Not So Dark helps restaurants run a second delivery-focused business • TechCrunch

French startup Not So Dark has raised $80 million in Series B funding led by Karis Capital and Verlinvest, with Conviviality Ventures also participating. The startup has launched digital catering brands that you can find in catering apps. Although Not So Dark started as a network of dark kitchens, the company abandoned this business model shortly after raising its Series A round. Building dark kitchens requires a lot of capital and creates problems in some neighborhoods. Instead, the company is playing on existing restaurants. In addition to their own menu,…

IFC and other impact investors return to backing Ukrainian startups with new $250M fund aimed at gun-toting founders • TechCrunch

Funding sources for tech startups in Ukraine have gone off the rails this year, with investors (and their LPs) wary of taking on the risk of backing promising ideas and veterans amid the country’s persistent, ongoing and increasingly brutal violence. From Russia. But just as there are glimmers that the tide may be turning in the larger battle, an interesting story has emerged on the funding front. Horizon Capital, a Kyiv-based investment firm, is raising $250 million in funding that it plans to support tech startups in the country and…

Checkmate • TechCrunch keeps track of all your purchase agreements

The more coupon codes we have for online shopping, the better, but Harry Dixon, Rory Garton-Smith, and Elliott Rampono thought something was missing: the ability to put all the different savings we can find in one place. “Marketing channels are saturated and everyone is trying to figure out their own channel,” CEO Dixon, who previously worked at EasyPost, told TechCrunch. Enter Checkmate, which launched 18 months ago with the aim of competing with online deal aggregators like Mar, Capital One Marketing and Vette to offer a shopping tool that collects…

Vendace, a food procurement platform for restaurants in Africa, has raised $30m led by Partech Africa and Telkom • TechCrunch.

When Vendese launched in January 2020, it sought to address the challenges and shortcomings of Nigeria’s highly fragmented food sector by using a marketplace model that connects suppliers and farms with restaurants and food businesses, with 24-hour delivery. But over the next two months, Vendese shifted from his intermediary role—after seeing some of these businesses complain about delivery times, the quality of food offerings, and lack of preparation—to a place where he strengthened his relationship with food. Suppliers buy, store and deliver discount products in bulk through third-party logistics partners.…

Using data to drive precision agriculture and farm safety

According to Priyash Ramadhan, CEO and Founder of Awareness Company, the proliferation of affordable monitoring tools and related agricultural sectors will create opportunities to embrace data for precision farming and farm safety. Source: Submitted “I think it’s important to first define what we mean by agricultural safety and precision agriculture,” he says. “Agricultural safety is about reducing loss of income and keeping your business and family safe. Proper farming focuses on reducing risk and maximizing quality and profit. But how can technology and information help you achieve those?” The answer…

Most regulated brokers in South Africa

South Africa is a growing forex trading market. According to some estimates, there are more than 200,000 traders in the country, and on average they keep about 1000 dollars with their brokers. There is no large market for Fox on the continent, and under the policies of the FSCA, the regulatory body in the country, brokers from all over the world offer their services to South African clients. If you are one of these customers, choosing a broker can be a bit difficult. Not only will there be many licensed…

Dispers, which brings AI-fueled data to construction projects, raises $16 million • TechCrunch

UK-based construction technology company Dispers, which offers an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform to help project managers track work and capture data from building sites, has raised $16 million in funding. In the year Founded in London in 2015, Dispers has effectively created a digital version of the entire construction site, including visual snapshots of the work progress, to help all stakeholders – regardless of where they are based – keep track of things. For this, a person working on the site (for example, a project manager) is equipped with a…

Canadian Startup News of the Week (9/25/22)

Also: New Research Surveys Canadian Banking and Payments Sector Competitiveness. Welcome to BetaKit Startup Stories of the Week! Here, you’ll find the week’s most important news, features and editorials published on Beta Kit. If you prefer this update to have it hit your inbox every week, be sure to sign up for the BetaKit newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page. The main news of the week When Real Ventures stops fundraising, it changes partners. Real Ventures is undergoing its second major leadership change in the…

Pfizer CEO Albert Burla has confirmed that he is infected with Covid-19

Twitter is currently abuzz with skepticism and sarcasm as Pfizer CEO Albert Burla retweeted that he has contracted Covid-19. On Twitter, Burla made a point to add, “Feeling good.” It’s hard to tell if the same can be said for Twitter users who find something really funny. For those of you who have been living under a rock and don’t know about Pfizer, it is one of the leading biopharmaceutical companies in the world, and they are the ones behind the Pfizer COVID shots. Read along to learn more. Albert…

Conservative capitalists are funding their vision of the future. • TechCrunch

In terms of politics Given the climate and the political views of Peter Thiel, it seems ironic that Thiel Capital, a self-described “femtech” company that provides fitness and wellness recommendations based on the stages of the menstrual cycle, chose 28 as a good time to give back. Then you start doing the math. Thiel is known for his right-wing leanings and has poured money into PACs that support the Senate campaigns of various populist Republicans. For example, early last year, JD gave $10 million to a PAC supporting Vance for…