Startup News: 9th Aug 2021 - 15th Aug 2021

Good Morning Monday!! As we enter a new week, let’s take a look at the latest trending startup news insights.


9th August, 2021


Weekly Startup news


1. Leafly to go public via SPAC merger

The Seattle-based online cannabis marketplace Leafly, plans to go public through a deal with New York-based Merida Merger Corp, a special purpose acquisition company, read more

2. Startup Villages to promote villages in Italy and Japan as ideal destinations for startups & sustainable development

The Startup Villages, is aiming to promote Italian Villages as an ideal location for startups. Vision behind the initiative is to create unique startups and take Italy to the next level and achieve what Silicon Valley did to the American Startup ecosystem. Read more

3. Germany’s Delivery Hero acquires minority stake in rival food delivery company Deliveroo

Delivery Hero announced it has acquired a minority stake in rival food delivery company Deliveroo. Delivery Hero has acquired at least 20 companies to sustain its position as the pioneer food delivery platform in the world. Read more


10th August, 2021


Weekly Startup news


1. Wyze launches another insanely cheap camera

Tech startups Wyze, launched Spotlight Cam at $24, but has since seen price bumps up to $36. The Wyze Cam v3 offers a nearly unbeatable value, and compared to other spotlight cams on the market, read more

2. Crypto Trading Startup FalconX Achieves Unicorn Status With Latest Raise

Chicago-based trading platform FalconX, reached unicorn status with a $210 million series C funding round led in part by Tiger Global. With new funding will bolster FalconX product lines, which include trading services, credit and clearing, read more

3. Casket startup is taking on big funeral industry with a focus on d2c innovation

Titan Casket is a new startup that’s bringing direct-to-consumer ease, savings and customer service to the often emotional task of purchasing a caske. Read more

4. Agtech startup iUNU acquires pest management company CropWalk

A Seattle agtech startup iUNU, has acquired pest management company CropWalk. iUNU helps growers remotely monitor greenhouse plants, has more than 40 employees and raised a $7 million last year. Read more


11th August, 2021


Weekly Startup news


1. Whatfix acquires Nittio to expand its portfolio

SaaS-based digital adoption platform, Whatfix made its second acquisition and acquired learning management system Nittio Learn. The acquisition will advance the company's application training capability by making learning more customized, adaptive and advance. Read more

2. Microsoft buys Peer5 to boost large-scale video streaming for Microsoft Teams

A Bay Area-based startup Peer5, that helps companies such as Turner and Deutsche Telekom with large-scale video streaming quality. Microsoft will use Peer5’s mesh networking technology for its Microsoft Teams collaboration software, read more

3. Auckland startup Portainer makes Forbes' global Cloud 100 Rising Stars list

Auckland software startup Portainer has a Forbes' ranking of the hottest cloud companies. The Rising Stars were defined as a weight-class as cloud software companies that had raised less than US$25 million, read more


12th August, 2021


Weekly Startup news


1. A food-tech startup is taking alternative milk to the next level

California-based Perfect Day uses fungi to make dairy protein that is "molecularly identical" to the protein in cow's milk. the startup is also seeking regulatory approval in Canada, India and Europe, read more

2. Mushroom-based meat alternative startup Fable Food raises funds, will launch in the US

Australia-based Fable Food is the new plant-based food startup to announce funding around $6.5 million AUD (about $4.8 million USD). Fable’s new funding will be used for research and development, expanding its production and manufacturing capacity in Australia, read more

3. Bell announces 5G partnership with Canada’s Tiny Mile startup

Bell has disclosed partnership with Canada’s Tiny Mile AI startup to provide 5G connectivity for its growing fleet of food delivery robots in Toronto, read more


13th August, 2021


Weekly Startup news


1. Dublin fintech Layer selected for Mastercard’s global accelerator

Mastercard has revealed the 11 fintech start-ups selected for its global Start Path accelerator programme. It will give Layer access to a range of supports and mentorship services, read more

2. Japan, Israel startups to team up to make oxygen on Moon

Startups recently assent to cooperate on an experimental project to generate oxygen on the Moon. The accord marks the first Japan-Israel collaboration by private companies, read more

3. Technology for virtual and in-person events Intrado acquires Hubb

The future of live events, which may look different in a post-pandemic world as said by Hubb's founder. The startup has 75 employees who will join Intrado’s Digital Media team, read more


14th August, 2021


Weekly Startup news


1. Oil Giants Turn to Startups for Low-Carbon Energy Ideas

Many big oil companies came together and working to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and expanding their low-carbon activities, read more

2. Indian crypto startup Polygon buys Hermez for $250 million

Polygon, has announced that it will merge with Hermez, a zero-knowledge cryptography-centered scaling project in a $250 million deal, read more


15th August, 2021


Weekly Startup news


1. Flying taxi startup Joby Aviation plans to go public via a SPAC deal

Santa Cruz, California based Joby Aviation is one of the handful of startup companies in the race to develop electrically powered, low-noise flying taxis capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), read more

2. Serena Williams Invests In Black Woman-Founded Healthcare Platform HUED

The entrepreneur come across there was a need to make culturally competent healthcare accessible for communities of color. HUED was cultivated to align Black and Brown patients with medical professionals who offer their services through a culturally sensitive lens, read more


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