Startup News: 15th February 2021 - 21st February 2021

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Good Morning Monday! Let's explore what's new in the startup world. Here are the latest weekly startup stories for you. Have a proactive week ahead.

 

15th February, Monday

 

Startup news

 

1. Private equity firm Marlin snatches up e-commerce optimization platform Lengow

Lengow, a French startup operates a software-as-a-service platform to optimize e-commerce listings. Marlin Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in the company. Read more

2. Travel startup GetYourGuide secures $97M revolving credit facility

The Berlin startup GetYourGuide, a promising travel startup that recorded its growth arrested by the arrival of the pandemic is announcing a $97 million financing facility to sustain and resume normal business. Read more

 

16th February, Tuesday

 

Startup News

 

1. Delivery company goPuff is in talks to acquire the UK’s Fancy

U.S.-based startup GoPuff, is in cloud to acquire the U.K. 's Fancy Delivery that operates its own “micro fulfillment” network and promises to deliver items on time. Read more

2. Jigsaw scores $3.7M to slow down your dating swipes

Jigsaw, an “anti-superficial” dating app that has scored £2.7 million ($3.7 million) in seed funding to put toward U.S. expansion. Read more

3. After lifting $150 million in equity and debt, Nature’s Fynd opens its fungus food for pre-orders

The food technology company Nature’s Fynd, offering new food cultivated from fungus found in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, is releasing its first products for pre-order. Read more

4. Japan’s Uncovered Fund launches $15M fund to back early-stage startups in Africa

A VC firm targeting Uncovered Fund, targeting early-stage startups in Africa, announced to launch its $15 million fund expected to close at the end of this year. Read more

 

17th February, Wednesday

 

Startup News

 

1. Zolve raises $15 million for its cross-border neobank aimed at global citizens

Zolve, a neobanking platform for individuals moving from India to the U.S. Headquartered in San Francisco and Bangalore, Zolve offers a range of compelling features even for those who don’t plan to visit a foreign land. Read more

2. Dixa acquires Elevio, the ‘knowledge management’ platform aiding brands to improve customer support

Dixa, the Danish customer support platform has acquired Melbourne-based “knowledge management” SaaS Elevio to bolster its product and technology offerings. Read more

3. vArmour, the multi-cloud security startup, raises $58M en route to IPO

The Bay Area startup vArmour, has picked up funding of $58 million provides ways to manage in real time and ultimately secure how applications work in those fragmented environments, is announcing funding to capitalize on the demand for its services. Read more

4. Certific, a health tech startup aims to be the rails for certified home testing

A health tech startup Certific, claims to be the first “certified” remote COVID-19 testing service. The Certific app and user journey is designed to increase trust in remote testing and ensure that self-performed tests reach the same standard as those carried out in a clinical setting. Read more

 

18th February, Thursday

 

Startup News

 

1. Locus Robotics has raised a $150M funding in Series E

Massachusetts-based Locus Robotics today announced a $150 million Series E. The company essentially leases out robotic fleet for organizations looking to automate logistics. Read more

2. YC-backed Taste brings multicourse fine dining into your home

Taste, which is part of the winter 2021 batch of startups at Y Combinator is currently in New York City. Taste makes it easy for customers to prepare impressive meals at home. Read more

3. Artie raises $10M for app-less mobile games

Artie, a startup looking to rethink the distribution of mobile games, announced and raised $10 million in funding. The startup is developing and releasing games of its own. Read more

4. Event networking app Grip raises $13M, as pandemic forces events to stay virtual

Grips AI-powered algorithms mean attendees get more personalized matchmaking recommendations based on their interests, including pre-event meeting scheduling. Read more

 

19th February, Friday

 

Startup News

 

1. Math learning app Photomath raises $23 million as it reaches 220 million downloads

Photomath, the popular mobile app that helps you solve equations, has raised a $23 million Series B funding. Photomath was originally designed as a demo app for another company called MicroBlink. Read more

2. AccountsIQ scores €5.8M for its financial management software

A financial management software (FMS) startup has raised €5.8 million in funding. Capital will be used for accelerated growth and recruitment across sales and marketing, customer success and engineering to continue to enhance the product. Read more

3. Acast acquires podcasting startup RadioPublic

Podcast advertising company Acast is announcing that it has acquired RadioPublic, RadioPublic’s main product was a mobile app for podcast listening, and it still supports the app. Read more

 

20th February, Saturday

 

Startup News

 

1. SailPoint is buying SaaS management startup Intello

An identity management company SailPoint, acquiring Intello, the New York City-based SaaS management platform. SailPoint believes that by helping its customers locate all of the SaaS tools being used inside a company, it can help IT make the company safer. Read more

 

21st February, Sunday

 

Startup News

 

1. With $20M A round, Promise brings financial flexibility to outdated government and utility payment systems

Promise has raised $20 million that aims to change that by integrating with official payment systems and offering more forgiving terms for fees and debts people can’t handle all at once, and has raised $20 million. Read more

 

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Amritanshu, a geek, an explorer, traveler and innovative creator by heart. Experimenting with new ideas and exploring innovative technologies are his break-through talent. Endless craze for technology and creativity. Associated with editorial team at OpenGrowth and keenly serving great stuff from startup world.


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