Novastar Ventures becomes $200M African VC fund after $108M raise – TechCrunch

[ad_1] African startups have another $100 million in VC to pitch for after Novastar Ventures’ latest raise. The Nairobi and Lagos based investment group announced it has closed $108 million in new commitments to launch its Africa Fund II, which brings Novastar’s total capital to $200 million. With the additional resources, the firm plans to…

Nigeria’s Helium Health raises $10M Series A for Africa expansion – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Nigerian startup Helium Health sits in a good position during a difficult period, according to its co-founder. The Lagos based healthtech venture is in the black, has batted away acquisition offers, and just raised a $10 million Series A round, CEO Adegoke Olubusi told . The startup offers a product suit that digitizes data,…

Orca Security raises $20M Series A for its multi-cloud security platform – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Orca Security, an Israeli cloud security firm that focuses on giving enterprises better visibility into their multi-cloud deployments on AWS, Azure and GCP, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series A round led by GGV Capital. YL Ventures and Silicon Valley CISO Investments also participated in this round. Together with its…

Edtech’s newest unicorn, ApplyBoard, lands $1.4B valuation with fresh funding – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Brothers Martin, Meti and Massi Basiri all left Iran to study abroad in Canada. After struggling with every aspect from the visa process to grade conversions, the brothers saw an opportunity to make the transition to study internationally more seamless. So, they started Applyboard in 2015 at University of Waterloo’s Velocity Garage. ApplyBoard has…

Sky-high gifts, extra help, and chips – TechCrunch

[ad_1] When Roger Lee, the co-founder of Human Interest, heard that San Francisco imposed shelter-in-place orders, he started blogging about layoff news and posting crowdsourced lists of employees who were laid off. His goal was to increase awareness about layoffs and give recruiters a place to search for candidates. However, one week and 40 startup…

Giving brewers a tech to make beer from any plant starch, Province Brands raises $1.6M – TechCrunch

[ad_1] There’s a potential climate-related disaster brewing within the beer business and Province Brands has simply raised $1.6 million for its know-how that purports to be a resolution. The Canadian firm, which has developed a approach to make beer from any plant materials, is pitching itself as a resolution to the rising shortages of barley…

Ooni’s Koda 16 pizza oven is the rare kitchen gadget that delivers on its promise – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Ooni (nee Uuni), has been round for a couple of years now, however its newest oven, the Koda 16, launched in March. Just like everybody else, I’ve been cooped up at dwelling for weeks with nothing however all of the initiatives I’d get round to someday. At the prime of my checklist was studying…