Tagged: venture capital

Lithuanian Fintech Startup Softloans Secures €1m for Expansion

Softloans, a Fintech startup headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania, has successfully secured €1 million in pre-seed funding to bolster its growth and development initiatives. The investment round was spearheaded by venture capital firm Firstpick, alongside contributions from several business angels, signaling strong investor confidence in the… Read More

Andreessen Horowitz Reportedly Raises $7.2B for Venture Strategies Including Consumer Apps And Fintech

Andreessen Horowitz has reportedly raised $7.2B for the following venture strategies: American Dynamism ($600M), Apps ($1B), Games ($600M), Infrastructure ($1.25B), and Growth ($3.75B). This marks an important milestone for the firm. When Marc and Ben Horowitz started the firm in 2009, the conventional wisdom in… Read More

European Megafunds Reportedly Raised Record Amounts of Capital in Past Year

European megafunds raised record amounts of capital in 2023, according to an update from PitchBook. Most notably, the top five funds contributed “to a record concentration of over half the year’s fundraising figure in Europe, with CVC Capital Partners raising a global record €26 billion… Read More

Brazil: Insurtech Firm Akad Seguros Secures $22.5m in Series A Funding

Akad Seguros, a digital insurance firm based in São Paulo, has successfully completed a Series A funding round, raising $22.5 million, according to an announcement. The funding effort was spearheaded by Valor Capital Group and included significant contributions from Across, Endeavor Scale-Up Ventures, Endeavor Catalyst,… Read More

Ellipsis Labs Raises $20m in Series A to Propel DeFi Innovation

Ellipsis Labs, a player in the development of on-chain exchange technologies, has announced raising a total of $20 million in its Series A funding round. The round was led by Paradigm, with significant contributions from Electric Capital, highlighting strong investor confidence in Ellipsis Labs’ potential… Read More

VC Dealmaking Slides in Q1 2024, Fintech Sector Takes A Hit with Funding Falling 16% QoQ – Report

VC dealmaking slides to a 7-year low, while several blockbuster deals “drive a modest rebound in funding,” according to an extensive update from CBInsights. According to the latest CBInsights report, Q1’24 was “a mixed bag for the venture market.” The CBInsights report reveals that equity… Read More

VC Firm 1kx Reports New Funding to Support Crypto focused Consumer Apps

Venture capitalists Marc Andreessen, Galaxy Digital, and Accolade Partners are the main backers of the crypto VC firm 1kx’s most recnet fund. 1kx is reporting $75 million in funds raised via the investment round with Chris Dixon, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, named as one… Read More

Nearly £360M in VC Investments Made in 115 Scottish Firms During Past Year – Report

A report by professional services firm KPMG has revealed that 115 Scottish firms received over £359 million worth of Venture Capital (VC) investment after being identified as the most promising throughout 2023. The Venture Pulse Survey showed that there was “a marked decline in global… Read More

Singapore: AI Cybersecurity Startup StealthMole Lands $7m in Funding

Singapore-based AI cybersecurity firm StealthMole has announced raising $7 million in Series A funding, a round spearheaded by Korea Investment Partners (KIP). This investment round also saw contributions from Hibiscus Fund, a multinational venture between RHL Ventures, Penjana Kapital, and KB Investment, alongside Smilegate Investment…. Read More

Espresso Systems Raises $28m in Series B Funding for Blockchain Sequencing Marketplace

Blockchain project Espresso Systems has successfully closed a $28 million Series B funding round, with a16z crypto leading the investment. This latest financial boost brings the total funding to over $60 million, following a $30 million Series A round in 2022 and an initial $2… Read More

RevRoad Explains How It Helps Portfolio Companies Grow in a Sustainable Manner

RevRoad explains that their platform provides growing companies with what they really need, which includes everything from a starter team to business services. RevRoad says that they are a venture services firm that helps portfolio companies grow “with a team and essential services for up… Read More

Private Equity Fundraising Declined Globally to $554B in Past Year – Report

Private equity fundraising declined by around 1.2% globally to $554 billion last year, according to data shared by PitchBook. And the number of funds declined by around 46% to 647 from 1,192. Funds of $5 billion or more reportedly accounted for almost 50% of 2023’s… Read More

Corporate Venture Capital backed Deals Fall as Industry Participants Shield Themselves from Volatile Tech Market – Report

Corporate venture capital-backed deals and dollars fall to multi-year lows as CVCs shield themselves from the volatile tech market, according to a report from CBInsights. CBInsights noted in its latest update that the corporate venture capital (CVC) market has constricted “amid corporate belt-tightening and subdued… Read More

Qatar Investment Authority to Launch VC Fund of Funds

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is set to launch Qatar’s “first” venture capital (VC) Fund of Funds, a strategic investment program to foster innovation in Qatar. The Fund of Funds program will “invest more than USD 1 billion in international and regional venture capital funds.” The… Read More

Fintech NayaOne Acquires $4.7M, Will Boost Sandbox Platform

NayaOne has announced a $4.7 million funding round led by EJF Capital, with Valley Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Valley Bank and Carthona Capital also on board. This investment is a testament to NayaOne’s growth and potential “to transform financial services with its… Read More

Journey from First to Sophomore Funds Has Never Been More Challenging, Analysis Reveals

Recent PitchBook data shows that the journey from a first to a sophomore fund has never been so challenging. Historically, when we examine the period from 2006 to 2018, 63% of first-time managers had been able to secure a second fund, however, the present environment… Read More

China’s VC Funding Dips in January 2024 Amid Global Declines

China’s venture capital (VC) market experienced a noticeable decline in January, with a total of 251 VC funding deals amounting to $2.6 billion, according to the latest analysis by GlobalData, a premier data and analytics firm. This represents an 8.4% decrease in deal volume and… Read More

Venture Deal Count on Carta Declines 24% YoY, Cash Raised by Startups Fell 50%

During the rise and fall of an “unprecedented” bull market across 2021 and 2022, founders and investors had to navigate a wild ride of ups and downs, the team at Carta noted. That volatility diminished in 2023. The startup ecosystem trundled “along at a slow… Read More

Insurtech Kin, the Digital Home Insurance Provider, Acquires Financing from Activate Capital

Kin, the digital, direct-to-consumer home insurance company, announced the closing of $15 million in financing from new investor Activate Capital, a growth-stage VC firm focused on the sustainable, resilient transformation of the global economy. Raising at an increased valuation, greater than $1 billion, is an… Read More

Binance Labs Invests in Puffer to Enable Decentralized Liquid Restaking

Binance Labs, the venture capital and incubation arm of Binance, has invested in Puffer, a decentralized and permissionless native liquid restaking protocol (nLRP) that combines Ethereum liquid staking with native restaking on EigenLayer. The invested funds will be used “to develop Puffer’s open-source technologies, its… Read More

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