It’s been 50 years since Venrock established itself to expose investors to venture capital opportunities. Today, the global venture capital industry tracks just south of $200 billion and continues to grow as new entrepreneurs, engineers, financiers, and thought leaders create the economy of tomorrow. The DailyAlts VC channel tracks the trends, opportunities, key thought leaders, and next-generation industries that will generate billions in returns.
LIVIN Farms, an industrial technology provider in the alternative protein industry, has developed HIVE PRO, a fully automated process that allows waste management companies and large scale food producers to convert organic waste and by-products into revenue earning proteins, fats, and fertilisers using insect larvae. The company raised a EUR 6 Million Series A round led by venture investor Peter Luersse.
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Disperse, a provider of AI software that streamlines processes and productivity at construction projects, has raised $16 million in a funding round led by 2150 with participation by existing investors including Northzone and Kindred Capital. The company will use the new funds for product advancements and expanding the go-to-market function in the Americas. Disperse systems will support project managers during a recessionary environment, volatility in labor and materials markets, and other typical operational issues.
ff Venture Capital, or ffVC, an early-stage venture firm focused on global opportunities, launched the ff Blue & Yellow Heritage Fund, the first US venture capital fund exclusively for Ukrainian founders and startups. Of the targeted amount of $50 million the new fund has already received commitments for $30mm from institutional, family offices and corporate investors.
Rivus Pharmaceuticals Inc announced its $132 million Series B financing that would advance obesity drug HU6, its lead candidate, and a first-in-class Controlled Metabolic Accelerator (CMA) for cardio-metabolic disease, as well as obesity, the primary driver of the disease.
Nomura Holdings (TYO: 8604), the Japanese investment banking behemoth, has incorporated Laser Digital Holdings AG in Switzerland for its new digital assets business, Laser Digital. Laser will focus on the three core businesses of Secondary Trading, Venture Capital and Investor Products.
Pie Insurance, a small business-focused insurtech, raised a $ 315 million series D round led by Centerbridge Partners and Allianz X, the digital investments arm of Allianz Group. White Mountains Insurance Group participated as a new investor, while Gallatin Point Capital, Greycroft, Acrew Capital and others were repeat investors.
Here are interesting funding rounds in the AI space, ranging from the BMW-led $10 million funding in an optical AI company, to the similar amount invested in a Slovenia-based insect monitoring, and forecasting platform.
Ratio, a fintech platform focused on management of SaaS subscriptions, emerged from stealth and secured $411 million in financing, comprising $11 million of venture funding and a $400 million credit facility for customer financing. Ratio’s investors include Streamlined Ventures, Cervin Ventures, 8-Bit Capital, HoneyStone Ventures, multi-billion-dollar asset managers and a range of tech CEOs from both large and small companies.
Adobe, (NASDAQ: ADBE) announced it will pay about $ 20 billion in cash and stock to acquire Figma, a collaborative design start-up that was valued at $ 10 billion in its last funding round in 2021. Figma creates cloud-based design software that is a competitor to Adobe’s XD program. The payment consideration of $ 20 billion comprises approximately half cash and half stock subject to usual adjustments.
TeraWatt Infrastructure has raised over $ 1 billion of institutional funds scale up its network of fleet-focused charging centres and operations. The company’s mission is to accelerate the decarbonisation of transport with a proprietary platform that combines an EV charging-focused property portfolio, asset financing capabilities, project development, and charging and energy management expertise.
Venture Capital: Private Chinese Satellite Internet Startup GalaxySpace Valued At $1.58B In New Funding
Chinese satellite internet startup Galaxyspace, which was founded in 2016, now commands a valuation of $1.58 billion after a recent funding round led by CCB International, an investment vehicle belonging to China Construction Bank Corporation, one of China’s big four banks, along with Anhui Sanzhongyichuang Industry Development Fund, Hefei Industry Investment and Sincere Fund. Existing investors Legend Capital and Chaos Investment also participated.
Mysten Labs, a developer of the Sui blockchain network and creator of infrastructure for Web3, announced an initial close of $300 million series B funding round led by FTX Ventures. The round valued the startup at more than $2 billion.
PolyAI, a provider of human sounding voice assistants for enterprises, announced its $40 million Series B round led by Georgian with participation from Twilio Ventures as well as existing investors (Khosla Ventures, Point72 Ventures, Amadeus Capital Partners).
As an identity decisioning platform, Alloy helps banks and fintech companies automate their decisions for onboarding, transaction monitoring and credit underwriting of customers. Using the platform, Alloy clients can access customer information, traditional credit bureau data, and other alternative data through a single point of integration, providing a complete picture of their customer. The company raised an additional $52 million led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Avenir Growth with participation from existing investors Canapi Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Avid Ventures, and Felicis Ventures.
Planted, the Swiss startup making vegan meat from plant proteins, announced its $72 million Series B round to fund the launch of its new whole-cut line of products including chicken breast, increase production capacity and expand internationally.
Venture Capital: Seven Seven Six, A VC Founded By Reddit Co-Founder Ohanian, To Invest $177.6 M In Web3, Crypto
Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, has floated Seven Seven Six, a venture capital firm focusing on investments in Web 3 and crypto currencies. A new fund from 776, titled Kryptos, is mobilising as much as $177.6 million and is expected its operations in October.
Temasek, the Singapore state investor, is leading a $100 million investment round in Animoca Brands, a global leader in gamification and blockchain with a large portfolio of over 340 investments, and with a goal to advance digital property rights and contribute to building the open metaverse. Animoca intends to take advantage of the massive bear market in digital assets to scoop up assets, including tokens and other industry participants, on the cheap.
Tridge, a Korean agtech which functions as a ‘transaction-bridge’ between parties in the food and agricultural sectors in the global marketplace, has raised $37 million in a Series D funding round which valued the company at $2.7 billion. The round was led by prominent South Korean investor DS Asset Management.
Lunar Energy, a startup aiming to transform how we power our homes by building an ecosystem of all-electric products starting with a next-generation home battery system, announced its raise of $ 300 million over two rounds by Sunrun (NASDAQ: RUN), the leading American residential solar and battery storage provider, and South Korea’s SK Group (KRX: 034730).
Landing has successfully closed a $125 million series C raise comprising both equity and debt funding. Delta-v Capital led the round which also received participation from new and existing investors,including Greycroft and Foundry.
Alma, a membership-based network of independent mental health care providers, has closed a $130 million series D funding led by Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm, with participation from Cigna Ventures. Existing investors Insight Partners, Optum Ventures, Tusk Venture Partners, Primary Venture Partners, and Sound Ventures also participated.
Internal documents reviewed by Reuters have revealed that Alteria Capital Advisors is in discussions with investors to raise up to 35 billion rupees ($438 million) for its third debt fund. The funding, according to a pitch deck, will have a dual structure comprising a primary debt fund and a secondary pool that will be deployed as working capital finance for startups.
Inworld is a developer platform for creating AI-driven virtual characters for gaming, metaverse, and business applications. It was founded by conversational AI pioneers Ilya Gelfenbeyn, Michael Ermolenko, and Kylan Gibbs to enhance the social interactions in the immersive worlds of gaming, metaverses, entertainment, and brand experiences.
A report by Reuters says Tamara, a Saudi-based BNPL fintech, raised $100 million in a Series B round. Investors included Sanabil Investments, which is owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund PIF. “We believe the region has a different situation today than globally. The region is thriving with high oil prices,” Chief Executive Abdulmajeed Alsukhan told Reuters. “We want to make sure our customers find the right products that suit them and find amazing deals.”