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Chinese AI company Parametrix.ai has raised $100 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia China and joined by existing investors 5Y Capital and Gaorong Capital. Though the valuation was not disclosed, Parametrix has joined the hallowed unicorn club (>$1 billion) after the funding.
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Honasa Consumer has become the 45th startup to achieve unicorn status this year, when it raised a $37 million Series F round led by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. The round also had participation by Belgium-based investment fund Sofina Ventures and the UAE-based India-focused fund Evolvence Capital. Honasa (from Honest/Natural/Safe) operates the brand Mamaearth. The brand is endorsed by celebrities from Bollywood. Its other brands include The Derma Co and House of Brands.
Monzo, the fast-growing digital challenger bank in the UK, has roped in Tencent Holdings (HKG: 0700) as an investor in its $600 million funding round that had its first close earlier this month. Existing investors Accel and General Catalyst participated in that round, which valued Monzo at $4.5 billion.
French vertical farming startup Jungle has partnered with Firmenich for growing plants that are vital as ingredients for the European perfume industry. Firmenich is a Swiss fragrance house that has produced scents for over 125 years, including the renowned Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal and Calvin Klein’s CK Everyone.
On December 28, the first lithium-ion cell to have been fully designed, developed and assembled at a gigafactory by a homegrown European battery company marked Northvolt Ett’s commencement of production at its Skellefteå facility in northern Sweden. The company is a rival to Tesla’s (NASDAQ: TSLA) battery division.
Eastern Bell Capital, a Chinese VC firm, announced the raise of more than 13 billion yuan (US$2.04 billion) in its latest funding round through its yuan-denominated RMB Fund VI and dollar denominated USD Fund II. The company said the round represented one of the largest raises among Chinese VCs this year. Post this latest raise, Eastern Bell has 27 billion yuan (US$ 4.2 billion) of assets under management.
iCapital Network, an alternative investment platform having platform assets of over $104 billion, announced its close of a $50 million funding round led by PE firm WestCap. Venture capital firms Apollo Global Management and Temasek also participated in the funding.
In what is claimed to be the largest investment round for a cultured meat startup till date, Israel-based Future Meat announced the close of its $347 million Series B round co-led by ADM Ventures, the venture investing arm of ADM (NYSE: ADM), the Menora Mivtachim pension and insurance fund which manages over $85 billion in assets, and S2G Ventures.
Venture Capital: Nicola and Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation Launches $100M Strategic Impact Fund
The Strategic Impact Fund is entirely women-led. The $100 million Strategic Impact Fund by Minderoo Foundation, owned by Nicola and Andrew Forrest, will invest in ‘impact’ projects that address issues such as gender inequality, ending modern slavery, and freeing the oceans of plastic and making them more sustainable. The fund’s investing aims to have a…
Razorpay, the fast-growing Indian fintech, announced Razorpay Instant Settlements, a facility designed to ease working capital woes for Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) sellers by paying out digital settlements within 10 seconds at any time of the day, even holidays.
Stenon, a German agtech that is providing laboratory independent real-time soil analysis, has raised a $20 million Series A round from Founders Fund, David Friedberg’s The Production Board and existing investors including Cherry Ventures and Atlantic Labs.
Within a space of just three months, Indian used cars platform and market leader CARS24 has nearly doubled its valuation from $1.84 billion to $3.3 billion with its latest Series G funding round comprising $300 million of equity and $100 million of debt. The equity round was led by Alpha Wave Global. The $100M debt came from diversified financial institutions in the UAE, India, and Australia.
Global digital asset savings and credit platform Ledn announced a $70 million Series B funding round led by 10T Holdings and joined by new investors Golden Tree Asset Management, Raptor Group and FJ Labs. The company also announced its new bitcoin-backed mortgage product, the first product of its kind that will enable Ledn clients to use their bitcoin (BTC) holdings to purchase a property while continuing to benefit from potential price appreciation of both assets.
From instant grocery deliveries to weight care management, investors shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars in funding rounds.
Norwest Venture Partners, the Silicon Valley-based VC firm, closed on Norwest Venture Partners XVI, LP, a $3 billion fund to finance “paradigm-shifting” business across the consumer, enterprise and healthcare sectors. The announcement of the new fund, its biggest so far, coincided with the firm’s introduction of an ESG policy in parallel with its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Anchorage Digital, the institution-focused digital asset company that offers custody, secure trading, financing, staking, and governance, announced today its $350 million Series D funding round led by global investment firm KKR that valued the company at over $3 billion.
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Annie Ryu discovered the jackfruit and its meat substitute potential while working in India as a pre-med student in 2011. She has since succeeded in building Jack & Annie’s into a leading vegan frozen food brand that just announced its $23 million Series B funding round led by Creadev, Desert Bloom, Wheatsheaf, and existing investors Beta Angeles and Investco.
London-based, car repair funding platform Bumper has raised $12 million in a Series A round led by Autotech Ventures and which included participation by Porsche Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures fund, and a host of angel investors. The round brought Bumper’s total funding till date to $17.5 million.
Mambu is valued at more than $5.3 billion after $266 million Series E raise. SaaS banking platform Mambu raised €235 million (about $266 million) in a Series E round led by EQT Growth that valued the company at €4.9 billion post money (~$5.3 billion). The funding marked the largest ever financing round for a banking…
Tipalti, an Israeli startup that automates accounts payables and processes over $30 billion in total annual payments volume, announced a $270 million Series F funding led by G Squared. New investors Marshall Wace and funds and accounts managed by Counterpoint Global (Morgan Stanley), in addition to current investors Zeev Ventures, Durable Capital Partners, 01 Advisors and others also participated in the funding.
British digital bank Monzo has turned around its fortunes this year after a surge in the number of new customers took its user base to 5 million and doubled its revenues this year. The bank has pivoted from a situation in 2020 when its auditors expressed doubts over its ability to continue operating as a going concern. The Financial Times reported Wednesday that Monzo is in the midst of closing a $500 million funding round at a valuation of $4.5 billion – a far cry from February, when it was valued at £1.25 billion.