The Funding Warrior provides information on venture capital/private equity and startup funding. The Funding Warrior is a weekly news feature that runs down this week’s leading startup funding stories. Here’s a list of top startup funding stories:
SVT Robotics, a Norfolk, Virginia-based provider of warehouse automation provider, has raised $25 million in a Series A funding round. Tiger Global led this latest funding event with participation from Prologis Ventures.
CloudWalk, the São Paulo, Brazil-based payment technology network, has raised $150 million in Series C funding. Coatue led this funding round, with participation from The Hive Brazil, DST Global, A-Star, Plug and Play Ventures, angel investor Gokul Rajaram, Valor Capital Group, American football players Kelvin Beachum, and Larry Fitzgerald.
Ultraleap, a Bristol, UK-based developer of mid-air haptics and 3D hand tracking and gesture technologies, has announced it has raised $82 million in a Series D funding round. Tencent, British Patient Capital, and CMB International led this latest round of investment, with participation from existing shareholders Mayfair Equity Partners and IP Group plc.
HIKKY, a Japanese-based virtual reality startup that provides e-commerce and event hosting solutions for businesses, has raised $57 million. Japanese mobile network operator NTT Docomo led this latest funding round. According to the Japanese VR startup, the fresh capital will be used to expand its web-based metaverse platform.
Kettle, a US-based reinsurance startup that uses ML modeling on weather and satellite imagery to predict climate change risks, has raised $25 million in a Series A funding round. Acrew Capital is leading this funding round, with participation from Homebrew, True Ventures, Anthemis, Valor, DCVC, and LowerCarbon Capital.
Owkin, a New York-based AI biotech startup that provides machine learning to allow medical researchers to test AI models on distributed data, has raised $18 million in a fresh round of funding, placing Owkin as France’s newest unicorn, a company with a valuation of more than $1 billion. Sanofi, a France-based therapeutic solutions provider, led this investment round. This latest round is part of the two-part collaboration deal signed by the two companies, which includes a $180 million equity investment in the company alongside a $90 million discovery and development partnership that spans the next three years.
Grammarly, a San Francisco, California-based cross-platform writing assistant powering effective communication for over 30,000 teams and 30 million people worldwide, has raised over $200 million in funding at a whopping $13 Billion valuation. Grammarly’s backers included new investors, including Baillie Gifford as well as funds and accounts managed by BlackRock.
Bardee, a Melbourne, Australia-based agricultural technology startup that converts food waste into fertilizer and proteins, has raised $5 million in a seed round. Blackbird Ventures led this latest funding with participation from angel investors including Who Gives A Crap founder Simon Griftiths and Culture Amp founder Didier Elzinga and his wife, Greta Bradman.
Clue, a Bristol, UK-based SaaS platform that offers investigation management systems to the police in the UK, has raised £5 million in a growth round of funding. Frog Capital, a specialist software scale-up investor in high-growth European software companies, led this funding round.
Aimi, a Los Angeles, California-based generative music platform, has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round. Great Mountain Partners led this latest funding round, with participation from Founders Fund.
Maker, a Marin County, California-based canned wine company, has raised $2.3 million in funding. Maker’s financial backers include Pear VC, The Chainsmokers, Charles Hudson, Rachel Mansfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Marcy Venture Partners, Daniel Kan, Leah Culver, Chris Fanini, Bryan Mahoney, Mariam Naficy, Henry Davis, Tyler Elliston, Bridgette Lau, Alyssa Rapp, James Beshara, Matt Kanness, Nikil Viswanathan, Leah Culver, Inflection Capital, and Context Ventures.
Marque Luxury, an Irvine, California-based wholesale industry’s provider of authentic pre-owned luxury goods, has raised $20 million in funding. Provident Capital Partners led this funding round.
Judo, a Toronto, Canada-based mobile experiences platform, has raised $3 million in seed funding. TenOneTen Ventures and Freestyle Capital led this latest funding round.
Cyber Manufacture Co., a US-based Web3 platform behind the next generation NFT project GAMA, has raised $6 million in Pre-Series A funding round. Synergis and Collab+Currency led this round of investment, with participation from Lattice Capital, Artist Capital, A&T Capital, FutureMoney Advisory, J17 Capital, Shima Capital, Sfermion, and Vera Li.
Yay Lunch, a New York City-based meal solution startup that aims to improve food quality and access, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. This latest round, which brought the total raised money to date to $15.5 million, was led by Valor Siren Ventures, with participation from TMV, Pritzker Group, Animo Ventures, Reach Capital, and Alpaca Ventures.
Tavotek Biotherapeutics, a Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania-based biotech company, has raised $35 million in a Series B funding round. CS Capital led this funding event, with some participation from Fontus Capital.
Helm.ai, a Menlo Park California-based provider of AI software for autonomous driving systems, has raised $26 million in a Series B funding round. Amplo led this funding event, with participation from Base Capital Funding, JM Partners, Freeman Group, as well as Nicolas Berggruen, ACVC Partners, OneWay Ventures, Binnacle Partners, Nadia Asoyan, Vlad Tenev, Mark Leslie, Jeff Rothschild, and Neil King.
Aqfer, a US-based next-generation marketing data platform solution, has raised $11 million in a Series A funding round. Resolve Growth Partners, a SaaS-focused growth equity firm that invests in software companies, led this round of investment.
nTopology, a New York-based generative design software platform, has raised $65 million in a Series D funding round. Tiger Global led this financing round, with participation from Oldslip Group as well as existing investors Insight Partner, Canaan Partners, Root Ventures, and Haystack.
Helaina, a New York City-based startup focusing on using precision fermentation to recreate immune-equivalent proteins, has raised $20 million in Series A funding. This latest investment, which brought total money raised to $24.6 million, was co-led by Spark Capital and Siam Capital, with some participation from Plum Alley Investments, Primary Venture Partners, Gabrielle Union, Tom Williams, Matt Rutler, Hannah Bronfman, and Barrel Ventures.
Eatron, an England, UK-based intelligent automotive software solution provider, has raised $11 million in a Series A funding round. MMC Ventures led this funding round, with participation from Aster Capital and Vinfast.
Filterlex Medical, an Israel-based cardiovascular medical device company, has raised $6 million in a Series A1 funding round. The backers were not disclosed to the public. The company plans to use the funds to accelerate the implementation of its CAPTIS® clinical program.
Medicom Technologies, Inc., a US-based creator of a decentralized health information network, has raised over $21.8 million in fresh funding M in Series B financing round. Oval Park Capital led this funding event, with participation from Grayhawk Capital, Vocap Partners, and Cone Health Ventures.