Funding Roundup - week ending 9/20/08

Meliza Solan Surdi · September 20, 2008 · Short URL:

Nujira, BitTorent, and Ebillme are among companies raising funds

Here's a roundup of some companies in the mobile, video, digital media, social network, and advertising sectors that raised money this past week.

Nujira Ltd., maker of amplifying technology for wireless devices and networks, raised  $18 million from BankInvest Group, New Energy Solutions Fund. The round sees further investments from existing investors: Amadeus Capital Partners, 3i, Cambridge Capital and Cambridge Angels, according to a press release.

The UK company is the leading supplier of ultra-high efficiency RF power amplifier technology.

 BitTorrent raised $17 million in Series C funding from DAG Ventures, Accel Partners, and DCM, according to PE Hub. The San Francisco-based company is a provider of P2P file-sharing services.

 Ebillme raised $12 Million in a completed round of financing  from Canaan Partners and Celtic House Ventures, according to a press release. “eBillme’s technology addresses a growing demand for truly secure, online payment methods that aren’t credit based,” said Maha Ibrahim of Canaan Partners.

Hollywood Interactive Group, a producer of interactive content, raised $5 Million in Series A  funding led by Blue Run Ventures, according to VentureBeat. The LA-based start up's first project is called which is a social network designed for females of ages  who can receive the latest celebrity gossip, fashion tips, and  entertainment.

Webook raised $5 million in a second round of financing led by Vertex Venture Capital and Greylock Partners Israel, according to VentureWire and PE Hub. The Mountain View, California-based start up operates a Web site for crowd-sourcing books.

Robotgalaxy Inc. raised $5 million in Series B financing to help fund expansion and the launch of its new virtual online game, according to a release. The tri-state area-based retail store allows children to assemble, program and activate their own robots from thousands of combinations. 

Punchbowl Software Inc. closed a $2.1 Milllion Series A financing, according to a press release. The Boston-based start up is a new web application for event and party planning.



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