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Daily funding roundup - July 22, 2015

Events.com has now raised a total of $17M; Darktrace landed $22.5M; Kinetic Social closed $17.5M

Innovation series by Mitos Suson
July 22, 2015
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/3ee7

  • Events.com has raised a new round of funding. The size of the round was undisclosed, but it was led by Arctaris and with participation from La Jolla Holding Co. and Moore Venture Partners. This latest funding brings the total raised for the company to over $17 million. Previous investors in Events.com include Tomorrow Ventures, Chris Burch via Burch Creative Capital, Silverstein Properties President Tal Kerret, DLA Piper Venture Fund and Wilson Sonsini Investment Company. Founded in 2010, Events.com provides a suite of cloud-based applications designed to encourage social interaction and remove the barriers of putting on and attending memorable events.

  • ChangeX, a not-for-profit start-up that connects people with the best ideas and like-minded people so they can work on causes that they are passionate about, has raised €400,000 from a coterie of investors including Storyful founder Mark Little, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield, prominent Irish financier Dermot Desmond and some high-profile Silicon Valley investors. The investors also include: John O’Farrell, general partner of Andreessen Horowitz; Albert Wenger, managing partner at Union Square Ventures; Realex founder Colm Lyon; Brian Caulfield from DFJ Espri and Bil McKiernan from WMC Capital.

  • Cermati, an Indonesian online financial portal for finding and comparing financial product information, has secured a seed funding round led by East Ventures. BEENOS Plaza also participated in this round.The size of the round was not disclosed. The funding will be utilised to expand its team and to bolster its product offerings, Cermati said in a statement. The website was launched in April 2015 with the vision of being a comprehensive one stop shop for financial-related matters, assisting the Indonesian consumers to research, compare and choose the best financial products for their need.

  • Grana, an e-commerce startup raised $1.5 million from investors including Golden Gate Ventures.Along with an earlier seed round from luxury retailer Bluebell Group, this brings GRANA’s total venture capital funding so far to $2.5 million.

  • Rex Computing, a San Francisco-based fabless semiconductor startup, snagged $1.25 million in seed funding. The round was led by Founders Fund’s FF Science. The company intends for the continued development and deployment of its processor.

  • Emolument.com, a London, UK-based crowdsourced remuneration data website aimed at professionals across financial, legal and professional services, received $1.4 million in funding10 angel investors participated in the round. The company intends to use the funds for user acquisition targeted at financial and professional services globally.

  • Mallzee, a “Tinder for fashion” startup that aggregates online retailers’ inventory and lets users swipe to save their favorite garments, scored $4 million (£2.5 million)Mallzee has raised $1.5 million in funding to date through a series of angel rounds, so today’s news takes the company past the magic $5 million mark.
     
  • DataFox, a startup with a web service that companies can use to monitor privately held companies, raised $5 million in additional funding with participation from Goldman Sachs and Green Visor CapitalAs part of this funding round, Simon Yoo (Green Visor) and Rana Yared (Goldman Sachs) have joined our Board as Director and Observer, respectively. On our Advisory Board, Erik Nierenberg, a veteran of Salesforce, joins Steve Alesio, the former CEO of corporate data juggernaut Dun & Bradstreet.
     
  • Beacon, a premier all-you-can-fly membership for frequent fliers in the Northeast, completed $7.5 million in Series A and other financing led by Romulus Capital with participation from MI Ventures, Western Technologies Investment, and several other early stage investors. The funding will be used primarily for sales, marketing, and growth.

  • Fishbrain, a social network for fishing fanatics reeled in $8 million in a funding round that will help cast its net wider as the Swedish company plans its international expansion. The round was led by Northzone, the technology investment firm that is Spotify’s largest stakeholder after its founders, which also led a $2.5 million funding round for the fishing app last year.

  • Farming software startup Granular secured a new round of $18.7 million in funding from investors Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, and Khosla Ventures. New investors in the round, which is Granular’s second, included Tao Capital Partners, Emory Investment Management, Fall Line Capital, and H. Barton Asset Management.

  • Cazena announced its emergence from stealth mode by launching an enterprise Big Data-as-a-Service that can securely move and optimize big data processing in the cloud in just three clicks. Cazena also announced a $20 million in Series B funding led by Formation 8, with participation from current investors Andreessen Horowitz and North Bridge Venture Partners.

  • Mirakl, a French online marketplace technology firm, closed a $20 million Series B round of funding. The injection of capital will be used to bring Mirakl’s online marketplace platform to a greater number of B2C and B2B retailers across the globe. The deal was led by 83North’s Laurel Bowden (an investor in firms such as hybris, Just Eat and Notonthehighstreet), Felix Capital’s Frederic Court and Dave Strohm, partner at Greylock and a founding investor and advisor to 83North. 

  • KalVista Pharmaceuticals, a research-led pharmaceutical company, secured $33 million in a Series B financing to support its research and clinical development programs. KalVista will use the funds to advance its proprietary portfolio of plasma kallikrein inhibitors for treating diabetic macular edema (DME) and hereditary angioedema (HAE). Alongside the existing investors, Novo A/S and SV Life Sciences, the round included additional international healthcare investors experienced in plasma kallikrein targeted mechanisms led by RA Capital Management and including Longwood Fund and Venrock.

  • Darktrace, an Enterprise Immune System technology, landed $22.5 million in Series B funding from Summit Partners, a global growth equity investor that has raised more than $16 billion in capital since inception. The funding will help Darktrace meet growing international demand, particularly in the United States and Asia Pacific.

  • Kinetic Social, a social marketing data and technology company, closed $17.5 million in financing. The round was led by Multiplier Capital and Bridge Bank, including growth capital and an expanded working capital facility to support continued revenue momentum. The financing will go principally to enhanced development of the company's core marketing technology platform.

  • Mswipe is a Mumbai-based merchant acquirer and mobile POS solutions provider. The company has announced that it has closed its Series C funding of US $25 million. The Series C round included participation from new investors Falcon Edge Capital, Ola Cabs and Meru Capital as well as existing investors Matrix Partners India, Axis Bank, and DSG Consumer Partners. Mswipe will use the funds to further accelerate its aggressive growth and customer success.

  • Gynesonics, a women’s healthcare company focused on the development of minimally invasive solutions for symptomatic uterine fibroids, bagged $43 million in an equity financing. The equity financing was co-led by new investor Endeavour Vision, a technology and life sciences investment group based in Geneva, Switzerland, and existing investor Abingworth, an international investment group dedicated to life sciences and healthcare.

If you are interested in being included in our funding roundup, submit your press release or blog post about your financing round to mitos@vator.tv. 

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