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Cannabis investment jumps 82% the second half of 2021, 165% over 2020 levels

Cannabis equity fundraising is quickly hitting new highs. An analysis of Crunchbase data reveals cannabis companies are seeing larger checks from equity financing, and the number of rounds is seemingl

Personio, an HR platform for SMEs, raises $270M on a $6.3B valuation, expands into workflow automation

HR technology has been thrown into the spotlight in the last 20 months: COVID-19 has changed the way we work, and so how we manage people in the world of work has had to change, too. Today, a Munich-b

Welcome debuts a smarter city guide app on iOS, backed by $3.5M led by Accel

When you’re exploring a city — whether one you’re visiting on your travels or your own — there are a number of tools that can help you find out where to go, what to see and wha

Recruiting operations platform ModernLoop lands $3.3M to create better technical hiring experiences

ModernLoop automates many of the repetitive tasks recruiters do while also scheduling and balancing the interviewing workload so the right mix of people are involved and trained.

Five Seasons Ventures pulls in €180M fund to tackle human health and climate via food tech

Food tech is booming in Europe and is growing exponentially. In 2020, €3 billion went into European food tech companies (State of European Tech Report, March 2021), and the pandemic has accelerated

Why and when startups should look to diverse sources of capital

Venture capital is a popular source of capital for early-stage startups, but it's not the only one. Debt is an increasingly popular alternative, as is non-dilutive, revenue-based financing.

Accel, Tiger and Stripe’s COO back Mexico City-based Higo as it raises $23M for its B2B payments platform

Just six months after raising $3.3 million in seed funding, Mexico City-based Higo announced today it has raised $23 million in a Series A round led by Accel. Tiger Global Management also participated

Recruiting platform Gem gains unicorn status with $100M raise to change the way companies hire

Gem provides companies with marketing-like tools for proactive hiring: sending emails, hosting events, running branded email campaigns and ad spending to engage with talent.

Swan raises $18.7 million to provide embedded banking services

French startup Swan has raised an $18.7 million Series A funding round (€16 million) led by Accel. The company provides a banking-as-a-service platform for other products and services. Embedded fina

Stairwell secures $20M Series A to help organizations outsmart attackers

Back when Stairwell emerged from stealth in 2020, the startup was shrouded in secrecy. Now with $20 million in Series A funding, its founder and CEO Mike Wiacek — who previously served as chief secu

Former Instacart CFO Sagar Sanghvi joins Accel as its newest partner

Earlier this year, Instacart‘s chief financial officer Sagar Sanghvi departed from the on-demand grocery delivery company after nearly six years. And now he’s returning to his investing roots.

Freshworks aims for nearly $9 billion valuation in US IPO

Freshworks disclosed on Monday that it is aiming for a valuation of up to $9 billion in its U.S. initial public offering, in which it is hoping to raise over $800 million. The California-based firm, w

Commercetools raises $140M at a $1.9B valuation as ‘headless’ commerce continues to boom

E-commerce these days is now a major part of every retailer’s strategy, so technology builders and platforms that are helping them compete better on digital screens are seeing a huge boost in bu

Amagi tunes into $100M for cloud-based video content creation, monetization

Amagi provides cloud broadcast and targeted advertising software so that customers can create content that can be created and monetized to be distributed via broadcast TV and streaming TV platforms.

Fin names former Twilio exec Evan Cummack as CEO, raises $20M

Fin's software captures employee workflow data from across applications and turns it into productivity insights to improve the way enterprise teams work and remain engaged.

UnitQ raises $30M in Accel-led round to help companies improve product quality

Product quality is hugely important when it comes to the success of a product. Even if your product seems really cool, if it’s buggy or doesn’t work well, many people will just stop using it rathe

Gaia Capital Partners in Paris rebrands as Revaia, closes first €250M growth fund

Paris-based VC fund Gaia Capital Partners has change its name to Revaia and announced the final closing of its first growth fund, at €250 million. The firm said it exceeded its initial target of €

Accel leads $18M Series A for Knoetic, a startup that wants to make HR professionals’ lives easier with software

Knoetic, a startup that has built a software analytics platform for chief people officers, emerged from stealth today with $18 million in Series A funding. For the unacquainted, chief people officers

Why global investors are flocking to back Latin American startups

The Latin America startup ecosystem is having a great year, with mega-rounds being announced at breakneck speed and new unicorns minted almost monthly. This is mostly due to the clearly maturing start

India’s Eruditus valued at $3.2 billion in $650 million fundraise

Mumbai-based Eruditus, which works with top universities globally to offer more than 100 executive-level courses to students in over 80 nations, said on Thursday it has raised $650 million in a new fi
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