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Ghanaian fintech Float raises $17M seed to power cash flow for commerce in Africa

Cash flow is a major pain point for small businesses in Africa. Long payment cycles, which can take 30-90 days after services or products have been rendered, and little or no capital, of which researc

Gradient, 10xFounders back Zowie’s no-code, e-commerce customer service tool

Customer service tickets tend to fall into the same few buckets — returns, refunds or quality control questions. Not only are these repetitive, but it leaves little time for customer engagement on m

Spain’s Payflow, a salary advance startup, banks $9.1M to fuel a super app growth strategy

Barcelona-based Payflow, a YC-backed salary-advance fintech with ambitions to evolve into a neobank, has banked a $9.1 million Series A funding round — bringing its total raised since January 20

Juro draws $23M into its browser-based contract automation platform

London-based legaltech startup Juro has grabbed $23 million in Series B funding for its browser-based contract automation platform. In total the startup has raised $31.5M since being founded back in

Ugandan fintech Asaak raises $30million to support acquisition of motorbikes, smartphones by taxi operators

Asaak, a Ugandan asset financing startup, has secured $30 million in pre-Series A equity and debt funding. The round saw the participation of new and existing investors including Resolute Ventures, So

Tado, the German smart home energy startup, plans to go public via a SPAC at a €450M valuation

Tado, the German smart home startup that specializes in thermostats and more recently moved into flexible “time of use” energy tariffs based on loadshifting technology, is today announcing

Social robotics company Furhat buys Sphero spin-out company Misty Robotics

Misty has had a hell of a journey of it. After raising $11.5 million from Foundry and Venrock, then crowdfunding its personal robot, the company hit a series of challenges. Today, Swedish social robot

7bridges raises $17M to automate logistics supply chains using AI

Supply chain logistics — getting components and eventually finished products from A to B to C — is one of the most critical parts of running a business, not least because it is one of the

Warehouse robotics system Exotec raises $335 million

French startup Exotec has raised a $335 million Series D round in a new round of funding led by Goldman Sachs’ Growth Equity business. Following today’s investment, the company has reached a valua

Is this the year that we get our dream back-channeling platform?

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Among many of the entrepreneur catchphrases out there, the on

This Week in Apps: Fortnite (sorta!) returns to iOS, PUBG Mobile maker sues over copycats, Apple plans for alternative payments in South Korea

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

The race to fund crypto’s future sure is expensive 

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment.

Raising money is catastrophically challenging for female founders

I worry we’re at risk of conflating technological growth for the social progress we really need. Women are still behind. Why?

Daily Crunch: One-click checkout company Bolt ushered into decacorn territory on $355M Series E

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

Singapore-based Sesto Robotics targets international expansion with $5.7M raise

Singapore-based industrial robotics firm Sesto this week announced a $5.7 million raise, featuring TRIVE, WTI GmbH and SEEDS Capital (Enterprise Singapore’s VC wing). The round follows a similarly s

The FTC is reportedly probing Meta’s VR business for antitrust violations

Following news that the FTC’s antitrust suit against Meta cleared a critical hurdle earlier this week, the agency is apparently also taking a sharp interest in the company’s VR business. B

LG and the hunt for the next-gen corporate incubator

Whatever you do, don't refer to LG's incubator program LG Nova as a corporate venture capital (CVC) outfit.

LG reveals the first shortlisted startups for its LG Nova incubator

Korean technology giant LG makes everything from televisions (they announced some new ones at CES), washing machines and fridges, to, well, it’ll probably take less time to list the things they

Hear from these amazing investors and founders on TechCrunch Live this February

TechCrunch Live (formerly Extra Crunch Live) is coming back this February, and we have a fantastic lineup to start the new season. Changes are coming to the show, too. In 2022 look for more pitch deck

US residents can order free, at-home COVID-19 tests starting on January 19th

One year, 10 months and eight days after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans will be able to order free, at-home tests from the government.
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