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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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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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Tencent joins $10 million investment in robotics delivery startup Marble

Emerging robotics startup Marble has raised $10 million in a series A round of funding from Tencent, Lemnos, CrunchFund, and Maven. The San Francisco-based company debuted its autonomous food-delivery robots last April in partnership with Yelp and later announced a partnership with DoorDash. During various trials with local eateries in San Francisco, customers’ meals were placed… Read More »

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Australia’s AI video startup Oovvuu raises $3.8m

Sydney-based artificial intelligence video startup Oovvuu has raised $3.8 million in its latest funding round co-led by Cygnet Capital and CapitalPitch, according to a company statement.   Founded in 2014 by former Fairfax Media and broadcast executives, Oovvuu has more than 40 publishers and broadcasters on board, including the ABC, Al Jazeera, BBC, Endemol Shine,… Read More »

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Boeing Invests in Startup Morf3D

On Monday, Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced its investment in Morf3D, an El Segundo, Calif.-based company specializing in metal-based additive engineering and manufacturing. Morf3D’s technology enables lighter and stronger 3D-printed parts for aerospace applications. Since Morf3D was established in late 2015, the company has produced 3D-printed titanium and aluminum components for Boeing satellites and helicopters. With… Read More »

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Twitter co-founder invests in Delhi-based AI startup Visit

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has invested in his “personal capacity” in a Delhi-based health startup that uses an artificial intelligence-based bot in its app as he wants to contribute to a future where AI is seen as a “positive enhancement of humanity”. Founded in 2016, ‘Visit‘ is an on-demand healthcare service which provides its users… Read More »

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