Startup News: 27th July - 2nd August 2020

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Happy Monday Morning. I hope you have your morning coffee with you. Before we begin the new week, let’s take a look at the startup world related news for the last week. 

 

2nd August, Sunday

 

Toronto startup have created a software to help local restaurants with contact tracing.

Read more at: https://www.blogto.com/tech/2020/08/toronto-startup-helping-restaurants-do-contact-tracing/

Blockchain-based IP Protection Application, SharpShark, Gets Investment

Read more at: https://cointelegraph.com/news/blockchain-based-ip-protection-application-gets-investment

Israel-Based Ecoplant Raises $8 Million in Series A Funding to Reduce Factories’ Energy Use Across the US

Read more at: https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/08/02/israel-based-ecoplant-raises-8-million-in-series-a-funding-to-reduce-factories-energy-use-across-the-us/

Microsoft confirms TikTok talks after Trump and Nadella speak, sets Sept. 15 deadline for deal

Read more at: https://www.geekwire.com/2020/microsoft-confirms-tiktok-acquisition-talks-trump-nadella-speak-sets-sept-15-deadline/

 

1st August, Saturday

 

Apple buys startup - Mobeewave, that converts iPhone into payment terminal

Read more at: https://www.bgr.in/news/apple-buys-startup-that-converts-iphone-into-payment-terminal-906374/

The U.S. wastes $161B worth of food every year. A.I. is helping us fix that

Read more at: https://www.digitaltrends.com/features/ai-food-waste-startups/

Noida-based startup VideoTap has raked in seven US patents in four years

Read more at: https://yourstory.com/2020/07/husband-wife-video-content-startup-videotap-seven-us-patents

Delightree has raised $3 million to build a tool hyper-focused on helping owners of franchise businesses

Read more at: https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/31/delightree-raises-3m-to-help-franchise-business-owners-simplify-their-operations/

 

31st July, Friday

 

Australia to make Facebook, Google pay for news in world first

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/international-business/australia-to-make-facebook-google-pay-for-news-in-world-first/articleshow/77277636.cms

Startups in eastern Europe tap public money as private investors bail

Read more at: https://in.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-cee-startups-idINKCN24W162

Sports Digital-Media Startup Wave.TV Raises $32 Million in Series A Funding Round

Read more at: https://cheddar.com/media/sports-digital-media-startup-wave-tv-raises-million-in-series-a-funding-round

Indian Government to spend Rs 11.85 CR for funding 112 Agri startups this year

Read more at: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/govt-to-spend-rs-11-85-cr-for-funding-112-agri-startups-this-year-tomar/articleshow/77282071.cms

Florida teen arrested as mastermind behind Twitter ‘Bit-Con’ that targeted Gates, Bezos and others

Read more at: https://www.geekwire.com/2020/florida-teen-arrested-mastermind-behind-twitter-bit-con-targeted-gates-bezos-others/

 

30th July, Thursday

 

LOOM’s Digital Sexual, Reproductive Education Platform Gets Boost From $3M Seed

Read more at: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/looms-digital-sexual-reproductive-education-platform-gets-boost-from-3m-seed/

Indian Edtech startup ecosystem reacts on the new National Education Policy

Read more at: https://yourstory.com/2020/07/edtech-startup-bullish-new-national-education-policy-nep2020

Appetite for cloud kitchens grows as COVID-19 eats into restaurant business

Read more at: https://yourstory.com/2020/07/cloud-kitchens-foodtech-covid19-eats-restaurant-business-zomato

NBC's Peacock streaming service hits 10 million sign-ups

Read more at: https://www.cnet.com/news/nbc-peacock-streaming-service-hits-10-million-sign-ups/

 

29th July, Wednesday

 

Google One now offers free phone backups up to 15GB on Android and iOS

Read more at: https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/29/google-one-now-offers-free-phone-backups-up-to-15gb-on-android-and-ios/

OYO’s Ritesh Agarwal launches venture capital firm for early-stage startups

Read more at: https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/sme/oyos-ritesh-agarwal-launches-venture-capital-firm-for-early-stage-startups-meeting-this-criteria/2038782/

Richmond-based startup Trilogy Mentors raises more than $1.1 million for online tutoring platform

Read more at: https://richmond.com/business/richmond-based-startup-trilogy-mentors-raises-more-than-1-1-million-for-online-tutoring-platform/article_85ffd182-3b03-59a5-9b81-52bc3bf9c311.html

BlackBerry finds automotive partner in electric vehicle startup Canoo

Read more at: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/blackberry-finds-another-automotive-partner-in-electric-vehicle-startup-canoo/

Toppr raises $46 million to scale its online learning platform in India

Read more at: https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/28/toppr-raises-46-million-to-scale-its-online-learning-platform-in-india/

 

28th July, Tuesday

 

Gurugram startup Barton Breeze takes no-soil route to farming in urban areas

Read more at: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/startup/gurugram-startup-takes-no-soil-route-to-farming-in-urban-areas-5609661.html

Advertima raises $17 million for AI that tracks in-store shopping behaviors

Read more at: https://venturebeat.com/2020/07/28/advertima-raises-17-million-for-ai-that-tracks-in-store-shopping-behaviors/

SE Asia's biggest travel app Traveloka raises $250 million as lockdowns ease

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-traveloka-funding-idUSKCN24T0OG

As remote work booms, Everphone grabs ~$40M for its ‘device as a service’ offer

Read more at: https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/28/as-remote-work-booms-everphone-grabs-40m-for-its-device-as-a-service-offer/

Density, a startup that monitors headcount indoors, raises $51 million as limits on gatherings during the pandemic ushers in a fresh wave of demand for the business.

Read more at: https://fortune.com/2020/07/28/indoor-people-counting-startup-density-raises-51-million/

 

27th July, Monday

 

Alexa Echo snooping-blocker from MSCHF could protect your privacy

Read more at: https://www.cnet.com/news/alexa-echo-snooping-blocker-from-mschf-could-protect-your-privacy/

Pyn, an Australian startup with close ties to Atlassian, wants to make working from home less exhausting

Read more at: https://www.businessinsider.in/tech/news/pyn-an-australian-startup-with-close-ties-to-atlassian-wants-to-make-working-from-home-less-exhausting/articleshow/77201046.cms

Square Yards to hire 2,500 employees to further global expansion, announces annual appraisals and ESOPs

Read more at: https://yourstory.com/2020/07/square-yards-hire-employees-global-expansion-appraisals

Israel’s Zebra gets FDA nod for AI-based software that helps spot breast cancer

Read more at: https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-zebra-gets-fda-nod-for-ai-based-software-that-helps-spot-breast-cancer/

Inspired by son’s health issues, Seattle entrepreneur launches at-home ear-nose-throat monitor

Read more at: https://www.geekwire.com/2020/inspired-sons-health-issues-seattle-entrepreneur-launches-home-ear-nose-throat-monitor/

 

We, at OpenGrowth, are constantly looking for latest news in the startup ecosystem. If you want to share any important news from last week, then do let us know in the comment section below.

 

News Curated by: Priya Nath

Priya Nath has a keen interest in startups. She is remembered as a geeky student by her classmates. Her passion includes owning innovative gadgets, networking and psychology.

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