owned cars for sale, has raised £48m in Series B funding.
– The funding was led by Index Ventures and joined by BMW i Ventures and Unbound, and existing investors Latitude and Marchmont Ventures also participated.
– The funding will be used to extend its platform and grow the current 160-strong team.

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Artificial Intelligence Computer Vision Machine Learning Software Western Europe

Cord raises $4.5M to automate computer vision annotation processes

– Cord, a startup automating annotation processes for computer vision, announced that it raised $4.5 million in a seed round led by CRV.
– CEO Eric Landau says that the capital will be put toward expanding Cord’s customer base and platform as the company looks to hire additional employees.
– Training AI and machine learning algorithms requires plenty of annotated data. But data rarely comes with annotations. The bulk of the work often falls to human labelers, whose efforts tend to be expensive, imperfect, and slow.
– It’s estimated most enterprises that adopt machine learning spend over 80% of their time on data labeling and management. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by startup CloudFlower, data scientists said that they spend 60% of the time just organizing and cleaning data compared with 4% on refining algorithms.

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Lyra Health Raises $200M in Funding

– Lyra Health is a provider of comprehensive mental health care benefits for multinational companies.
– The company raised $200m in funding.
– The round was led by Coatue joined by new investor Sands Capital, along with existing investors.
– The new investment will be used to accelerate the delivery of its benefits for companies with employees located around the world and enhance its international solutions.

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