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Vegan meal kit startup Purple Carrot raises $4M from Fresh Del Monte

Plant-based meal kit company Purple Carrot just announced a $4 million equity investment from Fresh Del Monte Produce. The Needham, Massachusetts-based company, which delivers completely plant-based (vegan) meal kits to subscribers, was founded in 2014. It has, in part, gotten attention through celebrity involvement, first by enlisting food writer Mark Bittman as its chief innovation… Read More »

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Freeda Media raises $ 10 million Series A

Freeda, a Milan-based media company that produces premium contents for millennial women distributed mainly through Facebook and Instagram has raised $10 million in a series A round. The funding round was led by Alven, French leader in venture capital and participated by U-Start, the largest investor Club in venture capital in Italy. Others who participated included  Khaled Helioui,… Read More »

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Google reportedly backing a new social games startup

19 year old , known for Facebook’s video-centric social app for teens, Lifestage,  is behind a secret Google social-gaming startup called Arcade, according to a report at Bloomberg. The new company’s first app, say the site’s sources, is set to debut this summer with elements of trivia games at its core. Bloomberg reports that Google… Read More »

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Wedding-Planning Startup Zola Raises $100 Million

Zola Inc. the startup, led by former Gilt Groupe executive Shan-Lyn Ma, said Thursday it raised $100 million from investors including Comcast Corp. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The deal values Zola at about $600 million, according to a person familiar with the deal.  Founded in 2013, Zola runs an online wedding registry that lets couples see what guests have bought… Read More »

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Homecare services startup Cera raises $17M in Series A round

On Wednesday, Cera, the London-based homecare startup announced $17 million in Series A funding. Investing in the round is Guinness Asset Management (via its EIS fund), Yabeo (which is also the lead investor in Germany’s biggest care supply company Pflegebox), and Kairos. In addition, a number of Cera’s seed backers have participated. Cera says it… Read More »

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Machine-Based Learning Platform Alice Raises $200,000 from Melinda Gates

A machine-based learning platform called Alice is the first private company to benefit from Melinda Gates’ three-year-old initiative to boost women in tech fields.  Gates plowed $200,000 into the startup in February via her Pivotal Ventures organization. Alice seems a logical choice for Pivotal’s first private-company investment, as it’s run by two prominent female entrepreneurs–Elizabeth Gore… Read More »

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