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Isomer Capital, a London-based VC investment firm, has announced the first close of its new €100 million (approx £86.1 million) co-investment fund – Isomer Capital Opportunities. The new co-investment fund is backed by British Business Investments, through its Managed Funds Programme, amongst other global institutions.  The investment from British Business Investments comes from its £500m […]

Almost all companies emit carbon when they operate, be it video streaming, coffee subscriptions or ride-shares. With the growing awareness of the damage caused by these emissions, consumers are demanding more sustainable practices from brands and 80% indicate that sustainability is important for them. However, effective sustainability has been very hard for businesses to do. […]

The Fund Australia’s team (l to r): Elicia McDonald, Adrian Petersen, Georgia Vidler, Ed Taylor and Todd Deacon The Fund, the early-stage investment firm focused on pre-seed and seed startups, is going Down Under for its latest expansion. The Fund was founded in New York in 2018, before launching in Los Angeles, London, the Rockies […]

EV battery swapping startup Ample has locked in two partnerships this month that will help fuel an expansion into Japan and New York City after years of working on the technology. The startup, which was founded in 2014 and came out of stealth in March, said Tuesday it has partnered with Japanese petroleum and energy […]

Indian cities are home to hundreds of millions of low-skilled workers who hail from villages in search of work. Many of them have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic that has slowed several economic activities in the world’s second-largest internet market. Apna, a startup by an Apple alum, is helping millions of such blue […]

The nation’s share of small business equity investment deals has more than doubled during the last five years

How big is the market in India for a neobank aimed at teenagers? Scores of high-profile investors are backing a startup to find out. Bangalore-based FamPay said on Wednesday it has raised $38 million in its Series A round led by Elevation Capital. General Catalyst, Rocketship VC, Greenoaks Capital and existing investors Sequoia Capital India, […]

ApplyBoard, a startup that helps international students find opportunities to study abroad, announced today that it has nearly doubled its valuation in a little over a year. The Ontario-based company is now worth around $3.2 billion after raising a $300 million Series D round led by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. Startups that help […]

Location-based services may have had their day as a salient category for hot apps or innovative tech leveraging the arrival of smartphones, but that’s largely because they are now part of the unspoken fabric of how we interact with digital services every day: We rely on location-specific information when we are on search engines, when […]

What, exactly, are investors looking for? Early-stage founders, usually first-timers, often tie themselves in knots as they try to project the qualities they hope investors are seeking. In reality, few entrepreneurs have the acting skills required to convince someone that they’re patient, dedicated or hard working. Johan Brenner, general partner at Creandum, was an early […]

Mental health startup Ksana Health has received $2 million in seed funding led by re:Mind Capital, the mental health VC arm of Christian Angermayer and Apeiron Investment Group. It’s a move informed by two trends: passive data collection, and a burgeoning mental health crisis in teens and young adults.  Ksana Health is an Oregon-based company […]

Johan Brenner Contributor Share on Twitter Johan Brenner, general partner at Creandum, early backer of iZettle, Klarna, Trade Republic, Vivino, Neo4J and many more. As an early-stage VC, you spend time with hundreds of fantastic startups, trying to identify potential winners by thinking about market size, business model and competition. Nevertheless, deep down you know […]

Sunlight is a great source of energy, but it rarely gets hot enough to fry an egg, let alone melt steel. Heliogen aims to change that with its high-tech concentrated solar technique, and has raised more than a hundred million dollars to test its 1,000-degree solar furnace at a few participating mines and refineries. We […]

A group of 200 startup founders, investors, associations and government members are backing a manifesto and a set of recommendations in order to create the next wave of tech giants in Europe. Today, French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting an event in Paris with some of the members of this group called Scale-Up Europe. Companies, […]

Refraction AI calls itself the Goldilocks of robotic delivery. The Ann Arbor-based company, which recently raised a $4.2 million seed round and expanded operations to Austin, was founded by two University of Michigan professors who think delivery via full-size autonomous vehicles (AV) is not nearly as close as many promise and sidewalk delivery comes with […]

Elisity, a self-styled innovator that provides behavior-based enterprise cybersecurity, has raised $26 million in Series A funding. The funding round was co-led by Two Bear Capital and AllegisCyber Capital, the latter of which has invested in a number of cybersecurity startups, including Panaseer, with previous seed investor Atlantic Bridge also participating. Elisity, which is led […]

Ever toured an apartment and fell in love with the model unit? You’re not alone. Harvard Business School grad Cameron Johnson is a former institutional real estate investor and Greystar exec turned startup founder who realized that very often, “renters would try to rent the model apartment.” This got him thinking. People would love to […]

Last week word got out that Facebook was taking another big step into first-party hardware with the planned launch of its own smartwatch. The most intriguing part of the report was the inclusion of not one but two cameras. Other wearable makers have flirted with video and images on wrist-worn devices, but the feature is […]

Art Zeile Contributor Share on Twitter Art Zeile is the CEO of DHI Group, which operates Dice, the leading tech career marketplace connecting employers with skilled technology professionals. We are amidst a sprawling renegotiation between employers and employees as to the very nature of work, and no one has more leverage than skilled technologists — […]

Last week we announced that Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian will be speaking at our upcoming City Spotlight: Pittsburgh event. Today, we’re excited to announce another big guest: Mayor Bill Peduto. The event will be held on June 29. You can register here for free to listen to our conversations with Mayor Peduto and […]

It certainly follows then that some leading construction robotics companies are able to strike while the iron is hot with some healthy raises. Today, Bay Area-based Dusty Robotics announced a $16.5 million Series A. Led by Canaan Partners and featuring NextGen Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, Root Ventures and Cantos Ventures, the round brings the startup’s […]

Pitching is the single most important skill a founder needs to refine to be successful in building a startup. You can’t attract a co-founder, teammates, customers or investors without a well-crafted pitch about your product and vision, and so learning how to pitch and communicate effectively tends to be the first gateway to early entrepreneurial […]

Waterloo-based SkyWatch was among the first startups to recognize that the key to unlocking the real benefits of the space economy lay in making Earth observation data accessible and portable, and now the company has raised a $17.2 million Series B to help it further that goal. Fresh on the heals of a partnership with […]

Michael May Contributor Share on Twitter Michael May is the president and CEO of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine. Jayson Myers Contributor Share on Twitter Jayson Myers is the CEO of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada. Canada made headlines during U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration for its efforts to lure STEM workers north. Trump […]

Macrometa, the edge computing cloud and global data network for app developers, announced today it has raised a $20 million Series A. The round was led by Pelion Venture Partners, with participation from returning investors DNX Ventures (the Japan and U.S.-focused enterprise fund that led Macrometa’s seed round), Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), Partech Partners, Fusion […]

Serial edtech entrepreneur David Blake, who co-founded Degreed and launched LearnIn, is living the dream of any book worm. He reads at least one book a week, talks to the authors behind it and unpacks his biggest questions around the subtlest of passages. And it’s all thanks to his latest startup, BookClub, which first launched […]

The fintech revolution has reshaped the landscape of the traditional financial industry, giving rise to startup banks – ‘challenger banks.’ The so-called challenger banks have disrupted the traditional high-street banks and provide efficient and personalised banking experiences. Notably, the emergence of these challenger banks has also caused a global disruption, as they traverse borders and […]

Since the innovation of neon lights, many changes have been applied to them to make them more efficient. LED neon lights are one of them that made it more efficient to use domestically and for industrial use. London-based, Yellowpop – a home brand specialising in LED neon signs, recently announced $4M (£2.84M) funding. The company […]

Personal debt has grown exponentially all over the world. Especially, in the UK, nearly 9 million people are over-indebted, which can create a debt spiral where households borrow more to service existing debt. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken this situation to the next phase. As a result, it is estimated that nearly 250,000 small businesses […]

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